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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on January 2, 2007, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference room in the White County Courthouse.

Commissioners present were: John C. Heimlich, Steve Burton and Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, White County Attorney George Loy, and the Commissioners Executive Assistant Donya Tirpak.

ORGANIZATION FOR 2007

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint John C. Heimlich as President for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Steve Burton as Vice President for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Steve Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the special meeting held on December 27, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENTS FOR 2007

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Dave Anderson as the White County Building Inspector for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

TIOGA BRIDGE

SFLECC member Merle Peterson appeared before the Commissioners expressing the concerns that the SFLECC have with Tioga Bridge. They feel that it is a very dangerous situation when watercraft and recreationalists pass too near to the bottom of the bridge.

Mr. Peterson said that since White and Carroll County are going together to renovate the bridge, the SFLECC believes that there is still enough time to add raising the bridge into the project plans. If it is not done now, they feel that it will never be done.

Mr. Peterson presented photographs of the bridge showing that there is only 5 feet 7 inches of distance between the bridge’s beams to the water on the west end and 5 feet and 1 inch from the east end. He also presented a picture of the newer pontoon boats measuring in at 10 foot 6 inches. He voiced how people’s heads are coming too close to the beams on the bridge and a five mile per hour blow to the head could be fatal.

Before coming today, Mr. Peterson said that they have spoken with Mr. Jim Baker; engineer for the Tioga Bridge project, to get an idea of what the cost would be to raise the bridge. The estimate came in at $245,000. SFLECC would like to see the bottom of the bridge floor boards raised to no less than 10 feet, 1 inch above the water. This would make the clearance about 10 feet, 5 inches at the middle of each of the bridge’s two spans and 10 feet, 1 inch near both abutments and the pier.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if they have talked with Don Ward, the County’s Engineer. Doug Mulhaupt, SFLECC board member, said that they have talked to Mr. Ward and he is the one who referred them to Mr. Baker. Mr. Baker and Mr. Ward have indicated to the SFLECC that this is something that needs to be done and they are excited to see the SFLECC pursuing it. Mr. Baker and Mr. Ward did say that this could be incorporated into the current Federal Grant. For additional fees, there are additional request that will have to be submitted before April 15, 2007. Commissioner Heimlich said that the cost would count toward the local match portion of the project.

To show the Commissioners how serious the SFLECC is about raising this bridge, the board has elected to allocate $15,000 towards the design funds to move the project along.

Mr. Peterson said that he has talked with the City and the Mayor is very supportive with the project and Mitch Billue, City of Monticello Parks Superintendent, said that if the City couldn’t come up with any money they would help out as much as they could with labor and equipment.

Darryll John, SFLECC, said that he did talk with the local Conservation Officer and they said that the Department of Natural Resources would write a letter supporting the raising of the bridge.

Commissioner Heimlich said that this is something that needs to be discussed with the Carroll County Commissioners, Mr. Baker, City of Monticello and Don Ward before we proceed any further. They will hold this meeting in the near future.

COUNTY FARM LEASE

Commissioner Heimlich said that a decision has not yet been made on whether or not the county will lease out the 78.6 county farm ground for another year. He said that they have discussed leasing out part of the land and leaving part of it out for the construction of 6th Street. Commissioner Heimlich said that they should have a definite answer by the next meeting on January 15th.

TLRSD – PAYROLL & INSURANCE

Commissioner Heimlich said that he has spoken with Amy Carpenter, Apex Consulting, about the insurance for the sewer board and Amy did talk with Arnett HMO. Arnett said that they do not have a problem with the employees staying on the insurance, even though we are no longer doing their payroll. Amy indicated that Arnett could bill separately to the sewer board just like they do for the Highway Dept.

John had asked Amy if the billing and payment could go directly to Arnett rather through the Auditor’s office and that is the one thing that she hasn’t received an answer on yet. At the very least, Commissioner Heimlich explained that they could have a separate billing and it would just be a pass through of the money. He reminded everyone that at the last meeting held on December 27th, it was the consensus of the board to continue to let them stay on with the county’s insurance if this could be done.

Commissioner Schmierer feels that there still should be administrative cost. Commissioner Heimlich explained that if the Sewer District performs all of the duties and it’s just a matter of passing the check, then there will be no administrative cost.

Commissioner Burton said that we will give it a try and if it does not work then it could be revisited and changed.

There being no further business to come before the board, their meeting was adjourned.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President Ron Schmierer, Member

ATTEST: __________________________________________

Jill Guingrich, White County Auditor