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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on February 5, 2007, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference room in the White County Courthouse.

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

PUBLIC HEARING –TIF IN WOLCOTT AREA

Commissioner Heimlich announced that before the Commissioners meeting today the Redevelopment Commission will be holding a Public Hearing which was advertised for the proposed TIF area in the Wolcott Corridor Project.

The Redevelopment Commission board members present were: Gary Hendryx, Connie Stimmel, Larry Klink, and Craig LeBeau.

Craig LeBeau called the Redevelopment Commission to order for the public hearing.

White County Attorney George Loy announced that this is a public hearing that has been advertised concerning consideration of a confirmatory resolution establishing the Wolcott Corridor.

On December 19, the Redevelopment Commission initiated proceedings by adopting a declaratory resolution initially establishing the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area. There was also a hearing held by the Area Plan Commission on January 8, 2007, entering the order confirming the Wolcott Corridor conforms with the White County Comprehensive Plan. The White County Commissioners have also held a meeting approving the Redevelopment Commission Declaratory Resolution. Attorney George Loy said that we are now at the public hearing stage to hear any comments for consideration of adopting as originally as approved the Declartory Resolution, amending it or in any way changing it.

Attorney George Loy introduced Todd Samuelson from Umbaugh and Associates as the county’s financial consultant. He has given the county excellent advice and a general overview of how the economic development area would affect the taxes in the area and also generate income for infrastructure and improvement to the area.

Todd Samuelson gave a general overview on how he has been working with the county on the creation of this area. His company has developed a tax impact statement which has been delivered to the school corporations, Redevelopment Commission, County officials and all of the overlapping taxing units that will be affected by the creation of this area. The tax impact statement shows that the creation of the area will not take away the assessed evaluation from any of the overlapping taxing units nor were there any negative impacts (taking revenue away) on the overlapping taxing units. Mr. Samuelson said that as he has met with county officials and others in the creation of this area, it is evident that this area has been looked at in the past for potential development and due to the lacking of infrastructure it is not “shovel ready” for potential development. The plan presented that economic development cannot happen without the necessary infrastructure that is in the plan for this area.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any questions or comments from the public.

Bart Snyder, property owner of everything on the south side of the tracks, appeared to find out more about the project. His farm ground abuts up to this property and he wanted to know if there were businesses already interested in this area and if the county has received any commitments on the farm ground from the property owners.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they will be running water and sewer, west of Wolcott, on the north side of the tracks toward the Hoosier lift. He explained that over the years there has been a lot of industry and businesses that have looked at this area but now it’s becoming more and more common that if the infrastructure is not in the area already, industries won’t even bother to look. As far as the ground, Commissioner Heimlich said that there are some property owners indicating their willingness to sell and some are a little hesitant.

Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, was present with an overview map of the proposed project. She indicated that all of the property owners touching north of the tracks have indicated their interest to sell their property.

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Snyder showed concern on how far out of the town are they going to put industrial businesses and argued about the amount of money being spent before there are any companies willing to move in.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Town of Wolcott has indicated that they would like to leave the first section, west of Wolcott, open for residential.

Connie said that from an economic development standpoint, there have been several companies looking at this area and their opposition of coming to our area is that if we don’t have the water and sewer available then they are going to go to the next county where the site is already “shovel ready”. Shovel ready means that the other counties already have the water, sewer, and roads available for the business. Connie said that in 2006, three major deals were lost because we didn’t have these things in place and we couldn’t promise it to be in place by the end of the year.

Commissioner Heimlich felt that it was important for everyone to understand what a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district was and how it works. He explained that by developing the TIF in this area now would enable the county to capture the increase in taxes and use these funds to help pay for this project.

Larry Klink, Redevelopment Commission Board member, asked that if there are no businesses that come out to this area, will the Town of Wolcott be responsible for maintaining the water and sewer.

Commissioner Heimlich said that there wouldn’t be any extra work until the water tower is purchased. The water tower is included in the project cost but at this time it is just an option to have at a later date.

Don Furrer asked if the Commissioners are approving the plan today for the bond issue of $4.5 million.

Commissioner Heimlich said that it was advertised that way but they are not making that vote today. He said that the Redevelopment Commission can approve the Confirmatory Resolution which would be confirming the Wolcott area as an Economic Development area. The Commissioners would than approve the establishment of the Wolcott Corridor as an Economic Development area and establishing the TIF. He said that they are not going to vote on the bond issue today or the pledging of the CEDIT funds as a backup for the bond repayment.

Todd Samuelson said that he has been working with the county officials for some time now and there has been a lot of discussion on what could happen. He said that the county is not ready at this time to move forward with the financing, but creating the TIF is a small step that doesn’t cost anything but it is something that is very important to be done.

  • Redevelopment Commission Board member Gary Hendryx made a motion to approve the Resolution No. 2, Resolution Confirming the Resolution of the White County Redevelopment Commission Adopted on December 19, 2006, Entitled “Declaratory Resolution of the White County Redevelopment Commission, seconded by Connie Stimmel. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE RESOLUTION OF THE WHITE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ADOPTED ON DECEMBER 19, 2006, ENTITLED “DECLARATORY RESOLUTION OF THE WHITE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION”

RESOLUTION NO. 2

WHEREAS, the White County (“County”) Redevelopment Commission (“Commission”) on December 19, 2006, adopted a declaratory resolution entitled “Declaratory Resolution of the White County Redevelopment Commission” (“Declaratory Resolution”) establishing the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area (“Area”) as an economic development area under IC 36-7-14 and IC 36-7-25; and

WHEREAS, the Declaratory Resolution approved the Economic Development Plan (“Plan”) presented at the December 19, 2006, meeting of the Commission, which Plan contained specific recommendations for redevelopment and economic development of the Area, including the acquisition of rights-of-way, water infrastructure, water storage facilities, water treatment infrastructure, sewer infrastructure, including a pressure system and erosion control, and road infrastructure, as further described in the Plan (“Project”); and

WHEREAS, the Declaratory Resolution recognized that there were no current plans for the acquisition of real estate within the Area other than the rights-of way set forth therein; and

WHEREAS, the Declaratory Resolution established an allocation area (“Allocation Area”) coterminous with the Area in accordance with IC 36-7-14-39; and

WHEREAS, the Commission submitted the Declaratory Resolution and supporting data the White County Area Plan Commission (“Plan Commission”) and the Plan Commission issued its written order approving the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan as submitted; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners approved the order of the Plan Commission; and

WHEREAS, the Commission has found that there will be no residents of the Area who will be displaced by the Project; and

WHEREAS, the Commission published notice in The News Review and The Herald Journal of the adoption and substance of the Declaratory Resolution in accordance with IC 36-7-14-7 and IC 5-3-1 on January 24, 2007, respectively, which notice also gave notice of a hearing on the proposed Project to be held by the Commission; and

WHEREAS, the notice described in the preceeding paragraph was also filed in the office of the Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and any other departments, bodies or officers having to do with County planning, variances from zoning ordinances, land use or the issuance of building permits; and

WHEREAS, the copies of the notice were also filed on or before January 24, 2007, with the officer authorized to fix budgets, tax rates and tax levies under IC6-1.1-17-5 for each taxing unit that is either wholly or partly located within the proposed Allocation Area, together with a statement disclosing the impact of the Allocation Area, including the following:

  1. The estimated economic benefits and costs incurred by the Allocation Area, as measured by increased employment and anticipated growth or real property assessed values; and

  1. The anticipated impact on tax revenues of each taxing unit; and

WHEREAS, the Commission on February 5, 2007, conducted a public hearing at which the Commission heard all persons interested in the proceedings and considered all written remonstrances and objections that were filed;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE WHITE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, THAT:

  1. The Commission has considered the evidence presented and now finds and determines that it will be of public utility and benefit to proceed with the establishment of the Area and the Project in, serving or benefiting the Area.

  1. The Declaratory Resolution and Plan approved by the Commission on December 19, 2006, copies of which are attached hereto and incorporated herein, are hereby confirmed.

  1. The Secretary is instructed to submit this Resolution to the Board of Commissioners for approval of the establishment of the Area.

  1. Following approval by the Board of Commissioners, the Secretary, is hereby directed to record this Resolution and a parcel list with the White County Recorder, to notify the Department of Local Government Finance of the designation of the Allocation Area within the Area and to file this resolution with the White County Auditor.

At this time, the Redevelopment Commission closed their public hearing.

Commissioner Heimlich called the Commissioners meeting to order.

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION APPROVING ESTABLISHMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Resolution No. 07-02-05-01 regarding the establishment of the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA

REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT

OF THE WOLCOTT CORRIDOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA

WHEREAS, the White County Redevelopment Commission (“Commission”) did on December 19, 2006, adopt a declaratory resolution (“Declaratory Resolution”) establishing the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area (“Area”) as an economic development area under IC 36-7-14 and confirmed the Declaratory Resolution on February 5, 2007, after conducting a public hearing;

WHEREAS, IC 36-7-14-41(c) requires that the determination of a geographic area as an economic development area be approved by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners reviewed the Declaratory Resolution as confirmed, the Commission’s Economic Development Plan approved by the Declaratory Resolution and the written order of the White County Area Plan Commission regarding the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA, THAT:

  1. The Board of Commissioners hereby finds and determines that it will be in the best interests of the County to establish an economic development area as the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area as described in the Declaratory Resolution.

  1. The establishment of an economic development area to be known as the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area as described in the Declaratory Resolution and in Exhibit A to the Declaratory Resolution is hereby approved.

  1. This resolution shall be effective from and after passage and approval by the Board of Commissioners

PASSED AND ADOPTED, by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, this 5th day of February, 2007.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the TIF area is now established for the Wolcott Corridor and the Redevelopment Commission is finished until the Commissioners and Council take further action.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for January 18, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the claims as advertised for February 5, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CONTRACT FOR ATTORNEY GEORGE LOY

White County Attorney George Loy presented a contract to the Commissioners for additional services provided to the county besides work needed for the Commissioners and the Drainage board.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any questions from the other commissioners regarding the contract.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he felt that the contract was very well written.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract as presented for the County Attorney George Loy, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

COUNTY FARM GROUND – 78.6 ACRES

Commissioner Heimlich asked the other commissioners if we should lease out the county farm ground of 78.6 acres for 2007.

Commissioner Burton said that we should check with American Consulting first to see how many acres they will need for construction. He asked if there was a way that we could put it out for bid and just establish a price per acre and then the acres could be determined later.

Commissioner Heimlich felt that we could have an answer from the engineer and the contractor sometime before March 1st.

VERA SUN ROAD PROJECT – DON WARD

Commissioner Heimlich reminded everyone that on the order when vacating the road the county agreed to hire an engineering company to put together a design on the new road. In the agreement if Vera Sun does not receive ownership of the ground then they will reimburse the county for the cost of the engineer work.

Don Ward, County Engineer, presented a copy of the proposal for the reconstruction of the White County Road 50 East from US 24 to CR 100 N. The proposal is from H. Stewart Kline and Associates. Mr. Ward gave a detail description of what the proposal detailed. The proposal did not provide a final cost of the project.

Mr. Ward suggested to the Commissioners to hold a meeting with H. Stewart Kline because there are some drainage issues that need to be discussed.

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

______________________________ __________________________ __________________________

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

Attest: _________________________________

Jill Guingrich, White County Auditor