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The appointing committee for the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board met on March 19, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. in the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor of the Commissioners Conference room.


Committee members present were: White County Commissioners John C. Heimlich, White County Commissioner Steve Burton, White County Commissioner Ronald Schmierer, and Union Township Trustee Bernie Cook.


Commissioner Heimlich called the appointing committee to order.


Commissioner Heimlich said that the purpose of today’s meeting was to make an appointment to the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District. The position has been open since December 31, 2006, and it has been advertised several times. The new appointment will be replacing Reggie Shireman.


Commissioner Heimlich said that there were five letters of interest submitted to the Commissioners.


Commissioner Schmierer said that since it is the TLRSD intentions to go to the Buffalo area next, there should be someone from that area on the board. Commissioner Heimlich said that they have received a letter of interest from John A. Mitchell, 9082 N. Lenback Court, Monticello. Mr. Mitchell is from the Buffalo area.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint John Mitchell to the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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


BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on March 19, 2007, at 8:10 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.



  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the March 5, 2007, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for March 26, 2007, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



White County Attorney George Loy announced that the White County Commissioners have advertised in all White County papers that the county is accepting bids for the lease of 60-acres of the county farm ground located off of West Shafer Drive.


Bids submitted to the Commissioners for the 60-acre lease were as follows:


Glen Jennings, 3944 S. 400 E., Monticello, IN $9,550.00/159.17 per acre

Steven Carlson, 1542 E State Road 16, Monon, In $9,650.00/160.83 per acre

Michael W. Schroeder, 1588 W. Smithson Road, Reynolds, IN $11,460.00/191.00 per acre


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the highest bid from Michael W. Schroeder to lease the 60 acres for $191.00 per acre for one year, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented Rezoning Petition #925 for Mitchell A. and Renee C. Juris. They are requesting to rezone 1.887 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an R-1 (One-Family Residence). The property is located north of Monticello, west of East Shafer Drive and on the north side of Neininger Drive.


Diann said that this will be coming back for a subdivision.


Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. No response.


The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on March 12, 2007, regarding this request.


Diann said that there were neighbors at the APC meeting with concerns, but there were no opposes.


The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #925 (Ordinance No. 510-07) for Mitchell A. and Renee C. Juris for 1.887 acres located west of East Shafer Drive, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Diann informed the Commissioners that the Board of Zoning Appeals did decide at their meeting to hold a Special Hearing on Thursday, March 29th, regarding the Rangeline Properties.


Jan Rule, Property owner next to Norway Cemetery, appeared before the Commissioners requesting permission to place a retaining barrier consisting of rock on property that is owned by the County and located in the Norway Cemetery. Mr. Rule just recently constructed a new house next to the cemetery and he is volunteering to build up the bankement to prevent any further erosion into Lake Shafer.


Union Township Trustee Bernie Cook appeared with Mr. Rule saying that the maintenance of the cemetery is his responsibility and he didn’t have a problem letting Mr. Rule repair the bankement.


White County Attorney George Loy said that we can’t allow any type of private use on the cemetery but having someone protecting the property is fine. He suggested having the White County Surveyor go out and take a look at the area and tell us what we need from the drainage standpoint and the boundary line.


Commissioner Heimlich asked how long this area is. Mr. Rule said that it’s about 128’ but 10’ is on the county’s property.


The Commissioners agreed that they would have the property looked at before the next meeting on April 2nd.



Commissioner Burton said that he has talked to the Director of Lakeview Home about the picture that she is requesting to put up for auction. Director Kae Fuller said that money will not be used for a “party”, the money will be earmarked for a project now or in the near future. She could not define what project that would be.


The Commissioners agreed to forget about selling the picture.



On October 7, 2006, Liberty Township Trustee Walt Hough appeared before the Commissioners requesting permission to place a tornado siren on Wentz Drive and Baers Court off of Lake Road 10 East. Property believed to be owned by the county. At that meeting the Commissioners questioned if the property really belonged to the county or SFLECC. Permission was granted subject to the determination that the county owns the property.



Walt said that the GIS is saying that the SFLECC owns the property but SFLECC is denying ownership. Permission was granted to allow the Liberty Township Trustee to place a tornado siren on the property of Wentz Drive and Baers Court off of Lake Road 10 East.


AT THIS TIME, Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the White County Council members to order in joint session with the White County Commissioners. Council members present were:


Richard “Buzz” Horton, President Dennis Cain Dennis Carter

Raymond “Butch” Kramer Bruce Clear Kevin “Casey” Crabb

Gary Hendryx




White County E-911 Director Terri Conwell appeared presenting her monthly report for the E-911 Center.


Terri reported that she is about ready to do the phone upgrade with Indigital next month and she was just informed that the purchase of the two nim cards, needed for the upgrade to allow us to received wireless calls, will be covered by the State’s E-911 Board. This will save us about $4,000.


Last month Terri hired three part-timers that have been in training and two of them have just left. She does have another person starting next Monday.



White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that this year has started off very slow. Last month they only issued fifteen permits. Four of those permits were for new houses.



White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Report for February 2007.


Mr. Cardwell reported that one of their long term board members has just passed away a couple of weeks ago. The Hospital Board will submit a list of recommendations to the Commissioners to make another appointment.


Mr. Cardwell reported that the foundation is coming along on the hospital project. The Medical Office Building is coming along very nicely. It is only seven days behind schedule due to the snow and it is currently still on budget.


The first definitive date to have the Medical Arts Building open is set for July 17th. The reason why this is needed is because this is the date that they will be closing the Arnett Clinic in Monticello. We are expecting this to be done so our first two tenants, Dr. Hall and the Dialysis group will be open.


Mr. Cardwell said that they had a pretty decent month in February.


Having a working relationship with Clarian Health in the past, they have agreed to allow the hospital to “piggyback” with them for the purchasing of all of the new equipment for the new site. The equipment budget was looking to be around $6 million and now they expect cost to be a lot lower.



Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller said that there is a beaver chopping trees down by the lake.

Kae is also asking the Council to put some money back in her budget for repairs this year. She had taken a lot of the money out of her budget last year to show support towards the elevator but since this isn’t going to be done, structural things really need repaired.


Kae also asked if she could put a couple of the windmills up at the home to save money on electricity. This is something that she would like the commissioners to look at and consider.


County Councilman Bruce Clear said this could be an erosion problem soon if they aren’t taken care of.

The best way to take care of this is to spread tar around the tree and wrap chain link fence around the bottom of the tree.


Councilman Casey Crabb said to “get a gun”!



Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Complaints and Violations report for February 2007.


Not too many people got out to complain about anything because of all of the snow that we had.



Councilman Horton asked the Commissioners how the funds were looking on the Cum Bridge Fund for this year. He said if we wanted to raise the rate, now is the time to do that.


Commissioner Schmierer discussed how the council has tried to raise the rate two or three years in a row and we keep getting denied.


Councilman Horton suggested that we try it again since we have less money in it this year.



Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented her Director’s Report for February 2007.


Connie said that she has been talking with Ball Corporation and they are in the process of expanding. She also continues to visit with other industries in the County (Emerson/McGill, Rockland Flooring, and Vanguard).


Connie said that she has met with prospects for the Reynolds area: Waste Gasification Systems, Westech, and VeraSun.


The last White County Strategic Planning Session will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.


The groundbreaking ceremony for Bio-Town will be held this Wednesday, March 21st, at 1:30 p.m. They will be breaking ground for the Technology Suite.


The next Ivy Tech/higher education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds. Connie is meeting with the architects sometime this week and she hopes to have some preliminary designs for the meeting. With the help of Don Lehe she is applying for a grant for this project from the state.


Wolcott Corridor

White County Attorney George Loy has been working on some ground option agreements because we have been talking with landowners.


Wind Farms

The two wind farms interested in our area are going head to head with each other. Landowners love it because they are getting a quote for ground options and then they are taking that to the other wind company for negotiations.


Connie said that Horizon Wind has applied for a Special Exception to put up their test towers and the BZA has approved that. Evenergy will be putting their application in shortly for their one man tower.


A couple of things that we will need to address with the wind farms in our county will be the zoning, a wind ordinance and also the tax situation. She has found out that with a wind farm, the way the Indiana Code is written at this time, they can apply for an exemption from property taxes.



Connie Neininger presented copies of the Ivy Tech lease agreement to all Council and Commissioners. The lease is for $48,000 per year ($4,000 per month) for five years with an option to renew. In the lease, Ivy Tech will take care


of all maintenance and repairs on the building, parking lots, and the heating and air condition. They will also be responsible for paying all utilities and insurance coverage on the building White County will only be responsible for all of the improvements needed for them to move in.


Commissioner Schmierer explained to the Council that this lease presented today is just a sample of what one would look like because at this time we (County) have no clue as to what the cost are going to be to bring this building up for repair.


Councilman Dennis Cain asked if we had a ball park figure on what the cost might be. Connie said that she has been given a rough estimate of $1million to $1.2 million. She said that Fanning and Howie will provide us with an exact cost within a couple of weeks.


Councilman Dennis Cain was surprised with the contract only being $48,000 per year.


Commissioner Heimlich said that this total is actually dictated by Ivy Tech because of how they receive money from the State. Their limit is pretty much $50,000.


Connie said that if they have a lease payment, having reoccurring cost of $50,000 annually, they have to get an approval from the State. By keeping the lease payment under the $50,000, it keeps it a local decision and they won’t have to get an approval from the State level.


Connie explained that it is unknown if Ivy Tech would pick up the lease again after the five years, but right now their numbers are showing that their Lafayette campus is “bursting out at the seams”. They will have to expand a lot or their going to be in trouble. Connie said that right now they are counting on White County’s campus to be opening to save them some expenses in Lafayette.


Between six neighboring counties there are 677 students driving to Lafayette and out of that total 355 are coming from White County. With this new location, we will be helping them immensely by decreasing their need to expand.


White County Attorney George Loy said that Ivy Tech has requested from us a format of a lease. Today you would only be approving the format of the lease and not committing to anything else on either side. He has tried to draft it with the known perimeters of Ivy Tech’s limitations (budget of $50,000 for rent, cannot purchase the property must be a lease, five years is maximum to commitment). He said that the real hurdle for the county is going to be the cost of the renovations and how the county will pay for it.


Commissioner Heimlich said that the most important thing from the county’s standpoint is how much money we will receive from grants and private donations to have this done. If this is achieved, then the lease amount won’t be such an issue.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to authorize sending the draft lease agreement to Ivy Tech, as a non-binding contract, for their consideration, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich said that he expects to hear from Ivy Tech with changes to this lease and he does expect it to be an ongoing thing.



Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, reported that Advanced Auto is coming into Jasper County. With this development, the town of Remington needs to put in a water tower to service the facility. They will need to run the water lines by July 1st and they hope to have the water tower in place by August 2008.


She explained that when we were discussing our plans for the Wolcott Corridor, White County was looking into putting up a 250,000 gallon water tower as well. Engineers have told Connie that there doesn’t need to be two 250,000 water towers, one in Wolcott and one in Remington, within a quarter of a mile within each other.


Connie said that Remington has asked if we would consider joining forces with them to possible get one water tower to service both areas. The engineers have been analyzing both water systems from Wolcott and Remington and it has been determined that Remington has four to five times more capacity for water than Wolcott at this time.


Remington is going to be letting the bid for a 250,000 gallon water tower to see what the cost would be. The engineers are working to see what size we will need to cover more of the Wolcott Corridor. They will be letting a second bid later taking the water tower up to 300,000t to 350,000 gallon.


Connie said that right now it needs to be determined how far out we would want the water to come from Remington to the East. Also, we need to look at possible running it to the Jasper county line where they would meter it out from there.


Remington is very open to joining forces with us right now; it just looks like a question as to where the stopping point will be. Connie said there is also the possibility of having sewer lines because Jasper County already has this to the east side of I65. This is also something that we could tap into which will speed up our process. She said that right now if a company would come in we could have water and sewer out to them within six months.



White County Assessor Karen Hatter requested the Commissioners and the Council to make their appointments to the PTABOA (Property Tax Appointment Board of Appeals) for 2007.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Robert Oilar and Judith Bertram to the PTABOA board for 2007, seconded by Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Clear made a motion to appoint Gerald Cartmell and Edward Bish as the Council representatives to the BTABOA board for 2007, seconded by Councilman Carter. Vote: Unanimous



Amy Carpenter, Consultant from Apex, appeared before the Commissioners saying that she continues to work on the problems that were addressed at the last meeting. She is spending the day in the conference room to answer any questions that the employees may have. Amy did report that she has just been informed that the employees are not getting their full 80% paid that they deserve. She will be looking into this as well. She complimented the Commissioners for the great job that Leah Hall has been doing in her position.



Commissioner Heimlich said that Gerald Cartmell has agreed to sit on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Gary Barber was no longer able to sit on the Area Plan Commission (APC) because he has moved out of the area. Commissioner Heimlich explained that the Commissioners have two appointments to the BZA board, one being a member of the APC and the other not being a member. Gerald Cartmell is a new member on the APC and willing to sit on the BZA.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Gerald Cartmell to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a term expiring December 31, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



Carol Straddling, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting a gift from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board (consisting of a 20-member board) to Commissioner John Heimlich as a thank you for serving ten years as a board member.



Commissioner Heimlich said that he has been approached by Ray Franko, IT Technician at the Sheriff’s Dept., about having a credit card. The Commissioners agreed that they did not have a problem of having one and keeping it in the Commissioners’ office with the Commissioners’ secretary. They did not want to have any loose credit cards in any departments. Commissioner Heimlich said that he will talk to the Attorney to see how we would go about having one and if an ordinance is needed.




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







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








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