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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 16, 2007, at 8:00 a.m. in the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners Conference Room.

 

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

 

Commissioners Heimlich called the Commissioners meeting to order.

 

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on July 2, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for July 16, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

ANIMAL CONTROL

Dr. Kinnard, Monticello Animal Hospital, appeared before the County Commissioners asking the county to pay for an additional two more days for the animals to stay. Currently, the county pays for three days of boarding the animals and he would like to extend this to five days. This is necessary for the animals that come in on a Friday. When the animals come in on Friday, this does not give him enough time to get it advertised in the local newspaper.

 

The Commissioners said that they will look at the ordinance and discuss this at a later meeting.

 

BRIDGE #229

Don Ward, County Consulting Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners presenting photos of Bridge No. 229 carrying CR 1050 South over Moots Creek at 030 west. Mr. Ward is recommending that this bridge be replaced. His approximate cost to replace the bridge is $447,000 plus 6% for engineering costs; total cost to be around $474,000 to $500,000. He would like for construction to start in 2009, letting being in the spring and having it all completed by winter.

 

Mr. Ward presented two engineering agreements to the commissioners for their review and approval.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and accept the engineering agreement for the preliminary engineering work for Bridge #229 from Donald Ward, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and accept the engineering agreement for construction engineering for Bridge #229 from Donald Ward, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the appointment for Kathy Altman on the White County Memorial Hospital Board expired on June 30, 2007. Commissioner Heimlich said that he has met with her and she would like to remain on the board for another term.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Kathy Altman to the White County Memorial Hospital Board for a 4 year term beginning July 1, 2007 and expiring June 30, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION – PUBLIC HEARING

The White County Economic Development Commission held a Public Hearing on July 16, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners Conference Room.

 

Economic Development Commission board members present were: Larry Klink, Gary Hendryx and Dave Diener.

 

Board member Gary Hendryx called the Economic Development Commission to order.

 

At this time, the board members voted on the organization of the board.

 

  • Economic Development Commission board member Gary Hendryx made a motion to appoint Dave Diener as President on the White County Economic Development Commission, seconded by board member Larry Klink. Vote: Unanimous

  • Economic Development board member Gary Hendryx made a motion to appoint Larry Klink as Vice President on the White County Economic Development Commission, seconded by board member Dave Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

Economic Development board member, Gary Hendryx will serve as Secretary for the board.

 

Economic Development Commission President Dave Diener opened the Public Hearing for public comments regarding the resolutions that are presented before the group today and welcome any comments on the project in general.

 

No comments were received during the public hearing. The public hearing was closed.

 

President Dave Diener said, “Assuming that there are no comments from the hearing the information must have been very forthcoming from the county, making sure that everyone was aware of the project”.

 

Jerimi Ullom, Barnes & Thornburg, presented copies of the resolutions to everyone detailing that the first one is a report of the White County Economic Development Commission. He said that by statue the Economic Development Commission is to make a report to the Plan Commission that includes four or five things that are required by statue.

 

They are as follows:

 

REPORT OF THE WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED FINANCING OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES FOR VERASUN REYNOLDS, LLC

The White County Economic Development Commission (the “Commission”) proposes to recommend to White County, Indiana (the “County”), that it loan the proceeds of certain taxable economic development revenue bonds to VeraSun Reynolds, LLC (the “Applicant”) for the financing of certain economic development facilities and public infrastructure in the County.

In connection therewith, the Commission hereby report as follows:

  1. The proposed economic development facilities consist of the construction of an ethanol production facility by the Applicant and the construction of certain infrastructure improvements by the County or another governmental entity (the “Projects”).

  1. The Commission estimates that no public works or services, including public ways, schools, water, sewer, street lights and fire protection, will be made necessary or desirable by the Projects, because any such works or services already exist or will be provided by the Applicant or other parties and funded with proceeds of the bonds.

  1. The Commission estimates that the total costs of the infrastructure improvements to be financed and other financing costs will be approximately $4,850,000 and the portion of the economic development facility to be financed will be approximately $8,000,000. The Applicant will invest approximately $143,000,000 in the construction of the entire ethanol production facility.

  1. The Commission estimates that the Projects will create approximately 55 jobs with an annual payroll of approximately $1,200,000.

  1. There are no facilities similar to the Projects that are already constructed or operating in the County, and consequently, the Projects will have no adverse competitive effect on similar facilities already constructed or operating in White County, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The resolution that Mr. Ullom presented read as follows:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-1

A RESOLUTION APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN PROPOSED TAXABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REVENUE BONDS

WHEREAS, White County, Indiana (the “County”), is authorized by Indiana Code 36-7-11.9 and Ind. Code 36-7-12 (collectively, the “Act”) to issue revenue bonds for the financing of economic development facilities, and loan the proceeds of the revenue bond issue to another entity to finance or fefiance the acquisition, construction, renovation, installation and equipping of said facilities; and

WHEREAS, VeraSun Reynolds, LLC (the “Borrower”) desires to finance all or a portion of (i) an ethanol production facility to be constructed by the borrower, (ii) certain public infrastructure improvements to be constructed by the County or another governmental entity (the”Projects”), and (iii) certain costs related to the issuance of the Bonds;

WHEREAS, the Borrower has advised the White County Economic Development Commission (the “Commission”) and the County that it proposes that the County issue taxable revenue bonds in an amount not to excced Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000) (the “Bonds”) under the Act and loan the proceeds of such Bonds to the Borrower for the purpose of financing the Projects;

WHEREAS, the Commission has studied the Projects and the proposed financing of the Projects and their effect on the health and general welfare of the County and its citizens;

WHEREAS, the completion of the Projects results in the diversification of industry, the creation of approximately 55 new jobs and the creation of business opportunities in the County;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ind. Code 36-7-12-24, the Commission published notice of a public hearing (the “Public Hearing”) on the proposed issuance of the Bonds to finance the Projects; and

WHEREAS, on the date hereof the Commission held the public hearing on the Projects and received uncontroverted evidence that there are no facilities which are similar to the Projects and have already been constructed or operating in or near the County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. The Commission hereby finds, determines, ratifies and confirms that the diversification of industry, the creation of business opportunities, and the creation of opportunities for gainful employment within the jurisdiction of the County is desirable, serves a public purpose, and is of benefit to the health and general welfare of the County; and that it is in the public interest that the County take such action as it lawfully may to encourage the diversification of industry, the creation of business opportunities, and the creation of opportunities for gainful employment within the jurisdiction of the County.

SECTION 2. The Commission hereby makes a finding of fact, based upon the uncontroverted evidence presented at the Public Hearing, that there are no facilities which are similar to the Porjects and already constructed or operating in or near the County and, based upon such finding of fact, hereby determines that the Projects will not have an adverse competitive effect on any similar facilities already constructed or operating in or near the County.

SECTION 3. The Commission hereby approves the report with respect to the Projects presented at this meeting. The Secretary of this Commission shall submit such report to the executive director or chairman of the plan commission of the County and the superintendent of the school corporation in which the Projects will be located.

SECTION 4. The Commission finds, determines, ratifies and confirms that the issuance and sale of the Bonds, in one or more series, in an amount not to exceed Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000), and the loan of the proceeds of the Bonds to the Borrower for the financing of the Projects will be of benefit to the health and general welfare of the County, will serve the public purposes referred to above in accordance with the Act, and fully comply with the Act.

SECTION 5. The financing of the Projects through the issuance of the Bonds, in one or more series and in an amount not to exceed Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000) is hereby approved.

SECTION 6. The Commission hereby approves the terms of the following documents in the form presented at this meeting: (i) a Loan Agreement (including a form of Note), between the County and the Borrower; (ii) a Trust Indenture, between the County and a trustee to be selected by the Auditor of the County (the “Trustee”); (iii) the Bonds; and (iv) an Ordinance of the County Council. The President of the Commission is hereby authorized and directed to approve such changes to the terms of such documents as deemed by him or her to be necessary or desirable in order to carry out and comply with intent, conditions, and purposes of this resolution.

SECTION 7. Any officer of the Commission is hereby authorized and directed, in the name an on behalf of the Commission, to execute any and all other agreements, documents, and instruments, perform any and all acts, approve any and all matters, and do any and all other things deemed by him to be necessary or desirable in order to carry out and comply with the intent, conditions and purposes of this resolution (including the preambles hereto and the documents mentioned herein), the Projects and the issuance and sale of the Bonds, and any such execution, performance, approval or doing of other things heretofore effected be, and hereby is, ratified and approved.

SECTION 8. The Secretary of this Commission shall transmit this resolution, together with the forms of the documents approved by this resolution, to the County Council.

SECTION 9. This resolution shall be in full force and effect upon adoption.

  • White County Economic Development board member Dave Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2007-1 Approving and Authorizing certain actions and proceedings with respect to certain proposed taxable economic development revenue bonds, seconded by board member Larry Klink. Vote: Unanimous

Mr. Ullom said that the statue for the Economic Development Commission states that the board must meet annually in February.

 

  • Economic Development Commission board member Dave Diener made a motion to adjourn the Economic Development Commission board meeting, seconded by board member Larry Klink. Vote: Unanimous

REPORTS

 

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

President, Richard “Buzz” Horton Raymond “Butch” Kramer Dennis Carter

Kevin “Casey” Crabb Dennis Cain Gary Hendryx

Bruce Clear

 

HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financials Report for June 2007.

 

Mr. Cardwell was happy to report that June was their second largest revenue month ever recorded. Their revenue for the month came in at $3.5 million with the year-to-date being $19.5 million. This is exactly how much they made in the year 2000, $19.5 million.

 

He reported that the hospital board continues to place $75,000 each month in the title funds for bond reserve. They are doing this to accumulate the $1.5 million needed to pay off their debt service for the bonds for the new hospital. They now have accumulated $525,000.

 

Clarian Arnett has taken occupancy in the new Medical Arts Building last Monday. Next to move in is Liberty Dialysis center.

 

The 31st of this month will be the re-bid opening for the new hospital.

 

Mr. Cardwell reported that 75% of their revenue is from outpatient care.

 

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that the Building Department issued 76 building permits last month; seven of them were for new homes.

 

E-911

E-911 Director Terri Conwell appeared presenting her monthly report.

 

Terri said that the EMS Commission has postponed the original proposed EMD rules. They are in the process of assembling a task force to look into these rules and make the necessary changes. If the medical director is approved, this will be a $10,000 charge to White County.

 

Terri announced that she has been chosen to sit on the Wireless Board which was put together by the State Treasurer’s Office to look for solutions that will benefit all counties in the State. She will be attending these meetings at the State Treasurer’s office. Statistically, over the last four years White County has seen revenues from the surtax on landline phones go from $610,564 in 2004 to $412,338 in 2006.

 

Statistics: May June

11 Calls 1,073 1,177

Admin Calls 8,595 8,778

Amb. Runs 193 209

 

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented a report for last month.

 

She asked for additional volunteers to help with the computer program. They have received several additional computers lately and they now have a need for a helper to help the people learn.

 

Kae verified that they currently have nine residents living at the home.

 

COUNCIL ON AGING

Gale Spry, Director of Council on Aging, presented a breakdown of reimbursements for the 2nd quarter bill sent to the State. The State will reimburse $24,630.00 and the Federal will reimbursed $13,864 for a total of $38,494 for the 2nd quarter.

 

Gale said that she will be picking up their new mini van on Wednesday. The floors are cut out and lowered which gives them the advantage of using wheelchairs in the van without a lift.

 

Gale said that she is currently applying for funding for 2008: $93,253 from Federal and funds from the State are not yet determined. She is also making application for another new van in 2008, which will replace a 1996 van. The matching funds will be $4,000.

 

Gale presented a Resolution to the Commissioners to apply for the funding for 2008.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Resolution No. 07-07-16-03, Authorizing the filing of the Federal Transportation Grant for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION NO. 07-07-16-03

Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for a grant under Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation is authorized to make grants to states through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support capital, operating and feasibility study assistance projects for nonurbanized public transportation systems under Section 5311 of the FTA Act of 1964, as amended;

WHEREAS, the Public Transit Section, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has been designated by the Governor to make Section 5311 grants for public transportation projects;

WHEREAS, the contract for financial assistance will impose certain obligations upon the applicant, including the provision by it of the local share of project costs;

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

  1. That White County Council on Aging/Public Transit is authorized to execute and file an application on behalf of White County Board of Commissioners with the INDOT to aid in the financing of transit assistance projects pursuant to Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.

  1. That White County Council on Aging/Public Transit, is authorized to furnish such additional information as INDOT may require in connection with the application

  1. That White County Council on Aging/Public Transit is authorized to execute grant contract agreements on behalf of White County Board of Commissioners.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented the Director’s Report for June 2007.

 

She reported that a representative from the Indiana Economic Development Commission visited Ball Corporation and Vanguard National Trailer with Connie in great detail. Ball Corporation has just been approved for an expansion project and they will be adding 15 employees.

 

TV18 is going to be doing a segment on White County on August 13th. They will be covering all counties in their coverage area and ours will be the week of August 13th.

 

Bio-Town

ESG (Energy Solutions Group) is working on some power purchase agreements and working on funding the financing for the actual technology suite.

 

Ivy-Tech

The July meeting was cancelled this month because of the fair and the next meeting is Tuesday, August 28th. Barnes & Thornburg has provided us with a summer intern to look over some issues with the lease agreement. They are making sure that the county doesn’t run into any income issues with the lease agreement in the future. This will be at no cost to the county.

 

Wolcott Corridor

Connie said that she has been talking with the property owners and they are going back and forth with the price.

 

Councilman Denny Cain asked where the county stands with the Wolcott Corridor.

 

Connie said that the County has talked with all of the land owners and they do have an option agreement in their hand. The landowners have been talking with their attorneys and looking over the agreements. The county has told the landowners that they would like to purchase the land at one set price, not different prices for different land parcels. There are 610 acres between 6 property owners.

 

WIRED Grant

The WIRED Grant is a $15 Million grant given to 14 counties. A group is starting to form focusing on Bio-Energy. The WIRED grant has hired a business consultant, John Mc Cowen, working with Cass, Carroll and White County. He will be going with Connie to businesses completing some survey’s trying to get a data base going. The WIRED grant has paid for this data base and it will help us with business retention and expansion.

 

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION

Barb Allen, Chair of the White County Soil & Water Conservation District, introduced other members attending with her making the presentation today: Sharon Watson; Office Manager/Education Coordinator, Rick Conwell; SWCD Conservation Technician, Donald Purkhiser; Vice Chair, and Larry Kilmer.

 

Barb Allen explained how the Soil & Water District is authorized by the State of Indiana to put conservation of soil, water and other related natural resources within their boundaries. A lot of this has been shifted back from the Federal government to the states and now it is being shoved back into the county for funding and for personnel. She thanked the Commissioners and Council for their support in the past and handed out pamphlets showing their progress for the White County residents over the years.

 

Barb reported that White County has between 226 – 300 contracts that are open and still being worked on. Currently, we are sharing a conservationist with Jasper County and because of our workload White County will now soon have their own conservationist.

 

Barb also presented a map of Indiana showing a comparison of Indiana’s current funding status compared to other states. The map showed that Indiana lags behind all North Central Region states in the amount of money the State directly appropriates to districts.

 

Along with all of the information provided, Barb did present a copy of their budget for 2008. For the past two years they have received a $10,000 Clean Water Indiana grant from the State. This money made it possible to hire Rick Connwell. His job will be to market conservation programs and provide technical services for water and erosion concerns for White County residents. They would like to continue to keep him on the payroll and make his position full-time.

 

LONGEVITY PROPOSAL

Mary Jo Pool appeared before the Commissioners and Council presenting a “longevity comparison” chart from what the Work Study Committee has suggested. They are suggesting the following:

 

Each full-time employee completing two full consecutive calendar years of employment will receive a $100.00 bonus added to their gross annual salary.

 

  • After three, four, and five years of employment, a $50.00 bonus will be added each year cumulatively.

 

  • After six through ten full calendar years of employment, a $100.00 bonus will be added each year cumulatively.

 

  • After eleven through twenty full years of employment, a $150.00 bonus will be added each year cumulatively.

 

  • After twenty-one full years of employment, a $200.00 bonus will be added. However, the bonus structure caps at this point.

 

Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton said that this is just a recommendation to the Commissioners because this is part of their employee’s handbook. The Council is not looking for a decision today.

 

It was said that the Highway and Recycling Department do get longevity but the pay is different than the one presented.

 

 

At this time, there being no further business to come before the board, their meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________ _______________________________ _____________________________

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

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: ________________________________

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich