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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on September 17, 2007, at 8:00 a.m., in the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ Conference Room.

Commissioners’ present was: Vice President Steve Burton and Commissioner Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, White County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Burton called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for the September 4, 2007, regular meeting as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the payroll for September 24, 2007, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR 2008

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich presented the holiday schedule for 2008:

January 1 New Year’s Day

February 18 President’s Day

March 21 Good Friday

May 6 Election Day

May 26 Memorial Day

July 4 Independence Day

September 1 Labor Day

October 13 Columbus Day

November 4 Election Day

November 11 Veteran’s Day

November 27 & 28 Thanksgiving Day

December 25 & 26 Christmas Day

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Holiday Schedule for 2008 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL/CLAIMS/MEETINGS FOR 2008

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich presented the Payroll, Claims, and Meeting schedules for 2008.

Payroll To Be Turned IN Payroll To Be Paid On

December 31, 2007 January 14, 2008

January 14, 2008 January 28, 2008

January 28, 2008 February 11, 2008

February 11, 2008 February 25, 2008

February 25, 2008 March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008 March 24, 2008

March 24, 2008 April 7, 2008

April 7, 2008 April 21, 2008

April 21, 2008 May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008 May 19, 2008

May 20, 2008 June 2, 2008

June 2, 2008 June 16, 2008

June 16, 2008 June 30, 2008

June 30, 2008 July 14, 2008

Payroll To Be Turned IN Payroll To Be Paid On

July 14, 2008 July 28, 2008

July 28, 2008 August 11, 2008

August 11, 2008 August 25, 2008

August 25, 2008 September 8, 2008

September 8, 2008 September 22, 2008

September 22, 2008 October 6, 2008

October 6, 2008 October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008 November 3, 2008

November 3, 2008 November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008 December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008 December 15, 2008

December 15, 2008 December 29, 2008

December 29, 2008 January 12, 2009

MEETING DATES

Commissioners Only Commissioners & Council

January 7 January 21

February 4 February 19

March 3 March 17

April 7 April 21

May 5 May 19

June 2 June 16

July 7 July 21

August 4 August 18

September 2 September 15

October 6 October 20

November 3 November 17

December 1 December 15

December 29

CLAIMS

Claims Due To Be Paid On

January 21 February 4

February 19 March 3

March 24 April 7

April 21 May 5

May 19 June 2

June 23 July 7

July 21 August 4

August 18 September 2

September 22 October 6

October 20 November 3

November 17 December 1

December 15 December 29

AREA PLAN

White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following:

Rezoning Petition #941

Fertilizer Dealer Supply, Inc., are requesting to rezone 10 acres from an A-1 (Agriculture) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located west of Brookston, on the west side of U.S. Highway 231 between C.R. 700 S. and C.R. 800 S.

This request was heard at a public hearing with the Area Plan Commission on September 10, 2007. The Area Plan Commission recommended this petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Burton asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. There was no response.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #941 (Ordinance No. 520-07) which will rezone 10.0 acres from an A-1 to a B-2 for property located West of Brookston, on the west side of U.S. Highway 231 between C.R. 700 S. and C.R. 800 S., seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #942

Michael J. & Carolyn Sue Ford are requesting to rezone 2.04 acres from an A-1 (Agriculture) to an R-1 (One Family Residence). The property is located southwest of Monticello at 2492 S. 425 E.

This request was heard at a public hearing with the Area Plan Commission on September 10, 2007. The Area Plan Commission recommended this petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Burton asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. There was no response.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 942 (Ordinance No. 521-07) rezoning 2.04 acres from an A-1 to an R-1 for property located at 2492 S. 425 E. for Michael J. & Carolyn Sue Ford, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

KEN KURSEY – HANDICAP ISSUES

Ken Kursey appeared before the Commissioners to discuss handicap issues in White County.

Mr. Kursey presented pictures of a deck that he built in front of his house five years ago to give him access to get into his house with a wheelchair. Mr. Kursey said that he had to pay $15.00 for the permit to build the deck which was 18’x10’, and $30.00 to put in a handicap ramp which was 4’x 27’. Mr. Kursey feels that the county is taxing handicap people to get into their own homes.

Mr. Kursey said, “I understand that there is going to be a revamp of the rules and regulations; someone needs to take a look at this and set one low price to cover a person to come out and inspect it.” Mr. Kursey said that no one even came out to inspect his ramp until he complained about the new Pizza Hut.

Mr. Kursey argued about how Area Plan approved the handicap parking spaces at the new Pizza Hut. He argued that the entrance is on the North side of the building and they put the handicap parking spaces on the East side of the building. Mr. Kursey said, that’s against the law; that’s discrimination.” He argued that someone needs to look at the handicap issues in this county.

Mr. Kursey said, “If we have to pay $30 to $50 for a permit to get into our own house, than something needs to be done about the inspections and the businesses that are putting their ramps and entrance doors on the wrong side.

Mr. Kursey also complained about the handicap spaces that the county has in the cul-de-sac. He argued that the signs are positioned right where a person is supposed to open their door.

HAMILTON ACCOUNTS SERVICES, INC.

Curtis Cooksey, Hamilton Accounts Services Rep., appeared before the Commissioners saying that their company performs collection services. Hamilton Accounts Services is from Noblesville, Indiana. This is a free service to the county but they are able to collect an additional 25% from the delinquent taxpayer. They will collect money on the county’s behalf whether it is for personal property taxes for the Treasurer or collecting for traffic tickets and court fees for the Clerk’s office. Mr. Cooksey said that they are working for several other counties at this time Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jay, and Union.

An “Agreement for Services” was presented for the Commissioners’ and Attorney to review.

Commissioner Burton asked if Mr. Cooksey would have a problem working with another collection company that worked for the county. Mr. Cooksey stated that in Hamilton County he works for the Clerk and the Treasurer works with American Financial Services and this is not a problem.

The Commissioners’ will take this under advisement.

VOTING PLACES IN WHITE COUNTY

White County Clerk Bruce Lambert presented a list of voting places in White County for the Municipal Election on November 6, 2007.

Union 4 County Building

Union 5 County Building

Union 6 County Building

Union 7 County Building

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the voting places in White County for the Municipal Election on November 6, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

REPORTS

At this time, Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the County Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Board members present were:

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

Kevin “Casey” Crabb Bruce Clear Gary Hendryx

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson issued 71 permits last month and four of them were for new homes.

Commissioner Schmierer asked Mr. Anderson if the county is charging $50 for a handicap ramp permit fee. Mr. Anderson didn’t know for sure the total fee amount.

Commissioner Burton asked if the fee was based on the size and cost of the ramp or is it a set fee for handicap ramps in general. Mr. Anderson said that the ramps are inspected two times, whether it is in Round Grove or Monticello. Mr. Anderson said that he will take a look at the fee because he didn’t know that it was $50. He was thinking that it was more around $30. He asked the Commissioners what the trips out to do the inspections are worth?

Commissioner Burton asked the County Attorney George Loy who has the authority when a business doesn’t have their handicap access at the main entrance. He asked if the county has any regulation over that.

Attorney George Loy stated that the County needs to have a local ordinance and he is not aware of one that the county currently has.

Mr. Anderson said that this would fall under Access Ability, Chapter 11 in the Indiana Building Code. He said that someone could call Indianapolis about the American Disability Act and they will come up and check it out.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller appeared presenting her monthly report for August 2007.

Kae reported that Larry Lear will be coming out the first of October to look at the boiler.

Kae presented an inspection report done by the County’s insurance with a list of things that they recommend to be replaced or repaired.

Kae reported that on the sewer back-up problem she spent five days cleaning the carpets. Godloves did come out and they were able to fix the problem. She said that Overbecks did arrive on September 10th to hook-up the connection directly to the grinder.

HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell appeared presenting the Financial Report for August 2007.

Mr. Cardwell reported that the hospital had a good revenue month with the revenues being almost $3.4 million which will put them quite a bit ahead of their budget. Year-to-date the revenue is at $26,197 million and they are budgeted at $24,109 million. The board continues to pull out the $75,000 and submitting it to Regions Bank for the bond reserve fund which is now at $675,000. In August or September 2008 they are hoping to have the $1.5 million to pay the debt service for the new hospital.

Their cash position remains very strong at $7,298 million.

A new physician is starting today, Mark Lake, a Dermatologist will be available five days a week at the new Medical Office Building. They also have a new orthopedic surgeon at the facility.

Construction on the new hospital is going very well and they are ahead of schedule.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Complaints & Violations report for August 2007.

Mr. Raines reported that the month of August was a very busy month which it is all detailed in his report.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Bob Hanni presented a handout concerning the Ivy Tech project. He presented a Resolution approved by the Regional Board of Ivy Tech in Lafayette and also approved by the State’s Facilities Board.

The resolution approves a lease for a five year term with incremental one-year renewals and an estimated recurring investment of new funds of approx. $94,896 for rent/year for the original term and an approximate net annual increase of $317,000 for other operating costs.

Mr. Hanni said that this will now need to go before the State Board on October 10th.

Mr. Hanni said that this is the longest lease that Ivy-Tech has ever approved for anyone.

Also in the handout was an impact study showing what Ivy Tech will be spending ($2.8 million) within the five year period in Monticello. The Architect has agreed to continue to work on the project, volunteering their work, until it is completed. They are now in the second stage of the design work.

Mr. Hanni commented that they are still providing additional information for the WIRED grant which could bring in around $390,000 for the project. Purdue University is administering the grant.

UMBAUGH & ASSOCIATES – WHITE COUNTY CAPITAL PLAN

Councilman Buzz Horton said that the Capital Plan that Umbaugh is working on for White County is completed. Umbaugh is going to sit with Commissioner Heimlich and himself and go over everything and then they will go over it with all Commissioners and Council.

LOCAL INCOME TAX – LOIT

Councilman Horton said that at the last joint meeting discussion was made on contracting Umbaugh and Associates to help us analyze the local option income tax figures. Councilman Horton has received a price from them and the cost to have them do this is $7,500 to $10,000. The other council members felt that this would be very nice to have going into the decision making process.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to hire Umbaugh and Associates to analyze the best Local Income Tax option for White County for the cost of $7,500 to $10,000, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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: ________________________________

Jill Guingrich, White County Auditor