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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, January 16, 2006, 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 O.D. “Bud” Ferguson. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, and the Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner President Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the January 3, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for January 16, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL

Commissioner Heimlich discussed that a meeting will soon be held with all Department Heads to discuss the first draft of the Personnel Policy for White County. Commissioner Heimlich reminded everyone that the county has hired an outside consultant, Dennis Dunlap of Dunlap HR Consulting Group, to have our policy updated. A draft has been submitted and discussions need to be made.

ASSESSING CONTRACT – WHITE COUNTY ASSESSOR KAREN HATTER

White County Assessor Karen Hatter presented a contract to the Commissioners from Indiana Assessment Service. Karen has had the contract with them in the past to provide White County with real property assessment maintenance services. The term of the contract will be March 1, 2006, to May 31, 2006. The fee of the contract is $20.00 per parcel with an estimate of 450 parcels for a fee of $9,000.

This contract will provide the local assessing officials with field data collection on changes resulting from new construction, alterations, and demolitions for residential and agricultural properties of certain designated properties and affect the value effective for the tax lien date of March 1, 2006.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to enter into agreement with Indiana Assessment Services for a period beginning March 1, 2006, and expiring May 31, 2006, for a contract amount of $9,000, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver appeared before the Commissioners with the following information:

Rezoning Petition #896

Arthur E. Segal is requesting to rezone 4.625 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an I-2 (Heavy Industrial). The property is located west of Monticello on the North side of C.R. 100 N. and on the West side of the railroad tracks. This request was heard in a public hearing on January 9, 2006, by the Area Plan Commission.

The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 Yes and 0 No.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the public if there was anyone wishing to speak about this petition. There was no response.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #896 (Ordinance No. 489-06) from an A-1 to an I-2 for property located West of Monticello on the North side of C.R. 100 N. for Arthur E. Segal, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

REPORTS – COUNCIL

AT THIS TIME, Council member Jim Mann called the White County Council to order in joint session with the County Commissioners. Council members present were:

James Mann Faye Lowring Dennis Cain

Ronald Schmierer Richard “Buzz” Horton Kevin “Casey” Crabb

Dennis Carter

Council member James Mann announced that he has been elected as the acting 2006 President for the White County Council and Richard “Buzz” Horton has been elected as the Vice President for 2006.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller appeared giving her monthly report.

Kae reported that she has ordered new tape to mark around the floors directing people to the EXIT signs in the home.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented a written monthly report of the Complaints and Violations for December, 2005.

WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL AND AGING

White County Council and Aging Director Gale Spry appeared before the Commissioners and Council to give a year-end report for 2005.

Gale reported that a voucher to the Indiana Department of Transportation has been submitted requesting reimbursable expenses. For the 2005 4th quarter, White County Council and Aging will be reimbursed $33,528.00.

In 2005 she reported that the agency did expend out 100% of the contract with the State and 92% was expended with the Federal. What this means is that the Council and Aging spent all but $8,000 of their funds that the State and Federal granted them this year.

This being the first year of K-IRPC not administering the grant, the Council and Aging was able to collect an additional $65 to $70 thousand dollars by administering the grant themselves. Gale said that for 2006 she would like to get the employees pay increased and up to speed and she also mentioned that some of the vans are broken down. Even though they did not spend all of the money in 2005 they will still be allocated the same amount of funds for 2006.

Since the schools did go to all day Kindergarten, the pickups were down in 2005 compared to the past.

E-911 COMMUNICATIONS

E-911 Director Terry Conwell appeared before the Commissioners and Council presenting a year-end report for 2005.

Terri pointed out that the third dispatch console has been ordered from Ra-Comm but they are having a backorder problem with Motorola. Terri has funds of $37,938.41for the console.

Terri also reported the following for 2005:

  • The 800 MHz frequency was installed in our center and its use continues to grow.

  • Our mapping company installed a comments/history field in the system. We can now enter data into a field that automatically comes up when we receive a 911 call from a landline phone.

  • A third station in the dispatch center has been set up and officers are able to view the call log and take MDT tests at this station.

  • There are 9 full-time employees and 4 part-time.

  • Implemented a 4 and 2 schedule giving everyone some weekends off duty.

Councilman Richard Horton complemented Terri on doing such a good job and not getting burned out with the position.

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson appeared giving a verbal report. He reported that there were twenty-three permits issued for December and six of them were for new housing.

WHITE COUNTY RECYCLE

Recycling Director Dawn Girard presented a 2005 year end report to the Commissioners and Council.

The following are some things that she highlighted from her report.

  1. 2005 – the cost to run White County Recycling was $96,357.37

  2. Achievements in 2005

  • Processed 382,622 more pounds of recyclable material over 2004

  • Increased receipts by $5,935.66 over 2004

  • Operating cost for the facility dropped by $18,476.86 over 2004

  • 11 new business pick-up locations for the cardboard truck.

  • 4 new business pick-up locations with the Box truck.

  • Finalized and turned in final IDEM evaluation report on the new bailer.

  1. Goals for 2006

  • This year White County Recycling hopes to obtain 5 million pounds of recyclable material. With help through the Solid Waste District with more education.

  • Continue to cut operating cost.

  • Increase receipt of collections.

  • Obtain new business pickups.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

County Commissioner John Heimlich introduced Connie Neininger as the new Director for the Industrial Foundation replacing Valerie Hunter.

Working in the office for two weeks now, Connie said that she has met with the board members and they are currently talking on changing the name to the White County Economic Development Organization. Connie discussed spending a lot of time this year working with the existing businesses in the industry in areas of retention and expansion.

Connie discussed the unemployment rate currently being 5.4% which is a lot lower compared to two years ago, thanks to Vanguard moving in our county.

The Industrial Foundation now has a web site at www.whitecountyin.org that will have a site indicator on the page. The site locator will enable us to put all of our available properties on that web site so anyone can access the site and receive updated information about or county. This site will also be linked with the regional and state’s web site.

The Industrial Foundation annual meeting will be held, Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. at the Brandywine.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the White County Memorial Hospital Financial Analysis for December 31, 2005.

Mr. Cardwell reported that the hospital had a very strong month in December and a very strong year for 2005 as well. The hospital had a net income gain of $250,000 for 2005.

The hospital has three new doctors that will be joining their facility sometime soon.

Mr. Cardwell thinks that once the construction of the new hospital is completed on Sixth Street that they will expand the dialysis section. In the past the seats fill up quickly which makes some people to have to travel to Lafayette three times a week to have the procedure done.

The board has authorized to have a Medical Office building next to the hospital.

HOSPITAL LAND, SALE OF COUNTY PROPERTY, LANDFILL RESERVE FUND

Commissioner Heimlich said that about two years ago the Commissioners were approached by the Hospital board discussing the idea of building a new facility on the land owned by the County on Sixth Street, approximately 78.6 acres. However, about the same time the County Commissioner were also in discussions with Tom Spackman of Indiana Beach who also expressed interest in purchasing the farm land for a possible beach- related expansion.

The Hospital board members agreed that it would not be right to land lock the county’s largest employer, so the Hospital Board searched else where for a new location site. Discussions were made informally with the Commissioners and Mr. Cardwell that if the county sold the 78.6 acres to Indiana Beach if the county would consider turning that money over to purchase, reimburse, the hospital for buying land elsewhere.

Last August 2005, the hospital did purchase 38.125 acres on South Street for $954,125. Commissioner Heimlich said that now is the time to officially consider selling the 78.6 acres and reimbursing the hospital the $954,125 for the land purchase.

If the farm land is going to be sold the state statue says that the property must first be appraised by two licensed appraisers. The appraisers shall make a joint appraisal of property. The sale must be advertised two times, at least one week apart, with the second publication made at least three days before the event. This is a process that could take some time. If we are going to reimburse the hospital, they need the money very quickly.

Commissioner Heimlich explained how the county could possibly borrow the money from the Landfill Reserve Fund and then pay it back as soon as the county farm land was sold. This money is not to be touched but the ordinance could be amended. There is currently $5 million in the fund.

Council President James Mann approves of utilizing the Landfill Reserve Fund for a very worthy cause in our county. He understands that we are only borrowing the money and paying the funds back but he does not see a need to have an interest rate when the money is borrowed.

Former White County Commissioner Dean Fleck who also sits on the hospital board strongly encourages the Commissioners and Council to give this money to the hospital.

At this time, the Council adjourns their meeting to their own meeting room.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to contract with two appraisal firms to have the county farm land appraised, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

_____________________________ ____________________________ _____________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steven Burton, Vice President O.D. “Bud” Ferguson, Member

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor