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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, March 6, 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.

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for March 13, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

UNCOLLECTABLE FEES – LAKEVIEW HOME

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool presented an ordinance to the Commissioners requesting to write-off uncollectible fees for Lakeview Home.

Commissioner Heimlich questioned writing off the fees for someone who is currently still living out there. Auditor Pool said that this person has never been approved to be on the ARCH program. Commissioner Heimlich felt that if this is written off than the fees wouldn’t be in the books when the time comes to collect the funds from ARCH after he is approved.

Auditor Mary Jo Pool will check with the State Board of Accounts and bring it up at another time.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke told the Commissioners that he would like to set a date to have a county auction. Mr. Brooke would like to have it sometime around the first part of April. He will contact an auctioneer to find out what dates are available. PERMISSION GRANTED

MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP LIBRARY APPOINTMENT

The Monticello-Union Township Library Board President, Don Hanni, submitted a letter of recommendation of Mr. Brad Moore to serve the appointment on the board. This appointment will replace Mr. Gerald Kolter.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that this position was advertised two times in the Herald Journal requesting letters of interest to be submitted to the White County Commissioners. Mr. Brad Moore, owner of Ace Hardware, was the only letter received requesting to be appointed and willing to serve on the board for a four year term.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Mr. Brad Moore to a four year term on the Monticello-Union Township Library Board effective March 6, 2006 and expiring March 6, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE

Phil Baer, county’s agent from Heiny Insurance, appeared before the Commissioners giving information about the coverage of the county’s earthquake insurance. Mr. Baer explained that the county currently has $10 million of Earthquake coverage. The county now has to option to purchase excess of $8 million at the cost of $4,200. Four years ago the county had coverage of $20 million but within the last five years the market has been changing and this has driven the premium down.

Mr. Baer felt that the amount of $18 million would probable cover the cost of most of the county buildings but the amount does not cover bridges. This coverage is only for the buildings and contents.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if they could add this at any time. Mr. Baer said yes, but he would have to requote it.

Commissioner Burton felt that he could go either way with the insurance and Commissioner Ferguson said that he felt we should stick with the $10 million at this time.

The Commissioners told Mr. Baer that they are going to decline the excess Earthquake insurance at this time.

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson appeared before the Commissioners to discuss the current building fees. Mr. Anderson feels that the currents rates for a building permit are too high, which are $300 minimum and $.10 per sq ft. Mr. Anderson feels that the rate should stay the same but put in a ceiling amount. When Mr. Anderson wrote the fee schedule he wasn’t thinking about the cost it would be for a Commercial building.

Mr. Anderson also felt that not-for-profit organizations should have to pay such a large amount for a permit but they should have to pay a small flat fee to cover administrative cost.

Mr. Anderson said that he needs to put some more thought into the fee schedule but at this time he just wanted to make them aware of the updates that are needed.

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

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

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