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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, March 20, 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.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 21, 2006 and March 6, 2006, meeting , seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve payroll for March 27, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich said that last month the Commissioners approved to make application with Hoosier-Up-Lands to participate in the grant program for White County to receive an automated external defibrillator. Since that approval, notice has been given that White County is now eligible to receive two defibrillators.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the application request that a committee be made up to determine the placement of the AED’s. Commissioner Heimlich has found members that would sit on the committee. Candidates willing to serve on the committee are Mike Keever, Monticello Fire Department Fire Captain; Galen Logan, Monticello Fire Department Chief; Robert Hickman, Monticello Fire Department Fire Captain; Gordy Cochran, Emergency Management Director; and John Heimlich, White County Commissioner.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Mike Keever, Galen Logan, Robert Hickman, Gordy Cochran and John Heimlich to serve on a committee for the RAED grant program for White County, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson appeared before the Commissioners discussing putting a cap on the building permit fees.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed that Mr. Anderson currently has three very large square footage commercial and industrial projects that are in the process of obtaining building permits and Mr. Anderson felt that the current fee schedule would cost the owner significant fees.

Mr. Anderson presented to the Commissioners a request for an amendment of the White County Building Department Construction Permit Fee Schedule.

The current Commercial/Industrial rates are:

New Construction $.10 per sq ft/$300 min.

The amendment presented would change the rate to the following:

New Construction

25 – 750 sq. ft. $ 75.00

750 – 2,777 sq ft. $.10 per sq. ft. $200 min. - $250.00 max.

2,778 – 11,250 sq. ft. $.09 per sq. ft. $900 max

11,251 – 61,540 sq. ft. $ .08 per sq. ft. $4,000 max.

61,541 – 100,000 sq. ft. $.065 per sq. ft. $6,500 max.

100,000 – 150,000 sq. ft. $7,000 max

150,000 or more $7,000 max

Remodel change same scale as above with a $100 minimum.

For someone like Jordan Manufacturing, Mr. Anderson explained that this will lower his building permit fee from $13,500 to $6,800.

Commissioner Burton felt that these rates were extremely fair and exceedingly generous compared to the current rates.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if the other counties had the sliding scale where when the square footage went up the cost went down. Mr. Anderson said that there were some that did, however, some counties based it on “sticks and bricks”, where you could make a small building very expensive and a large building inexpensive. Mr. Anderson said that he wanted to base the fee schedule on the amount of square footage it has not the materials that it’s made out of.

Commissioner Burton pointed out that Mr. Anderson researched only counties that were our size and found them to be very low scale and not requiring a lot and then there were counties that were very expensive with very high ceilings. Commissioner Burton complimented Mr. Anderson for spending a lot of time breaking the scale down into tiers, which hasn’t been done in any other county our size.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept and approve the proposed Amendments for Commercial/Industrial Building Permit Fee Schedule effective immediately, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Area Plan Director Diann Weaver appeared before the Commissioners presenting the following:

Rezoning Petition #898

John E. and Tara A. Lynch are requesting to rezone .758 of an acre from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located on the East side of Lowes Bridge at 4472 E. Penrod Drive.

The Area Plan Commission voted to give no recommendation for this request to the Commissioners by a vote of 3 Yes and 4 No. Diann said that there is no commitment letter but there were opposes at the meeting.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone wishing to speak about this request.

Mrs. Tara Lynch, Owner, appeared before the Commissioners explaining that she has two buildings on this property. One building will be used to store and detail boats during the office season and the second building will be used to store antique cars. Mrs. Lynch attended the Area Plan meeting and is aware that there is opposition from neighbors and she is willing to address their concerns and willing to work with restrictions.

Mr. Don Apple said that he owns Apple Family Park, Campground and Mobile Home Park which is located just across East Shafer Drive. This area is a residential area and this will bring down the value of their properties, which are lake front homes. Mr. Apple requested that the Commissioners deny this rezoning request.

Mr. Steve Mansland, 4453 E. Penrod Drive also requested that the Commissioners deny this request. Mr. Mansland said that this is a recreational area for the residents and bringing in this traffic situation will be very unsafe. He also pointed out that the noise pollution will not be able to be policed during the busy summer months. Mr. Mansland feels that this business should be in a business area and not in a residential area.

Mrs. Lynch explained that she does not see a potential for a new owner and they are here to stay. This will offer a service for the recreational residents and it will not create a lot of traffic. She will improve the site of the buildings with landscaping and it will not look like a business.

At this time, Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were anymore questions for the Commissioners. No response.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to deny Rezoning Petition # 898 for John E. & Tara A. Lynch for property located at 4472 E. Penrod Drive, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #899

Rangeline Properties, Inc., is requesting to rezone Lot Number One in Korpita’s Corner Subdivision located in Union Township from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an I-2 (General Industrial). The property is located West of Monticello at 19 S. 300 E.

The Area Plan Commission voted to give no recommendation to the Commissioners by a vote of 4 Yes and 3 No. Diann said that there were opposers at the meeting.

Dowell Dellinger, Attorney for Rangeline Properties/Indiana Waste Systems, appeared discussing a letter that was requested from the Commissioners several months ago granting Rangeline Properties a Perpetual Access Easement from Lot 1 to Lot 2. At that time, the Commissioners directed Rangeline Properties to go back to the Area Plan Board and present the letter for their approval. Mr. Dellinger said that Area Plan did not read the ordinance the same way as he did and he has appealed the APC decision to the BZA. The BZA voted 2 Yes and 2 No on the access issue. Mr. Dellinger said that at the same time that he made the appeal he also made application to rezone the property to an I-2 zoning which is why he is here today.

Mr. Dellinger requested the Commissioners to rezone the corner lot (Lot 1) just like the lot that sits right next to it and also the lot that sits south of it.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone else requesting to speak.

Mr. Don Pauken, 1186 Hanawalt Road, said that he appeared last August opposing this request and he still opposes any rezoning that would help any development of an unneeded trash transfer station or storage of any equipment related to this operation. Mr. Pauken expressed a lot of concerns with drainage coming from the compactors and disposing into the retention pond. This drainage will drain from the containers from rain water to the retention pond to the tile ditch and eventually carried to the lakes.

Mr. Pauken also addressed the Commercial Septic System Tanks which are to be controlled by the Indiana State Board of Health. The law says that it is illegal and unacceptable to cover septic tanks in fields with driveways and/or buildings. Mr. Pauken also stated that in their proposed Transfer Facility Permit Application, Rangeline Properties completely covers the existing septic system and the septic system also lies over a county tile.

Mr. Pauken asked if this rezoning would promote the health, safety and convenience and welfare of the citizens and landowners of White County. Mr. Pauken asked the Commissioners to please deny the rezoning request.

Daniel Alvarez, 11745 W 1100 N, said to the Commissioners that the issue brought forward today is for access but in reality without the approval from the Commissioners, the permit application for the facility will not be approved.

  • Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to deny Rezoning Petition #899 for Rangeline Properties, Inc., for Lot Number One in Korpita’s Corner Subdivision, (West of Monticello at 19 S. 300 E.), seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Ferguson)


At this time, Council President James Mann called the Council to order in joint session with the County Commissioners. Council members present were:

James Mann Dennis Cain Ronald Schmierer

Richard “Buzz” Horton Kevin “Casey” Crabb Dennis Carter


Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Complaints and Violations report for February, 2006.

Mr. Raines reported that Attorney George Loy had three court hearings and two of them were successful and the third person was a no show.


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that 40 permits were issued last month and eight of them were for new homes built. Mr. Anderson said that this was the best February of issuing permits since 2001.


E-911 Director Terri Conwell discussed problems on keeping part-time employees hired. The job is too stressful for someone wanting a part-time job to make extra money.

Terri discussed how hectic it gets in the department when there is a Tornado Warning/Watch issued in the county.


Economic Development Director Connie Neininger reported that she and Dr. Hanni have been calling on businesses in the county learning about what they do and how many employees they have and seeing if there are any concerns or needs they may have.

The list of businesses visited along with the number of employees included the following:

Vanguard 292 Girtz Industries 85 MRP/Marian 30

Landec Ag. 70 Adkev McGills 253

Ball Corp 210 Dwyer 146 REMC 28

Alliance Bank 9 Lafayette Bank/Trust 16 TL School Corp 386

Mayor/Monticello 62 Steve Buyers Office Cives Steel 120

Indiana Beach 50 W.C. Hospital 250

Connie discussed the Indiana Workforce Development (Region not State) receiving $23 million to have a Strategic Skills Initiative (SSI). This is an innovative effort designed to place more Hoosiers in better paying jobs and foster economic growth by addressing the root causes of occupational and skills shortages throughout Indiana.

Connie said that she has received 15 leads for industrial sites and 10 small business development meetings last month. Bio-Town is starting to take a lot of interest and she hopes to have more details in the next couple of months.


White County Recycling Department Director Dawn Girard presented fliers on new collection items like stuffed animals, shoes, belts and purses.

Dawn also provided a break down of the funds received from grants.


Paul Cardwell, CEO, appeared presenting the White County Memorial Hospital Financial Analysis for February 2006. He reported that they are having a strong start for the beginning of the year and historically it has always been a very slow quarter. This has been their highest revenue month of $3,201,000, for a 28 day period. Their cash position is $5.8 million, which is down from $6 million because they are now starting to have expenses that are not covered by the bond.

The Medical Office Building is scheduled for June and every inch is spoken for.


Mr.Cardwell explained that last week the hospital board and the hospital bond counsel held a meeting with the White County Commissioners, County Council and County Attorney. The hospital requested consideration for the potential for a levy for a backup should the hospital not have the ability to cover its debt service in the future. During this meeting, Mr. Cardwell felt that the County had significant questions detailing the process. Mr. Cardwell said that at this time he does not feel that the county’s questions have not been satisfactorily answered considering the time frame that was given. Mr. Cardwell asked the Commissioners and Council to table this discussion to the next joint meeting on April 17, 2006, which will give the county the ability to seek outside counsel.

Commissioner Heimlich thanked Mr. Cardwell saying that the County will seek outside help in making this decision and agreed that more time was needed. Commissioner Heimlich did stress that the County Commissioners and Council are not against the hospital project at all they just need to discuss which proposal would make the most sense for the county.

  • Commission Burton made a motion to table the discussion on the hospital project from the March 13, 2006, meeting until the April 17, 2006, Commissioners meeting, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Denny Cain made a motion to table the discussion on the hospital project from the March 13, 2006, meeting until the April 17, 2006, joint meeting, seconded by Councilman Denny Carter. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich asked White County Attorney George Loy what the procedure would be to disburse the funds for the land reimbursement which will be taken out of the landfill fund. Attorney Loy said that the County Council would have to advertise for an additional appropriation and disburse the funds on or before the April 17th meeting.


Commissioner Heimlich explained that a committee is currently going over the draft of the Area Plan Zoning Ordinance. It is taking longer than anticipated because the people on the committee are asking a lot of questions making sure that its right this time.

Cynthia Bowen has put together an addendum to the original contract to cover her extra time not to exceed $6,750.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the addendum to the contract with HNTB, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Coroner Jason Thompson appeared discussing the amount of money ($1,500) that he has spent this year repair a car that was given to him from the Sheriff’s dept. Mr. Thompson would like to get away from the used vehicles and purchase a new van and transport the deceased himself. The cost of having others (funeral home, fire dept., ambulance) do the transportation has cost him $2,000 already this year.

Mr. Thompson currently has 162,000 miles on his 1995 Crown Vic, and the proposal that he submitted from Hubbard’s was for a used vehicle with $62,000 miles for $11,000.

Commissioner Schmierer felt that if the county was going to spend this much money they might as well have him collect three quotes and put in another $7,000 to let him have a brand new vehicle.

At this time, the Commissioners and Council advised Coroner Thompson to collect three quotes for the type of vehicle he needs and present them at the next joint meeting on April 17, 2006.

Commissioner Burton suggestion to Mr. Thompson to look for the state bids where the Sheriff’s Dept. receives their vehicles at discount.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to give permission to the White County Coroner to explore various options that we discussed to receive additional quotes for a new vehicle, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool presented a contract for the financial (Accounts Payable, Payroll) system for the Auditor’s and Treasurer’s office.

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she has been looking at different types of software for the past four years and she has collected several quotes. Auditor Mary Jo made the recommendation of Komputrol Software Systems for the financial software for the cost of $37,000.

Eric Storm said that this software package is compatible with the new treasurer’s tax software.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the proposal for the financial software from Komputrol Software Systems in the amount of $37,000 for the Auditor and Treasurer’s department, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Eric Storm, IT Dept., received three quotes to purchase or lease copiers for several departments in the courthouse. Mr. Storm said that the cost of purchasing the copiers will run $5,800 to $6,200 with a 1 year warranty. Eric recommends leasing the copiers now because after these copiers are breaking down the first year a lot of cost is going into the repairs or the maintenance contract. With the lease option all of these cost our lumped into one lower cost per month.

Eric asked the Commissioners and Council to review the quotes and he will appear at the next joint meeting for any questions they may have.

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

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

ATTEST: _______________________________

White County Auditor, Mary Jo Pool