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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, April 3, 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 Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy, and the Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner President Heimlich called the meeting to order.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on March 13, 2006, and the special meeting on March 20, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for April 10, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised with the exception of the claim for CSI – Computer Systems, Inc., in the amount of $7, 117.65, for White Superior Court. The check amount should only be for $17.31, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Health Department Office Manager, Gwynn Rusinek, appeared before the Commissioners saying that a handicapped person tried to enter the main entrance of the building but was unable to open the doors because they do not have the automatic door openers.

Gwynn explained that there is a handicap curb but there is no way a person who is in a wheelchair can open the front door.

The Commissioners will discuss and look into this problem with the White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson.


White County Engineer, Donald Ward, presented a request from White County Commissioners for proposals to have all of the bridges under their jurisdiction inspected in the next few months of 2006. White County currently has 158 bridges under its jurisdiction. All proposals are to be submitted by May 5, 2006.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to advertise the request for proposals for engineering services for the 2006 Bridge Inspections, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Election Clerk, Mary Reid, submitted a list of voting locations in White County for the May 2, 2006, Primary.

Big Creek Chalmers Town Hall

Cass Richard Welker Residence

Honey Creek Reynolds Fire House

Jackson Burnettsville Community Center

Liberty 1 Buffalo Fire House

Liberty 2 Sitka Baptist Church

Lincoln Idaville Fire House

Monon 1 Monon Fire House

Monon 2 North White House School

Monon 3 Lions Club Building

Prairie 1 Frontier – Brookston Gym

Prairie 2 Frontier – Brookston Gym

Princeton 1 Firehouse Community Room

Princeton 2 Firehouse Community Room

Round Grove Don Burton Residence

Union 1 American Legion

Union 2 CDC Resource Center

Union 3 Moose Lodge

Union 4 County Building

Union 5 County Building

Union 6 County Building

Union 7 County Building

West Point Tri-County High School

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the list of voting locations for the May 2, 2006, Primary, seconded Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Terry Beasy, Operations Manager of Landfill, said that they are trying to move forward with the Bio-Diesel project and they would like the Commissioners to write a letter of support to lift the restrictive covenant on the wooded lot where the plant will be located. The restrictive covenant was put into place voluntarily by Chambers Development.

Terry explained that when they mitigated the wetland, they took out the .78 of an acre of the wetland and made it a 3.6 acre wetland. When doing this, Chambers wrote a letter to IDEM saying that they would voluntarily make the 10 acre woodland lot restricted for wildlife only. They need four acres of the woodland lot to place the Bio-Diesel plant in. The landfill will be putting in a 60.88 acres habitat east of these existing woods which will be a five year program with the Pheasants Forever group.

Attorney George Loy asked if this was recorded as a “restricted covenant” on the property deed. Terry confirmed that it was recorded on the property deed.

Terry believes that this might have been requested by the commissioners but there was never a formal letter saying that it had to be done, this was done voluntarily.

Commissioner Heimlich suggested that we look through the past commissioners minutes and to also advertise the request of having the restrictive covenant lifted.


Larry Blaser appeared before the Commissioners stating that he is not trying to stop the sewer district from what they are doing because he feels that it is definitely need for our lakes but he does have concerns with them. He asked the Commissioners who is responsible for overseeing the financial spending of this board of trustees for the Phase III project.

White County Attorney George Loy said that the sewer board is an entirely separate entity created pursuit to Indiana Law. The commissioners only have the appointing power but they do not have the power to oversee the board. Attorney Loy said that they are subject to the State Board of Accounts Audit which is done time-to-time.

Larry Blaser asked who the board has to report to. Attorney Loy said that if there is a grievance from a taxpayer citizen then it must be taken and settled in court.

Larry Blaser said that the sewer board’s integrity is being tarnished because of the money that is being spent, which he has heard that they are over budget on Phase III, and he also feels that their integrity is being tarnished because of a board member, Mr. Jim Smith.

Larry Blaser also suggested to the board to hire a consultant from an engineering company that has worked on projects similar to Phase III. A consultant could oversee the financials and make recommendations on money spent.

The commissioners will take this information under advisement; they would have to look up to see what they could legally do.


Timothy Plantenga appeared before the Commissioners asking how they are going to come up with the additional funds if the 78.6 acres of land being sold doesn’t cover the $950,000 reimbursement to the hospital. He asked the commissioners if this was going to raise the taxpayer’s taxes.

Commissioner Heimlich said that Mr. Plantenga is assuming that the 78.6 acres will be less. The Commissioners are in the process of having this land appraised.

Mr. Plantenga asked if the hospital was going to donate the old hospital to the taxpayers so we can convert it into a YMCA, a recreational building for our children or an old folks home for our senior citizens.

Commissioner Heimlich said that there have been several inquiries but the final decision will be up to the Commissioners and Council.

Mr. Plantenga also voiced his opinion on the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board. He asked why the TLRSD has the power to expand their territory and why aren’t the Commissioners governing the board.

Mr. Plantenga mentioned that he would like to see the Commissioners meeting held at night so more taxpayers could attend without having to miss work.


Pat Robertson, Carroll County resident, asked if the Commissioners are aware that the Carroll County board member that sits on the sewer board has not been approved by IDEM. This board member has been sitting and voting on this board since January 1, 2006. As of February 28, 2006, IDEM has still not sent anything back.

Commissioner Heimlich would look into this with IDEM.

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

____________________________ _________________________________ ___________________________

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

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor