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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, April 17, 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.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes from their regular meeting held on April 3, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for April 24, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

COUNTY AUCTION

Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke reported that the county auction held on Saturday, April 15, 2006, brought in $32,000.00.

PUBLIC HEARING- WHITE COUNTY LAKEVIEW HOME GRANT

Tari Bateman, Grant Administrator from K-IRPC, appeared before the Commissioners introducing George Morrison from Morrison Kattman Menze, Inc., as the architect for the Lakeview Home feasibility study project. Mr. Morrison presented copies of the study done which included a breakdown of the cost for the proposed improvements to Lakeview Home.

Mr. Morrison pointed out that the purpose of the study was to find out the possibilities and cost of adding an internal elevator to the home. The study included cost for the elevator as well as upgrading the heating, cooling, masonry repairs, lighting, electrical, and sprinklers. The total cost estimate for the whole project is $877,216.41.

If the Commissioners agree with these plan, Mr. Morrison said that the application for the construction agreement will be submitted this year, bids would be received mid 2007, construction could start in November 2007 and construction could be completed in 2008.

Tari Bateman said that the County could apply for a Community Development Block Grant for up to $500,000 from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs. This grant requires a minimum10% match fee.

Kae Fuller, Director of Lakeview Home, said that the heating is very efficient and asked how much the cost would be taken off if the heating was not upgraded. Mr. Morrison said that the cost for upgrading the heating and cooling is $256,000. He reported that the boiler system is currently working well, but with all of the construction that will be taking place it is recommended to upgrade the system because of its age.

Commissioner Heimlich asked Mr. Morrison for additional copies to provide to the Council so they could have discussion next month on what they would like to have done. Commissioner Heimlich said that the main purpose of the study was for the elevator but consideration will be done on other items that are listed as well.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the public hearing is now closed and presented a resolution for the grant process.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to adopt Resolution # 06-04-17-01 for the White County Lakeview Home Grant, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION #06-04-17-01

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have identified adequate reason to analyze the White County Lakeview Home Plan, and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have hired Morrison Kattman Menze, Inc., to define and describe the issues, advise us of our options, and make recommendations to address this issue in the near future, and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have received federal Community Development Block Grant dollars from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs to fund this study and have contributed $3,000 as local match for this project, and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have reviewed the process and completed study thoroughly and are satisfied with the services performed, information contained therein, and methodology applied;

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have received three copies of this document for our records and will keep them on file in the county offices for future reference, and

BE IT RESOLVED, by the White County Commissioners that the final document is hereby approved, contingent upon comments and approval received from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs. The White County Commissioners will fully consider all comments and feedback received from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs and will direct its consultant to provide amended copies of this plan reflecting all said comments.

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director of Area Plan, presented the following to the Commissioners:

Rezoning Petition #06-4

Gregory A. & Jerrielyn Jacobs appeared before the Commissioners requesting to rezone 4.39 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to a P.U.D. (Planned Unit Development). The property is located south of Monticello, on the White County and Carroll County line, off of South Oakdale Road and at the end of Hambridge Road. This planned unit development will be known as Windard. They are proposing a maximum of 63 units to be located in 6 single family structures and 4 multi-family structures.

This rezoning request was heard in a public hearing held by the Area Plan Commission on April 10, 2006. The APC voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners with a vote of 7 Yes and 1 No. There were no opposes at the meeting.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there is anyone present to speak about this request.

Tom O’Brian, Attorney representing the applicant, was present to answer any questions. He said that only 4.39 acres of the property is located in White County.

Diann said that there was a similar request that was granted three years ago but since the project was never started he is now reapplying for the rezoning. The previous request was a smaller development then the one presented today.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone else present to speak about this request. No response.

Commissioner Heimlich pointed out that this will have to go before the White County Drainage Board in order to proceed with the development.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #06-4 (Ordinance No. 494-06) for Gregory A. & Jerrielyn Jacobs for 4.39 acres from an A-1 to P.U.D., seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition # 904

George E. & Dorothy J. Peters are requesting to rezone 1.171 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located west of Buffalo at 6099 E. State Road 16. The APC held a public hearing on this request on April 10, 2006. This property has an existing ice cream business on the property and there was one neighbor at the APC meeting that opposed this request.

The APC voted to recommend this rezoning to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 Yes and 0 No.

The commissioners asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. No response.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #904 (Ordinance No. 492-06) for George E. & Dorothy J. Peters for property located at 6099 E. State Road 16, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #905

Eva Burl Yerk, Owner, and James Walker, Applicant, are requesting to rezone 0.133 of an acre, 0.027 of an acre, and 1.171 of an acre from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an I-1 (Light Industrial). The property is located northwest of Brookston at 7059 W. 900 S. The public hearing was held by the APC on April 10, 2006 and there was one neighbor opposing this request.

The APC voted to recommend this request to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 Yes and 0 No.

Diann said that this request is needed to expand the owners business.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present wishing to speak about this request. No response.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #905 (Ordinance No. 493-06) for Eva Burl Yerk for property located at 7059 W. 900 S., seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

TLRSD – BOARD RESIGNATION

Commissioner Heimlich mentioned that a letter of resignation from Charles Burke has been received for the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board. Mr. Burke has about two years left on his term.

REPORTS – JOINT WITH COUNCIL

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 Dennis Carter

Richard “Buzz” Horton Kevin “Casey” Crabb Faye Lowring

(Absent: Ronald Schmierer)

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there have been twenty-one new homes built to date this year.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Inspector, John Raines, presented his report of Complaints and Violations for March 2006.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger appeared to give her monthly report. She reported that they are still performing on site visits throughout the county and every business has said that they are

hiring and continue to need workers. The businesses are saying that the majority of applicants cannot pass a math test or a drug test.

Kevin Lashbrooke, Editor of the Herald Journal, suggested that we have a job fair in our community to show the public what is available and what skills are required to get the job. Dr. Hanni and Connie will work on this project.

Connie reported a group of students from Purdue University and Ball State are working together on a student study on how to make our community more sustainable in the future. The Purdue students are working strictly on Bio-Town and the Ball State students are working on the whole county. A presentation of the study will be presented on Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. The session will be held in the Commissioner’s room. Connie invited everyone to attend.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report.

Kae asked the Commissioners to come by and look at the trees on the east side because they are getting worse.

Kae checked with the Health Dept. about having an anniversary celebration over the 4th of July and serving hot dogs. She was told that since they are a not-for-profit organization they can hold up to 30 money making events a year with out any problems.

COUNCIL & AGING

Council & Aging Director Gale Spry reported that they will be reimbursed $24,417 from the Federal for the 1st quarter and $13,598 from the State for the 1st quarter.

They are in the process of having all of the vans logos stripped and repainted. The old logo was made up by K-IRPC “need a ride, we provide”, and since they are no longer associated with them the vans will now say White County Public Transportation. They currently have 8 vans and the drivers are paid $7.00/ per hour

Gale also gave a brief discussion of the services that the Council & Aging provides to the public.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Analysis for March 31, 2006.

Mr. Cardwell reported an all time record for last March showing the highest revenue in six years. In March of 2000 the revenue was reported just over $2 million, in March 2005 a record was reached of $3 million and for this year in March a new record of $3,701 has been made.

The plans are still set to break ground on the Medical Arts Building in June 2006. In the MAB they have increased the square footage from 50,000 to 53,000. Mr. Cardwell said that the architect that the county is using for the Lakeview Home project, Morrison Kattman Menze, Inc., is also the architect that they have hired for the new Hospital and the Medical Arts Building.

The hospital is still planned for 90,000 sq ft. and they are still looking on breaking ground in October 2006. The Indiana State Board of Health has approved the location for the new hospital.

A service that is now provided in the county, which has never been done before is the addition of two OBGYN’s. This is now available in our county and the new hospital will provide new labor, delivery and post partum suites for the patients.

The hospital has just received a national award for the most innovative health prevention plan for their employees. They have a program that they have been doing for about two years now that provides discount services for their health to all employees. They provide to their employees a fitness membership plan, a weight loss program held weekly, dieticians provide showing them the correct foods to eat and etc.

Mr. Cardwell reported that the new hospital in Lafayette, Clarian & Arnett, will bring more specialists to the area which will compete with Indianapolis. This will enable our hospital to have the specialists come to our community at least 1x a week.

COUNTY HOSPITAL FINANCING

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the meeting on March 20, 2006, where the Commissioners and Council tabled the discussion of pledging to support the hospital as it seeks to create a plan for repaying the loan to Regions Bank. This gave the county more time to get advice from an outside counsel.

Heimlich said that the county has hired two attorneys from Ice Miller, Indianapolis, as well as a financial advisor from H.J. Umbaugh & Associates.

Attorney George Loy explained that the hospital is requesting the county for a contingency back-up (property tax back-up) for five years to secure payment of the bond indebtedness. The purpose of this request is for the hospital to receive a better rate, from Regions Bank, on writing a letter of credit for the hospital. The cost of the letter will drop significantly if the county will back them up.

Attorney Loy said that if the Commissioners and Council are going to do this, the county will have to get with the hospital foundation and submit a legally-required feasibility study and financial proposal to the Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance (DLGF). After the DLGF reviews all of the submitted information they will approve it, deny it, or approve it with conditions. The DLGF could make this a “controlled project. A “controlled project” could make the county levy the taxes to support the financing, which is something that the county does not want to do. Ice Miller and H.J. Umbaugh & Associates still need more time to give the county an opinion on what they think the DLGF would likely rule.

Attorney Loy said that it is not possible for the county to make a commitment today because the county has to have the financial data reviewed and also the underlying assumptions for the feasibility study.

The hospital has given the county three proposals for the property tax back-up over a five year period. Attorney Loy said that the county could make a non-binding joint resolution from both the Commissioners and Council to continue consideration of the financing of the hospital project.

Councilman Horton asked Attorney Loy to explain the $180,000 that the county is currently giving to the hospital. Attorney Loy said that there is an existing bond that originated in 1994 (generated for the hospital addition) that has a specific tax levy (.0108) in which the county pays $180,000 to the hospital every year until 2016. When this bond is paid off, the hospital would like the county to continue this payment with the new bond issuance.

Mr. Cardwell said that the hospital will pay off the old bond with the $3 million that they have saved and set aside. The hospital will not use any of the $24 million bond to pay off the old hospital but confirmed that they would like to see the county continue the $180,000/yr payment.

Commissioner Heimlich read off the three options put together by Regions Bank that will offer significant savings to the hospital for their letter of credit.

Proposal one, which would be the largest commitment, the county would commit to backing $7.5 million of the loan over a five year period, which is $1,500,000 per year if the hospital fails to cover debt service. The county will continue to pay $180,000 per year. This equates to a $780,000 savings on the letter of credit. The hospital will agree to reserve one year of debt service of $1.5 million.

Proposal two, the county would commit to backing $3.75 million of the loan over a five year period, which is $750,000 per year if the hospital fails to cover debt service. The county will continue to pay the $180,000 per year. This equates to a $480,000 savings on the letter of credit. The hospital will agree to reserve one year of debt service coverage of $1.5 million, which covers county’s risk for two years.

Proposal three, the county would commit to backing $2.5 million of the loan over a five year period, which is $500,000 per year if the hospital fails to cover debt service. The county will continue to pay $180,000 per year. This equates to a $360,000 savings on the letter of credit. The hospital agrees to reserve 1 year of debt service coverage of $1.5 million, which covers the county’s risk for three years.

Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell said that a resolution being made to agree to pursue this proposal was sufficient enough for Regions Bank.

  • Councilman Richard Horton made a motion to pursue proposal two, if approved in the end, would commit the county to backing $3.75 million of the loan over a five year period, which is $750,000 per year if the hospital fails to cover debt service. The county continues to pay $180,000 per year for a five year period. The hospital will agree to reserve one year of debt service coverage of $1.5 million, which covers county’s risk for two years, seconded by Councilman Kevin Crabb. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to pursue proposal two, if approved in the end, would commit the county to backing $3.75 million of the loan over a five year period, which is $750,000 per year if the hospital fails to cover debt service. The county continues to pay $180,000 per year for a five year period. The hospital will agree to reserve one year of debt service coverage of $1.5 million, which covers county’s risk for two years, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Ferguson)

WHITE COUNTY CORONER – TRANSPORTATION

White County Coroner Jason Thompson discussed the last joint meeting where he requested funds to purchase a new van to do his own transportation.

Mr. Thompson collected three estimates from dealerships within the county from the following:

Hendrickson Chevy Dodge Jeep, Inc., Monticello $ 17,226

Don Dobson Ford-Mercury, Inc., Monticello $ 19,946

Hubbard Auto Center, Inc., Monticello $ 19,232

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to allow the White County Coroner to purchase a new vehicle from the lowest quote from Hendrickson Chevy Dodge Jeep, Inc., for a new Dodge Grand Caravan in the amount of $17,226, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich mentioned that Jason would still have to get the money appropriated from the Council.

HOMELESS PREVENTION COALITION

Steve Birch, minister at Monon First Baptist Church, and Vicki Setzer, Area IV Agency Community Action Program Coordinator, appeared to discuss the assistance problem in the White County.

Members of the White County Homelessness Prevention Coalition, Mr. Birch and Ms. Setzer, said that their mission is to assist White County residents with immediate emergency needs such as rent assistance, emergency shelter, mortgage, utilities and bulk fuels.

The Area IV Agency provided over $220,000 in utility assistance, heat and electric, during the winter months in 2005.

In 2005, the White County Homelessness Prevention Coalition provided over $7,000 for utility and rent assistance to low income families.

Mr. Birch said that three major churches in the county disbursed a total of $22,761 for utility assistance, rent, medical and gasoline assistance.

Mr. Birch provided a breakdown of the townships available funds for the beginning of 2005. The report showed that there was $222,293.66 in the total township assistance funds at the close of 2005. Mr. Birch stressed that the

Township trustee emergency funds are not being taken full advantage of and households are not receiving the help they need.

Commissioner Heimlich thanked them for coming and giving a presentation. They were not aware that this was a problem and they will look into this matter.

APEX – AMY CARPENTER

Amy Carpenter, Apex Benefits Group, Inc., appeared asking the Commissioners and the Council if everything was going well and checking to see if there were any questions, comments or complaints.

Amy Carpenter has a consulting firm that could come to a meeting and discuss questions about PERF if the Commissioners wish.

At this time, there being no further discussion joint with the County Council, Council President James Mann adjourned the Council to their own meeting room.

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

__________________________ ___________________________ ____________________________

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

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor