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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 1, 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 17, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for May 8, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised with the exception of the claim from the Cumulative Bridge Fund account made out to the Herald Journal for $8,000. This check should be made out Don Ward Engineering. The Commissioners would also like to hold the check made out to Isom Construction until the White County Highway Superintendent gives his approval that the work is completed, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

RUMSCHLAG TECHNICAL SERVICES

Leo J. Rumschlag, President, appeared before the Commissioners presenting his list of qualifications for the White County Bridge Inspection project. Mr. Rumschlag will be submitting a proposal and asked the Commissioners to consider him for the job.

Mr. Rumschlag has performed bridge inspections for Daviess County, Carroll County, Wells County, and Martin County.

HE-BFS

Mike Smith, President of HE-BFS, appeared before the Commissioners presenting their company’s list of qualifications for the White County Bridge Inspection project. The company is out of Lafayette. HE-BFS will be submitting a proposal for the project and asked the Commissioners to give their company an opportunity to work for White County.

CLARK CEMETERY

Walt Hough, Liberty Township Trustee, appeared before the Commissioners requesting the county to deed the Clark Cemetery over to the township.

Commissioner Heimlich said that just last year it was realized that the county owned the property. Liberty Township has been maintaining the cemetery without any funds from the county.

Attorney George Loy said that the cemetery was deeded to the county in the 1800’s and it can be transferred to the township by the Commissioners making a motion.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to deed Clark Cemetery to Liberty Township, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

LIBERTY LANDFILL

Terry Beasy, Operations Manager of Liberty Landfill, said that the letter of support that was requested on April 3, 2006, to help the process of lifting the restrictive covenant on the 10 acre wooded lot is no longer needed. He has received notification from the Department of the Army where they do not consider this area to be a “water of the U.S.”. Therefore, a Department of the Army permit is not required. Mr. Beasy said that since the covenant was entered into on a voluntary basis by the owners than it can be lifted voluntarily by the owner’s request.

LANDFILL BIODIESEL PLANT

Terry Beasy, Operations Manager for Liberty Landfill, said that the Indiana Economic Development Commission, which is the registration body for tax credits on biodiesel production, has redone their registration process and require a local government to write a letter of support for biodiesel projects.

Mr. Beasy requested the Commissioners to write the letter of support for the potential biodiesel project at Liberty. This is the same project that Waste Management have been discussing for sometime now; however, they have now added some things that will allow them to treat byproducts from other bio-plants located in other locations. Liberty Landfill are still in the early stages of development but they do feel the need to seek the tax abatement registration with IEDC to reserve tax credit should the plan come on line. A letter of intent has been received from a local company that will build the biodiesel plant working with Waste Management.

The letter of support will go directly to IEDC along with the registration and information regarding the project.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to give a letter of support to the Indiana Economic Development Commission for Liberty Landfill’s biodiesel plant, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

MONON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

Monon Township Trustee Nancy Loy appeared before the Commissioners discussing the Homeless Prevention Coalition that appeared last month making accusations about the trustees spending the township assistance funds. Nancy gave a short discussion on what the requirements are for the trustee’s budget and the procedures that must be met before assistance is granted.

HIGHWAY DEPT

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke presented a copy of “request for extra funds” that he will be submitting to the County Council.

The request consisted of:

3 new trucks @ $70,000.00 $210,000.00

3 new snow plows @ $ 65,000 $ 19,500.00

Total Equipment $229,500.00

Hot Paving Mix

Finish Monon Road – from Bailey Road to Monon Corp. 5.7 miles $256,500.00

225N – from Denny’s Corner Road from 300 E. to W. Shafer 2 miles $ 90,000.00

375N – from 421 to W. Shafer 4 miles $180,000.00

400S – from 300E to Freeman Road 2.25 miles $101,250.00

Mr. Brooke also confirmed that Bridge Project #226 is completed. The only thing that needs to be finished is the stripping and cleanup. Mr. Brooke gave permission for releasing the check to Isom Construction.

COPIERS

Eric Storm, IT Tech, presented contracts for leasing copiers for some offices in the courthouse.

The contracts were received from the following:

CDL Company Incorporated, Lafayette $681.88/48 months

Smith Office Plus, Lafayette $659.12/36 months

Copiers Plus, Monticello $208.92/48 months

This is the monthly cost of 4 copiers to be located in the Auditor’s, Treasurer, Area Plan and Assessor’s office.

Eric will discuss the contracts at the next joint meeting with the council.

LAKEVEIW HOME APPLICATION

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the application for admission to Lakeview Home from Anna E. Stotler, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

_____________________________ _____________________________ _______________________________

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

ATTEST: _____________________________

Mary Jo Pool

White County Auditor