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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 15, 2006, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference room in the White County Courthouse.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich and Vice President Steve Burton. 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 Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting of May 1, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for May 22, 2006 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Mr. Donald Ward appeared before the Commissioners with a representative from H. Stewart Kline discussing the bridge inspection project. Mr. Ward said that he has put in a proposal with Kline and Associates to perform the bridge inspection.

H. Stewart Kline has performed bridge inspections for other counties such as, Tippecanoe, Benton, Fulton, Cass and Carroll.

Mr. Donald Ward said that he has decided to join with another firm to have as a back-up in case something should happen to him while working on any certain projects.


White County Attorney George Loy announced that the White County Commissioners requested proposals for the bridge inspections in White County. The proposals were due on May 5, 2006.

Proposals were received from:

U.S.I. Consultants, Inc, Indianapolis

H. Stewart Kline & Associates, Inc., Lafayette

DLZ Indiana, LLC, South Bend

Farrar, Garvey & Associates, LLC, Indianapolis

WTH Engineering, Inc., Indianapolis

Rumschlag Technical Services, Brownsburg

Commissioner Heimlich said that they will take the proposals under advisement and award at a later date.


Bob Leader appeared before the Commissioners saying that the Airport Board members would like to fly the Commissioners to Knox County to show them the FBO building.

Mr. Leader also said that a meeting is being held by the Airport Board on June 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss turning the board into an airport authority.


White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following:

Rezoning Petition #906

Robert P. and Sharon E. Schmitter are requesting to rezone (two parcels) of an acre from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an L-1 (Lake Residence). The property is located east of Monticello on East Riverview Road before Riverview Cemetery.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on May 8, 2006, on this request and there were no opposes. The Area Plan Commission voted to give no recommendation for this request to the Commissioners by a vote of 3 Yes and 5 No.

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

Jim Mann, Real-Estate Network, appeared before the Commissioners saying that the owners were unable to attend and he is here to represent them because he is the realtor listing the property.

Mr. Mann stated that he would like to have this property rezoned to an L-1 because he feels that it could meet the parameters and set backs if someone is willing to purchase the property and spend the money to build on the lot. He agreed that there currently is an issue with the drainage, sewers and the high bank but he would like to have it rezoned for the person willing to purchase the lot and spend the money to have this all done.

Director Weaver said that the APC had concerns whether or not the lot was buildable or not because of the high bank. Concerns were also discussed on where parking would be on the lot.

The Commissioners said that without the sewer connection nothing could be built on this lot.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to deny Rezoning Request #906 for Robert P. & Sharon E. Schmitter, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


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

James Mann Dennis Cain Dennis Carter

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

Ronald Schmierer


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were four new houses built last month. Year-to-date totals are above average from last year and used manufacture homes are down.


E-911 Director Terri Conwell was happy to report that the third radio console station is installed and running. Updates for the other two stations have also been completed.

Two of her full-time employees have put in their resignation and will be leaving soon.

Terri submitted statistics her department:

January February March April

911 Calls 740 742 890 811

Admin Calls 5400 4940 5596 4623

Ambulance Calls 179 189 245 190


Environmental Officer John Raines submitted his report of Complaints and Violations for April 2006. He reported that Attorney Loy will be taking some cases to court on May 17th.

He also said that Liberty Landfill is putting in a lot of extra time and effort working with the wildlife habitat organizations at the landfill.


White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Analysis for April 2006.

Mr. Cardwell reported that the hospital had another very strong month for April. Revenue was brought in at $3,156 million with the year-to-date being $12,777 million. This time last year in 2005 the hospital had budgeted $10,000 million so the totals are showing an increase from last year.

Their cash position is now standing at $6.995 million thanks to the payment made from the county for the reimbursement of the land purchase.

The board has strongly considered making a capital purchase of a digital radiology system for this year. The item is in the budget for 2006 and since revenues have been strong the intent of the purchase is moving forward. This equipment will allow the hospital to be “filmless”, which will give the hospital the ability to archive all of the films produced from x-rays, ultra sounds etc.


Industrial Foundation Director Connie Neininger presented the May Director’s report. Connie continues to do the site visits with county manufactures and everyone is still reporting that they are hiring and looking for qualified employees.

Connie said that there were nine industry leads over the internet and one has shown interest in the Wolcott Corridor area. The timing of having the infrastructure in place is very important in getting this industry. This prospect could bring in 350 new jobs starting at a rate of $14.66/hour. White County is one of the three that they have chosen but the other two do have the infrastructure already in.

Connie discussed a meeting held with IVY Tech on the possibilities of having a satellite campus here in Monticello. IVY Tech is considering the idea and doing some research. Connie said that they will be visiting our community next week to see if it will fit in with their plan.

Connie said that she participated in the North White Career Fair and learned that we need to focus more on the younger generation (7th and 8th graders) rather than juniors and seniors because they showed more interest on what was out there for them to think about doing in the future.

Connie said that White County is 1 of 14 counties approved of an allocation of $14 million in federal funds that will allow work related organizations that serve Lafayette, Kokomo and surrounding communities to join forces to create a competitive advantage for employee training and job growth. Purdue University will serve as project administrator for the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Initiative.


Commissioner Heimlich said that discussions have been made in the past on who or what entity will be in control of the tourism and education component at the end. The entire technologies, tourism and education center have always been the states vision but the question keeps coming back to who will be in control.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that discussion has always been in forming a 501 (c) (3) and what it would take to start one up.

Connie Neininger, Director of the Industrial Foundation, said that having a not-for-profit organization will allow federal and state funds, Lilly Endowment funds and other sources of support to come in for the programs. The Bio-Town not-for-profit organization will require a board of directors, an official name, by-laws and other requirements from the IRS which could take up to six months.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the board members will include a very diverse group of people but with a very strong representation from Reynolds and the Honey Creek Township.

Mrs. Neininger said that the 501 (c) (3) probably will not be managing the technologies part, most likely there will be a separate entity or the town will take it over.

Connie proposed to the County Council and Commissioners to funding $1,500 at this time to help start the process of forming the 501 (c) (3) organizations.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the money could come from the Commissioners budgeted $15,000 under Strategic Planning.

Council President James Mann asked the Council if there were any negative feelings about supporting this group. There was no response.

  • Councilman Schmierer made a motion to support the process of forming the 501 (c) (3) for the Bio-Town project, seconded by Councilman Carter. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to support the process of forming the 501 (c) (3) for the Bio-Town project, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Eric Storm appeared before the Commissioners and Council once again discussing the quotes that he has received for copiers. Eric explained that his decision has been narrowed down to two vendors which are Smith Office Plus, Lafayette, and Copiers Plus, Monticello. Eric would like to keep the purchase local because the service has always been great in the past but complaints have been made from offices about Xerox copiers not performing well. Smith Office Plus from Lafayette has provided a quote for a Sharp Copier, which currently has high remarks from the Prosecutor’s office. Copiers Plus only carries Xerox machines. Eric stated that the cost is cheaper for the Xerox but he thinks that we should bring in the Sharp and see if they are better performing machines for these departments.

Eric asked the Commissioners and Council how they felt about leasing instead of purchasing the machine. After doing the research he said that the cost wasn’t as much as a savings as he thought it would be.

The Council members and Commissioners agreed that they would rather purchase the machine rather than leasing it.

Council President James Mann questioned if the departments have the funds to purchase the copiers. Eric said that 1 out of the 4 departments has the money in their budget.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he will check into the Commissioners budget to see if there are funds to purchase the copiers and discuss it at a later date.


Commissioner Heimlich said that last year there were discussions held on the possibility of setting up a TIF District in the Wolcott Corridor to fund the remainder of the water and sewer project. Even though funds were committed from the county, railroad and White County REMC, the project is still going to be short $1.5 to $2.3 million.

Commissioner Heimlich said that during these discussions, the only thing that really made sense for funding the shortfall was to create a TIF District (Tax Increment Finance).

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the county is now at the point where a decision needs to be made on whether we’re going to do this or not. All of the engineering work has been completed and the plans have been approved by IDEM.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the first step would be to establish a redevelopment commission for the county, which would oversee the TIF District.

County Attorney George Loy explained in more detail that it is a statutory procedure created by Indiana law where the increase in the taxes are set aside, which can be used for improvements to the district. He confirmed that the first step is to establish a 5 member redevelopment commission representing the county. Attorney Loy said that the City of Monticello has their own commission which was developed in 1999 when the west side of the city was developed.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they are not prepared to appoint any board members today but when they do they would like to see two people from the Wolcott area and other representation from other parts of the county (Reynolds and Brookston). This would be a redevelopment commission used for the whole county and not just one project.

Council President Mann asked the Council if they had any questions or objections at this time. There was no response.

  • At this time, Commissioner Burton made a motion to adopt an order establishing the county redevelopment commission, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


ORDER NO. 06-05-15-01



An Order to Establish a Department of Redevelopment Pursuant to IC 36-7-14 and Repealing all Orders Inconsistent Therewith

WHEREAS, the Indiana General Assembly has empowered cities, towns and counties to establish a department of redevelopment with all powers set forth in IC 36-7-14 and IC 36-7-25 (collectively, “Acts”);

WHEREAS, the Act states that the clearance, planning, replanning, redevelopment or economic development of blighted areas and economic development areas are public uses and purposes for which public money may be spent and private property may be acquired; and

WHEREAS, the Act declares that each unit shall, to the extent feasible under the Act and consistent with the needs of the unit, afford a maximum opportunity for rehabilitation, redevelopment or economic development of areas by private enterprise;


  1. The Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana (“County”), now deems it to be in the best interest of the County and its citizens to afford a maximum opportunity for rehabilitation, redevelopment or economic development of areas by private enterprise and the County by establishing a department of areas by private enterprise and the County by establishing a department of redevelopment.

  1. The Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the Department of Redevelopment of the County. The Department will be controlled by a board of five members known as the White County Redevelopment Commission.

  1. Pursuant to the Act, all of the territory within the corporate boundaries of the County will be a special taxing district to be knows as the “White County Redevelopment District” for the purpose of levying and collecting special benefit taxes for redevelopment and economic development purposes as provided in the Act. The Board of Commissioners finds and determines that all of the taxable property within this special taxing district will be considered to be benefited by the redevelopment and economic development projects carried out under the Act to the extent of the special taxes levied under the Act.

  1. (a) The Board of County Commissioners of the County shall appoint all five of the members of the White County Redevelopment Commission.

    1. The term of office of the members of the White County Redevelopment Commission shall commence from the date of their appointment and expire on January 1, 2007.

  1. And all orders, ordinances, resolutions or parts thereof in conflict with the provisions and the intent of this order are hereby repealed.

  1. This order shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

Adopted this 15th day of May, 2006, by a vote of 2 ayes and 0 nays.


Sharon Watson, Conservation District office manager and education coordinator, presented packets detailing the history and activities that are done within the district. Sharon discussed how they are behind in funds from the state and the district is relying a lot on the county for additional funds.

Over the past 54 years the district has been partnered with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS has always covered the cost of the rent for the district’s office space and starting in 2007, the NRCS will no longer provide this support and they are requiring the district to pay $1,075 for rent in 2007.

Sharon wanted to give the Commissioners and Council time to look over the information and make them aware of the request that will be made by the district at budget time.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the admission application of Merilinda M. Novak into Lakeview Home effective May 15, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. 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