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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 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 Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, and the Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak.


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



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for July 17, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich presented the contract from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health for Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis eradication program in White County.


This is a contract procedure that is done every year with the State. The contracts are in the amount of $1,000 which includes the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Program.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the contract for Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis eradication programs in White County, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



In 1991 the White County Commissioners approved an agreement with the TLRSD to have the county payroll clerk process the TLRSD employee payroll biweekly for a 5% (of the gross salary) administrative fee. At the time of this agreement, the district employed only one person with a gross payroll of $762.00 biweekly or $19,822.40 annually. The administrative fee was $38.10 biweekly or $991.12 a year. The TLRSD currently has more employees since 1991 and the cost has increased dramatically.


This agreement also allows the TLRSD employees to have county benefits, as well as, the benefits of PERF.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he has just received a written request from the TLRSD asking the Commissioners to consider changing our administrator fee to a flat rate of $100 bi-weekly.


Commissioner Heimlich asked the County Auditor if she knows exactly how much money is being paid by the district bi-weekly. Auditor Mary Jo will find out the information, as well as, what other counties are charging and have the information at the next meeting.



Donald Ward with H. Stewart Kline & Associates appeared presenting the contract to perform the White County Bridge Inspections for 2006 and 2008. The total cost of the contract bridge inspections is not to exceed $99,000.00.


Mr. Ward prepared a letter for the Commissioners to be submitted to INDOT requesting the approval of H. Stewart Kline & Associates, Inc., from Lafayette, to perform the bridge inspections for White County. Mr. Ward would like to start in October 2006.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the contract with Donald Ward and H. Stewart Kline & Associates, Inc., to perform the White County Bridge Inspections for 2006 and 2008 in the amount not to exceed $119,434.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Virgil A. & Patricia A. Frey are requesting to rezone 1.297 acres from and A-1 (Agricultural) to an B-2 (General Business). The property is located North of Burnettsville at 5556 N. 1400 E. The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on July 10, 2006, where there was no opposes.


The APC voted to recommend the rezoning petition request to the Commissioners by a vote of 7 Yes and 0 No.


Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. The applicant Mr. Virgil Fey was presnt.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 909 (Ordinance No. 497-06) rezoning 1.297 of an acre from an A-1(Agricultural) to an B-2 (General Business) for Virgil A. & Patricia A. Frey, for property located 5556 N. 1400 E., Burnettsville, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Willis Johnson, representing the Brookston - Prairie Township Fire Department appeared before the Commissioners requesting funds to support them in the purchase of extraction equipment (jaws of life). Currently they have raised $1,300 from local donations and $1,200 from the local Lions Club. The cost for the extraction unit that they would like to purchase runs from $15,000 to $16,000. The Town of Brookston has told them that whatever funds the department is short they will make up the difference for the purchase. Brookston will split the difference between the town and the township. Mr. Johnson said that they would like to have the “jaws of life” purchased before the Brookston Popcorn festival which is in September.


Commissioner Heimlich said that in the past the county has helped support county first response teams.. Commissioner Heimlich would like Mr. Johnson to give an amount on how much money they need and he will research to see if they can come up with the funds this year.



Woodrow Hem, Buffalo, appeared before the Commissioners requesting them to pass an ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks after the holidays. He complained that the fireworks are still being let off in Buffalo all hours of the day. He complained that it’s getting to be a problem and he would like to see something done about it.


Commissioner Heimlich said that the point is well taken and the Commissioners will look into this matter to see if we need a local ordinance that can take care of this problem.


At this time, County Council President James Mann called the County Council members 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

Ronald Schmierer



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


Mr. Cardwell said that the groundbreaking ceremony held for the medical arts building was very exciting for them and he thanked everyone for coming.


The hospital continues to have a very strong month with $3,283 million total gross for the patient revenue. This brings them up to $19,401 million for year-to-date. Paul said that in 2000 and 2001 the hospitals gross annual patient revenue was around $19 million. He is expecting a gross revenue record to be made for this year. Their cash balance is at $7,468 million.


The foundation is currently interviewing different firms from across the country to assist in a fundraising project on the hospital. They are working really hard to get a new CAT scan and an MRI for the new hospital. They are also looking for the equipment to have radiation done at the new hospital.


Mr. Cardwell reported that they continue to see a significant increase in bad debt for this year. For the month of June, $207,705 was written off for bad debt. For the first 6 months of this year the total has risen to be $971,000.



White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 68 building permits issued last month. The number of permits issued this year compared to last year is down about 10 permits. The number of houses being built this year compared to last year continues to be down.



White County Sheriff John Roberts said that Indiana Code 9-29-11-1, which our County Attorney George Loy is familiar with, is an amendment to raise the accident fee (copy of an accident report) from $3.00 to $5.00. A resolution has to be adopted by the county council.


Attorney George Loy said that he will get the ordinance put together.



White County Recycling Director Dawn Gerrard appeared presenting a mid-year summary report of what they have been doing.


Since the first of the year, she has received $50,000 in grant money in which $38,465 has been spent on a cardboard truck and a new E-85 4x4 truck to pull trailers. They currently have $11,534 left of grant funds.


White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Complaints and Violations for June, 2006. He reported that he received (11) complaints regarding properties with tall grass. Contact was made with each and properties are being mowed.



Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller reported that the State meeting went very well and that the new Division Manager will be very helpful in ways of writing grants. Kae also reported that they have a teenager living in the home until September.


Kae asked permission to discuss the architect proposal before or during the budget hearings.



Council & Aging Director Gale Spry said that she is very excited that the hospital is going to try to have radiation because their service does have to take a lot of people to Lafayette to have this done. This will definitely be a huge bonus for the people that won’t have to leave the county.


Gale presented a copy of the INDOT voucher that is submitted every quarter. This quarter’s reimbursement will be $34,738.00.


All of the vans have been stripped (taking off the wording K-IRPC) and the new logo (White County Public Transit) is now on.


Gale is now making application for the 2007 funding which is due August 14th.




Gale will now request a Capital Grant for a new low floor mini van. The total cost of the van is $38,000. Gale said that she will have to come up with the 20% ($7,600) match, which she does not anticipate it being a problem raising funds from local businesses and organizations.


She asked permission for the Commissioners to allow the White County Council on Aging to apply for the Commissioners, make application, for the 2007 funding and the approval to apply for the mini van.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to authorize White County Council and Aging to execute and file an application on behalf of the White County Board of Commissioners with INDOT to aid in the financing of transit assistance projects pursuant to Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act and the purchase of a new mini van, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


RESOLUTION NO. 06-07-17-02

Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for a grant under Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.


WHEREAS, the U.D. Department of Transportation is authorized to make grants to states through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support capital, operating and feasibility study assistance projects for nonurbanized public transportation systems under Section 5311 of the FTA Act of 1964, as amended;


WHEREAS, the Public Transit Section, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has been designated by the Governor to make Section 5311 grants for public transportation projects;


WHEREAS, the contract for financial assistance will impose certain obligations upon the applicant, including the provisions by it of the local share of project costs;




  1. That White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute and file an application on behalf of the White County Board of Commissioners with the INDOT to aid in the financing of transit assistance projects pursuant to Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.


  1. That the White County Council on Aging is authorized to furnish such additional information as INDOT may require in connection with the application.


  1. That the White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute grant contract agreements on behalf of the White County Board of Commissioners.



E-911 Director Terri Conwell appeared presenting her Communications/E911 report for July 17, 2006. Dispatchers are doing well covering all of the extra shifts due to personnel shortage. Cody Wood is no longer with the department. It is very difficult to train new employees during the summer months.



Economic Development Director Connie Neininger appeared presenting her June Director’s Report.



Connie and Dr. Hanni have met with Ivy Tech representatives on several occasions continuing to see if we can have an Ivy Tech here in White County. Connie presented the results of a needs analysis conducted by Ivy Tech. The needs analysis estimates drawing students from a six-county area based on projected travel times and commuting patterns. Connie reported that about 82 percent of the county’s residents age 25 and older have graduated from high school and are eligible to attend Ivy Tech. Last year, 266 White County students were attending Ivy Tech Lafayette. Monticello’s center would offer general liberal arts transfer courses, first year business, manufacturing and agriculture courses, remedial courses and courses required for health-related programs among others.


Connie also introduced Patricia Corey and Dr. Barbara Prater of Ivy Tech Community College. The two presented an initial fact finding effort regarding the prospect of Ivy Tech moving into White County Memorial Hospital’s medical arts building. They said that Ivy Tech would not own the medical arts building, if an agreement to come to the county is reached, but rather lease the building.



Connie discussed that K-IRPC is working on a comprehensive plan on how they want Reynolds to look as the Bio-Town USA. They have asked for proposals to be submitted.


A potential ethanol plant prospect is looking at the Reynolds area to build.


The Economic Action Team is currently working on the Community Wide Career Fair which is scheduled for September 21st from 2:00 p.m. from 7:00 p.m. which will be held at the Brandywine. Businesses requested this because they need qualified employees.


Connie said that she has a prospect coming into town to look at the old Rubbermaid plant. This could be for 150 employees and they are looking for some tax abatements.


Wolcott Corridor

Connie discussed conversations with K-IRPC for some grant possibilities to get the infrastructure in place. They have located a grant which does not require a prospect. Connie reported that this area has lost out on three prospects so far this year because the infrastructure was not in place. One of the prospects was for 300 employees.


Connie said that IDEM has issued the permit for the water and sewer in this area and construction must start in one year’s time. Connie said that construction should start in Mary 2007.



Commissioner Heimlich said that the Monticello Ambulance Contract runs out December 2006 and last year the county had requested projections before budget time. Commissioner Heimlich presented copies of the Monticello Ambulance Contract proposal for 2007, 2008 and 2009. Commissioner Heimlich said that this does not have to be voted on today but just reviewed before the budget hearings.


Galen Logan, Monticello Fire Chief appeared before the Commissioners and Council to discuss any questions they might have. He did discuss the advantage of having the 10 extra personnel and how he came up with the cost incurred as having them as employees. A breakdown of expenses was provided.


The proposed three-year contract was requested as follows:


  1. $579,000

  2. $606,900

  3. $636,600





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




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





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