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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on August 7, 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 for the regular meeting on July 17, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for August 7, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised for August 7, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Neil Smith as the 5th member on the White County Hospital Association effective August 7, 2006 until the 17th day of January, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke requested the Commissioners to set a date for the collection of sealed bids for new highway trucks. The Commissioners set a date to accept bids on September 5, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.



Representatives, Thea Strand and Stephanie Scott, appeared before the Commissioners giving a presentation on what the services are that Bison Financial Group provides.


Bison Financial Group is a full-service financial planning group that provides a MENTOR Program. Bison employees will come in and educate the employees on the retirement plan that is available to them from the county, PERF, and also help them make the best choices. This is a service that is free to the county and the employee in hopes that the employee will use their service later on down the road at a cost.


Stephanie Scott provided a MENTOR Program reference sheet listing City of Lafayette, Landec Ag, Monticello Spring Corp., City of West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and City of Logansport as clients of theirs.


Commissioner Heimlich thanked them for coming in and they will look further over the information that they provided.



Debbie Bowsher, White and Jasper County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, appeared presenting the contract for coordinator services for the time period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007. The contract stated that the coalition will agree to pay Debbie Bowsher $300.00 per week for services provided and be reimbursed for expenses for mileage, office supplies and meals.


At the Commissioners meeting in July, the Commissioners approved to serve as the lead agency to continue the tobacco prevention grants and funding for 2007.


Commissioner Heimlich asked Debbie if she has a working relationship with the health department. Miss Bowsher stated that she did participate with them in the White County Fair as far as sharing a booth.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the contract for Debbie Bowsher to provide coordinator services to White County for the White County Tobacco Prevention Coalition, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Scott Post, representative of Brenneco, Inc., appeared before the Commissioners giving a report on a fire alarm inspection that was done on the courthouse building in July. Mr. Post reported that out of the 13 fire alarm pulls that were tested, seven of them failed. One of the buildings’ duct smoke detectors also failed to trip when flooded with test smoke and the battery pack on the outdoor bell failed.


Mr. Post said that the building was built-to-code 30 years ago when it was built but it does not meet the current fire alarm codes if it was built today. The NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, calls out that if we need to upgrade our panel then the building needs to be brought up to code.


Mr. Post provided a cost proposal recommending that the entire system be replaced and brought up to code which would cost the county $10,850. On the proposal he did break down the cost showing that if we would upgrade the system, as it is currently with no additions to the system, would cost $5,330. To bring the system up to code for notification (4 horn/strobe units and 15 strobe only units) would cost $3,450 and to add smoke detectors for the elevator recall would be $2,070.


The Commissioners said that they would like to take this information under advisement and check with the fire department before they make any decisions.




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




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






ATTEST: _______________________________

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool