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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on August 21, 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 W. Loy, White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, and the White County Commissioners Administrative Assistant Donya Tirpak.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the Special Meeting on July 21, 2006, and the Regular Meeting on August 7, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for August 28, 2006, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Emergency Management Director Gordy Cochran appeared before the Commissioners announcing that his Secretary, Dolores “Buzzy” Fostetr, has submitted her letter of retirement after 28 years of service working with White County. Her last day of employment will be September 29th. He said that he has placed an ad in the paper and expects to hold interviews on September 20th.

Gordy said that he will be talking with the County Council today but informed the Commissioners that he would like to combine the Secretary position with the first Deputy position. He will be requesting an increase in the salary.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE WALT HOUGH – TORNADO SIREN

Liberty Township Trustee Walt Hough appeared before the Commissioners requesting permission to place a tornado siren on county property. The property is located at the intersection of Wentz Drive and Baers Court off of Lake Road 10 East. On the GIS system, Mr. Hough said that the property is showing ownership to SFLECC but when he contacted them, they said that it was owned by the County.

Mr. Hough explained that by placing a tornado siren, which this will be the 7th siren in Liberty Township, at this location, it will cover the Isle of Homes, Indiana Beach, and homes along Lake Shafer.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to grant permission to place a tornado siren at the intersection of Wentz Drive and Baers Court subject to the determination that the County owns the property, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE WALT HOUGH – VEHICLE DONATION

Mr. Hough said that the Volunteer Fire Department has a 1989 Chevy Van, 3-ton, that is owned by the township and they would like to donate it to the Emergency Management Department.

Gordy Cochran, Director of the Emergency Mgt., said that they would like to use this vehicle to tow the future Hazmat trailer that they intend to purchase.

PROBATION DEPARTMENT – OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Terry Corso, Director of Probation, appeared before the Commissioners requesting to have the out-of-school suspension program held at the Lakeview Home this year for the 2006 – 2007 school year. In the past, the program was held at Lakeview Home many years ago but then moved to CDC. They were not able to go back to CDC because of shortage of space so it was moved to the Armory. After 9/11 they were no longer allowed to be located at the Armory. Mr. Corrso said that he has received permission from the Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller.

Terry said that the kids will come from all four county schools in grades 7th thru 12th, which are ordered by Judge Thacker. The kids will be dropped off and picked up by their parents and they are required to bring their own lunch. There will also be a director out there that will monitor them the whole time they are there. Terry said that the families are required to pay $15/day and he could make some type of a payment to the county at the end of each quarter.

White County Attorney George Loy said that our insurance company will have to be contacted and notified that these children will be out there.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to grant permission for the Probation Department to house the Out-of –School program at Lakeview Home for the 2006 – 2007 school season, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN

White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following:

 

Rezoning Petition #910

Gale Ann Boyer High is requesting to rezone lots 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53 in Lakeside Heights Addition, and part of Parkway Drive in Lakeside Heights containing 0.21 of an acre, and Lot Number 40 in Lakeside Heights Addition all being located in White County. Diann said that this petition will be tabled.

 

Rezoning Petition #911

Robert K. & Laura D. Marlett is requesting to rezone 3.660 acres from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to an A-1 (Agricultural). The property is located northwest of Monticello at 2681 E. 325 N., Honey Creek Township.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on August 14, 2006, on this request and there were no opposes. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

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

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #911 (Ordinance No. 499-06) rezoning 3.660 for property located Northwest of Monticello at 2681 E. 325 N., in Honey Creek Township from an R-2 to an A-1 for Robert K. & Laura D. Marlatt, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #912

Pannar Genetics, Inc. is requesting to rezone 5.0 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located west of Brookston at 10195 S. 300 W., in Prairie Township.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on August 14, 2006, on this request and there were no opposes. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

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

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 912 (Ordinance No. 500-06) rezoning 5.0 acres located in Prairie Township, West of Brookston at 10195 S. 300 W. from an A-1 to a B-2, for Pannar Genetics, Inc., seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #914

Bobby L. and Sharon L. Young are requesting to rezone 2.0 acres, except approximately .48 acres located in the Northeast corner of the described tract, from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential). Bobby L. and Sharon L. Young are the property owners for the property located south of Chalmers at 6260 S. State Road 42 in Big Creek Township.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on August 14, 2006, on this request and there were no opposes. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

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

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #914 (Ordinance No. 501-06) rezoning 2.0 acres, except approximately .48 acres located in the Northeast corner of the described tract, from an A-1 to an R-2 for Bobby L. and Sharon L. Young at 6260 S. State Road 42 in Big Creek Township, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY CLERK – MAXIMUS CONTRACT

White County Clerk Bruce Lambert presented a contract agreement to the Commissioners from Maximus. Maximus proposed to provide monthly Title IV-D claiming services on behalf of the Clerk’s office. The agreement outlines that Maximus will:

  1. Prepare current and future monthly Title IV-D invoices, in the State prescribed format, and submit monthly invoices to the Clerk for timely submission to FSSA.

  2. Prepare retroactive monthly Title IV-D invoices, in the State prescribed format, for any identified expenditures that have not been previously claimed by the Clerk.

  3. Answer questions the County may have regarding the preparation of the claims.

  4. Answer routine questions that may arise from FSSA or Federal agencies.

The contract amount is for $800 for each monthly billing statement that Maximus prepares for the County for submission to the State for reimbursement of expenditures. The contract may be terminated with a ninety-day written notice.

The Commissioners will take the contract under advisement to be reviewed by the White County Attorney George Loy.

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

E-911 DEPARTMENT

E-911 Director Terri Conwell reported that they have subscribed to a Language Line Service. This is a service where if the dispatcher has a caller call in and they are Hispanic, speaking no English, the dispatcher will call the Language Line Service and someone will translate the emergency to our dispatcher. The service will translate the language to English to help the caller. The cost is very minimal and it works great.

Terri explained that she has been receiving a lot of request for copies of the 911 tapes. She asked if there is a fee that she should be charging.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 68 permits issued last month and 8 of them were for new homes.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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

Bio-Town

Bio-Town has applied for a planning grant thru K-IRPC and they have selected a company to start their planning process. This Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. they will be having a community meeting to meet the planner on the Bio-Town Comprehensive Plan.

Community Career Fair

Connie passed out fliers for the Community Career Fair that will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Brandywine Convention Center. Invitations have been sent out to our employers. This will give the employers an opportunity to receive a pool of applications.

Ivy-Tech

Next Tuesday, August 29th , we will be holding our local community meeting with Ivy-Tech at the 4-H Fairground Community Building. At the last meeting, there were 22 community representatives that attended and she hoped for the same amount this time.

Town of Monon

Connie reported that they did complete several areas in the Town of Monon as Economic Development Target areas. What this means is that certain areas within a corporate town will be designated for someone moving into this area to apply for a tax abatement, especially residential or retail.

Tax Abatements

Connie announced that she will be going into the County Council meeting today requesting two tax abatements. The first will be for a research and development firm constructing a new building in Brookston. The company is called Pannar Genetics, Inc. and they are a South African company.

The second tax abatement will be for Monticello Spring because they are expanding plant one and putting on an addition.

Wolcott Corridor

The Commissioners are working on setting up the members for the Redevelopment Commission.

Connie said that she is going to be looking at the possibilities of taking some options on the ground. Hopefully, they can get this completed and be eligible to apply for a grant for 50% of the project. The permit from IDEM has been approved for the water and sewer lines. This permit will expire on June 1, 2007, so construction must start before then.

Connie said that she is currently working with one prospect in the Wolcott Industrial Park area.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented the August 2007 report.

Kae is currently taking bids to take out a bath tub and put in a shower in the women’s downstairs bathroom and also put in a gravity flow loop for hot water.

Kae, once again, stressed the importance of sitting down and reviewing the architect’s proposal for Lakeview Home because now the east dormer has now completely fallen off. Kae stated that she would like to be a part of this meeting discussing what the needs are for the home.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the council if they could designate two or three people to form a committee with Commissioner Burton and Kae Fuller. The committee could meet and put together a proposal to have ready for the next joint meeting.

Randy Mitchell, Executive Director of K-IRPC, said that the county is still on schedule to apply for a grant at the beginning of the year. A total cost of what the project will be needs to be determined. Having the committee getting together and breaking down what needs to be done at the home will give him the exact dollar amount. Mr. Mitchell said that K-IRPC would be available if needed to attend the meeting if any questions were needed.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Complaints and Violations for July, 2006.

White County Attorney George Loy said that he is filing suite on 3 or 4 of John’s projects and anyone wishing to see the report can do so.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell appeared presenting the Financial Analysis for July 2006.

Mr. Cardwell reported that fiscally they had their highest month ever in July 2006 with the gross revenue being $3,371,000. Usually, June, July, and August are slower months and they have not seen any of that so far this year. In 2006, Mr. Cardwell said that they went over $3 million two times for the year and so far this year they have been over the mark for six consecutive months. He said that this has been driven by volume because they have not increased their prices.

Mr. Cardwell said that he has met with representatives from California and Lafayette, Health Systems, which are partners of the hospital. Discussions were made about their dialysis program and now White County has decided to expand the dialysis services from 8 beds to 12 beds. The program will be housed at the new medical office building and they will have to expand the facility about 2,000 sq ft. They are hoping to have the new medical arts building done next April.

The board is now in the process of receiving and approving the bids submitted for the paving and excavation work and the steel bid package.

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION - APPOINTMENT

On May 15, 2006, the Commissioners adopted an order establishing the County Redevelopment Commission which was the first step in creating a TIF (Tax Increment Finance) District in the Wolcott area. Commissioner Heimlich said that the next step would be to appoint the five-person White County Redevelopment Commission.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the new board members will need to be reappointed every year so this appointment will expire at the end of the year. Commissioner Heimlich submitted the names willing to serve on the board.

Residents from the Wolcott area are Craig LeBeau, Larry Klink, and Mark Howard and Connie Stimmel, from Reynolds, and Gary Hendryx of Brookston.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Craig LeBeau, Larry Klink, Mark Howard, Connie Stimmel and Gary Hendryx to the White County Redevelopment Commission effective August 21, 2006 and expiring December 31, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

White County Attorney George Loy said that he will meet with Lisa Lee of Ice Miller to put together a packet outlining the process.

ALLOCATION OF CEDIT FUNDS TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Commissioner Heimlich said that there are some issues coming up that are going to take some money. As Connie Neininger explained in her report today, money is needed in order to receive funds from a grant for the Wolcott project, which could minimize the amount the county would have to bond for the water and sewer out in this area. He explained that an order to be eligible for this grant, the county has to have options on that ground. Commissioner Heimlich said that it may not take a lot of money but it will be some. This is not something that has to be decided

today, but Commissioner Heimlich would like to have some feedback from the Council as to what your thoughts are to allocating some of the CEDIT money to the redevelopment commission.

Mrs. Neininger said that she has met with the Town of Monon and Wolcott and they are very supportive of the idea but the municipalities would like to see a joint contract. Mrs. Neininger explained a contract that would involve all the towns signing together and contributing a certain percent to the Economic Development organization. She did have an example of a contract from Starke County.

Councilman Horton pointed out that if every town in White County is contributing money to this organization, this will definitely change the composition of the board. Not only will there be elected representatives from the county, (two commissioners and one council member) but also elected officials from the towns as well. Horton is in favor of the 15% that Connie has presented to the council as a way to start this.

At this time, the Council adjourned to their own meeting room.

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

____________________________ ____________________________ __________________________

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

ATTEST: ____________________________

Mary Jo Pool, Auditor