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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners’ held a regular meeting on November 20, 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.

 

MINUTES

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on November 6, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for November 20, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

 

PUBLIC HEARING – LAKEVIEW HOME GRANT

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the public hearing is now open to discuss the Lakeview Home grant.

 

Edwin Buswell, Grant Administrator with K-IRPC, said that the public hearing is open for any public questions, comments or input regarding the Lakeview Home grant. The proposed application will be made out to the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs for a maximum of $500,000 to perform renovations at Lakeview Home. The proposal will be put in January and the application is due the first of March and will be awarded in June.

 

Charlie Mellon asked what they are going to be doing with that kind of money. Mr. Buswell explained that a planning study was done on the project and the improvements that they suggested focused on masonry repairs, roofing repairs, asbestos abatement, lighting, floor finishes, mechanical/electrical, etc.

 

Commissioner Burton said that this is the maximum amount of money that could be awarded but the money would be spent on the more obvious needs of the home, for example the roof and the masonry. From there they will work backwards to get the rest of the building updated.

 

Edwin said that everything will need to be listed by March on exactly what the money will be spent on.

 

Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, asked how many of these grants can the county have. Edwin said that the county can have three open and at this time the county have none.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was any other public comment at this time. No response.

 

Commissioner Heimlich closed the public hearing.

CLAIM – RECORDER

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she has received an e-mail from the State Board of Accounts saying that we should pay the claim to Donna Salomon from the Recorder’s Perpetuation for the $352.85 claim.

 

Auditor Pool said that the Council had told her a couple of months ago that they would not pay for any more meetings because she has used up all of her money.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to deny the stress management claim in the amount of $63.36 paid to Donna Salomon, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

 

The Commissioners said that they will table the decision on the other claim for $352.85 and discuss it further with the council.

 

 

 

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following:

 

Rezoning Petition #920

Mathew J. & Michelle R. McGovern are requesting to rezone part of Lots (1) and (2) in Kaugh-Naugh-Waugh Addition, Union Township, from a B-2 (General Business) to an L-1 (Lake Residence). The property is located north of Monticello at 4888 E. Harbor Court.

 

Diann said that the White County Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on November 13, 2006, about this request and there were no opposers.

 

The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 9 yes and 0 no.

 

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

 

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #920 (Ordinance No. 505-06) rezoning part of Lots 1 and 2 at 4888 E. Harbor Court from a B-2 to a L-1 for Mathew J. & Michelle R. McGovern, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #921

Jerry A. & Lenore A. Rich Trust are requesting to rezone .20 of an acre of Parcel A and .006 of an acre of Parcel B from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residence) to an R-3 (Multi-Family Residence). The property is located east of Monon at 6703 N. Harris Loop and 3147 E. Camp Drive.

 

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on November 13, 2006, about this request and there were no opposers.

 

The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 9 yes and 0 no.

 

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

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #921 (Ordinance No. 506-06) from an R-2 to a R-3 for property located at 6703 N. Harris Loop and 3147 E. Camp Drive for Jerry A. & Lenore A. Rich Trust, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

 

COUNTY FARM LAND

Commissioner Heimlich said that the county must have a joint appraisal submitted by two certified appraisers for the county farm land to be sold. The two appraisers will work together to submit an appraisal. Commissioner Heimlich said that they have found two certified appraisers willing to work together. The county farm ground is located west of West Shafer Drive and is approximately 78.6 acres.

 

The two appraisers recommended are Sid Holderly and Deb Cook. Commissioner Heimlich said that they have done work for the 6th Street and Main Street project.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Sid Holderly and Deborah Cook to do the appraisal for the 78.6 county farm land, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

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:

 

Richard “Buzz” Horton Dennis Cain James Mann Dennis Carter

Kevin “Casey” Crabb Ronald Schmierer

 

BUILDING COMMISSIONER

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that 58 permits were issued last month. Ten of the 58 were for houses (7 stick built, 2 used manufactured, 1 manufacture home). This puts us on schedule compared to last year.

 

RECYCLE

Dawn Gerard reported that their totals of collection are pretty much the same as last year but the prices on everything are really down compared to last year. Cardboard last year was paid at $60/ton and this year they are only receiving $50/ton. The collection of shoes, belts, stuffed animals and purses has now come to 4,763 lbs. since May.

 

Dawn said that she sill has $6,300 of grant money left over and she intends to carry it over to 2007 for next year.

 

WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Connie Neininger presented the Director’s Report for October 2006 activity.

 

Bio-Town

Connie said that there has been a lot of activity with prospects for the Bio-Town initiative. One Prospect is named Waste Gasification Systems, which could be utilized by our Recycling Dept.

 

White County is still in the running for the Ethanol plant. There are five sites that they are looking at and we are still one of them.

 

The letter to INDOT has been submitted requesting their support for the Bio-Town road improvements. Connie did receive a call from them this morning and they are currently looking over the letter now.

 

IVY Tech

IVY Tech representatives have been working on a case statement which will be presented when we apply for grants. Our first step with this project is to see what grants are available to renovate the building. In the report it stated the following:

 

  • 82.5% of graduating seniors in White County in 2004 said that they planned to go on to postsecondary education (Indiana Department of Education).

 

  • 65.5 of White County residents over the age of 25 have no more than a high school diploma or equivalent, and another 8% have less than a year of college.

 

  • In 2004, 49 students dropped out of the public schools in White County. The public schools graduated 349 students in 2004.

 

Connie said that measurements are still be made but they are looking at cost to renovate the building to be around $600,000 to $800,000.

 

Wolcott Corridor

Connie reported that there have been several announcements lately that Indiana is being considered for a CSX Intermodal facility in Northern Indiana. They are proposing a brand new facility and they are now shopping around for ground. Also, in LaPorte County, Norfolk Southern Railroad is looking to put in an Intermodal facility. With these two new announcements, Connie stressed the need to improve the Wolcott Corridor project.

 

Connie announced that a meeting is set for next week with Ice Miller to talk about the Redevelopment Commission on the Wolcott Corridor. The easements have been prepared and they are now ready for the property owners to sign. This will be for the construction of the water and sewer in the corridor.

 

Councilman Horton announced that long term Economic Development Board member Lloyd Herring has announced that he is resigning because he has moved out of the county. It’s not official yet, but Councilman Horton said that they may have an Industrial representative joining their December meeting.

 

Councilman Horton also stressed how lucky the board is to have employees like Connie Neininger and Don Hanni to run the Economic Development office. He said that there are a lot of good things that could happen and it’s great to have them on board.

 

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Commissioner Heimlich said that the first meeting of the Redevelopment Commission will be held on Monday, Nov. 27th at 1:30 p.m. This is a public meeting and everyone from the council is invited to attend. Lisa Lee from Ice Miller will be here to lay out what the duties are for the commission.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Complaints and Violations report for October, 2006.

 

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Stephanie Long, R.N., Executive Vice President/Chief Nurse Officer, presented the Financial Analysis report for October 2006.

 

Mrs. Long reported that they had another $3 million month in October, which this puts the gross patient revenue at $31.8 million.

 

Construction for the new facility is currently on schedule.

 

SHERIFF’S DEPT.

White County Sheriff John Roberts presented an estimate to repair 1,600 snow stops on the roof of the jail. The estimate is from Connell & Sons Construction, Burnettsville. The estimate is for $3,200.

 

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the estimate from Connell & Sons Construction to repair the snow stops on the roof for $3,200, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

6th STREET UPDATE

Kevin Jasenski, Project Development Director, presented an update on the 6th Street Project.

 

Phase I

The construction phase is at 20% complete and the utility relocation is completed except for the gas line, which is 75% complete. Time wise we are on schedule.

 

Kevin thanked Steve Brooke for taking time out to work with the construction manager during the project.

 

Phase II

6th Street to Ohio Street they are currently on the appraising stage and the property owner contact will happen very soon and the offers will go out in January. They are on schedule for a late summer letting.

 

Phase III

US 24 to CR 225 section there will be a meeting next week where we will discuss the opposition with the pathway. Research is being done and we will have some information as to what will be done. The opposition is coming from the industries in that area.

 

PAYROLL ADJUSTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a problem with how the payroll is processed for employees, which according to the State Board of Accounts it’s time to get it addressed. Currently, employees are paid before their time is actual worked and we need to have this turned around and have them work the time and then pay them. A committee has been put together to see how this can be handled in the best way for the employees. The committee did meet and discussed several alternatives and did agree on a recommendation.

 

The recommendation is to phase this in over an entire year, 2007, which will be 27 pays. By doing this, Commissioner Heimlich mentioned that the effect on the employees is minimized, even for the higher salaried employees. They figured the deduction to be around $10 per check. Commissioner Heimlich wants everyone to understand that money is not being taken away from them, it’s just being deferred.

 

  • Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the recommendation from the payroll committee to phase in the payroll adjustment over one year in 2007, which will be 27 pays, seconded by Councilman Crabb. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to accept the recommendation from the payroll committee to phase in the payroll adjustment over one year in 2007, which will be 27 pays, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

APEX – HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PACKAGE

Amy Carpenter, Employee Benefits Consultant from APEX Benefits Group, Inc., presented a Financial and Benefits package for White County 2007. The Arnett HMO plan for 2007 showed a 10.49% increase in the premium. For 2006 the premium cost was $1,213,698.00 and for 2007 the cost is now $$1,341,069.00. She said that the dual options (Core and Buy-Up) will remain but with minimal changes. The county will continue to pay 90% of the premium for the employee only core plan ($250 deductible). If an employee would like to move up to the Buy-up plan they must pay the difference. The county will pay 80% of the premium for the family core plan. If the family would like to buy the Buy-Up plan they must pay the difference. She said that the goal is to have as many people as possible on the Core plan.

 

Employees now have the mail order plan where they can save money when ordering a 90-day prescription supply on generic drugs.

 

Amy did present another plan but suggested that the county stay with Arnett HMO because of the changes that will come January 1, 2008, with the purchase of Arnett from United Health Care.

 

The medical rates for 2007 are as follows:

 

CORE PLAN BUY-UP PLAN

TOTAL OF PREMIUM SINGLE $366.45 $ 421.51

FAMILY $989.33 $1,137.98

 

COUNTY COSTS SINGLE $329.81 $ 329.81

FAMILY $791.45 $ 791.45

 

EMPLOYEE COSTS SINGLE $ 36.64 $ 91.70

(Monthly) FAMILY $197.88 $ 346.53

 

Dental

Amy also presented a dental plan that is voluntary to the employees and there is no cost to the county. This is a very rich program and the rates are substantially lower then what the employees had before.

 

The dental rates for 2007 are as follows:

 

Employee $ 6.44 per pay

Employee & Spouse $12.87 per pay

Employee & Children $17.87 per pay

Family $25.39 per pay

 

 

 

 

 

Vision

Amy presented a vision plan through United Health Care/Spectra. This also is completely voluntary to the employees and no cost to the county.

 

The vision rates for 2007 are as follows:

 

Employee $ 3.37 per pay

Employee & Spouse $ 6.40 per pay

Employee & Children $ 6.71 per pay

Family $10.32 per pay

 

The Council asked Amy if she could somehow work on having the rates available to them at budget time, July, rather than the end of the year. Amy said that she could find a carrier that will give the county an 18-month rate guarantee. This would make the renewal process done in the middle of the year rather than the first of the year. She doubts that it could be ready by July of 2007 but thinks that it is possible to have one for July 2008.

 

Commissioner Burton thanked Amy for all of her efforts for finding the best options/benefits package for the county and the employees.

 

Commissioner Heimlich commented that ever since the county has brought Amy on board she has made this responsibility a lot easier and more understanding for the Commissioners.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the recommendation to stay with Arnett HMO and the addition of the Dental and Vision plans to the employee benefits package for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

HOLIDAY, PAYROLL, CLAIMS & MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2007

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the following schedules for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

Meeting Dates

Commissioners Council & Commissioners

January 2 January 15

February 5 February 20

March 5 March 19

April 2 April 16

May 7 May 21

June 4 June 18

July 2 July 16

August 6 August 20

September 4 September 17

October 1 October 15

November 5 November 19

December 3 December 17

 

Holidays 2007

January 1 New Year’s Day November 6 Election Day

February 19 President’s Day November 12 Veterans Day

April 6 Good Friday November 22 & 23 Thanksgiving Day

May 8 Election Day December 24 & 25 Christmas Day

May 28 Memorial Day

July 4 Independence Day

September 3 Labor Day

October 8 Columbus Day

PAYROLL

Payroll Due To Be Paid On

January 2 January 15

January 15 January 29

January 29 February 12

February 12 February 26

February 26 March 12

March 12 March 26

March 26 April 9

April 9 April 23

April 23 May 7

May 7 May 21

May 21 June 4

June 4 June 18

June 18 July 2

July 2 July 16

July 16 July 30

July 30 August 13

August 13 August 27

August 27 September 10

September 10 September 24

September 25 October 8

October 8 October 22

October 22 November 5

November 5 November 19

November 19 December 3

December 3 December 17

December 17 December 31

December 31 January 14

 

CLAIMS

Due To Be Paid On

January 22 February 5

February 19 March 5

March 19 April 2

April 23 May 7

May 21 June 4

June 18 July 2

July 23 August 6

August 20 September 4

September 17 October 1

October 22 November 5

November 19 December 3

December 17 December 27

 

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