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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on January 4, 2005, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners chambers beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were: John C. Heimlich, Steven Burton, and O.D. “Bud” Ferguson. Also present was White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy and Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner John C. Heimlich called the Commissioners meeting to order.

REORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSIONERS

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint John C. Heimlich as President and Steven Burton as the Vice President for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES

Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the December 20, 2004, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

INSURANCE CLAIM

Commissioner Heimlich explained to the White County Attorney George Loy that the county’s workman’s compensation coverage for 2005 was approved at the last meeting on December 30, 2004. This claim is paid once annually, usually February, but this year they are requesting payment before the next claim date on February 7, 2005. The cost of $79,668.00 will cover the County and Highway employees.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the county does have an ordinance that allows pre-approved or pre-payment procedures for certain claims. The ordinance does not cover insurance claims. Commissioner Heimlich asked Attorney Loy what the procedure would be to have the claim paid before February.

Attorney George Loy said that this is definitely something that has to be paid because the county cannot go without the workman’s compensation insurance coverage for the employees. This does qualify as an emergency basis and if necessary, he could research and find the state statue.

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she would write a check and advertise the claim later.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to allow payment on an emergency basis to Indiana Public Employers’ Plan, Inc., thru Downey Insurance, for the courthouse and highway county workman’s compensation coverage for 2005 totaling $79,668.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

6TH STREET NORTH SECTION UPDATE

Kevin Jasinski, from American Consulting, appeared before the Commissioners giving an update on the north section of the 6th Street Project.

Mr. Jasinski said that 13 out of 20 appraisals are completed and the others should be completed by January 15th.

The next step would be the review and approval of the appraisals by the Commissioners and then the offers will be submitted back to the property owner. This process should be completed in February. The appraiser has been talking with the people and relaying questions back to Mr. Jasinski.

Roadway construction will not take place until after the 2005 tourism season but the utility relocation will take place in a couple of months.

At the last Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners discussed eliminating the permit process for property owners relocating signs but the Commissioners reconsidered because this could lead to problems in the future. Commissioner Heimlich said that the Commissioners are discussing waving the fees for property owners relocating signs, however, everyone will still have to file all necessary paperwork with the Area Plan department keeping everyone in compliance.

Mr. Jasinski said that $1.25 million of Federal funding and $0.25 from a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant has been appropriated for the north construction.

The TE application that will be submitted for 2005 has increased to $1,387,650 due to some changes.

The survey has been completed for the Gordon Road sections and submitted to INDOT. ACE will be holding a public hearing for this section in the summer.

AMERICAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS

At the last Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Heimlich presented a contract to the White County Attorney George Loy from American Consulting Engineers for engineering services on the Wolcott Corridor water/sewer project.

Attorney Loy has reviewed the contract and discussed some questions/areas that needed to be discussed with ACE. No representatives of ACE were present. Commissioner Heimlich said that he also had questions. Commissioner Heimlich said that he would call ACE and try to get more information and reschedule the contract approval for the next Commissioners meeting.

APPOINTMENT

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to reappoint John Raines as the Environmental Officer for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

RETIREMENT

Commissioner Heimlich announced that a retirement dinner was held on Friday at the Highway department for Dorla Dumpert. Dorla has spent nearly 25 years of employment with White County. The Commissioners wanted to recognize Dorla for her service and wished her well with her retirement.

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

_______________________________ ___________________________ _______________________________

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

ATTEST: ______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor