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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on February 7, 2005, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners chambers beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were: John C. Heimlich; President, Steven Burton; Vice President, O.D. “Bud” Ferguson; Member. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy and White County Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

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


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the meetings held on December 30, 2004, and January 17, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for December 30, 2004 and January 13, 2005, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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


At the Commissioners meeting on January 17, 2005, the White County Assessor Karen Hatter presented a contract from Indiana Assessment Service to provide White County with real property assessment maintenance services at the cost of $20.00 per parcel with an estimate of 450 parcels totaling $9,000.00. Assessor Hatter did say that she does have the funds budgeted. Attorney Loy did review the contract and requested IAS to make some changes.

A revised contract was submitted to Attorney Loy and he presented the new contract to the Commissioners giving his approval.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the contract with the Indiana Assessment Service for the real property assessment maintenance services at the cost of $9,000.00 for the County Assessor’s office, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Larry Lear, owner of SUNCO Heating and Air Conditioning, appeared before the Commissioners presenting a quote on a new air conditioner for the computer room. The old air conditioner is a 2-ton unit and the new one will be a 4-ton air conditioner unit. The estimated cost is $8,973.00.

Mr. Lear also presented a price on taking out a wall in the computer room that will give Eric more space. Eric Storm did approach him and he could have this done for about $1,000.

Commissioner Burton asked how many years the new system will work before it becomes a maintenance issue. Mr. Lear said that it would be many years before the system goes down.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the quote from SUNCO Heating and Air Conditioning Company for the new air-conditioner in the computer room, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous



Dan Banes, Environmental Health Specialists, appeared before the Commissioners discussing the existing Septic Ordinance that was adopted in 1973. Since then, the state has adopted some new laws, which took effect in 1990 and the White County ordinance has never been updated. Mr. Banes has found an ordinance from another county that he feels will work well for our county. Mr. Banes even discussed adding to the ordinance the need to have all


of the contractors in White County IOWPA (Indiana Onsite Waste Water Professional’s) certified. This will eliminate all of the “fly by night” contractors coming into our area, which waste a lot of his time as well. Thirty-one other counties in the state have approved the IOPEA Certification requirement for their county contractors.


Attorney Loy said that he has met with Mr. Banes privately and discussed what “technical language” he would like to have for our county. Mr. Loy said that the ordinance would require specifications for septic systems and a certification process for the installers of the septic systems. If the Commissioners are interested, Attorney Loy will put together a draft.


The Commissioners said that a draft put together would be fine.



Recycling Director Dawn Gerard reported that signs are going to be put up around the recycling cardboard dumpsters asking to break down the cardboard. January is off to a busy start.



Tari Bateman, Grant Administrator from K-IRPC, said that the official “release of funds” from the Department of Commerce has been granted. Mrs. Bateman said that the White County Food Pantry board has made a decision to award the contract to Michiana Contracting, which was the low and most responsive bid.


White County Attorney George Loy did say that he did sit with the project engineer to review the bids and found that the Michiana Contracting bid is in acceptable form. A Change Order will be executed with the contract, which will reduce the contract amount from $128,720.00 to $124,360.00. There are several deductions that have been reviewed and approved by Michiana resulting in a lower contract price.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the low bid of $128,720.00 from Michiana Contracting from Plymouth, IN, for the White County Food Pantry Project and Change Order, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



White County Treasurer Cathy Gross appeared before the Commissioners announcing that the White County Treasurer’s tax information is now available to the public online via the Internet. The public can log onto the County’s web page at The public can search for the information by either putting in the property owner’s parcel number, owner’s name, mailing address or legal description.


Brent Willem from G.U.T.S. was also present saying that the updates will be done on a weekly basis.


White County Treasurer Cathy Gross thanked the Commissioners for all of their support.



Greg Budd, HGI Land Acq. Representative, has been hired from American Consulting to manage the right-a-way portion of the 6th Street and Main Street project. Since White County has received federal funds for this project, there are strict state and federal guidelines that must be followed.


Mr. Budd detailed the appraisal process where all of the paperwork will go through INDOT, HGI Land Acq. American Consulting, White County Commissioners and then to the buyer.



Kevin Jasinski, American Consulting, gave an update on the 6th Street project. He reported that Phase 1(right-a-way purchase) is expected to be complete by the middle of April. The next step would be construction, which should start in September and run through the end of 2006. The notice-of-intent was advertised in local papers saying that the project is moving forward. The permits are going very well at this time.


Several questions from the public regarding the new bridge were discussed. Mr. Jasinski reported that there would be very little impact to the traffic during the tourist season. Two lanes will remain open during the construction



phase. The new bridge will be placed approximately 50’ west and raised an additional 4’ clearance giving it a 9-foot total clearance.


Commissioner Heimlich said that a motion is needed to give someone authorization to sign-off on the appraisals as they come in to the Commissioners office.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to give the President of the Commissioners, John Heimlich, authority to sign-off on the appraisals as they come through to the Commissioners’ office, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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





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






ATTEST: ____________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor