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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on February 22, 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; and O.D. “Bud” Ferguson, Member. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

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

MINUTES

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion approve the minutes for the February 7, 2005, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for February 22, 2005, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

MONON DITCH

Marion Kasten, President of the Monon Ditch Board, appeared before the Commissioners’ discussing the Monon Ditch drainage project, which has been in existence since 1989. The board’s first meeting was held in 1991.

Mr. Kasten explained the first step is to create a silt trap, an outlet of the Monon Ditch leading into the Tippecanoe River, to protect the river and the Lake Shafer area from the silt coming down from Monon.

Mr. Kasten said that in order to create the silt trap as a workable operation, which will be continued from here on out for the Monon Ditch, service roads on both sides of the area is needed. Consequently, those service roads will need outlets that will lead onto your county roads. Access going down and along the side of the guardrail is not an option because of the wetlands. The plan is to come straight up the bank and out along the roadway. They will need an entrance on either side of the County’s bridge. The entrance way needs to be a 25’ radius with a security gate.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he didn’t see this being a problem to work this out; but he wanted to go over everything with the County Highway Superintendent before anything is decided.

LAKEVIEW HOME – BID OPENING FOR ARCHETICTS

A legal notice was published in the local papers from the Commissioners’ requesting “Statements of Qualifications” for the provision of planning services relating to a feasibility study for improvements to the White County Lakeview Home. White County Attorney George Loy said that the time has expired for the submission of qualifications from architectures for Lakeview Home. Architecture proposals were received from the following:

Morrison, Kattman, Menze, Inc., from Fort Wayne, IN

Schwarz Associates-Architects from Lafayette, IN

Edwin Buswell, K-IRPC Grant Administrator, said that since there was more than one architect proposal submitted a committee of three people needs to be appointed to evaluate the proposals.

The Commissioners choose Commissioner Steve Burton, Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller, and Commissioners’ Administrator Assistant Donya Tirpak to serve on the committee that will score the proposals that were submitted.

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the following:

Rezoning Petition #875

Richard C. II and Sharon A. Roach, property owner, are requesting to rezone 6.043 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located next to the water tower on the Southwest corner of Sixth Street and 150 S (Gordon Road).

The Area Plan Commission held a public meeting on February 14, 2005. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request. No response. Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was a specific business that was going to be placed on this property.

Richard Roach said that he has been approached by Poncie’s Water Sports because they want to relocate.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #875 (Ordinance No. 475-05) for Richard C. II and Sharon A. Roach from an A-1 to a B-2, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition # 876

Bruce R. & Sally A. Scharer, property owners, are requesting to rezone 4.51 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to a R-1 (Single Family Residence). The property is located South of Monticello at 5908 E. Chalmers Road. This request also comes with a commitment letter, which was drawn up at the meeting. The Commitment letter states that no more than 5 lots total are allowed on this lot.

The Area Plan Commission held a public meeting on February 14, 2005. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

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

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #876 (Ordinance No. 476-05) for Bruce R. & Sally A. Scharer from an A-1 to a R-1, seconded by Commissioner. Vote: Unanimous

Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance

Diann Weaver presented an amendment that changes the definition of a Front Lot Line, Front Yard, and Yard. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

The Commissioners tabled their action for two weeks until the White County Attorney George Loy reviews the amendment.

ARROW HEAD COUNTRY - RC&D

Connie Cascales, Board Member, reported that she is our new representative for the

R.C. & D. The funding from the county $500.00 is used for new projects, directors and officers insurance, general liability insurance and other maintenance cost. Several educational workshops are held encouraging conservation of natural resources.

Two Tree Planting Workshops A Forestry Field Day

Nature’s Classroom River Rafting Expedition

Trapper’s Clinic Home Septic Workshops

Connie thanked the Commissioners for their continued support.

WHITE COUNTY UNION TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR - JUDY BERTRAM

Judy Bertram, Union Township Assessor, appeared before the Commissioners asking for their approval to contract with Indiana Assessment Service for real property assessment maintenance service. The term of the contract runs from March 1, 2005, to March 31, 2005. A fee of $20.00 per parcel with an estimated of 100 parcels for a fee of $2,000 will be the approximate cost. Judy does have the money in her budget. She has worked with them for several years and she is satisfied with their work.

Attorney George Loy said that one small change does need to be made to the contract and he suggested the Commissioners go ahead and approve the contract subject to the changes made.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the contract from Indiana Assessment Service for the Union Township Assessor with the change suggested from Attorney George Loy for $2,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

6th STREET PROJECT – SEWER LINES

Commissioner Heimlich announced that when the sewer lines was put in for the Lakeview Home and CDC Resources the Commissioners’ had agreed that during the 6th Street expansion if the sewer lines are to be moved, it will be done at the County’s expense and not the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District’s.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to have the County pay the expense of moving the sewer lines for the Lakeview Home and CDC Resources involved as part of the 6th Street project, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

REPORTS – JOINT WITH COUNCIL

At this time Council President James Mann called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

James Mann Kevin Crabb Dennis Carter

Dennis Cain Faye Lowring

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis report for January 31, 2005. He reported that the string of thirteen months of net gain is over. January ended with a net loss of $112,000.00.

The hospital has hired IDC, Indiana Design Consortium, which will come up with some type of a phone survey/study that the hospital board will use to gain interpretation or thoughts about the potential new hospital. This will be done on about 300 people. There is also a printed survey in the Monticello Herald Journal newspaper that can be filled out by the public and sent in.

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool asked if the new hospital will be built elsewhere or if the present one would be expanded.

Paul said they would build a new hospital somewhere else in the county because adding on to the hospital did not look to be cost effective with the cost of new construction.

Commissioner Ferguson asked how they are going to build a hospital without using tax dollars.

Mr. Cardwell explained that they estimate the hospital to cost around $25 M and it would be their responsibility to come up with at least 10% down which will come from through the savings of the hospital. They are hopeful of using the bond issuance and then making the other payments from month to month.

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 18 permits issued last month. Two were for new homes and five permits were issued for commercial permits. It is very slow this time of year.

E-911

Terri Conwell, Director, reported that R. A. Comm. has installed the 800 mhz. system on the radio consoles of the Sheriff’s and Chief Deputy’s cars.

One of her fulltime Dispatchers, Sally Hunt, has retired. Brad McCall will fill Sally’s position.

Terri attended a meeting in Cass County and talked with other Director’s discussing their work schedule. Terri noticed that most of the county’s that were there are on a 4 and 2 schedule. Tippecanoe and Carroll County work 12-hour shift’s, but they are bigger counties and they work three people on each shift. Terri presented a work schedule showing two employees working the proposed shift.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if this has been discussed with the E-911 board. Councilwoman Lowring said that she sits on that board and she feels that what ever works best for the dispatchers and the morale would be good. The dispatchers will enjoy having a weekend off.

Terri stressed that she has a really great crew right now and if this is not passed dispatchers have stressed that they will leave.

Councilman Cain said that he is in favor of the four and two schedule.

  • Councilman Carter made a motion to approve a four and two work schedule for E-911 Dispatchers, seconded by Councilman Crabb. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the four and two work schedule for the E-911 dispatchers effective February 28, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

LAKEVIEW HOME

Kae Fuller, Director, asked how soon the county plans to have an auction, because she has some things that she would like to get rid of.

Kae also reported that the homes 100th Anniversary will be here in 2 years. She would like to start planning for it now. She would like to have several events throughout the year.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his January 2005 report. Councilman can asked if he could put the ending results of these complaints listed on future reports.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Valerie Hunter, Director, presented her new advertising/marketing logo for White County

Valerie reported that the Landis Plastics building has just been sold to a company named ADKEV. ADKEV is a family owned plastic’s company based in Goodland. The new company will be in operation by the end of the year and are expected to employee about 125 people within a five year period.

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR PROJECT – AMERICAN CONSULTING

Webb Bernhardt of American Consulting, Inc., appeared presenting various photos of the Wolcott Corridor Project. American Consulting has been chosen to look over the waste water collection and water distribution. The photos showed where the area will be for the corridor, residential buffer zone and the water and wastewater utility efforts.

A preliminary design report will be brought to the Commissioners in a month and the final design should be completed in July. The targeted bid date for the project will be in September.

 

 

WABASH VALLEY HOSPITAL

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool reported that the County still owes $81,415.37 to Wabash Valley.

Councilman Carter said that he just attended his first board meeting and questioned why the County owed back the money. They informed him that seven of the nine counties have paid their bills and they have a payment plan to work this out.

Commissioner Heimlich said this was just a windfall that Wabash Valley gained through our reassessment and although he realizes we must pay it, he is not happy about it.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to pay the $81,415.37 owed to Wabash Valley Hospital, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITTEE

Commissioner Heimlich announced that there will be a Strategic Plan Committee meeting at the Reynolds Fair Grounds on Monday the 28th at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be a light supper as in the past.

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

_______________________ _________________________ ________________________

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

ATTEST: ________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor