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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on June 6, 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 White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool and Commissioners’ Administrative Assistant Donya Tirpak.


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for May 16, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for June 13, 2005, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


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


Donald Ward, County Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the Spring Creek Bridge Plans (Bridge #226) for the Commissioners approval.

Mr. Ward said that a big part of the job would be work done on the road. The estimated cost for the project is $600,000.00.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the road and bridge plans for the Spring Creek Bridge #226, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Councilman Ron Schmierer showed the Commissioners the advertisement for the Chamber of Commerce and the County in the current “Travel Guide”. The deadline is approaching and Councilman Schmierer discussed putting in the festivals that are held in White County. The cost would be $200.00 per festival listing.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he is having a meeting with the MLRA, Chamber of Commerce and himself discussing advertisement in the booklet.



Councilman Schmierer said that Overbeck Construction would bore under the road this week at Lakeview Home to get the water hooked up to the city.



Councilman Schmierer said that Jim Overbeck Construction would be in touch with the White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson discussing the water and sewage in the cabin. Councilman Schmierer said that he told Dave Anderson to put the Information Booth on a separate electrical meter, separate water meter and separate sewage hook-up. The water will be connected to the city and the sewage will be connected to Spackman’s sewage line.


Councilman Schmierer said that the trailer is being used until the cabin is open. The hours for the information booth is Monday – Thursday from 12:00-6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Councilman Schmierer also said that the information racks have been placed at the following: Best Western Brandywine Inn & Suites, Marmolijo’s Trio Restaurant, Wal-Mart, Harvest Time and Kroger’s.




Commissioner Heimlich said that Jim Allen has submitted a letter of resignation for the White County Board of Aviation Commission, which was effective May 16, 2005. Jim Allen was a democrat and the board does have to be politically balanced.


Commissioner Heimlich said that Harry Voorhis is a democrat and has agreed to sit on the board.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Harry Voorhis to the unexpired term of Jim Allen on the White County Board of Aviation Commission effective June 6, 2005 and expiring December 31, 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said that his recommendation to the Commissioners on the bids submitted for the three new trucks is the bid from Great Lakes Peterbilt, from Brookston. Mr. Brooke explained that this was the highest bid submitted but he has a lot of concerns with the bid from Wiers International Trucks, Inc, from Logansport, because of the transmission engine being a 10-speed. The Peterbilt trucks are a 6- speed with 2-speed axle, which is exactly called for on the specifications.


At the last Commissioners meeting, Attorney Loy denied the bid from Mike Raisor Ford, from Gary, because the bid package did not include a non-collusion affidavit.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the bid from Great Lakes Peterbilt, Brookston, for three 2006 Peterbilt Model 335 trucks at $56,977.00 each, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Assessor Karen Hatter and White County Union Township Assessor Judy Bertram appeared before the Commissioners requesting signatures on a contract. Manatron is now requiring the Assessors to submit all information for sales disclosures and personal property to them electronically. In order to do this, we must purchase a scanner and software that will be compatible to Manatron’s system. Manatron has submitted a contract for Equipment, Software, and Support. The cost will be $29,176.00 for the equipment and software and a yearly cost of $7,287.00 for support and maintenance.


Karen said that she could use the funds collected from Sales Disclosures to pay for the scanner. Currently, there is $13,000.00 in that fund which will cover some of the cost. The balance of the money needed can be taken out of the reassessment fund.


Karen said that her office has been very happy with Manatron’s software and support in the past and they do work very well with them.


  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the contract from Manatron for the Sales Disclosure and Personal Property Scanner, Software, Services and Support, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



Greg Henneke, PE for ACE, updated the Commissioners on the 6th Street Project. Mr. Henneke asked if the County Attorney George Loy had a chance to look over the Construction Inspection/Observation Services Contract and if there were any questions.


They are still working on the Sanitary Sewer Relocation Force Account agreement with the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District. When the land is clear and the agreement is in place they will be able to start working. Kevin continues to work with INDOT on this agreement. The estimated cost is not to exceed $314,255.00. Mr. Henneke did verify to Commissioner Heimlich that this money would go towards the local match for the project.



The land appraisal for Saylor’s Restaurant should be completed by the end of this week. Property owned by Mr. Pickens has denied the county’s proposal. Kevin Jasenski is currently working with Pickens’ attorney gathering information that was requested.


Kevin Jasenski has attended a meeting with INDOT discussing the funding for the North and South project. Kevin will forward copies of the minutes to the Commissioners attention.


Mr. Henneke reported that the Federal Bill has been extended one month and we should know by the end of June how much money would be approved.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to authorize $314,255.00 to be used to relocate the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer lines on the North 6th Street Project, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Lakeview Home admission application for Martha Jane Patton, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous



Earl McLachlan, owner of Lake Shore Drive-In theater, appeared before the Commissioners asking if they’ve had any input on the Central/Eastern time change for Indiana. Mr. McLachlan said that it is very important that our community be on the central time zone because of Indiana Beach and the Drive-In.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he agrees that we should be on the central time zone but unfortunately the federal level will make that decision. The federal level should be holding hearings; but to date, the Commissioners have not heard of any being set. Commissioner Heimlich will keep in contact with our state legislatures to find out exactly when the hearings will be held.



GRW, Engineer for the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District, requested a letter of support from the Commissioners for the construction and operation of a wastewater collection and treatment system. They want the White County Commissioners to agree that they have no objection to the discharge of treated effluent to Rattlesnake Creek and support the granting of a NPDES Permit to the TLRSD for operation of the plant.


The Commissioners did not sign the letter because Rattlesnake Creek is not located in Carroll County. Commissioner Heimlich will call GRW to find out more information.



White County Attorney George Loy said that he has been approached by Bob Mounts to write up a “request for quotes” to be advertised for an Automated Case Management System used by the Courts and Probation Department. The bids will be accepted on July 18th.


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




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




ATTEST: ___________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor