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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 5, 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.

MINUTES

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the June 20, 2005, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for July 5, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the claims as advertised for July 5, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich discussed invoices submitted from the Chamber of Commerce in 2004. Last year, the commissioners “put on hold” two invoices, which were the Festival Guide ($3,150.00) and an invoice for the Chamber’s Web site ($1,285.40). Commissioner Heimlich said that he has attended a meeting with the Chamber President Lynn Deno and Commissioner Heimlich did discuss to the Commissioners what the charges were for these two unpaid invoices. Commissioner Heimlich said that it is up to the wishes of the Commissioners if they want to allow payment to the Chamber of Commerce for these two invoices. Commissioner Heimlich also reminded the Commissioners that there was an invoice submitted last year in the amount of $1,400.00, which was denied payment.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the claims as presented for the Monticello Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $4,435.40, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

MAXIMUS

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool presented an invoice for Maximus for 2005. Auditor Pool explained that this is a contract that the county does every year and the cost is $4,500.

Maximus is a company that recovers indirect costs from the State for Welfare Administration and Child Support Enforcement. Maximus bills the State, and White County receives the payments on a quarterly basis.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payment of $4,500.00 to Maximus for the 2005 contract services, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT – SICK BANK

Commissioner Heimlich said the county has a Sick Bank Committee, which oversees the distribution of days from the sick bank. The Payroll Administrator has always served on this committee because of having all of the data. Julie McKenzie has retired from employment and her new replacement is Jill Guingrich.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Jill Guingrich to the Sick Bank Committee effective immediately, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

LAKEVIEW HOME – WATER LINE

County Councilman Ron Schmierer appeared before the Commissioners saying that he has been advised by Scheurich’s Plumbing and the Monticello Water Superintendent Rod Pool that a 2” copper line put in for the water line at Lakeview County home will not provide enough pressure and that a 6”ductile would be sufficient. This will allow a fire hydrant to be installed near the home, which would be paid at the county’s expense. The 6” ductile will run from the main up to the circle driveway and then a 2” will be installed about 200’ into the home which should give them enough pressure.

Commissioner Burton pointed out that this would also be needed in the future if a sprinkler system is ever installed into the home. A two inch line would not support a sprinkler system.

Councilman Schmierer said that the cost would be very minimal.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to change the size of the waterline for the Lakeview Home from a 2” copper line to a 6” ductile from the main and 200’ of the 2” into the home, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

APEX BENEFITSGROUP, INC.

Amy Carpenter, Employee Benefits Consultant, addressed the Commissioners on options available to the county in terms of finding a more cost-effective and beneficial health insurance plan. Apex would be an independent brokerage firm capable of helping the county utilize “creative strategies” to cut costs for the county and employees.

Amy Carpenter said that Apex has a working relationship with Arnett, which could become White County’s asset if we hire Apex as a broker. Apex can help us find the best carrier.

Apex is currently contracted with four other counties, which include Jay, Jennings, Parke, Wabash and Ripley.

The Commissioners would like to do some research on this subject and reschedule Apex to appear at the next joint meeting with the Council, which will be on July 18th.

INKEEPERS TAX

Councilman President James Mann asked if the Innkeepers Tax Board members have the right to move a large amount of money from the Innkeepers tax fund into the SFLECC fund. If the SFLECC board presents the County Council with a request of funds for a certain project can the White County Council disburse the money in a lump sum or in certain increments.

White County Attorney George Loy will check the ordinance.

BOVINE BRUCELLOSIS AND TUBERCULOSIS CONTRACT

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health submitted a contract to the Commissioners for Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis eradication programs in White County. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has made an estimate of the cost to White County for carrying out Brucellosis and Tuberculosis testing programs based on the current cattle population, recognizing that the cost of carrying out the testing programs may vary considerably depending upon the amount of infection that is found by Board surveillance programs.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the contracts submitted from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health in the amount of $1,000.00 for Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis effective January 2006 thru January 2007, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

ATTEST: ______________________________________

White County Auditor, Mary Jo Pool