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

MINUTES

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting on August 15, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for September 12, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AWARD BID FOR BRIDGE #226

Bids that were submitted for the Bridge #226 project were opened at the last Commissioners meeting and taken under advisement for review. The County Engineer Donald Ward and Highway Supervisor Steve Brooke have looked over both bids.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to accept the low bid from Jack Isom Construction Company, Inc., in the amount of $757,295.90 for the construction of Bridge #226, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich said that the following right-of-way purchases must also be approved for the construction project.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for Lawrence R. and Janet S. Smith 8883 S. – 300 E., Brookston, in the amount of $1,100.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for John P. Erickson Family Trust, 4361 E. 1000 S, Brookston, in the amount of $3,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for Dris and Melissa Abraham, 8957 S 300 E., Brookston, in the amount of $15,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for Douglas R. and Linda Nelson and also Jeffrey L. and Christine Nelson, 9108 S. 300 E., Brookston, in the amount of $100.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for Jeffrey L. and Christine Nelson, 9108 S. 300 E., Brookston, in the amount of $1,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the right-of-way purchase for Douglas R. and Linda Nelson, Brookston, in the amount of $2,600.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PUBLIC HEARING – PROPOSED WHITE COUNTY SEPTIC ONSITE SEWAGE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE

At this time, the White County Commissioners held a public hearing beginning at 8:20 a.m. for the proposed White County Septic Onsite Sewage Disposal Ordinance. Commissioner Heimlich said that the ordinance was legally advertised in the local newspapers for the public hearing.

Dan Banes, White County Environmental Health Specialists, explained why this ordinance update is needed for our county. The current ordinance was approved in 1978 and the state revised their rulings in 1990. White County is behind and this will bring us up to speed with other counties and the state.

Dan said that this ordinance would make contractors have IOWPA (Indiana Onsite Waste Water Professional’s) certification, which will enable them to be qualified for the job. The certification training will be done by IOWPA, which is a three-day course. This organization is backed by the Indiana Department of Health and also by Purdue University.

Commissioner Heimlich asked anyone for public comment.

Tom Spackman, Indiana Beach, has questions regarding the framing of the ordinance. He felt that there was not a definition of what IDEM controls and what the White County Health Dept. controls. A few areas of concern to Mr. Spackman were the following:

  1. Private Onsite Sewage Disposal System – the definition does not include a corporation or a

conservancy district.

2. Public Sewer – it reference permit’s but does not specify which ones (IDEM or Health Dept.)

3. Connect with Sewers – New Construction: this should include IDEM permitted systems.

Mr. Banes said that the state does have control over everything that is commercial and his department is asked to do an inspection at certain times.

Steve Godlove, Godlove Enterprises, voiced his concern on the “Existing Onsite Sewage Disposal Inspections” section. Mr. Godlove said that his company performs a number of septic sewage inspections for real estate transfers and he recommends that this ordinance require that all of this data be reported to the Health Department. The county could build an incredible database that could be very useful if it was library at the Health Department. Mr. Godlove said that Mr. Banes is overwhelmed with responsibilities and his company would be willing to administrate or help with the database.

Mr. Godlove also feels that since the county is requiring the wasterwater to be pumped and monitored on a regular basis then the county should accommodate with the treatment and disposal of the wastewater coming out of these tanks. Currently, treatment and disposal has been a burden on the Godloves’ and continues to be a problem throughout the state.

Steve said that his company is currently working with the TLRSD to pursue a treatment facility installed side-by-side with one of their treatment plants. Mr. Godlove said that they would like assistance from the county.

Joanne Mosher, Indiana Registered Professional Soil Scientist from Monon, had one concern about the “Site Evaluation and Soil Profile Analysis” section. In the ordinance, she would like to see it defined that a professional soil scientist listed on the Indiana Registry of Soil Scientist do the soil analysis. This will require someone to be registered in the State of Indiana and they will be qualified to do the job.

Commissioner Heimlich said that several items have been mentioned and he recommends the Commissioners sit down with Mr. Banes and discuss these comments. The ordinance will be re-advertised before they move to adoption.

PUBLIC HEARING – TIME ZONE

At this time, the White County Commissioners held a public hearing beginning at 8:45 a.m. for discussion of the time zone for White County. Commissioner Heimlich said that the Indiana State Legislature has passed a law putting all of Indiana on daylight savings time next year. Currently, White County is in the Eastern time zone and if the Commissioners’ do nothing, the time zone will stay Eastern. The Federal Department of Transportation controls which time zone an area is in. They have set up a process that will be used for counties to request a time zone change in their county. This does not mean that our wish may be granted. Commissioner Heimlich listed the supporting documentation that will be with the petition.

    1. From where do businesses in the community get their supplies, and to where do they ship their goods or products?

    2. From where does the community receive television and radio broadcasts?

    3. Where are the newspapers published that serve the community?

    4. From where does the community get its bus and passenger rail services; if there is no scheduled bus or passenger rail service in the community, to where must residents go to obtain these services?

    5. Where is the nearest airport; if it is a local service airport, to what major airport does it carry passengers?

    6. What percentage of residents of the community work outside the community; where do these residents work?

    7. What are the major elements of the community’s economy; is the community’s economy improving or declining; what Federal, State, or local plans, if any, are there for economic development in the community?

    8. If residents leave the community for schooling, recreation, health care, or religious worship, what standard of time is observed in the places where they go for these purposes?

Commissioner Heimlich said that another public hearing would be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. The Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2005, at 8:00 a.m. to announce their final decision.

At this time, Commissioner Heimlich opened the floor for public input.

Pat Marvinac, Monon, would like the Commissioners to go with Central time. She feels it would be best for the Industries and the Drive-In.

Tom Spackman, owner of Indiana Beach, said that he would prefer the Central time zone. Mr. Spackman said that over 50 percent of his revenue comes from Illinois. If White County goes to Eastern, Mr. Spackman said that their entire nighttime routine would have to be changed.

Commissioner Heimlich gave an example of what time it would be for the sunrise and sunset during certain months out of the year. Commissioner Heimlich also said that the Indiana Chamber of Commerce favors Eastern time because it will save on energy cost because we will not be turning on the lights as early.

Travis Becker, General Manager for Twin Rocker Handmade Paper, Brookston, stated his reasoning for supporting Eastern time. Mr. Becker feels that the lakes are only usable during daylight hours. Having Eastern time will give everyone an extra hour during the summertime. If the Commissioners go to Central time, then the tourist will loose that extra hour.

Alfred Bennett, Wolcott, strongly urges the Commissioners to petition for Central time because of the schools and farming.

Paul Clauss, Wolcott, feels that the two biggest income contributors in White County, the Agriculture Industry and Indiana Beach, should get some consideration. Mr. Clauss would like the Commissioners to vote for Central time.

Tim McQuinn, Shelter Insurance, Monticello, said that he does all of his business out of Indianapolis. Having an early meeting at 7:30 a.m. would be very difficult for him. Mr. McQuinn said that he is a night person and it is no fun for it to be dark at 5:00 p.m. in the Winter months. Mr. McQuinn would prefer the Commissioners to vote for Eastern time.

Deloris English, would like to see the Commissioners consider Central time because her shopping and entertainment come from the Chicago area rather than New York. If the County went to Eastern time, then the attendance would be down at the Wolcott Festival because the fireworks wouldn’t start until 10:00 p.m.

Joyce Folk, Wolcott, said that she would like the vote to go towards Central time because the time would stay the same as it is now for eight months out of the year. To her, that seems like a “no-brainer”.

Steve Godlove, Monticello, said that 30 percent of his business comes from the Renesslaer area and he would prefer to be on the same time as them, which is Central.

Marvin Matthew, Wolcott, said that our problem is that the State of Indiana is divided and it will continue to be a problem. Mr. Matthew asked why we couldn’t go back to the way we were several years ago.

Commissioner Heimlich said that unfortunately there is only one way that the Commissioners can vote. The Commissioners will look at everything and make a decision. Commissioner Heimlich thanked everyone for coming to the hearing and said that a decision will be made on Monday, September 12, 2005, at 8:00 a.m.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH MAXIMUS

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a contract that the county has signed with in the past. Maximus is a company that provides professional consulting services for our county. The services consist of bringing back federal funding incurred by the County to support and administer federal and state programs. In the past, Maximus has recovered indirect cost for Welfare and Child Support Administration.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the contract with Maximus for a three-year agreement to prepare plans based upon year-end financial data for 2005, 2006, and 2007 in the amount of $4,500.00 per year, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT AGREEMENT – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Gordy Cochran, Director of Emergency Management, submitted a 2005 Homeland Security Grant Program Sub-Grant Agreement to the Commissioners requesting their approval. The sub-grant is for an amount not to exceed $135,965.00. Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak said that Gordy reported that $85,000.00 will be given to the department of Fire, EMS and EMA for additional 800 mhz radios. The balance of $50,000.00, will be awarded to law enforcement of City, County and Town Marshalls. The County is considering purchasing a bomb dog.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the grant agreement with Homeland Security for the amount not to exceed $135,965.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PITNEY BOWES PROPOSAL

Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak presented a proposal from Pitney Bowes to the Commissioners for a new Office Right Inserting System. The Inserting System is a piece of equipment that will fold and insert papers into envelopes. This equipment would be beneficial for the courts because they do have a lot of manpower spent on folding and inserting 750 jury notice envelopes out every quarter. This equipment will be used by anyone in the Courthouse sending out bulk mailings. The purchase price is $4,360.00 with a yearly maintenance contract of $295.20/year. The lease program would be $152.00/48 mo., which would include installation, training and maintenance.

The Commissioners would like to take this under advisement

GOVERNMENT FIXED ASSET SERVICES, INC.

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she has received a proposal from Michael Nielson and he has quoted us a price of $12,750.00. Carroll County has accepted his quote and they are very happy with his performance to date.

Commissioner Heimlich suggested that we put this on the next Commissioners’ meeting and talk it over with the Council.

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