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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a Regular Meeting on Monday, October 17, 2005, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room in the White County Courthouse.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Member O.D. “Bud” Ferguson. Also present was the White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak.

President Heimlich called the meeting to order.


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting on October 3, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for October 11, 2005 and October 24, 2005, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich said that Bobby Mull has completed installing the new carpet at the Sheriffs’ Department and he is requesting payment instead of waiting until November 7th.

Attorney Loy said that the ordinance does say that if there is an emergency situation the Commissioners do have the discretion to allow payment.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to allow payment to Bobby Mull for the amount of $9,279.05, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


K-IRPC, Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, has submitted a letter to the Commissioners reaffirming White County’s continuing participation in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy maintained by K-IRPC.

Continuing involvement in and support of the CEDS can benefit all local governments who seek federal grant assistance for projects that further economic development efforts. This is required if White County wishes to apply for grants funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the resolution expressing intent to participate in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy of K-IRPC for the year 2006, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


WHEREAS, The Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended, provides assistance to improve conditions of employment and underemployment, and to establish stable and diversified economies; and

WHEREAS, the White County Board of Commissioners considers the economic development of the county to be of utmost importance for its citizens; and

WHEREAS, the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission has received authorization, designation and funding from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the purpose of providing economic development-related technical and planning assistance within its six-county district; and

WHEREAS, the White County Board of Commissioners are active members of the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission; and

WHEREAS, the staff of the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission has prepared an update of its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for White, as well as Benton, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, and Starke Counties.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the White County Board of Commissioners hereby endorses the economic development efforts and CEDS update of the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission and reiterates the county’s support for the Commission’s district-wide economic development program.

Adopted this 17th day of October 2005.


K-IRPC submitted a contract to the Commissioners requesting approval to administer the grant for Lakeview Home. The cost will be $3,000, which will be paid out of the grant.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the agreement between the White County Commissioners and K-IRPC to administer the grant for Lakeview Home, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Area plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following to the County Commissioners:

Rezoning Petition #886

Gene A. & Diana Kay Cords are requesting to rezone .94 of an acre from a R-1 (Single Family Residence) to B-2 (General Business). The property is located North of Reynolds at 14 E. 375 N. The APC voted not to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 3 Yes and 6 No.

This request was brought to the Commissioners on August 15, 2005. The Commissioners suggested that the applicant work out an a commitment letter with his neighbor and submit it back to the APC Board.

Diann said that a commitment letter was voted on by the board with a vote of 5 Yes and 3 No. The board also asked that the commitment letter also include that the property will not have a retail business while zoned B-2.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request.

Mr. Gene Cord, Applicant, said that he has not been able to contact his attorney to amend the commitment letter.

Dan Sublette, neighbor, said that his family has lived there for the past 30 years and he would like to see this request denied.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he had hoped that an agreement could have been worked out because under the present zoning it is perfectly legal for the applicant to build a tool shed.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to deny Rezoning Petition #886 for Gene A. & Diana Kay Cords for property located at 14 E. 375 N, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

AT THIS TIME, Council President James Mann called the Council to order in joint session with the County Commissioners. Council members present were:

James Mann Faye Lowring Dennis Cain

Ronald Schmierer Richard “Buzz” Horton Kevin “Casey” Crabb


Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 67 permits issued last month, 7 were for new houses. Last year at this time we had 65 homes built and we are currently at 60 for 2005. All of the homes are single-family residency.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller said the big freezer is going out and the dishwasher has been installed. The cost of food is going up because of fuel cost. The home currently has 12 residents.


E-911 Director Terri Conwell said that since the tourist season is over her department has not slowed down at all. Things are still very busy. They are currently updating a “comment” section on the mapping system, which will provide a history log according to the address. She is hoping to do a bulk mailing to all residents in the county to complete a form indicating if they have some type of disabilities.

Auditor Mary Jo said that she took a group of ladies out to the E-911 Department for a tour and they were all very impressed.


Gale Spry, Director, presented a copy of the quarterly draw of $35,086 submitted to INDOT for reimbursement. Gale reported that there were 4,000 trips done last quarter. Council & Aging is now required to place D.O.T (Department of Transportation) numbers on all vehicles and all of the drivers are required to have certain training.


Valerie Hunter, Director, reported that the engineers do have a set of plans and specs. to present for the Wolcott Corridor for review.

Valerie said that she is still working with Vanguard and other state representatives on the expansion.


White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Analysis for September 2005. Once again, they are very pleased with the month. For the net gain they had $1,041 M compared to a budgeted amount of $632,000. They feel very strong about going over the $30,000,000 for the year in the Gross Patient Revenue compared to the $19 M five years ago.

Lancaster Pollard, an investment group, was brought in and gave a presentation to the hospital board to address the Hospital’s future Capital Funding needs. Lancaster Pollard is a nationally recognized Investment and Mortgage Banking firm based in Ohio and is a leader in capital funding for hospitals.

Hospital representatives continue to visit other hospitals. They are already forming good ideas of what is ideal for a design that is consistent with their needs.


Commissioner Heimlich explained that the Commissioners did advertise for health insurance quotes for 2006. The following quotes were received from the following:

  1. Insurance Corporation of America, Michael Gaunce submitted a package from Great-West Health Care

  1. Andy Harmon Insurance Agency, submitted a package from Pekin Life Insurance Co.

  1. Apex Benefits Group, Amy Carpenter, submitted a package from Arnett HMO and Anthem Health Plans.

The insurance quotes were received and reviewed by a committee on Friday, October 14, 2005. Members of the committee were John C. Heimlich, County Commissioner; Ronald Schmierer, County Council; Richard “Buzz” Horton, County Council; and Mary Jo Pool, Auditor.

Renewal Rate for the Arnett HMO plan that we currently have now will cost the county a 16% increase. Arnett has offered a two-option plan as follows:

Arnett #6 Arnett #3 Anthem BC

Sing. Ded. $250 None $250

Family Ded. $500 None $500

Coins % 90% 100% 90%/70%

Single Out of Pocket $1,250 None $2,000/$4,000

Family Out of Pocket $2,500 None $4,000/$8,000

Office Co-Pay $20 $15 $25

Emergency Room $150 $100 $100

Urgent Care $35 $30 $50

Prescription Drugs 10/25/50 10/25/50 10/30/60

Premium cost compared to

this year would be: 5.49% Decrease 10.29% Increase

Commissioner Heimlich said that Anthem had a similar dual option plan just like Arnett but the Committee felt that it would be a better transition for the employees to stay with Arnett. The Anthem base plan would have been a 2.17% decrease in premium and the buy-up plan would’ve been a 10.39% increase.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Great-West Health Care plan had a self-funded plan. The committee felt that this might be something the county will do in the future, but not at this time.

The Harmon quotes were similar to the plan of Arnett’s but the deductibles were $1,500/single and $4,500/family. The premiums were a little cheaper but it was too much out of pocket expense for the employees.

The Committee was also presented proposals for dental and vision. They felt that with all of the changes in the Auditor’s office that they would just stick with the medical and consider these options next year.

The Committee did recommend a term-life insurance of $20,000 to each employee at no cost, which will cost the county less than $10,000. This will be an added benefit for the employee, which is a low cost to the county.

Commissioner Heimlich made the recommendations, from the Committee, that the County go with the Arnett Clinic two-option plan and also provide the life insurance policy to every employee.

  • Councilman Richard Horton made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Health Committee for the Arnett Clinic two-option plan for 2006, seconded by Councilman Dennis Cain. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the recommendation of the Health Committee to accept the two-tier proposal from Arnett for Plan #6 as the County’s base plan and Plan #3 as the County’s Buy-Up plan for 2006 and also the recommendation to purchase $20,000 term life insurance policy for all employees, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

The premium cost for 2006 are as follows:


2005 2006 2006

Plan Core Plan #6 Buy Up Plan #3

Total Single $348.67 $329.62 $ 384.54

Family $941.41 $889.70 $1038.27

Employer Single $313.81 $296.57 $ 296.57

Costs Family $753.13 $711.76 $ 711.76

Employee Single $ 34.87 $ 32.95 $ 87.97

Costs Family $ 188.28 $177.94 $ 326.51


Brandy Schemerhorn, 2091 & 900 North, Wolcott, appeared before the Commissioners saying that there is no speed limit signs on CR 900 West. Mrs. Schemerhorn said that she has contacted the White County Sheriff’s Department no less than 8 times since March requesting a sheriff deputy to come out and control the excessive speeding. On September 7, 2005, she contacted the Highway Department and requested speed limit signs to be posted and Mr. Brook said that it would take about two weeks. To date, no signs have been posted. She is requesting the Commissioners to put up traffic signs and stop signs to control the speed of traffic because she fears the safety of her family.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he sees no reason why a speed limit sign couldn’t be posted but he would have to discuss it over with Mr. Brooke. He will also ask what the procedure would be to have a stop sign put in.

Mrs. Schemerhorn asked if she could return to the next meeting on November 7th to discuss this with the Hwy. Superintendent. The Commissioners scheduled her to be put on the Agenda for November 7th at 8:15 a.m.

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

_____________________________ _______________________________ ____________________________

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

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor