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BE IT REMEMBERED, that a regular meeting of the White County Commissioners was held at the White County Courthouse at 8:00 a.m. on January 5, 2004, on the second floor of the Commissioners’ Chambers.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Ronald Schmierer and Member O.D. “Bud” Ferguson. Also present were White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy, and Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner John Heimlich, President, called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on December 15, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the special meeting on December 29, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve payroll as presented for January 15, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

AIRPORT BOARD APPOINTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich talked about the appointment to the Airport Board being tabled at the last meeting because of several issues that needed to be discussed with the County Attorney. After researching the Commissioners’ minutes, Commissioner Heimlich also discovered that the appointments made for the Airport board in 2002 for 2003 was only good for one year (expiring 12/31/03).

Commissioner Heimlich was told that the Airport Board was holding a meeting on the January 5, 2004, and appointments were needed for the board members. Commissioner Heimlich made the recommendation to the Commissioners to reappoint the other three members (BJ Mursener, Phil Gutwein, and Virgil Shultz) to the Airport Board for another one-year term.

Attorney Sheryl Pherson representing the Airport Board appeared before the Commissioners discussing the By-laws that the Commissioners must follow when making the appointments to the Airport Board.

Bob Leader, 8197 W. 800 S. Brookston, appeared discussing some of the current Airport Board members violating the Indiana Code.

Dean Trennepohl, 125 W. Broadway, Monticello, discussed the open positions on the other three appointments that the Commissioners are considering today.

B.J. Mursener made the suggestion to the Commissioners to make the reappointment (Mursener, Gutwein, and Shultz) for only three months, which will give the Airport Board the opportunity to continue business and also an opportunity for the Commissioners to interview all interested candidates for the Airport Board.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint B.J. Mursener, Phil Gutwein, and Virgil Shultz to the Airport Board for a one-year term effective January 1, 2004 thru December 31, 2004. No second was made.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed further with the Board the request and suggested to not make an appointment, but to make an extension to the current board members.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to extend the appointment of B.J. Mursener, Phil Gutwein, and Virgil Shultz to the White County Airport Board until May 1, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to interview with present board members and prospective board members concerning their possible appointment to the Airport Board on or before May 1, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

The following left their names as interested candidates to serve on the White County Airport Board.

  1. Jim Allen, 725 S. Main Street, Monticello, IN

  2. Charles R. Tribbett, 7188 E. 250 N., Monticello, IN

  3. Robert Leader, 8197 W. 800 S., Brookston, IN

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting Rezoning Petition #841. This rezoning was brought to the Commissioners meeting on December 15, 2003, but the applicant requested it to be tabled to gather more information.

Jack C. & Fern H. Martin, property owner, is requesting to rezone 5.673 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an R-1 (Single Family Residence). The property is located Southeast of Brookston on the Southeast corner of County road 1100 s. and County Road 200 E.

The Area Plan Commission heard this request in a public hearing on December 8, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to give no recommendation to the Commissioners by a vote of 2 yes and 4 no.

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

Two neighbors were present at the meeting asking information as to where the lots were going to be, how many houses there will be on the 5.673 acres, and drainage. The applicant was not present to answer any questions.

Commissioner Schmierer said that there was a lack of information on how things were going to be handled.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that Rezoning Petition #841 (Ordinance No. 458-03) is denied for Jack C. & Fern H. Martin, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY TREASURER

White County Treasurer Cathy Gross appeared before the Commissioners discussing possibilities of entering advance payments into the their system. Before the Treasurer’s office creates a tax bill to be sent out to the public, they have between 30,000 to 50,000 advance payments to be entered. Unfortunately, the technology that the Treasurer’s office have will only allow 1,000 entries per day/per terminal. They currently have five terminals and one has to be open for the public coming in.

To get the payments entered as quickly as possible, Treasurer Gross suggested to the Commissioners the following:

  1. Close the front window to the public 5 – 10 working days and have all full-time and part-time employees entering payments, or

  2. Hire four additional part-time employees and have them work a second shift (4:00 p.m. to ?). Payments will be entered as much as possible during the day, and also entered on the 2nd shift.

The second option will require the Treasurer to ask the council for additional appropriations for the additional employee. Option two will also take about three to four weeks to get everything entered and tax bills out.

The Commissioners discussed and agreed that they do not want the Treasurer’s Office closed to the public (option 1) and advised the Treasurer to proceed to the Council for additional appropriations.

Treasurer Gross is going to ask the State Board of Local Government Finance for an extension of the upcoming 2002 pay 2003 property tax due dates from 15 to 45 days and requested support from the Commissioners. The Commissioners did grant their support to extend the 2002 pay 2003 property tax due dates from 15 to 45 days.

Commissioner Heimlich told Treasurer Cathy Gross that they (Commissioners) do appreciate the work that she has done this past year.

ANNEX BUILDING

Commissioner Schmierer presented a bid from Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., to remove the cells and doors at the Annex building. White County Attorney George Loy asked the Commissioners to call around for two more quotes.

SHERIFF’S DEPT.

Commissioner Schmierer presented an estimate to install the new grinder station at the new jail. The estimate is from Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., and the approximate cost for the installation is $8,977.00.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the estimate in the amount of $8,977.00 from Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., to install the grinder station at the new jail, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

The Commissioners did verify to the auditor that this would be paid out of the Cumm Building account.

LAKEVIEW HOME

An application for admittance into Lakeview Home was submitted for Gary McCracken of Monticello. Mr. McCracken shows no income and has not been approved for the ARCH program. The Commissioners did not consider the application at this time because there was no medical paperwork submitted.

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

_____________________________ _______________________________ _____________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Ronald Schmierer, Vice President O.D. “Bud” Ferguson, Member

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor