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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 February 17, 2004, on the 2nd floor of the Commissioners’ Chambers.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Ronald Schmierer and Commissioner Ferguson. Also present were White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy and Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner John Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on February 2, 2004, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for February 23, 2004, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the White County Industrial Board has interviewed and recommended the Commissioners to appoint Valerie Hunter for the new Community and Economic Development director. Valerie has been employed with the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Plannining Commission for the past 3-½ years as a Grant Administrator.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Valerie Hunter as the new Community and Economic Development Director, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

GRIEVANCE POLICY

White County Attorney George Loy presented a revised Grievance Policy from the Sheriff’s Dept. to the Commissioners to be adopted for the County Courthouse. This draft is simpler. The Commissioners suggested distributing the policy to all of the employees for their input.

DALE SHARP – HOT DOG CART

Mr. Sharp did not appear.

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director of Area Plan, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the following rezoning petitions:

Rezoning Petition #836

Dane R. & Linda C. Davis are requesting to rezone 4.0 acres from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to an A-1 (Agricultural). The property is located South of Monticello at 3731 S. Freeman Road. A public hearing was held on February 9, 2004. The Area Plan Commission made the recommendation to deny this request to the Commissioners by a vote of 1 yes and 7 no.

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

Attorney Bob Guy appeared representing the Scheumann’s, adjacent property owners in Burns Addition. Mr. Guy asked if this request would be denied. The Scheumann’s would like the property to remain residential along with Burns Addition.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to deny rezoning petition #836 (465-04) for property located South of Monticello at 3731 S., seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #848

Morrison Family Trust, no representatives present, is requesting to rezone 2.898 acres from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to an A-1 (Agricultural). The property is located South of Lowe’s Bridge at 4472 E. Penrod Drive.

This property has an existing kennel on it. Dave Roth, White County Animal Control Officer, has been dealing with Ms. Morrison to get the kennel into compliance. The kennel will also require a special exception to be in compliance with the zoning ordinance.

The White County Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on February 9, 2004. The APC voted to not to recommend the rezoning to the Commissioners by a vote of 1 yes and 7 no.

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

Don Apple, 4479 East Penrod Drive, appeared before the Commissioners apposing the rezoning request.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to deny Rezoning Petition #848 (Ordinance No. 466-04) for property located South of Lowe’s Bridge at 4472 E. Penrod Drive, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #851

Richard Turbin is requesting to rezone 1.703 acres from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located West of Lowe’s Bridge at 4021 E. Monon road and 4023 E. Monon Road.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on February 9, 2004 on this request. The APC voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request. Mr. Richard Turbin was available for any questions.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the rezoning for petition #851 (Ordinance No. 467-04) changing the zoning from a R-2 to a B-2 for 1.703 acres located at 4021 and 4023 E. Monon Road, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #852

Jack C. & Fern H. Martin is requesting to rezone 5.673 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to 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 held a public hearing on February 9, 2004, and voted to give no recommendation for this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 4 yes and 4 no.

This property went before the APC on 12/8/03 to rezone the property and the APC voted 2 yes and 4 no. The request was then sent to the White County Commissioners on 12/9/03 but tabled by the owners to gather more information (soil samples). The property owners requested to present the rezoning to the Commissioners on 1/5/04.

The Area Plan Director did present the rezoning request on 1/5/04 but no representatives were present. Due to lack of information the Commissioners denied the rezoning request on 1/5/04.

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

Mr. Jack Martin was present to explain that he has owned this land and operated it as an apple orchard since 1967. Since small orchards can no longer compete he would like to make some use of the land and make up small lots.

Gene Tatman and Dale Lehe, both have a hog farm operation on the East and South side from the apple orchard. They expressed their concerns to complaints that will be received from the people moving into these lots. The people will be complaining of the smell. They do spread manure right up along the fence line of the apple orchard.

Currently, the sub lots are ¾ of an acre. Permission was given from the White County Health Dept., Dan Banes, to put in septic systems on each lot with perimeter drains. The Commissioners expressed concerns to the septic systems failing in 20 years and the lots being too small to repair.

Commissioner Heimlich voiced his concern to the existing hog operation. Heimlich explained that if the hog operation would ever want to expand, these people from the subdivision could be a threat to the expansion.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone else to speak about this request. No response

Commissioner Schmierer explained that if they deny this request Mr. Martin can reapply to rezone the property to Agricultural subdivision. This will give Mr. Martin larger lots to address the septic issues in the future.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to deny Rezoning Request #852 (Ordinance No 468-04) for property located Southeast corner of County road 1100 S. and County Road 200 E., seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

White County Council President James Mann called the Council to joint session with the Commissioners. Council Members present were:

James H. Mann Richard G. Horton Arthur A. Anderson

Harry W. Voorhis Linda K. Maudlin Dennis E. Carter

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer, John Raines, appeared giving his report of complaints and violations for the month of January 2004. He reported that the landfill is taking in more waste from northern Indiana and Chicago and are in the process of getting a second tipper.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 25 permits issued in January and two of them were for new homes.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director, Kae Fuller, presented her monthly report.

An application for admittance was submitted for Geniva Gobin. She is currently from Portage, Indiana but her sons have lived in this area for the past 20 years. She does not qualify for nursing home. Her income is too high to qualify her for ARCH so she will be a private pay.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Geniva Ruth Gobin to stay at Lakeview Home being a private pay resident, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

White County CEO, Paul Cardwell, appeared presenting the Financial Analysis for January 31, 2004. The hospital has been approved to use the twenty-five acute beds instead of using just fifteen. Even with this increase, they had to send one patient to another hospital last month. They could actually use more acute beds.

White County was the representative for the State of Indiana to serve in a Pilot study with the general accounting office. It was a study that looked at the impact of allowing them additional beds from 15 to 25.

Councilman Voorhis asked Mr. Cardwell if the hospital is going to start up the heart rehabilitation center they used to have. He said he and several other cardiac patients must travel to Lafayette for this.

Mr. Cardwell said the cardiac rehab center was a substantial money loser for the hospital. They would like to start it up again but so far they have not heard of a great need from the community.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Commissioner Heimlich introduced Valerie Hunter as the new Community and Economic Development Director.

Heimlich said that she would begin Monday, February 23rd.

VOTING EQUIPMENT ISSUES

White County Clerk, Bruce Lambert, appeared before the Commissioners and Council discussing a proposal from Fidlar for an optical scan system. The federal government has mandated that all punch card systems have to be replaced by January 2006.

The total cost for this system is $150,000.00 decreased by ten percent and ten percent down, which would be $13,500.00. The Help America Voting Act has the money to pay for this expense.

Bruce would like to phase in the initial equipment for the optical scan system with this election.

In the near future, White County will also have to abide by the Disabilities Act to make the entire polling places handicap accessible.

The total cost for all of this will be reimbursed, however, the vendor needs $13,500 for White County to receive the equipment.

There will be one scanner per precinct plus they will purchase one extra for a backup.

  • Councilman Anderson made a motion to advertise for an Additional Appropriation of $13,500.00 to be taken out of the General Fund to purchase the new optical scan system, seconded by Councilman Voorhis. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to purchase the new optical scan system from Fidlar, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AIRPORT

Phil Gutwein, Aviation board member, appeared to present the airports land acquisition program. He said that three acres would be needed from the Slentz property. The land has been surveyed and a proposal has been prepared to be taken to him.

The airport needs to acquire some land from the Britton property. In the beginning, the board considered purchasing all of the 200 acres, but they have found out that the FAA will only pay for the land that is needed, which is sixty-one acres. The sixty-one acres was appraised and the offer was made and then denied. They made an offer that was twice the amount. The Britton’s also had the land appraised and that appraisal came in much higher than ours. At this point the board can only offer $5,000.00 more than what the original appraisal was. The board has been advised from their Attorney and the FAA to go through the eminent domain process.

Mr. Gutwein said that they have been approved for the grant funds, but getting the money takes time. They would like to borrow the money from a bank in the airport authority’s name until the grant comes through. The Commissioners gave their authority to the Airport Board to go ahead and apply for a loan

TAX STATEMENTS

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool reported that tax statements were sent out last Friday. Auditor Pool is in the process of writing 6,000 checks for people that have overpaid on their taxes.

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM.

APPROVE CONTRACT FOR ICE, MILLER

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the Bond Counsel Contract with Ice, Miller for the jail bond refinancing, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

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