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

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

Commissioner President John C. Heimlich called the Commissioners’ meeting to order.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes with the exception of wording on the “Highway Department”, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for May 17, 2004, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

ANNEX BUILDING

Commissioner Schmierer said that Scheurich Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Inc., would be doing the plumbing for the remodeling at the Annex Building. Commissioner Schmierer is also trying to get quotes from contractors on the remodeling but this is the busiest time of the year and all the contractors are busy. Commissioner Schmierer did say that the project would be done by September.

DONNA SALOMON – RECORDER

White County Recorder Donna Salomon appeared before the Commissioners asking if it would be possible to move the “voting district” that is using her office during election time downstairs to the basement.

The day after the election Recorder Salomon found quite extensive problems. Her computers, keyboards and modems had been unplugged and moved, the printers were shut down, and the safe was locked.

Recorder Salomon felt that these things were not done maliciously but thinks that it would be best to hold the voting district in a different location because their office is so small and there is a lot of computer equipment.

The County Commissioners suggested to Donna that when the committee starts to set up for the election that she stay and watch as things are set up. Commissioner Heimlich said that he would talk with Clerk Bruce Lambert.

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting an amendment to the White County Zoning Ordinance.

The White County Area Plan Commission properly advertised this petition and also held a public hearing on May 10, 2004.

The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

Currently, the ordinance reads as follows:

Article 4.6002 Business Signs, Off-Premises – Districts Permitted In Off-premise signs shall be permitted in A-1, B-1, B-2, B-3, I-1 and I-2 zoning districts.

Area of Signs: Off-premise signs shall not exceed eight hundred (800) square feet and shall contain no more than two (2) signs per facing.

Separation Between Off-Premise Signs: The distances between lawfully erected off-premise sign structures shall be a linear measure taken along the right-of-way lines on both sides of the street or highway on which the sign is to be located.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to adopt the Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of White

County State of Indiana Ordinance No. 04-05-17-02, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF WHITE COUNTY STATE OF INDIANA

ORDINANCE NO. 04-05-17-02

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602© and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on May 10, 2004, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 30th day of April 2004, as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognized that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage. Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA;

AMENDING CHAPTER 4.00: GENERAL RESTICTIONS

    1. SIGNS

    1. Business Signs, Off-Premises, Page 42

  1. Area of Signs: Off-premise signs shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet per advertising face. Off-premise signs shall consist only of single structures having either one (1) advertising face or two (2) back-to-back advertising faces and no more. There shall be no double-decked (stacked) or side-by-side off-premise signs.

c. Separation Between Off-Premise Signs: The distances between lawfully erected off-

premise sign structures shall be a linear measure taken along the right-of-way lines on both

sides of the street or highway on which the sign is to be located.

  1. Separation of one off-premise sign to another off-premise sign shall be twenty-five hundred (2500) feet.

  2. Separation from an off premise sign to any platted residential development shall be twenty five hundred (2500) feet.

  3. Separation from an off-premise sign to any school or church shall be twenty-five hundred (2500) feet.

  4. Deleted in its entirety.

Council President, James Mann, called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

James Mann Richard Horton Art Anderson Dennis Carter

Harry Voorhis Linda Maudlin Faye Lowring

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of April 2004. He reported that the hospital had their fourth consecutive record month of revenue over $2 million. The hospital had a net gain in operations of $142,000.00 on a budget of $6,800.00 and a year-to-date net gain of $474,679.00 compared to a budget of $215,316.00.

The hospital has appointed someone as the chaplain. The chaplain will make rounds on a daily basis meeting with the staff and patients, as well as, meeting with each patient going to surgery prior to anesthesia and he will be on call in the emergency room.

This is the first year that the hospital will be giving out twenty-two $1,000 scholarships to members of the community. Some will be presented to students already attending college as well as high school students.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of April. He is still trying to play “catch up” after being off.

Councilwoman Maudlin asked Mr. Raines if he feels that he is staying ahead of the cleanups, and if people understand in general what the county is wanting.

Mr. Raines explained that the majority of the people are cleaning up the nuisance, but there is percentages that will clean up their property and then let it get back out of hand. He has taken several people to court. Attorney George Loy said that there is a lot of work that Mr. Raines must do before someone is taken to court.

Councilwoman Maudlin told John Raines that she appreciated his work.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were seventy-six permits issued in April, this total is down thirty-eight from last year. In April 2003 there were 16 permits issued for new houses and to date this year there have only been 8 permits issued.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report.

Kae presented an estimate for repairs to the roof were submitted from Jim Saylor in the amount of $5,420 and a letter from the insurance adjuster.

The Commissioners asked her about a resident, Dorothy Stingley, living there without approval. The Commissioners have received her application for admittance but not a physicians report.

E-911

E-911 Director Terri Conwell said the ad for dispatchers received a terrific response. Terri explained that they can only train one person at a time and the training usually takes about a month.

The dispatchers have had their training on the mapping system. Everything did go well. The software is working great but they are having problems with the wireless carriers. Terri did give an invitation to everyone to stop by and check out the new mapping system.

WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF

White County Sheriff John Roberts reported that an audit was done by the business that installed the original sprinkler system, Ryan Fire Protection Services. They came back and reported that there were not enough sprinklers in the jail. The sprinklers were installed and the bill was paid out of the “Building Maintenance Account”.

Within the next 30 days you will be seeing officers setting up Safe-T checkpoints. This is a grant that the Sheriff’s Dept. did receive in the amount of $4,500 for the “Operation Pull-over” which will be checking for seatbelts.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter reported that she has been working with prospects during the month of April. Valerie was a guest speaker with the Rotary Club discussing where White County is heading in the future.

Mrs. Hunter reported that Tuthill is adding a new production line and she has been working with them on receiving grants or tax abatements. They are planning on expanding their business.

Mrs. Hunter said that she has gotten one of the prospects, San Juan Pools committed in White County. They will be locating in Wolcott at the Indiana Ribbon location on HW 24. They will have hire approximately 120 employees over the next four years. They make in ground fiberglass swimming pools.

WHITE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE

White County Extension Director Greg Bossaer appeared and introduced Kelly Bubaker as the new Youth Coordinator. Kelly served as an interim for Steve McKinley who left last year. Kelly received her Masters from Purdue.

Mr. Bossaer announced that the White County Fair would start July 17th.

MONTICELLO FIRE DEPARTMENT – AMBULANCE SERVICE

Commissioner Heimlich refreshed everyone’s memory of when the Fire Department came last fall requesting additional funds for the Monticello Ambulance Service. They were asked to separate figures from the Fire dept. and the Ambulance dept. giving the County a better idea of how much money is needed before the budget hearings.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Commissioners would be meeting with representatives of the Fire Department around the first of June, discussing these figures. Commissioner Heimlich asked the Council if they would like to have a representative attend these meetings.

COUNTY PARKING

Commissioner Heimlich brought up the discussion of charging the employees for parking in the county parking lot. He said that questions have come up about the Annex parking lot. If the Annex parking lot remains free, then people working at the Courthouse could park there for free which will be taking up the parking spots for the Annex Building.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if the Council had thought about the parking issue and if they had any remarks.

Council Horton said that he felt that the parking for the Annex Building is an executive decision and the Commissioners could handle the issue.

WHITE COUNTY VISITOR’S BUREAU

Dow Dellinger, Attorney for the White County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau was present to request $64,462.00 in funds from the county to promote tourism. This vote was tabled from last month’s meeting.

Mr. Dow Dellinger discussed the tourism impact study saying that twenty-five percent of all retail sales in the county are from tourism and $40 million comes into the county each year from the industry. He said the Chamber thinks this is a worthy project and should be funded temporarily by the county until they can find some permanent basis to fund tourism. He said Bob Fox, Mayor of Monticello, was present to show his support for the funding.

Commissioner Schmierer said he was not against tourism because tourism is a big thing here, but he is against funding tourism by the Chamber. He feels that if the county is going to do something, we need to go in a different direction because the direction we’re presently going is not working.

Commissioner Schmierer explained that the Commissioners have met with Tom Spackman, Jr., and discussed commitments on how the County will help. The county has already committed to help fund/set up an information bureau on 6th Street to help people find a place to stay. The information booth will be open from May 15th through Labor Day, which will also include weekends. The Commissioners have also committed to a web site where they will promote festivals (Wolcott, Monon, Brookston, etc.)

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion not to fund tourism through the Chamber of Commerce and

Visitor’s Bureau for this year, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson.

Councilwoman Maudlin asked, “Where does the Council come into this, as far as, funding this concern and as the fiscal body of the county.” Commissioner Heimlich explained that if they (Commissioners) enter into a contract to fund the bureau, the Commissioners would have to come to the Council for appropriation (money). The Commissioners are the body that enters into the contract.

Charles Ryan, owner of Twin Lakes Cinema, said it would make more sense to him if the county would want more tourism since the amount of tax dollars that come into the county are generated by tourism.

Commissioner Heimlich replied that this does make sense and the Commissioners did not say that they would not promote tourism. They (Commissioners) explained earlier that the current method of funding through the Chamber is not working. Commissioner Heimlich said “A year ago, I tried to work out some compromise to keep this thing going for another year. I discussed with Mr. Crabb at the end of last year the ways in which I thought the commissioners would continue to support some specific Chamber and Visitors Bureau issues for the coming year. And in fact, I thought we had come to an agreement. But it became apparent to me that a few people on the Chamber seemed to have another agenda. And it became crystal clear when I read the e-mails and the faxes that went out just before the May 4th primary. There was another agenda there. Some of the things that were mentioned on those e-mails and faxes I guess it brings into question to me whether it’s prudent use of county funds to turn money over to people that view this body and county government in general with such contempt.”

There was considerable discussion and questions from the public as to what the Commissioners were going to do to promote tourism since the Visitor’s Bureau would not be funded.

Commissioner Heimlich said the Commissioners will continue to explore ways to support tourism but not through the Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Heimlich said “This does not mean the commissioners are against promoting tourism, but we don’t feel the relationship with the Chamber was the proper means to do that at this time.”

Councilman Anderson questioned why the Chamber is not promoting tourism on the web site.

Dow said he agrees with that but the Chamber does not have the manpower to go out and sell this idea. Mr. Dellinger said that the Chamber has the building and the experience and feels that the Chamber should be promoting the County.

Councilwoman Maudlin thought the county should fund the Chamber just for this year until the Commissioners come up with another idea to promote tourism.

Commissioner Heimlich assured the Council that the Commissioners will continue to support tourism and try to find ways to do this

Commissioner Heimlich said there had been a motion and a second to not fund tourism through the Chamber of Commerce. He asked for a vote. Vote: Unanimous

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM

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