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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on June 21, 2004, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ chambers at 8:00 a.m.

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

Commissioner John C. Heimlich called the meeting of the Commissioners to order.


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on June 7, 2004, and a special meeting on June 11, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for June 28, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


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


Commissioner Heimlich said that the Physician’s Admission Record has just been received for a resident, Dorothy Stingley, which has been living at Lakeview for one month.

Commissioner Heimlich stated that she does take a lot of medications, but he has not heard of any problems since she has been living there for the past month.

She will be an ARCH payment resident.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the application for admittance into Lakeview Home

for Dorothy Stingley, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich said that three appointments were made in May to the Board of Aviation and one vacancy was still available for a Democratic seat. The Commissioners did advertise and interview a Democratic candidate wanting to sit on the board.

Emil A. Radtke, Sr., 3783 N. Lake Road 26 E., Monticello, has experience as a pilot and enjoys aviation. His political party is Democrat.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Emil A. Radtke, Sr., to the White County Board of

Aviation for a term that expires December 31, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Ben Stefaniak, 302 South Park Drive, asked if the Commissioners had a chance to think about a Riverboat Casino on Lake Shaffer (Lakeview Home) and what position the Commissioners will take on his proposal.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he has read his articles in the paper but has not put any time into researching it. Commissioner Schmierer said that it would all have to start at the State level and so far he is contacting the right person by sending a letter to Senator Hershman.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he has had several people contact him that are against the Riverboat Casino and asked him to research other counties that are the same size of ours and see how it has affected them.

Councilman Anderson said that he had read that if a county like ours would do away with the Inventory Tax and received money from a riverboat casino; our county’s property taxes would drop in half.


Everett Bucy appeared before the Commissioners with a proposal to have the bandstand on the Courthouse lawn repainted before it deteriorates.

The Commissioners thanked him for the information and they will have it taken care of.


Commissioner Heimlich said that there are two appointments up effective June 30, 2004. Don Bonnet and Dean Fleck have agreed to be reappointed. The Hospital Board is politically balanced and Don Bonnet is a Democrat and Dean Fleck is a Republican.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Don Bonnet and Dean Fleck to the White County

Memorial Hospital Board for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2004 and terminating on June 30, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Councilman James Mann asked if there was a term limit on the Hospital board. Commissioner Heimlich said no.


White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke asked the Commissioners if they forwarded his request for asphalt funds to the County Council.

The Highway Dept. is requesting $530,000.00 for asphalt and $30,000.00 to buy three new trucks.

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

Harry Voorhis Faye Lowring Dennis Carter


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported 86 permits were issued last month. Housing is down 39% and building permits are down 10%.


White County E-911 Director Terri Conwell reported that her department has been getting struck by lightening a lot. Sprint has been out to look over their equipment and their grounding but they are now suggesting that an electrician come out and check the grounding of the building.

Terri reported that the mapping system is working fine but they are having a problem with towns that have the same street names. Plexis Group has provided a proposal of fixing this problem by entering the zip code along with the street name. The proposal cost is not to exceed $3,000.00. This money will be reimbursed by the State along with the mapping system.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the proposal from Plexis Group not to exceed

$3,000.00 and be reimbursed by the State, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Terri Conwell also reminded the Commissioners about the new recording system that she will need to purchase to keep up with the 800 mg htz system that all emergency departments will have. Terri will be going before the Council today to ask for the funds to purchase the system.


Valerie Hunter, Director, said that she is still working with a couple prospects for White County.

She is receiving contributions from county businesses for the Industrial Foundation. She has met with Susan Grimes, Purdue University, updating her information packets for people wanting to start a small business.

Mrs. Hunter said that the REDLG Grant through White County REMC has been awarded for the Wolcott Corridor at the amount of $200,000. Mrs. Hunter explained that the REDLG grant is a Rural Development Loan Grant applied for by White County REMC on behalf of White County. It is a grant of $200,000 that will help install infrastructure (water and sewer) at the Wolcott Corridor. Having the infrastructure will help attract industries in Wolcott.

Commissioner Heimlich pointed out that the grant is a revolving loan type of grant. The county will need to pay back the $200,000 over a ten-year period. In return, the money can then be used again for another economic development project.


Environmental Officer John Raines provided his report of Complaints and Violations for the month of May.

Mr. Raines has been trying to keep up with all of the stuff that is being dumped on the county roads. He has been receiving assistance from the Highway dept.


Kae Fuller, Director of Lakeview, appeared presenting her monthly report.


Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of May 2004. He said that the hospital had a record-breaking month in May. To date this year, the hospital is ahead $730,461 with a budget of $247,000. They are trying to put as much money as possible into the hospital and community (i.e. scholarships and a positive change in personnel.)

A new procedure that has been approved by the board is the Strata Procedure, which is a GERD procedure for acid reflux. New equipment has been ordered for this procedure and Dr. Carson will receive training. They have set a date for July to have this available for patients.

The board has also had some detail discussions about PHI (Petroleum Helicopter) that provides air ambulance service in our area. Petroleum Helicopters has agreed to place a full-time air ambulance at the Purdue University Airport. PHI is not affiliated with any hospital so they will go to any hospital that they are directed.


Commissioner Heimlich reported that White County has been awarded a Community Focus Grant at the amount of $190,000.00, for the White County Food Pantry. The money will be used to relocate and renovate the Food Pantry from the basement of the Presbyterian Church to an existing facility at Norway Dam.


White County Treasurer Cathy Gross said that one of her goals during her term is to get the information in the Treasurer’s office up-to-date with technology.

She has been talking to different companies and found one that can provide her with what she is looking for. Mrs. Gross introduced a representative from GUTS (Government Utilities Technology Service, Inc.) They are a consultant for city and county governments and they do provide software.

Brent Willem, VP Sales and Marketing, had a short discussion putting our tax system on the county’s web site. He will meet with Cathy and Eric to find out exactly what the county wants on the web site for property tax information. He will send in personnel to spend time on our system to see exactly how everything is set up. After this information is gathered, he will come back to the Commissioners meeting with a monetary proposal.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed the proposal from the City of Monticello that will increase the amount of pay from the County for the Monticello Fire Department – Ambulance Contract. The pay will increase from $118,000.00 to $250,000.00 for 2004, $400,000.00 for 2005 and $500,000.00 for 2006. A special meeting was held with the fire department officials and city representatives about the breakdown between the two departments.

The contract has already been approved for a one-year basis for the $250,000.00 for 2004. The contract presented today is for a two-year contract ($400,000.00 for 2005 and $500,000.00 for 2006) that will provide three full-time fire department/EMT employees for 2005 and three for 2006.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed that they have researched what other counties are paying and this amount is in line with what other counties our size are paying

Rennitta Berkshire, City Clerk-Treasurer is keeping track of the two departments financials and will provide us with a financial statement at the end of the year.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Ambulance Contract between the City of

Monticello and White County to provide $400,000.00 for 2005 and $500,000.00 for 2006, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Art Anderson made a motion to approve the additional appropriation of $132,000.00 for the

Ambulance Service for 2004, seconded by Councilman Carter. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich said they have estimated the cost for the Lakes Information Booth on Sixth Street to be around $10,000.00.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Commissioners did make a commitment back in May that they would pay for some of the advertising that the Chamber had committed. It was a $4,000 contact for two years with the Indiana Travel Guide and a commitment to “Stay Another Day” program for $5,000. They also talked about paying the monthly fee for the web site at the Chamber.

Councilman Harry Voorhis said that he feels bad because the funding for the Chamber was turned down for funding this year but feels that if you are going to give $10,000 to the Information Booth that it is only fare to give the Chamber $10,000.

Karen Schmidt, Owner of a Flea Market in the County, explained what she thought the definition was to “Stay another day”.

  • Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation at the amount of

$20,000.00, which will be broken down $10,000 for the Information Booth and $10,000 for the Chamber, seconded by Councilman Anderson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that this year we will pay $135,000.00 and they are now saying we will owe an additional $81,415.37. Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that the reason for the increase is because of reassessment. The statute says that they should be funded at one and one third percent per each hundred dollars of assessed value. The AIC advised Mary Jo to hang on to the request and do not pay at this time.


Mr. Kevin Jasenski, American Consulting, Inc., presented an update on the Sixth Street and West Shafer Drive expansion project.

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

___________________________ ______________________________ _____________________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor