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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 19, 2004, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ chambers at 8:00 a.m.

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

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

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for June 21, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for July 26, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

BRIDGE RAISED

Mr. Brogen, Resident on the Hogland Ditch Bay appeared before the Commissioners saying that he would like to petition to have the Hogland Bay Bridge raised. He explained that the newer model boats couldn’t go under it because the bridge sits so low.

The Commissioners said that the Hogland Bay Bridge and the West Shaffer Bridge are scheduled to be rebuilt hopefully within the next two to three years. The county is waiting on Federal funds.

COMPLAINT ON THE TLRSD

Linda Eller, owner of Stevenson’s Point, appeared before the Commissioners voicing complaints on the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District. She explained that her renters are receiving invoices from the TLRSD with the wrong fees charged. The owners of the RV’s are suppose to receive a cheaper rate of $9.39/month and they are being billed the full rate of $25.25/month. When Ms. Eller goes to the office to find out any information she said the secretary would tell you one thing, Mike (Superintendent) will tell you another thing, and then if you go to a public meeting you’ll hear something different.

Ms. Eller argued as to why Norway Campground and Lost Acres can receive the cheaper rates and her facility couldn’t. She provided pictures showing RV’s on her property and pictures of the other two campgrounds.

She said that she would like some suggestions or help from the Commissioners. She has a filed a complaint form with the utility in Indianapolis.

Art Anderson, Board member of the TLRSD, said that most times there are a lot of mistakes on the first billing. Anderson said that by the TLRSD definitions Ms. Eller’s park does not qualify for an RV park rate.

John James, Owner of a park, said that when he bought the park 12 years ago the Department of Health in Indianapolis did tell him that his facility was a campground. He operates from April 15 to October 15 and then he shuts the water down completely. The renters do not have the option to come during the off months and have the water turned on. He said this is unfair that his renters have to pay $50.50/month.

Dennis Malloy, Stevenson’s Point, said that there is no way that you could live in these buildings during the winter because the homes are not made for the winter months and Ms. Eller does not want to run Stevenson’ Point all year around.

Janice Snell, Owner of Hide-a-Way Resort, lives in Arizona during the off months and she also shuts the water down. She is opposed to having to pay $600.00/a year for sewer and water. She suggested that the TLRSD give the homeowners the option to buy the meters.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if the Commissioners had any comments. Commissioner Heimlich said that they would talk with members of the board.

One resident of Stevenson’s Point argued that the TLRSB argues that they are not accountable to anyone and they do not have to listen to the public. She argued that when she does go to meetings that the board members are swearing at the public. She does not understand how an organization is not accountable to anyone.

Art Anderson, Board member of the TLRSD, said that she is the Director of “Rumor Control” because she is saying things that had never been said before.

Commissioner Heimlich said that we have ran out of time because this discussion was not on the agenda and the Commissioners do need to move on.

ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE ANNEX BUILDING

White County Attorney George Loy announced that two bids have been submitted for the advertisement that was published for the renovation of the Old Jail (Annex Building).

Attorney George Loy said that the two bids submitted are from Maudlin Homes and Lucy Construction. Attorney Loy asked if there were any other bids submitted that were not mentioned. No response.

The following was the basic bid amount:

Re-Maudlin Homes, Monticello, IN $65,900.00

Lucy Construction, Monticello, IN $34,251.00

Commissioner Schmierer said that the bids needed to be given to Dave Anderson, White County Building Inspector, because he is the one that wrote the specs.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was any bidders’ present to look over the other bid.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the bids will be taken under advisement and awarded at a later date.

ACCEPT BID FOR BANDSTAND/GAZEBOO

The White County Commissioners requested bids on painting the bandstand/gazebo.

The following bids were received:

Twin Lakes Painting, Monticello $2,600.00

Brad Ward Painting Service, Monticello $2,000.00

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract with Brad Ward Painting Service to paint

the bandstand/gazebo for $2,000.00.

 

POSTAGE MACHINE

Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak received a quote to lease a newer model postage machine. Currently, the postage machine is breaking down a lot and the loudness of the machine is very inconvenient (being located in the Commissioners office). The machine will be obsolete in January 2006. The cost of upgrading would be $140 more a month.

 

The Commissioners asked the White County Attorney to look over the lease agreement and discuss it again at the next meeting.

 

TRANSPORTATION GRANT

Commissioner Schmierer said that the White County Commissioners have decided to write their own Transportation Grant instead of hiring Kankakee Iroquois Planning Commission. Commissioner Schmierer explained that White County would receive $44,000 to $54,000 more. Commissioner Schmierer said that Newton County has already pulled their Transportation Grant out from K-IRPC.

 

Gail Spry, White County Council on Aging, explained that the White County Council on Aging couldn’t apply for the state and federal funds directly. The funds have to be applied for through a pass through agency, which in the past has always been K-IRPC. K-IRPC does take a large cut of that money for administrative fees. Now, White County Council on Aging will write the grant, take care of the compliance issues and more funds will be received.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to send the letter of “Intent to Apply for Funding Form” to the

Indiana Department of Transportation to have White County writes their own Transportation Grant for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

Kris Karns, White County Memorial Hospital CFO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of June, 2004. He said the hospital has received their share of funds from the Indiana Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program totaling $707,000.00. Kris reported that the hospital had a net income of $88,515.00 for the month of June. The hospital has had seven positive net income months in a row.

 

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

Dave Anderson, Building Inspector, reported that there were seventy-six permits issued last month. Five of those permits were for stick built homes and one for a manufactured home.

 

E-911 DEPARTMENT

Terry Conwell, Director, reported that she just returned from the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield taking a mandatory course for Dispatchers.

 

There is a booth set up at the White County Fair where they are selling 911 address signs at cost for the public.

 

WHITE COUNTY RECYCLING

Dawn Gerard, Recycling Director, reported that everything is going very good at the Recycling Dept. Compared to last year the department is up about $7,000 and hopes to take in around $120,000 at the end of the year.

 

Mrs. Gerard will be applying for a City and Town’s grant of $20,000. The grant money and money she has left in her account will be used to purchase a new box truck.

 

WHITE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

John Raines, Environmental Officer, presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of June.

 

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She wants to transfer funds to pay for materials to repair three porches. The estimate for materials was approximately $1,300.00 per porch. She said that she has enough money left in the food budget to pay for the materials.

 

 

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Valerie Hunter, Director, presented her monthly report. She said that she continues to work with prospects. She is trying to establish a tax abatement board.

 

She has met with the Wolcott Corridor landowners to discuss objections they might have, but so far they have had none. The County Attorney George Loy was present to discuss the landowner’s options with them. A grant has been awarded and they are now in the process of discussing engineers.

 

Valerie reported that her assistant, Troy Geisler, is no longer working with her. He had been hired through a grant, which has now expired.

 

PUBLIC RECORDS ON THE INTERNET

Eric Storm discussed with the Commissioners and Council a company asking to purchase all records of the Auditors, Treasurers and Assessors. The records that they are requesting are all open to the public. Eric has talked with other counties on fees for this and has gotten different prices. Eric estimated that this would cover approximately forty thousand parcels in White County.

 

The Commissioners will discuss establishing a rate to charge companies requesting this information and put the subject on next month’s agenda.

 

WHITE COUNTY TREASURER & GUTS

White County Treasurer Cathy Gross introduced Brent Willem, Sales Representative for Government Utilities Technology Service, to the Commissioners and Council. Mr. Willem presented a proposal from GUTS that would provide Internet access to county property tax information. The proposal, which calls for an Internet based parcel property tax inquiry program with custom White County software interfaces will cost the county a one time fee of $15,248.00 plus a program maintenance fee of $2,700.00.

 

With the program, county residents will be able to access the county web site and enter a link for the property tax database. By entering a name, address and parcel number, properties with corresponding values will appear as they would if currently recalled in the Treasurer’s office. All of this information is public record.

 

White County Treasurer Cathy Gross said that this program would not only assist county residents, but also lighten a burden heavily weighing against her staff. This will alleviate the time her employees spend on conducting searches for property owners. Treasure Gross thinks that the program will offset costs for part-time pay.

 

Treasurer Gross said that the GUTS program is ideal because it is the only one that can handle the current system being used by the office, Manatron VAX circa 1985.

 

Commissioner John Heimlich requested Mr. Willem to provide a contract prior to the next joint meeting on August 16, giving the County Attorney time to review it.

 

WABASH VALLEY

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she has received a letter from the State saying that our county does have to pay Wabash Valley the $145,521.33 that we were billed.

 

DISCUSSION OF NO DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS ORDINANCE

In January of this year the Commissioners discussed prohibiting firearm use along certain areas because of complaints made to the Commissioners about ducks being shot at while they are on shore, near residential homes. The Commissioners discussed putting an ordinance together but needed time to think about where the parameters would be.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked the County Attorney, George Loy, how the advertising would need to be published if the Commissioners would adopt an ordinance. Attorney George said the Commissioners could advertise the ordinance and then hold a public hearing. The ordinance would have to be enforced by the County Sheriff’s Dept., not by a Conservation officer.

 

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a similar ordinance that was adopted in 1980 that prevented the discharge of firearms along the Big Monon Creek (Bridge at CR 300 E to the Bridge at CR 400E). The language would be very similar.

 

The Commissioners agreed to have the county attorney draft up an ordinance setting the perimeters from Norway Dam to the Green Bridge.

 

The Commissioners will hold a public hearing on September 7, 2004, during the Commissioners meeting.

 

 

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