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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on August 2, 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 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.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for July 19, 2004, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for August 9, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to allow and pay all claims as advertised except for the claim for American Consulting, Inc., in the amount of $24, 505.00 paid out of the Commissioners Budget (6th Street Project account). The Commissioners will check and see if this should be paid out of the Cum Bridge budget and not the 6th Street project account. Seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT – BIO-TERRORISM COORDINATOR

Gwynn Rusinek, Office Manager for Health Dept, and Linda Pagels, Health Nurse, appeared before the Commissioners discussing a grant that has been awarded to White County from the Indiana State Department of Health to hire a Public Health Coordinator/Bioterrorism. The White County Health Board has decided to hire the coordinator under a contract. A claim will be submitted each month to pay his salary. This person would not be a county employee, will not be eligible for county insurance, PERF or any other county benefits. The grant is for one year, possibly two. If the funds are not granted next year, the contract will expire and the employee will no longer be needed. The amount awarded to our county will be $63,460.00. The White County Health Board will do the hiring process for this position.

Mrs. Rusinek asked approval from the Commissioners to approve this position. If approved the White County Health Department must provide the coordinator with an office located with the Health Department.

White County Attorney George Loy said that the acts of an employee, hired on contract, could be attributed to the county. The key is to be adequately insured.

The Commissioners would like to schedule this for the next Commissioners’ meeting, which will give Attorney Loy time to review the information provided. Attorney Loy said that the Health Dept. could call our insurance agent to discuss what liability insurance would be needed.

Nurse Pagels did say that this is not mandatory from the State but if our county does not participate our funds for Bio-Terrorism will be eliminated.

AWARD BIDS FOR REMODELING ANNEX BUILDING

Commissioner Schmierer said that the legal advertisement for request of quotes for the Annex Building remodeling was not ran correctly. The advertisement was suppose to run two times and was only ran one time in the Herald Journal. Commissioner Schmierer apologized for the error.

The Commissioners agreed to send a letter to all three contractors requesting to resubmit their quotes.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to reject all bids that were submitted for the Annex Building remodeling project and to send out a letter requesting quotes for that project, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

 

TOWN OF BROOKSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Tom Bartlett, Brookston, appeared before the Commissioners representing the Brookston Fire Department.

 

Commissioner Schmierer said that the Brookston Fire Department would like support from the White County Commissioners to pursue a Community Focus Fund Grant for a fire truck.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion for White County Commissioners to apply for a Community Focus Fund Grant on behalf of the Town of Brookston for a new fire truck. The Town of Brookston will provide the local match. Seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

CHUCK GISH – MOOTS CREEK & MOOTS CREEK BRIDGE EROSION

Chuck Gish appeared before the Commissioners discussing an erosion problem at Moots Creek. Mr. Gish said that he has had Steve Brooks; White County Highway, Senator Brent Hershman, Tom Wagner, Sue Gerlich; Soil and Water Conservation Group, and Denny Sterrett all out to look at the erosion and they all have said that it is a major problem. The Moots Creek Bridge is in danger should there be another heavy rain. Mr. Gish has been told to try and get help from the County because if he would contact the federal area that it could take 3-4 years to get anything done.

Mr. Gish proposed to the Commissioners to have the County take care of the rip-rap right above the bridge. Mr. Gish would remove the trees, which are 30’ to 40’ from the bridge with his tractor and have a timber guy take out the bigger trees.

Commissioner Schmierer asked Don Ward, County Engineer, if the County could rip-rap that area without a permit. Mr. Ward said yes, just along as you have permission from the landowner.

DONALD WARD, BRIDGE #105 MONON

Don Ward, County Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the preliminary plans for bridge #105 in Monon (Quary Road). The estimated cost is $336,000.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the preliminary plans for Bridge #105 in Monon as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

BEN STEFANIAK – CASINO

Ben Stefaniak, Monticello, appeared before the Commissioners asking if they have put any thought into putting in a Casino on Lake Shaffer. Since the County will be eliminating the inventory tax, Mr. Stefaniak asked if they have come up with solution on how the tax will be replaced.

Commissioner Heimlich said that this is a state issue and the approval has to be made at a state level, not county.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the counties that have eliminated their inventory tax early have replaced the funds by increasing the local income tax (CEDIT).

Mr. Stefaniak presented a petition of people that are in favor of having a casino.

PETITION TO MAINTAIN HIGHWAY – INDIAN HILLS ROAD

White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, presented a Petition to Maintain Highway for a dedicated roadway in Indiana Hills Addition.

The road is known as: Indiana Hills Road as dedicated in Indian Hills Subdivision Tract II dated 26th day of July 1974, Indiana Hills Subdivision Tract III dated 5th day of March 1975, Indian Hills Subdivision Tract IV dated 5th day of August 1976, and Indian Hills Greenbelt Subdivision dated 22nd day of April 1994 located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 4, Township 26, North, Range 3 west of the Second Principal Meridian in Union Township, White County, Indiana.

Highway Superintendent Brooke said that the road is improved sufficiently and does meet all of the required specifications to be taken over the county.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept in the county road system the dedicated roadway in Indiana Hills Addition known as Indian Hills Road, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

ATTEST: __________________________________

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool