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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on October 18, 2004, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ chambers at 8:00 a.m.

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

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


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on October 4, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for October 18, 2004, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Mr. Jim Krintz came into the Commissioners office earlier this month expressing interest in farming the garden again for next year.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to renew the Garden Lease to Mr. Jim Krintz for the 2.156 acres at $100.00 per acre for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous


After several weeks of questions and concerns the Commissioners have decided that the Bio-Terrorism Coordinator will be hired as a county employee. Funded through a federal grant totaling $63,460, the Commissioners have researched and found the cost of the county for the benefit package per year. The coordinator was initially expected to receive a salary of $50,000 per year but with the county benefit package the salary has been dropped to $33,000 per year.

Gwynn Rusinek, Office Administrator for the Health Department, said that the coordinator, upon hire, would be declining the health insurance because his wife already carries the insurance.

Commissioner Schmierer felt that if the employee declines the insurance that the amount should not be compensated ($9,000/yr. Family Ins.) in the salary. Commissioner Schmierer pointed out that other county employees do not get compensated. Commissioner Heimlich said that if the spouse should quit her job and no longer is covered, that county employee could come back and take the county insurance.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to hire the Bio-Terrorism Coordinator for $33,000 a year with county benefits, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Sheriff John Roberts reported that he did make some changes to the storage building that was quoted from FBI Builders. FBI Builders submitted a revised quote lowering the cost to $12,373.00. The revised quote, specification sheet and drawing plans were given to the White County Attorney George Loy for review.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the revised specifications as presented from FBI Buildings, Inc., for a storage building at the White County Sheriff’s Department at the cost of $12,373.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson.

Vote: Unanimous


Dawn Gerard, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting an “Operational Cost” report for the Recycling department reflecting the past three years. She reported the following:

  • In 2002 the cost to run recycle was $139,147.99

  • In 2003 the cost to run recycle was $150,329.91

  • In 2004 the cost to run recycle will be approx. $133,674.53

Dawn also reported that the IDEM grant applicants have been decided but not announced. If awarded, these funds are going to be used for a new bailer.


Gordon Cochran, Director of the Emergency Management Dept., appeared before the Commissioners introducing David Thompson, District Sales Manager for IdentiSys. IdentiSys is a company that can provide the county with equipment and software to make identification cards for all of the county employees. With funds coming from a 2004 Homeland Security Grant, Mr. Cochran plans on buying the software, printer and a camera for approximately $6,686.50. This basic package would only produce ID cards for employees. In the future the county could up- grade the system and install machines that will monitor employee’s time on the job.

Mr. Cochran has ordered the system and should have ID cards available to all county employees within a couple of weeks.

At this time, Council President James Mann called the Council to joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present were:

James Mann Richard Horton Art Anderson

Harry Voorhis Linda Maudlin Fay Lowring Dennis Carter


Terri Conwell, Director, reported that she has lost another full-time employee.

Terri asked if anything has been done or contacted about the grounding at the Sheriff’s Dept. Terri reminded the Commissioners that this past June she had discussed the 911 Department was getting hit by lighting causing the phone lines to go down. Sprint has gone through and checked their wiring and reported that everything on their end looks correct. They reported that there must be a problem with the building not being properly grounded. Sprint has come out several times over the summer to replace hardware that was hit, but they have stressed that they cannot continue to eat the cost. Terri has just received a bill from Sprint from the last storm and she was billed $2,000.00.

She cannot afford to pay these bills.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he has talked to the electrical company that originally did the grounding when the building was built and they reported that the grounding was fine. Terri would like to have this in writing so she can send it off to Sprint.


Dave Anderson, Building Inspector, reported there was ninety permits issued last month, fourteen, which were for new homes.


Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter reported that she has been busy working on the Wolcott Corridor project. Currently, the committee is working to establish a TIF District.

She is also working with a group called the Economic Action Team and they are in the process of applying for a Community Comeback Grant that is available to the County.


Environmental Officer John Raines appeared presenting his “report of complaints” for September 2004.


Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of September. He reported that the hospital has finished nine consecutive months where they made money. Year to date net income total is 1,882,839.00.


White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool discussed the mileage rate listed in the travel policy. She pointed out that in the travel policy it does say that the rate per mile shall change each time the state government changes its rate. The current state mileage rate has increased to $.34 per mile and ours is currently $.28 per mile. The Commissioners agreed that the ordinance should be changed to reflect the current state rate.

The County Council did discuss that the mileage rate paid to county employees driving for work (Lakeview Home Director and Health Dept.) will not increase and will remain at $.28 per mile.


White County Attorney George Loy discussed that with the Wolcott Corridor project that there is a proposed loan between White County REMC and White County for $240,000.00. The loan is 0% interest paid in quarterly installments over an eight-year period. Attorney Loy presented the loan agreement and a promissory note requiring signatures.

Councilman Anderson asked if the quarterly installments were put in the Commissioners’ budget. Commissioner Heimlich said “no”, because the first installment is not payable until 2006.

Attorney Loy explained that the purpose of the loan is strictly limited to the installation of water and sewer to the Wolcott Corridor.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that this loan is a revolving loan fund; when the county pays the loan back it will go back into a fund that can be loaned out again for the same type of project.

Commissioner Heimlich also explained that the county only has to repay $200,000.00 because White County REMC has agreed to pay $40,000.00.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the loan agreement and promissory note for the $200,000.00 loan, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the loan agreement for $200,000.00, Seconded by Councilman Voorhis. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich also discussed a meeting that was attended by White County Attorney George Loy, Councilman Richard Horton, Commissioner Heimlich and ICE Miller Representative, Lisa Lee, discussing the options for creating a TIF District for the county in the Wolcott Corridor project area. Commissioner Heimlich explained that if we create a TIF (Tax Increment Finance) District in the area and businesses and industries come into the area, raising the assessed valuation, we can capture that increase in an assessed evaluation to be reimbursed for putting the water and sewer out there. Rather than the tax money going into the taxing units the county will get the money back.










Commissioner Heimlich said that the Commissioners have discussed, for some time now, having a firm come in and look over our zoning and subdivision control ordinances. There are some problems that do need to be looked at and revised. The Commissioners, Attorney Loy and representatives of the Area Plan Board interviewed several firms and unanimously agreed on HNTB out of Indianapolis. Commissioner Heimlich wanted to let the Council know that the cost of this service is going to cost around $50,000 to $100,000. Commissioner Heimlich wanted the Council to be aware of it and asked if there were any questions.

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