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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on November 1, 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 of the October 18th regular meeting as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for November 1, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to allow and pay the claims as advertised for November 1, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Hwy. Superintendent Steve Brooke requested the Commissioners to set a day to accept the supply bids for 2005. In the past, bids are accepted the first of December, but Mr. Brook’s said that will not give him enough time for advertisement.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to allow Steve Brook, Hwy. Superintendent, to advertise for bids for the 2005 Highway Dept. supplies due on December 20th , seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Gordy Cochran, Director of White County Emergency Management, submitted a request to appoint Anthony Deibel, Burnettsville, to the Emergency Management Advisory Council. Mr. Deibel will replace Jerry Jenkins, who has resigned because of relocating to Carroll County.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to make an appointment of Anthony Deibel to fill an unexpired term on the White County Emergency Management Advisory Council effective November 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


The candidate that has been offered the Bio-Terrorism Coordinator position has submitted a letter to the Health Department stating that he cannot accept the position as proposed by the County Commissioners for $33,000. He would accept the position if paid $42,000, which is reduced from the $49,623 for the County’s contribution for PERF, Social Security and Worker Compensation.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there is any way the County could have the individual sign something that would guarantee that the employee will not request health insurance during the year. White County Attorney George Loy will check, but he thinks that the County could terminate the employee’s position if an issue of health insurance came up. George will research this and try to draft something up.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he had spoken with Jim Mann, Jr., City Councilman, explaining to him that the County is entering into an agreement with Sprint for some parking spaces on their lot. This will leave the County needing to purchase approximately 14 spaces from the City. Attorney Loy is working on the agreement.


BJ Mursener appeared before the Commissioners saying that his appointment on the Board of Aviation expires at the end of December and asked the Commissioners to reconsider appointing him for another term. Mr. Mursener did give an update on the airport purchasing adjacent property for the expansion.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed contracts that were submitted from Plexis Group for publishing on the GIS “Sales Disclosures” and “Neighborhood Mapping”.

Karen Hatter and Judy Bertram appeared explaining how this will work with their reassessment. Originally, they did ask Plexis Group to put onto the GIS the neighborhood mapping, sales disclosure and the property record card. At this time, Plexis Group submitted contracts for everything except the property record cards. Ms. Hatter said that just having these two layers added to the GIS will help them go through the training process a lot quicker during reassessment. These two layers (neighborhood mapping and sales disclosure) are very important to have on the GIS.

Karen explained that later in time, we will eventually open this information up to the public from the Internet, but they (assessors) would like to go over everything and making sure all of the data matches up before it is put out to the public.

The cost of putting the neighborhood mapping on the GIS as a layer is $1,800.00 and the cost of the sales disclosure contract is $2,000.00.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Neighborhood mapping and Sales disclosure contracts be approved from Plexis Group, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Bud Weidner, Project Engineer, and Teri Bateman, Grant Administrator with K-IRPC, were present for the opening of bids for the renovation of the White County Food pantry. The bids were due by 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners office. Mr. Weidner said that no bids were submitted for the project. The only bidder that he was aware of was Cooley Construction out of Goodland, which he has missed the deadline because he wasn’t aware of the time change that occurred over the weekend. Teri Bateman said that twenty-three sets of plans have been sent out.

After a short discussion, a re-bid date has been set for December 6th @ 9:00 a.m.


Deanna J. Dreblow, Library Director, sent a letter requesting the Commissioners to appoint Janelle Yelton to the Library Board. Janelle will be replacing Rex Shiplett. This is for a four year term that will begin November 1, 2004 thru November 1, 2008.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Janelle Yelton to the Wolcott Community Public Library board for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2004 and ending January 4, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


White County Attorney George Loy said that the Sheriff’s department have two existing contracts; one with the dental provider and one for the general health provider for the prisoners. Mr. Roberts has a contract proposal now from one provider that will provide both the medical and dental.

In order to terminate the two contracts, which they both have two different termination notice periods, the Commissioners must act quickly to commence the termination process.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to terminate the two current insurance contracts providing the health and dental insurance to the prisoners, 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