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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a special meeting on December 30, 2004, at the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners chambers at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were: 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.

CLAIMS

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

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY BIDS

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke authorized the Commissioners to approve all of the bids submitted for the 2005 Highway Supplies with the exception of Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN.

ITEM 1. UNLEADED GASOLINE

  1. Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN

  2. City Fuel & Heating, Inc., Monticello, IN

  3. Excel CO-OP, Monticello, IN

ITEM 2. DIESEL FUEL #1, #2 & PREMIUM

  1. City Fuel & Heating, Monticello, IN

  2. Good Oil Co., Inc., Winamac, IN

  3. Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN

  4. Excel CO-OP, Monticello, IN

ITEM 3. TIRES & TUBES

  1. McCord Auto Supply, Inc., Monticello, IN

ITEM 4. CRUSHED LIMESTONE

  1. Vulcan Materials, Lafayette, IN

  2. US Aggregates, Inc., Delphi, IN

  3. Material Service Corp., Monon, IN

ITEM 5. ROAD GRAVEL, CEMENT GRAVEL & ICE SAND

  1. Segal’s Delta Trucking, Inc., Reynolds, IN

  2. Vulcan Materials Company, Lafayette, IN

ITEM 6. BITUMINOUS COATED PAVING MATERIALS

  1. Koch Materials Company, Warsaw, IN

  2. Asphalt Materials, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

ITEM 7. COLD MIX PATCHING MATERIAL

  1. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN

ITEM 8. BITUMINOUS COATED PAVING MATERIAL

  1. Milestone Contractors, Lafayette, IN

  2. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN

ITEM 9. RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT

  1. Segal’s Delta Trucking, Reynolds, IN

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve all of the bids submitted for the 2005 Highway Supplies with the exception of Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a proposed contract from American Consulting Engineers for engineering work on the Wolcott Corridor water/sewer project.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the construction committee held several meetings discussing where the location of the water/sewer lines were going to be located. The committee came to the conclusion that the water /sewer line would make the most sense to be along the railroad route instead of Hwy 24. Putting everything on Hwy 24 would raise a lot of questions due to the fiber optic cables and a residential home being located in the middle of the bypass.

Commissioner Heimlich gave a copy of the contract to the County Attorney to review.

Councilman Richard “Buzz” Horton, also a member on the construction committee for the project, said that the best thing that the committee liked about the second proposal (behind the railway) was that the cost was about $600,000.00 cheaper . He stated that the second option also gave them the opportunity to phase into other projects.

APPOINTMENTS FOR 2005

Commissioner Heimlich announced the appointments from the Commissioners for 2005.

E-911- Communications 1 Year Appointment

Terri Conwell, Director

E-911 Board 1 Year Appointment

Steve Burton

Alcoholic Beverage Board 1 Year Appointment

Kenneth George Commissioners

Animal Disease Emergency 1 Year Appointment

Dr. Carl Hites

Arrowhead RC&D 1 Year Appointment

Connie Cascales

Attorney, White County 1 Year Appointment

George Loy

Aviation Board 4 Year Appointment

B.J. Mursener 12/31/08

Board of Finance 1 Year Appointment

John Heimlich, President Commissioners

Child Protection Team 1 Year Appointment

John Heimlich, Member Commissioners

Citizen Advisory Committee (Solid Waste) 1 Year Appointment

Dawn Girard

Dan Johns

Community Corrections Board 1 Year Appointment

O.D. “Bud” Ferguson, Member Commissioners

John Heimlich, Alternate

Steve Burton, Alternate

Emergency Management, Director 1 Year Appointment

Gordon Cochran, Director

Kenneth Kersey, Deputy Director

Emergency Management Advisory Council 4 Year Appointment

Anthony Deibel, Burnettsville 12/31/08

Charles Bossung, Chalmers 12/31/08

Kenneth Burns, Wolcott 12/31/08

GIS Data Manager (Computer Coord.) 1 Year Appointment

Eric Storm

Health Department 4 Year Appointment

James Kinnard 12/31/08

Highway Department 1 Year Appointment

Steve Brooke, Superintendent

Beth Brown, Office Administrator

BJ Propes, Assistant Superintendent

Industrial Foundation 1 Year Appointment

John C. Heimlich, Member

Steve Burton, Member

Economic Development Director 1 Year Appointment

Kankakee-Iroquois Reg. Planning 1 Year Appointment

Steve Burton

Lakeview Home 1 Year Appointment

Kae Fuller, Superintendent

Maintenance, County Courthouse 1 Year Appointment

Ed Ward, Supervisor

Public Defender Board 3 Year Appointment

Dale Lehe 12/31/07

Recycling, Director 1 Year Appointment

Dawn Gerrard, Director

Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board 1 Year Appointment

John Heimlich

Steve Burton

Bud Ferguson, Alternate

Veterans Service, 1 Year Appointment

Tom Carter, Officer

 

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the appointments for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

UNCOLLECTABLE FEES FOR LAKEVIEW HOME

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool presented the following ordinance to the Commissioners to write-off uncollected fees for Lakeview Home.

Ordinance to write-off uncollectable fees for Lakeview Home be it ordained by the Board of County Commissioners of White County, Indiana:

  1. The fees for the following persons are uncollectable and the Board of Commissioners of the White County, Indiana Desire to remove these uncollectable fees from the ledgers of the Lakeview Home and the White County Auditor.

Lessentine, Leonard $700.00

  1. The White County Auditor is hereby authorized to remove the above described fees from the ledger of the Lakeview Home as uncollectable.

  1. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after this passage. Adopted and passed by the Board of County Commissioners of White County, Indiana this December 30th, 2004.

    • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the ordinance writing off the uncollectable fees for Lakeview Home, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

LAKEVIEW HOME –BIDS FOR WATER LINES

Commissioner Schmierer presented quotes for the Lakeview County Home to be connected to the city’s water line.

Commissioner Schmierer said that Jim Overbeck Excavating was the low bid by $1,000.00. The total price on the Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., quote is $9,383.70. Commissioner Schmierer said that he wanted to have Scheurich Plumbing Heating and Cooling, Inc., install the plumbing and his estimate was $4,265.00. Other quotes were submitted from Wrede & Sons Excavating, Inc., and Scheurich Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Inc. Commissioner Schmierer said that he requested a quote from Miller Mechanical but they did not respond.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he did meet with Rod Pool, Monticello Water Superintendent, and the City will waive the tap fee.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to have Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., connect the Lakeview Home water line to the city water at the cost of $9,383.70 and have Scheurich Plumbing Heating and Cooling, Inc., install the plumbing for $4,265.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL SCHEDULE

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the complaints that have been coming into the Commissioners’ Office from employees about the 2005 Payroll Schedule.

Employees are not going to be paid until the 17th of January, which will be three weeks. Commissioner Heimlich has found out that this is common and comes up every 3 to 4 years, because of the way the calendar falls. Commissioner Heimlich checked previous minutes and found that on November 2000, a lengthy discussion was made about payroll being submitted for hours that have not been worked for the salaried employees. At that time, nothing was done and the discussion was tabled.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that since it does come out even this year, this might be the year to get the problem resolved. He said that the way it should be done is that you get paid for work that has been done. Hourly employees have to wait a month before they receive their first paycheck but they are paid for the work that is already done. If this problem is to be resolved with salary employees, it could be possible that they would have to wait a month before they receive a paycheck.

Commissioner Heimlich suggested that we address this problem again this year and try to get the payroll on a set time schedule.

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said that she does have several meetings in January with vendors for new payroll software. She is hoping that this might help the problem.

INSURANCE RENEWAL FOR 2005

Commissioner Heimlich said that Heiny Insurance went out and solicited quotes and the cost of insurance has gone down since last year. This year, St. Paul has quoted us a price of $174,791.00, which is about $25,000 reduction in insurance. White County will also stay with IPEP (Indiana Public Employers’ Plan, Inc.) for the Workers Compensation policy, which will cost $79,668.00.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the insurance casualty quote from St. Paul for $174,791.00 and the IPEP quote for the workers compensation at $79,668 for 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

OUTGOING COMMISSIONER RECOGNIZED

Commissioner Heimlich took a moment to say thank you to Commissioner Schmierer for his eight years of service to the White County Commissioners. Commissioner Heimlich said that the experience has been very interesting and a pleasure working with Commissioner Schmierer. Heimlich commented that Commissioner Schmierer has been a faithful servant and he will be missed.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he is not ashamed of anything that he has said and he feels good that he stood up for the things he felt were right. He said he’s enjoyed being a County Commissioner.

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