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BE IT REMEMBERED, that a regular meeting of the White County Commissioners was held at the White County Building at 8:00 a.m. on January 6, 2003, on the second floor of the Commissioners Chambers.

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

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


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the special meeting on December 30, 2002, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve payroll for January 13, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Michael Kuhn, Representative for Boston Mutual Life, appeared before the Commissioners asking permission to provide life insurance to county employees. Mr. Kuhn said that this would be at no cost to the county; the cost will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck. Mr. Kuhn said that he would go around to each individual employee and ask if they would be interested.

Commissioner Schmierer asked that if an employee leaves employment with the county would they have the option to carry on this life insurance policy. Mr. Kuhn said yes they do have the option to carry it on.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he was not going to make a decision today and would like to review the submitted paperwork. The Commissioners tabled this discussion until the next meeting on January 20, 2003.


Commissioner Heimlich announced that Jerry Thompson is up for reappointment with the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Thompson is eligible to serve another four years and has said that he will serve again.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to reappoint Jerry Thompson to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a

four year term beginning January 6, 2003 and expiring the first Monday of January 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich said that an appointment is also needed for the Citizen Advisory Committee. Steve Salomon does not wish to be reappointed. Liz Budreau of Wolcott has agreed to sit on the board for a one year term.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to appoint Liz Budrow to the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)

for the Solid Waste District for a one year term, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Sheriff John Roberts discussed an issue that was never resolved with the former Sheriff Denny Cain regarding schools wanting the county to pay for the crossing guards. Sheriff Roberts said that there was only one crossing guard in White County and that would be in Buffalo. There are two crossing guards in Monon and also two in Reynolds but these towns are incorporated. Sheriff Roberts provided the Commissioners with a copy of the law for a school crossing guard


9-13-2-161.3 School crossing guard

Sec. 161.3 “School crossing guard” means a person at least eighteen (18) years of age appointed by one (1) of the following:

  1. Safety board.

  2. Board of public works and safety.

  3. Town board.

  4. Board of public safety.

  5. Sheriff.

Buffalo’s crossing guard is paid $13.67 a day for 180 days, which would be $2,460.60.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the town boards pay for the other towns. Councilman Art Anderson said that he recalls appropriating money in the budget for 2003 for the county to pay for the crossing guard in Buffalo.

The Commissioners told Auditor Mary Jo Pool to find out what budget the money was appropriated in and the Commissioners will go from there.

There being no other discussion to come before the Commissioners, Commissioner Heimlich recessed the meeting until the next scheduled item.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting back to order.


Commissioner Heimlich explained how the Commissioners have been working with the Chamber of Commerce for several weeks now for a contract to fund the Convention and Visitors Bureau. This contract will fund the bureau for the next year so they can see what will happen with the Food and Beverage Tax that is being proposed in the legislator.

Commissioner Heimlich proposed a contract that will fund the White County Convention and Tourism Bureau for 2003 at a level of $83,000.00. The contract does call for an establishment for a convention and visitor’s bureau authority to oversee the operation of the visitors’ bureau. The appointed authority will be made up of the President of the Commissioners, President of the Council, Agent of Indiana Beach, the Mayor of Monticello and the President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the budget was cut from 135, 000.00 taking money from not replacing the position that was held by Ester Hardy. Ester Hardy did resign and this position has been vacant since September of 2002.

Commissioner Heimlich did read one of the changes in the contract:

9. The Chamber is currently attempting to pass legislation similar to the attached proposed bill Section I.C. 6-9-34. If such proposed legislation is enacted into law, then the county executive and fiscal bodies intend to adopt a local ordinance establishing the tax and will utilize said tax for funding a White County Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any questions for the commissioners.

Gary Cosgray, Owner of Riverside Restaurant, said that if and when the Food and Beverage Tax passes he would like to see a restaurant owner involved since they are the one’s who will be funding it. Commissioner Heimlich said that he understands that a section was put in last year to address the concerns of the restaurant owners. The appointments that are addressed in the county contract are different from the one for the Food and Beverage Tax. Commissioner Heimlich explained that the appointment authority for the food and beverage with the legislation will be two appointments from the Commissioners (one being an agent of Indiana Beach), the Council will have an appointment and the Mayor of Monticello will have two appointments (one being a restaurant owner). Also addressed in the legislation was an administrative fee, which will be a fee, going back to the restaurant owners to cover them for administering the tax.

  • Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to approve the Tourism Development Services Contract with the

Chamber of Commerce for the operation of the White County Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2003 at the funding level of $83,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Commissioner Schmierer)

Commissioner Heimlich said that they will convene the executive body as soon as possible and get started on the work for 2003. Commissioner Heimlich did thank everyone for his or her time involved with the contract.

There being no other business to come before the board, meeting is adjourned.

_____________________________ ______________________________ ___________________________

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

ATTEST: ______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor