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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 February 3, 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.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on January 20, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for February 10, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

BOSTON MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE

Michael Kuhn, representative of Boston Mutual, appeared before the Commissioners about offering the employees Life Insurance. The life insurance packages offered to the employees will be at no cost to the county.

Mr. Kuhn discussed the following:

  1. Premiums are guaranteed to never increase.

  2. You can cover a family member without covering yourself.

  3. No physical exams. Neither you or eligible family members can be turned down for certain guaranteed amounts because of past or present health problems.

  4. If an employee resigns or terminates employment you can continue the policy with no increase in premiums and no decrease in benefits.

Commissioner Schmierer asked Auditor Mary Jo Pool if this would be an additional workload for the payroll department. Auditor Mary Jo Pool said no.

Mr. Kuhn explained the employees are given only one time to sign up for the insurance and not required to fill out a physical questionnaire. The employees can sign up at another time but their application will have to be reviewed and approved.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to allow Boston Mutual Life Insurance to offer their program to the all of the White County employees working twenty hours or more, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT - BROOKSTON PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

Nancy Hartman, Director of the Brookston Prairie Township Public Library, submitted a request to re-appoint Lelan D. McReynolds to the Board of Trustees of the Brookston Prairie Township Public Library. His appointment expires February 19, 2003. He has faithfully served on the board for four years and is currently serving as president. Mr. McReynolds has indicated his willingness to serve if re-appointed.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to re-appoint Lelan D. McReynolds to the Board of Trustees of the Brookston Prairie Township Public Library for a four-year term expiring February 19, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

LOU NAGEL – SWCD JASPER COUNTY

Lou Nagel, Supervisory for the Jasper County SWCD Board, appeared discussing the status of the construction of a dry fire hydrant in Jasper County. On November 5, 2001, Mr. Nagel appeared before the commissioners requesting support to install the dry fire hydrant in Jasper County. The dry fire hydrant will be available to all surrounding residents and also the Tri-County school. The Commissioners did make a motion on 11/5/01 to direct the White County Highway Department to help with the construction of the dry fire hydrant.

Mr. Nagel said that the dry fire hydrant is installed but the road needs to be built. Jasper County will pay for all the materials and the White County Highway department is needed for all of the equipment, manpower and transporting stone. The road is about 400 feet from the county line. They have scheduled and sent out invitations for a road dedication for February 27, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.

Commissioner Heimlich asked Steve Brooke to snow plow the road when school is in session.

WHITE COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

White County Community Corrections Director Linda Roy appeared before the Commissioners requesting a signature for a grant that the department submits to the State on a yearly basis.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Community Corrections grant in the amount of $170,630.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

OLD JAIL “ANNEX BUILDING”

White County Health Nurse Linda Pagels asked the Commissioners when they are planning on remodeling the east side of the jail. She needs a conference room that will hold around 10 to 15 people. Commissioner Schmierer said that this has not been on their priority list but they will start asking for estimates.

She also asked about getting a new refrigerator. Bill Smith from Recycling was unable to get them one. Commissioner Schmierer said that he would have Roger Carson look over it and see if it could be repaired.

Mrs. Pagels also asked if there was going to be an open house. Commissioner Schmierer recommended Mrs. Pagels to organize the open house. She said with their permission she would start organizing the open house.

PART-TIME PERSONNEL

Eric Storm, GIS Data Manager for the county, appeared before the Commissioners asking about the possibilities of increasing his part-time help funds so he can hire a second part-timer for three days a week. This will cut down on his comp time and also be as a back-up when he is gone. The Commissioners said that they need to discuss this over with the Council.

There being no further business to go before the board, meeting was 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