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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 18, 2003, on the second floor of the Commissioners Chambers.

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


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting on February 3, 2003, and the special meeting on February 6, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve payroll for February 24, 2003 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich explained that Brad Oliver, Twin Lakes School Corporation, has requested the Commissioners to make an appointment to the Common Construction Wage Committee. The public works project will be a new digital telephone system for the Twin Lakes School Corporation.

  • Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to appoint O.D. “Bud” Ferguson to serve on the Common

Construction Wage Committee for the Twin Lakes School Corporation project, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Commissioner Ferguson)


Commissioner Heimlich said that he received a letter from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, which cited a law that prohibits a board member from having a proprietary interest in the premises where alcoholic beverages are manufactured or sold. Currently, the new appointment of Brad Gutwein is a stockholder in a company that leases property to a liquor store. A new appointment is requested from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. This appointment will be made at the next Commissioners’ meeting on March 3, 2003.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he received a letter from the engineer on the Main Street project regarding funding for the bridge (Ghost Hollow). Commissioner Heimlich confirmed from the minutes on June 7, 1999, that a decision was made that the county will pay for the entire structure by giving a lump sum amount to the city for the project. The money will come from the Cum Bridge Fund. Commissioner Heimlich gave a copy of the minutes from 1999 to Attorney George Loy asking him to relay the information to the city.


Miller Mechanical submitted a quote to the Commissioners for doing some minor remodeling on the first floor woman’s restroom. The Commissioners said to call Scheurich’s for an additional quote.


White County Attorney George Loy opened and announced the following bids received for the addition/remodeling project to the CDC building on Norway Road:

Mid-States General & Mechanical Contracting Corporation, Lafayette, IN. $694,000.00

Construction Planning and Management, Inc., Indianapolis, IN $649,000.00

J.R. Kelly Company, Inc., Lafayette, IN $738,900.00

Cooley Construction Co., Inc., Goodland, IN $773,826.00

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present whose bid was not read and also asked if anyone wishes to review the bids. Commissioner Heimlich thanked everyone for submitting their bids and said that they will be taken under advisement.


White County Sheriff John Roberts presented a copy of the new White County Sheriff Newsletter. This newsletter will go out each month and printed in the local newspaper. The newsletter lists an activity report for the month.


Diann Weaver, Director of Area Plan, appeared before the Commissioners presenting Rezoning Petition # 808. The request is to rezone 3.017 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial). The property owner is Lenard and Julie Nuest. The property is located Northwest of Monticello at 2579 E. 375 N.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about the rezoning request. No response.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 808 (Ordinance No. 438-03) from

an A-1 to I-1 for Lenard and Julie Nuest, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Gordy Cochran, Director, appeared before the Commissioners explaining that the State is putting on a meeting on February 27, 2003, at Cass County that will explain more about the resolution that they have sent requesting each County to adopt. The Commissioners tabled the resolution until they attend the meeting and find out more information.


Randy Moore, Natural Resources Conservation Coordinator, appeared before the Commissioners presenting an annual report. He thanked White County for their support and contributions to RC&D.

Council President, James Mann, called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following council members were present: James Mann, Harry Voorhis, Richard Horton, Dennis Carter, Art Anderson, and Linda Maudlin.


Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of January 2003. The hospital showed a net income of $92,889.00 for the month with gross patient revenue of $1,931,964.00.

Mr. Cardwell reported that the new MRI is up and running. They are in the process of building a walkway to the permanent MRI so people don’t have to leave the hospital to get to the MRI.

The number of patients has been up due to the flu and respiratory distress cases.


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were twenty-seven permits issued last month. There were five permits for new homes and four permits for manufactured homes.


E-911 Director Erin Huber presented a contract with Ra-Com to be approved by the Commissioners.


Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley presented her monthly report. She said that she continues to work on prospects for the Monon area. Mrs. Kelley has met with Anthony Kirkland of the USDA regarding projects and funding that may be available to White County.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller appeared to present her monthly report. She reported that the State has agreed to give county homes their separate line in the budget, which separates them from the RBA homes.

Mrs. Fuller said that Carroll Manor received a grant to put in an elevator and that PMSI, Inc., secured the grant for them and is doing the work. She asked if this might be the answer to getting an elevator for Lakeview.


Environmental Officer John Raines was not present but his report for the month of January was available to the Council and Commissioners.


B.J. Mursener, Aviation Board Member, appeared to give a report on the White County Airport. Mr. Mursener said that the board members had to redo the airport layout plan, without this they would receive virtually no funding from the Federal or State level. They have purchased five additional acres north of the current hangers and are in the process of acquiring approximately seventy acres north. This would be a portion of the Britton property required by the FAA to extend the runway up to five thousand feet. This is contingent on an environmental study. Mr. Mursener said that once the land acquisitions are done and everything is in place they would be in a position to obtain grants for funding. If they do receive funding 90% will come from federal and 5% will come from state.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he could not find any paperwork detailing the different members of the board and when their appointments are up. B.J. Mursener said he thought the term was for three years.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to confirm the existing appointments until the end of 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich introduced Gregory Henneke from American Consulting, Inc., to discuss the preliminary plans for the bridge construction involved with the 6th Street expansion.

Commissioner Heimlich also asked Don Ward, County Engineer, what he thinks should be done with the bridge. Mr. Ward said he thinks the bridge should be raised, lengthened, widened and sidewalks installed.

Commissioner Heimlich asked Mr. Henneke about land acquisition and damage payments. Mr. Henneke said generally there is an appraisal for damages and land acquisition. Federal and state laws govern Land acquisitions and they will follow those rules.

Mr. Gregory Henneke, ACE, also presented a Supplemental Agreement No. 1 for the Commissioners approval. Commissioner Heimlich discussed in detail the contract and what American Consulting would be doing. Commissioner Heimlich said that some things are needed to get done this year to have a head start on the project if federal funds are received. American Consulting will first do an environmental study of the entire project costing $20,000.00. Aerial photography, which will cost $8,000.00 and a field study from the north end to County Road 225 costing $50,000.00, will be the second steps.

Councilman Anderson said that AEC might be able to use aerial photographs taken for the sewer project, which would save $8,000.00.

Councilwoman Maudlin asked what the length of the project would be. Commissioner Heimlich explained that the length would be five and one half miles to be done in different phases. The first phase will be the city’s section from State Road 24 to South Street to be paid for out of TIF funds. The second phase will be from State Road 24 to Indiana Beach. The third phase will be South Street to State Road 421 on Gordon Road, if they get the entire funding and there is enough of a local match.

Commissioner Schmierer asked the Council if they are willing to spend the money not knowing whether the county will get the grants to go on with the project.

Other items written in the contract that will be done by ACE will be preparing a design analysis, hydraulic analysis and perform a traffic study.

The total price covering items in the Supplemental Agreement No. 1 shall not exceed $145,000.00. which $8,000.00 might be deducted if they (ACE) can us the aerials from the sewer project.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Supplemental Agreement

No. 1 for the amount of $145,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

At this time the Council adjourned to their own meeting room.


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract for the E-911 department with Ra-Com, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

______________________________ _______________________________ _____________________________

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

ATTEST: ______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor