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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 March 3, 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 White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool and White County Attorney George Loy.

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

PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to authorize the White County Treasurer to join in any joint petition for involuntary bankruptcy in order to collect delinquent county taxes in the HPA Monon case subject to the review of petition by the White County Commissioners and legal counsel, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson.

Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on February 18, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for March 17, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the claims as advertised with the exception that a change made under the Jail account. Check was made out to the Solid Waste Department and should’ve been made out to NIPSCO, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

DLZ – BOB KIRKLEY

Mr. Kirkley called and said that he was unable to attend due to illness.

MAXIMUS

A contract for professional consulting services from Maximus was submitted to the Commissioners requesting to be approved for 2003. Commissioner Heimlich said that a company called Sequoia Consulting Group has also contacted him with a proposal to provide the same services to White County.

The Commissioners asked to contact each company inviting them to introduce themselves and the company to the next commissioners meeting.

SUSIE ALPHA

Susie Alpha appeared before the Commissioners explaining that she received a letter from the White County Health Department regarding the Tattoo and Body Piercing Ordinance. Susie requested the Commissioners to make an amendment to the ordinance excluding Licensed Professional Salons. She explained that being licensed by the State they are required to continue their education classes: sanitation and sterilization classes; OHSA state laws and regulation classes, they are inspected two times a year and she is also required to pay for three licenses for the state. She sees no reason to have a county ordinance that says she has to pay for another certificate saying that she can pierce ears and also take a class with the county for sanitation and sterilization.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he was not aware of all of the requirements from the state and he will talk to the White County Health Nurse.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Gordon Cochran, Director of Emergency Management, appeared before the Commissioners explaining that the Office of Homeland Security is asking us to “take charge” for the Homeland Security Department for White County. Mr. Cochran submitted copies of a resolution that need to be passed.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a meeting that Mr. Cochran and himself attended in Cass County. He said that directives would be coming from the State and holding meetings in certain counties. A representative for our county needs to be assigned to attend these meetings for input.

Mr. Cochran said that grant money would be given to White County over a five-year period. The funds received will be used for:

  1. Conducting research and development of Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans that will address all-hazards, to include Acts of Terrorism involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.

  2. Delivering a public education and outreach program such as basic first-aid, CPR, fire suppression, and neighborhood watch programs for Community Emergency Response Teams.

White County would receive $15,000.00 to be used to develop a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. This plan will involve all of the Schools, Community, Courthouse, County Hospital, the County Home and Libraries.

Commissioner Heimlich said that when attending the meeting a speaker discussed that a plan has been developed but not adopted where it would be mandatory for all security in county courthouses. One of the stipulations that he mentioned was the number of entries into a courthouse. Commissioner Heimlich suggested that this is something that needs to be thought about and implemented if it does become mandatory. This could mean one entry, which would have to be the entry with the handicap accessibility.

Gordy Cochran, Director, appeared before the Commissioners asking to approve a resolution establishing the White County Emergency Management as the lead agency in an expanded terrorism emergency management plan.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the resolution which establishes the Terrorism/WMD Planning Task Force to develop a county wide Emergency Response Plan and further appoints the White County Emergency Management Agency to lead the planning effort and appoints the Director of the White County Emergency Management Agency as the Director of the Planning Task Force, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson.

Vote: Unanimous

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE WEAPONS OF

MASS DESTRUCTION PLANNING TASK FORCE

WHEREAS, White County, Indiana, having been duly informed by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Homeland Security, to establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Planning Response Plan and requests the White County Emergency Management Agency to submit a Weapons of Mass Destruction Plan for White County to include various emergency support groups located therein. That said task force will serve the public interest; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners recognizes the need to develop a countywide Emergency Response Plan in response to the possible terror threat and/or the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (“WMD”).

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Commissioners establishes a Terrorism/WMD Planning Task Force to develop a countywide Emergency Response Plan that encompasses all emergency services and support agencies within the borders of White County.

Further, the Board of Commissioners appoints the White County Emergency Management Agency the lead agency in this planning effort, which shall include development of Homeland Security plans.

The Board of Commissioners further appoints the Executive Director of the White County Emergency Management Agency as the Director of the Planning Task Force and Homeland Security.

 

PROBATION DEPARTMENT

Terry Corso appeared before the Commissioners proposing to put up a containment area in the main office, similar to the Prosecutor’s office, to keep the public from roaming back into the offices. He submitted a proposal to have the work done by Dale Dahlenburg in the amount of $825.00.

Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to approve the Probation Department to hire Dale Dahlenburg to install a containment area in their office not to exceed $825.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

E-911

Erin Huber, Director of E-911, appeared before the Commissioner to introduce a new employee.

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

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

ATTEST: _________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, Auditor