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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 April 21, 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.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting on April 7, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for April 21, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY RECYCLING

The Commissioners announced to the public that a letter of resignation has been received from the White County Recycling Director Bill Smith. Mr. Smith stated in the letter that he is retiring effective May 31, 2003.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the resignation of Bill Smith from the White County Recycling Center effective May 31, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

A proposal from Main Street Computer was submitted from Gordy Cochran, White County Emergency Management, for a new desk and chairs.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to table the request from Emergency Management for new office furniture until construction work is completed and an evaluation will be done on what office furniture is needed for the Annex Building, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

RESTROOMS – 1ST FLOOR

Proposals were reviewed for remodeling the woman’s bathroom on the first floor of the Courthouse. The two proposals received were submitted by Scheurich Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Inc., in the amount of $3,200.00 and from J. Miller Mechanical, Inc., in the amount of $4,632.00.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the quote from Scheurich Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Inc., for $3,200.00 to renovate the woman’s restroom on the 1st floor, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson.

Vote: Unanimous

CDC PROJECT

Commissioner Heimlich explained that on February 18, 2003, the bids that were submitted and accepted for the CDC project were all over budget. Therefore, CDC went back to the Indiana Department of Commerce and requested the maximum amount of the grant, an additional $100,000.00.

Valorie Hunter, KIRPC, sent a request to the Commissioners recommending the Commissioners to accept Construction Planning Management bid, contingent upon receiving “Release of Funds” from the Indiana Department of Commerce, totalling $740,600.00.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the bid for the CDC Project from Construction Planning Management, Inc., with the base bid and alternates totalling $740,600.00. Vote: Unanimous

CHALMERS ROAD

Mr. and Mrs. Teel, East of Chalmers Road, appeared before the Commissioners requesting a speed limit sign or a sign that says “Children Playing” to be placed on the East side of Chalmers Road. There is a 45mph speed limit sign on the west side.

The Commissioners asked the White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke to take care of the request.

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN

Diana Weaver, Director of Area Plan, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the following:

Rezoning Petition #814: Twin Lakes Gymnastics, Inc., are requesting to rezone 2.00 acres located South of Monticello at 1520 S. Airport Road from an A-1 (Agricultural) to B-2 (General Business). The Area Plan Commission heard this petition in a public hearing on April 14, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

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

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 814 (Ordinance No. 440-03) from an A-1 to B-2 for the Twin Lakes Gymnastics, Inc., located at 1520 S. Airport Road, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition # 816: Roger D. & Juanita R. Corson are requesting to rezone 150 feet by 150 feet of their property located at 2508 Airport Road from an A-1 (Agricultural) to B-2 (General Business). The Area Plan Commission heard this petition in a public hearing on April 14, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

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

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 816 (Ordinance No. 441-03) from an A-1 to B-2 for Roger D. & Juanita R. Corson at 2508 Airport Road, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition # 818: Kenneth E. Metcalf requested to rezone 7.349 acres of his property located East of Monticello behind Monticello Animal Hospital at 6105 E. U.S. Highway 24 from an B-2 (General Business) to a R-2 (One and Two Family Residential). The Area Plan Commission heard the petition in a public hearing on April 14, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

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

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #818 (Ordinance No. 442-03) for Kenneth E. Metcalf at 6105 E. U.S. Highway 24 from an B-2 to R-2, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition # 820: Margaret J. Martin requested to rezone Lot 1 in Martin Subdivision located West of Monticello just South of 1438 Hanawalt Road from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) and A-1(Agricultural) to R-2(One and Two Family Residential). The Area Plan Commission heard the petition in a public hearing on April 14, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

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

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #820 (Ordinance No. 444-03) for Margaret J. Martin South of 1438 Hanawalt Road from an R-2 and A-1 to just an R-2, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Amendment to Zoning Ordinance – Table 2: District Regulations

Diann Weaver, Director, presented an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Table 2: District Regulations to the Commissioners changing the height on “Accessory Building” from 15’ to 17’. Also, there were several blank spaces on the table that the have no filled in.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the amendment to the Table 2 – District Regulations in the Comprehensive Zoning Plan, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

At this time, Council President, James Mann, called the Council to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present were: James Mann, Harry Voorhis, Faye Lowring, Richard Horton, Dennis Carter, Art Anderson and Linda Maudlin.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, CEO of White County Memorial Hospital, appeared to present the Financial Analysis Report for the month of March 2003. Mr. Cardwell reported that the hospital has been putting in $50,000.00 a month into the “Rainy Day Fund” for about a year now and they currently have over a million dollars in the account.

He reported that the back walkway is completed leading to the new MRI and he invited everyone to come out for a tour. The month of March came out very strong and the staffing is going very well.

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that permits were issued for 8 new houses in the County. Also, fifty-seven permits were issued for the month.

WHITE COUNTY LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller appeared to present her monthly report. Miss Fuller submitted a letter from the State asking the Commissioners to respond before July 1st what the new private pay rate would be. The new ARCH rate will be $27.00 per day, so the private pay rate must be higher.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

White County Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley reported that Indiana Ribbon has just received the “Governors Past Century Award” and if anyone should run into them to please congratulate them.

Mrs. Kelley is still waiting on a response for the Community Action Grant.

WHITE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines appeared to present his monthly report. Mr. Raines reported that he has had a hard time locating a company that is insured that will remove a mobile trailer. He has found a company, located South of Lafayette, which has provided proof –of-insurance and will remove the mobile this week.

The property located on US 24 the owners did not respond to the Court order that was issued and their 30-day period has expired. Mr. Raines will look for a company to clean up the property.

Mr. Raines also reported that he was contacted by AARP to have a drug pick-up collection for the elderly in White County. They would like to work with Mr. John Raines because of the law enforcement needed with the drugs. AARP will contact 2,000 – 3,000 residents in White County letting them know of the drop off site. The Commissioners approved Mr. John Raines to assist the AARP.

WHITE COUNTY E-911

E-911 Director Erin Huber appeared and reported that the new equipment and software is up and running without any problems.

 

WHITE COUNTY ASSESSOR

White County Assessor Karen Hatter appeared before the Commissioner and Council requesting an additional appropriation for the equalization process that has to be done.

Miss Hatter presented two contracts for the Equalization. The first contract was from Manatron/Sabre in the amount of $27,500.00, and the other from Indiana Assessment Services for $31,200.00. She made the recommendation that they would like to work with Manatron/Sabre.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract with Manatron/Sabre to do the Equalization process for White County in the amount of $27,500.00 contingent to the County Attorney’s approval, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

ATTEST: ___________________________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor