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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 May 5, 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 Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting on April 21, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for May 5, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the claims as advertised with the exception of the claims payable to CTE Engineering in the amount of $995.00 and the claim for Lynn Fraser in the amount of $3,100.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

CTE Engineering needs to resubmit a new invoice stating which ditch the invoice covers. White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson needs to check the new roof at the Solid Waste office before the check for Lynn Fraser will be released.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller appeared before the Commissioners discussing the new private pay rate for Lakeview Home residents.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the freeze on the ARCH program is supposed to be lifted effective July 1, 2003. The new per diem rate for ARCH residents is anticipated to be $27.00 per day. In order for Lakeview Home to receive the appropriate full per diem rate reimbursement from the state, our private pay rate must be documented at a higher amount than the ARCH per diem rate.

After a short discussion the Commissioners set a daily rate of $28.00 per day and a monthly rate of $850.00.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that the rate to the Lakeview Home be raised to $850.00/per month or $28.00 per day effective June 5, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


T.M. Wells, Owner, appeared before the Commissioners detailing the services that his company offers. He will provide a thorough written report listing all furnishings, machinery and equipment on the basis of room, area, building and site locations. The report will include replacement cost and other estimates of value for each item.

The company also offers bar code tagging of inventorying the fixed assets. If the county is interested in the services Mr. Wells will prepare a cost estimate free of charge.

The Commissioners told Mr. Wells that the county does have a person responsible for inventorying all fixed assets and are not interested at this time.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed possible sources of income for the 6th Street project and also the money the Council has committed for the Wolcott corridor. Commissioner Heimlich said that discussion has been made to take money out of the Solid Waste Reserve Fund, which has around $3 million currently in the fund. In order for money to be taken out of the reserve fund an amendment must be made to the ordinance. Commissioner Heimlich discussed putting a cap on the amount of money in the fund so where part of the money could be available to meet extraordinary expenses.

Councilwoman Lowring asked if the amendment is going to be one standing amendment or will an amendment have to be done each time.

Commissioner Heimlich recommends that one permanent amendment be made but being very careful exactly how the wording will be written.

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool will check to see if money can be used out of the Cum Property Building Maintenance fund, which currently has $575,000.00.

The Commissioners decided to put this topic on the Agenda for the next meeting, which will be joint with the Council.

CR 350 S

Chuck Altman, Chalmers resident and former County Commissioner, appeared before the Commissioners presenting a letter and a signed petition from residents requesting to have CR 350 S, between 300 W and 450 W, improved by adding a good stone base and blacktopped. The improvement would make a continuous blacktopped road from State Highway 43 to 231.

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said that it would cost the county about $17,000.00 to black top the 1 ½ mile request.

Martin Dempster, Chalmers resident, said his only concern would be the drainage. The tile that is in place right now is working just fine.

Kenneth Rogers, 3786 W. 250 S., said that it would be very handy for him to have the road paved because it will keep a lot of traffic off of 250 S, which is near his home. He also showed concerned about the drainage tile.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed with the public an ongoing problem that the White County Highway Dept. has with funding. He explained that when funding does come available the Highway Department would go through their list to improve the roads and attend to the ones that are top priority. Commissioner Heimlich thanked everyone for gathering the information needed that was presented to the Commissioners.

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: ______________________________________

White County Auditor, Mary Jo Pool