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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 July 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 and White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool. White County Attorney George Loy was absent.

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


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes for the July 7, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll as presented, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Larry Lear, Quality Plumbing & Heating, appeared before the Commissioners giving a report on the air conditioners at the Annex Building. Mr. Lear made the recommendation that they allow repairs to be done to the air conditioners because he felt they have another 3-5 years left.

Mr. Lear also asked the Commissioners to consider having him come into the Courthouse and “clean up” the control system so other people beside himself can tell exactly where things will go. The cost would be $15,000 to $20,000. The Commissioners said that they would discuss these issues and get back with him at a later time.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed a petition to vacate a roadway that was presented and tabled at the Commissioners meeting on July 7, 2003. The roadway is part of a 15.00-foot roadway as platted in Edgewater Addition to Camp Reuben in Liberty Township. The petitioners are Herman and Margot J. Gouwens. Commissioner Heimlich said that the White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke had talked with Mr. John Million, Attorney representing the Gouwens, and Mr. Brooke was unable to locate the roadway. Mr. Gouwens was present at the meeting and gave Mr. Brooke specific directions to the roadway.

White County Councilman Art Anderson voiced concerns about the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District needing easement to the property being vacated. Mr. Anderson recommended that in the petition a clause be added saying that the TLRSD has easement.

The Commissioners tabled the vacation request until the next commissioners meeting on August 4, 2003. This will give Mr. Brooke and opportunity to look over the property and also the White County Attorney to meet with Attorney John Million discussing a clause granting easement to the TLRSD.


Cindy Hall, Assistant in Area Plan, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the following:

Rezoning Petition #819

Robert D. Pavy is requesting to rezone 6.06 acres from a R-4 (Mobile Home Park) to an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential). The property is located North of County Road 225 North directly North of 3148 N. 400 E. This petition was heard 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, contingent on approval of the Special Exception.

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

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #819 (Ordinance No. 443-01) rezoning 6.06 acres located North of CR 225 North directly North of 3148 N. 400 E. from a R-4 to R-2 for Robert D. Pavy, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #827

White Rock Family Partnership is requesting to rezone 4.7366 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to B-2 (General Business). The property is located North of Monticello, just North of 1922 N. West Shafer Drive. This petition was heard in a public hearing July 14, 2003. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 6 Yes and 0 No with a $100.00 fine imposed and a written apology to appear in the Herald Journal for allowing Hubbard Chevrolet to conduct car sales on the property without being properly zoned.

Commissioner Ferguson said that he did not have a problem approving the rezoning request but felt that the $100.00 fines imposed and a written apology to appear in the Herald Journal was ridiculous.

Commissioner Heimlich expressed two areas of concern about the request:

  1. Is the fine a part of the recommendation?

  2. Should the Commissioners grant the rezoning because the County will need access to the right-of-way for the future widening of 6th Street.

Commissioner Heimlich recommended tabling the request until the next meeting on August 4, 2003. This will give the Commissioners a chance to talk with the White County Attorney George Loy.


White County Resident Phil Hunt appeared before the Commissioners complaining about the near misses on crossroad intersection at CR 900 E & 800 N. Mr. Hunt asked the Commissioners what could be done to have people slow down. Mr. Hunt recommended the county installing a speed bump.

After a short discussion the Commissioners recommended to the County Highway Superintendent installing additional signage.

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


Environmental Officer John Raines presented his report of complaints and violations for the month of June 2003.


Cinda Kelley, Director, presented her monthly report. She is currently working with REMC on a REDLG grant application for $200,000.00 for the I-65 Corridor project.

She reported that the Rockland Company in Monon is making flooring for several trailer-manufacturing companies and has fifty employees so far.

Mrs. Kelley also reported that she has had several companies look at the AO Smith property in Monticello but have had complaints that the ceiling height is too low.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She invited the Council and Commissioners to an ice cream social being held at Lakeview Home for the Council On Aging group on July 30th. She also reported that Deno Roofing has given her a quote of $2,673.00 to put a new rubber roof on the front porch.


Paul Cardwell, CEO of Hospital, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of June 2003.

The hospital is still searching for a surgeon and they have hosted several surgeons for the position. There is a backlog of scopes so Dr. Garret Smith has been giving them an additional day to do the scopes.

On August 5th at 6:30 p.m. there will be a strategic planning meeting discussing plans for the next two years and everyone is invited to attend.

Councilman Anderson asked if the hospital was still an urgent care facility. Mr. Cardwell said that it had not been an urgent care facility since the year 2001 and they are not thinking about starting it up again.



Commissioner Heimlich said that Marla Maffett has asked permission to have two highway employees work the tire collection. White County Hwy Superintendent Steve Brooke said that he would pay for the time worked. Commissioners granted permission.

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, White County Auditor