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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 September 15, 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 Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on September 2, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve payroll for September 22, 2003, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

LAKEVIEW HOME

An application for admittance into Lakeview Home was submitted to the Commissioners. The application is for Carolyn J. Wanack and she will be on the ARCH program.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the application for admittance from Carolyn J. Wanack to Lakeview Home contingent on receiving the physicians report, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE AGREEMENT

Donya Tirpak, Secretary for the Commissioners, submitted an Authorized User Service Agreement for Qwest Long Distance Services. Our long-distance carrier is currently Qwest and this is a service agreement that we sign every two years. We may cancel service with 60 days written notice.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to renew the Authorized User Service Agreement for Qwest Long Distance Services for a period of 24 months, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN

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

Rezoning Petition # 830

Carl E. & Lou Ann Hites are requesting to rezone lot number 29 in John C. Karr’s Addition from an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located in the Town of Buffalo at 311 S. State Road 39.

 

The Area Plan Commission heard this petition in a public hearing on September 8, 2003. There was one neighbor against the request.

 

The Area Plan Commission voted not to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 2 Yes and 7 No. Diann Weaver said that the Area Plan denied the request because of parking issues and also a B-2 rezoning gives the opportunity of other types of businesses to be placed on the property if it is ever sold.

 

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the Rezoning Request # 830 (Ordinance No. 454-03) from a R-2 to a B-2. A seconded motion was not made.

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak to this request. Lou Ann Hites appeared before the Commissioners saying that she has no intentions of making a restaurant type seating and that the business will be strictly pick-up only. They might have one table as a waiting area and she does have the four parking spaces available to be in compliance. The parking will be available on Carr Street and not on Hwy 39.

 

Commissioner Schmierer said that he is not against a business being opened in the Buffalo area but he is concerned about the property being rezoned to a B-2 because the next owner of the property could come in and tear down the home and build another type of business.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if they could attach a commitment letter saying that the B-2 rezoning was strictly for this business and if the property every was sold than the rezoning would be rescind to an R-2.

 

Diann Weaver said that the rezoning amendment and a commitment letter are recorded in the Recorder’s office.

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to table Rezoning Petition #830 (Ordinance No. 454-03) and ask that it be sent back to the Area Plan Commission for a commitment letter which restricts the use of that property to have a carry-out pizza business if it is rezoned a B-2, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Ferguson)

 

Rezoning Petition # 831

James R. & Michelle E. Krintz are requesting to rezone .653 of an acre from an A-1 (Agricultural) to B-2 (General Business). The property is located South of Brookston at 95 W. 1250 S. The Area Plan Commission heard this request in a public meeting on September 8, 2003.

The Area Plan Commission recommended this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 9 Yes and 0 No.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this petition. No response.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #831 (Ordinance No. 455-03) from an A-1 to a B-2 for property located South of Brookston at 95 W. 1250 S for James R. & Michelle E. Krintz, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Official Schedule of Uses

Diann Weaver provided the “Official Schedule of Uses” to the Commissioners to be amended. The property uses in red are the ones that were not listed on the previous schedule.

The Area Plan Commission did approve the schedule by a vote of 9 Yes and 1 No.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the amended “Official Schedule of Uses”, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

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

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, CEO of Hospital, appeared before the Commissioners presenting the Financial Analysis Report for the month of August, 2003. He said they set an all time record for revenue for a three month period. They purchased$500,000.00 worth of capital purchases this year and are still showing a profit. Things are going fine financially.

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were seventy-nine permits issued last month; seven of these were for new homes which brings new housing starts to sixty-five for the year.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said she has not received a estimate for the roof. Commissioner Schmierer thought that Dave Anderson was to take care of this and told her to contact him.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his report of complaints and violations for the month. He said the new cell at Liberty Landfill should be ready to fill by the end of this week.

E-911

Commissioner Heimlich introduced Terri Conwell as the new E-911 Director.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Cinda Kelley, Director, presented a monthly update for the Industrial Foundation. Vanguard should be starting their hiring process very soon.

Mrs. Kelley would like the County’s approval to work on obtaining a $500,000.00 Community Economic Development Training Grant from the Indiana Department of Commerce for training White County residents. This could be used to assist Vanguard in training their new workers. A local match is not required.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to direct Mrs. Kelley to apply for the Community Economic Development Grant for up to $500,000.00 to assist for training, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

MONTICELLO FIRE DEPARTMENT – AMBULANCE SERVICE

Monticello Fire Department Chief Dewitt Robinson presented a contract for emergency ambulance service for 2004 through 2006.

Councilman Anderson asked why they did not come before the Council at budget time to discuss the increase of funds needed. The budget for the year 2004 has already been set.

Commissioner Schmierer said that at the last strategic plan meeting he thought it was said that there would be another meeting to discuss the ambulance situation before a contract was signed. He suggested the Commissioners take this contract under advisement.

Commissioner Heimlich suggested having a meeting with all interested parties before the contract is acted upon. White County Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell will set the meeting date.

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