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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 October 20, 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 October 6, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the payroll for October 20, 2003, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Don Ward, Consulting Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners presenting agreements for the preliminary engineering and construction engineering for Bridge No. 226, carrying CR300 E over Spring Creek at 890 S., and Bridge No. 105, carrying Crusher Road over Little Moon Creek at 075 E. The cost of the preliminary engineering services will be based on 15% of the base bid for construction work. The cost of the construction engineering will be based on 8% of the base bid for construction work.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contracts with Mr. Donald Ward for preliminary engineering and construction engineering for Bridge No. 226 and Bridge No. 105, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Diann Weaver, Director, appeared before the Commissioners presenting Rezoning Petition #833. Rangeline Properties Inc. is requesting to rezone their property from an I-1 (Light Industrial) to an I-2 (General Industrial). The property is located West of Monticello at 3054 E. Division Road. 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 to the request. No response.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #833 (Ordinance No. 456-03) from an I-1 (Light Industrial) to an I-2 (General Industrial) for property located at 3054 E. Division Road for Rangeline Properties, Inc., seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #830 – Carl E. & Lou Ann Hites

Diann Weaver reported that this rezoning request has been tabled by Mrs. Lou Ann Hites.

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, Art Anderson, and Linda Maudlin.


Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that there were 85 permits issued last month; six of these were for new homes.

Mr. Anderson is waiting on a price from a local contractor to have the chimney repaired. One porch roof has been repaired but there are two others that are in very poor condition.


E-911 Director, Terri Conwell, reported that the department is fully staffed.

She has had a meeting with the State Treasure’s Office discussing mapping software for the department (Phase II). From the meeting, Mrs. Conwell did learn that when the department purchases the mapping software, they would be reimbursed by the State.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he attended a meeting with a company that has been billing the E-911 department for training of the C.A.D. (Computer Aided Dispatch) system. To date, employees have not been adequately trained. The C.A.D. system was purchased by Charlie Corbin. Terri said that even though the County has spent close to $30,000 for the system; another $60,000 will be needed to even make the system compatible and running. Terri reported that the department is running fine without the system.


Director Cinda Kelley presented a monthly report. She reported that a prospect was lost for AO Smith because of Inventory Tax issues, but the building has been sold to a local entity. The site will not be used for manufacturing and no new jobs will be created. Landis Plastics has also been sold.

The Department of Commerce CDBG Training Grant funding of $500,000 has been allocated to Vanguard. Cinda will now try to get funding for the 2nd year.

Cinda reported great news of receiving a call from Odyssey Media Group, Florida Public Production TV, with 85 million subscribers. They are conducting a documentary on four areas throughout the nation to highlight “America on the Move”. White County Industrial Foundation has been chosen as a possible positive growth/activity area and wants us to consider being part of their documentary.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said that the Computer give-away-program is growing to the extent that they are running out of room to store the old parts. Marla from the Solid Waste Office has offered to take the old parts to Winamac to be disposed of, but needs the approval of the Commissioners.


Commissioner Heimlich said there had been a meeting of interested parties to discuss the Monticello Fire Department ambulance contract that had been presented at last month’s meeting.

The contract calls for the sum of $280,000 for the year 2004, $400,000 for the year 2005 and $500,000 for the year 2006 to be paid to the City of Monticello.

Commissioner Schmierer suggested the county propose the sum of $250,000 for a one-year contract. The fire department can then come back after the one year with a financial statement to be presented at budget time so the county will be able to make a decision on how much to give the next year.

Commissioner Heimlich said this will be on the agenda for next month’s joint meeting and will be voted on at that time.

Councilman Mann asked the Council members for a show of hand to support the one-year contract for $250,000. The Council gave unanimous support for the proposed contract.


Commissioner Heimlich said that Plexis Group had met with the Surveyor’s office about putting all of the county drains on the G.I.S. The proposal for the estimated fee for the project is $28,810.

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