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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 November 3, 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 White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool, White County Attorney George Loy, and Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.


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


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve payroll as presented for November 3, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve the claims as advertised, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


White County Surveyor Denny Sterrett appeared before the Commissioners presenting a proposal from Plexis Group for watershed mapping. Surveyor Sterrett explained that currently they do the watershed by receiving a report from the Auditor’s office and then transferring that information into their computer system. This is very time consuming.

Dina Sabri, GIS Manager from Plexis Group, said that by using an export of the Auditor’s existing tax database, Plexis Group will create an approximate boundary of the parcels within specific watersheds. Plexis Group will perform manual adjustments to the boundaries to define the precise boundary for each watershed. The final digital watershed mapping shall be overlaid onto the existing digital parcel maps. This will create a preliminary drainage assessment role. The drainage assessment role will contain the parcel identification number, acreage benefited, and total measured acreage. Owner name and address will also be added. In the future the County will also have the ability to publish this data onto the County’s GIS website.

Plexis Group will maintain the watershed boundaries for the County on an hourly basis.

Plexis Group’s estimated fee for this project is $28,810. Dina Sabri provided a list of other counties (Henry, Hendricks, Jay, Grant, Madison) that they are currently working with on the same project.

The Commissioners decided to schedule this on the next meeting giving them a chance to discuss with the Council.


Dane Banes, White County Environmental Health Specialists, appeared before the Commissioners asking for approval to amend the Sanitary Ordinance increasing the sewage inspection fees.

Mr. Banes reported that the Sewage Inspection fees have not been raised since 1994. Other surrounding counties are charging $50.00 or more. Mr. Banes would like to raise White County’s fee from $30.00 to $50.00. With every new septic system installation, Mr. Banes makes three site inspections, review plans submitted by the contractor, and also completes the permit. When complaints are made and Mr. Banes has to make an inspection, fees are not charged.

Commissioner Schmierer asked Mr. Banes if he was inspecting all of the septic installations done by the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District. Mr. Banes said that the TLRSD do have their own inspectors. When a septic system done by the TLRSD should go down, he is responsible to make the inspection.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the White County Attorney if this must be advertised. Attorney George Loy said that it is not required.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to Amend the White County Sanitary Ordinance to raise the

Sewage Inspection fees from $30.00 to $50.00, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Linda Russow, White County Food Protection Specialists, appeared before the Commissioners discussing the Retail Food Establishment Ordinance. Miss Russow submitted a Model Food Ordinance created by the Indiana Environmental Health Association Food Protection Committee. Miss Russow would like the Commissioners to adopt this food ordinance to replace the Retail Food Establishment Ordinance No. Com-3-1990.

The Commissioners will take the Model Food Ordinance under advisement and provide a copy to the County Attorney for his review.

Miss Russow also submitted an amendment to the Retail Food Establishment Ordinance increasing the yearly and seasonal food permit fees. The current fees have not been increased since 1995. Miss Russow did check with other surrounding counties and they are charging $25.00 to $60.00. Miss Russow proposed to change the following:

Current New

Fee Fee__

Yearly Food Service Permits $30.00 $50.00

Yearly Food Market Permits $30.00 $50.00

Seasonal Food Permits $30.00 $50.00

Temporary Food Permits $ 5.00 $10.00

(Per day for a period of two weeks not-to-exceed) $15.00 $50.00

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that the White County Retail Food Establishment Ordinance No.

Com-3-1990 be amended to raise the Yearly Food Service Permit, Food Market Permit, and Seasonal Food Permit fees to $50.00 and the Temporary Food Permit fee to $10.00 with a not-to-exceed $50.00, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous


Some time ago, Commissioner Heimlich talked with Cinda Kelley, Director, about leaving the copier owned by the Industrial Foundation in the basement to be used by the Clerk’s office. Often the Clerk’s employees will go down to the basement looking up information in old records and a copier is needed. Since the Industrial Foundation has moved to the 2nd floor the department is now sharing a copier with the Commissioners’ office. Cinda Kelley has received the maintenance agreement for 2004 for the copier and is asking the county to take over the cost with the copier. The cost is $17.00/month.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that the County take over the Maintenance Agreement for the

maintenance of the copier located in the basement for $17.00/per month, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

There being no other business to become before the Board, meeting adjourned.

_____________________________ ______________________________ _______________________________

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

ATTEST: ______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor