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APPOINTMENT TO THE TWIN LAKES REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT

The White County Commissioners met in joint session with the township trustees from Liberty, Union and Monon on December 1, 2003, at the White County Building, 2nd floor Commissioners Chambers at 8:00 a.m. to make appointments to the Twin Lakes Regions Sewer Board.

Arthur Anderson and Karl “Bud” Allen currently hold the two seats up for appointment. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Allen have agreed to be reappointed to the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board for another four-year term.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to reappoint Karl “Bud” Allen and Arthur Anderson to the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Board for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2004 and expiring December 31, 2007, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

There being no further discussion to come before this committee, meeting was adjourned.

BE IT REMEMBERED, that a regular meeting of the White County Commissioners was held at the White County Courthouse at 8:00 a.m. on December 1, 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.

MINUTES

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on November 17, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to approve payroll as presented for December 1, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

LAKEVIEW HOME

An application for admittance was submitted to the Commissioners. The application was from Gary A. Cox, Monticello. He will be on the Arch program.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the application from Gary A. Cox for admittance into Lakeview Home pending the approval of a doctor’s report, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Commissioner Heimlich asked if a Resolution needs to be written for the new Economic Development Director position effective January 1, 2004. The employee will be paid out of the Commissioners’ budget and will be eligible for county benefits.

Attorney George Loy said that a Resolution does not need to be done; making a motion at an open meeting is sufficient.

 

COUNTY HIGHWAY BIDS

White County Attorney George Loy opened the following bids submitted for the White County Highway Department 2004.

ITEM 1. GASOLINE

  1. Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN

  2. City Fuel & Heating, Monticello, IN

ITEM 2. DIESEL FUEL #1, #2 & PREMIUM

  1. City Fuel & Heating, Monticello, IN

  2. Good Oil Co., Inc., Winamac, IN

  3. Petroleum Traders Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN

ITEM 3. TIRES & TUBES

  1. McCord Auto Supply, Inc., Monticello, IN

ITEM 4. CRUSHED LIMESTONE

  1. Vulcan Materials, West Lafayette, IN

  2. US Aggregates, Inc., Delphi, IN

  3. Material Service Corp., Monon, IN

ITEM 5. ROAD GRAVEL, CEMENT GRAVEL & ICE SAND

  1. Segal’s Delta Trucking, Inc., Reynolds, IN

  2. Vulcan Materials Company, West Lafayette, IN

ITEM 6. BITUMINOUS COATED PAVING MATERIALS

  1. Koch Materials Company, Warsaw, IN

  2. Asphalt Materials, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

ITEM 7. COLD MIX PATCHING MATERIAL

  1. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN

  2. Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN

ITEM 8. BITUMINOUS COATED PAVING MATERIAL

  1. Milestone Contractors, Lafayette, IN

  2. Reith-Riley Construction, Lafayette, IN

  3. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN

ITEM 9. RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT

  1. Segal’s Delta Trucking, Reynolds, IN

  2. Jack Isom Construction Co., Reynolds, IN

  3. Rieth-Riley Construction, Lafayette, IN

DUMP TRUCKS (2)

  1. Ruxer Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., Jasper, IN

  2. Circle CityGMC, Indianapolis, IN

TRACTORS

  1. Holt Equipment Co., Lafayette, IN

  2. Howard & Sons, Monticello, IN

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the Commissioners would take the bids under advisement and award them at the next meeting on December 15, 2003.

COUNTY FARM

White County Attorney George Loy opened the sealed bids submitted for the rental of the 78.6 acres at the County Farm. The rental lease agreement will be for two years (2004 & 2005). Bids were received from the following:

Michael Schroder $10,600.00/per year

Kevin & Kyle O’Farrell $10,316.25/per year

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the highest bid of $10,600.00/per year from Michael Schroeder for the leasing of 78.6 acres at the County Farm effective January 1, 2004 and expiring December 31, 2005, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY FOOD PANTRY

Dr. Hanni appeared before the Commissioners presenting an Operating Budget for the White County Food Pantry. Financials were provided for years 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Dr. Hanni requested from the Commissioners their approval to apply for a Community Focus Grant with the Department of Commerce. The grant amount will not exceed $175,000.00. The grant will assist the White County Food Pantry to purchase a new building on 1856 Frances Street, Monticello, as well as, renovate the building to accommodate the food pantry.

A local match of $17,000.00 is required for the grant. Currently, the food pantry has $14,000.00 in checks from donations and about $6,000.00 in commitments. After the food pantry is settled into the building, they will continue to receive $800.00 a month in donations from committed organizations for operating expenses.

Commissioner Schmierer asked Connie Neininger, White County Community Foundation, what responsibility the county will have if the food pantry can’t afford their finances for the new building. Mrs. Neininger explained that according to the grant, the building must be used for the first five years for low-income purposes serving low-income needs. If the county cannot find another organization to fill the building within the five-year period, then the county is responsible for paying back the grant funds.

Mrs. Neininger also said that the county would own the building for the first five years after that the title will be turned over to the food pantry.

  • Commissioner Ferguson made a motion that White County on behalf of the White County Food Pantry apply for a Community Focus Grant with the Department of Commerce, not to exceed $175,000.00, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

GREG JACOBS

Greg Jacobs, White County Resident, appeared before the Commissioners discussing silt problems that we have in our community. Mr. Jacobs particular focused on the Snow Ditch area. He understands that the farm ground owner is a major contributor of the silt problem but questioned if the money in the Innkeepers tax could be used to clean up the areas.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the money collected for the Innkeepers tax is to be used for the maintenance of the silt traps. Money that is received from grants is used to build the traps.

Mr. Jacobs would like to see the County Commissioners, as the Executive Body of our County, become more involved in the direction of the silt remediation. He feels that the SFLECC has done a great job addressing the silt problems, considering what they have to work with, but it is not enough. Mr. Jacobs said that a substantial amount of money is being spent on a problem that will always continue; and White County can’t expect to receive grant funds forever.

Mr. Jacobs suggested the Commissioners having a silt assessment. An assessment to the landowners and the utility companies.

INSURANCE BIDS

The White County Commissioners accepted bids that were submitted for the county’s workman’s comp. and liability insurance from the following:

Heiny Insurance Agency, Inc., Monticello, IN

Commissioners’ Secretary did send out notices requesting bids for the county insurance to all surrounding insurance agencies and also an insurance company in Indianapolis.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to take the quotes under advisement and award them at the next Commissioners meeting on December 15, 2003, seconded by Commissioner Ferguson. Vote: Unanimous

There being no further business to come before the board, meeting was adjourned.

_____________________________ _______________________________ _____________________________

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

ATTEST: _______________________________

Mary Jo Pool, White County Auditor