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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 19, 2010, at the White County Building, Commissioners conference room, 2nd floor, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Commissioner Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, County Attorney George Loy, and the Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on July 6, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay the payroll as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented except for the claim for the City of Monticello, for $9,925.00 paid out of the 6th Street Grant for land acquisition. Vote: Unanimous

PATRIOTIC BOAT PARADE

Joe Crivello, Coordinator, started off by thanking the Commissioners for allowing his team to hang the “Wall of Gratitude” in the lobby of the Courthouse for citizens to sign.

Mr. Crivello summarized and displayed all of the support that he has received from over 200 people in the community that put in their efforts to make this day a success. One of the things that was done this year for the 120 Vietnam Veterans that attended was Mayor Thompson presenting a proclamation and a photo taken with him and presented to every veteran. Each veteran also received commemorative letters written by Senator John McCain and Governor Mitch Daniels.

Mr. Crivello praised the amount of exposure that they received from the Monticello Herald Journal, Lafayette Journal & Courier and The Carroll County Comet for the event. The event turned out to be a great success with 65 boats participating in the boat parade behind the Madam Carroll, 350 people on the deck at the Sportsman Inn to watch the boat parade, a 21 gun salute, a D17 fly over, and up to 1,000 people that showed up at the Monticello City Park for a family day event.

Mr. Crivello approached the Commissioners and asked if they had any ideas on how they could expand the event. He asked if there were any other organizations that would like to get involved and maybe do some corn on the cob or something. He expressed that they want to keep the cost down, making the product free, if possible, for the families. They don’t want this to be a fundraiser for anyone.

Mr. Crivello said that they are going to do the event again next year on July 2nd and they will be looking forward to having the county’s support.

The Commissioners praised Mr. Crivello and commended him for the leadership role that he has taken on for this event.

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, presented the following:

Rezoning Petition #984

Brian LeeRoy Mullendore is requesting to rezone .2 of an acre from an L-1 (Lake District) to a B-2 (General Business District) for the purpose to operate a bait shop. The property is located at 6510 N. East Shafer Drive, Monticello.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on this request on June 14, 2010, where they could not make a decision so they tabled the request. At their next meeting held on July 12, 2010, the APC voted to recommend this rezoning request with conditions to the Commissioners with a vote of 7 yes and 1 no.

Mr. Rogers said that citizens did contact his office with several concerns on safety, use of the property, and easement access, on the proposed rezoning. The APC board applied restrictions on the request to address the concerns.

The restrictions that were applied to the rezoning request are the following:

1. Rezone is to apply only to the parcel with the garage. Owner is required to execute the steps necessary to allow for such application.

2. Owner must restrict the hours of operation to between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

3. Property reverts back to L-1 zoning district should either event below occur:

a) Current owner sells property.

b) Intended us is discontinued for any 12 month period or more.

4. Property use is to be for a bait shop and products sold are limited to bait and tackle items only.

5. Property owner must take steps necessary to insure access lane to easement is open at all times.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present that would like to speak about the rezoning request.

Jeff Williams, 5711 East Kelley Court, opposed the rezoning because of the “quality of life” that they currently have there now. He has lived there for over 30 years and he felt that this isn’t the right place to put a bait shop when you have children swimming in the bayou. Mr. Williams also expressed concern with the boaters coming in at 7:00 a.m. and the traffic coming in on the narrow road. Mr. Williams did present a petition from neighbors opposing the rezoning.

Burton Street, 6574 N. East Shafer Drive, also opposing the zoning request expressed how dangerous the curve is on N. East Shafer Drive. He also said that the bay is extremely narrow and it’s only big enough for the people that own boats in the area. Having children swim in the bay, as they usually do, would be dangerous if additional boats were being brought in because of the bait shop. He asked the Commissioners to deny the request.

Ray Stuck, 6580 N. East Shafer Drive, and Joyce VanWeelden, 5620 E. Pleasant View Drive, appeared opposing the rezoning. They also voiced their concerns about the additional traffic and dangers that could occur on N. East Shafer Drive. They both were not in favor of having a business in their residential neighborhood.

Brian Mullendore, Applicant, said that he wasn’t concerned about customers coming in from the lake area and if the Commissioners wanted to add this to the restrictions, he was fine with that. He agreed that N. East Shafer Drive is a dangerous road. He also mentioned that the bait shop will take about four years to get it up and running and he is hoping to move to another area by then.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the easement issues and asked where the parking was going to take place. Director Rogers said that the APC board did recommend to Mr. Mullendore to get with the neighbors and work out the easement issues so it can be arranged accordingly. Mr. Mullendore said that his plan was to use the big parking lot for the parking. He did not understand why customers couldn’t use the driveway on the South side of the garage.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to table Rezoning Petition #984 until the next meeting held on August 2, 2010, at 8:30 a.m., seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE

Director Rogers presented an amendment to the zoning ordinance. This amendment was properly advertised by the APC and heard in a public hearing on July 12, 2010. The APC recommended this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

 

AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF WHITE COUNTY STATE OF INDIANA

ORDINANCE NO. 10-07-19-01

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on July 12, 2010, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 2nd of July, 2010 as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4 603 before acting on this ordinance;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage. Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:

AMENDING CHAPTER 12: Administration

Subsection 12.8.8 Possible Action by the Area Plan Commission

Subsection 12.8.8 C. No recommendation

C. No recommendation

The application may be forwarded with no recommendation if so decided, b a quorum vote of the Commission.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 10-07-19-01 amending Chapter 12 in the White County Zoning Ordinance as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE – CHAPTER 3

Director Rogers presented the following amendment to the zoning ordinance. This amendment was presented to the APC on July 12, 2010. The APC voted to recommend the amendment to the County Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Ordinance # 10-07-19-02 amending Chapter 3 in the Zoning Ordinance as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF WHITE COUNTY STATE OF INDIANA

ORDINANCE NO. 10-07-19-02

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4 602© and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on July 12, 2010, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 2nd day of July, 2010, as require by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage. Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

AMENDING CHAPTER 3: Specific Use Requirements and Performance Standards

Subsection 3.10 Extractive Manufacturing

3.10.1 EXTRACTIVE MANUFACTURING

All potential Extractive Manufacturing operations require development plan approval by the Area Plan Commission and the appropriate legislative body prior to the commencement of site activities. Each Development Plan shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

A. A Drainage Plan Letter of Approval from the White County Drainage Board,

B. Setback distances from property lines for mining and crushing activities,

C. Egress-Ingress location(s) and dimensional specifications,

D. Landscape plan,

E. Blasting parameters and schedule limitations,

F. Dust suppression plans,

G. Reclamation plan,

H. Berms/Fencing and other relevant perimeter safeguards,

I. Commitments & conditions offered,

J. Contingency plan for potential hazards,

K. Plan of protection of surrounding and adjacent properties,

L. Road use agreement, traffic plan & maintenance and repair bond,

M. Contact information for operating parties (notification of any changes required within five (5)

working days of the effective change date),

N. Contact information for main office (if off-site), and

O. Any other reasonable requirements requested by the Area Plan Commission or staff.

At this time, White County Councilman Denny Carter called the Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present were:

Raymond “Butch” Kramer Bruce Clear Kevin “Casey” Crabb

Gary Hendryx Denny Carter Denny Cain

Councilman Richard “Buzz” Horton was absent.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Violation & Complaint report for June 2010.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, said that forty permits were issued last month; three of them were for new houses. Manufacturing homes continue to decline.

E-911

E-911 Director, Terri Conwell, said that the new CAD is installed and working. They have been using it since the July 4th weekend and the dispatchers really like the new system.

Terri reported that one full-time dispatcher has left her position and she is now working part-time. Terri currently doesn’t have anyone trained to fill the position, but she is in the process. When this person is trained to go full-time, Terri asked if she has to come before the Council for approval. Councilman Kramer confirmed that she does.

Terri pointed out that this is their busiest time of the year and they are short staffed There are a lot of employees working overtime because they are short staffed and everyone is wanting to go on vacation as well.

COUNCIL ON AGING

Director Gale Spry presented the second quarter statistics for Council on Aging. They will be receiving a payment of $30,188 from the State to reimburse them for their second quarter expenses. Three new vans have arrived and are paid for with stimulus money. There are some electrical and air condition issues that they are having so she will not be selling any vans until these are up and running. She plans on selling two that do have high mileage and a lot of wear and tear.

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION

Representatives from the Soil & Water Conservation office appeared before the Commissioners and Council presenting their annual report and also asked for the county to continue their financial support.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented her Director’s Report for June’s activity.

Connie presented a spreadsheet showing several leads coming in through the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Connie discussed the Economic Development Board, or she, still continues to go to different Town Council and Town Board meetings in White County to keep all communication open. Most recently they just went to the Burnettsville Town Council, Monticello City Council & EDC meeting, Wolcott Redevelopment Commission and the County Commissioners/Council meetings.

Clinton, Fountain, Tipton, Warren and Wells County called in June and are asking for a wind presentation to get an idea on our wind development process. An intern, which is a White County resident, has been hired through Ivy Tech to give the wind farm tours. Connie said that she has found out that Benton County is now charging for their wind tours and we might consider going to that.

Connie said that their first “How to start your own business” workshop was a success. They were very happy with having 20 participants for the two session course. The next workshop that they plan on having will focus on QuickBooks and how to manage your finances in a business.

The EDA grant for the Wolcott Corridor was completed a couple weeks ago and they are not expecting to hear anything for a couple weeks now.

The White County Economic Development Strategy received five submissions on the request for proposals. After someone is chosen, she said that they will be asking for “letters of need” instead of letters of support.

Business and Industry Breakfast will be held on August 27th and the topic is going to be “Change Management”.

HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for June 2010.

The hospital had a very strong month with gross revenue at $4.4 million, total operating expenses at $2.3 million, the operating gain being $186,500, and the year-to-date gain at $286,500. After additional non-operating income, they had a net gain of the month of $196,400; and the actual year-to-date gain $477,300.

On the balance sheet, Mrs. Long pointed out that they wrote off the old hospital which was $3.9 million assets on their books. Their total cash position is now $6.2 million.

Mrs. Long said that the appraisal on the old hospital should be done this week along with the revised legal description.

APEX BENEFITS GROUP

Amy Carpenter, Employee Benefits Consultant, gave a brief review on how the wellness exams went for the employees. She also discussed the premiums verses the claims for the last twelve months. One thing that she discussed was that the claims on the employees are not improving. Compared to last year, they have really gone up. Because of this, the county could see a premium increase up to 25% to 30%.

Mrs. Carpenter said that she should have the renewal by the end of August and she will contact Commissioner Heimlich to let him know what the starting point will be for the county. After that, they will start the marketing process and she is hoping that we won’t have to change the plan design.

Toni Stinson, Employee Benefits Consultant, discussed incentive programs that the county could do to keep the employees educated and motivated to take care of themselves. She recommended the county to appoint a wellness committee consisting of five individuals who would help coordinate wellness programs. Starting off, she recommended the county start with programs such as: fitting fitness into your busy day, food in the fast lane, and smoking cessation.

Mrs. Carpenter made the recommendation to make a budge of $1,000 just to give the wellness committee something to work with.

There being no further business to come before the Council, they adjourned to their own meeting room.

There being no further business, the Commissioners adjourned their meeting.

__________________________ _______________________ _________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President Ronald Schmierer, Member

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor