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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on September 20, 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 Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, and the Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES
• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting on September 7, 2010, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

HIGHWAY DEPT.
White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, said that he is in the process of hiring a new janitor for the building.  The part-time person will work 2 hours day, which is 10 hours a week.  Steve said that his Office Manager has expressed an interest to fill the open position, and he asked the Commissioners if this is okay.

Attorney Loy said that this is something that they do not allow because when you add up the hours for both county positions, then you’re paying the person for overtime.

6TH STREET EXPANSION – CHANGE ORDERS
American Structurepoint submitted four change orders for the 6th Street Construction project.
The change orders were for the following:

#1 This order was being created for a cost reduction for the field office.  The same office is
 being used o two separate projects.  Payment for the office is being made under contract
 R-31024.  This item is to cover the expense of extra job trailer equipment used.
 $ -27,266.58

#2   This order is being created because areas of the project needed check dams.  Riprap
 check dams would have been overkill.  It was cheaper to create an item for straw check
 dams.
 $ 253.26

#3 This order is being created because CSX railroad requires soil borings for any bore over
 42.
$ 4,079.37

#4 This order is being created because there originally was thought to be a valve at STA
 127+80 LT.  There was not a valve located in this location so the contractor was forced
 to add an insertion valve.
 $ 11,960.81

• Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the change orders as presented from American Structurepoint for the 6th Street Construction Project, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

INDIANA BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM
White County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, said that K-IRPC is working on a regional project to assess all the brownfield sites (parcels of real estate that are abandoned, inactive, or may not be operated at their appropriate use, and redevelopment is complicated due to actual or potential environmental contamination)

in the region. 

Connie said that there are funds available for us to identify sites in White County that have potential for redevelopment but are hindered because of the environmental issues.   They would like to apply for a large grant to cover several counties to perform an assessment of what sites would have potential redevelopment.  After the

assessment is completed, then we would have to apply for a grant to complete the cleanup.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if this grant pays for all of the assessment phases because he noticed that Phase I was pretty cheap but Phase II of the assessment is where you get into a lot more money.  Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said that Phase II is where you have to come up with a plan to remove the contamination. 

Connie was not for sure what exactly the grant pays for, but understood that it covers the cost to find and assess the site. 

At this time, there is no county match needed for the first grant application.

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that White County be included in K-IRPC’s request for funding from the EPA for Brownfield’s assessment grant, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

COUNTY FARM GROUND
Larry Blazer asked the Commissioners if they were still planning on selling the county farm ground (78.6 acres).    Commissioner Heimlich said that they did talk about it but it has not officially been put on the market.  Mr. Blazer asked if they would consider selling one acre to him to use for storage.

Commissioner Heimlich said that at this time, the Commissioners have too many matters that they are trying to work out and they will discuss it at a later date. 


At this time, White County Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners.  Council members present were:

President Richard “Buzz” Horton  Bruce Clear  Kevin “Casey” Crabb
Gary Hendryx    Denny Carter  Denny Cain

Absent was Raymond “Butch” Kramer.

HOSPITAL REPORT
White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for August 2010.

Stephanie reported that the Hospital had a gross patient revenue of $4.7 million, which was the strongest gross revenue month that they’ve had year-to-date.  For the year, this puts them at $34.5 million for total gross revenue.

Stephanie said that they are holding their own with their expenses.  Looking back at their expenses a year ago, they are $1.7 million below their budget.  Their total cash position is $6.5 million, which is up just slightly from the month before.

The hospital continues to grow in their specialty areas.  Dr. Harb, Oncologist, is now doubling his hours.  The hospital has seen a 32% increase in their chemo patients.

Recently, a National Accreditation Agency came in to do a survey for their ability to deliver Medicare services.  The survey was done on the lab department and the cardiopulmonary department and they did receive an exceptional survey.

BUILDING INSPECTOR
White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that there were forty-nine permits issued last month.  The number of new homes being built is running about the same as last year.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER
White County Environmental Officer, John Raines, presented the Violation & Complaint Report for August 2010.  Mr. Raines reported that Liberty Landfill is almost done with their new cell and it should be ready to take in more (new) trash very $oon!

Mr. Raines also reported that the Transfer Station is now transferring everything by semi trailers.  He was not for sure if the new owners had made any changes with IDEM or Area Plan to be allowed to do this.  He does believe that they are taking their Monticello trash to Liberty Landfill

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Connie Neininger, Director, said that there has been a lot of interest coming in the last couple of weeks for projects coming to White County direct.  Nothing has been confirmed, but she has had a lot of visits and discussions from businesses.  A lot of the interest has been for the Reynolds area.  Connie will keep us posted.

Tyler Cotterman has been working with Ivy Tech this summer as an Intern.  Part of his job is to work with Western Indiana Sustainable Energy Resource doing wind farm tours for the county.  Since he’s been doing this he has had over 900 individuals thru the White County Wind Farms, 677 of them were under the age of 18.  October

plans to be even a busier month with 12 buses of FFA students coming for the tours.

Friday, October 8th at 7:30 a.m. Connie will be holding a networking breakfast at the White County REMC “Touchstone Room”.  Please RSVP by October 1st.

There being no further business to come before the joint council, the Councilman adjourned to their meeting room.

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

 

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

 

 


ATTEST:  _________________________
     Jill Guingrich, Auditor