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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a special meeting on December 29, 2010, at the White County Building, Commissioners’ Conference room, 2nd floor, beginning at 8:15 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 as presented for December 20, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

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

CLAIMS

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

2011 APPOINTMENTS

The following list of 2011 appointments was presented to the Commissioners for their approval.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Board, 1 Year

Kenneth George

Animal Disease Emergency, 1 Year

Dr. Carl Hites

Area Plan Commission, 4 Year

Mike Smolek, Commissioners’ Designee 1st Monday – January 2015

Denny Sterrett, Citizen Member 1st Monday – January 2015

Arrowhead RC&D, 1 Year

Attorney, White County, 1 Year

George Loy

Aviation Board 4 Year

Harry Voorhis 12/31/14

Board of Finance 1 Year

John Heimlich

Board of Zoning Appeals 4 Year

Dave Hall, Citizens Appointee 1st Monday – January 2015

Building Inspector 1 Year

Dave Anderson

Child Protection Team 1 Year

Steve Burton

Community Corrections Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

John Heimlich, Alternate

Steve Burton, Alternate

E-911 Director 1 Year

Terri Conwell

E-911 Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

Economic Development Board 1 Year

John Heimlich, Member

Steve Burton, Member

Economic Development Commission 4 Year

Larry Klink 1/31/2015

Economic Development Director 1 Year

Connie Neininger

Emergency Management Director 1 Year

Rose Brady

Gary D. Mullins – Deputy Director/Admin. Assistant

Emergency Management Advisory Council 4 Years

Tommy Bartlett, Brookston 12/31/14

Environmental Officer 1 Year

John Raines

GIS Data Manager (Computer Coordinator) 1 Year

Eric Storm

Health Board 4 Year

Michelle Nichols 12/31/14

Donald Brooks 12/31/14

Highway Department 1 Year

Steve Brooke, Superintendent

Beth Brown, Office Administrator

BJ Propes, Assistant Superintendent

Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

Maintenance Supervisor 1 Year

Ed Ward

Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer, Member

Steve Burton, Member

John Heimlich, Alternate

Recycling Director 1 Year

Dawn Girard

Redevelopment Commission 1 Year

Connie Stimmel

Gary Hendryx

Graig LeBeau

Larry Klink

Mark Howard

Barry Haskins, Advisor (Tri-County School Board Member)

Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Council 1 Year

Dawn Girard

Veterans Service 1 Year

Tom Carter, Officer

White County Commissioners 1 Year

John Heimlich, President

Steve Burton, Vice President

Ron Schmierer, Member

White County Hospital Association 4 Year

Philip Gutwein 1/17/15

Neil Smith 1/17/15

Commissioner Heimlich said that he would like to add Denny Sterrett as the Citizens appointee and Gregg Bossaer as the Ag Extension Agent appointee on the Area Plan Commission. These are both four year terms that will expire the 1st Monday in January 2015.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the 2011 Appointments as presented along with the additions of Denny Sterrett and Gregg Bossaer to the APC, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

TELEPHONE CONTRACTS

Mike Crabb, Century Link Representative, appeared before the Commissioners to answer any questions about the contracts and quotes that were presented on December 6th.

Mr. Crabb presented a contract that covers four quotes for the telephone lines.

Quote # 10-060751

Dedicated Internet Access Bundle, DIA-1.5 M – Adtran 3430 w/card $599.00/mo

(Internet for Courthouse)

Quote #10-056155

EMBARQ TransLink, 2 Channel Termination 1.544 mbps $440.00/mo

(Connect Annex phones to Courthouse telephone system)

Quote #10-056143

EMBARQ ISDN – PRI

(T1 at the Court House that processes all inbound/outbound calls through the phone system)

1-PRI Business Bundle – ISDN Primary $133.50/mo

1-PRI Business Bundle – PRI Interface 2 Way $188.50/mo

1-PRI Business Bundle – B-Channel-23 $345.00/mo

1-PRI Business Bundle – D-Channel $ 15.00/mo

Quote # 10-056149

EMBARQ TransLink

(Connect Courthouse to Jail)

2-Channel Termination 1.44 mbps $440.00/mo

Mr. Crabb also presented quotes to replace the hardware and software in the telephone system at the Courthouse and Annex. Presently, there are MCK Routers installed at the Courthouse and Annex that provide connectivity for the two locations.  These routers have been manufactured-discontinued, similar to the Nortel MICS phone cabinet at the Court House.  The system upgrade includes replacing the MICS phone cabinet at the Court House with a new BCM 450, while at the same time replacing the MCK Routers with a BCM 50 at the Annex.

The quotes are as follows:

Annex Telephone System Upgrade $ 8,767.74

Annex Partner Assurance $ 333.00

Courthouse Telephone System Upgrade w/Callpilot $22,363.65

Courthouse Misc. $ 2,202.00

Currently, the telephone system for the courthouse and annex are ten years old. This is not something that drastically needs to be done at this time. Mr. Crabb just said that if the system goes down that it will take longer to try to find the necessary parts because they are discontinued.

Mr. Crabb also offered the option to lease the telephone system so the county wouldn’t have to come up with the funds at once. The commissioners were not interested in leasing the equipment.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the quotes for the Courthouse Internet, T1 at the Courthouse, Connection to Jail, and Connection to Annex for the 36-month contract agreement, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PETITION FOR VACATION OF PUBLIC ROADWAY

John Million, Attorney Representing Bill and Terry Bassett, appeared before the Commissioners discussing a petition that was filed and advertised to vacate a public roadway.

The public roadway is located at 7793 E. Dale Court, Buffalo, Liberty Township. Mr. Million said that the public roadway is not being used by the public because there is currently a garage that is sitting in the middle of the road. The property owner does own both properties on each side of the vacated road and the required legal notices were sent to the neighbors. His client has talked with two of the neighbors and they did not have any objections.

Commissioner Schmierer asked White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, if this would affect any other neighbors from entering their property. Mr. Brooke said that by looking at the drawing it looks like a neighbor uses the vacated roadway to enter/exit his property.

White County Attorney George Loy confirmed with Mr. Million that the roadway does come to a stop on the east side, it does not continue on through to the next property.

Mr. Bassett was available to explain that they currently have a carport and a garage on the roadway.

Commissioner Heimlich questioned how the neighbor, Henricy, will enter and exit their property. Mr. Bassett explained that the Henricy’s do have a horseshoe driveway where they enter and exit.

Attorney Million explained that Mr. Bassett is not vacating a portion of the road that exists in front of Mr. Henricy’s driveway. Only a portion of the roadway will be vacated.

ORDINANCE VACATING ROADWAY

Ordinance No. 10-12-29-01

WHEREAS, a petition to vacate a public roadway has been filed with the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, by William R. Bassett and Terry Bassett, Husband and Wife, for their property in White County, Indiana; and,

WHEREAS, the portion of roadway sought to be vacated was originally platted and dedicated to public use as a part of Downey Dale Subdivision in Liberty Township, and is more particularly described below; and,

WHEREAS, the portion of said roadway sought to be vacated is no longer used as a public roadway and all of the property surrounding the portion sought to be vacated is owned by said petitioners; and,

WHEREAS, the portion of said roadway sought to be vacated is no longer used as a public roadway and all of the property surrounding the portion sought to be vacated is owned by said petitioners; and,

WHEREAS, notice of said petition for vacation and a copy of the petition has been served upon all the owners of lots lying to the West of the portion sought to be vacated, by certified mail with return receipt requested in the manner required by law; and,

WHEREAS, notice of said petition and the hearing thereon has been published in the Monticello Herald Journal in the manner required by law, and,

WHEREAS, there have been no objections to said vacation and the White County Highway Superintendent has inspected the premises and has found that the requested vacation will not hinder the public’s access to a church, school, or other public building or place;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, as follows:

1. That that portion of roadway originally platted and dedicated to public use as Downey Dale Subdivision, and more particularly described as follows, to-wit:

That part of a roadway platted in Downey Dale Subdivision described as follows: Beginning at a capped with RLH I.D. ½ inch iron pipe (I.P.) at the Northwest corner of Lot 28A in said subdivision; thence North 68 degrees 11 minutes 43 seconds East 44.67 (assumed bearing) feet to an I.P. at the Southwest corner of Lot 30A in said subdivision; thence South 88 degrees 12 minutes 44 seconds East along the right-of-way 99.80 feet an I.P. at the Southwest corner of lot 29A in said subdivision; thence South 20 degrees 34 minutes 33 seconds East 20 feet to an I.P. at the Northeast corner of Lot 28 A; thence North 87 degrees 58 minutes 24 seconds West along the right-of-way line 148.35 feet to the point of beginning, containing 2,260 square feet more or less.

Be, and the same hereby is vacated as a public roadway.

2. That said above-described public roadway shall become the property of William R. Bassett and Terry Bassett, Husband and Wife, who own all of the property on both sides of the above-described vacated portion of said roadway.

3. That the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners is directed to furnish a copy of this ordinance to the Recorder of White County, Indiana, for recording, and is also directed to furnish a copy of the vacation ordinance to the Auditor of White County, Indiana.

4. That this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and enactment.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any other questions or comments from the public. For the record, there were no neighbors present.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the petition for the vacation of the public roadway in the Downey Dale Subdivision in Liberty Township as presented, Seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENTS TO THE 911 BY-LAWS

Commissioner Schmierer, 911 Communications Board member, said that he would like to table this until he attends a 911 Board meeting to find out more information.

TIOGA BRIDGE

Don Ward, Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners saying that the engineer for Tioga Bridge, Mr. Jim Barker, is once again out of money. He, Mr. Ward, thought that the project was completed but noticed that the decking on the bridge isn’t lying correctly. He also noticed that the joints aren’t working at the end of the bridge. When he contacted Mr. Barker, he said additional funds would be needed to have this repaired.

Mr. Ward said that Mr. Barker had indicated to him that the county could apply for more federal money from some Historical funds offered by the state. Mr. Ward presented a letter that needs to be submitted to the state requesting for the funds to fix the problems. The cost of the repair for the decking would be $13,350; the cost to repair the joints is $5,500, totaling $18,850. There is still $6,000 left over from the last work order, which lowers it to $12,850. Mr. Barker has added an “increased inspection cost” of $4,700, leaving the total now at $17,750. He said that the state will pay 80% ($14,200) of the money requested and the county will be responsible for the 20% ($3,550).

The Commissioners were in agreement that since this was the engineer’s mistake, Jim Barker Engineering, that he should be responsible to come up with the 20% matching cost.

Mr. Ward pointed out that the county hasn’t had to put in much money for the project because they were given 100% of the contract cost from stimulus money. The only downfall to stimulus money is that you only get what the original bid came in at. Any additional work or change orders have to be paid at the county’s expense.

Commissioner Heimlich reminded Mr. Ward that if the stimulus money wouldn’t have came in; the county was not going to spend any money to repair the bridge.

Commissioner Schmierer said that somebody needs to be held accountable and it’s not the county. They directed Mr. Ward to take it back to Mr. Barker to pay the 20%.

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

 

__________________________ _______________________ _________________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor