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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on February 14, 2011, at the White County Building, Commissioners’ Conference room 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 as presented for the regular meeting on February 7, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, reported that in the last two months he has spent $44,000 on fuel, $14,000 on sand, $30,000 on salt, $30,000 on equipment repairs and $10,000 in overtime pay.

Mr. Brooke also presented an invoice from INDOT to the county for Tioga Bridge.  The twenty percent of matching funds, 5,000, that must be paid by the county is for the additional funds needed to fix the decking and the joints.  The letter requesting the funds was submitted in January just to see if we could get the money to finish the project.

Commissioner Heimlich said that Mr. Barker had thought that the matching funds could be paid by the contractor, SFLECC, or Carroll County.

Superintendent Brooke said that he was not happy with the claims (invoices) that Mr. Barker was sending him for payment on Tioga Bridge, so he sent them back to him.  He has not heard from Mr. Barker and now he wonders if we’ll even get the 100% grant funds from the State. 

Commissioner Heimlich said to send a copy of the bill to Don Ward.

E-911 BY-LAWS
Commissioner Ron Schmierer, also Board member on the E-911 Board, presented a change to the White County Communications E-911 Board By-Laws.  Mr. Schmierer said that everything that is in red will be removed from the by-laws.  Commissioner Schmierer said that the E-911 Board has met and discussed these changes. 

Article II – Object:  The purpose for which this board is organized is to provide the White County Commissioners with information, advice and recommendations regarding the White County Communications system.  This shall include the review of:

1. Day to day operations and long range planning.
2. Training of personnel.
3. Dispatching standards.
4. Other matters which time to time need the review of the board in order to maintain an effective and efficient E-911 communications system.
5. Other duties assigned by the White County Commissioners.


The specific functions of the BOARD in order to meet their purpose shall include:

1. Review & approve the annual budget of White County Communications before being submitted to the White County Council.
2. Conduct and submit annual evaluation of the Director to the Commissioners.
3. May review dispatcher annual evaluations.
4. Approve discipline involving suspension.
5. Review all other disciplinary actions.
6. Review and approve standard operating procedures.
7. May participate in the interview of finalist in all full-time positions.  Make recommendation to the White County Commissioners for their action.
8. Participate in the County grievance procedure when indicated in the County Rules & Regulations.

Article VII – Meetings and Quorum:
 
A. General Meetings:  Regular meetings of the Board will be held quarterly on the 3rd Monday in January, April, June, and September of each year, at 1:30 P.M.   So long as a meeting is held during each of the four months set out above the Board may change the specific date and time of the regular meetings by simple majority vote without further amendment of the Bylaws.

A.  General Meetings:  Regular meetings of the Board will be held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday in March, June, September, and December of each year, at 8:30 a.m.  So long as a meeting is held during each of the four months set out above the Board may change the specific date and time of the regular meetings by simple majority vote without further amendment of the Bylaws.

Article X – Order of Business:  The usual order of business is as follows:

Agendas shall be delivered to all members 5 days prior to each meeting.  The agenda shall be completed and distributed by the Director.

Agendas shall be delivered to all members 5 days prior to each meeting.  The agenda shall be completed and distributed by the Secretary.

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to make the changes to the E-911By-Laws as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

UNCLAIMED CHECKS
White County Auditor, Jill Guingrich, presented a list of checks that are at least two years or more outstanding and have not been cashed.  She requested the Commissioners’ approval to void out the checks and put the money back into the fund that it was paid out of.

Check # Check Date  Vendor     Amount
36425  2/4/2008  Fletcher, Michael L & E Ann        $ 459.54
36784  2/4/2008  Sheraton Indianapolis City Ctr     $ 129.00
37083  3/3/2008  Gerald Cartmell                          $ 70.00
37147  3/3/2008  Krieg, Marvin L                         $ 269.40
38475  5/5/2008  Main Street Computers & Office       $ 5.98
38789  5/29/2008 Main Street Computers & Office   $ 249.37
39377  6/2/2008  Joseph Roach                             $ 20.00
39433  6/6/2008  Ball State University                      $14.66
39492  6/6/2008  Ball State University                  $2,084.88
39897  7/7/2008  Embarq                                    $ 173.66
41033  9/2/2008  R&M Wholesale                              $ 7.33
41087  9/2/2008  Robert J Kinsey Youth Center      $3,510.00
41273  9/2/2008  Robert Flattery                            $ 40.88
41923  10/16/2008  Todd Mohr                              $ 81.80
41952  1/3/2008   Steve’s Overhead Door               $ 257.50
42318  11/3/2008  Nick Banes                                $ 20.00

                                                         TOTAL      $7,394.00

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to void out the outstanding checks as presented and deposit the money back into the general fund, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

President, Denny Carter  Gary Hendryx   Denny Cain
 Bruce Clear   Raymond “Butch” Kramer  James Annis
 Kevin “Casey” Crabb

HOSPITAL
White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for January 31, 2011.  Mrs. Long reported the following:
 
   Month     
Gross patient revenue         $4.4 million  
Net Patient Revenue            $2.5 million
Total Net Revenue              $2.5 million  
Total Operating expenses    $2.5 million  
Operating Gain                   $2,398
Non-Operating Gain            $19,518  
Net Gain                           $21,916
Cash Position as of 1/31/11  $7.3 million

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, presented Housing Starts:  New and Replacement report.  Mr. Anderson did comment that January was a very slow month with 17 permits issued; one was for a new home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
White County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Activity Report for January 2011.

• Connie discussed the new link on their website called “Tools for Success” for new business owners.
• Held the ESI workshop, Entrepreneurship Investigation Boot Camp, at Frontier for 8th thru 12th grade students. 
• Leadership in White County is in progress right now with 24 students.
• Annual luncheon will be held on February 25, 2011, at the Brandywine.
• A contract with American Structurepoint has been approved to begin the final engineering design and land acquisitions on the Wolcott Corridor project.
• Remington Development Corp. is currently talking with Urban Initiatives to do a strategy plan on the Wolcott/Remington area.

HORIZON WIND
Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, introduced Jeffery Nemeth, Development Project Manager for Horizon Wind.  She said that White County currently has four phases of 303 wind turbines that are in operation producing 500 megawatts of power.  Phase five is planned out, but currently on hold at this time.

Mr. Nemeth gave a power point presentation detailing their progress in White County and explaining how they would like to expand into phase seven, skipping phase six.  Phase seven will consist of 100 megawatts over 56 turbines, creating 10 full-time jobs and about $200 million investment.  This phase will also have the same options and lease agreements as the previous phases.  At this time, they are currently meeting with the landowners to acquire acreage.

DISTRIBUTION OF WIND FARM MONEY
Commissioner Heimlich said that there are a couple distributions of wind farm money that needs to be approved and advertised for additional appropriations.  Commissioner Heimlich discussed the following: 

Horizon Wind Fund – Wind Energy Project – Phase 2, Second Installment (repeat of 1st installment)
 White County    $290,000.00
 White County – set aside for contingencies $  50,000.00
Brookston Public Library                          $       500.00
 Tri-County School Corp.                          $255,000.00
 Frontier School Corp.                              $  35,000.00
 West Point Twp. Trustee                         $    4,000.00
 Prairie Twp. Trustee                              $    1,000.00
 Round Grove Twp.                                 $    4,000.00
                         Total                           $640,000.00

Horizon Wind Fund – Wind Energy Project – Phase 3, 4, & 5
 Economic Development Corp.  $   45,000.00
 Highway Department             $   45,000.00
                              Total     $   90,000.00

• Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the disbursements from the Horizon Wind Farm fund, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

• Councilman Kramer made a motion to approve the disbursements from the Horizon Wind Farm fund, seconded by Councilman Crabb.  Vote:  Unanimous

At this time, the Council adjourned to their meeting room.

PAST DUE INVOICES
Commissioner Heimlich discussed two invoices that have not been paid to Wells Fargo for administrative work with the VeraSun bonds.  Attorney George Loy advised the county to pay them.  The Commissioners agreed to pay the Wells Fargo invoices from the VeraSun account.

Verasun Fund - Administrative Cost
  Wells Fargo   $   970.00
  Wells Fargo   $   648.00
      Subtotal   $1,618.00


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