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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on March 7, 2011, at the White County Building, Commissioners’ Conference room beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners’ present was President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Commissioner Ron Schmierer.  Also present was the White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, White 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 February 22, 2011, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

WAGE CONSTRUCTION BOARD
Commissioner Heimlich announced that there will be a wage hearing for the replacement of the existing Bridge No. 229, CR 1050 S. over Moots Creek at 030 E.  - 8th Street in the Town of Brookston.  Appointments to the board are needed from the Commissioners. 
 
Commissioner Heimlich recommended the following:
Gary Hendryx, Business Industry Appointment
John Heimlich, Taxpayer and County Commissioner
Max Eldridge, Tax Payer

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Gary Hendryx, John Heimlich, and Max Eldridge to the Wage Construction Board for Bridge No. 229 project, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

BRENNECO FIRE PROTECTION
Rex Stephens, Representative of Brenneco, presented the Commissioners with a quote to inspect the fire sprinkler system in the Courthouse.  They have done the inspections in the past but it was not done last year.

The quote covers the inspection of the following for $1,206.00:
 Wet Sprinkler System
 Fire Pump
 Wet Standpipe System

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the quote and contract from Brenneco to inspect the fire sprinkler system at the Courthouse for $1,206.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

Mr. Stephens also informed the Commissioners that the fire pump, which is the heart of the system, had a few issues when it was inspected in 2008.  The damages are:

1. Pump would not “lock on” when a pressure drop was conducted.  This means that when a pressure drop occurs the fire pump should continue to run until it is manually shut off or the timer automatically shuts it off after pressure                 and time requirements are met.  Parts are no longer available for the pump and controller.

2. Pump is rated for 65 psi and is only able to deliver 60 psi.

3. Packing on the fire pump leaked excessively.

Since the pump is so old parts are no longer available to repair the pump.  Mr. Stephens presented a quote to replace the pump at a cost not to exceed $30,460.00. 

The Commissioners decided that they would like to see a report after the fire sprinkler system is completed to decide what they need to do with the pump.

LIBERTY NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE
Lee Roy Rodriguez, Field Representative, discussed the benefits of offering Liberty National’s term life insurance and their cancer protection plan to the county employees.  There is no cost to the county; only employee deductions through payroll.

Leah Hull, Payroll Administrator, said that Liberty National does offer things that the others don’t.  She said that it wouldn’t really be much work from her for payroll.

Mr. Rodriguez asked permission to come and speak to the county employees and offer them the benefits from Liberty National.  PERMISSION GRANTED

TIOGA BRIDGE
White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, said that the invoice that he presented at the last meeting from INDOT for $5,000 is something that we will have to pay.  The invoice is actually for the matching funds to repair the top plates on the wind bracing and roller ness on Tioga Bridge.  The Commissioners already approved the matching funds on June 24, 2010.

Mr. Brooke said that he will be submitting the claim for payment.

TAXPAYER – PENALITY FEES
The Commissioners’ Secretary, Donya Tirpak, presented a complaint from Tamara Chiafos, 3273 E. Division Road, Monticello. 

Mrs. Tirpak explained that Mrs. Chiafos said that she called and spoke with the Treasurer, Dixie Geisler, in August 2010 to request her tax bills to be sent to her home rather than the mortgage company.  She said that she did not receive her tax statements and found out that they were submitted to the bank.  Since her escrow account was cancelled in September 2010, after she discussed everything with the Treasurer, her tax bill never got paid.  She called back in February 2011 to talk to the Treasurer and she said that Mrs. Geisler told her that she did not remember the conversation.  Mrs. Chiafos now has penalty fees and is requesting the Commissioners to waive them. 

• Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to waive the $53.52 penalty fee assessed on Mrs. Chiafos’s property tax bill, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

INKEEPERS TAX
Joe Crivello appeared before the Commissioners to give an update on the Innkeepers tax.  He explained an option that the county might have now since the census totals have come in.  He reported that since the population for White County has come in as having less than 25,000 residents, the County Commissioners’ can enact the Innkeeper’s tax increase without the legislature’s approval. 

The County Commissioners and the County Attorney didn’t know anything about this so Mr. Crivello was going to look into it further.

WOLCOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT
Commissioner Burton said that he was contacted by Kenny Burns, Wolcott Fire Department, requesting the county to give them $2,500 to buy a cut-out-saw.  He said that this was discussed during budget time last year, but the funds were never put in the budget.

The Commissioners didn’t have a problem with the $2,500, they just need to look at the budget and decide where they are going to take it from.


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