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that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on March 21, 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 Ronald Schmierer. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy.

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich and the Commissioners’ Secretary were absent.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.



Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the March 7, 2011, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

Don Ward, Engineer, presented the preliminary plans for Bridge #229. This is a new bridge and the estimated cost will be $300,000 to $350,000.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the plans for Bridge #229 (Moots Creek) as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Mr. Don Ward said that he did talk with Darryl Johns, SFLECC, and he did say that they would be interested in helping with the cost for the lighting on Tioga Bridge. Mr. Johns will also talk with his board about the $3,750 that the county needs to pay for the matching funds.

Mr. Ward also said that he talked with the Carroll County Engineer and he confirmed that Carroll County isn’t going to give any money for the bridge.



White County Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, appeared before the Commissioners presenting a petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance. The APC held a public hearing on October 10, 2010, regarding the amendments to Chapter 10 Signs and Chapter 14 Definitions; replacing the fee schedule.

The APC held a regular meeting on March 14, 2011, and voted 7 yes and 3 no to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners.

Mr. Rogers said that he started working on the sign ordinance about two years ago when he took a sign survey of the local community. He determined that as the ordinance is currently written, it is too difficult to monitor, implement, and regulate. In 2009, the APC decided to set up a citizen advisory committee to review the sign ordinance and make recommendations. The committee was established and began in January 2010. The committee consisted of an APC member, BZA member, County Commissioner, the two Area Plan office staff, three citizen members, and a City Councilman.

In November 2010, the committee made a recommendation to the APC and now the APC is bringing the recommendation to the Commissioners.

Commissioner Schmierer commented that there was no way Mr. Rogers would have enough time in the day to enforce this ordinance. Mr. Rogers said that he definitely doesn’t have time to enforce the one that is currently written. He said that the issues from a management standpoint are the temporary yard disposal signs. He said that we could ignore them and take them out of the ordinance, prohibit them out of the ordinance, or try to regulate them. He felt that it would be better to try to manage them so you can avoid situations like they have at Rickey Road and West Shafer Drive.

Under the current ordinance the temporary yard disposal sign is not permitted at all. The committee felt that it would be better to make an attempt to regulate them then to negatively impact local businesses.

APC Board member Jim Mann, Jr., and City Councilman, said that one of the City Council members served on the committee and kept the City update with all of the meetings. He felt that this was a major step in helping the Director manage the issue. He believes that the City will adopt the amendments as written.

The Commissioners decided to take the information under consideration and discuss at a later date.

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

Raymond "Butch" Kramer

Jim Annis

Councilman Crabb and Clear were absent.



Mary, White County Memorial Hospital, presented the Financial Analysis for February 28, 2011.


Gross patient revenue $4.4 million

Net Patient Revenue $2.5 million

Total Net Revenue $2.6 million

Total Operating expenses $2.5 million

Operating Gain $68,789

Non-Operating Gain $26,817

Net Gain $95,605

Cash Position as of 1/31/11 $7.5 million

Emergency visits continue to grown and they have grown 20% since February 2010.



Terri Conwell, Director, reported that she has two girls in training right now and they are doing very well. She has a lot of sickness in her department from her employees.



Dave Anderson reported that there were twelve permits issued last month, which is up from eight last year.



White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Violation & Complaint Report for February 2011.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that John Raines has put in his letter of retirement. His last day will be Monday, April 18, 2011.



Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented the Director’s Report for February 2011.

Met with the Town of Wolcott and enXco regarding the wind farm project North of Hwy 24.

Working with Americanstructure Point to finalize the land acquisition plans for the Wolcott Corridor project.

Working with people coming in to the office wanting to start their own business.

Finished up the Frontier boot-camp for the Youth Chamber.

Networking breakfast will be held on Friday, April 15 at the White County REMC building beginning at 7:30 a.m.

A representative from Senator Lugar’s office was present at the meeting to find out what’s going on in the Monticello area and White County. She said that Senator Lugar will be in town on Saturday, March 26.



Joe Crivello appeared before the Commissioners and Council displaying a new web site over the internet that will advertise all of the festivals in White County. Mr. Crivello said that they are trying to promote the heck out of White County. Advertising White County will bring more people to our area, which will bring more money, and more jobs. Mr. Crivello also said that one of our biggest supporters for this project has been Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola.



White County Councilman Denny Cain said that he was approached by the Council And Aging Director, Gale Spry, requesting to borrow funds from the county. He explained that Gail has to submit a claim to State to be reimbursed for their quarterly expenses and sometimes that process could take 4 to 6 weeks. He said that she is requesting to borrow $25,000 and when her check arrives, usually from $40,000 to $50,000, the county will take subtract the loan amount and submit the rest to Council of Aging.

Mrs. Spry explained that being reimbursed by the State is always done quarterly and money that comes in by Area IV came in monthly. This monthly payment usually kept them going until that quarterly payment. Now, word has been received by Area IV that their reimbursement from the State is coming in quarterly which makes their payment to Council of Aging coming in almost quarterly. She said that she doesn’t need the money today, but she probably will within the next 2-3 weeks.

Commissioner Burton did say that since the money is not needed today they would like to have time to talk it over because they are a not-for-profit organization. Mrs. Spry replied that White County is the one that holds the contract with INDOT.

Commissioner Heimlich agreed that if they were a government entity it would be a lot easier but they will need time to look into it.



Commissioner Heimlich recognized White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke for receiving the "Master Road Builder" award. This is an award that was started in 2005 and they have only handed out 11 awards. The Commissioners congratulated Steve for all of his dedicate service.



Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the County Building for the Union 4, White County Polling

Place for the City of Monticello Primary Election, May 3, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Bridge Inspection Report for Phase I as presented from USI, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: UnanimousThere being no further business to come before the board, their meeting was adjourned.