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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on April 18, 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 Donya Tirpak.

President Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on April 4, 2011, 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

Jim Barker, Engineer for Tioga Bridge, reported that the project has been completed for the last couple of months but there is now a problem with the decking boards curling up on the ends.  He explained how this can be repaired and recommended the Commissioners to have it fixed. 

Mr. Barker presented a proposed supplemental agreement in the amount of $4,700 was submitted to the Commissioners.  The agreement will cover the cost of the extra time on inspections, time and expense on construction, and being here today dealing with the change orders.  This will increase the total maximum payment from $122,911.52 to $127,611.52.

The Commissioners’ wanted to take the agreement under advisement so the White County Highway Superintendent can look it over.  This will be discussed at the next meeting. 

White County Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, appeared to discuss the petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance ~ Chapter 10…Signs and Chapter 14...Definitions; replacing the fee schedule.  This was presented to the Commissioners on March 21, 2011. 

Commissioner Schmierer stated, “If we can’t enforce what we have now, why are we passing more laws that are going to be harder for us. Why are we passing ordinances that the State already covers?”   Director Rogers said that we aren’t passing things that the State already covers, we’re including in our ordinance that their regulations must be followed.

Commissioner Heimlich verified with Director Rogers that our current ordinance is stricter than these amendments that are being presented today.  Mr. Rogers said that their intentions are to draft an ordinance that they can enforce.  He said that any sign that is not covered in Chapter 10, is currently an illegal sign.  Right now there are a lot of signs throughout the county that aren’t covered in the ordinance.  Right now, the ordinance enforces Mr. Rogers to go and take down all of the signs.

Commissioner Schmierer said, “The way the economy is today, I understand why a lot of these signs are out there.”  Director Rogers explained that those signs are currently illegal.   Commissioner Schmierer said, “I understand they are, but I’m not sure that I agree with the current ordinance saying that their illegal.  It’s going to hurt the person that is working out there trying to make a living.” Mr. Rogers said, “With the new ordinance they would be legal, but they would be regulated.”

Commissioner Burton said that there was a lot of work involved to amend this ordinance along with a lot of compromises made.  Their concern as a committee was that they wanted something that could be manageable and that’s what we don’t have right now.  Right now, the current ordinance can’t be managed.  He said that he is happy with what is presented now.

Director Rogers said that he has presented the amendment to all of the Towns about 10 days ago and he is waiting for a response.  The Commissioners decided that they would like to wait another two weeks to hear some feedback from the other towns.  This will be on the Commissioners’ next meeting.

White County Clerk, Paula Lantz, appeared before the Commissioners saying that she would like to continue the consulting services that she has with Maximus.  Maximus Consulting provides collection of Title IV D incentive money for the Clerk’s office. Maximus Consulting will be offering their services at $200 less per month compared to last year’s agreement.

Mrs. Lantz said that she did some additional research since the last time she came before the Commissioners on February 7.  Since then, she has decided not to go with Malinowski and stay with Maximus.  She asked the Commissioners to approve the contract for Maximus.

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Maximus agreement as presented pending approval from the White County Attorney, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to draft a letter for the Fall Festival committee to be mailed out to the White County residents promoting the local festivals for the county, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for March 31, 2011.

Gross patient revenue   $4.9 million  
Net Patient Revenue   $2.6 million  
Total Net Revenue   $2.7 million  
Total Operating expenses   $2.6 million  
Operating Gain    $115,938
Net Gain    $161,101
Cash Position as of 3/31/2011  $7.6 million

Mrs. Long reported that the hospital had a significantly improved year in 2010 compared to 2009.

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson said that there was 34 permits issued for the month of March, one was for a new home.  Overall, the permits are down 15% which is an all time low from the past ten years.

Council on Aging Director Gale Spry presented a copy of the Quarterly Operating Data Report.  She reported that for the first quarter, they did 4,070 trips, which consumed 2,910 gallons of gas.

White County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented the Director’s Report for March’s activity.

Connie presented the list of prospects from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and pointed out that several of them are very particular on the community that they want to be in.  According to the State, White County isn’t even eligible for several of the prospects.

· 23 Students graduated from the Leadership Program

Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Violation & Complaint Report for March 2011.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that today is John Raines last day as Environmental Officer.  The Commissioners presented a plaque to Mr. Raines for his 10 years of service to the County.

Commissioner Heimlich said that a decision needs to be made on where the county is going to get the $2.5 million local matching funds for the Wolcott Corridor grant.  He said that the Commissioners’ did discuss borrowing the money from the Landfill Reserve fund and then the money could be paid back from the TIF funds later on. 

Commissioner Heimlich said that the other option would be to use EDIT bonds.  If we did this then the County would have to pay interest cost, legal fees, and financial advisor fees.  He asked the Council members if they have discussed this and what their feelings were.

Council President Carter said that they have discussed the matching funds needed and they were concerned on using the Landfill Reserve fund because that is the county’s “safety net” if the landfill should close.  Commissioner Schmierer explained that the law has changed since the county put the fund together and now the landfill has to take out insurance policies every year to cover the cost of any landfill disasters that should happen if a landfill closes.

Discussion was made that if something should happen and the funds can’t be paid back, then the county could take out EDIT bonds to pay it back.

Commissioner Heimlich asked County Attorney George Loy to write up an ordinance to borrow the funds from the Landfill Reserve fund and that the money will be paid by the TIF funds.

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to use the Landfill Reserve fund for the $2.5 million local match for the Wolcott Corridor project, and to be paid back by the TIF funds, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

· Councilman Kramer made a motion to use the Landfill Reserve fund for the $2.5 million local match for the Wolcott Corridor project, and to be paid back by the TIF funds, seconded by Councilman Clear.  Vote:  Unanimous

Monticello Fire Chief Shane Swaim and Captain Steve Fisher appeared before the Commissioner and Council giving a power point presentation on mutual aid response.  They would like to see the White County Communications center upgrade to a system that will allow faster mutual aid response. 

The Commissioners agreed that they are open to the idea but would like to see more information.  White County Communications Director Terri Conwell said that she would like to visit other dispatch centers that are the same size as White County and using this system.  She would like to get their input before anything is purchased first.

The Commissioners and Council all agreed that Chief Swaim, and Captain Steve Fisher need to research this more with the 911 Director and bring the results back at a later time.

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

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