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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 16, 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 Ronald 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 Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the May 2, 2011, regular meeting, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, presented his 2010 year-end-report to the Commissioners requesting signatures.  SIGNED AND APPROVED

Mr. Brooke also informed the Commissioners that the State lowered his budget $229,000 for this year.  He said that this really makes his budget inoperable. 

FOOD PANTRY
Commissioner Burton said that Gordon Denton, White Food Pantry, contacted him asking if the food pantry could have access to the wooded lot south of the food pantry and turn it into a parking lot.  They are having a lot of problems right now with people parking on other people’s property and blocking their driveways.

After a short discussion on who owns the property, the consensus was that it is owned by the Department of Natural Resources.  Councilman Bruce Clear said that he knew the person from DNR that would be in charge of this.  He said that he would contact him and see if the area can be turned into a parking lot.

AREA PLAN
White County Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, presented the following rezoning petition.

Rezoning Petition # 988
Brent & Erica Blume are requesting to rezone 2.6 acres to an A-1, General Agriculture District, to an R-R, Rural Residential.  The property is located at 7021 W. 300 South, Reynolds.

The request was properly advertised and the APC held a public hearing on May 9, 2011.  At that time, the APC voted 7 yes and  0 no to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #988 rezoning 2.6 acres located at 7021 W. 300 South, Reynolds, from an A-1 to an R-R, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

AMENDMENTS TO ZONING ORDINANCE – AREA PLAN
Area Plan Director, Joe Roger, submitted a proposed ordinance amending several chapters in the White County Zoning Ordinance.  The APC held a public hearing on May 10, 2010, discussing these amendments.  On May 9, 2011, the APC voted to recommend these amendments to the County Commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

The following amendments were presented:

Chapter 4 -  Section 4.4 Temporary Uses Section
Mr. Rogers proposed an amendment to Section 4.4 Temporary Uses.

He explained that the current Temporary Uses section in the Zoning Ordinance (4.4) provides a list of temporary uses permitted in “Appendix A”.   However, when he goes to “Appendix A:  Official Schedule of Uses” he is finding that not all of the temporary uses are listed.  He said that he is having a conflict on whether or not something is permitted because the language is not consistent.

Chapter 14 Definitions
Mr. Rogers explained that they’re also dealing with a lot of the temporary uses not being defined correctly or clarified in Chapter 14, Definitions.  He said that this amendment proposal cleans up the entire Temporary Uses chapter, the Appendix A:  Official Schedule of Uses, and Chapter 14:  Definitions, to where they are all compatible and consistent with each other.

Chapter 12 -  Section 12.11 Improvement Location Permit
Mr. Rogers said that this section was also impacted because there are structures or uses that were not always listed in the ordinance as being acceptable in this section.  This area has also been cleaned up.

Appendix A – Schedule of Uses
Mr. Rogers said that they also went through the Schedule of Uses chart and made recommendations to the APC on certain things that are not permitted but are permitted with a special exception.  An example would be a candy store.  He said that there are certain areas that are a little too strict and they have gone through it and eliminated some of the special exception requirements to allow more activities to occur.

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 11-05-16-03 amending Chapter 4, Chapter 12, Chapter 14 and Appendix A, in the White County Zoning Ordinance as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

AMENDMENT
TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF
WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA

ORDINANCE NO.  11-05-16-03

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602© and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on May 10, 2010, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 30th day of April, 2010 as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage.  Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:

AMENDING:
CHAPTER 4      Use Classifications and Provisions
Subchapter 4.4 Temporary Uses
CHAPTER 12    Administration
Subchapter 12.11 Improvement Location Permit
CHAPTER 14    Definitions
APPENDIX  A    Schedule of Uses

THIS ORDINANCE TAKES EFFECT UPON PASSAGE.


WOLCOTT CORRIDOR – AMENDMENT # 1 TO CONTRACT
Commissioner Heimlich presented an amendment from American Structurepoint, Project Engineer, amending the original cost of the engineering contract for the Wolcott Corridor project.  An increase of $11,350 is for additional services to be performed by an engineer for the Final Design Phase services.  The original cost was $113,650 now raising it to $125,000.  The other additional cost of $33,800 is for appraisal services.  This now raises the project cost to $510,200.

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Amendment #1 to the engineering contract with American Structurepoint, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

ACCEPT BIDS FOR BRIDGE PROJECT #229 – MOOTS CREEK, BROOKSTON, IN
White County Attorney, George Loy, announced that the time is 9:00 a.m. and the time has expired to submit a bid for Bridge Project #229, Moots Creek, in Brookston, Indiana.  White County Attorney opened the following bids submitted for the project:

Jack Isom Construction Company, Inc.            $469,928.80
Wirtz & Yates, Inc.                    $532,945.10

Don Ward, Engineer, said that the estimated price for this project is $474,331.50.  Commissioner Heimlich announced that the Commissioners will take the bids under advisement to be reviewed by the engineer.  The bids will be awarded at a later time.

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        Bruce Clear
Kevin “Casey” Crabb

HOSPITAL
White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for April 2011.  Mrs. Long reported the following:
Year-to-date
Gross patient revenue            $4.6 million    $18.3 million       
Total Net Revenue            $2.7 million    $10.5 million
Total Operating expenses            $2.5 million    $10.2 million   
Operating Gain                $122,834    $309,959
Net Gain                $126,697    $405,320
Cash Position as of 4/30/2011        $7.4 million   

Mrs. Long reported that they had a $215,000 principal bond payment in April, which now brings down the principal on the bond to $22.9 million, plus a $3 million swap liability, making the total $25.9 million.

Mrs. Long also presented the Community Benefit Analysis which is a report that shows the financial partnership with the community.

·    Medicare Shortfall – What they charge for a service and what Medicare actually reimburses for the service.  $10.4 million

·    Medicaid Shortfall - What they are allowed to charge and what Medicaid actually reimburses for the service.  $6.4 million

·    Charity Care – Unreimbursed charges that they directly write-off from patients that do not have the ability to pay.  $817,109.  This is a 4% increase from 2009.

·    Education - $86,451 was spent on educational programs for residents in White County.  CPR & First Aid, etc.

·    Special Programs - $104,330 was spent on residents in the county.  Examples would be blood-pressure screening, cholesterol screening, and assistance in the athletic program, etc.

Total spent in 2010 for community benefits was $17.8 million.

They are on track to complete the hospital merger on July 1, 2011.

BUILDING INSPECTOR
White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that there were 39 permits issued in April.  Five of them were for new homes.  Out of the five, four of them were manufactured homes.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented her Director’s Report for April 2011.

Connie reported the following:

·    EnXco is still working on land contacts and they are close to 5,000 land proposals. 
·    Have not heard from Horizon on a start date for Phase 5.
·    Town of Monon is working a Farmers Market.
·    Girtz Industries is up to 200 employees (normal is 50 to 60).  Looking to expand in the near future.
·    Networking Breakfast was held and they had 43 in attendance.

Wolcott Corridor
Mrs. Neininger is hoping that American Structurepoint is on schedule to send bid packets to EDA for their review before they are publicized.

WHITE COUNTY LEARNING LAB
White County Learning Lab Director, Suzy Karberg, reported that they have been over at the Annex building now for one year and things are going very well.  They have served about 100 students so far, which is about the same as last year.  They still have room for about 50 more students. 

Mrs. Karberg said that 10% of their students are over 40 years of age and the other 90% are 17 to 40 years of age.  Over the last six weeks they have lost a large amount of students because they now have jobs.

INNKEEPERS TAX
Joe Crivello, organizer of the annual “Proud to be an American” boat parade, discussed their appearance before the Commissioners’ in January on how they would like to boost the economic impact of tourism throughout the county by extending the tourist season.  At that time, they also presented a proposal on increasing the innkeeper’s tax.  The proposal was to make an appointment of an unpaid, five member board, to oversee the project and give permission to move forward with legislation to increase the tax rate from 3% to 5%.  The 2% funds will be used to promote the tourism season throughout the county.

Mr. Crivello reported that since then, Senator Brandt Hershman and State Representative Don Lehe drove this to make it happen and the bill has now been signed by the Governor.  

Mr. Crivello said that the passing of this bill enables the County Council to now put the tax increase into effect.  Mr. Crivello presented a copy of the bill to the Council and Commissioners’ and requested the Council to move forward with the tax increase.

Commissioner Schmierer discussed the annual events that are held in White County, Idaville Tractor Pull for example, and the increase in tourism that they would bring if we could increase the prize money to give away.  He said that this is what this money is meant for.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the County Attorney George Loy to draft up the necessary documents to allow an increase for the innkeeper’s tax and present it at the next joint meeting in June.

TAX ANTICIPATION WARRANTS
Shannon Mattix, North White School Board President, discussed a loan for their tax anticipation warrants.

Mr. Mattix presented packets detailing the history of the North White tax anticipation loan history.  Over the last ten years, North White school district had to pay $766,396.97 in interest fees.  This year they do have a loan for $1.79 million at 2.9% interest.

Mr. Mattix asked if the county would loan the school corporation the money out of the landfill funds.   He said that they would pay a .5 percent more than what the county is making from the bank annually.  If this could be done, he said that they will save the North White taxpayers $46,560.00 from interest fees.  They are highly capable of tracking the loan money and they would submit monthly reports.  They would borrow the money January 1 and have it paid back by December 31, or sooner.  He requested the Council to vote on this before July so they can plan accordingly.

Councilman Kramer said that this makes a lot of sense to him.  He said that he will consider it favorably, especially when it’s such a short term loan.  He mentioned that the county has issued a loan out in the past to the TLRSD and the county has also denied request for loans.  He felt that the county has not been consistent.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he’s not against it totally, but feels that the county needs to set parameters on who they’re going to loan the money to. 

Commissioner Heimlich felt the same as Schmierer.  He asked how they could be fair to everybody that has gotten themselves in a bind.

Councilman Annis asked what would happen if every county school came and requested a loan.  That could be $10 million from the county.

Commissioner Burton said that his concern is that you are also opening the door for cities and town’s to come and request a loan.

Councilmember Kramer and Annis discussed that they do not want to get into the banking business but felt that they could write something up that would alleviate opening up the “flood gates” to everyone wanting to borrow money.  Discussion was made to just setting the parameters to education only.

Councilman Cain said, “It sounds like the county has a lot of money, but we’ve had to cut everyone’s budget for the last three years now.  There has been no pay raises for the employees, and now the State has cut money from the County Highway.  We’re not taking care of ourselves first.”

Commissioner Heimlich said that he would like to know what the likelihood of other school corporations would be on wanting to take advantage of this and at what level.

The Commissioners and Council agreed to table their decision until the next joint meeting in June.  This will give them time to think about what parameters need to be set if they would entertain this request. 

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

ACCEPT BIDS FOR BRIDGE PROJECT #229 – MOOTS CREEK, BROOKSTON, IN
Don Ward, Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners before their meeting was over and said that he did look over all of the bids that were submitted for Bridge Project #229 and they all did meet the bid specification requirements.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and accept the low bid from Jack Isom Construction Company, Inc., for $469,928.80 for Bridge Project #229, Moots Creek in Brookston, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

QUOTES FOR ROOF REPAIR
Commissioner Burton said that he has collected three bids for resealing the seams on the roof of the courthouse.  Quotes were submitted from the following:

MRA Contractors        $  6,500.00
Deno Roofing        $  5,800.00
Reid Roofing Co., Inc.    $11,570.00

Commissioner Burton said that Deno Roofing would be the low bid, but with past experience on the Annex roof he would like to award the bid to MRA Contractors.   Mr. Burton said that they had continual leaks at the Annex Building and when they requested the work to be done by MRA Contractors, they haven’t had a leak since then.  He said that they are very pleased with their work.

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the bid from MRA Contractors for $6,500, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous



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




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




ATTEST:  _________________________
Jill Guingrich, Auditor