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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on July 5, 2011, at the White County Building, Commissioners Conference room, 2nd floor, 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 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 regular meeting held on Monday, June 20, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

PAYROLL
·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and the pay 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

INNKEEPER’S TAX
Joe Crivello presented the Commissioners’ a letter of recommendations of appointments for the new board on the innkeeper’s tax.  He said that everyone on the list has expressed their willingness to serve on the board.  He asked the commissioners’ to take action on this right away because they are ready to get things started.

Commissioner Heimlich commented that they will have to make sure that they comply with the statute which states the following:

1:   A simple majority (which is 3 if there is a 5 member board) of the members must be engaged in the convention or tourism business, involved in promoting conventions, visitors or tourism, or involved in developing economic development in the county.

2:  At least 2 members must be engaged in the business of renting, or furnishing rooms, lodging, or accommodations.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he understands the importance of getting the board put together and they will focus on having the appointments made sometime this month.  He asked if there was a list of innkeeper’s for the Commissioners’ to review.  Mr. Crivello said that Dave Jordan had a list and he will get a copy for them.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that the County Executive creates a five member commission to promote economic development and the development of growth convention, visitor, and tourism industry in the county; seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

CIVIL WAR VETS
Larry Sanson, Retired Veteran Volunteer, said that he is working with the Historical Society, Judy Baker, trying to put identity markers on unmarked Civil War Veterans tombstones.  He is currently working with the county cemeteries and putting together a count of unmarked veterans and he thinks that they will need approximately 150.   Mr. Sanson requested the Commissioners to help with the cost of these markers.  The cost could be around $2,000.

Mr. Sanson said that they can’t receive any financial assistance from the Veteran’s office because the Veteran’s Administration wasn’t established until 1920. 



Commissioner Heimlich said that they will take this under advisement and talk to Tom Carter, White County Veteran’s Director, and Judy Baker at the Historical Society to get more information.



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