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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on August 1, 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.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on July 18, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

Frances Dunn, Associate Representative of Aflac, discussed two new benefits that are available now to county employees.  She detailed the benefits of the Critical Illness (which includes Cancer and Wellness) and the Accident Insurance.

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion to allow Aflac Insurance to offer these new benefits to the county employees during open enrollment as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-08-01-01, creating a Tourism Authority Commission of five members, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 11-08-01-01


WHEREAS, the White County Council and Board of Commissioners, pursuant to I.C. 6-9-10.5, established the White County Innkeeper’s Tax on September 16, 1996, in the sum of three percent (3) for the funding of projects related to enhancement of lakes located in the county, including silt trap maintenance, which sums are presently deposited into the County Lake Enhancement Fund; and

WHEREAS, I.C. 6-9-10.5 has been amended to authorize the County Council of White County to increase the county’s innkeeper’s tax rate to not more than five percent (5%), with the revenues generated as a result of such increase to be used to promote conventions, tourism, and economic development in White County; and

WHEREAS, the White County Council, July 1, 2011, enacted its Ordinance Increasing Innkeeper’s Tax for White County Promotion Fund pursuant to said statute;

WHEREAS, pursuant to said statute, the White County Commissioners desire to create a Commission to Promote Economic Development and to determine the number of members of said Commission.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED by the White County Commissioners as follows: 

Section I:  Pursuant to I.C. 6-9-10.5-9, there is hereby created White County Commission to promote economic development; and the development and growth of the convention, visitor, and tourism industry in White County.

Section II:  Subject to the provisions of I.C. 6-9-10.5-9, there shall be five (5) members of said Commission.

Section III:  This Ordinance shall amend and modify Ordinance No. 96-9-16-1 only to the extent as set forth herein, and all other provisions of said Ordinance not inconsistent herewith shall remain in full force and effect.

Section IV:  This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect immediately upon passage.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Commissioners’ need to appoint four of the five members; two republican and two democrats.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Ron Schmierer and Dave Jordan for a two calendar term expiring December 31, 2012, and Bruce Clear and John Million for a one calendar year term expiring December 31, 2011, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion that the City’s appointment to the White County Tourism Authority Board be appointed for a two calendar year term expiring December 31, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, presented the following change orders for the 6th Street Project.

Change Order #19 for cement stabilization:                $64,080.00
Change Order #18 for alternate method of subrade treatment:        $  6,425.00

White County Clerk, Paul Lantz, said that the boundary lines on the maps look very good at this time, but there are a few areas where we could combine a few precincts.  She said that Liberty 1 and 2; Monon 1, 2, and 3; Princeton 1 and 2; and Union 4, 5, 6, and 7 currently show very low registered voter numbers.   Boundary lines can be removed and changes can be done if the voter numbers are too low.  For example, the boundary lines for Liberty 1 and 2 could be taken out and it would then be just Liberty Township.  She said that she didn’t know if this would be a problem with the Council and Commissioner’s Districts.   Commissioner Heimlich said that it could be a problem with Union 4 and 5 because those districts are split with the council.

Commissioner Schmierer asked if there is going to be a cost savings to the taxpayer if we combine the districts verses leaving them the way that they are.  Clerk Lantz said that they could drastically reduce the cost on Election Day for paid poll workers. 

Clerk Lantz said that when she meets with the Election Board they will all have to be in agreement with this or it’s not going to happen.  Eliminating polling places and having new voting centers will take some time and research.  They will need to make sure that the new voting centers are accessible to the handicap, Internet ready, and have clear cell phone service.  She does think that they would all be unanimous to this if they do not go with the satellite.  She said that they are not ready for this yet.

Clerk Lantz asked the Commissioners if they could make a decision as soon as possible because there are so many things that she needs to do.  One thing that she is planning on doing is sending out 17,000 voter cards to let everyone know about the entire house, congressional, and voting changes.

Mary Reid, Voter Registration Clerk, asked the Commissioners’ if they would prefer that they gathered all of the facts and figures first on each precinct and then bring it back to the Commissioners.  The Commissioners agreed that this would be very helpful to make their decision. 

Commissioner Heimlich said that they do need to look again at the numbers on the precincts that will affect the Council districts.  He asked them to bring this information and any other information that they collect over the next two weeks to the next Commissioners’ meeting.

·    Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Resolution 11-08-01-01 authorizing the filing of an application for the 2012 Transportation Grant for Council on Aging, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

RESOLUTION NO. 11-08-01-01


WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation is authorized to make grants to states through the Federal Administration (FTA) to support capital, operating and feasibility study assistance projects for non-urbanized public transportation systems under Section 5311 of the FTA Act of 1964, as amended;

WHEREAS, the Office of Transit, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has been designated by the Governor to make Section 5311 grants for public transportation projects;

WHEREAS, the contract for financial assistance will impose certain obligations upon the applicant, including the provision by it of the local share of project costs;


1.  That White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute and file an application on behalf of White County Commissioners with the INDOT to aid in the financing of transit assistance projects pursuant to Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.

2.  That White County Council on Aging is authorized to furnish such additional information as INDOT may require in connection with the application.

3.  That White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute grant contract agreements on behalf of White County.

Connie Neininger and Jeffrey Nemeth appeared before the Commissioners discussing Horizon Meadow Lake Phase 5.  Mr. Nemeth said that through the bid process for Phase 5, they noticed that the Economic Development Agreement will expire September 1, 2011.  He asked the Commissioners’ permission to extend the agreement for one year.

·    Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the amendment to extend construction date in the Economic Development Agreement for Phase V from September 1, 2011, to September 1, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.  Vote:  Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich said that the state has changed the way that they will be reimbursing the Sheriff’s Department for their Operation Pull-over grant.  In the past, the operation pull-over program was performed and then the officers would turn in their hours and they were paid right away through payroll.   The payroll account was always in the red.  Now, the state said that they must work the operation, submit the paperwork, and then they will be reimbursed.  The Commissioners agreed that when all of the paperwork is submitted to the state and the state submits the funds to the county, the county will then pay the officers for their time worked. 

Commissioner Burton said that he was approached by Gordon Denton again about putting in a parking lot across the street of the food pantry.  He indicated to Commissioner Burton that he did speak with someone from the DNR and they are claiming that the property does not belong to them.

Commissioner Schmierer said that he doesn’t have a problem with having the Highway Department to go out and clear things out and put a couple loads of stone down.  The other Commissioners agreed that this would be fine.

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, they adjourned their meeting.

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

ATTEST:  _________________________
Jill Guingrich, Auditor