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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 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 David Diener. Also present was White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, and Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for February 6, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

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

CLAIMS

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

POLLING LOCATIONS FOR THE 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION

White County Clerk, Paula Lantz, presented the following list of polling locations for the 2012 Primary Election. Due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there will be a location change for Union 1 from the American Legion to the New Hope Lutheran Church. Princeton and West Point will now move from the Wolcott Town Hall to the Wolcott Park Community Building.

Clerk Lantz also reported that since they combined Monon 1, 2, and 3 to “Monon” they will now be at the North White Auditorium. Since the redistricting, the election board has moved Round Grove, Prairie 1, and Prairie 2 to the Frontier/Brookston Gym and they will be administered by one election board.

 

Polling Locations Designated for the 2012 Primary Election

WHEREAS, the board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, (“Commissioners”) is the executive and legislative body for White County, Indiana. I.C.36-1-2-5 and I.C. 36-1-2-9;

WHEREAS, I.C. 3-11-8-3.1 determines a county executive shall designate the polls for each precinct not less than twenty-nine days (29) days before election day as an accessible location for the White County 2012 Primary Election for White County, Indiana.

WHEREAS, the Commissioners provide that the following designations for polling locations shall remain in effect until:

1) The location of the polling place is altered. By an order of the county executive or county election board under IC 3-11-8-3.1; or

2) A precinct establishment order issued under IC 3-11-1.5:

a) Designates a new polling place location; or

b) Combines the existing precinct with another precinct established by another order.

Precincts Polling Locations

Big Creek Chalmers Town Hall

Cass Idaville Fire House

Honey Creek Reynolds Fire House

Jackson Burnettsville Fire House

Liberty Buffalo Fire House

Lincoln Idaville Fire House

Monon North White Auditorium

Prairie 1 Frontier-Brookston Gym

Prairie 2 Frontier-Brookston Gym

Princeton Wolcott Park Community Bldg.

Round Grove Frontier-Brookston Gym

Union 1 New Hope Lutheran Church

Union 2 Pine View Room

Union 3 White Oak Residence Facility

Union 4 White County Building

Union 5 White County Building

Union 6 White County Building

Union 7 White County Building

West Point Wolcott Park Community Bldg.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the order presented for the 2012 polling locations for the primary elections, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

ELECTION BOARD WORKERS PAY INCREASE

Clerk Paula Lantz proposed the following ordinance amending the Precinct Election Officers Ordinance concerning compensation.

AMENDMENTS TO THE PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICERS ORDINANCE CONCERNING COMPENSATION

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of White County Indiana, (“Commissioners”) is the executive and legislative body for White County, Indiana. I.C. 36-1-2-5 and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners and Council have previously adopted ordinances which establish the compensation, training, and meal allowance and compensation for precinct election officers;

WHEREAS, the Commissioners desire to increase the per diem provided for meal allowances and compensation for each inspector, judge, poll clerk, assistant poll clerk for the performance of all the duties of office imposed on the person that are performed on election day.

WHEREAS, I.C. 3-6-6-31 provides that the Commissioners may provide for pay allowances for precinct election workers and I.C. 36-6-6-25 provides that the Commissioner shall establish per diem compensation for each inspector, judge, poll clerk, assistant poll clerk for the performance of all duties of office imposed on the person that are performed on election day.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED; by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, as follows:

1. The sum of $7.00 per meal shall be allocated for meal allowances for all precinct election workers.

2. The following sum shall be paid to all precinct election workers as compensation for the performance of all duties of office imposed on the person that are performed on election day:

Compensation:

a. Inspector $125.00

b. OP Judge $115.00

c. Judge $110.00

d. Clerk $110.00

e. Assisted Clerk $110.00

3. In addition to the above per diem, each election worker shall receive the sum of $25.00 for attending the training session pursuant to I.C. 3-6-6-40.

4. This amendment shall take effect immediately.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked what the current rates are on the officers. Clerk Lantz reported that their pay is currently: Inspector $115.00/day, OP Judge $105.00/day, Judge $70.00/day, Clerk $70.00/day, Assisted Clerk $70.00/day.

 

The commissioners discussed that since they redistricted the townships there are only twelve boards compared to twenty-three. This is a savings of $1,540.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 12-02-21-02 making amendments to the Precinct Election Officers Ordinance concerning compensation, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ABSENTEE VOTER BOARD OFFICERS COMPENSATION

Clerk Paula Lantz proposed the following ordinance amending the Absentee Voter Board Officer’s ordinance concerning compensation. This is a request to increase the hourly rate from $9.50 to $9.80 per hour.

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE ABSENTEE VOTER BOARD OFFICERS ORDINANCE CONCERNING COMPENSATION

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana (“Commissioners”) is the executive and legislative body for White County, I.C. 36-1-2-5 and I.C. 36-1-2-9;

WHEREAS, the Commissioners and the council have previously adopted ordinances which establish compensation for each absentee voter board member.

WHEREAS, the Commissioners desire to increase the per diem provided for each absentee voter board member under I.C. 3-11-10-38.

WHEREAS, I.C. 3-11-10-38 provides that the Commissioners shall provide compensation to the boards that are sent to voters under Section 25, I.C. 3-11-10-25, Court board members assigned to the Circuit Clerk’s office during the period from thirty (30) days before an election through the day before the election and board that are assigned to deliver the absentee ballots to precincts on election day.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, as follows:

1. The sum of $9.80 shall be paid to all absentee voter board members hourly.

2. The mileage per diem determined by the fiscal body, in the sum of $.55 cents per mile shall be paid to each board member sent to assist voters under I.C. 3-11-10-25, and who are required to drive to and from residents to assist voter during the period from thirty (30) days before an election through the day before the election, and the boards that are assigned to deliver absentee ballots to the precincts on election day.

3. In addition to the above per diem, each Absentee board member shall receive the sum of $25.00 for the training pursuant to I.C. 3-11-10-39.

4. That this amendment shall take effect immediately.

    • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 12-02-21-03, allowing amendments to the Absentee Voter Board Officers Ordinance concerning compensation from $9.50 per hour to $9.80 per hour, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, appeared to address any concerns or issues the commissioners may have on proposing to void out the county’s ordinance COMM-91-12-16, “Road Numbering and Naming in White County” and adding it to the zoning ordinance to make it compatible with their subdivision section of the ordinance.

Mr. Rogers said that the current county ordinance doesn’t address street names at all. The amendment to the zoning ordinance will cover all of the street naming requirements that would apply to the county and the city; subdivision streets will be covered by the subdivision ordinance. The changes will correct some technical errors in the current ordinance, correct things that were left blank and correct definitions that were not really appropriate. He also pointed out that bridge dedications were not covered in the county’s ordinance and he was asked to include this in their ordinance as well.

Mr. Rogers said that he will propose this ordinance amendment to the APC board and bring their recommendation to the commissioners at a later date. The commissioners said that they did not have any concerns with the wording.

 

RECYCLE DEPARTMENT

White County Recycling Director, Dawn Girard, reported that the cardboard baler has broken down. This is a piece of equipment that she believes was purchased in 1997. She said that they bale 10-12 tons of cardboard a week with the balers.

Dawn said that the baler was sent off four weeks ago to Deutsch Systems, Chalmers, to see what the repair cost would be and they’ve reported that it needs to be remanufactured. She presented a quote from Deutsch Systems to refurbish the bailer at $22,485.00. The other options would be to purchase a new baler for $110,000 - $120,000 or buy a used one for $75,000. She discussed the downfalls of buying a used piece of equipment because of the difficulties of not being able to tell what needs to be repaired on the machine.

Dawn said that she has grant money from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste office and she would like permission to use those funds to have the baler remanufactured.

Commissioner Burton complimented Dawn on doing her homework. He pointed out that even though this baler has a lot of age on it, it can still be bought new.

Commissioner Diener asked how much revenue the cardboard generates. Dawn said that she gets $5,000+ a month for the cardboard.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion that we request the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District to release the grant money for the county to be used to repair the cardboard baler at the Recycling Department, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

BJ Propes, Interim Highway Superintendent, presented a new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy for the White County Highway Department’s substance abuse program. He explained that everything shaded in green is a DOT update over the past few years. The updates must be published in an updated policy and given to all CDL drives to be in compliance with the DOT program.

The commissioners and county attorney will review the revised policy and discuss at the next meeting.

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

E-911

E-911 Director, Terri Brooks, reported that she has started the process of getting the license renewals and getting ready for the narrow banding. She has been working with EMA Director, Dean Mullens, to have all of this completed by the end of 2012. At the end of this year, they will no longer be able to use the radio frequencies that they have been using. This is something that they’ve been aware of for the past two years and she said that their equipment will be fine. The only cost to her will be renewing the license, which will be very minimal.

Director Brooks expressed concern to all of the fire departments and volunteer fire departments in White County that are not preparing for the narrow banding. She said that a lot of their radios aren’t even narrow banding compatible because they’re so old. This is a federally mandated change that must be done. She warned the commissioners and council that the county fire departments and volunteer fire departments might come to the county requesting funds to buy new radios.

Director Brooks is also worried about the tornado sirens in the county that will be affected by this. She said that when they go to the narrow banding, the entire wide band has to be taken out by November 2012. This is something that needs to be taken care of by the township trustees. Her only involvement with the tornado sirens in the county is to set them off. She said that Dean, EMA, has sent out letters to all of the township trustees but only one has responded. She said that RaComm estimated that it will cost $5,000 - $12,000 to get all of the tornado sirens in the county up and running.

Terri did point out that she sent out letters two years ago to fire departments and township trustees saying that this was going to happen in 2012 and to start buying radios and equipment that would prepare them for this.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Dave Anderson, Building Inspector, reported that the department only issued fifteen building permits for the month of January. None of those were for new home construction. He said that this number is very low, but not uncommon for January.

Mr. Anderson said that he does prepare a monthly report that breaks down permits that are issued in his department and if the commissioners or council members would like to have a copy, please contact him.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Jim Reynolds, Environmental Officer, reported the following:

  • Received 7 complaints on junk in yards, and junk on vehicles.
  • Attended a community meeting in Idaville explaining the Nuisance Ordinance
  • Made 10 landfill inspections.
  • Made 5 inspections at the transfer station.

Mr. Reynolds said that he has started his new duties at the Health Department. He did attend a two day Indiana Onsite Waste Water Professionals Association (IOWPA) Conference and obtained a certificate on septic systems. He has issued two permits already this month and he had fourteen calls on septic issues.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Connie Neininger, Director, presented the Director’s Report for January 2012. Connie reported the following:

  • Working closely with Girtz and PWRTC.
  • Met with IU Health – Business Development
  • Attended Purdue Strategic Doing Certification Program. She is now a certified “Strategic Doer”.
  • Board members continue to go out and meet with companies in White County.
  • Ball Corp. has agreed to give a tour to our guest from China in April.
  • Working closely with the TP&W Railway on the Wolcott Corridor.
  • Vanguard is over 420 employees now.

Vanguard Employee Entrance

Connie discussed the $17,050 it will cost Vanguard to move the South employee entrance gate due to CSX (Railroad) closing their current exit. She said that she has been working with them to move the entrance to Quarry Road. This intersection will be very dangerous for their employees so they are requesting CSX to have safety measurers put in at this intersection. Connie asked if there was any assistance that the County could provide to Vanguard to help move the gate to Quarry Road.

Girtz Industries – Road Improvement

Connie said that Girtz Industries is expanding and they are requesting a county road improvement. She said that the county road intersection, N CR 550 E and E CR 600 N, needs larger radius corners, widening and increased weight capacity. Connie asked the commissioners if they would go out and take a look at the area.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they will look at both of these issues.

There being no further business to come before the joint meeting, the council adjourned to their own meeting room.

APPOINTMENTS - COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Judge Mrzlack, President of the Community Corrections Advisory Board, appeared before the commissioners to clear-up the confusion of appointments that were made at their February 6, 2012, meeting.

The following board members are automatically on the board because of their position: Judge Mrzlack, Judge Thacker, Sheriff Shafer, Prosecutor Guy, DCS Director Bedrick, and Mayor Houston. The rest of the board members must be appointed by the County Commissioners.

Judge Mrzlack requested the commissioners appoint the following members to the Community Corrections Advisory Board for a four-year term expiring December 31, 2015:

Attorney at Law and Public Defender John T. Million

White County Council Member Dennis Cain

Probation Officer Gina Goodman

Educational Administrator Karen Ward

Mental Health Administrator Liz Little

Lay Person Mary Jo Burke

Lay Person Donald Darnstaedt

Lay Person Dave Jordan

Lay Person & Minority Iris Murillo

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to make the appointments to the Community Corrections Advisory Board for a four-year term expiring December 31, 2015, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT – WAGE BOARD HEARING

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to appoint John Roscka to the Common Wage Board Council for the Twin Lakes School Corporation project, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PROPERTY ACQUISITION – WHITE ROCK FAMILY PARTNERSHIP

White County Attorney George Loy requested signatures on the settlement agreement for $27,000 for the White Rock Family Partnership property acquisition for the 6th Street Project. APPROVED

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

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________ _____________________________ _______________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President David Diener, Member

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor