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APRIL 16, 2012                                                                                    PRESENT: ALL

BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 16, 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 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 Diener made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the April 2, 2012, meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



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



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



Robert “Bob” Hickman, Monticello Fire Department, said that there is going to be a mutual aid agreement between the county fire departments to organize hazardous materials. Currently, there is a trailer owned by the commissioners stored at the annex building that isn’t being used. Mr. Hickman discussed The Town of Reynolds’ would like to have the trailer to use as a hazmat trailer. Their contribution for the mutual aid agreement will be to carry the insurance, house and respond the trailer. The local EMA Department will take care of the maintenance.


Commissioner Heimlich said that he did talk to the Honey Creek Township Trustee and his concern was whether or not they have a place to store it. After this is done, they will sign the title over to Reynolds.



Kris Smith, Copiers Plus, appeared before the commissioners asking permission to move forward with the print management program that they presented at the March 5, 2012, meeting.


The Commissioners’ Secretary discussed a couple of copiers in the courthouse that need repaired and replaced and wasn’t for sure who to call.


Mr. Smith said that the next step that they need to do is check all of the machines to see if they’re fit for service. This would take about 30 days.


Commissioner Burton mentioned that he would like Mr. Smith to spend some time with Judge Mrzlack and answer his questions. He would like to make sure that the third floor is in agreement to participate in this project.


Commissioner Diener said that since the commissioners are on board with this, he suggested Mr. Smith move forward and check all of the equipment for maintenance. After all of the information is gathered they can come back and make a presentation.



Highway Superintendent, BJ Propes, appeared before the commissioners requesting permission to hire at least three new employees to replace the ones that have left. He has two employees who just quit and one employee is retiring. Commissioner Burton told Mr. Propes to go before the Council and request permission from them as well. PERMISSION GRANTED






Commissioner Diener presented a proposal from Electronic Systems Group, Inc., for the installation of fire alarm inputs for the new fire pump at the courthouse. The proposal is for $980.00. This will allow Electronic systems Group to monitor the new fire pump if it should shut down.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the $980.00 proposal from Electronic Systems Group, Inc., for the fire pump at the courthouse, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the grant agreement for Community Corrections for $190,933.00 for 2012/2013, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous



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




Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that there were twenty-nine permits issued last month; five were for new homes.



White County E911 Director, Terri Conwell, reported that Dean Mullens, EMA Director, and herself held a meeting with local fire departments to discuss the narrow banding issue. She felt that it was very well attended and everyone should be moving in the right direction now.


Terri discussed the lack of ability to keep employees. She is lost for words and doesn’t know what to do anymore. Her most recent employee that just quit had been in training for six weeks.


Terri reported that she has had multiple issues for the past year on the mapping that is used. She doesn’t feel that Manatron is made for 911 mapping. This is one tool that the dispatchers have to have to find people. She has looked at a couple of systems and even looked at a demo with WTH Technologies. She feels that WTH would be the best fit for the department. She said that the cost is going to be $12,000 and she does have the money in her budget. She didn’t want to make a large purchase without discussing it with the commissioners and council first.


The council said that since Terri had the money in the budget they were on board with the purchase.


Terri discussed the Senate Bill 345- Statewide 911 system that was passed and goes into effect on July 1. This contains both positive and negatives for county government.


Effective July 1, 2012, wireless and wire line fees are set at $0.90 per month and prepaid fees at $0.50 per purchase. Local rates for wire line phones are repealed. The wireless board, with review by the state budget committee, may raise the wireless and wire line rate by no more than $0.10 in a year. Each county will receive no less than the average revenue from the past three years of both wireless and wire line collections. Wireless board is limited to the lesser of 10 percent of collections or the previous year's expenses. New money generated will be distributed as the wire less money is distributed today with a 10 percent as equal share and 90 percent by population.




Environmental Officer, Jim Reynolds, presented the Environmental Report for April 2012.


  • Made 10 landfill inspections.

  • Made 5 transfer station inspections.

  • Issued 2 permits for septic systems.

  • Received 18 calls on septic issues.


Mr. Reynolds said that he is still in contact with IDEM regarding the old hospital. IDEM has called in the EPA to do a site survey to see what needs to be done.



Council on Aging Director, Gale Spry, discussed the history of the not-for-profit organization and explained why she comes to the meetings to give reports. She felt that this was necessary for the new members on both boards.



Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Director’s Report for March 2012 and discussed her activities.



White County Sheriff Pat Shafer made a proposal to allow merit deputies to keep their service weapons.


Chief Deputy A.J. Alletto requested the county to adopt an ordinance that would declare the merit deputy’s service weapon surplus property. By doing this they will be able to provide them with their service weapon at the end of their twenty years, or more, of service. Mr. Alletto provided samples of ordinances from other counties. He explained that it is a tradition in many departments where an officer receives his service weapon after he retires.


Commissioner Heimlich said that they will take this under advisement.



Todd Zeiger, Director of Indiana Landmarks, said that they are interested in removing White County’s Bridge #157, which is located on 500 West on Hoagland Ditch. He said that they would like to purchase the small pony truss bridge for $1.00. There will be not cost involved from the county to remove the bridge.


Commissioner Heimlich said that this bridge has been closed since the 1970’s. He said that he has talked to Mr. Don Ward, County Engineer, about this and he would like to talk with him further.


Mr. Zeiger said that they eventually relocate the bridges to parks or walking paths.


Commissioner Burton asked Mr. Zeiger if he has ever heard of Tioga Bridge! Mr. Zeiger said that that type of bridge is too big.



Judge Mrzlack reported that they have been interviewing for the White County Community Corrections Director’s position. He said that they did advertise the position and received eighteen resumes. A committee was formed consisting of Gina Goodman, Pat Shafer, Mary Jo Burke and himself. They have one individual that they would like to extend the offer to as soon as the background check is completed. He said that they do have money in the budget for this position.



Commissioner Heimlich discussed setting up a self-funded account with the health reimbursement account funds that were left over from last year. In the past the money has been put back into the general fund.


Commissioner Diener reminded everyone that discussion was made last year about the county establishing a wellness clinic for employees. Discussion was even made to consider consolidating with another entity like the City of Monticello. He said that in order to initiate a program like this, funds need to be started up because there is no budget for this.


Commissioner Heimlich said that there was $134,463.00 left over from last year. He said that he will have the White County Attorney, George Loy, write up an ordinance and proceed from there.

At this time, the council adjourned to their council meeting room.


Commissioners’ Secretary, Donya Tirpak, presented a resolution from the Town of Wolcott requesting a tax certificate assignment for property located in Wolcott.






WHEREAS, the real property parcel shown on Exhibit “A” attached hereto and made a part hereof was offered for tax sale conducted by the White County Treasurer on September 7, 2011, pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24, et seq.; and


WHEREAS, an amount was not received equal to or in excess of the minimum sale price required for said parcel, and pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24-6 the Board of Commissioners of White County was issued a tax sale certificate for said parcel and therefore has acquired the same rights as a purchaser of such certificate; and


WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, have determined that it is best interest of White County, Indiana that the tax sale certificates for the parcels described in Exhibit “A” be assigned to the Town of Wolcott, Indiana, pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24-9(c) and (d) for no consideration, and that such assignment take place on or after March 5, 2012.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana approves the assignment of the tax sale certificates for the parcels described in Exhibit “A”, on or after March 5, 2012, for no consideration to the Town of Wolcott, Indiana.


Parcel #

91-76-25-000-025.600-018, Furman A. Powell, 129 W. Market Street, Wolcott


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt Resolution 2012-5, Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana for the Transfer of Tax Sale Certificates to the Town of Wolcott, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



White County Attorney George Loy requested the commissioners to rescind Resolution #2012-02 for the transfer of tax sale certificates to the City of Monticello and Resolution #2012-03 for the transfer of tax sale certificates to the Town of Burnettsville. He explained that they did not take all of the properties that was listed in the resolution so he will write-up new resolutions.


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