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COMMISSIONERS MINUTES

JUNE 4, 2012                                                                                        PRESENT: AL

 

BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners had a regular meeting on Monday, June 4, 2012. The meeting was held 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 Auditor Jill Guingrich, White County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

 

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 21, 2012, regular meeting as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. 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

 

GIRTZ PROJECT

Highway Superintendent BJ Propes presented estimates for the Girtz project. Commissioner Heimlich said that we will present this to the council at the next joint meeting. Don Ward said that he will get with a Surveyor to determine how much land the county will need to purchase.

 

MEMORANDUM OF FRIENDLY EXCHANGES

Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, presented copies of the Memorandum of Establishing Friendly-Exchanges. The document states that we are interested in taking the next step of becoming a sister city between White County and Jiaxing, Zhejiang. Connie said that they have asked her to sign the document with their city officials while she is in China. She asked for permission to sign the document on behalf of White County.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the Memorandum of Establishing Friendly-Exchanges Relations between Jiaxing, Zhejiang, the people’s republic of China and authorizing Connie Neininger to sign on White County’s behalf, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

IVY TECH

Connie Neininger reported that she did walk through the house that was donated by the hospital with Ivy Tech representatives. Ivy Tech said that they do not see any use of the building structure; they believe parking would be their greatest advantage at this time.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that they need to decide what they’re going to do with the house.

 

EMA GRANT APPLICATION

Dean Mullens, EMA Director, submitted the 2011 Emergency Management Performance Grant-Salaries Sub-Grant Agreement. He requested the commissioners to approve and sign the agreement so White County can continue to be reimbursed 50% of their salaries and benefits. The amount of the grant is not to exceed $26,233.75 from the 2011 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and sign the 2011 Emergency Management Performance Grant as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

6TH STREET CHANGE ORDER

Commissioner Heimlich submitted a change order from American Structurepoint for $175,676.41 for the added time due to utility relocation. He said that INDOT has approved this and we should be covered under our 20% match. The original change order was over $200,000, but through discussion over a year’s time, they lowered it to the $175,676.41.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Change Order #26 for $175,676.41 for the 6th Street Project, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

ANTI-NEPOTISM POLICY

Commissioner Heimlich said that all counties must adopt an anti-nepotism policy/ordinance by July 1, 2012. White County Attorney George Loy said that he will write up a draft before the next meeting.

 

The ordinance will cover elected officials and any department heads where the supervisor will have control over the employee that’s a relative. Auditor Guingrich said that she has some questions about part-time employees that work only during the summer, go back to college and then start back up the next summer. Is this considered a break in employment?

 

BRIDGE #88 & BRIDGE #89 – 5 YEAR PLAN

Mike Obergfell, USI Consultants, appeared before the commissioners to discuss a five year bridge plan for White County bridges.

 

Mr. Obergfell discussed Bridge #88, over Tippecanoe River, and Bridge #89, over Pike Creek. He said that the original agreement between USI and White County, on these two bridges, was signed in 2002. Since then, USI has submitted applications for federal funding to INDOT five or six times over the last ten years and they were all denied. Now, INDOT is saying that if a county has jobs in their system, they will not take any new applications. Mr. Obergfell said that White County is not even eligible to apply for federal funding.

 

Mr. Obergfell discussed the need to get those repaired before they deteriorate too far. He presented a draft of a five year plan detailing the bridges that need the most work. At this time, he feels that it would be best for the county to use local dollars from the cumulative bridge fund to start the repairs on Bridge 88 & 89 before they get any worse. If this is done, he suggested signing a new contract since the original was ten years old.

 

Mr. Obergfell did point out that if we don’t do a deck rehabilitation project on Bridge #88, that it will need a whole new deck.

 

AREA PLAN

Commissioner Heimlich announced that they did receive a letter from Richard C. Roach II requesting to withdraw Rezoning Petition #1000. Rezoning Petition #1000 was requesting to rezone 7.64 acres from an A-1 to an I-2 for the purpose of constructing a digester. This petition was presented to the commissioners on March 19, 2012.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the letter requesting to withdraw Rezoning Petition #1000 for consideration at this time, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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