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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, August 20, 2012.  The meeting was held at the White County Building, Commissioners’ Conference Room, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners’ present was 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.

•    Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on August 6, 2012, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

White County Commissioners’ Secretary, Donya Tirpak, told the commissioners that the annual maintenance agreement of $1,200 stands firm with Neopost for the folding/insert machine.  The machine does come with a 90 day warranty.  She said that this doesn’t have to be purchased at this time.

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow the purchase of folding/insert machine (Model # M333ST2.5) for $9,125.97, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

At the last meeting, Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, discussed how the commissioners’ flood ordinance conflicted with the flood portion of the zoning ordinance.  He recommended consolidating and incorporating them into the zoning ordinance. 

As he was working with Dave Anderson, Building Inspector, he learned that the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) is currently revising their flood plains ordinance.  By reviewing the DNR’s model ordinance, he realized that it is not a zoning ordinance; it is a stand alone ordinance.  Their ordinance delegates responsibilities to an assigned appeals board, not the BZA.  Their ordinance also makes no reference to the improvement location permit; it has its own definition standards and he feels that they would be conflicting with the zoning ordinance standards.  Mr. Rogers also found a state statute that covers flood plain commissions and it directs counties to create a zoning ordinance.

Mr. Rogers now recommends to the commissioners to have the Area Plan Commission review the potential repeal of the flood plain section in the zoning ordinance.  This would leave the current county ordinance addressing flood plains.  He said that the commissioners can decide if they want to follow the DNR model or blend it in with the state statute at a later date.

White County Attorney, George Loy, asked Mr. Rogers to get him a copy of the draft model from the DNR for his review.  Commissioner Heimlich told Mr. Rogers to go ahead and proceed with the APC board.

Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, presented the following rezoning petition.

Rezoning Petition #1004
Waste No Energy LLC, applicant, are requesting to rezone 12 acres from an A-1 (General Agriculture) to an A-2 (Agricultural Industry).  The property is located on CR800 E.  Mr. Rogers said that this petition does come with a commitment letter which will be a part of the approval.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on August 13, 2012, on this rezoning request.  The APC made the recommendation to approve the rezoning petition by a vote of 9 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone wishing to speak about the rezoning. 

Councilman Cain asked what improvements to the road were going to be made.  Commissioner Heimlich said that the road is not going to remain a gravel road.  They have received an estimate to have a concrete stabilization and then a chip-and-seal over that so the road would hold the weighted semis.  He said that they are also aware of an issue at the intersection where there is a “sight problem” because of a dip in the road coming up Hwy 24.  They might have to elevate this area.

Chuck Chapman, 8349 E. US Highway 24, appeared to say that he is concerned about the smell and the trucks pulling out on US 24.  He also expressed concern on what this facility is going to look like in twenty years. 

Doug Roberts, 8319 E US Highway 24, voiced concerns to the traffic flow on Hwy 24, drainage issues that might arise when putting down chip-and-seal on the county road, and who is responsible for handling the cost to build-up the road.  Commissioner Heimlich said that they have talked about taking the money out of the Economic Development funds for the road improvements. 

Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, appreciated the fact that the property owners are still looking at White County.  She briefly addressed the concerns that Mr. Roberts and Mr. Chapman had.  She said that the owners are trying to follow the wishes of the community.  She also asked the commissioners for their support with this project.

Doug Raderstorf, Waste No Energy, spoke to address some of the issues. 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any other questions or comments from the public.  No response.

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1004 with the written commitment letter attached for Waste No Energy LLC, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

At this time, the 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 was a spike in housing starts last month.  Forty-six permits were issued; eight of them were for new homes.  Out of the eight permits for the housing starts, five of them were in Liberty Township.  All of the permits that have been issued for housing starts this year have all been issued for rural areas, no towns.

Terri Conwell, 911 Director, reported that the minimum height that she needs for her antenna is 280’.  She also said that the last price, $1,200 - $1,300, that she received from CenturyLink was a very reasonable rate.

White County Environmental Officer, Jim Reynolds, presented his monthly Environmental Report.

•    Received thirty-eight environmental complaints.
•    Assisted DNR on an oil-spill on the Brown Ditch on Gutwein Farms.
•    Sent out two billing letters for clean-up of properties.
•    Made ten landfill inspections.
•    Five transfer station inspections.
•    Issued two permits for septic systems.
•    Received ten calls on septic issues.
•    Received and addressed forty calls pertaining to the Health Dept.

White County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Business Development report.

Mrs. Neininger reported that there are a lot of business leads coming in looking for existing buildings.  At this time we have none available in White County for industrial sales.

Mrs. Neininger presented a report that showed the projects that she has been working on in the Economic Development office since 2006.  The report shows that with retention and expansion businesses she has brought in 507 new jobs with a capital investment of $69 million dollars.  The attraction project, business that has actually come through, showed 75 permanent jobs with a $1.3 billion dollar capital investment to the county.

The Honey Creek Township Trustee, Tom Westfall, will be taking over the Reynolds Elementary school this Wednesday.  Wal-Mart has provided a $25,000 scholarship to purchase computer equipment and educational equipment to help set up the WISER and Visitor Center.

Mrs. Neininger also presented the White County Economic Development 2013 Strategic Priorities.  She requested the commissioners and council review the list and let her know what their top priorities are for the county.  She asked everyone to please return the priority list by the end of the week.

Paula Lantz, White County Clerk, took a brief moment to update everyone about the NACO prescription discount card that is available to White County taxpayers.   Being a member of NACO, National Association of Counties, we are able to provide a discount prescription card to the taxpayers in our county.  In June 2012, White County had 181 people that used the card and saved $5,941.43.  The largest activity was in May 2011 where 270 people used the card and were able to save $18,387.07.

NACO is now offering counties a Revenue Sharing Option which allows counties to receive $1.00 for every prescription.  She said that about 50% of the counties in the State are taking the option.  The commissioners will have to sign a contract to participate.  The contract was given to White County Attorney George Loy.

Mrs. Lantz also announced that NACO is now offering a dental discount card to counties and she is very excited about this!  There is no additional cost to our county but the taxpayers will have to pay a fee.  This is not an insurance card, but a discount card.  The commissioners will have to sign a contract and the contract was given to Attorney Loy.

A short discussion was held on where the money from the Revenue Sharing Option will be deposited.  Commissioner Burton would like to see the money given back to the people some how. 

The commissioners decided to review the contracts at this time and discuss at a later date.

There being no further business to come before the council, they adjourned their meeting with the commissioners. 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was any further business to come before the board.  No response.

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