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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, September 17, 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 Diener made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on September 4, 2012, as presented, 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

COMMON CONSTRUCTION WAGE BOARD

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

VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER

Norman Howell, representing the White County Veteran’s clubs, encouraged the commissioners that when they hire a new Veteran Service Officer to hire someone that has an honorable or general discharge from the military.

Commissioner Heimlich said that having an honorable discharge is one of the requirements for the position. He also said that the commissioners welcome input from the service organizations as they go through the applications.

Larry Sanson and Larry Woodhouse appeared before the commissioners discussing the need to have a full-time officer in the Veteran’s Office.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that the issue for a full-time/part-time officer for this appointment is not going to change because the budget has already been set for 2013. The position has been part-time for the past 25 years and it is not in the commissioners’ position to make the change.

PROPOSED SERVICE WEAPON ORDINANCE

White County Attorney, George Loy, presented an ordinance that provides awarding the service weapon to retirees, after 20 years or more of service, from the White County Sheriff’s Department.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to suspend the rules to adopt Ordinance No. 12-09-17-01 on the first reading, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 12-09-17-01, Ordinance Awarding Service Weapon to Retiring White County Sheriff’s Merit Deputies as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 12-09-17-01

ORDINANCE FOR AWARDING SERVICE WEAPON TO RETIRING WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF’S MERIT DEPUTIES

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the White County Commissioners to honor and recognize White County Sheriff’s Merit Deputies who retire after twenty or more years of loyal and conscientious service to White County; and,

WHEREAS, in order to do so, the Commissioners deem it appropriate to award such retirees their service weapon, and therefore to declare the same as surplus property of White County.

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

Section 1. That upon the retirement of a White County Sheriff’s Merit Deputy after a period of twenty (20) years or more as a White County Sheriff’s Deputy, his or her service weapon shall be considered surplus property of White County, and shall be awarded to such retiring Merit Deputy in honor of his or her service.

Section 2. That this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

PASSED AND ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana on this 17th day of September, 2012.

 

PROPOSED ISSUANCE AND USE OF CREDIT CARDS RESOLUTION

White County Attorney, George Loy, presented a draft resolution for the issuance and use of credit cards for county employees. The resolution authorizes the Auditor to apply for business credit cards to be used by county officials. The cards can be used for travel expenses and the purchase of county goods and services.

Attorney Loy said that the resolution is modeled after the City of Monticello’s credit card resolution, which seems to be working well for them. For the City of Monticello, the Clerk-Treasurer keeps custody of the credit card and if someone needs to use it they must check it out with her.

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the county’s ordinance covering travel expenses and questioned how this resolution would work with the ordinance. He said that the main reason a credit card policy is being considered is to allow certain departments to purchase electronics over the internet to get a cheaper price.

Commissioner Burton wasn’t in favor of letting employees use the credit card for traveling expenses because he felt that they should be responsible for expenses on their own credit card rather than the county’s.

Attorney Loy said that he could remove the use of travel expenses from the resolution all together. After a short discussion, the commissioners decided to get input from other departments to decide if they want to cover travel expenses in the resolution. If they do want to apply the travel expenses, then the resolution needs to be consistent with the travel policy. Attorney Loy even suggested restricting the credit card use to certain departments.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any further questions or comments from the public regarding the proposed credit card resolution. No response.

The commissioners decided to take the resolution under advisement and revisit at a later date.

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

VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER

Commissioner Heimlich took a moment to recognize the recent passing of Mr. Tom Carter. He said that Mr. Carter spent the past 14 years with the county as the Veteran Service Officer, and before that he spent 20 years as a County Commissioner. Mr. Carter also dedicated four years as a County Councilman. He said that White County was fortunate to have Mr. Carter as a public servant for 38 years. He definitely will be missed.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that forty permits were issued last month; three of them were for new housing starts.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer, Jim Reynolds, presented the Environmental Report.

  • Received 33 complaints on environmental issues.
  • Filed a lien on property located at 1792 Roundabout Road
  • Made eight landfill inspections.
  • Made four inspections at the transfer station.
  • Issued five permits for septic systems and responded to ten calls on septic issues.
  • Working with the Town of Burnettsville assisting in testing wells.

Mr. Reynolds introduced Eugene Klisiak, Operations Manager at Liberty Landfill, to the Commissioners and Council.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Director’s Report for August 2012.

Vanguard has completed their new employee entrance on Quarry Road. The gate is up, the drive is blacktopped and they are now up to five hundred employees. Connie will now follow-up with INDOT to see when they will finish-up with the safety features at that crossing.

Connie said that she met with EDP Renewable to talk about the wind farm, Phase 5 and future phases. She said that a lot of this is on hold right now until our federal legislatures’ determine if they are going to renew the federal production tax credit for wind.

Connie reported that seventeen leads came in from the state and White County only qualified for two because all of the others wanted existing buildings.

Connie announced the White County Networking Breakfast will be on Tuesday, September 25 at the Hospital. Everyone is invited to attend.

PORK & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL PRESENTATION

Joe Crivello and Kean MacOwan gave a presentation detailing the upcoming Pork & Pumpkin Festival activities that will take place all throughout White County starting October 4th -7th. Please bring your family and join in on all the festivities!

NACO PRESCRIPTION CARD – REVENUE SHARING OPTION FUNDS

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the last joint meeting where the White County Clerk, Paula Lantz, discussed the Revenue Sharing Option that is now available to counties. NACO now offers a rebate of $1.00 from every prescription back to the county. At that time, discussion was made on how the county could give that money back to the taxpayers.

After a short discussion the consensus of the council and commissioners was to put the money into a self-funded medical insurance fund that has been set up for the county.

  • Councilman Kramer made a motion to enter into a 3-year contract for the Revenue Sharing Option with the NACO Prescription Card. Collected funds will go into a self funded medical insurance fund, seconded by Councilman Clear. Vote: 6 Yes and 1 Absent (Crabb)

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to enter into a 3-year contract for the Revenue Sharing Option with the NACO Prescription Card. Collected funds will go into a self funded medical insurance fund, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

NACO DENTAL DISCOUNT CARD PROGRAM

White County Attorney, George Loy, reminded the commissioners and council that at the last joint meeting, White County Clerk, Paula Lantz, also presented a contract for the dental discount card program that is available to the county. He said that he did review the contract and everything looks fine.

Commissioner Diener said that this is something that is no cost to the county and if someone chooses to participate from our county then they have that option.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to enter into a contract to participate in the NACO Dental Discount Card program as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

There being no further business to come before the joint meeting, the Council adjourned.

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

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

__________________________ _______________________ _____________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor