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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 15, 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.

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on October 1, 2012, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

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

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

•    Commissioner Burton made a motion to reappoint Kelli Pritts to the Wolcott Community Public Library Board for a 4 year term expiring November 1, 2016, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

Michael Sanson, Veteran, appeared before the commissioners saying that he has a “Wounded Warrior” statue already made and ready to put in the Memorial Garden.  He has also set up a dedication service on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012, with city representatives attending.  There will be no cost to the county.

Commissioner Diener mentioned that this was a very nice and honorable thing to do to honor the veterans; but permission should’ve been requested earlier before the project got to this point.  He said that the county can’t always authorize organizations to place things on the courthouse lawn, because eventually there won’t be a lawn left.    Permission Granted 

•    Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the 2013 Holiday Schedule for the Highway Department as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

January 1               New Year’s Day
January 21             Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 11            Lincoln’s Birthday
February 18            President’s Day
March 29               Good Friday
May 27                   Memorial Day
July 4                     Independence Day
September 2            Labor Day
October 14              Columbus Day
November 11           Veteran’s Day
November 28 & 29   Thanksgiving Day
December 24 & 25   Christmas Day

Commissioner Heimlich said that they have agreed for the Highway Department to put up directional signs in the county right-of-way; but they’re not going to be for every business and every cottage in the county.  He said that they will allow them to be put up for the major campgrounds and Indiana Beach. 

Director Rogers suggested that directional signs only be allowed for places that provide sleeping accommodations, such as, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast businesses, and campgrounds. They would not include rental properties or vacation homes. The business would have to come in and pay for a sign fee. 

Highway Superintendent Propes agreed that they can put in the post for the signs; and Mr. Rogers agreed they will put up the signs.

Talking with the Superintendent Probes, Director Rogers said that they are going to use East Shafer Drive as a test site to see if they have any difficulties or problems before they put anymore up.  He also discussed putting up a sign in areas that says “no signs allowed”. 

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow 6” x 12” directional signs to be put up in the county right-of-way for overnight accommodations, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the 2012 Designation of Polling Locations as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

Precincts        Polling Locations

Big Creek          Chalmers Town Hall
Cass                 Idaville Fire House
Honey Creek      Reynolds Fire House
Jackson            Burnettsville Community Center
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

Roberta Yerk, EMA Deputy Director, requested the commissioners to approve and accept a 2011 Emergency Management Performance grant to purchase two satellite phones.  The grant is not to exceed $4,054.00. 

The following will be purchased with the funds:
Motorola Iridium Satellite Phone        $1,312.50
Motorola XTS2500 Portable 800 Radio    $2,741.50

•    Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the grant agreement for the EMA Department as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

Terry Corso, Jail Commander/White County Sheriff’s Department, reported that the agreement this year for the inmate healthcare contract has increased 3% from last year.  When he presented the three year contract in 2011, he had indicated that there was going to be a 2% cap increase on years two and three.  He said that he was incorrect with that information.  With the three year contract, there will be an increase in years two and three defined by the consumer price index.

Mr. Corso is gathering more information and will bring an accurate percentage increase to the next meeting.

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

White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that thirty-two permits were issued last month, three of them were for new homes. This was the best 3rd quarter since 2008. 

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented an Environmental Report for September 2012.

•    Received 20 complaints on environmental issues.
•    Made 10 landfill inspections and 4 transfer station inspections.
•    Took lake samples and transported to lab.  Results very good except Pike Creek.
•    Attended exercise at hospital with LEPC and EMA.
•    Received 10 complaints on septic issues.

Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Director’s report for September 2012.

Connie met with Cives Steel and they have done quite a bit of hiring lately and they are eager to get their employees more involved.

RAKAR project, Digester, East of Monticello, is working with the BJ Propes, Hwy. Superintendent, regarding CR 800 and what the best route would be along with cost.

Networking breakfast was held at the hospital where IU Health announced the new extended hours for the Walk-In Clinic.  Mrs. Long will be present next month to give a presentation.

Connie said that they held a Local Elected Officials Breakfast in Delphi which was a 14 county regional effort.  Eighty-five elected officials jointed together to overview K-IRPC.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that he has received a letter of resignation from Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director effective November 9, 2012.

•    Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept Connie Neininger’s resignation effective November 9, 2012, 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