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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, January 22, 2013. 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, Gayle Rogers; 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 as presented for the regular meeting held on January 7, 2013, 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

ASSESSOR’S CONTRACTS 2013

Lisa Downey, Assessor, requested the commissioners to approve the contract from Assessment Analytics, Inc., for her 2013 appraisal support services as presented at the last meeting.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept and enter an agreement with Assessment Analytics, Inc., for the Assessor’s 2013 appraisal support services, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ASSESSOR – APPOINTMENTS

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to appoint Judy Bertram (Freeholder & Level II Certified Appraiser), Mark Gamble (Freeholder), and Phil Vogel (Freeholder) to the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals for 2013, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Larry Klink to the Economic Development Commission for 2013, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSON

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Craig LeBeau, Connie Stimmel, and Tom Westfall to the Redevelopment Commission board for 2013, seconded by Commissioner Diener. 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 Raymond “Butch” Kramer Jim Annis

Bruce Clear Arthur “Art” Anderson Kevin “Casey” Crabb

James “Jim” Davis

E-911

Terri Brooks, Director, presented the White County Communications E-911year-end report for 2012.

Terri said that she is currently fully staffed but she doesn’t have any part-time employees.

Terri asked the commissioners if they would consider approving the contract from Century Link that will give her leasing space from the Century Link building to hold their equipment. She felt that the price was very reasonable. White County Attorney, George Loy, said that he is okay with the format of the contract.

Terri reported that she will be taking a dispatcher and to Jasper County to look at their E-911 system.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Jim Reynolds, Environmental Officer, presented his January 2013 environmental report.

  • Received 24 complaints on various issues.
  • Sent out 4 letters for clean-ups.
  • Made 10 landfill inspections and 5 transfer station inspections.
  • Working with landlord to get rental property cleaned-up at 2176 S 450W.
  • Attended defensive tactics training.

RECYCLING DEPARTMENT

Dawn Girard, Director, presented the year end annual report for the department. She said that they started the year off with $45,000 in grant funds from the NWISWD. Major equipment issue last year was the horizontal bailer breaking down. The cost to rebuild the machine was $30,000.

Dawn said that she had to give away 320,000 lbs of cardboard in 2012 because nobody could handle the volume that they were doing weekly. Waste Management in Lafayette took the extra cardboard for free but we lost a profit of $12,000. The balance of the grant funds were used to purchase containers and repairing other equipment.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Randy Mitchell, Director, gave an overview on the direction that he’s taking as the Economic Development Director. He was able to attend an Economic Development Association conference in Indianapolis where he was able to meet a lot of the state people and other directors.

Mr. Mitchell presented and discussed a list of site leads from the State. He said that for the first three months he will focus on business retention and small business owners. He also announced that the Economic Development Annual meeting will be held February 22.

COUNCIL ON AGING

Gayle Spry, Director, presented the 2012 Annual report. They provided 15,623 passenger trips in 2012, which was down compared to 2011.

CONSTITUTION PLAZA

Commissioner Heimlich and Commissioner Diener discussed a meeting that they attended with the City of Monticello regarding improvements to the Constitutional Plaza, the cul-du-sac on the north side of the White County Building. During the meeting, the city asked the county to partner with them to make improvements on the east side of the county building as well.

Cindy Isom, Monticello Parks Department Secretary and also working on the project with the Monticello Redevelopment Commission, gave a presentation on the need to make improvements to the area because of the damaged sidewalks, pots, trees and other infrastructure dated back to 1974.

Mrs. Isom said that grants are available for projects like this, but more money would be spent on engineering work and contractors. She said that they would like to see a lot of the work to be done by the county and city. This will cut the cost in half being around $150,000.

Councilman Clear agreed that improvements needed to be done, especially on the east end of the building, but asked if the rest of the courthouse square was going to be done as well. Mrs. Isom recommended doing this area first and eventually working around the building in the future.

Commissioner Heimlich said that if he hears something the contrary he will continue to discuss this with the city and coordinate efforts to see what the county can do for the project.

CR 900 NORTH

Commissioner Heimlich made the council aware that North White School officials contacted him about the danger of having buses traveling on State Road 16. There has been several incidents already with the busses and landfill trucks. They’ve tried to have the busses take 900 N. instead of State Road 16 in the mornings, but complained how rough the road is. They are requesting the county to make some road improvements to CR 900 N; 5.5 miles.

Highway Superintendent BJ Propes presented an estimate for material to be a little over $300,000, and total cost for the project to be about $500,000.

Commissioner Heimlich said that if this is something that they would like to move forward with, he felt that the money could come out of the landfill funds.

The consensus of the council was to go ahead and put it on schedule to have the road improvements done this year.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS - APPOINTMENT

Council President Denny Carter made the recommendation to the commissioners to appoint Art Anderson as the council representative to the board.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to appoint Art Anderson to the Community Corrections Advisory Board for a four year term expiring December 31, 2016, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Council President Denny Carter made the recommendation from the council to appoint Jim Annis to the Economic Development board.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Jim Annis to the Economic Development Board for 2013, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

INDIANA LANDMARKS

County Attorney George Loy presented an agreement from Indiana Landmarks for the sale and removal of Bridge #156 for $10.00.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the agreement from Indiana Landmarks as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

E-911 – SPRINT BUILDING

Commissioner Burton presented a copy of the five year contract from Century Link for the E-911 Department to lease space at the Century Link Building on Illinois Street. The monthly cost will be $1,206.85.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the Century Link contract for leasing space at the Century Link building for $1,206.85/month, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

E-911 SYSTEM

Mike Crabb, Century Link, appeared before the commissioners. Mr. Crabb said that he recently submitted a promotion to be included with their quote for the 911 system. He said that they will give a $6,000 credit toward the fiber/Ethernet contract that was just approved at the last meeting if they are awarded the contract for the new 911 system.

Mr. Crabb also said that he was informed that the maintenance agreement for the current 911 system actually expired January 1, 2013 and not February 28. Since this was incorrect information that he had given, he said that they will incur any maintenance cost that should arise for the month of January and February.

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: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor