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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building at Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on April 15, 2013 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Dennis Carter called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

James B Davis

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer said the last word in the paragraph under “Cumulative Capital Development Fund” should be “Building” rather than “Bridge”, and the “i” and “t” need switched in the word “Capital.” Councilor Anderson made a motion to accept the January, 2013 minutes with the noted changes. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Area Plan $1,000.00 1-1-3-1 1-1-1-3

Legal Services Part-Time

 

Director Rogers said he recently learned the County is going to change its GIS provider. There will be a two-week window for the switch once the conversion date is set. He would like to hire a part-time person to help the office update the hard copy maps to have as back-ups before the conversion. The project would take about two weeks to complete.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE County Council of White County, Indiana that for the expenses of said Municipal Corporation the following additional sums of money are hereby appropriated and set apart out of the fund. Herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

Expert Witnesses Account $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00

Court Reporter Account $ 5,000.00 $ 5,000.00

Total $ 20,000.00 $ 20,000.00

Prosecuting Attorney Guy said the defense in the State versus Rodenbarger case has pleaded insanity. Mr. Rodenbarger will have to be examined by a State Court appointed psychologist or psychiatrist. The prosecution is consulting with a forensic psychiatrist and a forensic psychologist to review the case at this time, and may have them do an examination as well. Their hourly rate is $500. Depositions will be done on several upcoming Fridays which involve statements under oath from the witnesses and professionals involved with this case. The $20,000 request was determined before realizing the professionals’ $500 hourly rate, so Mr. Guy will probably be back with more additional appropriation requests.

Councilor Crabb asked if Mr. Rodenbarger’s insanity state of mind could change. Prosecutor Guy said yes; with medication a person can become competent to stand trial. That means he/she is able to understand what is taking place in the trial.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above request from the General Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Advancing Manufacturing Scholarship Program

$ 100,000.00 $ 100,000.00

Total $ 100,000.00 $ 100,000.00

Councilor Anderson said he likes the program, but dislikes the fact that the student pays nothing up front or even repays any of it. Economic Development Director Mitchell said an Employer that has employed a graduate for 90 days and is satisfied with him/her is required to contribute 50% of the scholarship back into the fund. He said this is a successful program in Tippecanoe County, and graduates are coming to White County. He said it’s more like a college scholarship. Councilor Anderson said most students receiving college scholarships still have to pay. Director Mitchell said they pay back by being employable and off of unemployment. Councilor Anderson said he, along with others, are sick of paying out and giving away stuff at taxpayers’ expense. Councilor Davis said he sees it as an investment, although it’s difficult to put an amount on the payback. If it puts 20 to 40 people to work in White County who live in White County, produce in White County, pay taxes in White County, and buy goods in White county, he sees it as a bargain. Councilor Anderson said it appears the County government is getting involved with education because we don’t feel the schools are doing the job. Councilor Crabb said Advance Auto in Jasper County gave $10,000 to Tri-County High School because of its logistics program. Director Mitchell said Monticello factories are hiring from the Tippecanoe program because those students have the training needed to fill the jobs. He sees it as an investment in the 50% of students not going on to college. White County taxpayer Marvin Good asked the Council to consider a time limit. He also commented on how easy it was for the Council to spend $100,000 of tax money he has contributed to for years. He would rather see smaller amounts used, and if it’s successful, then give more. Councilor Crabb said this is a one-time expenditure. Any further request would be a separate issue. Councilor Annis said Tippecanoe County’s program is self-supporting once the factories started kicking in more.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to appropriate the above request from the County Economic Development Income Tax. Councilor Davis seconded the motion.

Vote: 6 Aye, 1 Nay Councilor Anderson

WHITE COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS/911

New 911 Phone System $ 167,428.40 $ 167,428.40

Total $ 167,428.40 $ 167,428.40

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above request from the Cumulative Building fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

CIVIL SERVICE FUND & SMALL CLAIMS FEES

Councilor Clear made a motion to transfer the balance from Fund 206 Civil Service and Fund 207 Small Claims Fees into the General Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN

White County Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said he has been dealing with two litigations, and the Area Plan Commission said to file an injunction and a suit to collect the fines. He wanted the Council to be aware he may have to ask for funding later this summer due to his limited legal budget.

 

SALARY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

White County Council Secretary Nydegger said the Salary Ordinance did not correctly reflect the change the Council made during budget time for the part-time Deputies. The Ordinance reads $16.00 per hour instead of the $16.50 agreed upon. She said Auditor Rogers has prepared the paperwork to make the amendment.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to amend the Salary Ordinance to reflect $16.50 as the hourly rate for part-time Deputies. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

CUMULATIVE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Auditor Rogers said the State suggests Counties reestablish cumulative funds every two years. The Cumulative Building fund was at .0167 per $100 assessed property value and has actually been going into Cumulative Bridge. Auditor Rogers said the State and HJ Umbaugh & Associates recommend asking for .0333, and for it to go into the Cumulative Capital Development Fund. This fund can be used for maintenance, upkeep and things like the new 911 phone system! Mr. Good said the newspaper article read as if there was going to be a new tax used for new building or something, causing him concern. Auditor Rogers said she has to use the State’s legal terminology.

Council President Carter said the funds are to be listed on form 1784 along with all the levies and their rates. The form comes from the State to the Auditor after budget hearings. There is such a short time frame to turn it back in, that the Council doesn’t see it before the Auditor sends it back. He said the fund didn’t get reestablished for at least three years.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to establish the Cumulative Capital Development Fund and set the levy at .0333 per $100 assessed property value beginning with 2013 taxes payable 2014 (Ordinance #2013-01). Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

UNUSED FUNDS

Auditor Rogers contacted the State about funds not being used for at least a couple of years with a zero balance. She was told to delete them. She is checking with the appropriate people the funds were used for in the past before deleting them. She will be checking with the Council on some as well.

Councilors thanked Auditor Rogers for sending reports on the Matrix.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Crabb made a motion to adjourn. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER, PRESIDENT JAMES ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR