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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 July 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 Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr

James B Davis James G Annis

 

Councilor Kevin L. Crabb was absent from the meeting.

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the June 17, 2013 minutes. Councilor Annis 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 BOARD OF AVIATION COMMISSIONERS

Automatic Weather Observation Service $ 80,000.00 $ 80,000.00

Total $ 80,000.00 $ 80,000.00

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to appropriate the above request from the Airport Fund. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AREA PLAN COMMISSION UPDATE

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers appeared before the Council to present an update on pending legal action relating to a community member complaint of a resort operating in his neighborhood, which the Area Plan Commission had determined was not legal. A warning ticket and citation were issued to the offending party, who then hired an attorney, bypassed the BZA review procedure, and after settlement discussions proved fruitless, ultimately filed suit. The suit now claims the offender has had his rights to utilize his property taken away by the APC, which gives the suit some basis in constitutional law. The matter is now in the hands of insurance counsel and has been moved from the White Circuit Court to the Federal District Court. Director Rogers felt the Council should be made aware of the potential legal expense involved in the matter and further of the potential precedent for circumventing administrative review procedures which are in place. Steps are being taken to review and revise zoning ordinances to prevent or avoid similar suture situations, with a lot of work to be done in the “Definitions” sections of the ordinances. Director Rogers mentioned that Attorney Abby Diener’s billing for her work on the matter has not yet come in. A brief discussion of “Vacation Rental by Owner” properties took place, and Director Rogers then wrapped up his report, stating that he would bring the matter up again at the upcoming Budget hearings. The Council thanked Director Rogers for his report.

 

E-911 REPORT

E-911 Director Terri Brooks reported to the Council that she contacted Century Link last month because she still does not have the promised new phone system, and learned that Century Link had not ordered any equipment as yet. Director Brooks had a conference call with Century Link representatives Mike Crabb and Nancy Serafino. Director Brooks reported that equipment changes were made, adding $5,000 to the system cost, which she can handle in her budget, but that additional equipment required to make the system State-compliant was adding $25,000 more to the system cost, taking the overall cost from the original $160,000 bid to about $185,000. Director Brooks has since had a visit from State auditors who have provided her with a considerable amount of useful information which she can use in dealing with Century Link. Councilor Annis suggested that having Mike Crabb sit down with Director Brooks and one of the Commissioners to work out questions and cost issues. Councilor Davis added that they should find out why we were misled to start, and commented he feels Century Link has failed to meet their agreement. Councilors Clear and Anderson suggested that Director Brooks contacted someone higher up the chain of command at Century Link, and Councilor Clear suggested that Director Brooks might use her position on the State 911 Board to make such a contact.

Councilor Clear then asked Director Brooks about the situation with employees at the 911 Center. They are struggling but getting by. Councilor Davis asked if she had any suggestions for getting more people, but there were none at this time.

 

AUDITOR REPORT

Auditor Gayle Rogers requested clarification on the Council’s hiring freeze which had taken place a few years ago, and Councilor Kramer explained what had taken Place. Auditor Rogers then reported that Aileen Steele of the Title IV-D office has retired, and Prosecutor Bob Guy wants to move Jamie McKean into that position and hire a new person to fill Jamie’s slot. The Council agreed that was fine, with the understanding that salaries could not be raised above current levels.

Auditor Rogers also passed around new hire forms for the Council’s review relating to recent hires at the Sheriff’s Department, Title IV-D Office, and Highway Department, as well as a Comp Time Waiver form for Randy Mitchell, Economic Development Director.

Auditor Rogers also reported that funds held in accounts titled “Civil Service Fees” and “Small Claims Fees” which were put into the General Fund should have gone into the Sheriff’s Retirement Funds account, and those funds would therefore have to be transferred to the proper fund.

Lastly, Auditor Rogers informed the Council that 911 Director Terri Brooks being paid overtime is not legal, according to County Attorney George Loy. We will have to make new pay arrangements for Terri Brooks for next year, which will be taken up during Budget hearings.

 


ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER, PRESIDENT JAMES ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

___________________________ _____ABSENT______________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR