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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on April 21, 2014 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

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

White County Council on Aging Director Gale Spry said there were over a thousand fewer trips made this winter because of the weather.  She had her first workers’ compensation claim in the 27 years she has been Director.  It was for an accident involving one of her drivers (not the driver’s fault) which totaled the car and the driver is out with a broken hip.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said the Liberty Landfill tonnage is 94,321.30, which is up about 16,000.

 

White County Economic Development (WCED) President Randy Mitchell passed out a new business summary report he will present each month, detailing information of interest to the Commissioners and Councilors.  He has one lead for the Mid-America Commerce Park involving a feed grain, manufacturing & distribution company that would be spending $55 million in capital outlays.

Three parcels of land have been purchased by White County and WCED Organization for development in the Mid-America Commerce Park.

On April 1st four area school Superintendents and nine or ten major employers in the area met to discuss ways schools can help prepare students with the necessary skills to enter the workforce.

 

Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said the number of permits issued is down, but that has allowed time for the new inspector to attend some classes and ease into the job.

 

White County Emergency Management Agency Director Dean Mullins would like to replace the used car the Sheriff’s Department gave his Department three years ago.  It has 120,000 miles and is falling apart.  He has one estimate for a Ford truck of $26,507 and an estimate from the State for a Dodge truck for $22,952.  A 4-wheel drive truck with an extended cab would be more beneficial for their needs, since they usually have passengers and equipment to haul.  Director Mullins has $31,760 in an EMA Rainy Day Fund that could be used to purchase the truck.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the State bid for the Dodge Truck.  Commissioner Burton seconded the motion.                                                  Vote:  Unanimous

 

Commissioner Heimlich said it has been suggested the Chamber building and property ownership be cleaned up.  It is currently owned in part by the County, part by the City, part by the Chamber and is being leased as well.  Once title has been established, and regulations and compliances are met on building plans, and all interested parties are favorable, a new, roomier Chamber building could be constructed that has public access restrooms on the west end.  The restrooms would be available for festivals and possibly on a daily basis.  Upkeep would be overseen by the City Parks Department.

Chamber of Commerce Director Janet Dold said the Chamber also serves as a Visitor Center for not only Monticello and the County, but also for the region.  The Chamber welcomes the change, and a survey has already been made.

Monticello Water Plant Superintendent Rod Pool said the City supports this project and he would like to know as quickly as possible so he knows how to proceed on construction.  He is currently overseeing the renovation on the Constitution Plaza in the same area.

If the cost is more than $150,000, bids will be accepted.

 

Bio Terrorism Coordinator Laura Bernfield, who replaced Ed Gutwein (retired), said in the case of any large scale emergency, the County would rely heavily on volunteers.  This is her first year working on emergency preparedness for White County.  She requested that everyone volunteer through the website: SERV-IN.org and by going to White County MRC.

 

Commissioner President John Heimlich said bids will be opened in July for demolition of the old hospital.  The County is planning to keep part of the property for Ivy Tech parking, and will close the driveway leading up to the hospital’s main entrance.

Commissioner Heimlich said the health and wellness program that has been free in the past was going to cost the County $75-$80 a person this year.  After negotiations, the final price came down to $30 per person.  He said employee participation in the program is the reason insurance costs did not go up this year, and it provides the County with important information (in the form of numbers, not names).

 

For more detailed content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the March 17, 2014 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 AUDITOR

From Reassessment, Certified Shares, Rainy Day and/or General Fund

 

Pictometry                                           $  40,000.00                            $  40,000.00

Mapping Software                              $  13,000.00                            $  13,000.00

Plotter                                                 $  10,000.00 $  10,000.00

Total                $  63,000.00                            $  63,000.00

 

Auditor Rogers said the Pictometry would benefit everyone.  She said if the whole amount comes out of Reassessment, there will not be enough money to cover the regular expenses from that fund.  Councilor Anderson said all the funding will not be used up this year, and there will be time to budget for next year, when the funds are needed.  Auditor Rogers said $12,000 has already been spent from Reassessment to get the project started.  Councilor Anderson said although a lot of people will be using the Pictometry, it mostly benefits the Assessor’s Office.  He said the Council can replenish the money, if needed.  Assessor Lisa Downey said she budgeted $244,000 for four years of reassessment and the prior four years $450,000 was budgeted.  Her concern is that she may need a large sum of money appropriated if the money is used toward Pictometry.  Auditor Rogers said the annual revenue stream of $120,000 for the Reassessment Fund comes from taxes.  Money cannot be transferred into Reassessment.  The Assessor spends $94,000 out of the $120,000.

Auditor Rogers said the newspaper advertisement has to indicate the fund to be appropriated from, so she advertised four places the money could come from.  That gives the Council flexibility and negates having to re-advertise and wait another month to vote.  Auditor Rogers is not sure how the State would feel about advertising four different funds, but she will ask at the Auditor’s conference.  In the future Auditor Rogers said she could advertise Rainy Day if she does not know what fund is to be drawn from (if the Council would prefer).  Any fund can be transferred to Rainy Day.  Councilor Anderson said it is crazy that County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) money can only be spent on certain things, but if you move it to Rainy Day, it can be spent on anything.  Councilor Annis said that is called a loop hole!  Auditor Rogers said the Rainy Day Fund has existed since at least as far back as her computerized records began in 2007.  At that time there was $546,452.92 in the fund.  Since then the revenue has come from CEDIT and CAGIT, and some tax settlement money from 2008 pay 2009 and from 2010 pay 2011.  It stands now at $945,266.82.  An appropriation approved last month of $50,000 has not come out yet.  Councilor Anderson said this fund may have to be used for the old hospital clean-up.  If the Solid Waste Fund is used for the hospital razing, it would have to be paid back.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above request of $63,000 from the Reassessment Fund and replenish it if needed.  Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote:  Unanimous

 

Assessor Downey was told by Information Technology Director Eric Storm the plotter may cost more than originally thought.  She wondered if that would be a problem.  Auditor Rogers said Council approved a total of $63,000 to use on Pictometry, mapping software, and plotter.

 

MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

Monticello-Union Township Public Library Director Monica Casanova said the Library is planning a beer garden the last weekend in July.  She had to obtain permission from the City and wondered if she also needed County Council approval.  The consensus was no.

 

BROOKSTON-PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

Council President Carter said Louis Capper is willing to serve on the Brookston-Prairie Township Public Library Board of Trustees.  He would be replacing Julie Reel who has moved out of the County.

Councilor Clear made a motion to appoint Louis Capper as a Trustee for the Brookston-Prairie Township Public Library Board. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion.

Vote:  Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AIRPORT

Councilor Annis reported Phil Gutwein said the White County Airport has been waiting for Federal grant funding to extend the runway about 5,000 feet to accommodate larger airplanes for businesses like Magnetation.  In the meantime an extension of 500 feet will allow landing some planes that are currently unable to land.  Mr. Gutwein does not want companies to be held back from coming in and out of the County for lack of runway.  Auditor Rogers said there is $1.1 million in the Airport fund.  Councilor Clear said the money has to be appropriated out of the fund even though it is there.

Auditor Rogers said there has been talk about improving Gordon Road rather than building a new road to replace part of Luse Road north of the airport.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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