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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 July 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:

 

Bids were opened for the old hospital demolition. Two companies bid as follows:

Kemron, Atlanta, GA: guaranteed base max $1,328,302.45 + Alt 1 $7,073.79 + Alt 2 $11.19/ton + Alt 3 $553,500.58

Dore, Bay City, MI: guaranteed base max $1,783,200.00 + Alt 1 $17,300.00 + Alt 2 $16.00/ton + Alt 3 $568,200.00

Bids will be taken under advisement by the Commissioners.

 

E-911: incoming calls have doubled since last year; 2 part time employees will be moving to full time and there will be no part time employees; most calls are wireless and don’t populate exactly on the map, but they get close; the number of calls reported include duplicate calls for an issue; once notified, the officers decide who will take the call, not the dispatchers.

 

Council on Aging: currently applying for a grant ($68526.00) for two low-floor mini vans to replace two old models with high mileage; solicitations for the 20% matching funds ($13,705.20) will follow.

 

Environmental: 76 complaints; 1 septic permit; 10 landfill inspections; landfill tonnage up 2,500 tons; Wakeland house (Idaville) is down and cleaned up; results of lake samples were all good.

 

Economic Development: one new start-up business, Phil Bryant, Dr. of Roofing; the average hourly wage has increased each year since 2008; applying for a USDA rural development grant to study what type of business to recruit; Waste No Energy is working on environmental compliance; the water tower base is in and the tower itself should be in place by November at Mid-America Commerce Park; Magnetation still has 900 contractors on site daily.

 

Highway: Girtz project is ready to go; Mike Kyburz has been named Highway Superintendent, no longer interim.

 

Building & Planning: have new ADA compliant handouts for parking lots for the public; part time person entering “green house” flags for properties with variances has proven worthwhile; Shafer lawsuit will most likely appeal BZA decision to uphold Executive Director’s opinion on the illegal use of vacation homes; county insurance attorney has agreed to assist Ms. Abigail Diener, APC attorney, with legal case; an APC committee will meet on July 22nd to determine the scope of the Comprehensive Plan affecting the county and all municipalities; how much will be covered by the plan will determine whether it can be re-written in the office or if outside assistance will be required.

 

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the June 16, 2014 minutes with the correction of the date of the meeting. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

BUSINESS

Attorney George Loy was present to ask the Council to adopt a resolution he had written to allow for the appointment of appraisers regarding property the Commissioners wish to purchase for the highway department. Mr. Loy informed Council the two appraisers will be Scheidt and Vogel. Councilor Anderson moved to adopt Resolution No. 2014-07-21-01 of the White County Council to appoint two appraisers professionally engaged in making appraisals, or trained as an appraiser and licensed as a broker under I. C 25-34.1 to appraise the fair market value of certain real estate located at 745 E. US Hwy 24. Councilor Davis seconded.

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 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

From Solid Waste Operating Fund

 

Fuel $210,000.00 $210,000.00

Equipment Repair $150,000.00 $150,000.00

Roadwork $243,738.00 $243,738.00

 

Total $603,738.00 $603,738.00

 

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the above request for $603,738.00 from the Solid Waste Operating Fund. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

From Solid Waste Operating Fund

Mid-America Commerce Park land acquisitions

$875,000.00 $875,000.00

Total $875,000.00 $875,000.00

Councilor Crabb made a motion to appropriate the above request for $875,000.00 from the Solid Waste Operation Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Coroner’s Office

$ 100.00 09-02-06 09-02-04

Lab Supplies Equipment/clothing

$ 100.00 09-02-08 09-02-04

Printing Equipment/clothing

$ 200.00 09-03-01 09-02-04

Travel Expense Equipment/clothing

 

 

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

 

Council President Carter expressed his concern that Council needs to be more diligent in determining matrix levels for employees. It is his opinion that incorrect decisions were made in the past which may be the cause for so many departments now wishing to advance their employees to higher matrix levels, or are department heads simply utilizing the matrix to increase wages? Budget hearings are next week and this must be given serious consideration.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER, PRESIDENT JAMES ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

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JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR