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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 October 20, 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 Emergency 911 Director Terri Brooks presented a quote from RoDale Electric Service to help with the clean-up and organization of wires, equipment, and racks in the computer room.

She also had a quote for GPS units to be put in Sheriff Department vehicles. Commissioner Diener said GPS can be provided through the County’s mapping system, 39° North.

Director Brooks said the new IT person has been very helpful to her Department and also has design ideas for the keyboard and computer wiring. Director Brooks thanked the Council for changes they have made for the E-911 Department which have boosted employee morale.

 

White County Council on Aging Director Gale Spry said White County does not charge fares for transportation, but they do accept donations to help cover the cost of services. Counties that charge transportation fees do not get much Federal or State funding.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said a detailing business started last month. There have been 575 new jobs year-to-date. 53 White County high school students participated in Manufacturing Day hosted by Ball Corp and Ivy Tech.

 

Representatives of Morgan Stanley, a brokerage company that includes investment strategies for government entities, said they would like to work with White County to help maximize income with excess funds. The company has specialists who understand the regulations and codes involved with government bond investments. In fact, there is a new ordinance allowing government entities to enter into two to five-year investments to capture higher rates.

 

The Mid-America Commerce Park infrastructure project is ahead of schedule because of good weather.

 

IU Health White Memorial Hospital chief executive Stephanie Long will leave her position for a new job in the area on December 13, 2014. She shared highlights of 2013, noting the hospital invested approximately $5,000,000 into the community.

 

White County Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said Building Inspector Doug Wagner is now certified as a Floodplain Manager. Mr. Rogers said this certification will help the County’s relationship with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Director Rogers is working on updating the planning map which has not been done since 1995. This is different than the zoning map.

 

Councilor Art Anderson said he does not want to enter into a contract for County Employee job descriptions, but feels it is necessary. Councilor Bruce Clear does not like that the travel expenses are open-ended.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to recommend the Commissioners enter into the contract with Waggoner, Irwin, Sheele & Associates Inc. to evaluate and prepare job descriptions for all County Employees. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the contract with Waggoner, Irwin, Sheele & Associates Inc. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the September 15, 2014 minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department

$1,098.93 4-402-2-24 4-402-3-92

Other Supplies Contractual Services

$1,500.00 4-402-2-44 4-402-3-92

Misc. Materials Contractual Services

$ 510.31 4-402-3-91 4-402-3-92

Drainage Assessment Contractual Services

 

White County Area Plan

$ 500.00 1-1-3-13 1-1-3-3

Professional Services Travel

 

Local Emergency Planning Commission

$2,500.00 99-1000-1-1 99-1000-4-1

Hazmat Training Machinery,Equip,Veh

 

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

 

WABASH VALLEY ALLIANCE

Council President Carter asked if the Council would like to have Wabash Valley Alliance Administrator/CEO Rick Crawley speak with the Council sometime. The Council was favorable.

 

COMMISSIONER AUCTION

Auditor Rogers said there was $40,000 taken in at the Commissioners Auction which included Highway Department trucks. She said Highway Superintendent Michael Kyburz requested the money made from Highway trucks be given to the Highway Department. The money was deposited into the General Fund, as is the usual practice. Councilor Annis said when they need money, the Council gives it to them. President Carter said the Department could have traded them, but they did not. The consensus was to leave the money in the General Fund.

 

EMPLOYEE CHANGES

Auditor Rogers said Laura Burnfield has been hired as a part-time Nurse at $15.00 an hour to replace Pat Morehead (who had moved up to Linda Russow’s former position).

The Highway Department Assistant Superintendent replacement is JD Smith. His paperwork said effective October 6, 2014, but he was approved and appointed today at a public meeting. Auditor Rogers asked which date the Council would like his pay to begin for that position. Council President Carter said the date he was appointed (today).

Councilor Kramer said Ernie Speicher, the new hire at the Highway Department, was thrilled with his pay and benefits.

SALARY ORDINANCE

Auditor Rogers said Judge Thacker meant for Kathi O’Farrell’s pay to increase and be more in line with the Court Reporter position rather than have the extra money in a separate line item. With Council President’s approval Ms. Rogers took the $3,000 from the new line item and added it to Ms. O’Farrell’s pay.

She also made the adjustment on Michael Downey’s IT position per the September 15, 2014 Council meeting conversation.

The Sheriff and the Investigator, Dave Roth, have County cell phones completely paid for by the County, so Auditor Rogers removed the $240 cell phone stipend from each of their pays.

The Highway Superintendent would like the Welder and the two Mechanics to get a smaller increase than the rest of the County because they will otherwise make more than the Foremen. Councilor Anderson said it is hard to find a skilled mechanic and to leave the pay as proposed.

Auditor Rogers also switched the $2.00 and $1.00 E-911 second and third shift hourly differential to reflect the harder shift to fill. E-911 Director Terri Brooks requested the part-time Dispatchers make $15.25 an hour (slightly less than full-time Dispatchers) because they have to know as much as the full-time Dispatchers. The County still saves because they work fewer hours and do not get benefits. Council was in agreement with the change.

Auditor Rogers explained when current Highway employees work with heavy equipment the “part-time highway heavy equipment operator” hourly rate is used.

Councilor Anderson would like to consider changing the Ordinance next year to state Elected Officials working only a few days a year make considerably less than what their position is listed at (since by law they only have to work one day out of each year). Another County had an official who worked only a few days, and the County was stuck paying the full salary. The State should change their regulations.

Councilor Kramer said Prosecutor Guy did not like the fact that the $4,000 Mr. Guy proposed be taken out of the unfilled position and added to Investigator Lantz’s pay was not given to him, and was even removed from the Prosecutor’s budget. Prosecutor Guy would like the $4,000 added back in to his budget. There is still $8,000 in the unfilled position that he uses for overtime. Councilor Kramer reminded him the County pays for Investigator Lantz’s car and gas is considered part of his pay. The Council has never turned down Prosecutor Guy when presented with a justifiable need for funds. The Council was comfortable with the decision made in that regard.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to suspend the rules to adopt the Salary Ordinance. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Councilor Anderson made a motion to adopt the 2015 Salary Ordinance 2014-03. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

ADJOURNMENT

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