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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 November 17, 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:

Commissioner Heimlich congratulated Councilor/Coach Jim Davis for coaching his 200th win.

 

White County Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said after a couple of months working on the county-wide comprehensive plan (using the Town of Brookston as a start), Area Plan Commissioners will have a better idea whether outside help will be needed with the project or whether they will possibly need to hire an intern. It will be at least a year-long process.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said there were three truck accidents this month requiring clean-up.

The old hospital demolition is down to grinding up the old cement. The work will pause for the winter.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell pointed out there have been 615 new jobs created in White County and $1 million in investments so far this year.

President Mitchell said his travel has increased as he is actively seeking leads for the Mid-America Park. The shell building should be complete by year’s end. He said some companies like to know properties are shovel-ready (with all utilities in place) before they show interest. There has been a brochure made with information about the area.

 

Shafer-Freeman Lake Economic Conservation Corp. (SFLECC) Tourism representative Lee Kreul would like an in-depth tourism impact study done for White County. Purdue did the last one in 2002. The current cost of an individual county to do such a study would be around $10,000 to $15,000. However a co-op program that has 16 counties participating would cost only $2,500 per county. The co-op can pull the information it needs from multiple resources using 2013 information and have reports ready by the end of the year. They will use a U.S. IMPLAN model to translate the report findings into White County jobs, wages, taxes and value-added /GDP. The data will be useful in many aspects, including the impact of lowering lakes by a foot or more. The government entities dictating laws and rules for White County will consider the economic impact these studies provide.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to recommend the Commissioners have the White County tourism impact study done in the amount of $2,500 out of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT). Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Diener moved to accept the recommendation by the White County Council to have a tourism impact study done for White County in the amount of $2,500 out of CEDIT. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Mr. Mickey Wydick from Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc. suggested White County implement a contract for the master control of the jail doors and cameras with the three-year labor-only service plan at $850 a month. Information Technology (IT) Director Eric Storm agreed. It includes yearly software updates and any labor for normal wear and tear repairs. The cameras cost around $1,000 each. Mr. Wydick said a full day’s training for more involved trouble-shooting would be free. There were concerns expressed because of calls not being answered or returned from the Stanley Company when emergencies arise. It could be the IT person has been using the wrong phone number. Councilor Anderson would like to see a discount if the agreement was paid in advance.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to recommend the Commissioners enter into the three-year “Labor Only” service plan with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Diener made a motion to take the matter under advisement due to communication issues and possible discount. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

Commissioner President Heimlich said the County will have a partially self-funded health insurance plan. Anthem will continue to process the claims up to the amount decided upon by the County. There will be solid numbers in December when the rest of the 2014 claims are submitted. The only change for employees on the 2015 health insurance plan is a slight increase on the deductible.

 

President Heimlich said the County will purchase Sue Erb’s building on the courthouse square for the White County Chamber of Commerce. The purchase price is $69,000 plus the costs of renovations.

 

White County Attorney George Loy presented a resolution allowing the Sheriff’s Department to charge $25.00 for retired law enforcement officer’s firearm training. It would allow the fee to be waived for White County Sheriff Department retirees.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt resolution 14-11-17-02 authorizing a service fee for White County Sheriff’s firearms qualifications training. 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 October 20, 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 CORONER

Labs $ 1,000.00 $ 1,000.00

Autopsy $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00

TOTAL $ 11,000.00 $ 11,000.00

 

WHITE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Pauper Attorney Fees $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00

TOTAL $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above request for $11,000 and the request for $50,000 from the Rainy Day Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

BROOKSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Roof $ 60,000.00 $ 60,000.00

TOTAL $ 60,000.00 $ 60,000.00

 

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate $60,000.00 from the Brookston Public Library Rainy Day fund for a new metal roof. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Veterans Service Office

$ 333.27 1-24-3-1 1-24-2-1

Conferences Flags for Veterans

White County Highway Department

$ 875.00 4-401-2-11 4-401-3-23

Office Supplies Telephone

$ 223.06 4-401-3-31 4-401-3-21

Printing & Advertising Postage

$ 31.50 4-401-3-41 4-401-3-21

Official Bonds & Insurance Postage

$3,780.00 4-404-2-22 4-402-3-92

Tires Contractual Services

$ 171.00 4-401-2-11 4-401-3-92

Office Supplies Alcohol & Drug Tests

$2,500.00 4-404-1-11 4-404-1-24

Mechanics & Welder Uniforms

White County Superior Court

$ 139.20 001-20-03-10 001-20-03-05 Subscriptions/Dues Official Bonds & Ins.

$2,500.00 001-20-04-01 001-20-03-01

Office Equipment Medical/Psychiatric

$2,500.00 001-20-04-02 001-20-03-01

Computer Equipment Medical Psychiatric

White County Clerk $2,100.00 1-14-3-4 1-14-2-3

Computer Maint. Ballots

$6,000.00 1-14-1-5 1-14-2-3

Precinct Workers Ballots

White County Sheriff $5,000.00 1-15-2-1 1-15-1-15

Kitchen & Janitorial Receptionist

 

Councilor Kramer said it appears the paperwork for the Clerk’s transfer is backwards. Why would $8,000 be needed for ballots when touch screens are now used? Auditor Rogers agreed, but will check and do the transfer correctly.

The Highway’s contractual services were probably for the road striping.

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

Auditor Rogers explained the negative amount in the General Fund is temporary because Certified Shares is no longer being put in monthly. Once tax settlement is done, there will be approximately $2 million added.

 

JAIL CAMERAS

IT Director Eric Storm said the communication problem discussed at the joint meeting was not a problem with the Stanley Company. Councilor Anderson said the cost of the cameras talked about in the joint session are closer to $2,000 each, not $1,000. He said there are 90 cameras in the jail. IT Director Storm said the cameras take 30 frames per second. He said storage is cheap. He is working on a cloud system to have back-up between the three buildings that will outlast us all. Auditor Rogers will look more closely at possible funds to advertise the appropriation from (i.e. Security Protection fund 202, Riverboat Tax 191, or an inactive fund associated with the Sheriff’s Department).

 

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

Auditor Rogers cautioned the Councilors about email correspondence. She reminded them not to give answers to questions that should be in a public meeting. It’s okay if people want to give Councilors a heads-up about things happening in their office, but not to seek answers to questions that should be addressed in a meeting.

 

Auditor Rogers said the Council Appointments for various boards will be coming up soon, and Councilors will want to check with those who would like to serve. Secretary Nydegger will distribute the information she has to them.

 

Auditor Rogers said she has signature pages for President Carter to sign for eleven new hires. Alice Livesay has been appointed interim Community Corrections Commander since Ryan Glover is moving to a position in the Sheriff’s Department. The position Mr. Glover filled replaces Patrick Dunn. Michael Mc Queen at the Jail replaced Jerry Johns who retired. Megan Tenwinkle will be part-time at Emergency 911. The Highway department has eight replacements, some of whom are just changing positions.

Auditor Rogers will see if the insurance carrier is doing the Moving Vehicle Report on County Employees.

Auditor Rogers believes all county vehicles should have GPS systems for safety and liability purposes. Councilor Anderson said he had GPS put in the trucks in his business, even though his drivers did not want it. But once they were in, the drivers found they actually liked it.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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