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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 February 17, 2015 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Butch Kramer called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following member were absent: None

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 Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said he is working with 39° North to develop an addition to the GIS program. If possible, the GIS system will reflect elevation documentation related to DNR floodplain compliance per individual parcel.

 

White County Highway Superintendent Kyburz said he tries to make smart decisions about when to use salt and sand based on weather forecasts. His main focus is always hills, curves and main thoroughfares. He was pleased to find the lowest price for salt at $74.00 per ton.

 

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the January 20, 2015 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

Job Descriptions $ 45,000.00 $ 45,000.00

TOTAL $ 45,000.00 $ 45,000.00

 

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the above request for job descriptions from the Rainy Day Fund. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY SURVEYOR

Vehicle $ 33,000.00 $ 33,000.00

TOTAL $ 33,000.00 $ 33,000.00

 

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the above request for a vehicle from the Cornerstone Perpetuation Fund. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Auditor Rogers prepared a packet of estimated County costs of $18,000 per year for the current Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) program. Councilor Anderson can use this information when he addresses the Community Corrections Advisory Board about possible changes to the program. Councilor Anderson said only the more severe offences should send a student to OSS. Councilor Davis said North White High School teachers have a difficult time getting students’ classwork to them in Monticello. He said North White pays a teacher for this program in-house. They pay $60.00 a day for a substitute teacher. The OSS program is paying $90.00 a day for a teacher to oversee one to three students per day.

 

HERITAGE BARN DEDUCTION

The State has implemented a 100% tax deduction for barns built before 1950. The incentive is to repair the barn. Auditor Rogers said these barns are barely being taxed now. If the barn is approved for the deduction, it will be on a heritage barn tourism list. The Assessor will inspect the barn prior to approval for the deduction and then annually for continued compliance. Heritage barns with a 100% deduction may not be used for agricultural or business purposes at any time. The State allows for the County to charge a $50 administration/application, fee. Councilors were not in favor of collecting a fee.

 

COUNTY VEHICLE & CELL PHONE POLICY

Auditor Rogers requested the Council aid her in drafting a policy to present to the Commissioners regarding Council’s recommendations on the purchase of cell phones and vehicles including criteria and calculations for eligibility to provide consistency. She has contacted all Indiana Auditors and has received very little input. Council President Kramer agreed that a policy would give guidelines creating consistency throughout the County. Councilor Annis asked Auditor Rogers to create a spreadsheet with current County vehicle information and costs. Auditor Rogers will provide Council with the requested information along with some general criteria and calculations for their review.

 

COMMUNITY CORRECTION NEW HIRE & SALARY ADJUSTMENT

White County Communications Director Alice Livesay said both Field Officers currently make similar pay, but one Field Officer is moving up to a different position. She would like to lower the pay of the new Field Officer replacement by $969. She would also like to increase the pay of the most experienced Field Officer by the same amount of $969, and change his title to Senior Field Officer. The new person’s base pay plus holiday would be 34,500.00. The Senior Field Officer’s base pay plus holiday would be $36,664 (not including longevity).

Councilor Annis made a motion to lower the new Field Officer position by $969 and to increase the Senior Field Officer position by $969. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR