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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 June 15, 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 members 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 Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said activity is picking up in the Mid-America Commerce Park Area as potential buyers are asking questions and investigating the property.

When questioned about the Magnetation bankruptcy, President Mitchell said it is more of a restructuring action, and it is business as usual at the plant.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said properties that have had meth labs in them are listed on a State web site. Once they are professionally cleaned and pass inspection, properties are taken off of the list.

White County Attorney George Loy said legal action is in process concerning the removal of structures due to various environmental issues on the property discussed at the May 18, 2015 joint session.

 

White County Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said his office is nearly done with the address layer of the County’s GIS software. He will then present a data sharing plan to the Council.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said the Department has been side-tracked with moving trees and drainage problems because of the storms. When the rain subsides, they will return to the chip and seal road projects.

 

White County Soil & Water Conservation District Office Manager Sharon Watson introduced Mark Wright to the Commissioners and Council. He replaced the former part-time employee in March.

 

White County Auditor Gayle Rogers said the Council will be considering an additional appropriation today in which they may wish to use CEDIT or Landfill funds. Use of either of those funds requires Commissioner approval.

White County Commissioner Dave Diener made a motion to approve that the White County Council spend from the Solid Waste Operating Fund for the Highway Department’s additional appropriation request. Commissioner Steve Burton seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

Council President Butch Kramer suggested a change in the distribution of Tipping Fees. County Attorney Loy will investigate options. Commissioner Diener said he would like to see funds available to use for small roads that need attention and do not meet County road regulations.

 

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

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Council President Kramer opened the regular Council meeting with the Council reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. MINUTES

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the May18, 2015 minutes. Councilor Carter 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 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

 

Road Reconstruction $ 750,000.00

Stone $ 250,000.00

TOTAL $1,000,000.00

 

Councilor Anderson suggested using the funds currently available before approving additional funds. Councilor Carter said the expenses for the three roads he was aware of to be ground up have already come through the claims. Auditor Rogers said there is $1.25 million untouched in their funds. She said those funds are earmarked, but the weather has kept them from doing the work that would use those funds. Auditor Rogers said Superintendent Kyburz was able to save a considerable amount of money on stone which kept more funding in his budget as well.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to table the request until the next Council meeting in July. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Sheriff’s Department

$15,000.00 1-19-1-5 1-15-1-17

Deputy O/T Corrections Officers

 

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department

$5,000.00 4-401-1-12 4-401-3-23

Engineer Telephone

 

Following discussion Councilor Crabb made a motion to table the transfer waiting for additional information. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY CELL PHONE POLICY

In an attempt at consistency, Council has been looking at possible policy changes to propose to the Commissioners. One of those policies regards county cell phones. Merit Deputies and some other County Employees receive a cell phone allowance while others have a cell phone paid completely by the County. Upon request of Councilor Annis, Auditor Rogers submitted a spreadsheet to Council outlining the costs of the County paid phones vs. cell phone allowances. Council will take this topic under consideration.

 

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY LONGEVITY

In the process of re-writing and consolidating the personnel manual, Auditor Rogers discovered the Highway Department operates on a different longevity schedule than does the rest of the County. The Council prefers all employees be on the same longevity schedule. Superintendent Kyburz is in favor of this move. The two schedules are not compatible in the early years of employment. It is the consensus of Council that no employee is to lose any longevity pay due to the conversion.

While studying the highway longevity pay, Auditor Rogers determined that Office Administrator Beth Brown was paid incorrectly when she transferred from the Clerk’s Office to the Highway Department due to the different longevity schedules. Council did not agree with Auditor Rogers’ determination. Ms. Brown’s longevity will remain as is. No adjustment will be made.

 

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 JAMES ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR