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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 20, 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 Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said the Commissioners may want to consider raising the permit fees as they are lower than most other counties’.

The GIS data exchange is working.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said a food plant is interested in the Mid-America Commerce Park area.

He said 116 of the 272 new jobs this year are from new businesses.

President Mitchell has had lake level discussions with Senator Coat’s office in an effort to come up with an agreement.

 

White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard said she has not spent any money out of the $20,000 County Grant share. There has been $11,484.48 spent out of the $22,000 North West Indiana Solid Waste District grant on truck repairs and a horizontal baler.

Director Girard said this year there have only been 16 hours of Community Service help from White County and only 10 hours from Carroll County.

There are 15 recycling trailers throughout the County.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said a problem property in the Wolcott area has been improving since he sent a certified letter to the owner.

 

White County Council on Aging Director Gail Spry said they transport several clients to Lafayette for Radiation treatments. Clients schedule appointments on the same day of the week in order to have a full van whenever traveling long distances.

One of their vans, with nearly 300,000 miles on it, was swept away by flood waters. The driver, who was the only one in the van at the time, was rescued. The van was a total loss.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said White County has 550 miles of hard surface roads and 400 miles of gravel roads. One of the Department’s trucks was in an accident and rolled on its side when trying to avoid hitting another vehicle. The driver was fine. The truck already needed to be replaced.

 

White County Soil and Water Conservation District Office Manager Sharon Watson said she will be asking for more money in the budget for Part-time so she can pay her Assistant to work an additional day per week.

 

Theresa Molnar introduced herself as the new White County health nurse. She has 33 years of nursing experience and has lived here 15 years.

 

HWC Engineering Company would like to enter into a contract with White County to accept bids and/or work on bridges. Commissioner Dave Diener said this company currently inspects our County bridges annually and already has the data necessary to work on them. If another company was hired to work on them they would have to re-inspect bridges and gather data before working on them.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to enter into an agreement with HWC Engineering Company. Commissioner Diener seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

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.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the June 15, 2015 minutes. Councilor Clear 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 $ 750,000.00

Stone $ 250,000.00 $ 250,000.00

TOTAL $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00

 

When the weather breaks, Highway Superintendent Kyburz said he will be spending $50,000 to $75,000 a day repairing roads.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to appropriate the above request that was tabled from the June 15th meeting for $1,000,000.00 from the Solid Waste Operating Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Local Emergency Planning Commission

$7,980.00 1-1 4-1

Hazmat Training Equipment-Vehicle

 

White County Emergency Management Director Roberta Yerk said the Commission needs a new decontamination tent to be stored in the trailer

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department (continued from June 15, 2015 Council meeting)

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

Engineer Telephone

 

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

 

WHITE COUNTY SALARY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

Auditor Rogers said the Part-time Community Corrections Part-time Addiction Counselor position has already been approved by Council (May 18, 2015), but the Salary Ordinance needs to be amended to reflect the decision.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to amend the 2015 White County Salary Ordinance # 2014-03 to reflect the Community Corrections Addiction Counselor Part-time position and wages of $30.00 an hour. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY CELL PHONE POLICY

Council President Kramer prefaced, for the sake of several Department Heads and employees in attendance, that the Council has no intention of taking away cell phones from County employees. He said the Council is looking for ways to be more efficient in that area by perhaps consolidating to one carrier. Council is currently in an information gathering mode. Council President Kramer said the Council does not make County Policy, but they can make recommendations.

Area Plan/Building Department Director Rogers said this is long overdue. Highway Department Superintendent Kyburz said the Council should speak with the cell phone users in the County to understand what their needs are and why they have the various devices. Emergency Management Agency Director Yerk said she has a government contract with Verizon and was able to obtain two free tablets that are used for damage assessments. They also have a special service on their phones giving them the capability to send out an emergency alert before leaving home.

Prosecutor Guy said he was under the impression from a chart he received by email that it was proposed to have employees with County cell phones receive a stipend each year rather than the County providing the cell phones and cell phone plans. He said in this cell phone age, many of the County Employees do not have landlines at home nor do they have personal cell phones. Prosecutor Guy said the Federal law allows certain employees to have cell phones provided at no cost for both business and personal use. It’s a safety issue.

Councilor Anderson said everything costs, whether it’s for services, devices, data or megabytes. A shared plan with a set amount of data or megabytes might be more cost efficient. Prosecutor Guy said the chart he saw was proposing that County Employees be responsible to pay a portion of their own cell phone bill, and that would be a different issue. Employees do not have a problem with the Council finding a more efficient way to pay for these services through the County, so long as the employee is not expected to pay something and then receive a stipend.

White County Assessor Downey said although she does not have a County cell phone, she does have a tablet to use on the job. Her concern would be switching to a different carrier, because she needs one that will work throughout the County.

Council President Kramer said anytime someone has an issue with Council, talk to one of the Councilors.

 

BUDGET HEARINGS, JOB DESCRIPTIONS, & COUNCIL MEETING

Budget hearings will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, August 10, 11, and 13. The salary recommendations will presented on Wednesday the 12th from 10:30 to 12:00 by WIS Consultants, Inc. President Kramer suggested the regular August Council meeting be moved up to Monday the 10th before starting on budgets that day. Secretary Nydegger said any request for additional appropriations will need to be turned in and advertised a week earlier.

Councilor Annis made a motion to move the next regular Council meeting from August 17, 2015 to Monday, August 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

APPROPRIATION FUNDS

Auditor Rogers said the Pre-trial Deferral Fund and the Pre-trial Diversion Fund have to be appropriated to be spent. She had this verified by the Department of Local Government Finance Attorney. According to the State Board most funds have to be appropriated from unless statute specifically states otherwise. Auditor Rogers will discuss this with Prosecutor Guy.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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