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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 19, 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: Bruce D Clear & Dennis E Carter

The following members were present:


Kevin L Crabb Art A Anderson Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis James B Davis



White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said there were no new leads this past month. He said Region 4 Workforce Development is developing a program called “Ready to Work.” People who have been unemployed for a least six months can get paid $10 an hour while training for a new position.


White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard said although material collections are up 50,000 pounds, the prices for materials are down, resulting in $6,000 to $7,000 less income. She said cardboard is worth more than steel.


Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said White County Building Inspector Doug Wagner made 78 inspections in September.

Director Rogers said there are 14 people on the White County Comprehensive Plan steering committee with more possibly to join. Final touches to the contract should be made at the November meeting for potential presentation to the County in January.


White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said the Liberty Landfill tonnage is up 4,000 tons to 119,035.


White County Council on Aging Director Gale Spry said her Department had to raise 20% of the cost for the two new vehicles they purchased with a grant. They are currently raising funds for radios. She said after 100,000 miles or three years, the vehicles will be taken out of the County’s name and put into the Council on Aging’s name.


White County Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said the summer work has wound down and they are filling more potholes and working on a bridge.


White County Commissioner John Heimlich said the County may want to fund the new highway garage from Vera Sun funds rather than Landfill Reserve money which would be a loan to pay back. Or transfer other funds to Redevelopment to use.


Council President Butch Kramer asked if the Commissioners had a preference on whether or not to fix the County Building Inspector’s vehicle yet this year before purchasing his new vehicle budgeted for 2016 in just a few months. Commissioner Burton said it would be worthwhile to have it repaired for use now, and then it will be ready to trade in or sell later.

Verizon Wireless representative Nathan Washington shared information about the advantages for the County to be on a government plan which would allow 25% discounts on phones and accessories, and individual County employees to get a 15% discount. Phone upgrades as soon as every 10 months would be another advantage among others. Verizon has their own internal cyber protections. Commissioner Diener said there have been problems with the amount of time it takes to get service from their company. For instance, Auditor Rogers said it took a month from the time she tried to sign up for their service. Mr. Washington said now that she has initiated the service, the account has been set up, and should be much quicker for anyone else.


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



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



Councilor Annis made a motion to accept the September 21, 2015 minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



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.



Pauper Counsel $ 25,000.00 $ 25,000.00

TOTAL $ 25,000.00 $ 25,000.00


Councilor Annis made a motion to appropriate the above request of $25,000 for Pauper Counsel from the Rainy Day Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



The following transfers were received:



White County Assessor’s Office

$1,500.00 236-1000-2-1 236-1000-3-4

Reassessment F 11s Reassessment Clerical

White County Highway Department

$2,030.00 4-404-3-41 4-404-4-41 Liability & Casualty Ins. New Equipment


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

Area Plan/Building Department Director Rogers said the County Inspector’s truck transmission went out. He has quotes to repair it of $1,900 with a two-year warranty and unlimited mileage from City Service Center in Monticello and another quote of $3,166 with a 100,000 mile warranty from Gutwein Motor Company Inc. in Monon. Director Rogers said he could transfer money within his budget from Legal Services to Vehicle Repair.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to transfer the funds from Legal Services to Vehicle Repair. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Council President Kramer said at budget time it was discussed transferring $400,000 from Riverboat Fund and $400,000 from Rainy Day Fund to the General Fund. He said the County is running negative until after settlement. Auditor Rogers said more money is spent at the end of the year than at the beginning, and if more money is needed in December because of an unexpected, large purchase, a request from the Commissioners to spend out of County Economic Development Income Tax would be a viable option.

Councilor Annis made a motion to adopt Resolution 2015-10-19-01 to transfer $400,000 from the Riverboat Tax Fund to the County General Fund and to adopt Resolution 2015-10-19-02 to transfer $400,000 from the Rainy Day Fund to the County General Fund. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Auditor Rogers said the Council will be adopting the job classifications based on each job description and the factor evaluation system prepared by Waggoner, Irwin, & Sheele & Associates Inc., not the pay scale. Council President Kramer thought Councilors Clear and Crabb would be good ones to serve on the subcommittee overseeing the maintenance of the job classification plan because of their extensive involvement with the matrix and experience dealing with personnel, and also Councilor Anderson.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to adopt the job descriptions, U.S. Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) classifications, factor evaluation system, and maintenance plan as set out by Ordinance 2015-06. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Auditor Rogers informed the Council that the White County Salary Ordinance will be amended if the Clerk supplements salaries with her incentive fund. Council President Kramer said it is one thing for a Department to use its incentive fund as a one-time amount given as an incentive, but he does not like it to become a continued part of an employee’s salary. Auditor Rogers said there is a general incentive fund the Council can use for Title 4D purposes.

Auditor Rogers said the State is considering putting County Adjusted Gross Income Tax Certified Shares back into the General Fund for 2017 like it used to be.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to adopt the 2016 White County Salary Ordinance Councilor Annis seconded. Vote: Unanimous




Highway Department Superintendent Kyburz said he has gone through all the additional appropriation money, and has about $300,000 left from wages that he usually transfers to finish smaller projects and equipment purchases. Any leftover Motor Vehicle Highway money is nice to have to start the next year. He was able to do more work than expected with the money available.



Monticello-Union Township Library Director Monica Casanova went to a public innovator workshop, and she has a form she is passing out asking community members what their thoughts and aspirations are for the community. She gave a questionnaire for the Councilors to fill out, and will collect them at the November Council meeting.

Director Casanova said Library board member Eric Hampton, who is appointed by Council, is resigning. Council Secretary Barbara Nydegger asked if she would like to make a replacement recommendation.



Auditor Rogers said the U.S. Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is looking at changing the $23,660 minimum overtime exempt wage to $42,000 to $52,000. If it passes, the Council will have to look at paying Department Heads more, or look at paying compensatory time/overtime.


Council President Kramer said the loan for the new Fire Station out of the Landfill Reserve Fund is the same thing Shannon Mattix asked the Council to do about six years ago for the North White School System. President Kramer said Landfill was about 1/3 of what it is now, and the economy was worse.


Auditor Rogers will have Council Secretary Nydegger advertise the Ordinance for the loan out of the Solid Waste Reserve Fund to the White County Redevelopment Commission. That will then transfer to the City Redevelopment Commission, then on to the City Redevelopment Authority for the new fire station.


Council President Kramer would like to shift how much goes into the Solid Waste Reserve fund and the Solid Waste Operating fund. Currently 50% of the tipping fees go into the Operating Fund and 50% into the Reserve Fund. Auditor Rogers said the Council should consider creating an ordinance to propose to the Commissioners to change the percentages.



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



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