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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 16, 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: Kevin L Crabb

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Art A Anderson James B Davis

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

According to White County Communications/E911 Director Terri Brooks, there have been 1,111 landline calls to E911 and 7,160 wireless calls year-to-date. She also presented a quote for new radios, corresponding equipment, installation, and testing for $328,804. For the services, support, updates every two years, labor, and repairs, expenses vary from $7,000 the first year, and from $14,560 the second year up to $16,859.20 by year eleven. The grand total from purchase of equipment through eleven years of service (and after a $40,000 equipment discount) is $452,468.80.

 

White County Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said the permit software needed for his office can only be integrated with other Courthouse offices if they abandon the software programs they currently use.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said the Chalmers blacktop bridge is nearly complete and ahead of schedule. Councilor Anderson said another road now has potholes as a result of people using it as a detour during the construction period.

 

Apex Benefits Specialty Project Manager Toni Stinson shared their findings for possible 2016 benefit packages for White County Employees. Vision insurance will stay the same.

To keep the same dental package the County had last year would be a 49.8% increase. After searching the market for a better plan, Apex determined it was a fair increase. Another option would be a more affordable increase of 6.6%, which would be less out of employees’ paychecks, but more out of pocket balanced billing for procedures that exceed customary and usual costs. Most local dentists would be out of network on this plan. Ms. Stinson recommended the latter because most employees would likely choose to drop off the plan with a 49.8% increase.

Medical insurance will increase 6% for the same coverage. There has not been an increase for White County Employees for four years. Those who participate in the wellness clinic receive a 3% discount.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to implement the 50% funded plan, to accept the 6% increase in the premiums with Anthem, and to pass the increase on to the employees. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Diener made a motion to implement the 50% funded plan, to accept the 6% increase in the premiums with Anthem, and to pass the increase on to the employees. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Commissioner President John Heimlich said the Meadow Lake Wind Farm is working on agreements to begin phase five south of Wolcott in 2016 instead of 2017.

 

Commissioner Burton made a motion to transfer $300,000 from County Economic Development Income Tax to the County General Fund. Commissioner Dave Diener seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Auditor Gayle Rogers gave the Commissioners an Indiana Bicentennial State Flag. The State would like them to have a presentation on December 15, 2015 at noon. It is to be flown along with the State Flag on the same pole. This will kick off the Bicentennial celebration since Indiana became a state in 1816.

 

Commissioner Diener asked the Highway Department Superintendent Kyburz about changing the speed limit on West Shafer Drive to a higher speed from Norway Road to State Road 16. Superintendent Kyburz said he believes he has the signage to do so.

 

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 Clear made a motion to accept the October 19, 2015 minutes. Councilor Anderson 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 SURVEYOR

From Section Corner Perpetuation Fund 053

 

Engineering/Surveying Cornerstone Work

$ 5,000.00 $ 5,000.00

TOTAL $ 5,000.00 $ 5,000.00

 

Councilor Carter made a motion to appropriate the above request for $5,000 from the Section Corner Perpetuation Fund 053. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL

From Solid Waste Reserve Fund #123

Loan to White County Redevelopment Commission #116

 

From White County Redevelopment Commission #116

Loan to City of Monticello for new Fire House

$1,250,000.00 $1,250,000.00

TOTAL $1,250,000.00 $1,250,000.00

Ordinance 2015-07

Councilor Annis made a motion to appropriate the above request for $1,250,000.00 from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund #123 as a loan to the White County Redevelopment Commission #116. Then, from the White County Redevelopment Commission #116 as a loan to the City of Monticello for new Fire House with Ordinance #2015-07. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Circuit Court

$4,000.00 174-4-1-10 1-4-1-15

Petit Jury Guardian Ad Litem

$8,000.00 1-4-1-3 1-4-4-3 Bailiff Law Books

$1,000.00 1-4-1-3 1-4-1-15

Bailiff Guardian Ad Litem

 

White County Probation Office

$2,700.00 1-26-2-1 1-26-3-1

Office Equipment Travel & Seminar

 

White County Highway Department

$80,000.00 4-402-1-13 4-402-2-31

Laborers Stone

$36,300.00 4-402-1-13 4-404-3-61

Laborers Equipment Repair

$ 8,700.00 4-404-2-21 4-404-4-41

Gas & oil New Equipment

$ 4,687.00 4-402-3-71 4-404-4-41

Equipment Rental New Equipment

$ 997.00 4-402-3-91 4-404-4-41

Drainage Assessment New Equipment

$ 1,147.00 4-404-3-41 4-404-4-41 Liability & Casualty Ins. New Equipment

 

 

White County Commissioners

$275,000.00 222-1000-9-99 116-99

Verasun Fund WCRDC Fund

Closing cost 222-1000-9-99 116-99

Verasun Fund WCRDC Fund

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

2015 & 2016 SALARY ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS

Council President Kramer said amendments #1 & #2 were done previously, so the focus is on amendment #3 to the 2015 Salary Ordinance. White County Clerk Paula Lantz will use the Clerk Incentive Fund to add $2,000 to Ms. Eugenia Duhnovsky’s 2015 salary.

Councilor Art Anderson made a motion to approve the $2,000 addition to Ms. Duhnovsky’s 2015 pay on 2015 Salary Ordinance No. 2014-03. Councilor Bruce Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

President Kramer said Clerk Lantz will use the same fund to amend the 2016 Salary Ordinance by an increase of $4,000 for Ms. Rebecca Blankenship, $2,000 for Ms. Jan Lambert, $2,000 for Ms. Torie Eddy, and $1,000 for Ms. Lori Austin.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the increase in pay to the 2016 Salary Ordinance No. 2015-05 Amendment No. 1 as presented. Councilor Davis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

Auditor Rogers said there had been one quote so far for the Building inspector vehicle: $30,608 without a trade-in. There will be quotes from Gutwein Motor Company Inc. and Hendrickson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc. Both of which will do a trade-in.

 

Auditor Rogers said there are three incentive funds: Prosecutor Incentive fund, Clerk Incentive fund, and a County Incentive Fund #238. She said each of the funds can only be spent on Title 4D. Fund #238 has $57,406, and she suggested paying the 4D consulting firm, Maximus, out of that fund instead of out of the General Fund. It amounts to approximately $6,600 a year. Auditor Rogers checked with Clerk Lantz to be sure she does not have anything earmarked out of the fund. She will check with Prosecutor Guy as well.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to pay the 4D consultant out of the 4D Incentive Fund #238. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Council President Kramer said the payroll requests this month include two replacements for one person in Superior Court. As court translators, they are on an as-needed translator basis at $25.00 an hour. They each have full-time jobs, so, if one is not available, the Court can call on the other. Surveyor’s Office is hiring a part-time Surveyor at $10.70 an hour. The Highway Department is hiring a drag operator replacement at $17.44 an hour/$28.16 for overtime rate.

 

WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL PICTURE

Auditor Rogers will find a photographer to take the Council’s picture.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

___________________________ __________(absent)__________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR