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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 December 21, 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:

Brian Dunneback with Horizon Windfarm said Phase V of the construction could potentially begin in 2017. Construction permits should be filed in the latter half of 2016. County Attorney George Loy said the legal documents are being prepared for signing in January/February 2016. Phase V will produce approximately 100 megawatts of power. Substations built in previous phases were engineered with intentions of adding a fifth phase and therefore have the capacity necessary.

 

White County Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said new home construction is up 30% over 2014. The contract for the Comprehensive Plan has been signed. The steering committee will meet in January of 2016 and work with the consulting firm with the goal of having the plan ready for presentation to the legislative body in about a year.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said Country Tan “N” Things started up in Wolcott this month. There has been another lead in the Mid-America Commerce Park area. President Mitchell said the number of empty buildings around the Monticello downtown area has been reduced from fifteen to only six. He attributes that, in part, to the confidence people have in the economy.

 

Purdue Extension - White County Health & Human Sciences Educator Denise Schroeder introduced Andrew Westfall as the new Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator. Also Tracy Cochran will be in a new position known as the Wellness Coordinator through Extension. This position is tied to the Nutrition Education Program run through the Extension office with federal funding. The program brings in about $57,000 in services dealing with environment and fitness opportunities.

 

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 Anderson made a motion to accept the November 16, 2015 minutes. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Commissioners

$10,741.00 1-8-1-7 1-8-3-23

Unemployment Wabash Valley Hosp.

White County Circuit Court $ 220.00 1-4-1-1 1-4-3-5 Equipment Copier

$ 600.00 1-4-3-6 1-4-4-3

Comp. Network Law Books

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

Dues Law Books

$ 4,200.00 1-4-1-11 1-4-4-3

Pauper Attorney Law Books

$ 900.00 1-4-1-3 1-4-1-15

Bailiff Guardian Ad Litem

$ 20.00 1-4-1-6 1-4-2-1

Translator Supplies

$ 1,600.00 1-4-1-3 1-4-4-3

Bailiff Law Books

$ 600.00 1-4-1-3 1-4-4-3

Bailiff Law Books

$ 400.00 1-4-1-6 1-4-2-1

Translator Supplies

$ 200.00 1-4-1-6 1-4-1-15

Translator Guardian Ad Litem

White County Child Support $ 500.00 1-27-3-4 1-27-2-1

Postage Office Supplies

White County Airport $ 900.00 007-1000-02-03 007-1000-04-10

Operating Supplies Future Runway Grant

$ 50.00 007-1000-02-04 007-1000-01-01

Bldg. Repair/Maint. Clerical

$ 35.00 007-1000-02-04 007-1000-01-04

Bldg. Repair/Maint. Meeting Expense

$ 1,000.00 007-1000-02-04 007-1000-03-01

Bldg. Repair/Maint. Legal Services

$ 36,000.00 007-1000-02-04 007-1000-04-10

Bldg. Repair/Maint. Future Runway Grant $ 7,375.00 007-1000-03-02 007-1000-04-10

Engineering Future Runway Grant

$ 1,000.00 007-1000-03-04 007-1000-04-10

Travel Future Runway Grant

$ 3,000.00 007-1000-03-08 007-1000-04-10

Insurance Future Runway Grant

$ 6,500.00 007-1000-03-09 007-1000-04-10

Electric & Gas Future Runway Grant

$ 1,500.00 007-1000-03-10 007-1000-04-10

Fuel Future Runway Grant

$ 8,000.00 007-1000-03-15 007-1000-04-10

Ground Maintenance Future Runway Grant

$ 700.00 007-1000-03-20 007-1000-04-10

Sewer Future Runway Grant

$ 9,963.00 007-1000-04-01 007-1000-04-10

Bldg. Repair/Maint. Future Runway Grant

White County Assessor $ 500.00 236-1000-3-1 236-1000-1-1

Mileage Clerical

White County Prosecutor $ 640.06 1-17-3-3 1-17-3-4

Dues & Subscriptions Seminars

$ 250.33 1-17-2-2 1-17-3-4

Stationery Seminars

$ 62.05 1-17-2-1 1-17-3-4

Forms Seminars

$ 60.00 1-17-3-12 1-17-3-4

Notary Seminars

$ 89.00 1-17-2-3 1-17-3-4

Envelopes Seminars

White County Highway $44,718.00 4-402-1-13 4-404-4-41

Laborers New Equipment

$32,000.00 4-401-1-16 4-404-4-41

Drag Operators New Equipment

$19,000.00 4-401-1-11 4-402-2-33

Truck Drivers Bituminous

$25,141.94 4-402-1-13 4-402-2-33

Laborers Bituminous

$ 1,076.20 4-402-2-23 4-404-3-21

Paint Radio

$ 6,386.22 4-402-1-14 4-404-3-62

Sign Technician Other Equip. Repair

$13,134.37 4-402-1-15 4-402-2-33

Foreman Bituminous

$ 2,135.67 4-402-1-12 4-404-2-21

Equipment Operators Gas & Oil

$21,130.79 4-402-1-15 4-404-3-61

Foreman Road Equip. Repair

$12,711.21 4-404-1-11 4-402-2-31

Mechanics & Welder Stone

$41,243.94 4-404-1-22 4-404-4-41

PERF New Equipment

$17,345.99 4-404-1-21 4-404-4-41

Social Security New Equipment

$11,625.38 4-402-1-16 4-404-4-41

Drag Operators New Equipment

$ 8,849.07 4-402-1-17 4-404-4-41

Shop Manager New Equipment

$ 8,504.92 4-404-1-23 4-404-4-41

Group Insurance New Equipment

 

Auditor Rogers said she plans to work with Departments to budget better by allotting funds into the right line items to avoid doing so many transfers. Council President Kramer said Department Heads have a fear of losing funding if the money is not spent out of each fund. Councilor Anderson said on large sums, such as new equipment, it would be nice to know what the money is for.

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said six snow plows and three mowers were purchased with the unused budgeted overtime wages. Because those figures were not necessary this year, he felt it was a good use of the money. This puts the Department a year ahead on needed new equipment. If not used for wages, it goes back to the Motor Vehicle Highway (MVH) fund. MVH only has $5,000 budgeted for new equipment. Superintendent Kyburz said the same amount of overtime is budgeted every year, as it was under the two former Superintendents. Councilor Crabb said it is difficult to appropriate additional funding for the Department and then see large sums of money available to transfer. Superintendent Kyburz said he does not know until the end of the year whether the money is needed (based on the snow and ice in November and December); and leftover wages is limited on how it can be used. Councilor Crabb said he thinks $150,000 could easily be needed each year for new equipment, and it makes no sense only $5,000 is budgeted in the new equipment fund. Councilor Crabb had a conversation with a State Legislator (not from around here) who said the County will have to implement an increased local option income tax before the State will help out. Superintendent Kyburz said that is also true of federal funding. MVH money is determined by population and road miles. Superintendent Kyburz will scrutinize the overtime funding more closely and try to budget better as he learns how line items can be used.

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

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS FOR 2016

Library Boards (4 yrs)

Monon Julie Hart 01-06-17

Wolcott Jenna Demerly 01-11-19

Brookston (Julie Reel-moved) Louis Capper 10-19-16

Monticello-Union Twp Art Morgan 03-02-18

(2 Members) Valerie Carson 03-31-18

Alcoholic Beverage Board (1 yr) Gordon Denton 01-01-17

Kankakee-Iroquois Reg Planning (1 yr) James Davis 01-01-17

Wabash Valley Board (1yr) Dennis E. Carter 01-01-17

Community Corrections Advisory (1 yr) Art Anderson 01-01-17

Economic Development Board (2 yrs) Casey Crabb 01-01-17

Solid Waste Management (SWM) (1 yr) Raymond Kramer 01-01-17

SWM Alternate James Davis 01-01-17

Data Processing Board Raymond Kramer 01-01-17

911 Board (1 yr) Bruce Clear 01-01-17

White Co Area Plan Commission (4 yr) Charles Anderson 01-01-19

James Annis 01-01-19

PTABOA (Property Tax Assessment Dixie Geisler 01-01-17

Board of Appeals (1 yr) Jennifer Becker 01-01-17

Redevelopment Commission (1 yr) Gary Hendryx 01-01-17

Mark Howard 01-01-17

Emergency Management Advisory Board Bruce Clear 01-01-17

Tax Abatement Board

Economic Development Randy Mitchell 01-01-17

White County Libby Billue 01-01-17

Brookston Max Eldridge 01-01-17

Monon Dave Stimmel 01-01-17

Chalmers Clark Gick 01-01-17

Monticello Andy Harmon 01-01-17

Wolcott Larry Wiley 01-01-17

 

Board of Finance (Council President)

Job Description Committee (Casey Crabb, Bruce Clear, Art Anderson)

Twin Lakes Regional Sewer Wage Board (Needs appointment before a bid )

Common Construction Wage Committee (Usually Council President when needed)

Valerie Carson will replace Eric Pampel on the Monticello-Union Township Public Library. Jennifer Becker will replace Megan Tribbett on the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. Clark Gick will replace Larry Brown on the Tax Abatement Board. President Kramer said he has yet to speak with Gary Hendryx or Mark Howard about serving on the Redevelopment Commission, although he does not anticipate a negative response.

Auditor Rogers said there must be a Council appointment on the Emergency Management Agency Advisory Board in order for them to receive federal grant funds. Councilor Clear agreed to serve.

President Kramer will serve on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and if more Councilmen are required, Councilor Anderson will also serve.

 

Subject to checking on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and the Redevelopment Commission, Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the above appointees. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

2015 SALARY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

White County Clerk Lantz changed Chief Deputy Duhnovsky’s 2015 salary supplement to $2,500 instead of $2,000. The 2015 salary ordinance will need amended to reflect the additional increase.

Councilor Davis made a motion to adopt the 2015 Salary Ordinance amendment 2014-04 to increase Eugenia Duhnovsky’s 2015 bonus to $2,500. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

ELECTION OF 2016 COUNCIL OFFICERS

Council President Kramer opened the floor for nominations for the office of President of the White County Council. Councilor Anderson made a motion to nominate Councilor Kramer as President and Councilor Carter as President Pro Tempore, and to close the nominations. Councilor Annis seconded the motions. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Kramer is hereby elected to serve as President of the White County Council for 2016, and Councilor Carter is hereby elected to serve as President Pro Tempore of the White County Council for 2016.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

President Kramer shared his answers to the Monticello-Union Township Library questionnaire about his thoughts and aspirations for the community. He also complimented the Library Director for the cultural experiences the Library has provided to the community.

 

Auditor Rogers presented Council President Kramer with paperwork to sign for any new hires and job position switches throughout the County.

 

President Kramer thanked Auditor Rogers and Secretary Nydegger for their hard work and efforts for Council, the Councilors for their gift to him, and to everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR