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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 March 21, 2016 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 & Kevin L Crabb

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter James B Davis Art A Anderson James G Annis

Raymond L Kramer Jr

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

See below for the additional appropriation acted on.

 

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said the Department has saved around $400,000 by replacing pipe rather than bridge replacement. He said grinding down rough roads and starting over is about half the cost of paving. Superintendent Kyburz said the North Bedford Bay and the Big Monon area is on a project list he has hired a company to work on. Commissioner President Heimlich said that project does not qualify for Federal aid, but the County is looking at possible affordable solutions.

 

Commissioner President Heimlich said there will be a report next month about the new Highway Garage plans.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell reported P&K Diner has started doing business on the north end of Main Street in Monticello.

He said Magnetation has 144 employees, exceeding the 125 employees they had originally anticipated. Magnetation appears to be busy with trains running in and out, and using the local airport as well.

 

White County Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said on April 12th there will be Comprehensive Plan Community workshops held at Roosevelt Middle School and in the old Reynolds school. He will hold interviews with possible Area Plan Assistant Director candidates this week.

 

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said construction has begun on the gas plant at Liberty Landfill. He and Allen Melvin from Indiana Department of Environmental Management met with a group of neighbors near Stahl Road about private and public well issues.

 

White County Board of Aviation Commissioners President Phil Gutwein said CHA has come up with a plan to move the Luse Road turn around guard rail and fence to make it large enough for school buses. Next year grant money will go toward the north taxiway; the year following, grant money will go toward the south taxiway. It will likely be four years before there is money to replace Luse Road. President Gutwein suggested purchasing the land east and west of the airport to put in a new Luse Road.

 

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 Annis made a motion to accept the February 16, 2016 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

Fees & expenses related to Wind Farm

$ 80,000.00 $ 80,000.00

TOTAL $ 80,000.00 $ 80,000.00

 

This appropriation was voted on during the joint session.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the above request for $80,000 from Wind Farm Economic Development Fund #221. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY CORONER BUDGET

Auditor Gayle Rogers said the Coroner has used much of his budget already due to more deaths this year. If that continues, he may need more funding before the year is out.

 

WHEEL TAX

Council President Kramer said it seems counties like White County are punished for not enacting a wheel tax. Councilor Anderson said when the wheel tax was first introduced, counties received about 90% of what was collected, but now it is around 50%. Auditor Rogers said she has not researched it, but according to White County Highway Superintendent Kyburz, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles gets 15ȼ of every wheel tax transaction and the rest goes to the County to disperse among taxing districts. She said the State won’t give money to a County unless the County collects all the funds possible for Highway use (like the wheel tax). Councilor Anderson said that is like blackmail, and he thinks the State should distribute funds equally among counties. He thinks the State should be sued. Councilor Carter said the State wants counties to raise taxes and send them a portion, but they don’t want to be the ones to raise taxes. President Kramer said Superintendent Kyburz was going to ask a Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) representative from Purdue to come and talk with the Council.

 

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

Auditor Rogers said if the U.S. Department of Labor in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) raises the minimum overtime exempt wage to over $50,000, Council may want to raise Department Heads to the minimum amount because that would probably be less than paying them overtime.

WHITE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Auditor Rogers said the White County Health Department needs a generator. They may be able to pay for it out of the extra funds that have built up.

Auditor Rogers said the Council will need to decide whether the $5,000 a year paid out in mileage is better than providing a vehicle for the Department.

Two annual Health Department grants were not being used, so they built up. They are looking at Department needs. If they hire an Educator with a grant, it would continue paying for that position because it is an ongoing grant.

 

WHITE COUNTY CLERK

White County Clerk Paula Lantz updated the Council on the happenings in the Clerk’s Office. Public test on the voting equipment will be next week. A mailer has been sent out with the vote center locations and addresses. The last day to register to vote is April 4, 2016. Absentee voting will be Monday through Friday at the Courthouse from April 5 until the day before Election Day (including the two Saturdays prior to Election Day). The traveling team will travel outside of the County, or people can vote by mail. Clerk Lantz said the first thousand mailers sent out had a mistake on them. They stated the Frontier/Brookston gym was in Chalmers instead of Brookston, although the street address was correct.

Clerk Lantz shared some of the inner workings and number of documents dealt with in the Clerk’s Office for 2015. She said to date there has been $2,703,778.42 come through the office and $334,816.48 for child support that has come in and out of the Office.

Court costs are split 70% to the State and 30% to the County. The County portion is broken down 90% County and 10% Cities and Towns. The Cities and Towns percentage is broken down for each municipality based on population. Approximately 10% in fees are taken out of the County’s portion. The Court Costs of $83,322.37 went to the County for 2015 (before the fees of $3,332.28 were subtracted).

Clerk Lantz is disappointed that all of the ARC fees go to the Odyssey case management system, and it is a poor system.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

_______(ABSENT)____________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR