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BE IT REMEMBERED that a special meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on June 20, 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: 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:

 

Area Plan Director Rogers said this is their busy season for inspections. Mr. Bentlage has been focusing on inspections and has not yet been able to dive into any other Area Plan functions. They have not yet found a new building inspector. They may have to go back to square one and begin the process all over. The Comprehensive Plan is moving along. All the community survey results have been received, reviewed and listed in a document that Director Rogers will forward to Council members.

 

Highway Superintendent Kyburz gave an update on the Community Crossings grant. HWC was hired two weeks ago to create an asset management plan. This plan is required to be considered for a grant award. Mr. Kyburz presented a letter to Commissioners and Council that was drafted by HWC for the Auditor to sign that confirms the county’s financial commitment for the 50% ($1 million) match. The Auditor will amend the letter of commitment to exclude fund information as to which funds will pay the matching portion. Councilor Anderson motioned to have the Auditor write and sign the letter of commitment for grant funding. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Economic Development Director Mitchell’s update revealed that there will be a new “soft skill” certification coming in our schools next year comprised of behavior and attendance. He currently has three leads on the shell building, all from brokers rather than the state agency. The west side storefronts of the 100 block of Main Street in Monticello are all full currently. That is the first time in three years that can be boasted. Director Mitchell has added a new matrix to his report covering annual growth/decline figures relating to new construction building permits, gross domestic product in millions reflecting all goods and services in the county, per capita income figures and the unemployment rate. For 2015 White County held an average unemployment rate of 3.6% which is considered full employment. The rate is currently at 4.3 – 4.5%. There have been two new business start-ups this month.

 

Environmental Investigator Reynolds received 108 calls on various issues, however about 20% are repeat/duplicate calls; issued 3 septic permits; made 9 landfill inspections and has begun reviewing weekly pool samples. Landfill tonnage is 116,953.59 which is up 12,000. He attended firearms training and will begin summer lake samples this week.

 

White County Adult Education Coordinator Beverly Seese related that the program has produced 58 graduates to-date in 2016. Not all students are in need of TASC (formerly GED), some are graduates who need a brush up in a particular subject, others desire to learn English. The program extends to jail inmates. 140 students have enrolled so far this year. Funding is being sought for TASC tests ($90/ea), evaluations done for students with learning disabilities, transportation, books, computers and programs. Volunteers are needed to answer phones and to tutor.

 

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 May 16, 2016 minutes. Councilor Annis 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 COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

From Project Income (fund 83)

 

Two new vehicles $ 55,000.00 $ 55,000.00

TOTAL $ 55,000.00 $ 55,000.00

 

Councilor Crabb made a motion to appropriate the above request for $55,000 from the Project Income Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received: None

 

MEADOW LAKE WIND FARM V, LLC CONFIRMATORY RESOLUTION FOR ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA

 

Auditor Rogers presented the Confirmatory Resolution for the Economic Revitalization Area and Abatement for Meadow Lake Wind Farm, Phase V to the Council for their review.

 

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve Resolution 16-06-20-01. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

CF-1 ABATEMENT COMPLIANCE FORMS

 

Auditor Rogers supplied the Councilmen with various CF-1 forms for abatements granted throughout the county for Council’s review and determination of compliance. There appeared to be no compliance issues with the forms.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the CF-1’s. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Council President Kramer gave the Council an update on a meeting he and Councilor Anderson attended with Commissioner Burton and representatives of IVY Tech regarding a new scholarship program the school is implementing. Following discussion, it was determined that Council would like to have reassurance that the four county school superintendents will be behind this program and will do what they can to promote it within their schools and the community. Recent history suggests that without that support, the program will fail. Auditor Rogers will email Judy Doppelfeld of IVY Tech to ask her to bring the four superintendents with her to the July 18, 2016 Council meeting to discuss the possibility of the county supplying scholarship funding.

 

Council President Kramer announced that he received letters from Auditor Rogers acknowledging that there was no TIF excess to distribute to the taxing units.

 

Council President Kramer informed the Council members that he, Commissioner Diener, Auditor Rogers and Jasper County Auditor Grow attended a Purdue University research student Tamara Ogle focus group study. The focus was county taxes and various revenue streams. It was interesting, however would have been more so had the focus group been properly prepared with knowledge of the subject matter. The group was able to voice concerns on issues such as declining revenues, wheel tax, income tax, property tax caps and funding for mental health.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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