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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 August 15, 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:

White County Area Plan/Building Department Director Joe Rogers said Jacob Garling was hired to be the Building Inspector.

Director Rogers is working with Area Plan Assistant Director Mark Bentlage on coming up with a building fee schedule. He asked Mr. Bentlage to research software to replace the existing software for the office.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell met with the Japanese Consulate and several Japanese trade organization officials in Chicago to assist him in contacting businesses considering operations in the USA, and more particularly the White County Area. He also met with eleven site selectors at a conference in Indianapolis.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz plans to revamp bridge #104 south of Monon Road soon.

 

White County Emergency 911 Director Terri Brooks had County Attorney George Loy read through the contract for the radios to be sure it was ready for the Commissioners’ signatures. Director Brooks said this contract includes upgrades for ten years. The last radio system did not include upgrades, and the cost was $60,000 for an upgrade. Attorney Loy said once installed, the cost for upgrades is about $155,000 over the course of ten years.

Commissioner Steve Burton made a motion to enter into the contract with Motorola for radio equipment and services. Commissioner Dave Diener seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

Brookston Engineer Ken Smith said the town is putting $100,000 toward two projects: 1) storm water drainage, and 2) reconstruction of South Street, which is used by 200 trucks a day. The Town Board requested the County consider adding $50,000 to these projects. The Town will take the total $150,000 and apply it to a 50/50 grant that should then cover the cost of the two projects.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to grant the $50,000 request to the town of Brookston. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

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

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Davis made a motion to accept the July 18, 2016 minutes. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

No additional appropriations were requested.

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway Department

$4,000.00 4-402-2-23 4-401-3-61

Paint Bldg. repairs & Maint

 

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

 

GIRTZ INVESTMENTS ABATEMENT COMPLIANCE

Council President Kramer said the Girtz abatement compliance form indicates the number of employees has gone down slightly, but the salaries have gone up. Auditor Rogers said the forms are for 2015 pay 2016 and 2016 pay 2017 on the real estate.

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve the abatement compliance forms for Girtz Investments LLC/Girtz Industries, Inc. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION FOR DITCH MAINTENANCE

Council President Kramer was given the Resolution #2016-07-18-01 for drainage maintenance for Councilors to sign. Auditor Rogers said this was the Resolution approved at the joint meeting last month that County Attorney Loy had to write up. It is a $350,000 loan from Solid Waste Reserve Fund.

Councilor Carter made a motion to reapprove Resolution #2016-07-18-01 to grant a $350,000 loan from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund to the County General Drain Improvement Fund for ditch reconstruction. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

METAL DETECTORS

Council President Kramer said Bob Guy received a death threat in the Courthouse. There was extra security that day for a short time. Prosecutor Guy may ask Council to consider putting in metal detectors and reducing entry points into the Courthouse. Some counties have separate entrances for employees and the public. Councilor Anderson said there would have to be an extra four or five full-time people paid including benefits, and he is against it. Councilor Crabb said the County could spend all the extra money and the person threatened could walk out of the safety of the building and get shot just outside the Courthouse.

 

2016 SALARY AMENDMENT

Auditor Rogers said the Council had previously approved to change Veteran Service Officer Tom Hildebrand’s 2016 Salary. Now Council will need to approve amendment #4 to the 2016 Salary Ordinance.

Councilor Carter made a motion to approve the 2016 Salary Ordinance amendment #4 changing Mr. Hildebrand’s salary. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

PAYROLL REQUEST

Payroll request: replacement at the Highway Department at an hourly rate of $17.88, and the new Building Inspector in Area Plan starting out at $37,500.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Auditor Rogers asked if the Council would like their reports on the various Committees they serve on to be added to the agenda. Council President Kramer said he would.

 

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION & OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Councilor Davis said he met with White County School Superintendents and asked why they do not use the out-of-school suspension program, and all but Twin Lakes said the location is too far from their campus. He asked if a Reynolds location would make a difference for them, and they agreed it would. Councilor Davis suggested the Council bring this up to Judge Mrzlack during his budget meeting. The Council would like to see all County schools benefit from the program, and if it were held in the old Reynolds school building, the money spent would be going to a County Township instead of a private entity. Councilor Davis said he has stopped in to the class before and they were doing crossword puzzles, sleeping, and goofing off. It needs to be a tougher place to be.

Councilor Davis said the Superintendents were receptive to the idea of a County-wide Career Counselor, and will present to the Commissioners how that program could be implemented. The plan will detail who would be responsible, job description and what it is to accomplish.

 

WHEEL TAX

Council President Kramer said State Senator Brandt Hershman offered to speak about the wheel tax. He will ask the Senator to speak at the joint October 17th meeting about the Wheel Tax. Councilor Kramer said it was brought to his attention that the smaller towns are not big enough to enforce the wheel tax, and may be in need of the funding to do road work. The breakdown the smaller communities get may not be enough to be worthy of enforcing the tax, but we need to get the details.

 

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

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR