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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 December 19, 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



Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said the number of building inspections and permits are on par with the last two years. He said finishing touches are being made on the Comprehensive Plan.


White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said there were four business start-ups.

President Mitchell is working with a Steering Committee on how to apply and utilize grant funds from the Lilly Endowment.

President Mitchell has been in discussions with the Purdue China Center about internships with some of the Chinese students who make up 20% of Purdue enrollment. They could work at Indiana Beach, local factories or businesses for class credits rather than being paid.


White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said tonnage was down this month, but the overall year was about the same as last year.


White County Emergency 911 Director Terri Brooks said the P25 State Radio project is off schedule because of glitches the company had on their last project. Our County is ready, and the company should be available to upgrade our radios in January.

Director Brooks said the new carpeting in their building looks great.

There are digital tablets for Emergency Medical Dispatch at each dispatcher console. These replaced the cumbersome tablets that took up desktop room.

White County Highway Superintendent Michael Kyburz said about 500,000 tons of salt are required to cover all the County’s Roads.


White County Prosecutor Robert Guy said White County has been accepting work release inmates from various counties for several years. The inmates from these counties pay us the $15 fee set by White County. Prosecutor Guy said Carroll County is applying for a grant, but they need a guaranteed number of beds available to them, in order to apply for the grant. Carroll County requested the four beds we generally have set aside for their inmates be guaranteed. Carroll County would then give us $20,000 to help offset costs incurred from housing these inmates. Prosecutor Guy said there has been discussion whether to divide the $20,000 between the County General Fund and the Community Corrections Fund. Since Community Corrections receives the inmate fees, the County’s General Fund will receive the $20,000.


White County Attorney George Loy said he had written an agreement for the building owned by White County which is being leased/rented to the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. The agreement includes trading the building for their partial interest in the property on the Courthouse lawn (where the old building once sat). They will have complete ownership which includes the maintenance, upkeep, and anything dealing with the building/property. There is a clause that should the Chamber no longer exist or moves, the property would revert to the County. Attorney Loy said the Chamber’s lawyer approves of the agreement.

Commissioner Dave Diener made a motion to enter into the property trade agreement as written with the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. Commissioner Steve Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


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



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



Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the December November 21, 2016 minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the December 5, 2016 Executive Session minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



There were no additional appropriations requested.



As a result of the Federal Executive Order that was to change the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum exempt wage (requiring a wage change as of December 1, 2016) being put on hold by the Federal Court, Councilor Annis made a motion to reverse last month’s 2016 salary changes made in the fifth amendment with the exception of the switched positions of the Probation Officer & Chief Probation Officer. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Library Boards (4 yrs)

Monon Julie Hart 01-06-21

Wolcott Jenna Demerly 01-11-19

Brookston Louis Capper 10-19-20

Monticello-Union Twp Art Morgan 03-02-18

(2 Members) Valerie Carson 03-31-18

Alcoholic Beverage Board (1 yr) Gordon Denton 01-01-18

Kankakee-Iroquois Reg Planning (1 yr) James Davis 01-01-18

Wabash Valley Board (1yr) Dennis E. Carter 01-01-18

Community Corrections Advisory (1 yr) Art Anderson 01-01-18

Economic Development Board (2 yrs) Casey Crabb 01-01-18

Solid Waste Management (SWM) (1 yr) Raymond Kramer 01-01-18

SWM Alternate James Davis 01-01-18

Data Processing Board Raymond Kramer 01-01-18

911 Board (1 yr) Bruce Clear 01-01-18

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

James Annis 01-01-19

PTABOA (Property Tax Assessment Dixie Geisler 01-01-18

Board of Appeals (1 yr) Jennifer Becker 01-01-18

Redevelopment Commission (1 yr) Gary Hendryx 01-01-18

Mark Howard 01-01-18

Emergency Management Advisory Board Bruce Clear 01-01-18

Tax Abatement Board

Economic Development Randy Mitchell 01-01-18

White County Libby Billue 01-01-18

Brookston Max Eldridge 01-01-18

Monon Dave Stimmel 01-01-18

Chalmers Clark Gick 01-01-18

Monticello Andy Harmon 01-01-18

Wolcott Larry Wiley 01-01-18


Board of Finance (non-voting member) (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)

Innkeepers Tax Board (Council President)


Councilor Annis made a motion to appoint those listed above. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



The following transfers were received:



White County Assessor $2,500.00 236-1000-3-4 236-1000-1-1

Reassessment Reassessment

White County Area Plan $ 210.00 1-1-3-13 1-1-3-7

Professional Services Legal Notices

$ 120.00 1-1-3-13 1-1-2-2

Professional Services Field Equipment


White County Superior Court

$ 290.62 171-1000-03-01 171-1000-02-01

Assessments Program Supplies

$ 132.20 001-20-03-02 001-20-03-05

Travel Expense Official Bonds/Ins.

$ 398.18 001-20-03-02 001-20-03-09

Travel Expense Copier

$ 419.90 001-20-03-02 001-20-01-07

Travel Expense Pauper Counsel

$ 5,000.00 001-20-03-01 001-20-01-07

Medical/Psych Pauper Counsel

$ 2,500.00 001-20-04-01 001-20-01-07

Office Equipment Pauper Counsel

$ 2,500.00 001-20-04-02 001-20-01-07

Computer Equipment Pauper Counsel

$ 8,828.55 001-20-01-06 001-20-01-07

Overtime Pauper Counsel

$ 183.99 001-20-01-11 001-20-01-07

Language Interpreter Pauper Counsel

White County Highway Department

$39,594.98 4-404-2-21 4-404-4-41

Gas & Oil New Equipment

White County Airport $ 35.00 007-1000-02.03 007-1000-01.04

Operating Supplies Meeting Expenses

$ 5,000.00 007-1000-04.13 007-1000-03.15

Airport Days Ground Maintenance

$22,000.00 007-1000-04.14 007-1000-03.15

Security Cameras Ground Maintenance

White County Maintenance Department

$ 31.61 1-12-2-2 1-12-2-4

Cleaning Supplies Lawn Care

$ 220.67 1-12-3-1 1-12-3-5

Elevator Service Building Equipment

$ 501.57 1-12-3-1 1-12-3-8

Elevator Service Trash Removal

$ 1,100.00 1-12-2-2 1-12-3-5

Cleaning Supplies Building Equipment

White County Jail $17,305.97 1-1000-9-99 1-15-3-9

County General Fund Misc Nurse

White County Coroner $11,500.00 1-1000-9-99 1-9-3-9

County General Fund Misc Autopsy

$ 335.00 1-9-2-4 1-9-3-9

Equipment/clothing Autopsy

$ 100.00 1-9-2-1 1-9-3-11

Postage X-Ray & Lab

$ 100.00 1-9-2-3 1-9-3-11

Copy Equipment X-Ray & Lab

$ 100.00 1-9-2-6 1-9-3-11

Lab Supplies X-Ray & Lab

$ 1,100.00 1-9-2-7 1-9-3-11

Disaster Equipment X-Ray & Lab

$ 100.00 1-9-2-8 1-9-3-11

Printing X-Ray & Lab


The Assessor’s transfer is going from Reassessment to Reassessment Part-time. Councilor Clear asked what the new equipment was for the Highway Department.

Councilor Annis thought it might be snow blades. Auditor Rogers will check the claims

and let the Council know.

The $1,100 transfer from the Maintenance Department was for a refrigerator. The

ice maker in the Courthouse refrigerator is broken, and the refrigerator is old.

Auditor Rogers said with Council’s permission, she will go ahead and do transfers that come in before the end of the year, and bring them to the next meeting. Council was favorable.

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said WCED President Mitchell does a lot of retention visits with businesses. One thing he often hears is younger generation workers communicate differently and are harder to train. Councilor Crabb heard a millennial speaker say, “If he can’t do it on his phone/electronics, he is not interested in the product.” The speaker for the February Economic Development Annual Luncheon will be discussing the “Millennials.”

Community Corrections Advisory Board: Councilor Anderson said we need to do a better job collecting the daily $15 inmate fees owed. He said the pay for work release has been reduced drastically over the years.

Wabash Valley Alliance Board: Councilor Carter said they have switched to E-billing. It has been a hard adjustment, but is working smoothly now.

White County Area Plan Commission: Councilor Annis said the Commission is going to interview five applicants. They have worked it out with Director Rogers to train until February 24, 2017, and if necessary, to continue in two-month increments until the new Director is comfortable. The Assistant Director position has been eliminated.

Innkeepers Tax Board: Council President Kramer said Indiana Beach (IB) has done a good job paying all of their taxes, although others have not. The Budget is strained because of the dredging and cleaning of the lakes and the legal fight for mussels. Councilor Clear said 90% of the tax is paid in by IB, Brandywine, and Pine View. The County Attorney can put something in writing involving a stiff penalty. President Kramer said the Sewer District has a system by which it can be added as a lien to property taxes. Councilor Anderson said businesses collecting this tax and then keeping it are actually stealing the money. Identifying all of these is part of the problem. Auditor Rogers said Area Plan Director Rogers is skilled in ordinance writing and, when he is retired, would be a good person to rewrite the ordinance, identify the places that are not paying the tax, and do follow-up to collect the taxes. President Kramer said the Board is considering increasing the tax. Councilor Clear would rather see a large penalty enforced.

White County Solid Waste Management: Council President Kramer said Newton County is not pulling out. To help tighten the budget, they changed how they are funding the schools for recycling education. President Kramer said Magnetation might be back in business partially in the spring of 2017 and fully operational this summer. Auditor Rogers said there will be a hearing December 21, 2016 for the Court to decide whether Magnetation can sell to ERP. Everything looks positive for that to happen, unless objections are submitted by those who were not in attendance at the December 15th hearing.



White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said he thought the e-filing was status quo, until he was recently informed he was to be ready for his Office to start handling things beginning December 8, 2016. He said his Office is not prepared to handle the new workload. Sheriff Shafer understands the Clerk is gaining a person to help with the new system, and he would like the same consideration. He does not want the public to criticize his Office for not being prepared when he knew this was coming. He wants to be proactive, not reactive. Councilor Clear suggested having a Clerk’s employee sent to the Sheriff’s Department.

Judge Mrzlack said we have ignored the State statute over the years. The State became aware that counties were doing this, and have said county Clerks are no longer to collect these fees. The Sheriff is to collect the fees. He said the State is looking at counties collecting multiple different fees for various documents. If that happens, it will cause much more paperwork to be done. Sheriff Shafer said there were two Process Servers in the past, and he would like to have the second Process Server again. President Kramer said the Council had asked Chief Deputy Alletto for a job description and suggested salary range so the Council can consider adding the position. Sheriff Shafer said the new person would be multitasking and helping with the other responsibilities of the Office. Judge Mrzlack said the Sheriff has to come up with a procedure policy. He said the current Process Server will be able to train the new person, because she already knows how to do the job. He said the job description would be the same as the current Process Server, but not paid the same because of lack of experience. Auditor Rogers suggested moving the funds from the Clerk’s budget for an additional employee (if needed) to the Sheriff’s Department. An Additional Appropriation can always been done later for the Clerk’s Office if necessary. Auditor Rogers said the budgeted funds were for a base level three position where a new Process Server should start.

Councilor Carter made a motion to approve a new Process Server to help with the e-filing duties at the Sheriff’s Department transferring the funds approved in the 2017 Clerk’s budget for an additional person to the Sheriff’s budget. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



Councilor Carter gave a monetary gift and card in thanks (on behalf of all the Councilors) to Council President Kramer, Auditor Rogers, and Council Secretary Nydegger. He said he has seen multiple people in these three positions, and in his opinion these three are the best at their positions as he has seen.



Councilor Anderson made a motion to suspend the rules for reorganization of Council Officers. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

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


Councilor Kramer is hereby elected to serve as President of the White County Council for 2017, and Councilor Carter is hereby elected to serve as President Pro Tempore of the White County Council for 2017.



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






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