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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 January 17, 2017 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: Kevin L Crabb & Art A Anderson

The following members were present:

 

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

Dennis E Carter James B Davis

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

White County Council on Aging Director Gale Spry said they had 14,046 passenger boardings in 2016. Their operating expenses totaled $281,956. She said they do not always use all of their Federal and State funding, but did in 2016.

 

White County Emergency 911 Communications Director Terri Brooks said they are trying to coordinate the P25 State radio upgrades with the new radio installations. That will make it better for the company (RaComm) working on both projects.

 

White County Area Plan Director Joe Rogers passed out the public review draft of the Comprehensive Plan. The plan will be presented to the APC at a public meeting February 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. The Ratio Company will present it and ask for public input. Once approved by the APC, it will be presented to the County Legislative Bodies for adoption.

Colin Betts from Garden City, Kansas will begin as the new Area Plan Director on February 6, 2017. He comes with a Planning degree and experience. Director Rogers will retire February 24.

 

White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard said nearly all of the $22,000 in grant money was spent on machine repairs such as $3,706 on the cardboard baler that was bought used in 1998. She does not think they will want to put any further money into this machine. A new transmission was put into the 1993 cardboard truck for $8,830.41.

There were only 47 hours of Community Service help in 2016; none of which was from Tippecanoe County.

Director Girard said recyclable collections were up, with the exception of newspapers.

Operating cost for 2016 was $344,012.73 of which $32,000 was rent.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said tonnage collected at the Liberty Landfill for 2016 was 1,289,903.36 which was down 4,000 tons from 2015.

 

White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell said in 2016 there were 36 business expansions and/or new businesses in White County. There have been six leads so far in 2017 for the Mid-America Commerce Park in the Wolcott Area.

 

White County Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said they have been working on stone roads and housecleaning in the storage area while there has been a break in the weather. He has also been working on Federal reports.

Auditor Gayle Rogers said the state share of the Community Crossings grant (one million dollars) has been received.

 

The construction project manager for the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, Kent Shields, gave an update on phase five of the windfarm. Several of the wind turbines have been delivered and put in storage, awaiting spring construction. Until now, they have been preparing roads for the project; both upgrading existing roads and making new ones through fields. That work is nearly complete.

 

Karen McCoy introduced herself as the new NIPSCO Southern Region Public Affairs Manager.

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

Council President Kramer said the minutes approved last month stated they were for December, but should have said November.

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the December 19, 2016 minutes as amended. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

There were no requests for additional appropriations

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Environmental Office

$ 136.75 59-460-2-2 59-460-1-4

Misc Supplies PERF

 

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

CAREER COUNSELOR REQUIREMENTS

Auditor Rogers said Chris Springer was hired as the shared Career Counselor. Councilor Davis said Mr. Springer would like to give a report in person or in writing at the March Commissioner and Council joint session. Councilor Annis suggested he give a report at the end of each school semester going forward. Councilor Carter thought quarterly and Councilor Clear said written reports would be sufficient. Councilors agreed on Mr. Springer giving a report in person at the March 20th joint session and submitting quarterly written reports following that meeting. Council President Kramer suggested reimbursing North White School monthly for the Career Counselor position. Councilors were in agreement.

 

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

White County Area Plan Commission: Councilor Annis said the new Area Plan Director is from Garden City, Kansas. The Area Plan Commission (APC) decided upon the minimum Fair Labor Standards Act exempt salary of $47,476 for his position. When Mr. Betts accepted the position he asked if moving expenses of $1,500 to $2,000 could be included. Although the APC was fine with the request, Auditor Rogers feared setting a precedent. She said giving him a larger salary for the qualifications he has could be a consideration, since he has Area Plan experience. The Council agreed to recommend a salary of $48,500 with no moving expenses. The final decision is up to the APC.

 

PAYROLL REQUESTS

Council President Kramer said Sharon Brooks comes in as a replacement part-time janitorial position at the Highway Department for $11.20 an hour, the regular county part-time rate.

Jan Lambert will retire from the Clerk’s Office on January 27, 2017. Sarah Reifel-Englert was hired at $29,473 which is the same base salary as Ms. Lambert. Clerk Paula Lantz will also supplement that base with Title IV-D funds that will bring the pay up to $30,626. That is the same amount she started Election Clerk Laura Cosgray at a few months ago.

Part-time County Health Nurse Linda Pagels gets paid an amount that is in between a part-time clerical job pay and a part-time nurse’s pay because she sometimes does clerical work and other times nursing duties. The White County Board of Health wants her to be paid strictly at a nurse’s part-time rate. Nurses do paperwork too, and she is a registered nurse. She is being paid $14.85 an hour, and they want her at $16.25. Councilor Carter wondered how much time she spends doing nursing work and how much time doing clerical work. The Board of Health will submit a payroll request form to change the rate.

 

ENCUMBRANCES FROM 2016

Auditor Rogers supplied Council with a list of items to encumber from the 2016 budget to the 2017 budget. The list consists primarily of payroll (days worked in 2016, but paid in 2017) and a few departmental purchases that were quoted or invoiced in 2016, but will not be paid until sometime in 2017.

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the 2016 encumbrances as presented. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

RECYCLING BALER

Councilor Carter said whenever the Recycling Director Girard looks into replacing the cardboard baler, a newer used baler might be a worthwhile savings to consider. He said it is popular for companies to shop around for used balers.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ __________ (absent) _________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

___________________________ ___________ (absent) ________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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