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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 March 20, 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: 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 Environmental Officer James Reynolds said there have been two Occurrence reports for meth labs: one found in a dumpster, and one in a shed.

 

White County Economic Development (WCED) President Randy Mitchell said leads for the Mid-America Commerce Park shell building seem to be getting more serious.

On April 11, 2017, WCED will host a delegation from China. President Mitchell noted Vanguard National Trailer Corporation is owned by a Chinese company.

 

White County Communications/E911 Director Terri Brooks said wires are being run for the new radio system, which should be operational before May. She said the new radios will not remedy the lack of coverage in parts of the County. Director Brooks thought towers might help. She said White County does not have any towers on the Hoosier Safe-T system.

Director Brooks said the County Information Technology (IT) personnel are cleaning up the spaghetti bowl of wires in her Department, and installing all-in-one computers.

Director Brooks wanted to publicly recognize four employees, along with her, who volunteered several nights helping with the tip line in Carroll County: Janene Crawford, Hoodie Davis, Jenilynne Hall, and Angi Turnpaugh.

 

White County Area Plan Director Colin Betts reported that permits are down slightly from last year.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said he has found wind turbine vehicles using roads other than those agreed upon, and he intends to charge the company for the road repairs.

 

White County Attorney George Loy introduced White County Health Officer Dr. Derek Sharvelle, who has a weekly radio program about health and well-being. He is a strong proponent of preventative medicine, and he says White County needs a health educator.

Dr. Sharvelle says White County has a problem with illegal drug usage as well as a high incidence of tobacco usage. Tobacco use actually costs the County $15.00 per carton of cigarettes. E-cigarettes are becoming more popular with high school students, with flavored cigarettes like cotton candy, maple syrup pancakes, etc.

 

White County Graduation and Career Coach Christopher Springer said he started in January 2017 and has been working with students at all White County High Schools. He spends a set day of the week at each school, and makes himself as visible and as accessible as he can. He currently focuses on students who have no career or secondary plans after graduation. Eventually he would like to broaden his focus. Coach Springer is working on ways to track these students and do follow-up research.

 

White County Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development Andrea Cole, started in November, 2016. Sheila Shafer replaced former employee Mary Jo Woodruff in the Extension Office.

Community Wellness Coordinator Tracy Cochran said the Farmers Market will be set up on Saturdays in the BJ Winger’s parking lot beginning May 20, 2017 through October 28th. It will also be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Constitution Plaza June 6th – August 8th (closed July 4th). On Tuesdays children can win tokens through free activities prepared by the POP Club (Power of Produce) to spend at the Farmers Market. Organizers hope the Courthouse restrooms will be available for use during that time. Ms. Cochran would like to see directional type signage as travelers are nearing the downtown area for the Farmers Market, parks, and other places. She suggested a committee be formed to make signage decisions.

Coordinator Cochran said White County ranks 46 out of 92 Indiana Counties in health outcomes. The White County Health Coalition is sponsoring an Active Living Workshop June 15, 2017 at the Monticello-Union Township Public Library from 9:00 am to 4:00pm

 

White County Purdue Extension Director Denise Schroeder said the Ag Association has a new master plan. The last one was from 1998. Ag Association secretary Cindy Campbell said Bio Town Ag Inc. financed the new master plan prepared by an outside company. It was a 16 month process. Some of the projects in this master plan for the White County 4-H Fairgrounds include new roads/walkways, upgrading the stage to have a roof, dressing rooms and bathrooms, and a multipurpose building. She said FBI Builders projected an 80’x 112’ multipurpose room would cost $375,000. The property could be used beyond the two weeks a year with this building, and could be rented out to generate income. Jasper County has a similar building that is self-supporting. The Ag Association is looking into securing a loan, although a CD secured loan from the County would save money for the Ag Association. They are hoping to have this built in time for the County Fair. Commissioner Steve Burton had concerns about this project getting underway before the financing has been attained. Commissioner John Heimlich said he asked her to come and share this information with the Commissioners and Councilors. He said they usually come in June, and the County typically provides them with $45,000 annually. Before roads are done, there will be water line and drainage issues to deal with.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said White County Prosecutor Bob Guy and Investigator Tony Lantz attended a seminar on courthouse security. The Commissioners voted to approve a committee to implement security at the White County Courthouse during their meeting earlier this morning.

Councilor Casey Crabb made a motion to have Councilor Bruce Clear serve on the committee as the Council’s representative. Councilor Jim Annis 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 Clear made a motion to accept the February 21, 2017 minutes. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said a record 243 people attended the Economic Development annual luncheon. The board has received positive feedback about the speaker. Councilor Crabb felt her topic and her expertise and understanding of how to work with an appeal to the different age brackets seemed to dove-tail with things the Council has been dealing with like the Career Counselor.

The leads are picking up for shell building in Mid-American Commerce Park.

New IU Health White Memorial Hospital CEO Jeff Zeh is now on the Economic Development Board. The Town of Monon’s representative, Ken Hickman, resigned. Larry Brown has been appointed in his place.

 

White County Emergency 911 Board: Councilor Clear said the tower west of Monon does not work. Another tower erected near the Gun Club helps. Councilor Annis said he would provide property north of Monon for a tower. Councilor Anderson said magnetic fields can mess up the reception, and you don’t know where those are. Councilor Clear said the Sheriff’s Department used to have a repeater/relay system that worked through your mobile.

 

White County Area Plan Commission: Councilor Annis said Colin Betts is getting settled into the Director’s position. He said the Comprehensive Plan is being reworked in a couple areas that did not have to do with White County. Auditor Rogers said the Plan is being presented to the legislative bodies.

 

Community Corrections Advisory Board: Councilor Anderson said Judge Mrzlack has withdrawn from the Board completely. He was the one who set it up and has done a good job with it. His oversight helped build it up to $607,000 in funds. Prosecutor Guy is in charge now.

Councilor Anderson said the County is going to have to pay to help get drug addicts off drugs and stay off drugs. That means the County will be paying for treatments and counselor help and/or whatever it takes. He said once a person is an addict, he/she is always an addict and he/she will always have to work at staying clean.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Auditor Rogers said there is a proposed bill in the Indiana legislature which could require any vote taken in the Commissioner or Council meetings to be posted on the County Website within 24 hours after the vote and remain there for a minimum of four years.

 

Auditor Rogers said only a percentage of the audit charges (that were discussed February 21, 2017) could be paid out of the Title IV-D County Incentive Fund, so it came out of the Commissioners budget Examination of Records fund instead.

 

Council President Kramer had advised Auditor Rogers to put the $33,378.87 made from the County Auction into the Rainy Day Fund. He said most of the money ($29,550) was made from Highway Department equipment, and Rainy Day money has often supplemented their cost. Auditor Rogers said the auction company kept 22% commission from the $42,724. She said Highway Superintendent Kyburz sent an email suggesting the Department’s portion of the money be returned to the Council to be utilized for new equipment in the future.

 

Payroll request: White County Extension Office - replace Mary Jo Woodruff with Sheila Shafer; Sheriff’s Department - Mark McKean to fill in for Gary Adams while he’s out, and Sheriff Shafer hired Tyler Armstrong back; Recycling - Walter Marshall to replace Steve Peters; Clerk’s Office - Stephanie Boomhower to replace Lori Austin.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

 

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DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

 

 

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JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

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BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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