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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 February 21, 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: James B Davis

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

White County Economic Development (WCED) President Randy Mitchell said there have been ten leads this year for the Mid-America Commerce Park shell building, one of which was looking for elaborate incentives for their $5M investment.

The new Starbucks located inside of Kroger will hold its grand opening on Monday, February 27th.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds attended a conference about Indiana onsite waste water, and had training on State mandates along with Taser training.

 

New White County Area Plan Director Colin Betts mentioned some of his previous jobs, and that Area Plan work is the kind he most desired. Moving here from Kansas also brings him closer to family who live in Indiana.

 

White County Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said his crews are working on gravel roads, trimming brush, and performing vehicle maintenance. He is also preparing paperwork for Federal aid projects.

Bids for the Norway Bridge work will be in March 2017. Construction will begin in September when the tourism has slowed down and Indiana Beach is closed for the season.

 

Vice President of Garmong Construction Services Dan Zuerner said most counties have old, worn out mechanical systems and are in need of energy savings programs. He said Ameresco is one of the best independent energy services companies around, and has served multiple counties in Indiana and across the U.S. He introduced their Senior Account Executive Mark Heirbrandt. He said Ameresco is the largest provider in the U.S., and does not control the services their clients select. They analyze and research the situation and share their findings at no cost. If a county chooses to continue with their services, they first find out county needs, desires, and finances. Ameresco will seek out companies/providers and rebates to put together options. They will oversee the entire project until completion, with clients typically seeing a 20 to 30% energy cost savings. Ameresco continues to monitor for ten years to ensure the energy savings continue.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to have Ameresco perform a preliminary First Pass Audit (FPA), and to release County utility information. Commissioner Burton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Commissioner Diener said the building adjacent to the one WCED currently rents is for sale and includes the office area and basement that Mc Clintic-Downey Insurance was in (approximately 3,600 square feet). Owner Mark Gamble would sell it to the County for $200,000 which is less than the average of two appraisals. The Commissioners would like to purchase the building and move storage from the Courthouse basement over to the basement there, and move the Departments in the Annex building over to this building as well. The Annex building is in disrepair. They would sell the Annex building or demolish it and sell the land. It would be better to have those Departments closer to the Courthouse, and there is plenty of parking behind the buildings across the street.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt resolution #17-02-21-01 approving purchase of real estate. 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 Clear made a motion to accept the August 15, 2016 budget hearing minutes. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES

Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the January 17, 2017 minutes. Councilor Clear 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 HEALTH DEPARTMENT

From Fund 2 Health to line item 2-201-1-6

 

Office Assistant $ 2,500.00 $ 2,500.00

TOTAL $ 2,500.00 $ 2,500.00

 

Since Linda Pagels is going to be paid as a part-time Nurse whenever she works rather than being paid different salaries depending on the type of work she is doing, the Board of Health wants to be sure there is enough money in the budget to cover her salary.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the above request for $2,500 from Fund 2 Health to line item 2-201-1-6. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY JAIL

During budget time, Council approved the Sheriff’s budget which included an increase in the part-time line item. The letter from the Department requested a raise for the Transport Officers. The Council did not realize the increase included a $4.00 an hour raise for the Transport Officers. Councilors were concerned about such a big jump, plus concerned at how it was missed at budget time. Since Officers have to meet certain qualifications for this position, and there has been a large increase in transports over the past few years, the Council decided to approve the raise, but not retroactively.

Councilor Clear made a motion to raise the Transport Officers’ pay from $11.00 an hour to $15.00 an hour. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said the annual WCED dinner is this Friday, February 24th.

 

White County Emergency 911 Board: Councilor Clear missed his meeting because he was not included in the notification. He believes they have now added his email address to their list.

 

White County Area Plan Commission: Councilor Annis. The Area Plan Commission passed the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan. It was not passed during the Commissioners’ meeting because the Commissioners want to make changes to it. Former Area Plan Director Joe Rogers’ last day will be March 31, 2017.

 

TRI-COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX REFERENDUM

Auditor Rogers said the Tri-County School District does not currently have a specific plan for the money that would be generated from the Tax Referendum they are seeking. The tax rate for their debt will soon be coming off and they feel it would be tax neutral to add the same tax rate back on. Auditor Rogers said it does not work that way. She ran the numbers on a couple of taxpayers to see how it would affect them. On one property with a home on an acre of ground it increased the taxes by $84 a year. On another property with a home on an acre of ground it increased the taxes over $800 a year. The tax rate is applied to the net tax. The current debt falls within the tax cap, but the tax referendum falls outside the tax cap.

Auditor Rogers said the tax referendum requires an election in the three counties the school district draws from. The Clerk was not prepared for an election this year, so there would be a negative amount in the Clerk’s budget until the school pays it back. The Council was okay with the negative amount in that fund until it gets paid back.

Councilor Carter recommended the Auditor go to the school board. He would prefer someday there be one school corporation with one Superintendent for all of White County.

 

2014 & 2015 COUNTY AUDIT

Auditor Rogers said the 2014 and 2015 audit was complete and the State said it can be paid out of Title IV-D County Incentive Fund.

Councilor Clear made a motion to pay the 2014 and 2015 audit charges from Title IV-D County Incentive Fund. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Council President Kramer said two bills are pending at the State legislature about E-filing, both clarifying that the Sheriff’s Department is to collect fees rather than the Clerk’s Office. Changing the fees to be applied per document is also being considered.

 

Auditor Rogers suggested the Innkeepers Tax Board be more publicized about how the

taxes are used. That might stir neighbors to turn in names of those who should be collecting and paying the tax. She showed the Council a sample of a flyer Jasper County created.

 

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

 

 

__________ (absent) _________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

 

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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