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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 May 15, 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
White County Economic Development (WCED) President Randy Mitchell said 38 seniors received the College and Career Readiness Work Ethic Certification by completing all of the PRIDE Program requirements.  This program teaches and encourages soft skills needed to succeed in life.
Mr. Mitchell said O’Reilly Auto Parts will be building on the property in front of Dye Lumber on U.S. Hwy. 24 in Monticello.
White County Area Plan Director Colin Betts reported 74 building inspections and 41 building permits.
White County Environmental Officer James Reynolds has received 101 complaints about various issues.  He said bridge work in Buffalo caused problems for trucks going to the landfill until the barricades were moved to make the turns easier for them.
White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said they have finished much needed paving in Buffalo.  There will be a one to two-day closure on 300 E between 700 S and 850 S while installing large pipes.  Road mowing will begin Monday, May 22, as well as drainage projects that include the Eastlawn Elementary School area.
When Commissioner Dave Diener asked about guardrails, Superintendent Kyburz said he is having trouble finding a good company that responds to his calls.  Commissioner Diener said Superintendent Kyburz is the first Superintendent who has pursued collecting insurance on guardrail damage, with $30,000 in damages collected so far.
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 Davis made a motion to accept the April 17, 2017 minutes.  Councilor Annis    seconded the motion.   Vote:  Unanimous
There were no additional appropriation requests.
There were no transfer requests received.
Council President Kramer said all abatement compliances appear to be in good standing.
Councilor Crabb made a motion to approve the compliance abatements for NJ Properties 1 LLC, EDP Renewables, Girtz Investments LLC/Girtz Industries Inc., and Rockland Wood Products LLC.  Councilor Davis seconded the motion.   Vote:  Unanimous
White County Sheriff Shafer asked for Council approval to use money from the Jail Commissary fund to provide a legal advisor for the Sheriff’s Department.  Although money for legal counsel was approved many years ago, there will now be a new lawyer, and Sheriff Shafer wanted to be sure Council was still on board.  Several Sheriffs have informed him that Logansport’s Jim Austin is who they are hiring.  Sheriff Shafer said he attended a meeting where four law firms were presented, but he has decided Attorney Austin would be the best.  Others on the Council, who had knowledge of him, agreed.  Council encouraged him to make the hire and thanked him for keeping them informed.  Council did not take a formal vote as they believe the permission to use the Commissary fund was given long ago and was not specified to the person hired, so no vote was required.
White County Economic Development Board:  Councilor Crabb missed the meeting because of a conflict.  He said representatives from White County’s sister County in China seemed eager to do business with White County.  WCED President Mitchell, Garmong Construction Services Vice President Dan Zuerner and Carroll White REMC CEO Randy Price will be going to China for two weeks this fall, and Councilor Crabb believes they will work aggressively to make things happen that will benefit White County.
Councilor Crabb and Mr. Mitchell will be going to the Japanese/American Society Meeting in Indianapolis to attempt to attract new business to White County.
One good prospect for Mid-America Commerce Park ended up in Tippecanoe County along I-65 near The IU Health Arnett Hospital.
Councilor Crabb is part of the WCED Marketing Committee and they will be meeting with WCED Board Officers this summer to make the WCED website more mobile friendly.
Community Corrections Advisory Board:  Councilor Anderson said Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor Steve Stone is no longer working with the Sheriff’s Department, and they are looking for a replacement.
Councilor Clear, Commissioner Burton and Councilor Anderson went to a meeting about buying software for Emergency 911 Communications.  The new system from a company in Texas would cost $235,000 and would not provide all necessary functions.  We have already invested $40,000 for modules so police can write their reports while in their cars.  When software was purchased a few years ago, E911 Communications Director Terri Brooks was able to get it for the towns and fire departments as well.  Councilor Clear said Director Brooks likes what they currently have.  It just needs tweaking.  The company wanting White County’s business needs a letter of intent from our County to get Indiana Data & Communication System (IDACS) information.  Once they have that, then they could provide communications between the County and the Indiana State Police.
White County Area Plan Commission:  Councilor Annis said they had a couple of special meetings to get everything in order for O’Reilly Auto Parts to have a portion of property in front of Dye Lumber.  Construction may begin in June.  Auditor Rogers said although that intersection is dangerous and has ingress/egress problems, the State does not see a need to change it.
Courthouse Security Committee:  Councilor Clear said Judge Thacker advised that Bailiff money could be used for an additional Sworn Officer in the Courthouse.  However, he wants that money available in his budget the next year, should it be needed.  The Committee is searching for the most economical way to provide proper security for the Courthouse.  They have ruled out having only one entrance and a metal detector.  They are considering Plexiglas for the four open counters, and buzzers to open office doors.  Councilor Clear said they are working with the County Information Technology Department about better ways for offices to alert security in case of an emergency.  Active shooters are the concern.
Councilor Anderson said the new Highway Garage could have been built for the amount of money that has been spent on engineering alone.  Council President Kramer said the budget for the Highway Garage project is now above $9.5 million because of wetland issues, cleanup issues, and some misunderstanding about what the Commissioners were after that caused them to start over.  He said anytime Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is involved, it costs.  Councilor Crabb suggested costs related to environmental issues be paid from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund which has over $18 million.  Auditor Rogers said that can only be used for cleanup of the landfill, not other places in the County, although, Solid Waste Operating would be a possibility.  Councilor Anderson was upset so much money is being put into this project.  He said they should have checked the land before getting this involved.  He said Commissioners should have asked for Council’s input.  The project includes an expanded garage and bins for materials.
Auditor Rogers said she has heard no complaints from Office Holders about cutting budgets by 10%.
There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Annis made a motion to adjourn.  Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote:  Unanimous
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JAMES B DAVIS                                       KEVIN L CRABB                           RAYMOND L KRAMER JR
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