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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on September 18, 2017 for the purpose of discussing the budget, additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Kramer called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were absent: James G Annis

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James B Davis

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF JOINT SESSION:

White County Area Plan Director Colin Betts reported there were 48 building permits issued with fees amounting to $5,836.00.

 

White County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Kyburz said although the target date to complete the Norway Bridge work is in May, they hope it will be completed sooner assuming the weather holds out. The Department has completed about 100 miles of chip and seal. They are about to work on the Wolcott Windfarm area of roadway as per the road agreement with Meadow Lake. White County will do the final surface of 3 coats for 9 miles. The Windfarm will pay to have this completed. The work should take about 15 days.

Superintendent Kyburz received a quote for road salt which is $5.00 per ton less than last year. It’s the lowest he has seen in a long time.

Councilor Carter asked how much each mile of chip and seal costs. Superintendent Kyburz said $8,500 in material cost alone.

 

White County Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds said he has received 78 complaints on various issues. He has talked with Parkview Motel personnel about clean-up since their fire. Clean-up is going slowly because they did not have insurance.

 

White County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Roberta Yerk said her Department is need of a MSRP with a trailer to get around where regular vehicles cannot. The EMA Board agrees. They have a quote for $12,000. Commissioner Burton, also an EMA board member, spoke with the Sheriff about the use of this type of vehicle. The Sheriff agrees that EMA would benefit from it. He further stated how helpful EMA is to the Sheriff’s Department assisting when emergencies and accidents occur.

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

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Davis made a motion to accept the August 21, 2017 minutes which includes the budget hearings. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Surveyor $5,500.00 21-1-3 1-2-6

Part-time Computer Supplies

White County Auditor $960,000.00 59-1000-9-99 0-79

Landfill Misc General Trf in

$30,000.00 59-1000-9-99 1-79

Landfill Misc General Trf in

White County Highway $2,457.65 4-401-1-12 4-401-3-61

Engineer Bldg. repairs & maint.

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ANNUAL COUNTY FUNDING TO WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve Resolution #2017-09-18-01 to disburse $230,000 after January 1, 2018 to White County Economic Development for aiding in funding of operations and projects for White County. Councilor Carter seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Career Tech Cooperative Director Jim Stradling is the Director over all White, Carroll, and Newton Counties, and half of Jasper and Pulaski Counties for a total of ten schools. He is working in conjunction with Workforce Development on a 3 to 1 matching grant to promote vocational job opportunities to students who do not plan to attend a four-year post high school course study. Upon polling local employers, Director Stradling has determined the most needed positions in his five-county area to be welding and healthcare. The focus will be to interest girls in mig and tig welding and boys in nursing. Studies show females to be more adept at welding due to more patience and better hand/eye coordination. Male nurses are needed in the healthcare industry to better relate to male nursing home residents and for female residents to feel more secure should an emergency arise that would require them to be lifted and moved quickly to safety.

Director Stradling said they want to target younger students, junior high and early high school, having field trips to area businesses, so the students are made aware of the potential for job opportunities. Mr. Stradling intends to work with local manufacturing facilities to incorporate internships into the program. This should also provide youth retention to the area.

Two years ago, White County budgeted $100,000 for a similar project, Advanced Manufacturing. Director Stradling is requesting this same amount from White County for this new program. His goal is to collect $250,000 in order to receive the maximum grant amount of one million dollars. Councilor Anderson said the program two years ago was a flop. He cannot understand how it will cost so much for programing and activities. Director Stradling said there are not adequate shop classes in all the schools. Training will be required. Councilor Davis said Chris Springer, White County Career Counselor, is working on this by getting information to students while Mr. Stradling is working on a way to provide the training. This would be an expansion to the existing career counselling program.

This was Director Stradling’s first formal presentation for this program. Council requested he come to their October 16th meeting with a business plan outlining exactly how the grant funding would be utilized. Councilor Davis said our County schools are not aware of what is available for the schools and students from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. He said there is a lot of good information on their website. Councilor Davis believes communication to be the problem.

Councilor Clear is in favor of financially supporting the grant efforts. Auditor Rogers said there is $50,000 budgeted in EDIT for secondary education that could be used. Councilor Davis stated it would be nice to see what kind of commitment the other Counties and companies are willing to make prior to White County making a firm decision.

2018 BUDGET ORDINANCE 2017-01

Council President Kramer said he spoke with Auditor Rogers for explanations regarding the proposed budget. He stated the White County levy for the General Fund budget is down about 4/100 of a cent per $100 of assessed valuation from 2017. The overall levy is at .3784 per $100 up from .3670 last year. The increase is attributable to having to raise the emergency phone system levy due to the lower amount of surtax received for phones. The current rate is $1.00/month for landlines and cell phones which is less than half of the old landline rate of $2.20/month plus $0.50 per month for cell phones, so E911 receives fewer tax dollars overall. There was no significant increase in any of the other fund levies. President Kramer said a lot of the credit goes to the Department Heads for cutting their budgets as requested.

Councilor Davis made a motion to adopt the 2018 Budget Ordinance 2017-01. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

2018 SALARY ORDINANCE 2017-02

Auditor Rogers said the salary ordinance includes longevity. Council President Kramer said the salary for HR will take effect when it becomes its own department. Councilor Crabb asked if anyone knew why longevity cuts off when it does. He thought it should top out at more of a round number like 25 years rather than 22. Auditor Rogers explained that is because an employee has to work two full years prior to receiving longevity, so they receive it for 20 years before it caps.

Councilor Carter made a motion to adopt the 2018 Salary Ordinance 2017-02. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL REQUEST

Dr. Tribbett is replacing Dr. Sharvelle as the County Health Officer at the same salary. The Insurance company said they can attach a rider to his malpractice insurance to cover him. There will be no cost to the county. Councilor Anderson said he read the job description, and it incorrectly stated the position as full time. Other parts of it were wrong also. It was written by Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele & Associates Inc. Auditor Rogers said it has been corrected. She said each employee and his/her department head were to read through the final job description prior to signing it and make sure it was right. We have found some inconsistencies in the job descriptions. It appears WIS took it upon themselves to embellish what we sent to them as far as job duties for positions. When the final versions came back to us, many assumed they reflected the drafts and did not read them closely. As a result, incorrect descriptions were signed. When HR gets into their own department and time permits, they plan to update job descriptions. Several have already been updated as we have discovered problems. We want to get this done to remove liability to the county.

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

 

White County Solid Waste Management: Council President Kramer said the Solid Waste budget has been turned in to Jasper County Council because they have the largest assessed valuation in the district. He said they continue to have funding from Newton County since they are still on the board.

 

Community Corrections Advisory Board: Councilor Anderson said they are going to hire a combination of three part-time people for the Addiction Counselor position for Community Corrections to replace Steve Stone. It will be 45 hours per week total.

 

White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said WCED President Randy Mitchell, REMC Director Randy Price, County Consultant Dan Zuerner, and Larry Ingram are coming back today from Japan and China. Among other meetings, they spoke with Mitsubishi and Subaru in hopes of attracting businesses to the MACP that would be supporting vendors of the two larger corporations.

The Board has discussed where to find people for open jobs and where to get the training needed. Council President Kramer said part of the problem is the 2.7% county unemployment rate reflects those who want to work are already working.

MISCELLANEOUS

Auditor Rogers reminded the Council about a Tax Abatement Class on Thursday, September 21st at the White County 4-H building from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Department of Local Government Finance Representative Steve McKinney will lead the class. It will be recorded. Register with WCED secretary Deb Conover.

 

Wednesday, September 20th Auditor Rogers will visit the Avon School Corporation with Mike Godlove and White County School Superintendents to learn more about their success with collaboration efforts to increase funding and save money.

 

Also in attendance were Gregory Meyers, new Herald Journal Editor, Frank of the Herald Journal. Three members of the White County Airport Board: Harry Voorhis. Denita Shelton, and Chad Baumgardner.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ __________(absent)__________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR