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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 April 16, 2018 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


Councilor Art Anderson made a motion to approve the construction of the White County Airport taxiway and relocating the fuel farm using grant money and County money (which will be reimbursed by the grant later). The non-reimbursable County portion will be 5% of the $5.6 million. Councilor Jim Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


For minutes of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.



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



Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the March 19, 2018 minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Auditor Rogers said the additional appropriation for Community Corrections in January was unnecessary because that budget is a State grant. The State approved the transfer of the funds from the Community Corrections project fund to the State grant fund for that budget purpose, making the additional appropriation unnecessary.

Councilor Clear made a motion to rescind the motion made January 16, 2018 for an additional appropriation out of the Community Corrections State Fund #2301. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Council President Kramer said PWRTC has exceeded the estimates on their SB-1 abatement application, which keeps them more than compliant.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to approve the CF-1, thereby continuing the abatement. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous





Council President Kramer shared the payroll requests: Toni Fox will move from part-time to full-time cook replacing Jane De Camp (who is retiring) at the Jail. Toni will be at the base salary for the cook’s position. Scott Winger moved from a laborer position to a truck driver at the Highway Department. Bruce Deardurff moved from laborer to a drag operator. Thomas McFee has been hired part-time at the Recycling Department at their regular hourly rate of $14.70. Human Resources is now its own Department with offices in the Courthouse basement. Leah Hull, as Director, will realize a pay increase to that of a Department Head. Leigh Ann Ezra is an account change since she is no longer an Auditor’s Deputy, but HR Assistant Director.



Auditor Rogers shared a tax bill sample which included the Tri-County School Corporation referendum. A referendum is calculated above and beyond the tax cap. It is not tax neutral as was advertised. She wanted the Council to be aware of how tax bills were affected, should they get questions about it. It would be best, if a school is considering a referendum, that they come to the Auditor’s Office to find out how it would affect the citizens. Auditor Rogers requested that in the future, Councilors suggest anyone considering a referendum come to the Auditor’s Office to determine the impact on taxpayers prior to soliciting a referendum.


District School Meeting: Councilor Davis said he and Councilor Annis went to a meeting (that included ten school districts) held at Twin Lakes High School, and he was impressed with what is happening within White County’s four school districts to provide opportunities for non-college bound students. The districts have several programs, and he feels good about the money the Council has put toward education. Councilor Davis said the other counties gave a total of $36,000 in addition to White County’s $100,000 contribution for the Workforce Development program that Career Tech Cooperative Director Jim Stradling sought funds for. Councilor Davis will attend a meeting to see about expanding the program further. He would like to add a class to the North White curriculum that businesses in that district could get behind and partner with. Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction, was at this regional meeting. She was pleased to see the positive things our schools are doing and ways they are working together to make them happen. Councilor Annis said urban areas have it easier and can provide opportunities for their students because of their numbers. He said Building Trades has more funding coming in from the State and will be able to expand to doing rehab projects. In fact, Twin Lakes Building Trades has plans to build a new building and do rehab work at the nature trails.


White County Solid Waste Management: Council President Kramer said they have changed a couple of providers for Waste pick-up. He said Newton County is still on board.


Special Commerce Meeting: Council President Kramer said he attended a meeting regarding the Mid-America Commerce Park shell building, and a sale closing is near. Another purchase of land in the area would require additional ground for a road.

He attended a meeting with a Japanese prospect who felt like White County really cared because we were so well represented. The environmental management firm from the Japanese group said none of the other prospective counties were concerned about odor except for ours. The firm said it would not be a problem because it would be a food odor. Council President Kramer said we will not hear anything until at least August or September.


White County Airport Board: Councilor Anderson said he attended another Airport Board meeting, and he thinks someone on the Council should be on the Airport Board. He feels the Board is doing a better job than before.

He is against the roundabout that is one of three options for the Luse Road replacement. He said it is not necessary for a roundabout when there is only one turn (a T intersection). Councilor Anderson said the more curves in a road, the more dangerous it is. He thinks it is a waste of time and money to do the work and study to consider it. He feels like the road might be able to be closer to the runway if everyone gives their input.

White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said things look positive in the Mid-America Commerce Park but he is not at liberty to share the news. He continues to be impressed with WCEDO as he goes to Economic Development annual meetings in other counties. Others do not compare with ours.

White County Emergency 911 Board: Councilor Clear said additional security for the Courthouse is underway. The metal detector is wired and set up. Employees will be able to use multiple doors with a special tag (fob) or identification card that’s set up for each individual. The cards/fobs will note the entry and exit time, so employees will not be able to let someone in on their card/fob. Department Heads will notify the IT Department what time periods each employee is allowed to be in the building, so they know how to set up each individual card/fob. Evening meetings that are not County Department meetings, will be held at alternative locations: perhaps at the new annex building. Auditor Rogers said the fob will not have government building information on it, should it get lost and the wrong person gain access. Councilor Clear said he got his card today, and the card does have that information. Most employees will receive cards; a certain group will receive fobs.

Councilor Clear said the Monon area tower that finally had an adjustment after several years, is working great. The northeast part of the County and the lakes are still questionable. He said they hope to rent a tower for about $1,700 a month, which would cost much less than building a new tower.


Councilor Anderson said there is an expansion of our windfarm in the works that will result in the largest windfarm in the world. It will extend from White County into neighboring counties. The turbines will be 490’ from the base to the tip of the blade. He said the windfarm company has been sending letters giving five-year options to build wind turbines on properties. For instance, his 100 acres would receive $40,000 for a five-year contract. Councilor Annis said the schools are working on a class to learn turbine maintenance.



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






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