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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 21, 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: Art Anderson

The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb James B Davis

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

JOINT SESSION:

See Commissioners’ minutes for joint Commissioners and Council meeting.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the April 16, 2018 minutes. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the April 16, 2018 executive session minutes. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Surveyor Office

$6,232.40 South Lawn Urban Drain South Lawn Urban Dr

Repay Maintenance

1158-60178-000-0000 2700-60178

White County Circuit Court $200.00 Postage Supplies

30201-0232 20101-0232

White County Auditor Office

$16,545.00 General Fund Misc. Deputy Auditor

1000-39999 1000-10512-0002

 

White County Surveyor Brad Ward said there has been money sitting in the reconstruction repay fund for several years, and he wants to transfer it to the ditch maintenance fund that it was originally meant to be used for. Surveyor Ward said because of the Gordon Road construction, he has separated some of the water from South Park Drive and has it going through the Countrybrook Subdivision to alleviate flooding concerns from Buss Ditch and the City Park.

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the Surveyor’s transfer. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve the White County Circuit Court transfer. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Auditor Rogers said she needs to replace the salary money that was transferred with Leigh Ann Ezra’s position into the Human Resource Department. Ms. Ezra spent 2/3s of her time on Auditor’s Office work. Annette Cobb will move from Area Plan to the Auditor’s Office and will need $16,545.00 to finish out her pay for the year.

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the Auditor’s Office transfer. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ABATEMENT COMPLIANCES

Bio Town Ag Inc.: Council President Kramer said the Compliance Forms (CF-1) show they have done well. Personal property needed to stay at or over where they were. Councilor Crabb said this is a success story where they have gone above and beyond with their entrepreneurial spirit. Not only is Bio Town Ag Inc. doing well, but their kids opened a restaurant in Wolcott (Roots Eatery & Pub) selling products they produce.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to approve the Abatement Compliances for both the real

and personal property for Bio Town Ag Inc. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

Rockland Wood Products LLC: Council President Kramer noted they have over doubled the number of employees going from 55 to 165, with salaries more than doubling too. Councilor Annis visited and saw how they make their product. He was impressed. Like so many other businesses, he said they have trouble getting enough people to work.

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve the Abatement Compliance for Rockland Wood Products LLC. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Girtz Industries Inc.: Council President Kramer said their numbers look good and they have increased their salaries considerably. Councilor Davis stated this is another success story. Councilor Crabb said they are an innovative company.

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve the Abatement Compliances for both the real property and personal property for Girtz Industries Inc. Carter seconded the motion.

Vote Unanimous

 

EDP Renewables: Auditor Rogers said they are a State assessed utility and have paid out $30 million to residents. Council President Kramer said they have been efficient in meeting or paying any conditions put on them by various agreements including road improvements. Although the number of employees has not gone up, the salary levels have. Councilor Carter said he has talked with some of their employees, and they say they are happy and well taken care of. Councilor Annis tries to get students to consider working for them, but his biggest challenge is getting students to show up at school every day.

Councilor Carter made a motion to approve the EDP Renewables Phases 1through 5 Abatement Compliances. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Adkev Inc: For informational purposes only because that is for the City of Monticello’s approval.

 

Gabba LLC: For informational purposes only as their approval comes from the Town of Wolcott.

 

2019 BUDGET HEARING DATES: President Kramer suggested starting the last week in July: July 30th, 31st. and August 2nd. Auditor Rogers said there will be more budgets to approve this year with Human Resources presenting a budget and both Innkeepers Tax Commissions. Could use Wednesday if necessary or stay late on Thursday.

PAYROLL REQUESTS

Council President Kramer read through payroll requests: Juan Ortego Monje part-time for Superior Court at $25.00 per case to interpret. Teresa Odle part-time for the Sheriff’s Department at $11.55. Adam Langley and William Peck (shift changes) at the Jail. Replacement for Corrections Officer Kory Banes at the Jail $33,892. Annette Cobb from Area Plan to replace Leigh Ann Ezra in the Auditor’s Office, taking a $500 annual pay cut.

 

BOARD MEETING REPORTS

 

White County Economic Development Board: Councilor Crabb said they have taken us up a notch with the international relationships.

Wabash Valley Board: Councilor Carter said they are doing an interesting attack on the drug and opioid addiction problems. He said they like the new CEO and he may ask him to share his plan at a joint Commissioners and Council meeting.

 

White County Solid Waste Management: Council President Kramer said they will have a budget meeting June 7th. They may be renegotiating the contract with Liberty Landfill. Monon could use help with road damages because they are impacted by the trucks. Solid Waste Management may not get additional funds because of the need in Monon. Councilor Davis said road damage on State Road16 has caused rerouting of all North White school district related vehicles to use County Road 900.

 

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY GARAGE

The new Highway garage project has slowed down because the expense was getting too high and the wetland issue is ongoing. Councilor Davis asked if they have applied for Brownfield grant money to help with the site cleanup. He thinks that might be an option for this project.

 

WHITE COUNTY COURTHOUSE SECURITY

Councilor Annis asked how the new security system at the Courthouse will affect night meetings. Auditor Rogers said it will be business as usual for evening government meetings; doors open ½ hour before and after meetings. Non-government related meetings will meet at new locations.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Clear made a motion to adjourn. Councilor Carter 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