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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 19, 2019 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

Janet J Faker Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

James B Davis

Also in attendance: Auditor Gayle Rogers, WCEDO President Randy Mitchell, Abatement Applicants Putt Farms and Rose Acre Farms, AP Director Joe Rogers



Robert Bryant, Cushing Systems, gave a PowerPoint on how the system will benefit the county CAD system and other departments within the county.

The cost of the software:

PSIMS Records Manager, Evidence Module Installation and Training $25,000

PSIMS Civil Process Installation and Training $10,000

PSIMS Jail Manager with Fingerprint interface & Mug Shot Camera

Installation and Training $29,000

Total Cost of Software, Installation and Training $64,000

Database Conversion of Jail Management System & Records Mgt. $10,000

Total Cost $74,000

E911 Director Terri Brooks and Councilor Art Anderson spoke in favor of the system for the CAD.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the term of the agreement would automatically renew for succeeding one-year terms, unless the White County Sheriff or Cushing Systems, Inc., delivers a written Notice of Intent to Not Renew at least 60 days before the anniversary date of the agreement.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to allow Sheriff Brooks to enter into an agreement with Cushing Systems, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilor Anderson made a motion to appropriate the funds from the Riverboat Fund to enter into an agreement with Cushing Systems, seconded by Councilor Davis.

Vote: Unanimous


For further contents of the 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 January 22, 2019 minutes. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



White County Economic Development Organization (WCEDO) President Mitchell introduced EggLife, LLC (parent company Rose Acre Farms, Inc.) representatives Ben Bohall and Cindy Wagner. EggLife, LLC will produce an innovative food product in the Mid-America Commerce Park for which they are requesting a five-year personal property abatement for their manufacturing equipment. Their product is a refrigerated low-calorie, low-carb sandwich wrap and pasta made from eggs that they believe will revolutionize the food industry. Following discussion, Councilor Anderson motioned to approve Council Resolution No. 2019-02-19-01 White County Council Declaratory Resolution for the Designating of an Economic Revitalization Area situated in Princeton township on application by Rose Acre Farms, Inc.

Vote: 6 in favor; 0 against; 1 abstention by Councilor Crabb



Council President Kramer opened the public hearing for Putt Farms ERA/Abatement. No one was present to speak against the request. Council had previously heard arguments in favor of the request. Council President Kramer closed the public hearing.

WCEDO President Mitchell quickly reviewed the Putt application for abatement and asked that the Council approve the final step, the Confirmatory Resolution prepared by County Attorney Loy.

Councilor Davis made a motion to approve Confirmatory Resolution 2019-02-19-02 designating an Economic Revitalization Area for the 32.549 acres in Monon Township requested by Joel Putt. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous




Auditor Rogers asked the Council to approve the salary ordinance amendment 2 before them displaying the new highway department hourly rates that Council approved in their January 22, 2019 Regular Meeting.


BE IT ORDAINED BY THE County Council of White County, Indiana that for the purpose of fixing the salaries, including longevity, of all officers, deputies, and other employees of White County, Indiana for the calendar year 2019, the stated salaries are hereby adopted as amended this 19th day of February, 2019.

Motion to approve Amendment 2 to the 2019 Salary Ordinance No. 2018-02 by Councilor Faker; seconded by Councilor Annis. Vote: Unanimous




Area Plan Executive Director Rogers was present to outline his office changes and request a salary for Annette Cobb as Office Administrator to be 25% above the bottom of Level 1. Council had previously approved the Office Administrator position as a Level 1 position. Director Rogers is requesting a salary above the base due to Annette’s two years of experience in that particular office. Annette transferred down to the Auditor’s office in May 2018 and will transfer back into the Area Plan office February 25, 2019. Councilor Davis motioned to approve the request; Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

The remaining payroll requests brought before the Council were all replacement positions starting at the base level of each position. Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve all remaining payroll requests; Councilor Annis seconded. Vote: Unanimous


Continuation of January 22, 2019 meeting transfer from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund 4936 to the Innkeepers Lake Enhancement Fund 4904, as promised, the $16,908.84 originally transferred into the Fund 4904 was transferred back into Fund 4936.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Also presented to Council for consideration were salary transfers in the amount of $1,772.40 to cover the shortfall for elected official Paula Lantz who was paid out vacation that was carried over from her time spent as a non-exempt employee; also, Councilor Anderson was incorrectly paid out of the Coroner’s budget line item which caused a negative balance there. These instances occurred in 2018, however the transfers must take place in 2019 because the 2018 financial year is closed in the financial system. Councilor Crabb moved to accept the transfers; Councilor Anderson seconded. Vote: Unanimous


Auditor Rogers requested that Council sign Resolution No 19-02-19-03 allowing the loan of $1.4 million from the Solid Waste Reserve Fund 4936 to the White County Redevelopment Commission RDC MACP TIF09 Fund 4929 for the purchase of the Pilotte property in the Mid-America Commerce Park. Council had previously approved the purchase; they are now approving the Resolution for the loan to make the purchase. Councilor Annis made a motion to approve Resolution No. 19-02-19-03. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



APC – Councilor Annis stated that the office has begun to pick up on the ordinance work again. He sits on the committee to amend the sign ordinance. He does his best to convey Council viewpoints at APC and committee meetings.

Community Corrections Advisory Board – Councilor Davis said Prosecutor Guy has stepped off that board. Prosecutor Guy was the Board President. Councilor Davis is unsure if Judge Mrzlak will return to the board in Prosecutor Guy’s vacant seat.

EMA – Councilor Faker said the EMA board meets for her first meeting tomorrow evening so she should have a repot next month. The Tourism Authority has not yet met since she has been a member.

Solid Waste Management District – President Kramer said Carol Stradling is gone and her replacement has begun.

Wabash Valley – Councilor Carter informed the Council that Wabash Valley has changed its by-laws to read that no member may serve longer than three consecutive terms. Councilor Carter has been a board member since 1999 so he is in his last term. They serve three-year terms and are on a fiscal year. Their year ends June 30th so Council will have to appoint a new board member beginning July 1, 2019. They meet ten times per year and are paid $30 per meeting. Council members should be thinking about who wants to take Councilor Carter’s seat on the board.

WCEDO – Councilor Crabb reminded everyone the annual Economic Development luncheon is on Friday, February 22nd. He then mentioned the Lilly dollars received to better a 10-county region. REMC is the fiscal agent for the grant funds. They are working with IOT (Indiana Office of Technology) to come up with ideas such as trail systems, helping schools, canoes on the rivers, agri-education, advanced manufacturing to name a few. There is talk of getting broadband providers to work together and share data to improve the system for everyone.



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


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