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BE IT REMEMBERED that a meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 8:30 A.M. on July 15, 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, Council Secretary Barbara Nydegger

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Carter said he did not make and second the same motion for the Meadow Lake Wind Farm abatement compliance. Secretary Nydegger said she checked her notes, and Councilor Faker made the motion and Councilor Carter seconded the motion.

Councilor Annis made a motion to accept the June 17, 2019 minutes with the correction. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

There were no additional appropriation requests.

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Auditor

$1,700.00 First Offenders Probation

$3,435.46 WCMH Escrow Rainy Day

$ 88.00 AP Meadowbrook General Fund

$ 2.00 Election HAVA Grant General Fund

$ 30.00 Plat Book Fees Plat Book Fees

$ 100.00 Bullet Proof Vest Program General Fund

$3,263.50 Community Comeback Rainy Day

 

Auditor Rogers presented a list of transfers that will clean up various funds.

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

 

Councilor Carter asked what the Ineligible Deduction Fund was. Auditor Rogers explained it is tax money paid back to the County from taxpayers who had received the homestead deduction but should not have. It came about when the State mandated the homestead verification a few years ago. Some of that money has been used to digitize transfer books and plat books to make them available to the public from the County website.

JORDAN MANUFACTURING COMPANY INC ABATEMENT COMPLIANCE

Council President Kramer said the Jordan Manufacturing personal property tax abatement conformance form indicates they retained their current employees and salaries, adding 220 to 380 new employees. They are compliant.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the Jordan Manufacturing Company abatement compliance. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

GIRTZ INDUSTRIES INC ABATEMENT COMPLIANCE

Council President Kramer said although Girtz Industries added fewer employees than originally estimated, they are paying much more in salaries than they had estimated.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve the abatement compliance for Girtz Industries. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

SEX OR VIOLENT OFFENDER REGISTRATION & ADDRESS FEE FUND

Council President Kramer said passage of Ordinance 2019-01 allows the Sheriff’s Department to begin collecting registration and address change fees from sex or violent offenders. The ordinance also establishes two funds for the fees. Auditor Rogers explained that 10% of those fees (fund 7111) will be sent to the Treasurer of State per IC 11-8-5-21. The other 90% (fund 1192) may be appropriated by Council for the expense of administering or ensuring compliance with the laws concerning the Indiana sex and violent offender registry.

Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve Ordinance 2019-01 allowing the White County Sheriff to charge sex or violent offender registration fees and sex or violent offender address change fees. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

SHERIFF PETTY CASH FUND

Auditor Rogers said the Sheriff’s Department would like to establish a petty cash fund. She is presenting Council with Ordinance 2019-02 to do so.

Councilor Carter made a motion to approve Ordinance 2019-02 establishing a Petty Cash Fund for the Sheriff’s Department. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

COUNTY COUNCIL CONFERENCE

Council President Kramer said he, Auditor Rogers, Councilor Faker, and Councilor Carter attended the County Council Association Conference. Other Counties sitting at their table were interested in hearing about White County’s wind farm, its benefits and how we use the income generated. Councilor Crabb said several schools are using solar panels, and as the technology improves, panels will become more popular with other entities.

Council President Kramer said cybercrime was another topic at the conference because it is becoming more of a problem, especially with schools. Auditor Rogers said LaPorte County government was hit and shut down for over a week. She said White County IT Director Eric Storm spends 90% of his time on cyber security.

Council President Kramer said another interesting presentation was on Robert’s Rules of Order. He said the book “Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised” is what we should be using to stay updated. Do not use the outdated ones online. Auditor Rogers gave each Councilor the updated book. Council President Kramer said he learned that an ex-officio member is allowed to vote.

Auditor Rogers said the SBOA session regarding funds was good but was cut short because of questions. She said all the presentations are on the AIC website and/or the State Board of Accounts website. There was discussion on non-binding budgets that can become binding reviews if an appointed library board is asking for a greater increase than the AVGQ (3.5% for 2020) or if their revenue is greater than 150% of their proposed budget. Councilor Faker said responsibilities are being taken away from Townships and given to Counties.

The Friday afternoon session that Auditor Rogers attended dealt with the changes in jails. She said jails are set up for criminals, but most of the inmates today are not truly criminals, they are addicts. They must have Counselors and Counseling rooms. The County is paying for Nurses, and inmates are getting surgery while they are in jail. The jails are dealing with challenges concerning how to house LGBTQ+ inmates. Councilor Annis said being incarcerated helps inmates keep jobs because of the work release program. Council President Kramer said the State approved cost for housing inmates has been increased from $35.00 to $40.00 per day. Auditor Rogers said the Sheriff”s Association proposed that amount continue increasing $5 annually until it reaches $55.00. What has passed so far is to increase $5.00 for each of the next two years to reach a total of $45.00/day.

Council President Kramer said there are three Incentive Funds that have large sums of money. Auditor Rogers said there is a Title IV-D Incentive Fund that can be used by either the Clerk, the Prosecutor, or the County. She will be attending a meeting on Wednesday that will discuss various ways the Funds can be expended. The meeting is being conducted by the State Child Support Bureau as a roundtable discussion.

NEW HIGHWAY GROUND & BUILDING

Councilor Davis said the bid for the new Highway ground preparation came in at $3.8 million and the bids for the buildings came in at $6.3 and $7 million. Councilor Anderson said that is just for the grounds and buildings, but not equipment, air lines, fuel tanks, backup generator, etc. President Kramer and Councilor Crabb are in favor of spending the money rather than it being a loan. Auditor Rogers said that if it were a loan to be paid back from tipping fees, it would be paid back at approximately $100,000 per month. Councilor Anderson said the ingress/egress to the property is in a dangerous location. He said he is not in favor of the project at this cost, it’s way too high for what we are getting, but you are going to do what you are going to do anyway. Councilor Annis asked why the building has to be in Reynolds if the employees start their day from home and drive directly to the job site? Auditor Rogers said Council already voted to proceed with the bids. She said the Council should share their thoughts and concerns with the Commissioners. The Reserve Fund is controlled by the Commissioners. The ordinance will have to be revised to allow spending from the fund.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

For contents of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

JANET J FAKER GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR