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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 9:00 A.M. on November 18, 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 Arthur 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, Auditor 1st Deputy Libby Billue, WCEDO President Randy Mitchell, County Attorney George Loy, CIMC Chief Operating Officer Denny Williams, Barnes & Thornburgh Attorney Rick Hall, Baker Tilly CPA Todd Samuelson, and Honey Creek Township Trustee Sharon Brooks

For contents of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

 

MINUTES

Councilor Davis made a motion to accept the October 21, 2019 minutes. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

There were no additional appropriation requests.

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Coroner $25,000.00 Equipment Autopsy Fees

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

VANGUARD ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA & TAX ABATEMENT

There being no objections to the designating of the area discussed to be an economic revitalization area, Councilor Crabb made a motion to accept the Confirmatory Resolution 2019-11-18-01 designating the 84-acre tract of land in Monon Township owned by CIMC Reefer Trailer Inc. as an Economic Revitalization Area. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Councilor Annis made a motion to allow a 10-year abatement on both the real estate and improvements/equipment for CIMC Reefer Trailer Inc. Councilor Davis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

2020 SALARY ORDINANCE ADOPTION

Auditor Rogers said all adjustments have been made to the 2020 Salary Ordinance.

Councilor Davis made a motion to adopt the 2020 Salary Ordinance 2019-06. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Council President Kramer said IT Director Eric Storm needs a part-time person to help with wiring, but there is not enough money in his budget line item. Auditor Rogers said it can be adjusted at the end of the year when they will know how much is needed. She said the funds will transfer within the Commissioners’ budget. Councilor Annis said he knows a student who might be a perfect fit for this position.

2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

Councilor Faker said she would serve on the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District Board as the Commissioners’ appointee. Councilor Anderson said he will check with Gordon Denton about serving on the Alcoholic Beverage Board.

Auditor Rogers said Council should have a representative on the Courthouse Security Board. Councilor Anderson said he would serve on the Courthouse Security Board.

Councilor Faker checked with Gerald Cartmell, and he will serve another year on PTABOA. Auditor Rogers said she can check with Mark Howard to serve on the Redevelopment Commission. Secretary Nydegger said she will check with Gary Hendryx about serving on the Redevelopment Commission as well. Council President Kramer will see if Andy Harmon would like to continue serving on the Tax Abatement Review Board. Auditor Rogers will contact Larry Wiley and the Town of Chalmers for confirmation for an appointee for the Tax Abatement Review Board and Jennifer Baker for PTABOA.

ROSEWATER TAX ABATEMENT

County Attorney Loy, Barnes & Thornburgh Attorney Rick Hall, and Baker Tilly CPA Todd Samuelson were on hand to answer any questions about the Rosewater Wind Farm LLC project or abatement request. Councilor Anderson asked how the cost of possible decommissioning would work. Attorney Loy said the decommission agreement provides for a letter of credit that will be reviewed every 5 years at the company’s cost to do an engineering study to determine the proper amount.

There being no objections to the designating of the area discussed to be an economic revitalization area, Councilor Anderson made a motion to approve Confirmatory Resolution 2019-11-18-02 designating an Economic Revitalization Area for Rosewater Wind Farm LLC with a ten-year tax abatement for real and personal property. Councilor Davis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Mr. Hall said White County is an example for other counties to follow. Many counties use White County’s Ordinance to develop their own. Councilor Carter gets questions and hears concerns people have about wind turbines. Auditor Rogers said she has spreadsheets regarding economic development and taxing distributions associated with the wind farms that she will share so Councilor Carter can refer anyone with questions to her. She can put them in touch with the right person, if she cannot answer their questions. Mr. Hall said they are presenting a seminar at the IACC conference in December about wind and solar energy. Councilor Carter said one of the biggest complaints he has heard is that there are too many setback restrictions for new businesses around wind turbines. Phase one began ten years ago, and White County continues to add wind farms and will possibly add solar farms.

 

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Council President Kramer said Council had agreed to fund $50,000 for three years to the White County Promise Program through Ivy Tech Community College for White County students. Councilor Annis said he believes Ivy Tech will do everything they can to make this work, but companies must be supportive and do their part in hiring these students. Council President Kramer also pointed out the students must do community service to receive funding, and maintain a certain grade point average, along with other requirements. Councilor Anderson maintains it is not the County’s responsibility to give students money for school. That is not how tax dollars should be spent. Councilor Faker said we must trust Ivy Tech Director Patty Plantenga who pushed for this program and will monitor and track the financing and see that the students are meeting the requirements. Councilor Davis said we should try to do something to keep students working and living in White County. Councilor Anderson said White County tax money is for White County roads and such, not for kids to go to school. Councilor Annis and Auditor Rogers clarified the funding for this program will come from the Local Economic Development Income Tax, which comes from withheld income taxes from White County residents who work. Councilor Annis said the Next Level Jobs program can also be utilized. Councilor Faker said the funding for that program comes from the Governor’s fund that is funded within the state general fund, in other words, taxpayer dollars.

Councilor Annis made a motion to approve Resolution #2019-11-18-03 approving Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Memorandum of Understanding and establishing the White County Promise Program. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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DENNIS E CARTER JAMES G ANNIS ART A ANDERSON

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JAMES B DAVIS KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

President

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

JANET J FAKER GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR