Get Adobe Flash player

 

BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020, in the White County Building, 2nd -floor Commissioners’ Conference Room, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Commissioner Steve Burton, and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, White County Attorney George Loy, and Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Due to the public health emergency, the public was offered to attend the meeting electronically through Webex.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on June 1, 2020, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for June 15, 2020, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

COVID-19 COUNSEL AGREEMENT

White County Auditor Gayle Rogers requested permission to hire Barnes & Thornburg to serve as COVID-19 Response and CARES Act Reimbursement Counsel for White County. This will help the County to identify funds that are direct or related expenditures from the COVID-19 pandemic that will qualify for reimbursement through the CARES Act. Barnes & Thornburg will be paid a flat fee of $5,000 for the work.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the Engagement Letter authorizing Barnes & Thornburg to serve as COVID-19 Response and CARES Act Reimbursement Counsel, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

INDIGITAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASE AGREEMENT

E-911 Director Terri Brooks called in electronically and requested the Commissioners to approve a Support and Maintenance Agreement with INdigital for $75,016.01.

The department is using a Windows 7 system that will no longer be maintained, so the upgrade is needed. CenturyLink and INdigital are the only two vendors available, and INdigital provided the lowest contract. CenturyLink was more than double the price. They will not be getting rid of CenturyLink entirely because they will still be using a lot of their circuits.

Director Brooks received a grant that will pay 60%, and 40% is in her budget.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the agreement with INdigital for $75,016.01 for the E-911 Department, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

AUDIT ON IVY TECH BUILDING, OLD ANNEX & COURTHOUSE

Commissioner Diener presented a Project Development Agreement from Ameresco to do a detailed Energy Infrastructure Audit on the Ivy Tech Building and the old Annex Building; and a Stormwater Drainage Study at the Courthouse. The contract includes the potential CARES Act initiatives, so we should receive reimbursements from the Federal government. The agreement is for $30,000.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the Project Development Agreement from Ameresco for the Ivy Tech Building, old Annex, and the Courthouse, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

COVID-19 TESTING CONTRACT

Commissioner Diener presented a contract from Aria Diagnostics, LLC, to provide Covid-19 testing to County employees. The cost will be $135 per person and $75 for each IgG antibody test.

HR Director Leah Hull requested changes in the contract, and she is still waiting on a revised agreement.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the contract from Aria Diagnostics once a final agreement is agreed to by both parties, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

At this time, Council President Butch Kramer called the Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present:

President Butch Kramer Vice President Denny Carter Jim Annis

Jim Davis Janet Faker Art Anderson

Casey Crabb

REPORTS PRESENTED AND ON FILE

Economic Development

Area Plan

AIRPORT- NEW FUEL SYSTEM

Airport Board Member George Green reminded everyone that the Council appropriated $400,000 two years ago to put in a new fuel system. They are having problems with the current underground system, so they would like to move forward with the new fuel system project. Permission was granted to move forward with the project.

COVID-19 EXPENSES

White County Auditor Gayle Rogers said that a resolution needs to be adopted on what the County will be spending the funds ($782,965.00) from the Covid-19 CARES Act. She discussed several projects where the money can be used and asked where they would like to use the funds first.

Commissioner Diener suggested putting a committee together to establish priority and budget numbers.

A committee consisting of Council members Butch Kramer, Jim Davis, and Janet Faker, and Commissioner David Diener and Auditor Gayle Rogers will meet to discuss how the funds will be spent.

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

White County Auditor Rogers provided a list of small businesses in White County that applied and met the requirements to receive Covid-19 financial assistance from the County. The $250,000 that was budgeted for the program has been distributed, and she recommended that they close out the application at this point.

· Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the list of small businesses receiving Covid-19 assistance and to close out the program, seconded by Councilman Annis. Vote: Unanimous

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the list of small businesses receiving Covid-19 assistance and to close out the program, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

MONTICELLO – UNION PUBLIC LIBRARY

· Commissioner Heimlich made a motion to appoint Stacey Diener to the Monticello – Union Public Library board with a term expiring December 31, 2021, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: 2 yes 0 no (Diener Abstain)

There being no further business to come before the Council, they adjourned.

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, their meeting adjourned.

___________________________ __________________________ ______________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President David Diener, Member

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor