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BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building at Monticello at 9:00 A.M. on January 18, 2010 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

 

Council President Richard Horton called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

 

Richard G Horton Kevin L Crabb Gary W Hendryx

Dennis E Carter Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr

Dennis D Cain

 

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Cain said under the title Declaratory Resolution for Meadow Lake Wind Farm, he had abstained from voting, not because he lives in the area, but because he owns property in the area. Councilor Kramer said he will abstain from voting since he was absent from the meeting.

Councilor Cain made a motion to accept the December 21, 2009 minutes as amended. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: 6 Yea 1 Abstained (Kramer)

 

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE County Council of White County, Indiana that for the expenses of said Municipal Corporation the following additional sums of money are hereby appropriated and set apart out of the fund. Herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY COMMISIONERS

Town of Chalmers $ 4,375.00 $ 4,375.00

TOTAL $ 4,375.00 $ 4,375.00

WHITE COUNTY COMMISIONERS

White County Highway $ 59,000.00 $ 59,000.00

TOTAL $ 59,000.00 $ 59,000.00

 

 

WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

White County Economic Development $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00

TOTAL $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00

 

Councilor Crabb made a motion to appropriate $4,375.00 out of the Horizon Wind Economic Development Fund to the Town of Chalmers, and to appropriate $59,000 out of the Horizon Wind Economic Development Fund to the White County Highway, and to appropriate $50,000 out of the Horizon Wind Economic Development Fund to White County Economic Development. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUEST ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF AVIATION COMMISSIONERS

New Ramp, lighting, fuel design & beacon

$102,900.00 $102,900.00

TOTAL $102,900.00 $102,900.00

Councilor Clear pointed out this is actually borrowed money, since it is to be reimbursed by a grant.

Councilor Clear made a motion to appropriate $102,900,000 out of the Airport Fund (#7) to the White County Board of Aviation Commissioners. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

MEADOW LAKE WIND FARM

County Attorney Loy said the notice for this public hearing has been duly published. The Tax Abatement Board recommends a ten-year abatement for real estate and ten years for equipment.

Councilors Cain and Carter wish to abstain from voting since they own property in the phase three area.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to adopt the Confirmatory Resolution for the Designating of Economic Revitalization Area on application of Meadow Lake Wind Farm III LLC #2010-01-18-04, being ten years for real estate and ten years for manufacturing equipment. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: 5 Yea & 2 Abstain (Cain, Carter)

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to adopt the Confirmatory Resolution for the Designating of Economic Revitalization Area on application of Meadow Lake Wind Farm IV LLC #2010-01-18-05, being ten years for real estate and ten years for manufacturing equipment. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Carter made a motion to adopt the Confirmatory Resolution for the Designating of Economic Revitalization Area on application of Meadow Lake Wind Farm V LLC #2010-01-18-06, being ten years for real estate and ten years for manufacturing equipment. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

President Horton thanked Dennis Wycoff, Horizon Wind Energy Property Manager & Attorney, and Jeff Bennett with Bingham-McHale, an attorney representing Horizon Wind Farm for their hard work and efforts. Mr. Wycoff thanked the Council, Commissioners, Attorney Loy, County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, and the land owners for their cooperation and professionalism.

 

WHITE COUNTY RECYCLING EMPLOYEES

White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard said she is losing one full-time employee and two part-time employees who are retiring because of health issues, and she had an employee slip on the ice this morning. With the economy as it is, she put together figures and believes she could replace these three employees with three part-time employees. She could have one work Monday, Thursday, and Friday; another work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; another work on just Monday. It would save the County $12,886 annually.

Ms. Girard said each part-time person would work no more than 24 hours a week, and would probably not exceed the $75,500.00 that was in the 2009 budget for part-time. Should she need more than the budgeted part-time money, she could pull from grant money or the money could be transferred from the full-time retired person’s pay that was budgeted. Ms. Girard said she would prefer to use Community Service people, but they are unreliable, and it’s a constant battle.

Ms. Girard said there is a discrepancy between the County pay scale chart and what the part-time employees actually make. She said part-time without a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) should be $12.21 an hour, and part-time with CDL should be $12.72 an hour. Ms. Girard said the chart says $12.22 and $12.49. Auditor Guingrich said it may just be a typing error.

The general consensus of the Council was favorable to hiring three part-time people to replace those leaving the one full-time and two part-time positions.

Ms. Girard said with the changes the City of Monticello is making with trash and recycling pick-up, it could cause the recycling department to move trailers to other communities. It may mean more trash which could lead to more dumps and need for more employees. For now, she wants to see how it plays out. She said recycling is down about $40,000 from last year, which she said was about a quarter to 2/3 of a percent down. Ms. Girard is hopeful recycling prices will go up.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Auditor Guingrich said she has been working with Health Department Head Gwynn Rusinek, and has the salary issues straightened out. There is $16,000 for Brayson Hoover’s salary coming out of Health Maintenance and $6,000 for Pat Morehead.

 

COMMISSIONERS BUDGET

Auditor Guingrich said she has highlighted some of the larger expenses on the Commissioners’ budget that could be paid from another fund such as Solid Waste. The highlighted expenses total $1,010,060. She reminded the Council they had discussed paying these out of a different fund so the County would not have to borrow more, and hopefully it would allow time to get back on track. Ms. Guingrich is bringing it up now because there are some claims to be turned in today that would be part of this group.

President Horton said he would like to meet February 1, 2010 to decide what should be on the list. Auditor Guingrich said the timing would work out fine.

 

TAX BILLS

Auditor Guingrich said the tax rates are in and the abstract is nearly complete. Once the abstract is done, there will be a ten day period, and then another ten days for the Treasurer to get bills printed. It appears February bills will be mailed and possibly have a February due date as well. She said the 2009 pay 2010 tax bills will have a late due date for the Spring, but they are pushing hard to be on track for the November due date. President Horton reminded her overtime for the Auditor’s office has been authorized. She said that has been utilized.

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Council President Horton would like to meet February 1, 2010 at 8:00 to have an “Efficiency Committee” comprised of people inside the courthouse and possibly outside the Courthouse. He said he and Councilor Carter learned from the Larry DeBor presentation the 2011 revenues look grim. He does not want to have to let people go like last year, but if there are resignations perhaps attrition would relieve some budgetary problems. Maybe employees could help with other offices. He said Jason Semler, representing White County from H. J. Umbaugh & Associates can help analyze figures once the Council knows when revenues will come in.

 

OLD HOSPITAL BUILDING

Councilor Kramer said the hospital board is going to want to know the County’s position on the old hospital building. They want the County to pay for it until something happens with it. There is some controversy over who owns the building. President Horton would like to know if there would be an advantage for the County to own it over the Hospital Association owning it. The Association has been dissolved, however.

 

CONDOLENCES

Councilor Kramer thanked the Council for their condolences and sympathy on the loss of his Father, which was the reason for his missing the last meeting. He appreciated our thoughts during the tough holiday.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

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DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR