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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 March 15, 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.



Councilor Kramer asked to change the last sentence in the first full paragraph on page three of the minutes to clarify what he felt Councilor Clear was trying to say. He suggested changing "the pay" to "County monies available to pay the employee".

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the February 16, 2010 minutes with the suggested change. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

BE IT ORDAINED by the County Council of White County, Indiana that for the expenses of said municipal corporation the following reduction in the sums of money are hereby reduced in the funds herein named and for the purposes herein specified, subject to the laws governing the same:



White County Health Department $ 7,500.00 $ 7,500.00

TOTAL $ 7,500.00 $ 7,500.00

Council Secretary Nydegger explained the Health Department request is to clean up the salary issues discussed at previous Council meetings (11-16-09, 12-21-09, & 1-18-10). These could not be corrected until after January of 2010. To take care of the various funds a reduction is necessary in one fund and additional appropriations in others. This will clean up the various funds. (See below for the additional request and motion.)


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.





Tobacco Maintenance Grant $ 500.00 $ 500.00

TOTAL $ 500.00 $ 500.00



Health Maintenance Grant $ 13,800.00 $ 13,800.00

TOTAL $ 13,800.00 $ 13,800.00

Councilor Cain made a motion to accept the above reduction and additional appropriations in the Health Department Budget. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



White County $340,500.00 $340,500.00

Round Grove Township $ 4,000.00 $ 4,000.00

Prairie Township $ 1,000.00 $ 1,000.00

West Point Township $ 4,000.00 $ 4,000.00

Frontier School Corporation $ 35,000.00 $ 35,000.00

Tri-County School Corporation $255,000.00 $255,000.00

Brookston Public Library $ 500.00 $ 500.00

TOTAL $640,000.00 $640,000.00

Auditor Guingrich explained this is the same one approved last month, but it was not advertised soon enough, so it needs Council approval once again.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above amounts totaling $640,000 from Horizon Wind Economic Development Fund. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous




Agricultural Association $ 35,000.00 $ 35,000.00

Council on Aging $ 11,500.00 $ 11,500.00

Comprehensive Development Center $ 52,530.00 $ 52,530.00

Wolcott Ambulance $ 25,000.00 $ 25,000.00

TOTAL $124,030.00 $124,030.00

Secretary Nydegger said this is another repeat, because although the line items were advertised correctly, the total was not. So it was also re-advertised with the corrected total.

Councilor Hendryx made a motion to appropriate the above amounts from the Rainy Day Fund (not as a loan to be paid back). Councilor Crabb seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



Kankakee Iroquois $ 10,107.00 $ 10,107.00

County Ambulance Contract $287,500.00 $287,500.00

Historical Society $ 15,300.00 $ 15,300.00

Monon 1st Response $ 12,000.00 $ 12,000.00

Chalmers/Brookston 1st Response $ 7,500.00 $ 7,500.00

Arrowhead RC&D $ 500.00 $ 500.00

TOTAL $332,907.00 $332,907.00


Councilor Kramer made a motion to pay the above line items from the Commissioners’ budget out of the Rainy Day Fund. Councilor Carter seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

Council President Horton said he and Auditor Guingrich did not know what the Certificate of Deposit was being saved for that will be available this month. Since a representative from Umbaugh & Associates will be coming in, he would like the representative to explain what the money is for before taking any action. It has been there since 1993.



Auditor Guingrich said she needs to know how to pay Gwynn Rusinek now that she is retired and still working. For payroll purposes, Auditor Guingrich needs to know if Ms. Rusinek is considered an employee or a vendor. She also needs to know her hourly rate, and approximately how many hours she will be working. Councilor Cain asked how much more training Linda Taff will need, since she’s worked there for several years already. Ms. Rusinek said Ms. Taff has not been involved in payrolls, books, budgets, or grants. She anticipates working at least through August because H1N1 and Bio terrorism work will go through August. To date, she has been working three to four days a week; and she also wants to help with quarterly reports, claims, and ordering with the State. Days worked each week will vary.

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger said an outside vendor’s hours can not be controlled by the County. Outside vendors can work all the hours they want, so long as they get the job done by a set date. That’s what qualifies a person for a 1099 tax form. Auditor Guingrich would prefer Ms. Rusinek be considered a vendor.

Ms. Guingrich said it isn’t a problem paying her $15.00 an hour with the H1N1 Grant on work done for H1N1. But does the Council want to continue paying her hourly rate of $13.56 for consulting, which has been done in the past, but on an "as needed" basis rather than daily. Councilor Clear said he has a concern with paying the same employee two different hourly rates even if the money comes from different places. Councilor Kramer said in his job, if he does something for one person and something else for another person, he still gets paid the same hourly rate. His rate doesn’t fluctuate from one task to another. He would not have a problem changing her hourly rate to $15.00 since the County would not have any employment taxes or benefits to pay. Councilor Kramer would like to adhere to one pay scale. Council President Horton said the Council could work to change the employee handbook policy on how grant money is to be paid at budget time. Ms. Rusinek said there are two H1N1 Funds: $35,000 in Preparedness and $55,000 for Clinics. Councilor Clear asked Ms. Rusinek to be cognizant of how much time she spends helping. He suggested that if she only needs to be there a couple of hours in the morning, she not stay for the day just to get an 8-hour day in. He said she may find she can help for a month then take off until August to come back and clean up something. Councilor Clear does not want to put an end date in the motion because she may not need to work clear through to August.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to employee Gwynn Rusinek as a Vendor with her compensation at an hourly rate of $15.00 to be paid from the H1N1 grant and Tobacco Master Settlement as needed. Councilor Cain seconded the motion.




Economic Development Director Connie Neininger said the Bio Town project covers a ten-acre area north of State Road 24 and west of State Road 421. Bio Town will utilize the waste from a cattle lot to produce electricity from methane gas. They have talked with the Department of Local Government Finance and there will be three classifications: utility distributable property, real estate, and personal property. The property is zoned Industrial (I-2). The hearing for the special use permit will be April 15, 2010; immediately after which they plan to start construction. Ms. Neininger said three new employees will be hired; one in a managerial position at $50,000 annually and two at an hourly rate of $10.00 to $12.00.

Brian Furrer said the concrete in-ground digester will be 144’ wide x 16’ high x 308’ long. It will be set 14’ underground. Although it will run around the clock, it is automated and does not require manual work. The goal is not only to produce electricity, but also to filter the liquid for livestock drinking water. Councilor Cain asked about the environmental impact on Reynolds. Mr. Furrer said all the products are environmentally controlled, and the product you smell now is from Eli Lilly. He said once they do the ammonia stripping it will have the odor and texture of peat moss. Ms. Neininger said the sooner the waste can be put into the system, the sooner the odor is dealt with.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to accept the Declaratory Resolution to designate an Economic Revitalization Area application for Bio Town Ag Inc (#2010-03-15-01). Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Council President Horton would like the Council to decide what fund the county building panic alarm system should be paid from.

Councilor Clear made a motion to pay for the county building alarm /radio system out of the Cumulative Building Fund. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

The Monticello-Union Township Library capital projects plan the Council reviewed and approved back in June of 2009 had not been advertised properly. To satisfy the State, the public notice was put in the paper for today’s meeting. Therefore the Council may re-approve the plan today.

Councilor Cain made a motion to re-approve the Monticello-Union Township Library capital projects plan for 2010-2012. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous




Council President Horton said Art Morgan would like to serve another term. He said Library Director Ziegler recommends Jeff Milligan to replace Donald Hanni since Mr. Hanni has reached his maximum years of service on the board.

Councilor Carter made a motion to appoint Art Morgan and Jeff Milligan to serve on the Monticello-Union Township Library Board. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



Councilor Cain said the jailors do not have rubber gloves to do pat-down searches with, because the Sheriff says he didn’t get money from the County. Supposedly he is not receiving County money to purchase supplies. Councilor Cain said the lack of pat-downs is causing contraband to infiltrate into the jail. President Horton asked Secretary Nydegger to have a jail budget report emailed to the Councilors to see how much has been spent. He said he has trouble understanding how there would not be enough left in the budget this early in the year. Councilor Clear said he thinks the Judge should be able to mandate the purchase of rubber gloves.



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




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