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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 April 19, 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 Kramer said the last paragraph under "Health Department Salary" he made a motion to "employ" not "employee."

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the March 15, 2010 minutes with the noted change. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

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 GENERAL FUND $700,000.00 $700,000.00

Auditor Guingrich said she is going to transfer $119,000 from fund 205 ‘County Revenue’ into the General Fund. She said the fund is made up of Area Plan fees that are to be used for the General Fund. However, the General Fund still needs the requested $700,000 for claims and payroll. President Horton asked Ms. Guingrich to let Area Plan Director Mr. Rogers know so he can keep his books straight. She is hoping this additional appropriation will get the County by until settlement is completed on the 2008 pay 2009 taxes. She said the County has fifty days from the April 9th due date to have settlement done. Manatron Tax Support Analyst Melanie Schlegelmilch will be in the Auditor’s office this week to help with the settlement worksheet and with other tax projects as well.

Auditor Guingrich is concerned about tax bills that have been returned for various address problems resulting from the computer conversion. She’s concerned about the volume of taxes not being collected and the taxpayers who will be penalized. Bills did not go out on time, and people (especially those not living in the County) are not aware tax bills were mailed, since their bills were returned, and now they will receive penalties.

President Horton suggested borrowing the money from Solid Waste Operating Fund. He would rather not appropriate the funds since there are not specific bills that would be easy to track. Auditor Guingrich reminded them about the CDs that are available every six months. It would be nice to check with Umbaugh & Associates on whether or not it would be fiscally responsible to use them. Councilor Clear said the money could be borrowed now and paid back by CDs provided Umbaugh supports that idea. President Horton said once settlement is done, he will check with Umbaugh. Auditor Guingrich will provide the Resolution to borrow at the next meeting, and will re-advertise to borrow the money.

Councilor Cain made a motion to borrow $700,000 from the Solid Waste Operating Fund to the General Fund to be paid back November 19, 2010. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF EMPLOYEE STATUS CHANGE

 

Sheriff Roberts has a part-time jailor who would like to be full-time, and a full-time jailor who would like to be part-time. He wanted to run this by the Council since it’s not been done before. The jailor coming into the full-time position will have the same base rate without longevity. The Council appreciated the heads-up.

CONFIRMATORY RESOLUTION FOR BIO TOWN AG

 

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger passed out the Tax Abatement Board recommendation for Bio Town Ag Inc. (BTA).

She refreshed everyone on the BTA plans to generate electricity from the methane gas produced from cattle and swine manure. The manure will go through an anaerobic digester to produce the gas. The gas will power combustion engines to generate three megawatts of electricity per hour (the whole town of Reynolds uses 2.9 megawatts). The solids and liquids being separated from the process equipment will then be used as fertilizer for fields and drinking water for livestock.

Ms. Neininger said BTA anticipates hiring three employees with an average wage of $12 to $13 an hour, which is inline with wages in White County.

Brian Furrer, owner of BTA, showed pictures from another plant of the in-ground concrete vessel, buildings, engines, generators, and processing equipment. He said currently they clean pens every six to ten days, but soon they hope to clean every five to six days. As the manure sits the organic material breaks down and they lose out on more gas being produced. There will also be a 90% reduction of outbound hog manure trucks on the road, and a 50% reduction of cattle manure trucks (approximately 30,000 tons off the roads).

The Tax Abatement Board recommends ten-year abatements on real estate, equipment, and utility distributable property with an unlimited dollar amount. Should the cost be more than anticipated, the unlimited amount allows them to move forward with capital improvements without going through the abatement procedure again. When asked if it was standard procedure to have an unlimited amount, County Attorney Loy said it was, however the Council can put limits on if they choose. Councilor Carter asked about possible future expansion or opening the door for others to bring in product. Mr. Furrer said the operation capacity will do double what he has now. He wants to get it up and running and see how it goes before deciding the next step. Whatever he decides about the feed lot, it is not part of the abatement request.

Councilor Cain asked why Mr. Heiny voted ‘no’ on the recommendation from the board. Ms. Neininger said Mr. Heiny would prefer a five-year abatement on the generators and personal property because he didn’t feel the equipment would outlast the abatement. However, the generators are not typical in that they have an approximate life of twenty years. He was in agreement with the ten-year on real estate and utilities. Ms. Neininger pointed out that by giving a tax abatement there are no taxes being taken away that were already being collected. Actually the County begins collecting in the second year, and the taxes collected increase every year until 100% is collected each year after ten years.

Attorney Loy said public notice was done, and the Declaratory Resolution was passed by the Council on March 15, 2010.

Councilor Clear made a motion to adopt the Confirmatory Resolution for the Designating of Economic Revitalization Area on application of Bio Town Ag Inc. #2010-04-19-01, being ten years for real estate, ten years for equipment, and ten years on utility distributable property with an unlimited amount. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

In checking with the State on the details of applying for PERF, Gwynn Rusinek can apply once she has completely cut off ties for at least a month with no intentions of coming back. She wants to help with the quarterly reports, and should be done and retired by May 1st.

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

 

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RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

 

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DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

 

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BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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