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BE IT REMEMBERED that a special meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building at Monticello at 8:30 A.M. on January 5, 2009 for the purpose of electing officers and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Richard Horton called the Council meeting to order. 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

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Vice President Carter opened the floor for nominations for President of the White County Council. Councilor Kramer nominated Richard Horton. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Councilor Cain made a motion to close nominations for President. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

President Horton opened the floor for nominations for Vice President of White County Council. Councilor Kramer nominated Dennis Carter. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the December 15, 2008 Council minutes. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

HORIZON WIND FARM

President Horton informed the Council they would not be meeting with the Commissioners today in regard to the Horizon Wind Farm agreement. He said a new attorney had been brought on board with Horizon Wind Farm who made 481 changes to the agreement. President Horton said White County Attorney George Loy and others spent several hours on Friday trying to work something out. Attorney Loy is hoping the attorney he had been dealing with prior to Christmas will be back on board this week and can come to an agreement. Councilor Horton said the agreement should then be emailed to all the Council Members for review before the next meeting in.

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway $67,924.25 4-402-2-33 4-404-2-21

Bituminous Gas & Oil

 

$37,742.40 4-4-2-2-33 4-404-3-42

Bituminous Workers Comp

 

$30,529.21 4-402-2-33 4-404-3-61

Bituminous Road Equip Repair

 

$12,353.74 4-402-2-33 4-404-3-62

Bituminous Other Equip Repair

 

President Horton praised Wells Fargo Bank personnel for their speed and efficiency in getting funds released and reimbursed to the Highway Department. Councilor Kramer made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

County Commissioners $60,000.00 1-8-4-1 1-8-1-8

Property Acquisition Group Insurance

 

Auditor Guingrich explained a lot of money has been used out of the Health Reimbursement Account, therefore need money transferred into that account. Councilor Crabb made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

2009 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

NAME OF BOARD APPOINTEE

Library Boards (4 yrs)

Monon Julie Hart

 

Alcoholic Beverage Bd (1 yr) Gordon Denton

 

Kankakee-Iroquois Reg Planning (1 yr) Gary Hendryx

 

Wabash Valley Board (1yr) Dennis E. Carter

 

Community Corrections Advisory (1 yr) Dennis Cain

 

Industrial Foundation Bd (2 yrs) Casey Crabb

 

Solid Waste Management (1 yr) Raymond Kramer

(Must be a Council Member) Alt. Richard Horton

 

Data Processing Board Raymond Kramer

 

911 Board (1 yr) Bruce Clear

 

PTABOA (Property Tax Assessment Kay Kiser

Board of Appeals (1 yr) Ed Bish

 

Common Construction Wage Committee Richard Horton

 

Council Secretary Nydegger said she received a letter from the Monon Town & Township Public Library Director Jo Minnick recommending Julie Hart as the White County Council’s appointee. She said Ms. Hart meets the requirement of living in the Township for at least two years, and she is a media specialist at West Central School Corporation. And she is willing to serve.

Councilor Carter said Gordon Denton was willing to continue on the Alcoholic Beverage Board.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the above slate of Appointments for the assigned boards for 2009. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TWIN LAKES REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT LOAN

Auditor Guingrich updated the Council on the status of the loan Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District (TLRSD) borrowed from the CEDIT Fund. She said there is an outstanding balance of $210,400. Ms. Guingrich said TLRSD did not make a payment in 2008. She talked with Jim Crawn who said it was an oversight because of building and moving into a new building. He said he will obtain approval at the January TLRSD board meeting and make a payment.

 

2008 TAXES

Councilor Cain said he made an estimated tax payment for 2008 taxes payable in 2009 to close out an estate, but the payment has yet to be cashed. He wondered if Auditor Guingrich would know why. She thought it could have to do with the tax year that he made the payment for, but he should check with the Treasurer’s Office.

President Horton asked Ms. Guingrich about getting together with the Treasurer, Assessor, Auditor, Bill Heiny (also from the Auditor’s Office), and the Council to keep everyone on the same page for getting the next tax bills out. It was agreed to meet Monday, January 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM.

 

COUNTY PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL

President Horton said the updates for the White County Personnel Policy Manual that the work study committee has worked on for the past couple of years are nearly complete and ready to print. There is a human resource session in Indianapolis on Friday, January 23, 2009 that he thought a couple of Councilors should attend in regard to the handbook. However, the handbook is nearly complete, so perhaps it is something Leah Hull should attend. As the payroll/insurance person, she is unofficially the human resource person.

Councilor Clear asked Auditor Guingrich if all offices turn in their compensatory hours to Ms. Hull as the handbook requires. Ms. Guingrich said the courts keep their own records and her office is not privy to their compensatory hours. Councilor Clear said the possibility concerns him that an employee could leave with a considerable amount of compensatory time built up, and put the Council in a bad situation. The Council needs to be aware of compensatory time, so it doesn’t get out of hand. Councilor Carter noted pages 22 & 23 of the handbook states “Comp time earned and used by each County employee, for each pay period, must be reported to the County Auditor.” Councilor Clear said he will talk with the Judge.

 

AREA PLAN APPOINTMENT

Councilor Cain said the Area Plan Director appointment used to be made by the Commissioners, but a couple of years ago the State mandated the Area Plan Board make the appointment. Councilor Cain asked if an appointment had been made yet. President Horton thought there were still more applicants to be interviewed before the final decision would be made. At this time the Area Plan Director is the only employee left in the office, and she might stay on a month to train the new director. Money will need to be encumbered from what was left from the employee who left and the employee who was there only six months.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR