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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 19, 2009 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 made a motion to accept the January 5, 2009 minutes. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Barbara Bedrick, Director of White County Department of Child Services, said there are bills to be paid before the tax draw is complete. Ms. Bedrick asked for $20,000 from the Family & Children Fund. She also asked to use $70,000 from the Children Psychiatric Residential Treatment Fund. Ms. Bedrick said there is no way to plan on how much will be needed. She said children can be placed in the psychiatric facility without her office knowing, and she won’t find out until after the fact, when the bills come in. The cost is $322 a day in the Psychiatric Treatment Facility. Medicaid pays the majority, but $122 a day of the $322 comes out of the Psychiatric Fund.

Ms. Bedrick said another reason she needs to have the funds available is because the State wants all 2008 expenditures paid and accounts closed within a month after receiving the 2008 tax draw.

Councilor Carter made a motion to advertise the above additional appropriations before the next meeting. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Hughes Business Park has withdrawn their Economic Revitalization Area application because of unexpected expenses for the fire suppression system. There are insufficient water resources to meet fire codes, but talks are being held with neighboring businesses and the town to see if something can be worked out, according to White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger.



White County Attorney George Loy said since passing the Declaratory Resolution #08-12-15-02 at the December 15, 2008 County Council meeting, the Meadow Lake Wind Farm would like to follow through with the Confirmatory Resolution for the designating of Economic Revitalization Area. He said the proposal is a ten-year tax abatement for both the real estate and the manufacturing equipment.

Ms. Neininger said the tax abatement board recommends the Council grant the proposed ten-year tax abatement for real estate and for manufacturing equipment. There is a capital investment of about $460,000,000 and up to 25 new job positions. The pay scale for administrative staff would be up to $15.00 an hour; and for managers, up to $44.00 per hour.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to adopt the Confirmatory Resolution for the Designating of Economic Revitalization Area on application of Meadow Lake Wind Farm LLC #2009-01-19-01, being ten years for real estate and ten years for manufacturing equipment. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



White County Sheriff John Roberts said he needed to hire a cook to replace the one who is leaving (Doctor’s orders) after six years of service. He has found someone with 21 years experience in the cooking industry, but would like to start her at the lower end of level four. Then he would like to revaluate her in six months, for a possible raise.

Councilor Clear made a motion to hire the new cook at $20,706 plus the additional $7.80 an hour Holiday Pay. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


White County Treasurer Dixie Geisler said she didn’t understand why the Treasurer’s Office Second Deputy position was paid so low. She said the position does the work the others do not have time to do, plus more. She would like to see the new hire’s base salary be as close as possible to what she had been making in that position. Treasurer Geisler said the woman she wants to hire is currently working part time in the Treasurer’s Office and has fifteen years experience in the banking industry, working her way up to Branch Manager.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to hire Diana Nicholas at $23,866. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


White County Clerk Bruce Lambert said Monica Roberts will be retiring on February 27, 2009, and he will need to hire a replacement. He is fortunate to have three candidates, who range from having 13 to 18 years of experience. Judge Mrzlack will be interviewing with him. Ms. Roberts’ salary was in the middle of level three at $25,292. Should he be looking at someone without the experience, he wouldn’t hire at that salary; but if he chooses someone with the experience, he would like to hire at the higher salary.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to allow Clerk Lambert and Judge Mrzlack to hire a replacement in the range of $23,812 to $25,292 at their discretion based on the applicant’s qualifications. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Chief Probation Officer Gina Goodman announced that with permission of the Council Michael Schroeder will be replacing Jackie Wade starting January 20, 2009. He will be starting at the State-mandated salary of $29,268 for a first-year officer position. Mr. Schroeder was raised in Fowler, and he has some experience from working in Indianapolis. He decided the city life wasn’t for him, so he and his wife and daughter live in Brookston. He is currently working as a detention officer in Tippecanoe County, and comes with very good references. Judge Mrzlack said he will be replacing an officer who was making about $45,000.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to approve the hiring of Michael Schroeder. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Judge Mrzlack described the area under construction on the third floor and some of the problems that have come up. Ms. Goodman said construction should be done in the latter half of February.



President Horton passed around a letter of recommendation from the Area Plan Commission Board to hire Joseph Rogers as the new Area Plan Director at the current Director’s salary of $31,431. Councilor Kramer said the legal community thinks the salary for that position should be higher in order for the Director to do the work they think the job entails. This could prevent attorneys from being at every meeting.

Councilor Carter made a motion to hire Mr. Rogers at a salary of $31,431. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich came in later with Mr. Rogers to introduce him to the Council and to ask about hiring secretarial help for the Area Plan Office. Auditor Guingrich said one of the secretaries he will replace was making $23,909, which is within the level three range of $23,812 to $26,917. The other secretary was making $22,322 which is within the level four range of $20,706 to $23,811. Ms. Guingrich pointed out the wages each secretary was making had already been approved in the budget, and would be the highest amount he could hire new secretaries at without bringing it before the Council. She suggested this might be an opportune time to hire the two secretaries at the same wage, if he would so choose.

Mr. Rogers would like to hire one of the secretaries now, and the two of them can get acclimated to their new positions. He can then see what the work load is and where the work shortage is. That would also allow him to know what caliber of employee is needed for the job. Mr. Rogers said the outgoing Director told him that during the summer months, the minutes alone could take one full time person, because they are extensive. His main concern, however, is losing fifteen years of experience and trying to fill that void. The Council was favorable to the idea of hiring two secretaries; one right away and the other when Mr. Rogers deems necessary.


Auditor Guingrich said Area Plan’s attorney would like to be paid out of claims rather than a salaried employee of the County. Councilor Clear said that would benefit the County because the County would not have to pay Social Security or employee taxes. Ms. Guingrich said $10,000 on the Salary line item can be moved to the line item “Legal Services” that already has $10,000. Then the total for Legal Services would be $20,000.



President Horton said in order for the Board of Aviation Commissioners to consistently have a quorum, the board would like to have five members instead of four. The members are all appointed by the White County Commissioners. Each member is paid $35.00 a meeting, and Auditor Guingrich said there is plenty of money in the airport budget for this cost. According to Attorney George Loy the resolution does not need to be advertised.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-01-19-02 providing for a five-member Board of Aviation Commissioners. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous



Auditor Guingrich asked the Council if the $2,000.00 Compensatory time owed to Dave Anderson in the Building Department can be an additional appropriation into the General Fund. President Horton recommended she ask the State Board of Accounts how it should be handled. Ms. Guingrich will find out and report to the Council.



President Horton called for a tax billing organizational meeting with the Assessor, Treasurer, Auditor, and the entire Council in order for everyone to be on the same page for the next billing cycle. The Council agreed to meet at 8:30 AM before the next regular Council meeting.



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





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