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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 February 17, 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.

 

MINUTES

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

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the January 19, 2009 regular Council minutes. Councilor Kramer 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 OFFICE OF CHILD SERVICES

Children Psychiatric Residential Treatment $70,000.00 $70,000.00

 

Family & Children’s Fund $20,000.00 $20,000.00

 

(From existing Funds)

WHITE COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Building Inspector $2,000.00 $2,000.00

 

(From General Fund)

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above additional appropriations as presented. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT NEW HIRE

Sharon Watson, Office Manager for the Soil and Water Conservation District, said it is hard to hire someone for $9.50 an hour, especially since it is a part-time position with no benefits. She said there is $9,000 budgeted for the position, plus there is unused grant money that can be used for $2,700, and a new State grant of which up to $1,000 can be used toward wages. Former employee Rick Conwell left for a full-time position with benefits with the Federal government.

Councilor Crabb made a motion allowing the Soil and Water Conservation District to advertise and hire a replacement for the Conservation Technician at $9.50 an hour. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN

President Horton said Area Plan Director Joe Rogers would like to use one of the budgeted full-time salaries for the Area Plan Office to hire a part-time person instead. The part-time person would be updating zoning maps on the public geographical information system.

Councilors had positive comments on Mr. Rogers’ job performance, including his professionalism in public meetings, knowledge of the job, and his hands-on attitude.

Councilor Carter made a motion to hire a part-time person instead of a full-time person in the Area Plan office. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

TAX BILL SCHEDULE

Councilors agreed someone needs to assist Mr. William Heiny with his job in the Auditor’s office in order for his part in tax billing to be done in a timely fashion. Someone who can answer questions that come to the counter in regard to the calculations he does, and who can fill in for him when he’s not at the office. Councilor Clear said the secret to meeting deadlines is not extending the due date. He said you do what is necessary to get the job done. Councilor Clear pointed out it wasn’t the County’s fault. Secretary Barbara Nydegger mentioned the State has changed the exemptions filing deadline from May 10th, to June 10th, to Oct 10th, and now to December 10th which makes it difficult to have everything that goes along with those ready. The Indiana Legislature sometimes enacts legislation that the County has to implement (after the County has most of the work done already).

Some problems come from the lack of communication between office computers. Councilor Clear noted at the special meeting everyone seemed favorable to having the same software system for all the offices. Although it’s a good idea, at the moment it would probably complicate things.

Ms. Nydegger said everything that can be done for 2008 pay 2009 tax bills is being done, but settlement for 2007 pay 2008 needs to be complete before new bills can be ready. And the due date was just one week ago. She said regardless of when the Spring installment due date ends up being, the Fall due date should be back on schedule.

Council President Horton said figures he obtained from the Treasurer show $25.8 million collected in taxes last year. This year $18 million has been collected, and there is a little over a million left to collect. President Horton would like the Council to be thinking ahead about where the shortfalls in taxes might be. County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) will most likely be down; there will probably be unpaid taxes, and tipping fees are down now as well. He thought Todd Samuelson with H. J. Umbaugh & Associates could give them his projections.

 

 

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

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: _________ (absent) __________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR