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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 June 15, 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 May 18, 2009 minutes. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Highway $5,000.00 4-401-1-12 4-402-3-92

Engineer Contractual Services

 

$4,200.00 4-402-1-11 4-404-3-61

Truck Drivers Road Equip Repair

 

$6,900.00 4-402-1-12 4-404-3-61

Heavy Equipment Road Equip Repair

 

$55,150.00 4-402-1-13 4-402-2-22

Laborers Calcium Chlrd & Salt

 

$1,600.00 4-402-1-14 4-404-3-61

Sign Technician Road Equip Repair

 

$6,900.00 4-402-1-15 4-404-3-61

Foremen Road Equip Repair

 

$8,233.00 4-402-1-16 4-402-2-33

Drag Operators Bituminous

 

$14,795.00 4-402-2-23 4-402-2-22

Paint Calcium Chlrd & Salt

 

$9,000.00 4-402-2-43 4-404-3-62

Road Striping Other Equip Repair

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to approve the above transfers. 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 COMMISSIONERS

Reimburse for Vera Sun right-of-way acquisitions $16,040.00 $16,040.00

 

TOTAL $16,040.00 $16,040.00

 

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Hauling, laying & rolling Hot Mix $28,629.75 $28,629.75

Central Paving $85,462.44 $85,462.44

TOTAL $114,092.19 $114,092.19

 

President Horton said he would like to deal with both additional appropriation requests involving Vera Sun. Although the money is not in the Vera Sun Account at the moment to cover these expenses, it will be.

Councilor Carter made a motion to appropriate the above additional request from the Vera Sun Account when the funds are in the account. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Hot Mix for paving three miles $242,550.00 $242,550.00

Chip and Seal for one hundred miles $1,123,200.00 $557,450.00

 

TOTAL $1,365,750.00 $800,000.00

 

President Horton said Umbaugh is predicting a shortfall in County funding from the State. In response to that prediction, Mr. Horton and Auditor Guingrich distributed a letter to the County Offices about cutting back on the 2010 budget proposals. White County Highway Department Superintendent Steve Brooke said he was told by the State he could budget the same for 2010 as he did for 2009. Mr. Brooke also said he understands that the Highway Department cannot continue to be subsidized. He said he is having drivers who live furthest away from the department pick up drivers who are on their way to work. The other trucks are being parked to help cut costs.

Councilor Carter was concerned about a couple of roads being messed up by the windmill work being done. Mr. Brooke said the company will repair the roads when the work is complete.

President Horton suggested appropriating some of the funds now, and holding off on the balance until which time the Council has a better picture of where the County stands financially. Councilor Crabb would prefer to leave the Rainy Day Fund alone during these tough economic times and draw the appropriations from CEDIT & Solid Waste Operating Fund. President Horton said there will eventually be money coming from Vera Sun that may be applied to road repairs.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate $480,000 from CEDIT and $320,000 from Solid Waste Operating Fund. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF AVIATION

COMMISSIONERS

Final engineering/architect fees, contractor,

& parking lot for new terminal $87,000.00 $87,000.00

 

TOTAL $87,000.00 $87,000.00

 

Councilor Carter made a motion to appropriate the above request from the Airport Fund. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY CAPITAL PROJECTS PLAN

Monticello-Union Township Public Library Director Rachel Ziegler said replacing the Kalwall light well is the next major project for the library. The windows are leaking and there is damage and discoloration. There will be maintenance for the building, plumbing jobs, and technology upkeep as well.

Donald Hanni, President of the Library Board of Trustees said the County-wide service issue had been tabled until it became clear how the State Legislature was going to proceed. He said eventually it will happen at a State-wide level.

Councilor Cain asked if smaller libraries in the County received less funding or services because there isn’t a librarian with a master’s degree. Mr. Hanni said the Monticello library is required to have a librarian with a Masters of Librarian Science (MLS) because of its size. The funding given to libraries is based solely on the number of patrons served.

Ms. Ziegler said Carroll County has contracted services with the Monticello Library for home school families.

Councilor Cain made a motion to accept the Monticello-Union Township Public Library Capital Projects Plan presented for 2010-2012. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

INFORMATION BOOTH WAGES

President Horton said the Information Booth Employees are making less than minimum wage and the Council should vote to bring their hourly rate up. Auditor Guingrich said Commissioner Schmierer had told the employees they would receive $8.00 an hour partly due to gas prices. Ms. Guingrich said the budgeted money is there, but the hourly figure needs to be amended.

Councilor Cain made a motion to amend the hourly part-time amount to $8.00 for the Information Booth Employees. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHEEL TAX

President Horton said he feels counties are being forced to adopt Local Option Income Tax, but if it becomes necessary, he would prefer to implement the Wheel Tax. He would rather see the user of a product be taxed, rather than everyone working for an income. Councilor Horton said the money that was just appropriated for road improvements could have been used in an area other than infrastructure had the wheel tax been in place. Councilor Crabb asked about details, and Councilor Horton said he would check with the Commissioners about inviting John Habermann, PE Program Manager with Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to share in joint session. Mr. Brooke said he would set it up with Mr. Habermann once Councilor Horton gave him the date. The Council was in favor of a July meeting, if possible.

 

BUDGET HEARINGS

Budget hearings will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 28, 29, and 30. Council will meet at 8:15 AM to organize, and schedule hearings beginning at 8:30 AM. In an effort to conserve paper for the extensive budget reports, Council President Horton asked Auditor Guingrich to put the budgets on a flash drive to download onto all the Councilors’ laptops at the regular council meeting July 20, 2009.

Councilor Clear said he does not like advertising a budget approved by the Council before knowing how the County stands with the State. It isn’t right to make budget decisions with no information from the State. Herald Journal Reporter Scott Allen said he would like to run a story about the budget before printing the numbers. Councilors were favorable to the idea.

Councilor Kramer asked Auditor Guingrich for a report that shows not only what is in each account, but rather one that lists the budgeted amount, how much has been spent, and the balance: cash flow budget. Ms. Guingrich said it would be a thirty page report times seven Councilors. She will work with Councilor Kramer to come up with the report he wants. She will try to email the report to save paper.

ADJOURNMENT

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