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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 December 21, 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 Dennis D Cain

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the November 16, 2009 minutes. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Veterans’ Affairs

$ 11.20 Dues & Subscriptions Mileage

1-24-2-2 1-24-3-4

 

$ 10.48 Flags for Veterans Mileage

1-24-4-1 1-24-3-4

White County Treasurer’s Office

$450.00 Travel Part-time

001-22-03-02 001-22-01-04

White County Highway Department

$18,700.00 Calcium Chloride & Salt Group Insurance

4-402-2-22 4-404-1-23

 

$12,000.00 Gas & Oil Contractual Services

4-404-2-21 4-402-3-91

 

$ 5,000.00 New Equipment Group Insurance

4-404-4-41 4-404-1-23

White County Probation Department

$ 1,022.35 First Offenders Juvenile Probation

Fund 146 Fund 018

 

$320.00 First Offenders Adult Prob. Equip

Fund146 19-419-2-5

 

$ 75.14 Adult Prob. Office Supplies Adult Prob. Equip

19-419-2-1 19-419-2-5

 

$245.00 Adult Prob. Part-time Adult Prob. Equip

19-419-1-6 19-419-2-5

 

$643.08 Adult Prob. Telephone Adult Prob. Travel

19-419-3-5 19-419-3-1

 

$250.00 Adult Prob. Transitional Adult Prob. Travel

19-419-3-4 19-419-3-1

 

$360.00 Adult Prob. Transitional Adult Prob. Drug Test

19-419-3-4 19-419-3-3

 

$530.00 Adult Prob. Part-time Adult Prob. Drug Test

19-419-1-6 19-419-3-3

 

$745.00 Adult Prob. Part-time Adult Prob. Machines

19-419-1-6 19-419-4-1

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY FUND REPORT

Auditor Guingrich said Highway Department Superintendent Steve Brooke is currently turning in claims that will use most of the money previously approved out of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) and the Wind Farm Fund. Once the claims are paid, the Council will see a more accurate balance in that fund.

Ms. Guingrich also said the check from the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District (TLRSD) was payback money for a loan out of CEDIT. The TLRSD has obtained different loans in the past. Councilor Carter said it would be helpful to have a report showing the TLRSD indebtedness.

 

2010 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

NAME OF BOARD APPOINTEE

 

Alcoholic Beverage Board (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

 

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) Phyl Olinger

 

Common Construction Wage Committee Richard Horton

 

Council President Horton said Kay Kiser and Phyl Olinger were appointed for the PTABOA during the Commissioners meeting. He reported Gordon Denton agreed to continue another year on the Alcoholic Beverage Board. He would like to wait to take care of the Monticello-Union Township Library Board since those appointments don’t end until March 2 and 31 of 2010.

Councilor Carter made a motion to accept the above slate of appointments for the assigned boards for 2010. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AIRPORT

Airport Director Phil Gutwein said in working with the R.W. Armstrong Engineering Firm and the State there will be an amendment for the design of the airport runway. Everything is being moved to the east. The airport needs to use money out of the Airport Fund. The money is there, but must be advertised to be able to use it. The cost to the County has increased from about $45,000 to $67,500. Mr. Gutwein said the figure is small in comparison to the State’s cost of $1.25 million (out of $1.8 million). Mr. Gutwein is requesting to move $102,900 out of the Airport Fund next month.

 

DECLARATORY RESOLUTION FOR MEADOW LAKE WIND FARM

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger asked to have the areas in which the Meadow Lake Wind Farm areas for phases three, four, and five be declared as Economic Revitalization Areas by way of resolutions. By doing so, the Wind Farm may apply for tax abatements at a later date. County Attorney George Loy said the Declaratory Resolution would be for ten years on the real estate and ten years on the equipment. Once all five phases are complete, there should be a minimum of 60 full time employees.

Councilors Cain and Carter said they would abstain from voting on the phase three area since they live within that area.

Councilor Clear made a motion to accept the Declaratory Resolution to designate an Economic Revitalization Area application for Meadow Lake Wind Farm III LLC (#2009-12-21-06). Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: 4 Yeah & 2 Abstain (Cain, Carter)

Councilor Crabb made motion to accept the Declaratory Resolution to designate an Economic Revitalization Area application for Meadow Lake Wind Farm IV LLC (#2009-12-21-07). Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Hendryx made a motion to accept the Declaratory Resolution to designate an Economic Revitalization Area application for Meadow Lake Wind Farm V LLC (#2009-12-21-08). Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Attorney Loy said there will be a public hearing on January 18, 2010. He anticipates doing the Road Usage Agreement the same day.

WHITE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR REPLACEMENT

Health Department Head Gwynn Rusinek passed out papers to the Council describing her monthly and daily duties. She recently worked over eleven hours in one day. She said she prepares the paper work for everyone in the department, whether it is for the nurse, the health officer, or the department head reports. Councilor Clear said although she is listed at a level three, there is room still within that level to give a higher salary. Council President Horton said her position is unique within the Health department because she is not a nurse or a doctor. Employee jobs within the Courthouse are easier to define. Councilor Carter feels her description fits level three. Councilor Cain said even though Ms. Rusinek does a great job, it is not the time to raise a salary or job level because no one else was given a raise for 2010. The consensus was to leave the position at level three with a base salary of $24,315.

Ms. Rusinek asked for clarification on where Mr. Brayson Hoover’s salary is to be paid from. It appears there is enough to pay Ms. Pat Morehead for the year depending on which funds are used for each one’s salaries. It was decided to wait until the corrections are made in January 2010 to the funds supplied by the State (as discussed at the November 16, 2009 meeting). Then the Council can decipher the figures to know who should be paid out of what funds.

Ms. Rusinek asked to change the hourly rate for the part-time nurse from $10.00 an hour to $15.00 an hour. She said it hasn’t been raised for seven years, and that the budgeted part-time money of $2,000.00 was not used up last year. Ms. Rusinek said the $2,000 probably wouldn’t get used up even if the part-time nurse makes $15.00 an hour. She suggested a cap of $2,000 for the year, so the budget would not be altered. She said H1N1 clerks make $15.00 an hour and the H1N1 nurses make $25.00 an hour. Councilor Clear said a licensed professional nurse should be making more, and he thought that adjustment had been made in the past.

Councilor Clear made a motion to raise the Part-time nurse pay to $15.00 an hour to be capped at $2,000.00 total for a year. Councilor Carter seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION TO BORROW FOR GENERAL FUND

Auditor Guingrich said the General Fund loans cannot be paid back until the property taxes are collected. She has prepared Resolutions to extend the loans for another six months.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-12-21-01 for an emergency extension on the temporary loan of $500,000 from Solid Waste Operating Fund to County General Fund made on April 21, 2008 with Resolution #2009-10-19-01 and extended with Resolution #2009-10-19-03 for an emergency extension on the same loan to now be paid back by June 30th 2010. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

Councilor Cain made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-12-21-02 for the Temporary Loan of $500,000 from Solid Waste Operating Fund to the County General Fund made on September 29, 2008 (not August as previously reported) with Resolution #2009-10-19-02, and Resolution #2009-10-19-04 for an emergency extension on the same loan to now be paid back by June 30th 2010. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Hendryx made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-12-21-03 for the Temporary Loan of $400,000 from Solid Waste Operating Fund to the County General Fund made on September 21, 2009 with Resolution #2009-09-21-01, to now be paid back by June 30th 2010. Councilor Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Clear made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-12-21-04 for the Temporary Loan of $500,000 from Solid Waste Operating Fund to the County General Fund made on November 16, 2009 with Resolution #2009-11-16-01, to now be paid back by June 30th 2010. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilor Crabb made a motion to adopt Resolution #2009-12-21-05 for the Temporary Loan of $500,000 from County Economic Development Incremental Tax to the County General Fund made on November 16, 2009 with Resolution #2009-11-16-02, to now be paid back by June 30th 2010. Councilor Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________(absent)_________

DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR