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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 19, 2008 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.



Councilman Kramer made a motion to accept the January 21, 2008 minutes. Councilman Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Council President Horton asked Auditor Guingrich why the Health Department was asking to transfer funds. Ms. Guingrich said Ms. Rusinek, Head of the Health Department, wanted to take care of this before she retires, so her replacement doesn’t have to deal with it. Ms. Guingrich didn’t believe there was an immediate need for the transfer.

Councilman Kramer made a motion to deny the transfer at present and look at it again when/if it seems necessary. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Director of White County Department of Child Services, Barbara Bedrick, passed out the department’s current budget report, and the “Early Intervention Plan” for White County in 2008. White County has gone from having one worker for two Counties to four workers a year ago, and will be hiring two more workers this year. This is required by the State in order to not overload a Case Worker with too many children. The report shows there are several programs funded by the State and Federal level that White County utilizes.

Councilman Cain made a motion acknowledging the Council read the reports given to the Council, and that Ms. Bedrick discussed the 2007 budget for the White County Department of Child Services and presented the White County Early Intervention Plan for 2008. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



President Horton said Dave Anderson, Head of the Building Department, would like his part-time building inspector to receive $17.00 an hour. Other part-time County employees make $9.25 an hour. Councilman Clear said he spoke with Mr. Anderson and told him there was $20,000.00 in the budget for part-time help. He stated if the raise was implemented, and the $20,000.00 was used up, there wouldn’t be any funds left to pay the part-time employee with. Councilman Cain said the Building Department Salaries are paid through the fees collected. Council President Horton said it didn’t come up at budget time because Mr. Anderson’s focus was hiring a new secretary. Because there was confusion on Mike Rupel’s current salary, Auditor Guingrich said if the Council decides to postpone the issue a month so that Mr. Anderson could answer questions, it would not be a problem to make it retroactive. . . should the Council decide to allow him a raise.

Councilman Cain made a motion to table the request to give the part-time position in the Building Department a raise, until which time Mr. Anderson can clear up questions. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: 6 Yeah, 1 Nay Councilman Clear



Wendy Ramsey works with Partners for a Drug Free White County in the Sheriff’s Department under Jim Bolen and is paid by a drug free grant. However, she is considered self-employed, and has to come up with money to pay taxes at the end of the year. Auditor Guingrich asked if Ms. Ramsey could receive a County paycheck without any benefits. She would simply like to have taxes withheld. Ms. Guingrich said it would be handled like DUI grants or Operation Pull-over grants. She said the other grants are paid to the County, and the County pays the individuals with County paychecks. Councilman Cain was concerned about possible liabilities if she’s receiving County paychecks. Council President Horton said he’d like to be advised by County Attorney Loy.



After speaking with the State Board of Accounts, County Attorney Loy told Council President Horton there needs to be a different plan set in place for the past compensatory hours accumulated by Dave Anderson and Eric Storm. President Horton said there is a gray area that exists because these two employees were not eligible for compensatory time, but they were unaware. The Council became aware of the problem since they began working on salaries and compensatory time, and it needs to be cleared up. President Horton would like to serve on a committee with a Commissioner and Attorney Loy to decide what plan of action to take, and for the committee to have the authority to put the plan into effect. The handbook will also need to be clarified to eliminate the problem for future employees. President Horton said the Work Study Committee will need to decide who is and who isn’t eligible for compensatory time, and what the guidelines are.

Councilman Carter made a motion to give the Committee made up of Council President Horton, one Commissioner, and County Attorney Loy the Authority to clear up the past excessive compensatory time accumulated with a $1,000.00 negotiation spending cap per employee. Councilman Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Council President Horton had the Council introduce themselves to Mr. Scott Allen, reporter for the Herald Journal. Mr. Allen started with the Herald Journal in January. Before that, he worked at the Journal in Pulaski County for three years. He is from the area, graduating from Winamac High School in 2000.



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







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