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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 8:15 A.M. on January 15, 2007 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

Councilman Carter made a motion to accept the December 18, 2006 minutes. Councilman Kramer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

2007 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

NAME OF BOARD APPOINTEE

 

Wolcott Library Board Pamela Furrer

 

Alcoholic Beverage Board Gordon Denton

 

Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Gary Hendryx

 

Wabash Valley Board Dennis Carter

 

Community Corrections Advisory Dennis Cain

 

Economic Development Board Casey Crabb

 

Solid Waste Management Raymond Kramer

Alternate- Richard Horton

 

Data Processing Board Raymond Kramer

 

911 Board Bruce Clear

 

White Co Area Plan Commission Charles Anderson

 

PTABOA (Property Tax Assessment Gerald Cartmell

Board of Appeals) Ed Bish

 

Inn Keepers Richard Horton

 

Councilman Carter had spoken with Pamela Furrer about serving on the Wolcott Library Board and she would like to continue serving. He said Pamela was unaware she was appointed by the Council. Councilman Carter would like to see the Council send out a general letter as the appointment time approaches to let these boards know that the Council is looking into the new appointments.

Councilman Clear talked with Gerald Cartmell about serving on the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.

Councilman Crabb assured the Council he would never try to sway a decision on the Economic Development Board in regard to who might come to White County and where they would locate. Since he works for REMC, he realizes there could be a conflict of interest with NIPSCO being in the area as well. He would offer his electrical expertise, and if necessary, he would recuse himself from voting before hurting the integrity of the company he works for and the County Government. Councilman Crabb said that utilities are usually involved on these types of committees, and in fact, Bob Dever, past General Manager at REMC in the 1990`s was one of the founding board members. Councilman Horton agreed to attend the board meetings if Councilman Crabb would not be available.

Councilman Cain made a motion to accept all the above Appointments for the assigned boards. Councilman Crabb seconded. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN SALARY

Diann Weaver, Director of Area Plan, would like to hire a replacement for the opening in her office using the 90% policy that was adopted, with the option of paying 100% of the previous person’s salary after a period of time. Ms. Weaver said their office tells people what they can & cannot do with their property and therefore, employees have to be able to handle people who get irate. She doesn’t feel the positions in the Area Plan office receive the salaries they deserve. She also pointed out the turnover rate due to stress would cause the initial salary to continue to decrease with each new hire. She also compared salaries of other county offices that, in her opinion, shouldn’t be making more than the Area Plan employees. She said there is a problem when the position that is comparable to this position is making a difference of $2,500 since 1993 when she started working here.

Councilman Cain explained the ordinance was put into effect to get a handle on the rising salaries in the county. It’s not right for someone new to make the same salary as someone with years of experience. He would like to see equal pay for elected official, equal pay for first deputies, equal pay for secretaries etc. However, due to the varied stress levels Councilman Cain said he didn’t know how to start equalizing all the salaries. The biggest bill for the County is salary and hospitalization as far as employees are concerned.

Councilman Crabb believes we need to come up with job descriptions. Councilman Kramer suggested categorizing jobs with the help of office holders and coming up with a base salary and then add on longevity. This has been tried in the past with the help of a consulting company, but it ended up being dependent on how well the office holder could write a job description. Councilman Carter said even if they establish categories with job descriptions, the job descriptions continue to change.

Auditor Guingrich has a book from Farm Bureau that compares county salaries the Council could look through. Auditor Pool, agreed that there needs to be both a base salary and a top salary for each category established. The 90% policy in other counties allows them to pay out the vacation and compensation time accrued to the person leaving without having to ask for additional appropriations. She also believes that longevity needs to be reviewed as well. It is very difficult to do payroll and see how county employees who are governed by different boards get better pay and raises than employees within the courthouse. It’s both hurtful and creates ill feelings toward them.

Timothy Platenga, county taxpayer, and Charles Mellon, who serves on the Area Planning Board & Field Board, complimented the job Area Plan does, agreed it’s a stressful job, and that they deserve higher pay.

Ms. Weaver said that while the Council is spending time looking into salaries, they should look at salaries of appointed officials. They do not get raises like elected officials nor do they get the extra raise the first deputies received. They also do not get longevity.

Councilman Kramer made a motion to pay the 90% of 24,438.00 subject to the 5% raise possibility after six months and reconsider the salary at budget time with this particular position. Councilman Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

HOMELAND SECURITY

Councilman Cain announced the Homeland Security Table Top Exercise coming up Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Ross Camp in Tippecanoe County. All Council members are welcome to attend.

 

SUPERIOR COURT

Past Councilwoman Lowring offered an invitation on behalf of Judge Mrzlack for the new Council Members to visit the Court division of his office and be versed on the duties of that division or have someone from his office come to a council meeting and share that information with the Council.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MEETING

Council President Horton reminded the Council of the Economic Development Luncheon on February 16th at the Brandywine Conference Center.

 

UMBAUGH MEETING

Council President Horton encouraged the Council to attend the informational meeting with Umbaugh & Associates Financial Advisers Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 at 9:30 AM in the Courthouse. Todd Samuelson will give valuable information about Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Districts that will benefit the Council members.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

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RICHARD G HORTON, PRESIDENT DENNIS E CARTER GARY W HENDRYX

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DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

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BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR