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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 August 20, 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 Kramer made a motion to accept the July 16, 2007 minutes. Councilman 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 CLERK

MAXIMUS Contract $9,600.00 $9,600.00

 

Councilman Cain made a motion to accept the above Additional Appropriation. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Pauper Fees $35,000.00 $35,000.00

 

Councilman Crabb made a motion to accept the above Additional Appropriation. Councilman Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT NEW EMPLOYEES

Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke lost three truck drivers and one mechanic, and he said it is very difficult to hire truck drivers at $13.00 an hour and mechanics at $15.00 an hour. Steve asked that the Highway Department not fall under the “new hire salary ordinance” where the new hire earns 90% of the pay the employee he/she is replacing. He said the Highway Department already has a base salary for new employees in place that goes up each year just as the other salaries go up. Councilman Clear said the Council does consider the Highway Department separate than the Courthouse because it does have its own salary matrix, longevity schedule, and other issues that differentiate the department from the Courthouse.

Councilman Cain made a motion to waive the 90% new hire ordinance for the White County Highway Department. Councilman Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

LOCAL OPTION INCOME TAX

Council President Horton said the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) will change the property taxes on the new Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts. However, it is too early to quantify how. Councilman Clear said he would not be comfortable making any change unless there were figures to work with. Councilman Carter said there doesn’t appear to be any detrimental aspects if the Council doesn’t implement the tax. Councilman Kramer said the first three-hundred million in tax relief the Counties should receive will kick in next year. There will also be tax relief money the following year, so he feels that gives the County time to make a decision later rather than sooner. Councilman Crabb said he’d like to watch what the legislature does over the winter, because if they rewrite their decisions, and the Council has already agreed to collect LOIT, the County would be stuck collecting it. President Horton said the Council may want to hire Umbaugh and Associates to do the numbers and advise the Council.

Council President Horton said people from Farm Bureau want to come to hear Katrina Hall whenever the Council has her scheduled to speak with them about local tax and government and House Bill 1478.

 

WHITE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Auditor Guingrich said there are adjustments to be made on the budget that was proposed for the White County Probation Department due to personnel changes. There is still time to make the adjustments since the numbers have yet to be advertised and voted on. The Councilmen have copies of those changes.

Other adjustments Judge Mrzlack addressed were on behalf of the four probation officers. Probation Officers are paid in part by the County and in part from the probation administrative fees assessed against defendants who are put on probation. The fees collected will not be sufficient to cover the anticipated salary increases. He & Judge Thacker are proposing to increase the County portion of the probation officer salaries by the corresponding salary increases given to the other Courthouse employees retroactive to 2006.

Judge Mrzlack also said the County Alcohol & Drug Court Services Program Director has been paid through the Community Corrections grant, and her benefits have been paid through the Probation Department. Beginning in 2008, both her salary and her benefits will be paid by the Community Corrections grant.

 

BUDGET HEARINGS

Auditor Guingrich will advertise the County Budget and inform the Council of the Budget Hearing Dates. The target dates will be September 10th & 17th, 2007 or September 17th & 24th, 2007.

 

SEWER DISTRICT WORKER’S COMPENSATION

Art Anderson, Treasurer of the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District (TLRSD), said the sewer district was paying the County workman’s compensation and medical insurance, and in 2003 the County dropped the Sewer Districts’ workman’s compensation even though the Sewer District continued paying the County. He said the Sewer District has paid $9,000.00 in workman’s comp premiums plus an extra percentage it was being charged. Council President Horton said the $9,000.00 figure was put into the general fund. Last year one of the TLRSD employees was injured and that’s when it was discovered there was no workman’s compensation. The Sewer District wants the County to reimburse the medical expenses it has paid for this employee. County Attorney George Loy is looking into the matter. The TLRSD now has its own workman’s comp policy. Mr. Anderson said the only thing the TLRSD is paying through the County is the health insurance, because it helps the County (since the Sewer District has younger employees) and it helps the TLRSD (because it gets better rates by being a part of a larger group).

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilman Kramer made a motion to adjourn. Councilman Carter 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