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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 September 17, 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

 

 

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilman Kramer made a motion to accept the August 20, 2007 minutes. Councilman Hendryx seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Veterans’ Affairs $54.00 1-24-2-2 1-24-3-1

Dues & Subscriptions Conferences

 

$114.00 1-24-4-1 1-24-3-4

Flags for Veterans Mileage

 

Councilman Hendryx made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilman Crabb 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

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT $125,000.00 $125,000.00

Motor Vehicle Highway

 

Steve Brooke, County Highway Superintendent, said the department needs $95,000.00 to be appropriated for Stone and $30,000.00 to be appropriated for Bituminous both out of the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund.

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

WHITE COUNTY RESOLUTION

Auditor Guingrich said the White County General Fund is out of money because the property taxes have yet to be collected. Therefore She is requesting $512,000.00 be borrowed from the Solid Waste Operating Fund (SWOF) to be paid back by the end of 2007. Ms. Guingrich assured the Council the SWOF will not be using the funds at this time, so it would be a safe fund from which to borrow. Councilman Crabb said he is grateful to the previous Councils for their foresight, so this Council is able to borrow from another fund within the County rather than through an institution that charges interest. White County Council Secretary Nydegger said according to the State, the Council does not need to advertise this transaction.

Councilman Crabb made a motion to accept the Resolution by which the White County General Fund will borrow $512,000.00 from the Solid Waste Operating Fund to be paid back no later than December 31, 2007. Councilman Kramer seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

LOCAL OPTION INCOME TAX

Local citizen, Joe Maudlin, spoke with the Council just before the Council meeting began about Local Option Income Tax (LOIT). He cautioned the Council against taking any action toward implementing such a tax without doing a careful study about it. Council President Horton informed him that each of the Councilmen have attended at least two, if not three, sessions educating them on the subject, and another speaker on the subject is to be scheduled. The Councils intention is to be as well informed as possible and not take unnecessary steps.

 

WHITE COUNTY VETERAN GRAVE MARKERS

Thomas Carter, Director of Veterans’ Affairs, passed around a Veterans grave marker that he would like to see purchased for all passed veterans. The cost for this marker with the inscription “U.S. Veteran” is about $10.00 less per marker than the ones that say “American Legion.” Not all veterans are part of the Legion, and therefore, not all can have an “American Legion” marker. Mr. Carter would prefer all the markers be inscribed “U.S. Veteran”, and if the American Legion would like to pay the extra for their members to have the inscription “American Legion”, they would be welcome to do so. He does not believe the County should be paying the extra cost for the markers to say “American Legion.” He will check with the State on the legalities. Councilman Crabb and the other Council Members agreed the U.S. Veteran grave marker was impressive.

 

NEW EMPLOYEE RAISE

Diane Weaver, Area Plan Director, said her new employee is ready to receive her six month raise of 5%. She needs clarification from the Council on whether the 5% is on the new salary or the former employee’s salary. After research in the minutes, and based on how six-month raises have been figured since it was put into affect beginning August 1, 2006, the 5% raise is based on the new employee’s salary (not the former employee’s salary). Councilman Kramer felt in order to be fair to the other employees that have fallen into this category, the salary should be figured the same way as the others have been. Ms. Weaver’s concern is the salary eventually getting too low to attract employees due to the turnover in the Area Plan Office. Councilman Clear reminded her the Council is in the process of changing the salary system in order to clean up issues such as this.

 

WHITE COUNTY JAIL ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION

Ray Franko with the White County Jail requested $66,330.00 to upgrade the Commander Security system. He said the current system has been used 24/7 for four years which is a life expectancy for computers, and he felt this was a reasonable price.

Councilman Kramer made a motion to advertise the Additional Appropriation of $66,330.00. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

BUDGET HEARING

The second Budget Hearing will be Monday, September 24, 2007 at 8:00AM in the White County Council Room.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

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___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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