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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 May 15, 2006 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President, James Mann, called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

James H. Mann Richard G. Horton Kevin L. Crabb

Ronald Schmierer Dennis D. Cain Faye L. Lowring

Dennis E. Carter

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.


Councilman Schmierer stated the April 17, 2006 minutes show him in attendance, but that he was not there. Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to accept the April 17, 2006 minutes with the correction of Councilman Schmierer’s absence. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


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.



General Fund $17,226.00 $17,226.00

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve an Additional Appropriation for the White County Coroner. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Connie Neininger, Executive Director of the White County Economic Development Organization said the entire 29 acres of Liberty Landfill had previously been designated as an Economic Revitalization Area, so the company is able to move ahead in the process of seeking tax abatements. It is proposing to put in a Soy Processing Plant and a Bio Diesel Facility to utilize the exhaust coming from the existing generators that manufacture electricity from methane gas. The exhaust heat will be used to power production to make soy meal for farmers and soy oil, which can be used at the biodiesel facility to produce fuel to run trucks & equipment at Liberty Landfill.

The Tax Abatement Board recommends a ten-year tax abatement of $2,521,000.00 for improvements on the real estate, and a ten-year tax abatement of $14,244,000.00 for the equipment.

Liberty Landfill Manager, Terry Beasey, said Waste Management has decided to hold out until the plant has met rated capacity before making a decision to buy into the plant.

Mr. Beasey said Liberty is trying to involve a local enterprise in the purchasing and supply of soybeans, and the sale and removal of soybean meal. It will take roughly 12,000 bushels a day to feed the soybean processing plant. The plans include enough soybean storage to run the plant for 10 days. The plant will be best equipped to have 12 full semis unload soybeans, then move down and reload with soy meal. They will not be able to facilitate hundreds of farm trucks. Ms. Neininger said there would be a need to work with local elevators for storage during harvest time.

With the project, GEI Fuels of Indiana will be purchasing and owning the equipment. Liberty Landfill & Waste Management will own the building. Once the plant is running at full capacity, Waste Management will have the right to purchase the equipment and become the majority owner. If that should happen, Waste Management would like the flexibility to transfer the tax abatement from GEI Fuels to it at the current schedule.

Councilman Carter asked if Liberty might be better to consider an open end abatement. Mr. Beasy said the figures for construction costs were inflated 20%. The actual abatement was based on real monies, and Liberty did not feel a need for an open end abatement.

Liberty anticipates employing 16 people at approximately $16.83 per hour for technology jobs, chemical background jobs, loaders and unloaders.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the recommendation of the Tax Abatement Board for a ten-year tax abatement of $2,521,000.00 for improvements on the real estate, and a ten-year tax abatement of $14,244,000.00 for the equipment. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous


Auditor Pool wanted to be sure everyone was aware of the State Council Meeting on June 10, 2006. Councilman Horton said it is an awesome meeting that he learned a lot from when he attended previously.


Councilmen Cain & Horton wondered if they could be taken off of the PERF plan without affecting the plans of other County Employees. They felt in their particular situation not only did they not benefit from the plan, but they are actually penalized by it. Auditor Pool thinks there is an option to remove groups from the plan i.e. the Council or Commissioners. It would need to be looked into.


Auditor Pool pointed out the balance in CEDIT is $100,000,813.00 and another $330,000.00 will be added in November. The .07% raise will go to each taxing unit proportionately to compensate for the loss of inventory tax and help with the homestead. Ms. Pool said the interest the County received last year was $628,000.00. So far in 2006 there is $428,000.00 in interest. She noted the extra interest will help as well.


Council President Mann read the request from Steven Brooke, the Superintendent of the White County Highway Department stating the need for $229,500.00 for equipment and $627,750.00 for road paving mix. The motor vehicle account is running low on money because the State of Indiana is taking 9% of the Department’s funds and another 3% is going into the State Police Retirement fund this year. It is not unusual for the Highway Department to request this amount in extra spending. Councilman Carter had investigated several years ago and found the reason was the drastic change in the amount the state was providing (approx. $800,000.00 cut). Councilman Schmierer said the County is then responsible to make up the difference. He feels it is necessary to subsidize the upkeep of the County roads. Councilman Carter added if we don’t maintain the roads, the County will be hit later with more than they can handle all at once.

Auditor Pool said part of CEDIT was already committed to the Treasurer/Auditor software that will be $35,000.00 to $40,000.00. Councilman Horton mentioned as things continue to progress on the Wolcott Corridor, Connie Neininger will want to use CEDIT money. It’s too soon to know how much.

Councilman Horton suggested pulling half the money needed for the Highway Department from the Rainy Day Fund.

After reviewing areas the money could come from, Councilman Carter made a motion to supply half the White County Highway Department’s request from the County Economic Development Income Tax in the amount of $428,625.00 and the other $428,625.00 from the Rainy Day Fund, when the Highway Department makes its official request for additional appropriations. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous


Auditor Pool asked each Council member to check his/her calendars and to get back with her on dates that can be set aside to work on budgets. She’s proposing July 31, August 1 & 2 or August 7, 8 & 9.


Council President Mann asked how the Council wanted to handle the salaries of County employees. Councilwoman Lowring & Councilman Schmierer are opposed to hiring an outside consultant to come in and set a pay scale. They just want to tackle the scale for new employees and benefits. Councilman Carter has a friend who was a personnel director at Wabash National for years who might be willing to share some ideas with the Council. He’ll check with him. Councilman Horton will check around as well.

Councilman Crabb said the company he works for bases its pay scale on job descriptions. The national association does surveys every year and then breaks it down by state, regional, & national for a salary range based on the job descriptions. People hire in at the bottom end of the scale allowing for some negotiating. After a period of time, the pay increases.

Councilman Horton suggested meeting on Monday morning June 5th while the Commissioners are meeting at 8:00 AM to discuss this issue further. Everyone agreed.


Council President Mann read a flyer for a public town hall meeting on pandemic influenza scheduled for May 17, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds in Reynolds, Indiana.


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

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