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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 June 19, 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.

MINUTES

Councilman Horton noted that Terry Beasy’s named was misspelled in the May 15, 2006 minutes. Councilman Schmierer made a motion to accept the May 15, 2006 minutes with the name correction. Councilman Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

COMPLIANCE UPDATE

Monticello Leasing Corporation (also known as Monticello Spring Corporation) turned in their Tax Abatement Compliance form showing they employee 81 of the estimated 93; and the average hourly wage is $15.91 versus the estimated $14.20.

STATE COUNCIL MEETING

Auditor Pool gave each Councilmember a copy of the State Council Meeting Report from the meeting she and Councilman Horton attended on June 10, 2006. At this meeting Councilman Horton learned the State thinks White County has too much beginning cash each year, and that is why they keep cutting into it. Dr. Larry De Boer, the speaker at the meeting, said a possible way to keep the beginning cash is to list out the on-going needs of the County that the money is being saved for. Otherwise, the State will continue to take it away. The State wants to see all budgeted money used. Auditor Pool noted that White County is much better off than some other Counties because we try to have a cushion. Counties that don’t have a cushion are really hurting. Auditor Pool said if the County doesn’t keep their tax levy up to the maximum, they’ll get into big trouble. It was suggested to use the general fund for the highway. Councilman Schmierer said the County couldn’t use general funds for highway. Councilman Horton said if we tried to mention that in our narrative, it would only cause more problems because the State wants the Counties to enact a Wheel Tax.

MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

Kim Wrede with the Monticello-Union Township Public Library said the Library Capital Projects Plan has been approved by the Library Board, but the plan needs a second approval from the Council as the fiscal body.

Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the Monticello-Union Township Public Library Capital Projects Plan. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Councilman Schmierer would like to have a protective clause put into the White County Memorial Hospital Lease stating that if the hospital would default and the $750,000.00 per year would have to go on the tax rolls to pay for the hospital, then the County would take ownership of the hospital and the White County Council & Commissioners would then be given control as elected officials in order to protect the taxpayers.

Currently the hospital is owned by the White County Hospital Association and governed by a board of directors. The Hospital Foundation owns the Medical Arts Building. When the hospital moves out of the building, White County will own it.

At the present time the County is paying $180,000.00 a year for ten years to the hospital. Councilman Horton explained the new lease has the County paying the hospital $180,000.00 a year for only five years at their present location. Once the hospital moves and enters into a new lease, the County will be released of its obligation. In order for the hospital to continue receiving $180,000.00 each year, the County would need to bond the remaining amount.

SALARIES

Councilman Schmierer made a motion that beginning August 1, 2006 new employees shall be hired at 90% of the previous employee’s salary. After a six month probation period, pay may be raised up to 5%. Thereafter, they will earn raises at the end of a calendar year. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

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

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JAMES H. MANN, PRESIDENT RICHARD G. HORTON RONALD SCHMIERER

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DENNIS D. CAIN KEVIN L. CRABB DENNIS E. CARTER

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR