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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 21, 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

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to accept the July 17, 2006 minutes. Councilman Horton seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Recorder $1,000.00 001-18-02-01 001-18-03-05

Film & Developing Travel

 

Because the Recorder’s term will soon be completed, Council members didn’t see the necessity for the Recorder to continue attending all of the Association of Indiana Classes.

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to reject the above transfer. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Circuit Court $1,048.00 001-04-01-01-03 001-04-01-017

Bailiff Part-time

 

$500.00 001-04-03-02 001-04-02-04

Telephone Copier

 

$76.00 001-04-04-01 001-04-01-04

Equipment Copier

 

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Highway Department $15,000.00 004-04-01-11 004-04-02-21

Mechanics & Welders Gas & Oil

 

$20,000.00 004-04-01-21 004-04-02-21

Social Security Gas & Oil

 

$20,000.00 004-04-01-22 004-04-02-21

PERF Gas & Oil

 

$20,000.00 004-04-01-23 004-04-02-21

Group Insurance Gas & Oil

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TOTAL $85,000.00

 

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to accept the above transfers. Councilman Cain seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

Councilman Schmierer suggested that Steve Brooke, Superintendent of the White County Highway Department, come to the Council meeting next month to discuss the Gas and Oil fund. Councilman Schmierer figures it cost approximately $2.00 a mile for gas and maintenance to run the huge highway trucks. And at that rate, driving them back and forth from home to work year round seems unreasonable, and is something that needs to be visited.

 

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 hereby appropriated and set apart out of the fund. Herein specified and subject the laws governing the same.

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE CO AIRPORT $646,735.54 $646,735.54

Land Acquisition

 

CUM BUILDING $20,000.00 $20,000.00

Building Upkeep

 

CUM ASSESSMENT $72,300.00 $72,300.00

Property Tax Software

 

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to accept all of the above Additional Appropriations. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

MONTICELLO SPRING TAX ABATEMENT

Connie Neininger, White County Economic Development Organization Director, and Thomas Pimmler, President of Monticello Spring, presented their case for a tax abatement of 10 years with no limit. They need to expand the plant to be able to retain all of their 72 employees with the hope of adding more employees down the road. Mrs. Neininger explained the county needs to keep industries that are already here and in good standing. It is easier to keep them than bringing in new industries. Mr. Larry Brown from the Tax Abatement Board also mentioned that the empty building can also attract new industry, as it is ready to move in.

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to adopt the tax abatement recommendation of the Tax Abatement Board for a ten-year tax abatement with no dollar limit for improvements on the real estate. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

PANNAR GENETICS, INC TAX ABATEMENT

Gary Stewart, Manager of Pannar Genetics in Brookston, and Connie Neininger presented their case requesting that the Council designate the land for the new seed & corn research facility as an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA). The new plant will employ two or three new high paying positions (approximately $60,000.00), and retain the existing three employees. The proposed investment for Pannar Genetics is $410,000.00 for real estate and $987,568.00 for equipment. Larry Brown said there will be a need to hire 25 to 30 part-time summer people as well.

Councilman Horton made a motion to designate the five acres as an Economic Revitalization Area, and to accept the Tax Abatement Board’s recommendation for the Declaratory Resolution for a no amount limit, ten-year tax abatement on real estate and a no amount limit, five-year abatement on equipment. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Linda Pagels, the Health Department Head, was concerned about how the new policy on hiring in at 10% of the previous employee’s salary would affect her department. She will need to hire a part-time registered nurse for flu season, and the new policy would bring the hourly rate down too low to hire a registered nurse. Councilman Schmierer assured her the policy does not apply to part-time employees.

 

WHITE COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE

Gordy Cochran, head of Civil Defense, announced his secretary is going to retire after 28 years of service. He is also concerned about how the new 10% policy will apply. The new employee would have to hire in at $19,966.50 (Mrs. Foster’s total salary minus longevity and minus 10%), which he feared would be too low to attract anyone. Mr. Cochran would actually like to combine his secretary and his deputy record job and create an administrative assistant. He needs to hire someone to man the office and who is qualified to fill in for him, so he doesn’t have to be available 24 hours a day. Councilman Cain said the 10% policy would be waved for a new position. It was also suggested to combine the two salaries and then take off the 10% which would bring it to $21,069.00.

 

COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX (CEDIT)

Councilman Horton inquired about the request Connie Neininger had made at a previous time for 15% of the County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT). He said 15% would equal $100,000.00. Mrs. Neininger said the 15% would be allocated to the Economic Development Office to be used at their discretion and they would also want the option to come back to request additional dollars for special projects. Mrs. Neininger said she has lost three businesses just this year because we weren’t ready. One company was ready to build, but they didn’t want to wait the 12 to 15 months it would take to get water & sewer in. Another company wanted to locate here but because infrastructure wasn’t ready, they ended up locating in Illinois, so we lost out on 300 jobs. Another project she is dealing with now would like to be in the corridor but has access to land in the Industrial Park North of the town of Wolcott where they can have water and sewer immediately. Councilman Crabb said we will continue to lose out unless we get things going. He feels like the Council needs to take advantage of having Connie Neininger with her people skills and her agressiveness and put more money into that department. Toyota coming into Lafayette brings traffic going back and forth to Chicago. President Mann said giving a percentage of CEDIT to any one entity is a new concept for the Council, and something they will want to be careful of doing.

Mrs. Neininger said the office is running off of charitable donations from businesses and banks, and she has trouble asking for those donations when she knows there are tax dollars out there that were designated for this purpose. Then businesses could use their donations on other worthy community causes.

 

SALARIES

Mary Jo Pool passed out information on raises, salaries, and longevity for the Council members to review. Friday, September 8, 2006 will be the hearing and the September 18th Council meeting will be the adoption. Councilman Horton requested that Auditor Pool write a letter to the State about needing extra funding for special projects like the Wolcott Corridor, the Sixth Street/Beach Road expansion, building new hospital etc. . . .

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR