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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 18, 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 E Carter Faye L. Lowring

 

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

BUDGET HEARING MINUTES

Councilman Horton asked that the paragraph for the White County Economic Development Budget be revised to better explain what the Council had decided.

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to accept the Budget Hearing minutes from July 31 through August 2, 2006 with the revised paragraph added to the end of the minutes. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

MINUTES

Councilman Carter made a motion to accept the August 21, 2006 minutes. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA

Connie Neininger, Director of the White County Economic Development Organization, and Gary Stewart, Manager of Pannar Genetics asked for a confirmation of the designation for the economic revitalization area (ERA). This is for the land west of Brookston that was brought before the Council in August. Mrs. Neininger said the Council can always revoke an ERA at any time. However, if a company wanted to request an extension of time, they would have to go through the two-month process again.

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to confirm the designated five acres west of Brookston as an Economic Revitalization Area for ten years. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

PANNAR GENETICS, INC TAX ABATEMENT

Councilman Cain made a motion to allow a ten-year tax abatement without a dollar limit for real estate, and a five-year tax abatement without a dollar limit on equipment. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN SALARY

Diann Weaver, Director of Area Plan, requested that Leah Hull receive the full salary of the position that she is filling. Ms. Weaver hired her last January at a lower pay scale with the intention of seeing how she would fit in, and possibly giving her the higher position with added responsibilities and the full salary. The 2006 salary had already been approved by the Council. Ms. Weaver would like to now give her that position with the full salary, as she was hired before the 90% policy was adopted.

Councilman Carter made a motion to pay Ms. Hull the salary that was approved for the position she is filling that includes the added responsibilities. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT FUND (PERF)

Councilman Horton said the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF) actually hurts him. Because he is a self-employed farmer, he can make a yearly contribution of $3,500.00 into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and he can take that off of his taxes. Right now, after seven years on the Council, his PERF account has $1,000.00 (which he can get in about 2 ½ months with his IRA). He was just informed that he can voluntarily contribute more than the mandatory 3% which would be higher, but still not as high as the IRA. Councilman Schmierer said that a former Councilman/Commissioner he spoke with said he received $8,000.00 up front at retirement from PERF and $800.00 a month. That is pretty good coming from a part-time job. Councilman Carter mentioned the minimum payment per month is $180.00. Council President Mann said that a portion of it is listed as an annuity, and after so many years, the percentage is increased. Since the Council has to either be on PERF as a group or not have it at all, Councilman Horton said he would rather do what is best for the group. Being on PERF, even though it only amounted to a $130.00 a year deduction, disqualifies him from having an IRA. He said he’s fought the government for two years about this and has paid out $500.00. He also had to pay penalties and interest. Auditor Pool said as much as it hurts Councilman Horton and Commissioner Burton, it doesn’t benefit the rest of them enough to stay on the PERF program.

 

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Health Department $1,000.00 164-01-03-09 164-01-01-03

Laboratory Field Investigator

 

Councilman Schmierer wants to know who the Field Investigator is before voting on this transfer. The Council decided to table the vote.

 

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Assessor $1,500.00 001-11-03-06 001-11-01-04

Maintenance Part-Time

 

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the Assessor’s above transfer request. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

Highway Department $5,000.00 004-01-01-12 004-02-02-31

Engineer Stone

$4,000.00 004-04-02-32 004-02-02-31

Welding Supplies Stone

 

$3,000.00 004-04-03-21 004-02-02-31

Radio Stone

 

$15,000.00 004-04-03-41 004-02-02-31

Liability Insurance Stone

 

$10,000.00 004-04-03-42 004-02-02-31

Workers Comp Stone

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TOTAL $37,000.00

 

Councilman Crabb moved to approve the above transfers for the White County Highway Department. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

LETTER TO STATE

Auditor Pool passed around a letter for the Council members to sign that will be sent to the State listing out major projects and requesting extra funding.

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

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___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

__________(absent)_________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR