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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 November 20, 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 Dennis E. Carter

 

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the October 20, 2006 minutes. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

BE IN 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

PROBATION DEPARTMENT

Juvenile Secure Detention $6, 880.00 $6,880.00

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Total $6,880.00 $6,880.00

 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Utilities $45,000.00 $45,000.00

 

Building & Maintenance $12,000.00 $12,000.00

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Total $57,000.00 $57,000.00

 

SURVEYOR

Cornerstone Perpetuation $52,000.00 $52,000.00

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Total $52,000.00 $52,000.00

 

AUDITOR

Compensation, Salary, & Part-time $5,839.00 $5,839.00

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Total $5,839.00 $5,839.00

 

Auditor Pool explained her request for additional appropriations. She said Mr. Heiny has 70 hours of compensation time; Mrs. Guingrich has vacation time, 5 sick days, and 37 compensation hours she has earned. Auditor Pool would like to see both of these employees caught up since Mrs. Guingrich will be assuming the Auditor’s duties in January.

Councilman Cain made a motion to allocate the above funds. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

TREASURER $250.00 001-22-01-05 001-22-02-01

Part-Time Supplies

 

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS $10.00 001-24-03-04 001-24-04-01

Mileage Flags for Veteran Graves

Auditor Pool said the money for the Treasurer is to be used for a computer program their office can use to replace hand writing in a huge, oversize book they are currently using.

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

GOVERNMENT UTILITIES TECHNOLOY SERVICE (GUTS)

Councilman Horton suggested Treasurer Gross come to the next meeting to report on how the GUTS system has worked out. He paid his property taxes on the 9th of November, and his check had not cleared the bank yet. He is concerned the County is missing out on several days of interest.

 

STATE VIEW CEMETERY

Auditor Pool said there wasn’t enough interest in the cemetery fund to cover all of the mowing cost. The last couple of years the interest has been less, but maybe the interest will be up next year to cover the upkeep expenses. She went ahead and paid the balance of $101.22 from the General Fund – No Appropriations.

 

TWIN LAKES REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT

Auditor Pool updated the Council on the balances still due from the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District: Big Monon Bay $204,800.00, Norway-CDC $40,000.00, and Buffalo/Lowes Bridge $33,000.00 for a total of $277,800.00.

Councilman Cain said in the future the Council needs to have a pay back time frame for whoever is borrowing money from the County. Councilman Schmierer said the Council was thinking at the time of the loan the Sewer District was going to pay it back when the grant money came in. However, the cost was so far over budget, as it seems all of their projects have been, that the Grant money was used up in the projects. The money borrowed came from CEDIT and goes back to CEDIT.

 

COUNTY VEHICLES

Councilman Cain said that employees, who leave the office when they are done working, are not to have a vehicle to take home. However, employees who are on duty from the time they leave home, like certain emergency management people, are exempt. He wasn’t sure how the current laws are written on this subject. Councilman Schmierer said he’s afraid there are County employees who are using County vehicles to go to and from home who could be hit with large monetary penalties. Councilman Horton asked Auditor Pool to check with County Attorney Loy on the laws, and present a plan based on the laws for the Council to discuss.

 

ACCUVOTE OPTICAL SCAN VOTING

Clerk Lambert said the money is not coming in to reimburse the County for the Accuvote Optical Scan Voting equipment. He does have funding for $4,720.00, but still needs additional appropriations for the remaining $43, 364.00. Auditor Pool said she would have to advertise it first, but she would like to know where the funds are to come from.

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to take the $43,364.00 appropriations from the County Economic Development Income Tax. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Councilman Schmierer asked Auditor Pool how the Highway Department’s funds were holding out. She assured him the Highway Department still has money to work with for blacktop and trucks.

 

WHITE COUNTY ECOMONIC DEVELOPMENT

Mrs. Neininger, director of the White County Economic Development Organization, gave a letter of thanks for the $10,000.00 contribution that was made to the Organization.

Mrs. Neininger said she would be back next month to let the Council know what direction the Redevelopment Commission is headed as far as designating the Wolcott Corridor as a TIF district so they can recapture the taxes for the infrastructure improvements. First the Organization has to have control of the land and obtain easements for the infrastructure. All of the easements have been prepared, and they are ready to approach the property owners. They are also wanting to take options on their ground and have property sale prices locked in. The Organization is asking to have the prices locked in for possibly five years in order to have time to get options, do construction, and time for promotion. They have to have control of the land before they can apply for a grant to help with the infrastructure. The sewer & water permit runs out June 1, so they’d like to begin construction by May 1. It should take 16 to 17 months to complete, which includes the time it takes to obtain easements. The County Economic Development Organization would like to receive the 15% 2007 CEDIT money as soon as possible. Auditor Pool will check on figures to bring to the December Council meeting, at which time the Council may choose to go ahead and give the money to the White County Economic Development.

 

WHITE COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE

Auditor Pool announced that Leah Hull will be leaving Area Plan to replace Jill Guingrich in the Auditor’s office when Mrs. Guingrich moves into Auditor Pool’s position. Auditor Pool asked that Mrs. Hull not take the position at 90% of Mrs. Guingrich’s pay. Councilman Cain said that only applies to new employees, not existing County employees. Councilman Crabb said even though County employees may move departments, there will be a spot left for a “new” employee to fill in at 90%.

 

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

__________ (absent) _________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR