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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 February 22, 2005 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 Kevin L. Crabb Dennis E. Carter

Dennis D. Cain Faye L. Lowring

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for January, 2005. He said their thirteen months of net gain is over. In January they spent $500,000.00 and had a net loss of $112,000.00.

They have hired IDC to prepare a phone survey in regard to the possibility of building a new hospital.. The survey will be sent to about three hundred people. There is also a printed survey in the Monticello Herald Journal newspaper that anyone can fill out and send in.

Auditor Pool asked if a new hospital would be built elsewhere or if the present one would be expanded.

Paul said they would build a new hospital somewhere else in the county.

Commissioner Ferguson asked how they could build a new hospital without tax money.

Paul said the new hospital would probably be funded by the utilization of the hospital which should make enough money. They should also be able to have a bond.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were eighteen permits issued last month. Of these there were two new housing starts and five were commercial permits. Dave said this is the smallest amount of permits issued since he has been here.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell said that Ra-Comm has installed the 800 system on the radio consoles of the Sheriff’s and Chief Deputy’s cars.

Terri said she attended a meeting in Cass County where several counties were represented and she took the opportunity to ask people about their county’s work schedules. She said that almost all of the dispatch centers work a four and two schedule.

Terri said if a law presently being considered is passed, her dispatchers will have to be certified. With the training for this and the high turnover of employees she has, this would be very expensive. Going to a four and two schedule would enable her dispatchers to have some weekends off. She knows that she will lose some of her present employees if she does not go to this work schedule.

Commissioner Heimlich asked Councilwoman Lowring what the 911 Board thought of changing to this schedule. She answered that, although she hates to speak for the Board, whatever works best for the morale of the dispatchers is okay with her.

Councilman Cain said he is in favor of the four and two schedule.

Council President Mann asked for a motion to make the change at 911 to a four and two work schedule.

Councilman Carter made a motion to approve a four and two work schedule for 911 dispatchers. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Terri would like to make this schedule effective for the next payroll which would be February 28th.

Commissioner Ferguson made a motion to change 911 to a four and two schedule effective February 28, 2005. Commisioner Burton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said in two years it will be the one hundredth anniversary of the Home. She will be planning a celebration with different activities over several months.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of January, 2005.

Councilman Cain would like see some of the results of these complaints listed on future reports.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter passed out the new marketing brochure and pins to wear with the new White County logo on them. There will be updated sheets to go into the brochure/folder on a continuous basis.

Valerie said the Landis Plastics building was sold and the transaction closed on Thursday. The new company, ADKEV, will be in operation by the end of this year. They will employ one hundred twenty-five people.

She said the county web site will be launched in May.

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR

Webb Bernhardt of American Consulting, Inc. was present to discuss the Wolcott Corridor Project. He presented several drawings of the project showing the different phases.

This project will bring water and wastewater to land west of Wolcott from the Jasper & White County line to 1000 West. They are looking to the town of Wolcott for the water and wastewater services.

They will come back to the Commissioners in a month with a final design plan. The project should be ready to bid by September of this year if approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

WABASH VALLEY HOSPITAL

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said they still owe Wabash Valley Hospital $81,415.37.

Councilman Carter said he recently visited Wabash Valley Hospital . They informed him that seven of the nine counties have paid their bills and they have a payment plan to work this out.

Commissioner Heimlich said this was just a windfall that Wabash Valley gained through our reassessment and although he realizes we must pay it, he is not happy about it.

Auditor Pool said we have budgeted $215,000.00 for Wabash Valley for this year. We will owe them $151,924.00 for this year so we can go ahead and pay the $81,415.37 in two installments but it will leave us short $18,339.00.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to pay the $81,415.37 owed to Wabash Valley Hospital. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITTEE

Commissioner Heimlich said there will be a Strategic Plan Committee meeting at the Reynolds Fair Grounds on Monday the 28th at 6:00 P.M. He said this would probably be a long meeting lasting two to three hours.

Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be a light supper as in the past.

AT THISTIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM.

MINUTES

Councilman Cain made a motion to approve two sets of minutes for January 17, 2005. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

CUM BRIDGE FUND

Councilman Mann asked why we could not ask more than $.0532 for the Cum Bridge Fund rate.

Auditor Pool said the State told her this amount would have to stay fixed until the next reassessment and right now no one knows when that will be.

 

MONTICELLO AMBULANCE SERVICE

Monticello Fire Department Chief Galen Logan was present to just observe the Council. He was asked about the new contract. Galen explained to the Council how the new contract affected Carroll County; especially in relation to our ambulance service which used to serve parts of Carroll County, mainly Jefferson Township.

Even though Carroll County has chosen to service this area from now on, they know that if they should need the Monticello ambulance in an emergency we would comply. He said we still have a fire contract with them.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no more business to come before the Council, Councilman Cain made a motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ABSENT) (ABSENT)

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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

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FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR