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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 March 21, 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 Richard G. Horton Kevin L. Crabb

Ronald Schmierer Dennis D. Cain Faye L. Lowring

Dennis E Carter

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were only two housing starts for the month of February. He said that things have picked up in March.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell received notice from SBC that 911 is no longer tax exempt. She thinks they should be exempt for the phone bills at the 911 center. She thought she had this taken care of, but she received one bill that still charged her for the tax. She is working with Sprint on this.

Terri said the four and two work schedule is working out great. Her employees are very grateful to have two days off. She has one person who will be leaving at the end of the month, but this person will be able to work part time at 911. She has advertised for full time and part time help.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller was present but did not submit a report. She said she did not have anything new to report.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

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

He said he had a complaint about the trash along highway 43. He contacted Terry Beasey who sent “pickers” out and they started picking up paper and putting it into trash bags. Then he and Terry picked up the trash bags. He said fourteen out of fifteen bags contained trash such as empty cans, bottles and wrappers that had been thrown from car windows.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter did not have a written report but said that she has received a lot of interest in APW.

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

White County Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell was not present but Mr. Dean Fleck represented him. Dean said they are doing an evaluation on whether they need a new hospital.

They have received about one hundred forms back from the survey they sent out. So far it looks like people are interested in a new hospital. The telephone survey is completed and they will get the results at the next board meeting. He said they have three land sites they are interested in; all close to Monticello.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich said that Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke has requested additional funds in the amount of $883,500.00 for this year to cover road work and the purchase of equipment.

Councilman Horton asked the Auditor if CEDIT funds would be cut.

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said they would get $583,581.00 from CEDIT this year compared to $610,763.00 received last year. She said they have $1,093,000.00 in the CEDIT Fund and $802,000.00 in Solid Waste. She mentioned that she still has not paid for the new cameras at the jail. She has not yet received this bill which should be $225,000.00.

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SIXTH STREET EXPANSION PROJECT

Mr. Kevin Jasinski from American Consulting was present to discuss the north section of the Sixth Street Expansion Project. She said the utility acquisitions and land acquisitions are progressing.

Commissioner Heimlich said the Transportation Bill will be taken up later this summer and we will finally know how much money we will have for this project.

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM.

MINUTES

After one correction, Councilman Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of February 22, 2005. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT. – REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS

Councilman Horton made a motion to advertise for an Additional Appropriation of $839,863.91 for the Highway Department. This will be for Bridge #90 and will be taken out of the CUM Bridge Fund.

Councilman Crabb seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to allow the Highway Department to purchase three trucks and three snowplows, Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Councilman Schmierer suggested that the East Shafer Drive paving project should be left until after the sewer district is finished working there.

Councilman Horton made a motion to allow the Highway Department the sum of $520,000.00 to be taken out of the Solid Waste-Recycle Fund. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to take the three trucks and the three snowplows out of the CEDIT Fund. Councilman Crabb seconded the motion..

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfer was received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

White Co. Assessor $4,000.00 127-01-04-01 127-01-03-04

Software New Construction

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

CLERK

White County Clerk Bruce Lambert was present to ask for an additional appropriation of $48,084.00. This is the amount Fidlar Election Company says is the balance owed them for the Accuvote Optical Scan Voting System.

Originally we were told that the State would pick up most of the cost and we would owe only $13,500.00. However the State has sent a check for only $73,416.00 and has indicated there will be no further funding available for this.

Councilman Mann suggested that someone from the Fidlar Corporation come before the Commissioner’s joint meeting to explain why this money should be paid, since we were told the State would cover this.

Bruce said that before January 1, 2006 all of our precinct polling places had to meet accessibility and disabled voter standards. He said there are several places in White County that do not meet these standards. This will cost additional money.

Councilman Schmierer made a motion to ask the Fidlar Corporation to come before the Council and Commissioners joint meeting. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES

Barb Bedrick from the White County Department of Child Services presented an update of her 2004 budget expenditures. She said there is $1,885.00 left in the Children’s Phyciatric Treatment Fund and in February she received a bill for $24,000.00 which covers October to December, 2004. This bill comes out of this fund so she will have to ask for an additional appropriation to pay it. She will not have any more money until the tax draw.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no more business to come before the Council, Councilman Carter 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