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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. August 15, 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

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

MINUTES

Councilman Cain noted a misspelling in the July 18, 2005 minutes. Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the July 18, 2005 minutes, as corrected. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

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 set apart out of the fund herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

REQUESTED ALLOWED

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Garage & Motors $40,000.00 $40,000.00

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve an Additional Appropriation for the Sheriff’s Department of $40,000.00. Councilman Carter seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFER

The following transfer was received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Treasurer $4,000.00 001-22-03-05 001-22-01-04

Miami Systems (billing) Part-time

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TOTAL $4,000.00

Councilman Cain made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilman Schmierer seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

LIBERTY LANDFILL

Council President Mann extended an invitation from Terry Beasy, District Manager of the Liberty Landfill, to the Council to tour the new facility at Buffalo. The Council decided to accept the invitation and tour the plant after the September 9th meeting, which begins at 10:00 A.M. The regular Council meeting will be September 19th.

 

E-911

Terri Conwell, the E-911 Director, asked to transfer $8,000 from the Radio/Equipment Fund (which has $55,000.00 in it) for a part-time employee. Councilman Crabb asked if she anticipated running out of money from that Fund before the end of the year. Mrs. Conwell said she would need about $25,000 to $27,000 for radio equipment and the possibility of a little over a $1,000 anytime they would need to replace a computer. Mrs. Conwell explained that she always hires part-time to see if things are going to work out before hiring on full-time. That way the County saves on insurance and benefits. Councilwoman Lowring asked for the usual paperwork, so the Council could proceed with a vote next month.

 

COUNTY BUDGET

Auditor Mary Jo Pool passed out the proposed county budget for the Council to check through before the next meeting. She asked them to call her before the next meeting if they found any discrepancies. She needs it to be ready to send to the State. Councilwoman Lowring reminded the Council not to speak about the budget outside of the Council meetings until the budget has been officially set and approved.

 

The Auditor also passed out the Department of Child Services budget Barbara Bedrick gave her.

 

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

There was discussion and concern about how a new hospital could be built or funded, when there is still an outstanding debt on the existing hospital, and it’s never been brought to any kind of discussion or approval from either the Commissioners or the Council. Ultimately, should the hospital need funding, it would be White County’s responsibility, although the only part the White County Council has been invited to was the “announcement.” No one voiced disproval of the new hospital, but they did wonder about the hospital by-laws and if the proper protocol had been upheld. It would seem like the Council should have a say in the matter if the County may have the debt to deal with later.

 

WHITE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Chief Galen Logan wanted to clear up any misunderstandings about not presenting a report for budgets. He did not know about the procedure. It was his understanding that he would need to provide a budget after their existing three-year contract ended, although it was available for inspection at any time. Their contract ends in 2006 and this will be the first year that ambulance and fire will be separate. He had planned to gather the new information from the financial separation and give it to the Council in plenty of time to consider before a new contract would begin.

Councilwoman Lowring was concerned about the lack of detailed breakdown on last year’s budget report. Fire Chief Logan said they are keeping records to remedy the situation. He also explained the $500,000.00 that the County pays the City is for the ten new employees (4 last year, 3 this year, and 3 next year). The County only pays $500,000.00 of the actual cost of 520,000.00.

Revenue was down because they had to turn down non-emergency runs (or transfers) due to lack of personnel. Insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid will not reimburse them if they do not deem the run medically necessary. For instance, companies will not reimburse the county if the transfer is to Chicago, when they could have gone to Lafayette.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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