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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 15, 2004 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 Arthur A. Anderson

Linda K. Maudlin Dennis E. Carter

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines said during the month of February, the landfill took in 4,836.55 tons of trash. They are now using two tippers.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were twenty-eight building permits last month. There were five for new houses.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell said the new Idex system is on line and working fine.

She said this Thursday Chris Fisher from Plexis Group will be here to do preliminary mapping.

She has received a invoice from CISCO for the CAD software system which they never used. She does not believe they should pay this.

County Attorney George Loy said he would take care of the invoice.

Terri said there is one phone line which they are not using and thinks it might be a CAD line. She does not know if she should remove the line. Sprint charges $28.00 per month for this line.

Commissioner Schmierer suggested leaving the line in place for the time being.

SHERIFF – STRAY ANIMAL PICKUPS

Sheriff John Roberts said they may have to stop picking up stray dogs and cats. He presented a copy of a letter from David Roth, the White County Animal Warden, in which Mr. Roth states that he had been notified by the Monticello Animal Hospital that from now on they will only accept three dogs and two cats at a time. They hold the animals for five days and if no one claims them, the veterinarians spay or neuter the strays and vaccinate them. Then they transport them to a no kill facility in Battleground.

Mr. Roth also met with the Monon Veterinary Clinic, however, their holding facilities are even smaller than the ones at the Monticello Animal Hospital.

Sheriff Roberts said it will be hard to explain to people when they call in for the animal warden to pick up a stray dog or cat that there is no where to take the animal.

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of February, 2004.

Paul said the Board has given approval to hire a part time Chaplain at the hospital. The Chaplain would see every patient and would act as a liaison for their minister if they have one. He said a Chaplain is especially needed in a emergency room situation.

Paul said he knows there have been rumors that the hospital is shutting down their OB Department. These rumors are completely untrue.

He mentioned that the hospital is going to sponsor scholarships on a one year commitment of twenty five $1,000.00 scholarships for the county schools. These scholarships will be available to sophomores through college.

In February the hospital had their financial audit and federal operational audit. Both look good and Paul doesn’t anticipate any problems with the results of either audit.

He said they have not gotten their Medicaid DISH money yet. Last year it was $492,000.00. They are hoping to get the money by April.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report.

She has been going around to some of the industries to get acquainted with them. She also met with Vanguard in regard to their grants. She has a meeting with NIPSCO on Wednesday.

Commissioner Heimlich said the Commissioners have approved Valerie as Grant Administrator for the Vanguard Grant. The state will reimburse the county for the hours she spends on this.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said there was wind damage to the roof of Lakeview Home and she will contact Heiny Insurance about it.

She asked the Commissioners for permission to let her granddaughter be the hair stylist at the Home until she can hire someone. Commissioners okayed this.

WATERSHED MAPPING FOR SURVEYOR’S OFFICE

White County Surveyor Dennis Sterrett presented a proposal from Plexis Group for mapping watershed boundaries in White County. The cost proposed is $28,970.00.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract with Plexis Group. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM

MINUTES

Councilwoman Maudlin made a motion to approve the minutes of February 17, 2004 as amended. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

SFLECC – FUNDS FROM INNKEEPERS TAX

Daryl Johns from the Shafer Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation (SFLECC) said they have purchased additional property with state funds to hold silt but they need money to prepare the site for retention ponds.

They will use state funds for equipment but wish to use money from the Innkeepers Tax Fund for preparation of the site. The Innkeepers Board has given approval to give them $370,000.00 which they can draw on as needed.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to give the SFLECC $370,000.00 from the Innkeepers Tax Fund. The money will be drawn out as needed.

Councilman Horton seconded the vote.

VOTE: Unanimous

White County Treasurer Kathy Gross said that in 2003 they collected $149,087.90 in the Innkeepers Tax Fund.

DIVISION OF FAMILY & CHILDREN

Director Barb Bedrick from Division of Family & Children said that Senate Bill 1 froze the maximum tax levy for 2005 at the 2004 level and that the 2004 maximum tax levy can only be 4% higher than the 2003 one. This means she will have $90,000.00 less in tax money than what the Council approved for her in August at the budget hearings. She has the cash right now to cover this but is concerned about the future. She thinks she will have to ask the Council for an excess levy for the year 2005.

Barb told the Council that she will also be the Carroll County Director now and will be in Carroll County for one and one half days per week.

WHITE COUNTY JAIL – NEW ELECTRICAL WORK

Sheriff Roberts and Ray Franko discussed the necessity for having new electrical work done at the jail; especially now that they will be installing new cameras.

Ray said there are only two outlets per wall at the jail. They are using extension cords which poses a fire hazard.

Current Electric Company was present to discuss the need for new electrical work and to replace the air conditioner. They said to be able to use the existing VAV to get 30,000 BTUs they can install a two and one half ton wall mounted ductless split system. The condenser would be upstairs. This system would cost $4,500.00.

There will also need to be electrical work done for 911. Current Electric will prepare a estimate to give to the Council for this work.

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 several funds herein named and for the purpose herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

REQUESTED ALLOWED

White County GENERAL FUND:

White County Clerk

New Voting System $13,500.00 $13,500.00

GRAND TOTAL: $13,500.00 $13,500.00

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the above Additional Appropriation. Councilwoman Maudlin seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ABATEMENT – COMPLIANCE OF BENEFITS

The Council approved of, and Council President Jim Mann signed, the Compliance With Statement of Benefits for Vanguard National Trailer Corporation and Girtz Industries, Inc.

Mr. Dale Ringer was present to explain to the Council the relationship between Witko, Inc. and Gabba LLC.

The abatement was given to Witko, Inc. even though, at the time, they did not own the real estate. Mr. Ringer explained that Gabba LLC owns the property and Witko, Inc. occupies the building and leases it from Gabba LLC. Mr. Ringer is co-owner of Gabba LLC and Witko, Inc.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the Compliance With Statement of Benefits for Gabba LLC. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ABATEMENT FOR PAVED AREAS

Councilman Horton made a motion to include paved areas as part of a tax abatement. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

NEW CAMERAS FOR JAIL

Councilman Horton made a motion to advertise for an Additional Appropriation in the amount of $224,559.00 for new cameras for the jail. The money will be taken out of the Solid Waste Operating Fund. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

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

VOTE: Unanimous

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___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

JAMES H. MANN, PRESIDENT RICHARD G. HORTON ARTHUR A. ANDERSON

(ABSENT)

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

HARRY W. VOORHIS DENNIS E. CARTER LINDA K. MAUDLIN

(ABSENT)

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR