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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 April 19, 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

Harry W. Voorhis Dennis E. Carter Faye L. Lowring

BIDS FOR BRIDGE 228

There were two bids for the construction of Bridge No. 228. One was from Jack Isom Construction for $714,637.50 and the other was from Wirtz/Yates Construction for $$682,325.86. Don Ward said the estimate was $704,149.75.

These bids will be taken under advisement.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell has VCR tapes stored at 911 that she would like to dispose of. Some of these tapes are ten years old. She asked the Commissioners just how long she should keep them. VCR tapes are no longer being used at 911.

Attorney George Loy thought two years would be the maximum amount of time to keep the tapes.

Terri said she is still receiving invoices from CISCO for the CAD software system which they never used. Commissioner Schmierer said he will meet with someone from CISCO and get this straightened out.

She said PLEXIS has the mapping system in. They will start training dispatchers the first week of May. The system is working well.

EMA has received a grant for an 800 mega hertz system. She will be getting quotes for the recording system.

WHITE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report for the month of March.

She said she flew from the White County Municipal Airport around the county touring available sites. She also met with a prospect and toured Landis Plastics and APW Monon.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were sixty-six permits issued last month, five for new houses.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of March. He had a very busy month and had to send out a lot more letters than usual. He had to catch up as he had been off five weeks due to surgery.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said some of the roofing on the barn has blown away.

A van that belonged to Marion Schock has been donated to the Home by the deceased’s family. Kae would like to know what to do with the van.

The Commissioners will take a look at it before they decide what to do with it.

Kae said they need some rock around the building. The Commissioners will talk to Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke about the rock.

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

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

Paul said the hospital had a record month for revenue. They have had four such months now. He said the total gross patient revenue for the month of March was around $2,500,000.00. They were up about $314,000.00 on the net and up $100,000.00 for the month.

The hospital has not received the state Medicare and Medicaid settlement yet. They hope to receive it in June.

The board has made a determination to hire an OBGYN. They will partner with Monticello Medical for this.

VISITORS BUREAU

Dow Dellinger from the White County Visitors Bureau presented a packet which included a 2004 proposed budget. He is requesting $64,462.00 from the county to fund the White County Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2004. He explained that the Visitors Bureau would promote tourism that would benefit the entire county.

Commissioner Ferguson questioned whether the other townships, besides Union, would benefit from tourism. Mr. Dean Fleck also raised this question.

There was discussion on recent newspaper articles pertaining to the Visitors Bureau.

Dow said the amount of funding we are spending on tourism is simply not enough. He said we need to have a permanent funded Visitors Bureau and we need to try to figure out where the money will come from and not have to come back and beg for money each year.

Commissioner Schmierer recommended to table this decision until the May joint meeting.

JAIL REFINANCING

Mr., Randy Rule from City Securities Corporation called the Auditor to say refinancing the jail right now would result in a savings of $275,000.00 to $300,000.00 net all costs.

The Council thought we should start the process immediately.

PARKING FEES FOR COURTHOUSE EMPLOYEES

Commissioner Heimlich wanted the Council’s opinion on the City’s decision to charge courthouse employees for parking in city parking lots close to the courthouse. He said the charge would be $5.00 per month or $60.00 per year and there would be designated parking places.

Commissioner Schmierer said that if the county were to lease these spaces from the city, it would cost the county about $2,000.00.

There was some discussion as to whether the county parking lots should also have paid parking for the courthouse employees. The money could be used for the upkeep of the parking lots.

The Council felt the employees should pay for the county parking places as well as the city parking places.

TREASURER - REAL ESTATE TAXES

White County Treasurer Kathy Gross said they are hoping to have the 2003 pay 2004 tax bills due on November 10, 2004. This would include both installments. She said the Treasurer’s Office is only taking advance payments when it concerns real estate closings. She hopes to be able to take advance payments from the public maybe in July, but will only accept what they paid last year or less. This is to avoid having to issue refund checks if the property owner overpays.

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM

MINUTES

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to approve the minutes of March 15, 2004. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

White Co. Treasurer $2,500.00 001-22-02-01 001-22-01-04

Supplies Part-time

$2,943.59 001-22-03-05 001-22-01-04

Miami Systems Part-time

$ 245.00 001-22-02-01 001-22-03-04

Supplies Repair & Maintenance

Health Department $ 500.00 164-01-01-01 164-01-03-01

Public Health Nurse Travel

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilman Horton 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 several funds herein named and for the purpose herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

REQUESTED ALLOWED

SOLID WASTE OPERATING FUND:

New Cameras For Jail $224,559.00 $224,559.00

GRAND TOTAL: $224,559.00 $224,559.00

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

VOTE: Unanimous

JAIL – NEW AIR CONDITIONER & ELECTRIC WORK

Jimmy Mc Donald from Current Electric Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. presented the Council with two estimates for work at the jail. He said it would be hard to estimate the cost of installing ductwork in the 911 room. Every time 911 gets a call the electricians will have to stop any noise making work until the call is finished. They will also have to clean up the premises each day to keep dirt from getting on the computers. He has roughly estimated labor at $2,860.00 and material at $500.00making a total of $3,360.00. This would include installing the ductwork down to the parquet sub flooring. He said if they can relocate the floor drain in the ceiling it will save money.

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The second estimate presented was for installing a three ton Westinghouse split system as a backup for the Slutz unit for the 911 room. This estimate is for $6,598.00.

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation in the amount of $10,500 for the aforementioned work to be done by Current Electric. The money to be taken out of the Cum Building Fund.

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

Before the vote was taken, Current Electric submitted a estimate for relocating the chiller out of the courtyard to south of the generator on a concrete pad. The estimate for this work is $19,745.00.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to change the previous motion and advertise for an additional appropriation of $30,500.00 instead of $10,500.00. The money would be taken out of the Cum. Building Fund and would be for all three of the estimates submitted by Current Electric.

Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: 3 YES and 1 NO

RECYCLE

Recycle Director Dawn Gerard needed the Council’s signatures on a letter of commitment to enable her to apply for an equipment grant in the amount of $5,250.00 to purchase a new baler. The total cost of the baler will be $10,500.00 and the remaining $5,250.00 will come from their annual grant of $20,000.00 which comes from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District. She said she has $14,000.00 in her budget to use to maintain the baler.

She also needed their signatures for a resolution stating that Recycle will have the money to match this grant, contingent upon receipt of the IDEM Grant.

Councilman Carter made a motion to sign the Letter of Commitment and the Resolution. Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

MONTICELLO-UNION TWP. LIBRARY

Mary Kestle from the Monticello-Union Township Library presented the library’s Capital Project Plan for 2005 – 2007.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the Capital Project Plan as submitted. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY TREASURER

White County Treasurer, Cathy Gross, was present to request an additional appropriation in the amount of $15,000.00 for additional part-time personnel and the billing process.

Councilman Horton made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation of $15,000.00 for part-time personnel and billing for the White County Treasurer’s Office. The money will be taken out of the General Fund.

Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter asked the Council members to fill out a survey in regard to tax abatement procedures.

BUILDING INSPECTOR – PART TIME SALARY

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to pay the part-time building inspector $11.50 per hour. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: 4 YES and 1 NO

TWIN LAKES SEWER – WAGES

White County Auditor Mary Jo Pool would like the Twin Lakes Sewer District to have their pay raises effective January 1st like the rest of the county employees.

WATERSHED MAPPING FOR SURVEYOR

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation of $28,970.00 to pay for watershed mapping for the Surveyor’s office.

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

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

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________

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

(ABSENT)

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR