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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 May 17, 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 Linda K. Maudlin Faye L. Lowring

Dennis E Carter

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of April, 2004. He said they had another record month of revenue over $2,000,000.00. They had a net gain of over $142,000.00 on a budget of $6,800.00 and a year-to-date gain of $474,679.00 compared to a budget of $215,316.00.

Paul said the hospital now has a chaplain. Besides being there for any patient needing him, he will meet with each patient going to surgery prior to anesthesia and he will be on call in the emergency room.

The hospital will give twenty two $1,000.00 scholarships to members of the community. Some will be presented to students already attending college as well as high school students.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of April. He said he is still trying to play “catch up” after being off for surgery.

He said on the majority of complaints the people will clean up, but some he has to contact three or four times. Sometimes after they clean up, six months later the property looks the same as it did before it was cleaned up.

Attorney Loy said he has filed suit five or six times, but it does not usually come to that.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were seventy-six permits issued last month and that is down thirty-eight from last year. He said there were no permits for modular homes issued, which is very unusual.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report.

Kae submitted a estimate from Jim Saylor for needed repairs to the Home. Some, but not all of the amount will be covered by insurance. The estimate is for $5,420.00.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell said the ad for dispatchers received enormous response. They have one person training now and after Memorial Day weekend they will start training someone else.

They are still having trouble with the wireless carriers on their mapping program.

WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF

Sheriff John Roberts said they had to put more sprinklers in the jail.

They are starting Operation Pull Over in the next thirty days, and have received a grant to pay for the overtime.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report for the month of April. She said she has been very busy the last month.

She said Tuthill is expanding with a new line and has asked for help with grants, etc.

San Juan Pools will be locating in Wolcott and will have twenty employees within a year. They make fiberglass inground pools.

COUNTY EXTENSION

White County Extension Agent Greg Bossaer presented their new youth coordinator, Kelly Bubaker, She had been filling in as interim for Steve McKinley who left last year. Kelly received her Masters from Purdue yesterday.

Greg said the White County Fair will start July 17th.

MONTICELLO FIRE DEPARTMENT – AMBULANCE SERVICE

Around the first of June the Commissioners and the Council will be sitting down with the Monticello Fire Department Ambulance Service representatives to go over budget figures for ambulance service for the year 2005.

COUNTY PARKING

Commissioner Heimlich asked about charging a parking fee for the Annex building parking lot since the other county parking lots will have fees for employee parking.

Councilman Horton thought that decision should be left to the Commissioners.

VISITOR’S BUREAU – FUNDING FOR TOURISM

Dow Dellinger from the White County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau was present to request $64,462.00 in funds from the county to promote tourism. This vote was tabled from last month’s meeting.

Dow said twenty-five percent of all retail sales in the county are related to tourism and $40,000,000.00 comes into the county each year from tourism. He said the Chamber thinks this is a worthy project and should be funded temporarily by the county until they can find some permanent basis to fund tourism. He said Bob Fox, the Mayor of Monticello, was present to show his support for the funding.

Commissioner Schmierer said he was not against tourism, but is against the way the Chamber is handling this. He said there were other ways to fund tourism such as the county paying for a $4,000.00 advertisement. He also mentioned the county helping fund a information booth on Sixth Street which would be open from May 15th through Labor Day and that would include weekends. The Commissioners have also committed to a web site.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion not to fund tourism through the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau for this year.

Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

There was considerable discussion and questions from the audience as to what the Commissioners were going to do to promote tourism since the Visitor’s Bureau would not be funded.

Commissioner Heimlich said the Commissioners will continue to look for ways to support tourism but not through the Chamber of Commerce.

Councilman Anderson questioned why the Chamber is not promoting tourism on the web site.

Dow said he agrees with that but the Chamber does not have the manpower to go out and sell this idea.

Councilwoman Maudlin thought the county should fund the Chamber just for this year until the Commissioners come up with another idea to promote tourism.

Commissioner Heimlich assured the Council that the Commissioners will continue to support tourism and try to find ways to do this.

Commissioner Heimlich said there had been a motion and a second to not fund tourism through the Chamber of Commerce. He asked for a vote.

VOTE: Unanimous

AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL ADJOURNED TO THEIR OWN MEETING ROOM

MINUTES

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the minutes of April 19, 2004. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

BUILDING INSPECTOR – PART TIME SALARY

Building Inspector Dave Anderson was present to discuss the wages to be paid to his part time assistant.

At last month’s meeting it was voted to give his part time assistant $11.50 per hour.

Dave said a budget of $15,000.00 for his part time help was approved last year. He assumed the salary per hour would be his choice as long as he did not go over the $15,000.00 for the year. Therefore, he told his part time assistant the salary would be $15.00 per hour.

Councilwoman Lowring explained that the decision of $11.50 was based on what the average pay was for the county according to a report that Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter had received.

Dave said his part time position would require a highly trained and qualified person. His assistant meets all of this criteria and will not work for less than $15.00 per hour.

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to pay a qualified part time assistant for the Building Inspector $15.00 per hour to a cap of $15,000.00 for this year.

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

The Salary Ordinance for the year 2004 will be amended to show a part time salary of $15.00 for the Building Inspector’s Assistant.

BUDGET HEARINGS FOR 2005

The dates of August 9, 10th and 11th have been set for the 2005 budget hearings.

JAIL – BILLS FOR CURRENT ELECTRIC

The county owes Current Electric $34,379.21 for the work involved in the installation of new cameras for the jail.

Councilman Horton made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation of $34,379.21 to be paid to Current Electric. The money will be taken out of the Cum. Building Fund.

Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter discussed the possibility of a tax abatement for five years for equipment for San Juan Pools. This would only apply if their property would not be annexed to the Town of Wolcott.

The Council gave Valerie verbal approval for the five year tax abatement if the town did not annex their property.

The county committed $500,000.00 for a matching grant for infrastructure to the Wolcott Corridor. The grant was approved. Valerie suggested this $500,000.00 should now be put into a separate fund that will draw interest until the money is needed. The fund will be called the Wolcott Corridor Expansion Fund.

Valerie needs a letter of commitment from the Council and proof of funds availability.

Councilman Horton made a motion to take this $500,000.00 out of CEDIT. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Valerie said Tuthill Company is putting in a new product line with ten to twenty new jobs and a million dollar investment for equipment. She was wondering about an abatement.

The Council gave her a verbal agreement to give Tuthill Company a five year abatement for equipment if they asked for one.

Valerie said Wabash Valley Power wants to erect a building out at the landfill with a $3,000,000.00 investment. She was wondering about an abatement for this.

The Council gave her a verbal agreement for a three year abatement for equipment for Wabash Valley Power if they asked for one.

Crystal Clear, a manufacturing company in Buffalo, is going to expand their business. They will employ nine to fifteen people. Valerie just wanted the Council to be aware of this.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION (CONTINUED)

Valerie gave the Council the results from the survey she submitted at last month’s meeting.

 

ABATEMENT FEES

Councilman Horton asked the Council members if they would be willing to approve an abatement fee based on the city of Monticello’s. They charge $250.00 for the abatement process. The Council felt the $250.00 fee was adequate.

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

CUM BUILDING FUND

New A/C & Electric Work for Jail $ 30,500.00 $ 30,500.00

Watershed Mapping for Surveyor $ 28,970.00 $ 28,970.00

TOTAL CUM. BLD. FUND: $ 59,470.00 $ 59,470.00

GENERAL FUND

Treasurer – Part Time Pay & Billing $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00

TOTAL GENERAL FUND: $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00

CEDIT

Highway Department $ 43,697.77 $ 43,697.77

TOTAL CEDIT: $ 43,697.77 $ 43,697.77

SOLID WASTE RECYCLE

Highway Department $ 93,704.76 $ 93,704.76

TOTAL SOLID WASTE: $ 93,704.76 $ 93,704.76

GRAND TOTAL: $211,872.53 $211,872.53

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to approve the above Additional Appropriations. Councilwoman Maudlin seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Tobacco Control Grant $3,500.00 079-01-03-07 079-01-01-01

Travel Coordinator

Soil & Water Conser. $ 4.00 001-28-02-03 001-28-04-02

Supplies Computer

Highway $1,666.99 004-04-03-61 004-04-04-41

Road Equipment Repair New Equipment

TRANSFERS (CONTINUED)

Councilwoman Maudlin made a motion to approve the preceding transfers. Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WHITE CO. CLERK – REQUEST FOR AA

White County Clerk Bruce Lambert appeared before the Council to request an additional appropriation in the amount of $28,000.00. Of this, $2,500.00 is for election supplies, $4,100.00 is for computer maintenance and $21,400.00 is for ballots.

Councilman Carter made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation in the amount of $28,000.00 to be taken out of the General Fund.

Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

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

Councilman Horton seconded the motion. VOTE: Unanimous

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

FAYE L. LOWRING MARY JO POOL, AUDITOR