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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 July 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 Linda K. Maudlin Faye L. Lowring

Dennis E Carter

WHITE COUNTY HOSPITAL

Kris Karns, White County Hospital CFO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of June, 2004. He said the hospital has received their share of funds from the Indiana Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program totaling $707,000.00. Kris said the hospital had a net income of $88,515.00 for the month of June. He said this has been a good month as well as a good year with seven positive net income months in a row.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were seventy-six permits issued last month with five for stick built homes and one for a manufactured home. He said permits are down from the same time last year; especially for manufactured houses.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell attended a course at the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

She said 911 has a booth set up at the White County Fair where they are selling address signs at cost.

RECYCLE

Recycle Director Dawn Gerard said that everything at Recycle was going okay and they were planning to take in $120,000.00 or plus this year.

She said they have a cities and town grant of $20,000.00 that will be available and she is going to apply for that. With the grant money and what she has left in her account they will be purchasing a new box truck.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of June.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She wants to transfer funds to pay for materials to repair three porches at the Home. The estimate for materials was approximately $1,300.00 per porch.

She said she has enough money left in the food budget to pay for the materials.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report for the month of June. She has met with the Wolcott Corridor land owners to discuss objections they might have, but so far they have had none. Our county attorney George Loy was present to discuss their options with them. They will soon meet with them on a one to one basis. A grant was awarded and they are looking to hire an engineer. Valerie thinks it will take at least eighteen months to get water and sewer to the project.

Valerie said her assistant, Troy Geisler, is no longer working with her. He had been hired through a grant, which has now expired. He has been hired by Vanguard in Monon.

PUBLIC RECORDS ON INTERNET

Eric Storm said a company has asked to purchase all records of the Assessors, Auditors and Treasurers. The records which they request are all open to the public. He has talked to other counties on fees for this and has gotten different prices. Eric figured this would cover approximately forty thousand parcels in White County.

The Commissioners will discuss establishing a rate to charge companies requesting this information and put the subject on next month’s agenda.

TREASURER – PROPOSAL FROM GUTS

White County Treasurer Cathy Gross introduced Brent Willem. He is a representative from Government Utilities Technology Service (GUTS). He presented a quote to provide Internet access to our county’s property tax information. Eric Storm said, he would be able to take information from the Treasurer’s computer system on a weekly basis and put it on the White County web site. Cathy said this would cut many hours of research that her second deputy is now doing as the material people are requesting would be on the Internet.

The proposal calls for a one time charge of $15,248.00 with a program maintenance fee of $2,700.00 per year. The first year’s maintenance fee is free.

Councilman Anderson thought the one time charge of $15,248.00 was too high and that the maintenance fee was also too high.

Mr. Willem explained that the reason the charge is so high is because of the time it will take working with our Manatron system.

This will be put on the agenda for next month’s joint meeting. Mr. Willem is to bring a copy of the contract.

WABASH VALLEY

Auditor Mary Jo Pool informed the Council that our county would have to pay Wabash Valley the $145,521.33 we were billed.

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

MINUTES

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the minutes of June 21, 2004 and July 6, 2004. Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Highway Department $ 50,000.00 060-01-03-31 060-01-04-67

Bridge 179 Bridge 105

$ 35,000.00 060-01-03-32 060-01-04-67

Bridge 315 Bridge 105

$ 15,000.00 060-01-03-34 060-01-04-67

Bridge 29 Bridge 105

$ 5,000.00 060-01-03-48 060-01-04-67

Bridge 111 Bridge 105

$ 10,000.00 060-01-03-53 060-01-04-67

Bridge 171 Bridge 105

$ 12,000.00 060-01-03-54 060-01-04-67

Bridge 183 Bridge 105

$ 6,000.00 060-01-03-55 060-01-04-67

Bridge 35 Bridge 105

$ 7,000.00 060-01-03-56 060-01-04-67

Bridge 56 Bridge 105

$ 6,000.00 060-01-03-57 060-01-04-67

Bridge 84 Bridge 105

$ 10,000.00 060-01-03-63 060-01-04-67

Bridge 240 Bridge 105

TRANSFERS (CONTINUED)

AMOUNT FROM TO

White Co. Recorder $ 500.00 001-18-02-01 001-18-03-04

Film & Developing Camera & Copier

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the transfers for the Highway Department and the White County Recorder. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WHITE CO. CLERK – REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION

White County Clerk Bruce Lambert is requesting an additional appropriation of $5,800.00 to fund a part time position in the Superior Court Clerk’s office. This will fund the account through the end of the year.

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to advertise for this additional appropriation. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

MONTICELLO AMBULANCE

Councilman Horton made a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation of $132,000.00 for the Monticello Ambulance Contract. The money will be taken from the Solid Waste Operating Fund.

Councilman Anderson 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

GENERAL FUND

Chamber of Commerce &

Lakes Information Booth $ 20,000.00 $ 20,000.00

White Co. Assessor – Pt. Time Help $ 9,100.00 $ 9,100.00

Probation Dept. – Juvenile Detention $ 20,000.00 $ 20,000.00

White Co. Surveyor – Truck Repair $ 3,900.00 $ 3,900.00

TOTAL GENERAL FUND: $ 53,000.00 $ 53,000.00

CEDIT

Highway Dept. – Asphalt Hot-mix $ 260,000.00 $ 260,000.00

TOTAL CEDIT: $ 260,000.00 $ 260,000.00

SOLID WASTE FUND

Highway Dept. – Asphalt Hot-mix $ 260,000.00 $ 260,000.00

TOTAL SOLID WASTE: $ 260,000.00 $ 260,000.00

REQUESTED ALLOWED

REASSESSMENT FUND

White Co. Assessor – Reassessment $ 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00

TOTAL REASSESSMENT: $ 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00

911 FUND

Digital Logging System $ 37,723.00 $ 37,723.00

TOTAL 911 FUND: $ 37,723.00 $ 37,723.00

GRAND TOTAL: $640,723.00 $640,723.00

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

VOTE: Unanimous

WHITE CO. SHERIFF – PENSION PLAN

Elaine Beaty from Mc Cready and Keene, Inc. was present along with Grace Oilar and Sheriff Roberts.

Ms. Beaty said the Merit Board has requested that the current pension plan be changed so that the number of years to be vested be ten instead of eight. They would also like to add a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to retirement benefits until the retiree is eligible for regular Social Security Retirement benefits. The employee would be able to retire at the current retirement age of fifty-five, but only if he had ten years of service.

These changes would be effective January 1, 2005.

The Council suggested that the vesting period be twenty years and that COLA be given only until regular Social Security benefits start.

The Sheriff will take these suggestions back to the Merit Board and get back with the Council at next month’s meeting.

TWIN LAKES REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT

The Council has received two letters complaining of unfair treatment by the Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District. The writers say they each have a RV at Stevenson’s Point Trailer Park and only spend a short amount of time there. They do not feel they should be paying the same fee as someone living here year round.

TWIN LAKES REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT LOANS

Councilman Anderson asked the Council if they would consider granting to the Twin Lakes Sewer District the money the Sewer District borrowed.

AUDITOR’S OFFICE - OVERTIME PAY

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said second deputy Bill Heiny has one hundred thirty-eight hours of comp time to be used. He is reaching the maximum number of hours you can accrue in comp time. She is asking the Council for permission to pay him overtime pay instead of comp time so he can continue to work overtime as needed.

Councilman Horton made a motion to pay Bill Heiny for one hundred twenty-five hours of comp time; the money to be taken out of the Old Reassessment Fund.

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

VOTE: Unanimous

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___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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