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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 August 16, 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 July, 2004. He said there has not been the usual slow down in August at the hospital. There has been a lot of emergency room use, which usually occurs during the summer.

Paul said there was $228,063.00 excess revenue over expense for the month of July which makes a year to date gain of $1,840,039.00.

The hospital is talking about an off site laboratory service which would be located at the Monticello Medical Center.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were ninety-two permits issued last month. There were thirty-four permits for stick built homes compared to thirty-nine in the month of July last year.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell said they are still one person short at 911. A person who had trained for seven weeks quit. They have hired a gentleman who has had dispatch experience and are hoping he will stay on.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

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

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report.

Last month she had asked permission to transfer money from her food budget to replace the railings on three porches of the home. The cost for the vinyl railings would be $1,300.00 per porch.

Council President James Mann said the Council would have no problem with this transfer.

Kae will get three separate quotes for the work and present them at the next meeting.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report for the month of July, 2004. She said they are starting the process for selecting a engineer for the Wolcott corridor. The committee has selected seven engineers to choose from.

PUBLIC RECORDS ON INTERNET

At last month’s meeting Eric Storm presented a request from a company asking to purchase all the records of the Assessor’s Office. They will be purchasing our tax billing database. Eric said some counties are charging for this and some are denying access. If we do this it would take about an hour’s pay time for Eric to extract this data plus the price for shipping.

County Attorney George Loy said legally we can not refuse since these are all public records, however, we do need to establish a cost. Also we will have to draw up an ordinance.

Eric thought the best way would be to charge an hourly rate instead of a flat fee per database. He and Attorney Loy will work on the ordinance.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT – BIO-TERRORISM

Gwynn Rusinek and Linda Pagels from the White County Health Department were present to discuss the Bio-terrorism grant to hire a Public Health Bio-terrorism Coordinator for White County. The grant is for $63,460.00 with $50,000.00 for salary, $5,500.00 for travel, $1,260.00 for communications, $1,100.00 for office equipment (this would be a one time only expense) , $500.00 for office supplies (also one time only) and $5,100.00 for miscellaneous.

Commissioner Schmierer wanted to make it clear that this would not create a new county employee position. This would be a independent contractor and as thus would have to have his or her own workman’s comp. and liability insurance. The Commissioners would want proof of this.

Gwynn said the position would be for one year with a yearly renewable after that.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the grant agreement for the White County Health Board to hire a Public Health Bio-terrorism Coordinator for one year. This position would terminate on July 31, 2005 and would be an independent contractor and not a White County employee.

Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TREASURER – PROPOSAL FROM GUTS

Treasurer Cathy Gross was present to discuss the contract from GUTS (Government Utilities Technology Service). They would provide Internet access to our county’s property tax information.

County Attorney George Loy would like a few items in the contract to be changed.

Council President James Mann asked the Council for a show of hands in support of using GUTS if a contract could be drawn up that the Council and Commissioners could approve of. There were five Council members in favor of GUTS and one no.

Attorney Loy will discuss the changes to the contract with representatives from GUTS. They will be here at the joint meeting on September 20th with a new contract.

AMERICAN CONSULTING, INC.

Kevin Jasenski from American Consulting, Inc. presented two agreements to the Commissioners for their signatures. There is a Local Public Agency Agreement for the 6th Street/ West Shafer Drive Project and a State/Local Agreement from Indot which will make federal funds in the amount of $800,000.00 available. Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve both of the above agreements.

Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HEALTH INSURANCE

Last year White County employees paid seven percent for individual health insurance coverage and seventeen percent for family coverage. This left the county paying ninety-three percent for individual coverage and eighty-three percent for family coverage.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to change the seven percent individual rate the county employees pay for health insurance to ten percent and to change the seventeen percent family rate to twenty percent effective January 1, 2005.

Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Councilman Anderson made a motion on behalf of the Council to change the seven percent individual rate to ten percent and the seventeen percent family rate to twenty percent effective January 1, 2005.

Councilman Voorhis 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 July 19, 2004. Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Highway Department $10,000.00 004-02-01-16 004-02-02-32

Drag Operators Culverts

$ 5,000.00 004-04-01-11 004-02-01-13

Mechanics & Welder Laborers

$ 598.00 004-02-02-44 004-04-04-41

Miscellaneous Material New Equipment

Circuit Court $ 1,700.00 001-04-01-10 001-04-04-02

Petit Jurors Computers

$ 400.00 001-04-01-12 001-04-02-04

Food for Jury Copier

$ 700.00 001-04-03-04 001-04-02-02

Dues Books

$ 300.00 001-04-01-03 001-04-02-02

Judge Pro-tem Books

$ 50.00 001-04-01-14 001-04-02-02

Witness Books

$ 500.00 001-04-01-16 001-04-02-02

Translator Books

$ 500.00 001-04-02-01 001-04-02-02

Supplies Books

Health Department $ 105.00 002-01-02-04 002-01-03-09

Supplies for Sanitarian Printing

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve all of the above transfers. Councilman Voorhis 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

Clerk – Pt Time Superior Ct Clerk $ 5,800.00 $ 5,800.00

Treasurer – Tax Billing $ 25,000.00 $ 25,000.00

SOLID WASTE OPERATING FUND

Monticello Ambulance Contract $132,000.00 $132,000.00

OLD REASSESSMENT FUND

Auditor – Overtime & Pt time Pay $ 7,000.00 $ 7,000.00

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS (CONTINUED)

GRAND TOTAL: $169,800.00 $169,800.00

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the Additional Appropriations for a total of $169,800.00.

Councilwoman Maudlin seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT. & COUNTY ASSESSOR – REQUESTS FOR AA

The White County Highway Department has requested an additional appropriation for $104,000.00 and the White County Assessor has requested an additional appropriation for $8,750.00.

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to advertise the above requests for additional appropriations. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WHITE CO. SHERIFF – PENSION PLAN

Sheriff Roberts said the Merit Board has decided the length of time to be vested for a pension would be fourteen years effective January 1, 2005.

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to make the length of time to be vested sixteen years. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: 2 YES 4 NO

Councilwoman Maudlin made a motion to make the length of time for an employee of the White County Sheriff’s Department to be vested for a pension to be fourteen years. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TWIN LAKES SEWER DISTRICT – REPAYMENT OF LOANS

The Twin Lakes Sewer District Board has requested that the outstanding loans made to them by the county be forgiven. The balance of the loans is $360,000.00. The Board will not bill the County Home if this loan is forgiven.

Councilman Horton voiced some concerns about forgiving these loans as did Councilman Carter although both agreed that they were in favor of the Twin Lakes Sewer projects and that they were doing a great job. Councilwoman Lowring said she had mixed feelings about forgiving the loans. Councilman Voorhis was in favor of forgiving the loans.

Councilman Anderson gave reasons why it would be in the best interest of the entire county to forgive the loans. After further discussion a vote was taken.

Councilman Voorhis made a motion that the county forgive the loans made to the Twin Lakes Sewer District in the amount of $360,000.00. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: 2 YES 4 NO

FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S FUND – EXCESS LEVY

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve a Resolution Requesting An Excess Levy For The Family And Children’s Fund in the amount of $156,214.00.

Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION – TAX ABATEMENTS

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented the Council with a “Application For Designation As An Economic Revitalization Area” form to be completed by anyone requesting an abatement.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above Application. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

County Attorney George Loy prepared “A Resolution Establishing Rules And Regulations For Applying For And Designating Economic Revitalization Areas” to be adopted by the Council.

Councilman Horton made a motion to adopt the above Resolution. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

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