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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 October 18, 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

911

911 Director Terri Conwell said a employee in the third week of training has quit. She has two other people who will start training next week.

She reminded the Commissioners that this past June she had discussed the 911 building being hit by lightening so often. Sprint sends a bill each time they have to make repairs and this is getting very expensive. Sprint has checked their lines and everything they have is grounded. They think it is the building not being properly grounded.

She has talked to the electric company that originally did the grounding and they said the grounding was okay. Commissioner Schmierer will talk to them.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were ninety permits issued last month, fourteen of which were for new houses. He said new houses were up nine and one half percent over last year but manufactured house were down by fifty percent.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Valerie Hunter presented her report for the month of September. She said she is still working on the Wolcott Corridor project. The Construction Committee met for the first time and they

discussed establishing a TIF District to improve infrastructure. They are also working on a Community Come-Back Grant that is available to the county. It is a grant for counties that have been hit by economic hardships. The grant is for $25,000.00. It will cover the cost of CD ROMS, the county web site and brochures and is strictly for economic development.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of September, 2004. He said complaints have slowed down a little bit.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of September, 2004. He said the Hospital has finished nine consecutive months where they made money on net.

To date for the year they have a net income gain of $1,882,839.00.

MILEAGE RATES

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said the State has set the mileage rate for state called meetings at $.34 per mile. The ordinance the county passed sets the mileage rate at $.28 per mile. Elected officials who attend a state called meeting will receive the $.34 per mile and all others will receive the $.28 per mile as stated in the county resolution.

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR – REVOLVING LOAN

There is a revolving loan grant of $200,000.00 (REDLG Grant) that will be used for infrastructure to the Wolcott Corridor. It will bring water and sewer to the site. The REMC has donated $40,000.00 to this project.

The money that is paid back can be loaned out again for another project.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the loan agreement for $200,000.00. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR – REVOLVING LOAN (CONTINUED)

Councilman Horton made a motion to accept the loan agreement for $200,000.00. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WOLCOTT CORRIDOR – TIF DISTRICT

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the possibility of establishing a TIF District for the Wolcott Corridor. He said if a TIF District was established and business and industry comes into the area it would raise the assessed valuation generating more money for the county. This would make it possible to have more money for water and sewer. He said bonds could be issued to make up a shortfall and the county would be reimbursed when new firms move into the area.

ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE

The county is looking to update the existing zoning and subdivision ordinances which the White County Area Plan adhere to. After interviewing a couple of firms they have agreed on HNTB out of Indianapolis. HNTB has submitted a draft of a contract to have them come in and look at our zoning and subdivision ordinances.

The cost will probably be $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 depending on how many public meetings they have. The project will take twelve to eighteen months.

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

MINUTES

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the minutes of September 20, 2004. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Circuit Court $7,000.00 001-04-01-03 001-04-02-02

Bailiff Law Books

Recorder $ 250.00 001-18-03-03 001-18-02-05

Printing Miscellaneous

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above transfers. 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

White Co. Sheriff

Garage & Motors $50,000.00 $50,000.00

Utilities $20,000.00 $20,000.00

Kitchen & Janitorial Supplies $ 3,000.00 $ 3,000.00

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS (CONTINUED)

REQUESTED ALLOWED

White Co. Auditor

Claim & Payroll Checks $ 3,200.00 $ 3,200.00

TOTAL GENERAL FUND: $76,200.00 $76,200.00

REASSESSMENT FUND

White Co. Assessor

Board of Appeals $ 4,500.00 $ 4,500.00

TOTAL REASSESSMENT FUND: $ 4,500.00 $ 4,500.00

GRAND TOTAL: $80,700.00 $80,700.00

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the above additional appropriations for a total of $80,700.00. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

YES: 5 NAY: 1

WHITE CO. RECYCLE

Recycle Director Dawn Girard said that collection and pound wise she had a $18,698.44 profit compared to 2003 with 82,099 pounds more of material collected. She said the fund is increasing and will continue to increase by the end of the year as operating costs are going down.

Councilman Horton reminded Dawn that the $18,698.44 was not a true profit as they are still in the “red”. He did commend her for doing a great job.

WABASH VALLEY POWER – ABATEMENT

A resolution was submitted on behalf of Wabash Valley Power designating 29.229 acres situated in Liberty Township and owned by Chambers Liberty Landfill, Inc. as a Economic Revitalization Area for purposes of obtaining a tax abatement by said Wabash Valley Power.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above resolution declaring the aforementioned 29.229 acres in Liberty Township as a Economic Revitalization Area for a period of ten years. The requested abatement for real estate will be for a period of seven years.

Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: YES: 4 NO: 1 ABSTAIN: 1

Councilman Voorhis would like to say that he thinks abatements should be based on hiring employees. In this case there will be no employees hired.

A Confirming Resolution will be voted on at next month’s meeting.

GEYER’S MANUFACTURING & DESIGN, INC. – ABATEMENT

A resolution was submitted on behalf of Geyer’s Manufacturing & Design, Inc., designating 1.21 acres situated in Liberty Township and owned by Fred J. Geyer II as a Economic Revitalization Area for purposes of obtaining a tax abatement by said Geyer’s Manufacturing & Design, Inc.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above resolution declaring the aforementioned 1.21 acres in Liberty Township as a Economic Revitalization Area for a period of ten years. The requested abatement for real estate will be for a period of ten years and the requested abatement for equipment will be for a period of five years.

Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

A Confirming Resolution will be voted on at next month’s meeting.

BROOKSTON LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER

Councilman Anderson made a motion to appoint Charles W. White to the Brookston Public Library Board for a period of four years.

Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

CORONER – SALARY INCREASE

Coroner Jason Thompson would like to know why, when the budget was passed, the elected officials received a $600.00 raise but he was only given a two percent raise.

Councilman Voorhis said only full time elected officials received the $600.00 raise. The Coroner’s position is part time and that is why he received the two percent raise like the rest of the part time employees. Councilman Voorhis said he had not thought about this position being part time at budget time.

Councilman Horton said he agreed with Harry, that he also had not thought about the Coroner’s position being a part time position when the Council was figuring the budget.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to amend the Salary Ordinance to give the Coroner’s position the $600.00 raise that all elected officials, except Council members and Commissioners, received. This would be in place of the two percent raise that was given to this position.

Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Jason then asked about health insurance and why he was not allowed to have the county health insurance the rest of the elected officials had.

He was told that only full time employees were allowed to be on the county health insurance plan and it had nothing to with being an elected official.

HIGHWAY CLAIMS

Auditor Mary Jo Pool said there were three claims from the Highway Department that she would like to know which fund the Council wanted to take the money from.

Councilman Horton made a motion to take $201,299.98 for Milestone from the CEDIT Fund; take $24,430.96 from the CEDIT Fund for Material Service Corporation and take $106,953.00 from the Solid Waste Operating Fund for asphalt material.

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 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