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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 December 20, 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

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were fifty two permits issued last month with five for new houses. He said conventional housing has been up while modular homes has been down.

911

911 Director Terri Conwell thanked the Herald Journal newspaper for the article they published concerning 911. She said it sparked a lot of interest and she has had calls from people about job requirements.

Terri contacted Plexis about reimbursement for the mapping. She said the county should receive $5,450.00 reimbursement from Plexis in the Spring. She would like to take some of the money and put the mapping system into one of the Monticello City ambulances. This would also be reimbursed.

Terri would like to change to a four and two schedule for 911 employees. This would give everyone a weekend off every two weeks. If approved, she would like to start this schedule in March.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Report of Complaints and Violations for the month of November, 2004. He said complaints in November were down which gave him more time to spend on the road and at the landfill.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of November, 2004. He said the hospital has now had eleven consecutive months showing a gain.

Paul said the Indiana State Department Of Health has spent a year gathering information to compare hospitals, with the results being on the internet. In the previous three years White County Hospital has had one deficiency the first year and zero the next two years. On average a hospital receives at least six deficiencies.

Paul said that the hospital’s bad debts are up forty percent; but some of that will be paid.

ASSESSOR – PTABOA BOARD

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Robert Oilar and Leonard Lavin to the PTABOA Board for the year 2005. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Councilman Voorhis made a motion to appoint Ed Bish and Keith Million to the PTABOA Board for the year 2005. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HEALTH INSURANCE – ELECTED OFFICIALS

Joe Maudlin, a concerned citizen, was present to discuss the issue of elected officials receiving health insurance. Mr. Maudlin was concerned that the Commissioners and Council members participate in the county health insurance program when they are considered part time employees. He said this is a big expense to the taxpayers. He wants the Council to vote to correct this wrong and not pay health insurance for elected officials who are not full time employees. He said the health insurance next year is going to cost $36,000.00 to cover the Commissioners and Council members who are now receiving this insurance. He is asking for a vote to eliminate the abuse of the county treasury.

HEALTH INSURANCE – ELECTED OFFICIALS (CONTINUED)

Councilman Anderson said he agrees with Mr. Maudlin as far as health insurance for the Council members is concerned. However, he thinks the Commissioners put in many more hours and should have the insurance.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to eliminate Council members from receiving health insurance effective January 1, 2005.

Motion died for lack of a second.

Commissioner Heimlich said he has done some research and in the past the Commissioners have voted before on this subject. He is of the opinion this should be discussed by the Council and Commissioners together. He also thinks Attorney Loy needs to look into the legality of this.

Councilman Voorhis said he thinks the Coroner should have the health insurance because of the many hours he puts in.

Commissioner Heimlich said he thinks this issue should be decided at the next budget meeting.

SURVEYOR – DIGITAL COPIER WITH PLOTTER

County Surveyor Dennis Sterrett said his wide format copy machine does not work. A digital copier with a plotter will cost $23,000.00 and can be used by the Recorder and other offices. He can take $11,000.00 out of his budget and the Recorder, Donna Salomon can contribute $5,000.00 which would leave $7,000.00 he needs from the county.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to make up the difference on the plotter. The money will be taken out of the Commissioner’s budget. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WATER LINE TO THE COUNTY HOME

Commissioner Schmierer said he has quotes on installing a water line from the city to the County Home. One quote doing it the way the city wants it done is for $21,000.00. This would loop it to the CDC.

He is going to discuss all of this with Monticello Water Superintendent Rod Pool.

OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBERS

Commissioner Heimlich wanted to thank the outgoing Council members; Arthur Anderson, Linda Maudlin and Harry Voorhis for their years of service and dedication to the county.

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

MINUTES

Councilwoman Maudlin made a motion to approve the minutes of November 15, 2004. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Airport $10,000.00 007-01-03-01 007-01-02-04

Legal Services Bldg. Repair & Mainten.

$ 5,405.75 007-01-03-02 007-01-02-04

Engineering Bldg. Repair & Mainten.

Highway $ 8,815.00 004-02-02-31 004-04-03-61

Stone Road Equip. Repair

TRANSFERS (CONTINUED)

AMOUNT FROM TO

$ 3,719.00 004-02-02-33 004-04-02-21

Bituminous Gas & Oil

$ 2,347.00 004-02-01-13 004-01-01-13

Laborers Office Administrator

Coroner $ 1,383.00 001-09-03-11 001-09-02-04

X-ray & Lab Equipment

Emerg. Manag. $ 1,850.00 001-05-03-11 001-05-02-01

Health Dept. $ 250.00 002-01-01-02 002-01-03-11

Office Manager Communicable Disease

$ 76.52 002-01-01-06 002-01-03-11

Office Assistant Communicable Disease

$ 1,792.96 002-01-03-07 002-01-03-11

OASI Communicable Disease

$ 2,834.12 002-01-01-08 002-01-03-11

PERF Communicable Disease

$ 1,200.00 002-01-01-09 002-01-03-11

Board Members Communicable Disease

$ 2,000.00 002-01-01-11 002-01-03-11

Legal Fees Communicable Disease

Clerk – Election $ 382.29 001-14-01-03 001-14-02-01

Absent Voter’s Bd. Election Supplies

$ 2,203.18 001-14-01-03 001-14-02-03

Absent Voter’s Bd. Ballots

$ 50.00 001-14-01-03 001-14-02-04

Absent Voter’s Bd. Polling Places

Prosecutor Title IV-D $ 37.71 001-27-03-02 001-27-02-03

Seminars Copier Toner

$ 482.29 001-27-03-02 001-27-01-04

Copier Toner Pt Tm Recept-Depty Pros.

$ 653.63 001-27-03-03 001-27-01-03

Telephone Adm. Assistant

$ 38.78 001-27-03-03 001-27-01-04

Telephone Pt Tm Recept/Dpty Pros

$ 7.00 001-27-03-04 01-27-01-04

Postage Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

$ 181.00 001-27-03-05 001-27-01-04

Travel Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

$ 182.00 001-27-03-07 001-27-01-04

Printing Stationery Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

$ 479.78 001-27-03-08 001-27-03-08

Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

$ 60.00 001-27-03-10 001-27-01-04

Notary Public Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

$ 200.00 001-27-04-02 001-27-01-04

Library Expense Pt Tm Recp/Dpty Pros

TRANSFERS (CONTINUED)

AMOUNT FROM TO

Circuit Court $ 50.00 001-04-03-01 001-04-01-03

Travel Bonds

$ 914.34 001-04-01-10 001-04-02-02

Petit Jury Books

$ 112.91 001-04-01-11 001-04-02-02

Pauper Attorney Books

$ 269.73 001-04-01-12 001-04-02-02

Food for Jury Books

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

Witness Books

$ 59.91 001-04-01-16 001-04-02-02

Translator Books

$ 8.72 001-04-03-01 001-04-02-02

Travel Books

$ 60.60 001-04-03-02 001-01-02-02

Telephone Books

$ 35.00 001-04-03-02 001-04-03-04

Telephone Dues

$ 74.50 001-04-04-02 001-04-02-02

Computer Books

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

VOTE: Unanimous

RESOLUTION FOR FULL TIME PROSECUTOR

Prosecutor Bob Guy presented the Council with a Resolution to appoint him as full time prosecutor. He said he has given up his law practice in order to work full time as a prosecuting attorney for the county.

He has asked Stephanie Dellinger to fill in as deputy prosecutor many times when he and the Deputy Prosecutor have been unavailable. She has done an excellent job. She has been paid the same as a court appointed public defender. He said he would like to keep Stephanie as a part time deputy prosecutor as needed and would like to use money out of the $12,699.00 salary he now receives to pay her. This would not cost the county anything and the full amount might not be used. Any money not used would go back into the county revenue. He would like to swear her in on the first of January.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the Resolution Appointing Bob Guy As Full Time Prosecutor. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

CLERK – HAVA RESOLUTION

White County Clerk, Bruce Lambert, applied for HAVA reimbursement monies from the state for election equipment he purchased. He presented a resolution that the Commissioners had signed and that the Council needed to sign in order to obtain the reimbursement.

Councilman Carter made a motion to approve and sign the HAVA Resolution. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

K-IRPC AND SOLID WASTE BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The Council appointed Ronald Schmierer to serve on the K-IRPC Board and the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District Board for the year 2005.

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. Coroner

Autopsy Fees $7,000.00 $ 950.00

State View Cemetery $ 329.65 $ 329.65

TOTAL GENERAL FUND: $7,329.65 $1,279.65

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve an Additional Appropriation for the White County Coroner for $950.00 and for the State View Cemetery for $329.65. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

FOOD PANTRY

Auditor Mary Jo Pool asked the Council which fund to take $1,858.42 from for the Food Pantry Building abstract costs.

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to take the money out of CEDIT. Councilwoman Maudlin seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

JANUARY MEETING

Council President James Mann appointed Councilman Horton to open and chair next months meeting until a President and Vice President are elected.

OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBERS

Council President James Mann presented outgoing Council members Arthur Anderson, Harry Voorhis and Linda Maudlin with gift certificates from the Council members, Auditor and Secretary. Remaining Council members expressed their appreciation and affection for the outgoing members.

ADJOURNMENT

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