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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 January 20, 2003 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Pro-temp Linda Maudlin, 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

Faye L. Lowring Dennis E. Carter Linda K. Maudlin

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were thirty-five building permits issued last month. He said the roof at Lakeview Home has been taken care of. He recently helped cut an opening and install a door from the third floor clerk’s office to the storage area.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She said they have hired a new part-time housekeeping person to begin work on January 10th. She said that Insight Television is going to do an update on Lakeview Home for their “Locally Speaking” segment. She intends to send copies of the segment to the Legislators to give them an idea of how Lakeview not only helps people, but gives back to the community.

RECYCLE

Bill Smith informed the Commissioners that there is no heat in the warehouse except for heat in the break room and office. He would like to have some type of a heating system in the warehouse and thinks infra-red heat would work best. He has a cost estimate of $3,400.00 for two heaters and this would include installation. He said he could use grant money for this.

The Commissioners will take this under advisement.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Community Corrections Director Linda Roy presented the Commissioners with a yearly report for 2002. The entire report can be viewed at either the Commissioner’s Office or the Auditor’s Office.

911

911 Director Erin Huber said the 911 maintenance agreement for radios is coming up for renewal on February 20, 2003. The company they use now is ERS and they would like to change to RA-COMM, INC. as they are unhappy with the service from ERS.

Commissioner Schmierer said they would discuss this at the 911 Board meeting being held later today.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his report of complaints and violations during the month of December, 2002. He said complaints have slowed down and this has given him some time to get caught up at the landfill.

He and Attorney George Loy are working together to file complaints on offenders who are not complying and try to get them to court.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley presented her report for the month of December, 2002. She thanked the Commissioners and the Council for their help with the Rockland Project.

She has submitted the Community Action Grant and said she should hear something on it by late spring or early summer.

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of December, 2002. He said the turnover return is down significantly and they have been able to retain their employees.

Paul said they now have $300,000.00 in their “rainy day fund”.

The new MRI should be here in the next few weeks.

HOSPITAL AND JAIL REFINANCING

The Commissioners met with financial analyst Randy Rule about refinancing the bonds for the jail and the hospital since the current interest rates are so low.

Commissioner Heimlich said the bonds are not callable yet, so the money would have to be put in escrow. If they refinance right now, they could save about $480,000.00 between the hospital and the jail. If they wait one year, and the interest rates remain the same, the savings would almost double. Interest rates would have to go up about 1/3 of 1% to wipe out these savings. They think it might be better to wait.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE TAX

Restaurant owner, Gary Cosgray, presented the Commissioners with surveys he took asking people in White County responsible for collecting the proposed food and beverage tax whether they were for or against the tax. There were fifty-eight business owners against the tax and zero signatures on the survey for the tax.

Mr. Cosgray went to the State House and talked to our representatives about the tax. He thought there should have been meetings with businesses that would be affected by this tax before a vote was ever taken.

Restaurant owner Jason Anderson spoke in favor of the tax.

Resort owner Mary Walker spoke of why she was not in favor of the tax, as did resort owner Colette Sterling.

Restaurant owner Sherry Arias was not in favor of the tax.

Business owner Julie Gutwein spoke in favor of the tax as did former Indiana Senator Katie Wolf.

After much discussion, Commissioner Heimlich adjourned the meeting.

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

MINUTES

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to approve the minutes of December 30, 2002. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Councilwoman Lowring nominated James Mann for the office of President of the White County Council. Councilman Horton seconded the nomination.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to close the nominations for President of the White County Council.

Councilman Horton seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

James Mann is hereby elected to serve as President of the White County Council.

Councilman Anderson nominated Faye Lowring for the office of Vice President of the White County Council. Councilman Mann seconded the nomination.

Councilman Horton made a motion to close the nominations for Vice President of the White County Council. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Faye Lowring is hereby elected to serve as Vice President of the White County Council.

RECYCLE

Bill Smith informed the Council that there were 3,525,578 pounds collected last year and collections amounted to $95,745.10 for the year 2002.

PROBATION

Terry Corso said the Probation Department has three budgets, two of which comprise taxpayer dollars and a third budget which does not. He would like to hire a part time person out of this third budget and pay her $9.00 per hour instead of the county part time rate of $8.40 per hour.

The Council felt that the part time position for the Probation Department should be set at the same rate as the rest of the part time county employees which is $8.40 per hour.

PART TIME PAY – HIGHWAY AND RECYCLE

Councilman Horton made a motion to increase the pay of part time employees at the Highway Department and Recycle who are currently being paid $8.25 per hour to $8.40 per hour retroactive to January 1, 2003. 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

White County CEDIT FUND:

White County Convention and

Visitors Bureau $135,000.00 $83,000.00

GRAND TOTAL: $135,000.00 $83,000.00

The White County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be allowed $83,000.00 of the $135,000.00 requested.

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

$2,525.00 103-01-01-01 136-01-01-16

White Co. Drug Free Fund Frontier At Risk

$4,000.00 103-01-01-01 136-01-01-04

White Co. Drug Free Fund Administrative Expenses

$$8,500.00 103-01-01-01 136-01-01-17

White Co. Drug Free Fund At Risk Diversion NW

$2,525.00 103-01-01-01 136-01-01-18

White Co. Drug Free Fund Tri-Co. HS, At Risk

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the above transfers. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD ORDINANCE

An ordinance was brought before the Council requesting that the salary for school crossing guards working in school crossing zones in unincorporated areas of White County be paid out of the White County Sheriff Department’s budget. The ordinance, known as Ordinance No. 03-01-01, also stated that for the year 2003, the school crossing guard at the Buffalo Elementary School shall be paid $13.67 per day for a total of 180 days.

Councilman Horton made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 03-01-01 as presented. Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

WOLCOTT LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENT

The Council has been informed that their appointee to the Wolcott Library Board, Carmin Anker, will not be able to serve.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to appoint Pamela Furrer to the Wolcott Library Board to replace Carmin Anker. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HARDEBECK ABATEMENT COMPLIANCE

The Council approved and Council President Mann signed the Compliance With Statement of Benefits from Hardebeck Trucking Company.

ADJOURNMENT

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