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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 June 16, 2003 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 Dennis E. Carter Linda K. Maudlin

Faye L. Lowring

WHITE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Paul Cardwell, White County Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis Report for the month of May 2003. He said the excess revenue over expenses to date is $501,655.00.

Paul said the hospital is actively recruiting for a full time surgeon. Dr. Garrett Smith will provide surgery coverage on Thursdays starting the 19th, but they still need another surgeon to conduct scopes. Whoever they hire must live within twenty minutes of the hospital.

The Cat Scans and MRI’s continue to expand more than what they ever thought they would.

Paul said the recent audit went well.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were ninety seven permits issued last month with eight of them for new houses.

He has looked at the window leaks on the second floor of Lakeview Home. He thinks the leaks are caused by the flashing on the roof.

Commissioner Schmierer questioned him about the bricks on the chimney at Lakeview Home. Ron told him to get a cost estimate to have this corrected.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented her monthly report. She will check with the insurance company regarding the leak in the attic that Dave Anderson found.

She said that the rubber roofing on the porches at Lakeview Home has pulled away from the brick. She will call Deno Roofing for a estimate to correct this.

There are only five residents at the Home at the present time. Kae will see about advertising or having a open house to make the public more aware of what Lakeview Home has to offer.

Kae is going to look at a used lawn mower for $400.00. She has money in her budget for this.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley presented a update of projects that have been closed, ongoing projects and new projects.

She has received the $7,500.00 community development action grant from the Indiana Department of Commerce.

She said the President and Vice President of Vanguard will be attending the Council meeting this morning to finalize the abatement process. They will also finalize Rockland’s abatement at that time.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his report of complaints and violations for the month of May, 2003. He said he is actively working with IDEM on two spills that occurred in the county. These should be cleaned up in two weeks.

He was asked about the dead animal that was found in Lake Shafer. He said he is working on a pickup sight for towing dead animals to. The DNR will pull them to the sight and a rendering company will pick them up to dispose of them.

HIGHWAY FUNDING

Commissioner Heimlich reminded the Council that funding alternatives for the Highway Department were discussed at the last month’s joint meeting. He asked for any suggestions on funding alternatives.

Councilman Horton said he is in favor of putting the wheel tax on the agenda for consideration next year.

Commissioner Schmierer said he is not in favor of the wheel tax. He said it will only generate $200,000.00 and will create ill will from the taxpayers.

Councilman Horton said he doesn’t like tapping into CEDIT for the Highway.

Commissioner Heimlich said he thinks the Solid Waste Fund should be used for a one time project and not for funding continuing Highway projects. He said we should not get used to using these monies as the landfill might not always be available to get the funds from.

Commissioner Schmierer thought the fuel tax would be the fairest way to pay for Highway projects, but it failed to pass. He said maybe the wheel tax would be a good place to start even though the money generated will not be enough to completely meet highway needs and even though there will be a lot of opposition.

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

MINUTES

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the minutes of May 19, 2003. Councilman Horton 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:

White County Highway $690,000.00 $690,000.00

SOLID WASTE RE-CYCLE

White County Highway $100,000.00 $100,000.00

White County GENERAL FUND

White County Clerk $ 9,750.00 $ 9,750.00

GRAND TOTAL: $799,750.00 $799,750.00

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the above additional appropriations. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Stephanie Johnson and Linda Pagels from the Health Department presented a request to transfer funds. The flu shots have gone from $25.63 to $67.70 for a ten dose vial. They have a gift fund with $34,000.00 in it and they would like to transfer $6,700 out of it to pay for the flu shots.

TRANSFER

The following transfer was received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

White Co. Health Dept. $6,700.00 Gift Fund 098 Health Fund 002

002-01-03-11

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

VOTE: Unanimous

 

ROCKLAND WOOD PRODUCTS, LLC

Councilman Horton made a motion to add the Research and Development Equipment amount to the Machinery amount on the submitted SB-1 from Rockland Wood Products, LLC and to approve the abatement for personal property- manufacturing equipment for a period of ten years.

Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

VANGUARD NATIONAL TRAILER CORPORATION

Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley introduced Charles Zhuang, President of Vanguard National Trailer Corporation and Timothy Luo, Vice President.

Charles and Timothy said they wanted to come in person and thank the Council for their consideration and they wish to make this a lasting success. They want to work together with the local county and the state to make changes that will make the plant more efficient even in the down times. They would like to give a special thanks to Cinda Kelley.

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the SB-1 submitted by Vanguard National Trailer Corporation for an abatement of ten years for real estate improvements, ten years for personal property-manufacturing equipment and ten years for research and development equipment.

Councilman Anderson seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

MONTICELLO-UNION TWP. LIBRARY BOARD

Councilman Anderson made a motion to accept the resignation of Karl Mixson as Council appointee to the Monticello-Union Township Library Board and appoint Donya Tirpak to replace him.

Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

BUDGET DATES

Councilwoman Lowring made a motion to set the budget hearing dates for August 4th, 5th, and 6th. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Auditor, Mary Jo Pool, said the public hearing for the budget will be held September 5th and we will need at least four Council members in attendance. The adoption of the budget will be at the regular Council meeting on September 15th.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – WOLCOTT CORRIDOR

Industrial Relations Director Cinda Kelley discussed the Wolcott Corridor which would extend from the end of the town of Wolcott to the county line (I-65).

KIRPC wants to do a strategic plan for this corridor. There would be a one year planning grant which would be a matching grant.

 

 

 

 

WHITE COUNTY SURVEYOR

A proposal from Dennis Sterret, White County Surveyor, was presented to the Council. Dennis has been

using his own equipment in the Surveyor’s Office. He would like to sell it to the County at a very reduced price or have the County pay for new equipment.

Councilman Carter made a motion to advertise for an Additional Appropriation in the amount of $1,230.00 to purchase two tripods, two tribrachs and a drafting machine from White County Land Surveying.

Councilwoman Maudlin 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

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

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