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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 18, 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 July, 2003. He thanked Commissioners Heimlich and Schmierer for attending the strategic planning meeting last week.

The hospital showed a loss of $130,279.00 in excess revenue over expenses last month, but the cash portion increased.

Paul said the search for a surgeon continues. Dr. Garrett Smith from Unity comes up twice a week.

Arnett Clinic would like to have a surgeon full time. They are working on having a surgeon here in Monticello and if so, the hospital will have use of him/her at least three days a week. If this goes through, the surgeon will start the middle of October or the first week of November. The hospital, however, is still recruiting for their own full time surgeon.

Councilman Mann asked Paul about the hospital running the ambulance service. Paul said it was discussed at the strategic planning meeting and they are going to meet with the City of Monticello again on this.

Jay Clawson from the Monticello City Council was present and said that they are working on setting up a new contract with the County. The ambulance has expanded to three thousand runs a year. They have ALS service run by paramedics instead of EMTs. The County funding is $118,000.00 and they feel the County should cover more of the funding as they need more full time people. When they have the final figures they will bring this before the Council and Commissioners.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said there were eighty-three building permits issued last month; seven of these were issued for new houses.

INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

Industrial Foundation Director Cinda Kelley presented a monthly update. She said the USDA REDLG application was submitted on time on August 14th. She should know something by the first of next year.

Cinda introduced Troy Geisler who will be working with her through a grant.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer John Raines presented his report of complaints and violations for the month of July, 2003. He said he has been spending a lot of time at Liberty Landfill as they are building a new cell.

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

MINUTES

Councilwoman Maudlin made a motion to approve the minutes of July 21, 2003. Councilwoman Lowring seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

AMOUNT FROM TO

Circuit Court $ 400.00 001-04-03-02 001-04-04-01

Telephone Equipment

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilwoman Maudlin seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

Soil & Water

Conservation District $5,187.10 001-28-01-02 001-28-04-01

Pt Time Tech Copier

Councilman Horton made a motion to approve the above transfer that was tabled from last month’s meeting. Councilman Carter seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

CIVES - SB-1

Cives Corporation is expanding and has submitted a new SB-1. The estimated cost of the expansion will be $450,000.00 to $600,000.00 and they intend to hire eleven new employees.

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the SB-1 for Cives Corporation. Councilman Voorhis seconded the motion.

VOTE: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT. – BRIDGE FOREMAN

Highway Superintendent Steve Brook and Engineer Don Ward were present to seek approval to hire a bridge foreman. The salary would be $38,000.00 and Steve said he has the money appropriated. He will take it out of the Foreman’s Fund and any bridge repair work will be reimbursed out of the Cum Bridge Fund.

The bridge foreman would mainly repair bridges and Steve would keep him busy in the winter months doing other jobs.

Steve has discussed this with the Commissioners and has their approval.

The Council agrees that hiring an additional employee for this position would be a good idea. They have discussed this in the past and had the idea in mind when they increased the Cum Bridge from $.10 to $.25 in May of 2001.

VETERANS BURIAL BENEFIT

The Auditor has been advised that the Veteran’s Burial Benefit can go up as high as $1,000.00. The benefit has been $100.00 since the end of World War II.

Veteran’s Affairs Officer Tom Carter said he will check with other counties to see what they are doing in regard to this.

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