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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 March 19, 2012 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Dennis Carter called the Council meeting to order in joint session with the Commissioners. The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter Kevin L Crabb Gary W Hendryx

Bruce D Clear Raymond L Kramer Jr James G Annis

Dennis D Cain

For content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

MINUTES

Councilor Kramer said under Girtz Industries, on the third page, third sentence, the word employee should be employ. Also on page four, last sentence, Mr. Diener’s name was misspelled.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the February 21, 2012 minutes with the noted corrections. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

TRANSFERS

The following transfers were received:

 

AMOUNT FROM TO

White County Sheriff’s Department $7,500.00 1-15-1-13 1-15-1-8

Physician Inmate Housing

 

Jail Commander Terry Corso said there is an inmate being housed who has a rare blood disease and requires constant blood monitoring. He is a career criminal and has a 24/7 armed guard when he is in the hospital. He has been in the intensive care unit (ICU) twice since being arrested November, 2011. Mr. Corso said the inmate’s first stay was over $11,000 and the insurance cap is $10,000 a year. Any amount above that is on the County. The inmate’s second stay was well over $10,000. Because of the safety issues this causes within the facilities, and the constant blood monitoring, the Department of Corrections (DOC) has agreed to house him for safe keeping. The County’s cost in DOC is $55.00 per day versus the $3,000 to $4,000 a day if he is in ICU.

The $7,500 to be transferred will cover the costs up to the sentencing date in June. If the date gets moved, another transfer of funds will be necessary. After sentencing, he will be in the State’s hands. Councilor Clear asked if the cap could be higher with a slight increase in premium cost. Mr. Corso said he would check into it.

Councilor Clear made a motion to approve the above transfer. Councilor Cain 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 fund. Herein specified and subject to the laws governing the same.

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Operation of Highway $ 400,000.00 $ 400,000.00

Repair and Maintenance of Roads $ 500,000.00 $ 500,000.00

TOTAL $ 900,000.00 $ 900,000.00

Auditor Guingrich said the State only reduced the Highway Budget by $14,000 from

what was submitted, so she was uncertain about the need for this request. Councilor Cain said Mr. BJ Propes stated this morning the Department’s operating budget was down to $4,000.

Councilor Kramer said Cum Bridge has about four million in it.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to appropriate the above request from the Cum Bridge Fund. Councilor Annis seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUESTED ALLOWED

WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

From CEDIT

2011 Development Expenditures

& 2012 Projected Costs $ 40,000.00 $ 40,000.00

TOTAL $ 40,000.00 $ 40,000.00

 

Councilor Crabb said the White County Economic Development Organization (WCEDO) has been very busy, and has done what the Council requested in using the reserve funds.

Councilor Annis made a motion to appropriate the above request from the County Economic Development Income Tax Fund. Councilor Hendryx seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

WCEDO Director Neininger explained a request to be presented to the Council next month. The White County Memorial Hospital had pledged $75,000 for the Ivy Tech project. The remaining $40,000 they still owed was traded to the County for the house on the property. Therefore, the County is responsible to pay the $40,000. Ms. Neininger said there is still about $6,000 in the Ivy Tech Fund that could be applied to this, which would clear it off of the books. The County could then pay the difference of approximately 34,000. Councilor Kramer said the CEDIT fund replenishes itself.

Councilor Clear made a motion to advertise the request for the difference of the amount in the Ivy Tech Fund from the $40,000 pledge and that it be taken from the CEDIT fund. Councilor Kramer seconded the motion. Councilor Crabb abstained from voting since he is on the WCEDO board. Vote: Unanimous

Ms. Neininger said WCEDO is also requesting $33,000 for the Wolcott Corridor. She said the money cannot come out of the Wolcott Corridor Grant because it is not “grant eligible” in that it is more than the amount necessary to acquire the infrastructure.

Councilor Crabb made a motion to advertise the $33,000 request come from the Wind Farm Economic Development Fund. Councilor Annis seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

 

TAX ABATEMENT BOARD

Ms. Neininger said she has researched more deeply into the development of the Tax Abatement Board. She said the White County Council signed resolution 6-1.1-12.1 for rules and regulations for establishing an Economic Redevelopment Area. It seems to read that the selection of individuals be made by the WCEDO and needs approval by the Council. Councilor Clear agreed.

 

WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICER REPLACEMENT

Sheriff Shafer asked to replace a recently vacated position for a full-time Community Correction’s Officer with the starting pay of $26,466.00.

Councilor Cain made a motion to allow Sheriff Shafer to hire a Community Correction’s Officer with the starting pay of $26,466.00. Councilor Clear seconded the motion.

Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN DIRECTOR SALARY

APC Board President Charles Anderson said the APC Board felt the Director’s salary was originally set too low and has yet to come up to the figure they would like it to be. Pursuant to Indiana Code the APC has the authority to set the salary. Councilor Annis said County Attorney Loy hasn’t had a chance to talk with Attorney Diener. Council President Carter said the Council is comfortable raising the salary, but would rather do it at budget time. Councilor Crabb said he would like to hear from Attorney Loy before proceeding. Attorney Diener said unless there is an agreement before budget time, we will be in the same position as we are now. Councilor Crabb asked if there was a job description the APC is required to use when hiring for this position. Attorney Diener said it is not specific. Councilor Clear read the statute stating to be qualified for the Director’s position, one must have training and experience in planning and zoning.

Councilor Cain said at budget time one person asked for as much as a 15% increase in pay. Several asked for 3% and 4%. He said the Council is not comfortable giving different increases to different people. They try to find a happy median so they can give the same percent increase across the board. Even at that, last year they gave Mr. Rogers a $1,500 raise when no one else got a raise. Mr. Anderson said after talking with the Council and Commissioners in the beginning, the APC Board assumed he would be starting $2,000 higher than he did. Councilor Cain said the Council asked Mr. Rogers at that time if he was okay with the salary, and he said it wasn’t about the money. Councilor Clear said Attorney Loy and Attorney Diener need to get together to discuss this matter. He also reiterated the Council’s recognition of the great job Mr. Rogers has done. Councilor Clear said the Council worked hard for a couple of years to establish a fair matrix system for all the positions in the County. President Carter and Councilor Kramer said they do not want to lose Mr. Rogers. Councilor Kramer said once the Council is advised from the County Attorney, they should be able to come up with a compensation to show Mr. Rogers he is appreciated, and put the APC in a position to make adjustments.

 

VANGUARD ENTRANCE

President Carter said the Commissioners agreed to put $50,000 toward the Vanguard entrance project. Councilor Kramer suggested advertising the $50,000 come out of the Solid Waste Operating Fund. The Councilors were in agreement.

 

WHITE COUNTY FUND REPORT

Auditor Guingrich explained the negative half million dollars in 6th Street/West Shafer Drive Fund #197 is grant money to be reimbursed. The Airport Project Fund #183 will also be paid back by the State. The County Levy Excess Fund #223 has to do with tax settlement. Money in the County Home Account was set aside to help with the cost of repairs. Auditor Guingrich said Commissioner Secretary Donya Tirpak sent a letter to the buyers letting them know the County wants to close out that account.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Clear made a motion to adjourn. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER, PRESIDENT JAMES ANNIS GARY W HENDRYX

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DENNIS D CAIN KEVIN L CRABB RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________ Attest: ___________________________

BRUCE D CLEAR JILL GUINGRICH, AUDITOR