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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 July 16, 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.



Councilor Kramer made a motion to accept the June 18, 2012 minutes. Councilor Clear seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous



Council President Carter asked what the difference is between Fund 45, General Drain Improvements, and Fund 46, Ditch Maintenance. Auditor Guingrich said one Fund replenishes the other. President Carter also asked about Fund 98, Health Department Gift Fund. Auditor Guingrich said it may have been money gifted a long time ago that could only be used for something specific. She said when she goes through to clean up Funds, it usually involves negative Funds or those that can be put into the General Fund. Councilor Cain asked about Fund 139, New Jail Construction. Auditor Guingrich thought it had been done away with and probably didn’t belong on the list.



In anticipation of Economic Development asking for additional appropriations for the Wolcott Corridor in the near future, Councilor Kramer said John Heimlich suggested the money be given in the form of a loan. Funds can then be reimbursed from the Tax Incremental Finance (TIF). Councilor Kramer would rather not use windmill money because there will not be much more coming in. Councilor Clear suggested using Fund 123, Solid Waste Reserve, because there is more to work with. Auditor Guingrich said the Solid Waste Fund would give the Council a better paper trail to track progress. Councilor Crabb said as an Industrial Foundation Board member, the Foundation will be satisfied regardless of what fund is used so long as there is a financial commitment on behalf of the Council. He has every confidence the board will make the best recommendations for the County, but he thought the board would be comfortable having the Commissioners make the final decision on who is hired.

Council President Carter asked how much money was going back into the Solid Waste Reserve fund from loans to Ivy Tech and the IU Hospital. Councilor Kramer figured about $1.1 million over the next several years. Council President Carter said the landfill has a huge insurance policy should there be a disaster, so he said the Solid Waste Reserve money would probably never be used for that purpose. Councilor Cain asked if the County has insurance to cover a disaster at the landfill. Auditor Guingrich said Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak might have an answer to that question.

Councilor Kramer said he would like to be prepared when the Economic Development Department comes before the Council to request additional appropriations in the approximate amount of $250,000 for the Wolcott Corridor engineering and consultant fees.

Councilor Kramer made a motion to honor the request for engineering and consultant fees in the form of a loan out of Fund 123, Solid Waste Reserve Fund. Councilor Crabb seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


Councilor Clear reminded the Council the start time for Budget hearing dates on July 30, 31, and August 2, 2012 is 8:00 A.M.

Auditor Guingrich said each budget is online in Gateway with the exception of the Commissioners’ budget. Theirs was just turned in last Friday. She said the Councilors can view those before budget hearings by using their passwords. Auditor Guingrich said there are some letters that went with budgets. She might send those to the Councilors ahead of time. Councilor Clear said any information that could be sent in advance would be appreciated.



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





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