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November 23, 2009 Meeting Minutes




November 23, 2009 @ 9:00 A.M.

Commissioners/Council Public Meeting Room


Those Present:    County Commissioners:    Eric E Roberts   Thomas E Wilson   Donald M VonderMeulen                 

County Auditor:      Susan A Jones

Commissioners Secretary:  Carol Westerman


Eric Roberts opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

LONGEVITY PAY- Tom Wilson motioned to approve the Longevity Pay (2009).  Don VonderMeulen seconds.  Eric Roberts opposed, because it was set to pay out in December when schedules were set earlier this year.  Motion carried 

HUNTERSVILLE ROAD CULVERT- Don VonderMeulen presented the Inspection Agreement for Huntersville Road Culvert Inspection from Howard J Barth & Associates.  Cost for inspection is $5,000.00 plus reimbursable expenses.  The City of Batesville had agreed to pay for half of the inspection in an email.  Franklin County’s portion would come out of Cum Bridge Funds at the first of the year.

Don VonderMeulen motioned to venture into the contract with Howard J Barth & Associates for Franklin County portion and reimbursable fees.  Motion died for lack of second.

 Tom Wilson motioned he would like for the Contract be amended to include the City of Batesville paying half of the fees.  Eric Roberts seconds.  Don VonderMeulen, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

ANDERSONVILLE STORM WATER GRANT APPROVED- Franklin County had received word that the Andersonville Storm Water Grant had been approved from USDA in the amount of $310,550.00 with local funds being $35,000.00.  The Official Awarding of the Grant will be held in Indianapolis on December 14, 2009.

ANDERSONVILLE CLOSEOUT OF PLANNING GRANT- Southeastern Indiana Planning Commission had forward Close Out paperwork for the Andersonville Planning Grant for the Commissioners to review and signoff on.

 Tom Wilson motioned for Eric Roberts to sign the Close out for the Andersonville Planning Grant.  Don VonderMeulen seconds the motion.  Eric Roberts, All in Favor.  Motion carried.

INVESTING OF REX ROAD REPAIR FUNDS- Letter was submitted for the investing of REX Road Repair Funds that the County had received on Friday, November 20, 2009.  The County received $3,776,466.00.  Additional Appropriations were put in for $768,000.00 (for Supplies and Services and Charges).  Eric Roberts asked that interest rates be made available before decision is made on the investing of funds and feels that a 6-month CD would be too long that would put it to June.  It was requested that Rebecca Oglesby, County Treasurer to put out request for interest rate for $2,000,000 on a 6-month CD and $1,000,000 on a 3-month CD to be available for next week’s meeting.

COMMISSIONERS MEETING SCHEDULE- Harry Graves questioned the Commissioners Meeting Schedule with today’s meeting with the meeting starting at 1:00 P.M. (Resolution 2008-37) and meeting being at 9:00 A.M.  It was said Meeting Schedule was amended and meeting was rescheduled for November 30, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. (Resolution 2009-08) having to do with when payroll dates were.  Today’s meeting was scheduled because it was requested Longevity be paid out before Thanksgiving.

LIBRARY– Harry Graves of Highland Township said he was here on November 16th and stated he had chapter of Indiana Code Chapter 36.  Asked what chapter did the Commissioners follow in attempting to create a County Wide Library District.  He has copies of the Library’s Minutes in April 2008 and there is no proposal mentioned in these minutes or prior with proposing to the Commissioners a County Wide Library District.  They would have had to follow procedure in Chapter 5.  When they presented to the Commissioners it was only a proposal.  John Estridge mentioned he had looked at the DLGF Website and there are specific instructions setting up library districts, Commissioners did not follow the code.  Tom Wilson agreed there were a lot of steps not followed.  Don VonderMeulen did not look at it, but there were steps to set up a county wide library district.  Harry Graves asked to see a copy of a Letter dated October 7th from the Library Board to the Board of Commissioners in regards to the Franklin County Library District, explaining the events that followed when the Commissioners adopted the Resolution on April 21, 2008.  Harry then asked who the Commissioners appointments were on the Library Board.  Copies of the Appointments of Gay Worth and Hubert Branstetter were given to Mr. Graves.

ADJOURN     Eric Roberts motioned to adjourn.  Tom Wilson seconds.  Don VonderMeulen, All in Favor.  Motion carried.


Others Present                 John Estridge                     Sara Duffy                           Harry Graves


AYE                                                                                        NAY

_S/ Eric E Roberts________                                       ________________________

Eric E Roberts                                                                     Eric E Roberts

_S/ Thomas E Wilson______                                      _________________________

Thomas E Wilson                                                              Thomas E Wilson

_S/ Donald M VonderMeulen___                           __________________________

Donald M VonderMeulen                                            Donald M VonderMeulen

ATTEST: _S/ Susan A Jones______________________

                Susan A Jones, Franklin County Auditor

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