County Council met in executive session twice last night, allowing no outsiders to observe the proceedings.
Following the first executive session, Joe Dierdorf opened the first meeting of the year to accept nominations for president.
Top on the agenda for the evening was approval of additional appropriations. Additional appropriations included approving a position for a new employee at the Soil and Water Conservation Department, with a salary of $22,000 a year. Also included was a jail project coordinator with a cap of $8,000.
"It is very difficult to approve a new position, even if it is only for a year, when we donít have any idea when and how much our finances will be," said Michael McCullough.
Mark Dierdorf wanted the position approved for a year since the position should bring additional money into the county that can be spent in the county. "If, after a year, the position hasnít brought in the amount of money it should, we can always vote it out," Dierdorf said.
Also approved was an amended salary ordinance which included a circuit court position with a bi-weekly wage of $307.69, a highway mechanic position with a salary cap of $14.50 an hour, and a reassessment deputy with an annual salary of $20,750.
In other business, personnel were approved for several county positions. For the Alcohol Beverage Control board, Guy Dickerson,, West Central Indiana Economic Development, Council members approved were Mark Dierdorf and Larry Moss, and Tax Assessment Board of Appeals was Gerald Hardesty.
After the approval of the salaries, the County Council recessed to go back into executive session. Upon completion of the executive session, the council re-convened and ended the regular session.
Present for the executive session included the Indianapolis lawyer representing the county in the EPA suit, the commissionerís attorney, Eric Somheil, Charlie Fox, surveyor of the Briley Ditch, Ron Chamberlain, county highway supervisor, Bill Morthland, former county auditor, all the councilmen and the commissioners, and Joe Dierdorf, current auditor.