It was the first meeting of the year, but not much more than the annual presidential votes came out of Monday's County Council meeting.
The meeting was called to order with five of seven members present. Both Rita Rothrock and Mark Dierdorf could not attend.
After the call to order, the Council nominated and voted on their president and vice president. Mike McCullough nominated current President Les Harding. Tony Dalton nominated Councilman Warren Stevenson. Stevenson won the president's chair 5 to 3, with votes coming from him, Larry Moss, and Tony Dalton. Harding voted for himself, as did McCullough.
McCullough was voted in as vice president, with no competition.
Appropriations and transfers were then made, including a $50 transfer to the Sheriff's Department to fix a mistake made by a typo on a document, a $2,500 transfer to the Information Technology Coordinator salary fund, and a transfer of $3,000 to the Clerk's Office from the Perpetuation Fund for computer-related needs.
The Council then voted unanimously to approve a list of proposed meeting dates and times.
A salary ordinance was passed unanimously by the Council. Les Harding, who called to approve the ordinance, said that he did so "keeping in mind that it can be amended later if need be."
After the vote, the Council briefly discussed mileage costs for county employees.
"I don't care that we change that number, but I think we need to change it toward the middle-to-low end instead of the high one," Moss said.
Next came the Council's appointments to various boards and commissions, which were as follows:
- Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals: Garold Hardesty, retained
- Alcoholic Beverage Commission: Guy Dickerson, retained
- West Central Indiana Economic Development District: Larry Moss and Mark Dierdorf, retained.
After the appointments, the Council discussed the Assessment Fund, which, according to Auditor Joe Dierdorf, stands at "about $1.45 million." The group considered asking for a special legislation, allowing them to make a one-time transfer of some of the funds. The Council expressed some desire to do this, citing that the extra money could be put towards the new jail, new computers, and new software, among other uses.
The Council then asked County Commissioner Daryl Andrews about the status of the courthouse's new lock system. Andrews said that the system, which is to be installed by Wabash Valley Locksmith, "should be done this month."
The County Council meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. Their next meeting will be Monday, February 2nd. The public is invited.