The first item on the agenda was an ordinance to pay Beth Mallinak, who just retired as deputy clerk in the election office, for 45 days of sick leave rollover.
As a full-time county employee, every sick day not used is banked and the retired employee can receive a paycheck for those days within 30 days of retirement. A total of $4,955 was approved.
Meanwhile, H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, is handling the continuing disclosure statement for the bond payments for the new jail.
The administrative fee started in 2006 at $2,000. The council budgeted for that amount, but this year, the payment was $2,375. On Monday, the council approved the $375 additional fee to pay the consulting company.
Council members discussed whether they could pay the jail off early or not. Some believe the county should try to pay it off early, while others think they should stick to the 30-year payment plan.
"If the county keeps growing, even slowly, the jail could be paid off three, four or five years earlier," County Council President Mike McCullough said.
During the meeting, Rita Rothrock, one of the council members, brought up the topic of council salaries being included in the commissioners' budget.
She said she would rather be paid at the first of the month, which is actually when they meet, rather than at the end of the month.
Others stated that no matter when they receive their check, there would still be 30 days between pay periods.
The reason they receive their paychecks at the end of the month is due to the computer software the courthouse uses for payroll. Nothing can be changed until the first of the year, so it was decided to wait and discuss the issue then.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Mike Heaton gave the council a heads-up that he is preparing an ordinance for a permit service to cut down on scams in the area. He said he would like people from out of town who are trying to sell things, for instance out of trucks or along the street, to have to apply and register before beginning their businesses. A background check would be required before a permit could be given out. He mentioned this would not affect local groups such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
The county council will be having a meeting to discuss budget issues on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5:00 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public.