Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 22, 2014

County council denies fund transfer

By Rod Rose For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — The Boone County Council on Jan. 14 refused to approve the transfer of $1,473 from the general fund into two sheriff’s office funds, in the latest flareup of a dispute over how reimbursements for some sheriff funds are handled.

Called “additional appropriations,” or “additionals” for short, the procedure allows various elected officials and department superintendents to move reimbursements that are deposited in the county’s general fund into office and department budget lines.

The expenses included $1,447.24 for medical expenses, Boone County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Nielsen said. Another $51.63 was reimbursement for damages caused by inmates.“We’re starting the new year out with sufficient money budgeted for operation,” Councilman Gene Thompson said.A motion by Councilman Butch Smith, seconded by Councilwoman Debby Shubert, to approve the transfer was defeated when Thompson, Marcia Wilhoite and David Rodgers voted no. Councilman Brent Wheat was unable to attend the meeting.

Had Wheat voted with Smith and Shubert, Council President Steve Jacob would have had to cast the decisive vote.

The council also rebuffed a request from Facility Manager Mike Miller to create a full-time custodial position.

Miller was asking for $22,880 to move a part-time housekeeper at the jail to full time. That would allow him to use the part-time pay for a part-time maintenance person at the jail. It would create a third full-time position, Miller said.

Occasionally he needs additional help at the jail, Miller said, in part because “the jail needs better cleaning.”Wilhoite told Miller the council “gave you everything you wanted” when the maintenance department was reorganized.“I had to choose between the part-time administrative assistant and the part-time person at the jail,” Miller said. “I had to have the part-time administrative assistant; it (paperwork) was taking up all of my time.”Rodgers said he was “not ready” to create a third full-time position.”There was no motion to approve Miller’s request. “We could definitely revisit this later in the year, especially at budget time,” Rodgers said.