Monday, December 11, 2017

A Test of Good Municipal Government

A Test of Good Municipal Government 

by Leo Morris

What makes a city great?

That was one of the main topics explored at a two-day seminar in Wabash I recently attended put on by the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review. Many things add to a community’s quality of life, the attendees concluded, one of the principal being that government takes care of its proper business.

Government should, first and foremost, fulfill its primary mission of protecting people’s lives and property. It should maintain the infrastructure, nurture basic amenities and look out for those most in need. It should avoid exotic economic development strategies that risk enormous sums of taxpayer money. Added all together, these elements mean elected officials (I underlined this three times in my notes) should govern the residents who live there, not the ones they wish they had.

The seminar’s conclusion mirrored my own thinking, but I arrived at my definition subjectively, not through the dispassionate sifting of the kinds of data a think tank can mine. When I list the things I think make my city great, I come up with a list of memories.

It’s catching my first breathtaking glimpse of the skyline around a bend in the road at the age of 12 from my father’s car as he drove the family here from Eastern Kentucky in search of a better life.

It’s spending my first summer here walking up and down side streets and riding my bicycle through neighborhood alleys, ending up, more often than not, at a city park full of arts and crafts and baseball.

It’s earning $2 a week as an “assistant” to the carrier who delivered the evening newspaper, then blowing all the money on cherry Cokes and comic books at the corner drugstore.

It’s setting foot in Central High School and experiencing the multi-ethnic society the Kentucky hills had sheltered me from.

It’s graduating from that school, then first feeling sadness that the powers that were decided to close it, and second feeling relief that somebody found another use for the building instead of tearing it down.

It’s spending a year in Southeast Asia dreaming every night of the home I could return to and the loved ones who would welcome me.

It’s embarking on a career at that same newspaper I delivered as a 12-year-old and hiring as one of the editorial page’s first guest columnists the high school English teacher who had first encouraged me to write.

It’s burying both my parents here and knowing they chose this for their final resting place instead of the hills where their families have lived for generations.

It’s talking to my sister in Indianapolis who, approaching retirement age, has a sudden and powerful urge to come back here when she finishes her career.

This town is a great town to me because it is my town. It’s the place I grew up in, the place where I learned life lessons sometimes painful but always valuable, the first place I understood what it is to love deeply and fight passionately, where the child slowly became the man. It is the place I always miss, the base I always return to. “Hometown” is more than just a word.

My city happens to be Fort Wayne. But I could be a resident writing about Evansville or South Bend or Hammond. One of the pleasant surprises at The Indiana Policy Reviewseminar was meeting Ryan Cummins, a former councilman from Terre Haute, who talked about his city the way I would talk about Fort Wayne. In high school, he couldn’t wait to graduate and “get the hell out of town.” But during his stint in the Marines, he started feeling the tug of home and ended up going back to help his father run the family business. He knows Terre Haute has flaws and “a certain reputation” in the state that’s not always flattering. But it’s the place he belongs, the place he loves, a place he can improve simply by living a just and productive life.

There are tens of thousands of towns across this country that most people have never heard of but which have millions of people as invested in their communities as Ryan and I are in ours. They have a fierce loyalty based on memories.

They see a future where they are because they have a history there.

All any of us ask of our governments – especially our local governments – is one simple thing: Don’t screw up our cities too much. We don’t demand that our leaders never wander into areas beyond their competence; that would be asking the impossible. Officials believe they are elected by God do something, so they are always in search of mountains to move, whether or not the mountains even need moving, let alone whether or not they can be moved.

But they should take a breath from time to time and slow down, trusting in the wisdom of their citizens to live their own lives instead of waiting for instructions from expert planners and busybody functionaries. Government can make those personal quests easier or harder depending on how well they master the basics and how far afield they drift from them.

Here’s an easy metric they can use to determine if they’re getting it right – call it the infrastructure test:

Watch where we’re going, then follow us with the infrastructure. Or, at the least, if you are able, figure out where we are going and build the infrastructure out just ahead of us. Please do not – ever – decide where you think we should be going, then put the infrastructure in place and move heaven and earth to make us go there.

“Govern the residents who live there, not the ones you wish you had.” To which it should be added: Govern the residents you have as they are, not as you wish they would be.

Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, is this year's winner of the Hoosier Press Association's award for Best Editorial Writer. Morris, as opinion editor of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee. Contact him at

Thursday, December 07, 2017

7 December 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

7 December 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Chairman, Dave Deddens, Jim Helms, John Rahe, Alan Goodman
ABSENT: Jamie Graf (non- voting school board member) Sue Hayden, county administrator and minute taker (vacation)
Also present: Andrea Ewan, attorney, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer (also covering for Hayden)
Title VI statement read by Deaton.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- November 2 minutes approved
Visioning Grant Fund Tabled from 11/7/17- One Dearborn Invoice- county attorney, city of Lawrenceburg attorney and Ewan working on this- remains TABLED.
Bonding- doing this as a group saves money so decided to do this on Pennington’s recommendation. 
ONE DEARBORN REPORT: Randall said they had some projects in Aurora TIF they are looking at. One is more serious and they are at a further phase of due diligence. She will notify them when and if it goes further.Couple more leads thru IEDC that she has responded to. Billboard leases on the Stone property and is on her to do list when their leases come due. Maybe January or March meeting.
Duke site readiness issue- there are wetlands that are misclassified and they need a professional to come in and help with this. This issue AND the flood plain issue require them to study NE corner of the Stone property that is being purchased.Ewan wanted to be sure they weren’t doing property that they weren’t owning east of Johnson Fork Road. The DCRC is acquiring the property WEST of Johnson Fork Road. This study for reclassification could come out of the $10,000 from Duke Energy. [NOTE: Pretty expensive property for flood plain issues and these issues were not resolved prior to purchasing???] 
Hirlinger has a shared access driveway and it has to get recorded to be sure it matches what Planning and Zoning required. They should do it at no cost as the surveyor should have done that. Randall wants it on the survey as they use it a lot for their work with prospective owners. 
Ewan is going to get the written Ag lease for the closing on the Stone property. 
Also wants the billboard leases to be rewritten for newer owners as the old one needs to be cleared up.
IEDC searches for property has the shovel ready sites at the top so Randall wants to try to get these to that status- it would require more money. 
Sign and what we are going to allow for the future needs to be decided. Craig Distributing is one of our larger TIF contributors there. Trying to accommodate him. 
Wants  to get a drone to look at property so they can put that video on the website.
Working with REDI Cincinnati and apparently they are not pushing our sites the same as Cincinnati region. One Dearborn is evaluating that membership. To get invited to the Site Selectors Convention in 2018 they have to be members of REDI but REDI does not get us an invite to it. Randall noted that they pay a lot of attention to us close to the time for renewal of membership for $10,000.VIP dinner at Jeff Ruby’s at $15,000 per table. Final night bringing in a band and afterparty called Toast from the Tri-State. To be represented that is $15,000 for our name. Trying to evaluate what good that is.[NOTE: Sounds like it’s time to scrap REDI.] 
Rahe noted- Rack changed their mind about Industrial Park and other experience ( Is he referring to Skally’s leaving us for Harrison OH?) shows us they are trying to not have any business go from one county to another in REDI Cincinnati. (No poaching each other’s businesses.)
ATTORNEY’S REPORT: Stone Property Closing -Wednesday at 3 PM Buyers closing statement for Stone Property -$111,356.64 approximately due from Land Acquisitions money. Claim will be handled internally per Pennington. 10 year 2.04% interest with semi annual payments. Approved. 
They have a right of first refusal on the 7 acres  and easement over driveway to get to Stone’s barn and step-daughter’s home he still has on US 52 side and the Ag lease. 
OTHER BUSINESS- January meeting to organize and elect officers. Jan 11th at 8:30 AM.
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

5 December 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

5 December 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, and Art Little

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney
ABSENT: Kevin Lynch and Sue Hayden, Administrator

Title VI statement read by Baudendistel


Change Orders- Chris Grabosky, Maxwell Construction- not present- called McHenry and will come to do this in January.

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer:
Bid awards- all bids accepted so that those closest to projects can be used as needed.
Laughery Valley Ag COOP only bid on fuels. Rohe and O’Mara on hot and cold mix asphalt. Aggregates were bids by Harrison Sand and Gravel, Newpoint Stone Napoleon, Hanson Versailles Dry Fork, and Watson Gravel in Cleves.

Local Roads and Matching Grant Agreement- O’Mara only bid and below estimates-  $1,688,937.55. Approved for the contract. 

$840,967.00- INDOT’ s share - INDOT and County paving contract.signed.

Supplement #1 for Contract to replace Bridge #5 East Laughery Creek Road- $ 937,600.00 is the max allowed in federal funds for this project. 80/20 share on this project. This project has been moved back to 2019 for environmental studies. Approved. Signed. 

Contract for Bridge #76 over Little Jamison Creek Replacement- FPBH, Inc for $70,800.00. All bids were above estimate so they designed an alternative to give an option to bid to get it in budget. This will be a cast in place alternative versus the original precast version. It will take more time and the road will have to be close to do this. Approved. Signed. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden- absent on vacation.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- request for grant application for guardian ad litem program. They are requesting the cash in advance as usually done- $938.24 approved. 

Claims and minutes from Nov 21st meeting approved.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- Unsafe building hearing on Seldom Seen and has been under construction over 2 years. Demolition needed. Shawn Viel contractor retained by owners. Owner represented by Matt McDaniel. Requesting a building permit for 90 days for exterior only. If this doesn’t happen they will need another hearing and demolition will be required. The agreement for this needs to be signed by Commissioners and has already been signed by the owners and contractor. Neighbors were OK with trying this as it will put things in a much better position with a judge showing attempts have been made to resolve the issue. The contractor knows this 90 days is a winter time window. Commissioners approved the agreement between Building Dept (Bill Shelton) and owners, contractor and attorney representing them. 

Agreement made that vicious dog was returned to owner with neighbors agreeing to allow that- thus no vicious dog hearing.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Little- cheering for the EC underdogs going to state. Look out for elderly etc at Christmas
McHenry- EC played ell, played smart. Keep Lynch in our prayers as he is not feeling well this morning. 



Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Saturday, December 02, 2017

AGENDA Dec 7 DC Redevelopment Commission

December 7, 2017
8:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

  1. Call to order

  1. Title VI Statement for Compliance

  1. Approval of Minutes
November 2, 2017 Meeting

  1. Claims & Financials
1.  Visioning Grant Fund Claim Tabled from 11/7/17 - One Dearborn Invoice 
2.  Financials 

  1. New Business
1.  Bonding

  1. One Dearborn Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
1.  Stone Property Closing
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment

AGENDA Dec 5 Commissioners Meeting

December 5, 2017 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana





1.  Change Orders – Chris Grabosky, Maxwell Construction

2.  Highway Engineer – Todd Listerman
1.  Bid Awards
2.  Local Roads and Matching Grant Agreement
3.  Supplement #1 for Contract to Replace Bridge #5, East Laughery Creek Rd.
4.  Contract for Bridge #76 over Little Jamison Creek Replacement

VII. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VIII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Numbers on Assault: An Argument for the New Chivalry

The Numbers on Assault: An Argument for the New Chivalry
reprinted with permission from Indiana Policy Review

by Dick McGowan, Ph.D.

Years ago, I argued for a double standard for men and women with regard to domestic violence. I’d become familiar with a 25-year study by Gelles and Strauss, presented in "Violence in American Families," which showed that “women assault their partners at about the same rate as men assault their partners. This applies to major and minor assault.” (162)  I also read Claire Renzetti’s "Violent Betrayal," which said lesbians showed the same rate of domestic violence as the rate for heterosexual couples.

Nonetheless, both popular narratives and governmental policy treated the matter of domestic violence in a bifurcated manner: Men are perpetrators of violence and women are victims, exclusively. Of course, any narrative or policy that presents such a view is positively unkind to gay men and lesbian women, for they do not fit neatly into the bifurcation and thus would lose protections.

So what should we do with evidence that women are as likely as men to initiate violence in the domicile? I concluded that even if a woman struck a man first, he cannot retaliate in kind. There had to be a double standard, one for women and one for men, in terms of retaliation.

Think of it this way: If my wife threw a frying pan at me, she’d likely miss — and even if she did connect, I stood a good chance of getting back up. On the other hand, growing up as I did when baseball was king, were I to throw a frying pan at her, I’d likely not miss and the damage would be significant.

Men have to learn restraint. They cannot retaliate even if a woman starts it. Men typically have too much power by way of their secondary sex characteristics.

They also have "social power."  Al Franken and Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein had the kind of cache that enabled them to use women to their own advantage. Unlike chivalric knights of the medieval period of time, men who harass women are undisciplined, discourteous, disrespectful beasts.
The problem with the aforementioned  beasts is that people are entirely too quick to blame the lot of men when only a handful of men do the harassing. Too often, journalists write about one or two celebrities and quickly use the word "men"; it is more accurate to say "many men" or "some men."

In their defense, many men lived their formative  years during the 1990s. In 1995, Susan Brownmiller warned the readers of her book, "Against Our Will,"  that “the typical American rapist might be the boy next door” (189). In 1992, Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape, and newspaper headlines blared, “Tyson Guilty; Victory for Women,” as though men do not want rapists to go unpunished.

If you want to do your own experiment, just ask a married man, “Do you want your wife raped?” The likely answer: “Of course not; what a stupid question.” In other words, the headlines should have added, “Victory for Men.” Better still, simply “Victory for Justice.”

In our current climate, though, we are likely to see more generalized negative claims about men, all men, though most men condemn sexual harassment and though 16.6 percent of harassment claims are filed by men, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Perhaps men have more of an obligation to speak out against the kind of sexual harassment that newspapers have been reporting. Maybe there is a double standard for speaking out, too. For example, years ago, I was running on the Monon Trail and two gals biked past me. One said, “You have the most beautiful calves I’ve ever seen.” A year or two after that incident, I was bicycling on Carmel roads when two gals zoomed by in a Jeep. “Nice butt” one of them yelled.  

I never would have said such things to a female stranger, but that may be how a double standard works.

I said nothing, but I would speak out against beasts who demean women. Do women wish that men defend them? In an age of sensitivity, would women resent men for helping protect them against beasts? I’m not sure, but I’ll take the risk and use what power I may have on behalf of those less fortunate and those aggrieved.

It’s what proper men do.

Richard McGowan, Ph.D., an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, taught philosophy and ethics cores for 42 years, including years at St. Joseph’s College and Butler University.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

28 November 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

28 November 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes
Present: Liz Morris, President, Dennis Kraus. Sr., Dan Lansing, Charlie Keyes, Ryan Brandt, Alan Goodman, and Bill Ullrich. 
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Sue Hayden, County Administrator
Title VI statement was read as legally required by Morris
SUPERIOR COURT II – Judge McLaughlin- presented by Pennington- Judge McLaughlin found the money she needed in her budget- so this is not needed for Court forms.

Ordinance to Establish Vital Record Fees- $5 for additional birth certificates is the only change. Approved. 

Lawsuits/Settlement fund – transfer of funds - from a dormant account of $16,863.15 in that account. This cleans up the dormant fund and the unused amount goes back to county general fund. Approved for $16,863.15
Commissioners bench – transfer of funds- The current bench cannot be moved without destroying it. Trinity AKA Bedinghaus can do it for $21,009. Dormant account for Workers Comp has $22,908 and they ask to use that for this purchase. Approved. Kraus noted that this was in addition to the amount budgeted for the annex.  

SHERIFF/JAIL – Sheriff Kreinhop- advised Council that we have more than $30,000 from Ohio County for housing their prisoners. He thinks we will receive a substantial amount from them. They have had a total of 35 prisoners in less than 2 months. $35/day is the pay for them. They are thinking of raising that amount to $55 a day. Also holding one inmate from Decatur County at $45/day. 

Gasoline- $20,000 needed  to get to yer’s end- The sheriff’s dept. uses 53% of the gas. The rest goes to other departments. $15,868.70 was reimbursed by other depts. Averages a little over $2/gal. Approved.  

Inmate meals- $100,000 to cover until the end of the year. Approved. 

Police Pension Modification- withdrawn request per Kreinhop

PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk
Bright Meadows tree removal- $2,500 from non-reverting capital fund to get dead trees off the walking path area. Safety requires this. Some are ash trees. Approved.
They are also looking at the other parks to handle the ones along the trails there too. They are trying to get waiver for others to come out and the the wood. 

SERCCSteve Kelly
Monitoring- $5,000 out of juvenile user funds for the GPS equipment (for ankle bracelets) Approved. 
Kelly offered to send them the costs for incarceration in local jails in Indiana. He has those figures. 

Mt Tabor Upgrade- Upgrades needed on the extension approved about 1.5 years ago. This is to improve  the flow in the line. $31,500 was the cost. 32 customers on that. 57 could be potentially on it eventually. If more customers were on it- then the upgrades would’t be necessary. The 25 that are not hooked up have not been compelled to hook up per the DCRSD policy. Approved. There was discussion with Mike Hankins about requiring failed system to be forced onto the lines.
AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Minutes -  approved Oct 4th and Oct 18th.

Maintenance – Janitorial Supplies for the new annex building from several different funds. Approved. 

DC Retired Teachers Association asked for donation per Liz Morris. Pennington will write them to let them know Council can’t do that. 

Pennington- Council Benevolent Fund- Safe Passage got $5,000 for 2018 budget- and they got their contract agreement. 

Sarah Brichto has left the Child Advocacy Center per Pennington. Just to let Council know. 
Guardian ad-litem program is funded by the state- so they needed a sign off on that grant.Approved the pass through grant.

$58,000 grant for the interdiction unit for Special Crimes unit. This adds a state police officer to that unit. Approved. Brandt and Keyes abstained.  Special Crimes officers from Lawrenceburg, County, and State police. Other towns can assist. Rising Sun has an officer on it also per Brandt.

SERPC- Kraus reappointed to serve on that. Approved. 

Salary budget increase was 3% for all except grant or state employees. Approved and signed the salary ordinance.

Council meetings will continue to be on the 4th Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  

Lansing asked whether or not the employees could be on a 401k instead of PERF. Council was pretty sure it was statute to be PERF. 

Brandt asked about a concrete road up north that was all messed up.(Pine Ridge) and Bocock ( sp?) Rd in Dillsboro was another road. He said with Community Crossings grant they could maybe use the county dollars for upgrading some less traveled roads that are in need. The county has to have a plan for the grant money. Council said the case needs to be made to the commissioners. Brandt said everyone deserves the same consideration. Pennington will pass this info on to Listerman. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:47 PM 
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, November 27, 2017

AGENDA November 28th Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6:30 -- Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


SUPERIOR COURT II – Judge McLaughlin
Court forms

Ordinance to Establish Vital Record Fees

Lawsuits/Settlement fund – transfer of funds
Commissioners bench – transfer of funds

SHERIFF/JAIL – Sheriff Kreinhop
Inmate meals
Police Pension Modification

PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk
Bright Meadows tree removal

SERCCSteve Kelly

Mt Tabor Upgrade
AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Maintenance – Janitorial Supplies


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting Set for Dec 7th


The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission will hold a meeting on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

This meeting will take place at the
 Dearborn County Administration Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 
215 B West High Street, 
Lawrenceburg, IN  47025.

21 November 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

21 November 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, and Kevin Lynch

ABSENT: Art Little (forgot this was changed to morning meeting time)

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator

Title VI statement was read as legally required by Baudendistel.


Barnes and Thornburg 2018 LOBBYIST terms of engagement- rate is $5,000/month when in session (Nov- thru March) and $3,000/month when out of season. Baudendistel reviewed and total cost is $46,000/year. He said he has been impressed with how they represent us and communicate. Nothing changed except 5 months and 7 instead of 6 and 6 as this is a short session. Approved. 

Midwest Data 2018 Network and Systems Support Agreement- rate is $99/hour with a $499 per day cap. Some services are at $75/hour. The annual support agreement is $4,500/year. Hayden said they have been engaged fully with both buildings about 3 years ago. This is the same agreement annually. The hourly rates have increased however. Baudendistel had reviewed the agreement. Approved. 

Agreement for Fire Protection Services and EMS and Water Rescue-  Payment is one twenty one percent (1/21%) of five percent (5%) of the County portion of the Riverboat Admission Tax distributed in five (5) distributions a year per Council’s formula. Pennington said it is new that this year we have to have contracts with the 21 units we pay. Baudendistel said this is just to do what State Board of Accounts requires. Approved. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden reminded them she will be on vacation Nov 29 thru Dec 8. Coverage for them is. 

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- grant allowing formation of an interdiction fit thru Special Crimes- ratified McHenry’s signature on this. Money from Attorney General’s office. This has State Police working with them. This helped with burglaries in Manchester recently. Total grant - no county money.
Claims approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- first unsafe building hearing. Findings to Matt McDaniel represented the property owner. Agreed finding and decision of the board tp get the building exterior wrapped by winter. Dec 5th is the next meeting. They can try this agreement and if not worked out then they will proceed on Dec 5th with other plans. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch wanted to thank everyone for well wishes and he is feeling a lot better. EC playing for state championship - wish them the best. Happy Thanksgiving.
McHenry- reiterated nad talked about all the football successes this year and a Happy Thanksgiving. 



Meeting Adjourned at 8:48 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Sunday, November 19, 2017

AGENDA- Nov 21 County Commissioners MORNING Meeting

November 21 2017 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana





1.  Barnes & Thornburg 2018 Lobbyist Terms of Engagement

2.  Midwest Data 2018 Network and Systems Support Agreement

3.  Agreement for Fire Protection Services


VII. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VIII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel




Thursday, November 09, 2017

Change in Time for Nov 21 Commissioners Meeting

Change in Time for Nov 21 Commissioners Meeting

Due to a few conflicts, the November 21, 2017 Commissioners’ meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. instead of the advertised time of 6:00 p.m.  Public notice will be posted, but please help share this information.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you!
Sue Hayden
County Administrator
(812)537-8894 - phone

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

7 November 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

7 November 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, 
ABSENT: Kevin Lynch

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator

Title VI statement read as required by law by Baudendistel.

Ordinance to Amend Animal Control Ordinance- tabled last month- Baudendistel made the recommended changes and PAWS was in accord with them. Changes were to keep the hold period to 5 days and not to return spayed and neutered cats without the property owners approval on that program. Commissioners approved the ordinance with all the amended sections. 

Change Orders Maxwell Construction- Chris Grabowski:
  1. HV Systems change order to void the previous one that had a wrong price on it. The new one will be lower and presented at a later date. Approved.
  2. #4 Koch Mechanical- Total of 3 items was $7614 and still under their allowed amounts for Mechanicals. Approved.
  3. #1 Concord Fire Protection - $514.84 approved
  4. #4 OK Interiors- $8923.86 and still under alliance amount. Approved.
  5. #7 Bruns Gutzwiller- Total of adds and deducts was $18,214.64. Approved. New contract amount of $3million+.
Timeline update on project. In the final finishes of building. Moving Prosecutors after Thanksgiving, then courts weekly after that. Then they will be working on remodels in the existing courthouse beginning in mid to late December. Full project finished in mid March hopefully.

Clean Water Indiana Grant- Vicki Riggs, Environmental Tech Soil and Water- This was awarded. Ohio County is in this also with the Match funding. Dearborn services both Dearborn and Ohio Counties. $100,000 on cost share for landowners. $7,000 on outreach. It’s really competitive so she feels good we got for this. In kind matching is done for these. No funding is coming form the county budget. 23 counties got this funding. This comes form the cigarette tax. This helps for Conservation practices and is easier to implement than the federal Conservation ones due to less paperwork. This was just for information. Funding is administered by soil and water office not the county auditor.

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer
Bridge #76 Jamison Road- Replacement Bid Results- 5 bidders- all were above the engineers estimate and available funding. They need to reject all the bids- Approved to reject all bids. 

Bridge #44 Turkey Point Road- Right of Way Unknown Owner and Heirs- They will do a condemnation on an unknown owner process per Baudendistel. County surveyor tracked this way back to when it was split and still no owner found. Commissioners approved starting the condemnation proceedings against unknown owner and heirs for this nearly 1/2 acre parcel. All other letters sent to other owners of additional right of way.
Bridge #64 Sneakville Road- Engineering services for replacement- Land Water Group $53,200 was the low bid. Approved.

Updates for highway dept- Communit Crossing match program for $840,000 with 50% match have been advertised.
Annual bids for material have been sent and will be presented at Dec meeting. 
Cold Springs Road bridge #24 is scheduled to be bid in december as a federal aid project.
Environmental approved for Bridge 5 on East Laughery Creek road- to be done in 2020. 
Slips on Lower Dillsboro Road for over $2million has been submitted for an 80/20 match for 2023. This was on the priority list for this in the plan. 

Board of Health Appointments- Dr Steve Hubbard and Donald Rechtin, Democrat and Republican seats on the board. Approved for Jan1, 2018.

Maintenance in the Jail- Eric Hartman and Shane McHenry met with sheriff Kreinhop and Dave Hall to have the inmates do their part in maintaining the jail to keep maintenance costs down. McHenry wants this on the record. 

Request to approach Council to move existing funds for lawsuits- $16,863 in that fund. Apprpved. They are still paying off lawsuit deductibles for $25,000 each on some too.

Board of Commissioners Bench paid for by some funds of $22,000 available from Worker’s Comp for lowest bid of $21,005 from Trinity- a local company on Stateline Road. Approved o use those funds.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- 
Claims and Minutes from Oct 17 approved. 

2018 Schedules and holiday calendar- approved.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- BZA case had a conditional use for Kaiser Rd- landscape business and it was reviewed and affirmed by Judge Humphrey to let the decision stand.

Little- get ready for winter Todd!
McHenry- Lynch will be getting the Lauren Hill Award and since he can’t shake the pneumonia- McHenry will be receiving it on his behalf at the DC Chamber Thursday night. 



Meeting Adjourned at 9:16 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Saturday, November 04, 2017

AGENDA November 7th County Commissioners Meeting

November 7, 2017 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana




1.  Ordinance to Amend Animal Control Ordinance – tabled from 10/17 meeting

1.  Change Orders – Maxwell Construction, Chris Grabowski

2.  Clean Water Indiana Grant – Vickie Riggs, Environment Tech., Soil & Water                        

3.  Highway Engineer, Todd Listerman
1.  Bridge #76 Jamison Road – Replacement Bid Results
2.  Bridge #44 Turkey Point Road - Right-of-Way Unknown Owner & Heirs
3.  Bridge #64 Sneakville Road – Engineering Services for Replacement

4.  Board of Health Appointments – Dr. Steve Hubbard & Donald Rechtin

5.  Maintenance in the Jail

1.  Request to Approach Council to Move Existing Funds for Lawsuits and BOC Bench

VII. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
2.  2018 Schedules and Holiday Calendar
VIII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel




Thursday, November 02, 2017

2 November 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Public Hearing and Meeting Notes

2 November 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Public Hearing and Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Chairman, Dave Deddens, Jim Helms, John Rahe, Alan Goodman, and Jamie Graf (non- voting school board member)
ABSENT: Jim Helms, Alan Goodman, and Jamie Graf (non-voting school board member)

Also present: Sue Hayden, county administrator and minute taker, Andrea Ewan, attorney (who left after the Public Hearings) and Leah Bailey who subbed for Pennington at the main meeting but not the hearing.
ABSENT: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer. 
Discussion in advance of meeting regarding getting a quorum for the public hearing. They knew Helms and Goodman weren’t coming. Randall had called in that she would be late and arrived after then public hearings. 
Public Hearing part of the Meeting started at 9:09 AM at waiting for Deddens to arrive to get the quorum.
No public came for the meeting. I was the only one present in the audience.
Title VI statement was read by Deaton as legally required.
PUBLIC HEARING- Opened and closed at 9:11 for the first TIF hearing. Second hearing opened and closed at 9:20. Third hearing opened and closed at 9:30. No public showed up. Board discussed that this was mainly housekeeping getting the TIF’s rewritten. Also discussed why public wasn’t there. The Title VI statement was read before each of the 3 hearings.  
Deddens asked what would happen if he resigned from the Board as he was getting busier with new business opening in Brookville in April and didn’t think he’d have enough time to do this too. Board expressed that they would miss him. Council would have to appoint a new member if he resigns. 
Terri Randal had been appointed to the state bond bank per Rahe. Hayden said it was because it was all INDY bankers and they wanted someone from small town areas to get different perspective.   
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- October 16th minutes approved
TIF Fund claims- One Dearborn payment from each 3 TIF’s - $10,000. approved
Barnes and Thornburg for TIF Review and ads in paper- ??amount
Alpha Demolition from TIF fund Aurora $2365.02
One Dearborn Invoice and progress report- Invoice for $40,000 from Visioning Fund grant- suggested tabled until Pennington finds the original grant. Randall wants them to approve it pending finding it. Bailey and Hayden both said they need to find it. Bryan Messmore could’t find the grant. Managed by Lawrenceburg. Randall said One Dearborn asked Lawrenceburg and it’s ultimately Lawrenceburg’s money. Deddens said they could have another meeting to approve. They wanted to keep it working the way it is per Randall. They would have to change the interlocal agreement and so on. Finally, she said however you want to handle it. Deddens said table until Gayle Pennington returns from vacation. See what they can work out and we’ll meet next week if needed. Agreed.
Financials as of Nov 2:
Cash balance of Fund 4931- $335,741.40
Fund 4932 -Commission Match- $500,000
Growth and Development Fund- $500,000
Fund 4301 Washington Township TIF- $173,035.73
Fund 4302 St Leon Kelso TIF- $197,426.58
Fund 4304 W Harrison TIF - $81,153.56
Fund 4305 Whitewater Mill TIF $80.653.52
Fund 9146 Regional Strategic Vision Plan- $155,500.00

Confirmatory Resolutions for West Aurora, West Harrison and St. Leon TIFs- Approved and signed based on the Public hearings from this morning. Delayed recording of TIFs until the property descriptions are confirmed by county surveyor. 
Aurora Industrial Park Sign Demo project- Randall said it came down a few days early. Batesville Products and Soil and Water need their signs back and they are at county highway garage for storage. She will go though every sign and take a photo of it. There were questions and complaints from some of the old sign owners.An old owner wanted a sign for sentimental value. Contractor did fantastic job. Footers taken out etc. per Randall. Batesville Products seems highly motivated to get a sign out there now. So was Craig Distributing (Budweiser). 
Now she will get an RFP and get a stone sign built to mark the park itself. There is another project that might go on property near the parcel for the sign. They don’t want to mess up any other potential up there. There are issues with the turn radius for trucks with locating sign at the entrance.
Randall needs a meeting with some of the owners who want signs and see what they have in mind and how to pay for it.      
Overview Presentation of Duke Site Readiness Program- Randall is going to email the full presentation to them. This is what site selectors look for. Specifics to the site- they got $10,000 and they are holding it at One Dearborn. She talked with  Tom Stone and his build boards are not up till July and other sign in May of 2018. Once you have ownership of land you have to give 90 days notice. Deddens said Andrea could write the letter to give notice now on those signs as the county owns those lands. Closing dates have to be set to get these done. This is an “Andrea Project”- Stone Closing and the Billboard notices per Deaton. 
Fast track permitting was brought up but timelines are tight sometimes with projects. This would maybe mean special Planning and Zoning meetings. Our zoning is already OK on these sites though. National wetlands Inventory Study on some reports that need to be clarified-work with DNR to be sure there is not a wetlands issue on that site. There is some issue in the West Aurora with Wetlands issue also. They want to see if Jennifer Hughes in Soil and Water can do it as she knows about DNR- per Deddens. Randall will follow up on this. Rahe said Trump has put in things to do away with some regulations on this. Cardino is involved with One Dearborn and can help with this. Cardino - engineers with Duke Site readiness???
There are some FEMA maps with shaded areas in error. They will need to do studies of actual elevations to get to FEMA to get it approved. There are costs associated with doing this.[NOTE: They tried this already with some of the West Harrison property. It didn’t help. And some DCRC money was spent on that study and engineers. Considering the flooding issues in many cities and towns across the US you would think we should be more prudent in flood plain development - not more risky with it.] 
Shared driveway with Hirlinger bordering Stone property but that easement is NOT recorded on the survey. It needs to be amended. She thinks Land Consultants did the original. She will talk with Jeff Talkers about that and doing it no charge if they missed it. Shared access is not as desirable as separate one. 
She asked if they should demo the residential building on the site and if it’s not inhabited they should get a cost to get it taken out. Agricultural lease is not in writing. It needs to be clear and in writing. She will talk to Tom Stone about that. They want a lot more in writing on the billboard ownership. Close to getting the site certified by the state- so get it shovel ready certified- gold, silver and platinum levels. They did not get as much into how to market the site per Randall. 
Randall said she needs to get a marketing piece to get it on the Prospector site. Industry cluster analysis - she is starting that. Food processors- is one sector to go after. Maybe get people to help us do that. National Site Selector Conference is March 2018. Try to get marketing piece ready by then on a flash drive. It’s huge to get to this. 
The marketing piece is one page so far - thinking on what a marketing plan will be. They want to get a sign up along I-74 up there. Easier to see without the corn stalks now per Deddens. He also sent a demolition contact to her for another price.
Indiana Small Business Center - County, Greendale, Main St, Lawrenceburg, Chamber were funding. Randall said budgets got tight. So they let people go etc. Letter writing campaign from 6 counties through Purdue. $71,000 across all 6 counties to get that position back. Each entity would pay a small amount to get the $12,000. She was asking DCRC to put in $1500. [Note- No one seemed too excited about funding this from DCRC] Randall said this could wait until December. This is for the person who works at the Chamber whose job ends tomorrow. Trying to keep her (Ginny or Jenny?)  here. The new contact is a girl named Carrie who has another whole area and she would be here only 2 days a month.
Hayden asked if other Redevelpments were doing this. No- they are on board but their city or town pays. She said the county council expects DCRC to do this instead of them. 
Trying to get into Work Force planning. They want to be targeted with that work. She is meeting with someone from the state on this. She wants to put a committee to work on workforce. She is working at IVY Tech to get marketing pieces for their programs there. 
Randall said she ran into IEDC director Elaine B- and there is planning money to get to the next phase. Regional Cities is all about getting people in here. Midwest Brain Drain- with people moving out. OCRA and other organizations gave a strong presentation on what SE Indiana has to offer. We want to get Regional Cities money. This require forming a Regional Development Authority. Looking at Region 9 - 10 counties to unite and attract developers with quality of life projects. Jim Helms had gone to that meeting with her. 
She said she wants to see One Dearborn analyze our county housing. Not enough and not the right mix here of housing. Do some forward thinking on housing. [NOTE: Is this part of Redevelopment’s concern or One Dearborn’s???]
Deaton told Randall they are having time constraints today on this meeting as members had to leave to work.
 Next meeting November 14- 8:30 AM  

ATTORNEY’S REPORT- none Ewan was absent for the main meeting. 
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township