Friday, January 13, 2017

Agenda WEDNESDAY Jan 18th Commissioners Meeting

WEDNESDAY January 18, 2017 
6:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



1. SERCC – Appointment of Board Members

1.  Bid Contracts – Maxwell Construction

2.  Rave Mobile Safety Agreement – EMA Dir.,Jason Sullivan & 911 Dir., Jared Teaney

3.  911 Board Appointment for EMS Position

4.  Litter Update – Celeste Calvitto

5.  Interlocal with Lawrenceburg and EMS Contracts 

6.  Juvenile Center Doctor and Nurse Agreements

7.  Verification of Nepotism Certification for Compliance with IC 36-1-20.2-16


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




County Park Board NEEDS 2 Democrats

County Park Board Needs Two Democrats

Two years ago County Council was advised of the law regarding politically balancing the Park Board. They have two appointees and the two cannot be of the same political party. The pertinent section of the Indiana Code is:

c) A county board shall be appointed as follows:(1) Two (2) members shall be appointed by the judge of the circuit court.(2) One (1) member shall be appointed by the county executive.(3) Two (2) members shall be appointed by the county fiscal body.The members appointed under subdivisions (1), (2), and (3) shall be appointed on the basis of their interest in and knowledge of parks and recreation, but no more than one (1) member appointed under subdivisions (1) and (3) may be affiliated with the same political party. ( IC 36-10-3-4c)
Council's appointees are both Republicans as shown by their voting records in the primaries. 

Commissioners get one appointment so it can be of either party. 

The judge of the circuit court gets the other 2 appointments. Judge Humphrey rescinded the appointment of his 2nd appointee upon learning that he was of the same party as his first appointee (Republican) in order to bring  the board into compliance with state code. That board position remains unfilled at this time. So a Democrat is needed to fill that spot. Contact Judge Humphey's office for that at 812-537-8865 or 215 West High Street, Lawrenceburg IN 47025.

Council is to make their appointment at their meeting January 24, 2017. In order to comply with the law, they will also need to find a Democrat for that appointment. Contact Liz Morris President of Council at or 812-637-0522.

The Park Board needs two Democrats to fill these spots and balance their board politically. For more information on the County Parks check the Jan 9, 2017 Register

and the Park Board's website at

If you are interested, you can also email Park Board President Doug Burger at or one of the other board members listed on the park board’s new web site located at There you also can find out more about the county parks. 

Current members of the Dearborn County Parks Board are:
Doug Burger, Terry Stephens, Jim Red Elk, Steve Walker, and Mike Hornbach (County Extension).

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us— Officially

“Economic development corporations are in the business of doling out taxpayer money to private business. The public should be privy to the process and decision-making involved in these entities.”

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us— Officially

published with permission from IPR- Indiana Policy Review 
Local government has turned on us. You could watch it happen from a news desk. It was rather sudden actually. One day we were dealing with hard-pressed public servants doing their best in the impossible job of squaring public-policy circles. The next day we were facing mandarins (to use our friend Tom Huston’s characterization), expert at maximizing tax revenue and ducking accountability.

This new-model public official is pitted against what may be the last of the real journalists: Mike Marturello of KPC News, David Penticuff of the Marion Chronicle-Tribune and other outstate newsmen trying to find out what the heck is going on inside those quasi-governmental groups known as regional economic development corporations.

These groups are the rage in local government. Their mission statements claim the high-minded purpose of bringing jobs to Indiana’s small and mid-sized cities. Their structure, though, is similar to a political machine, commingling public and private monies with politically directed outcomes. And their approach to economics seems mercantilists, a 16th-century promise that wealth trickles down from the king or other central authority.

In any case, Marturello, editor of the Herald Republican in Angola, thought his readers would be interested in knowing how the eco-devo group in his region worked. Two months ago he filed a complaint, and earlier this month an opinion by the Indiana’s Public Access Counselor was released that meetings of the Steuben County Economic Development Corp. (SCEDC) should be open to the public.

“Whether the SCEDC should follow Indiana’s access laws has been the subject of debate in Steuben County a number of years, triggered by a query from a member of the public,” Marturello said. “Now that the Public Access Counselor has ruled in favor of public meetings and records, we look forward to providing the SCEDC the same fair, robust coverage we provide the many governmental boards we report on.”

Why do journalists have to ask permission to report news. Why do you suppose these groups want their deliberations private in the first place? Could it be that the process of distributing public money in a leveraged if not contrived manner cannot bear scrutiny? That the process, however intended, now has more to do with political power than economic development? Or, more sympathetically, is the work just so darn important that it cannot be slowed by bringing us dodderers up to speed?

Some pretty smart, business-savvy people want the answer to those questions. Jason Arp, a Fort Wayne councilman and financial expert, is skeptical of the regional economic-development concept. He is being urged to introduce a resolution there calling for open meetings. Penticuff, editor of the Chronicle-Tribune, has had success in that regard in Grant County.

“Economic development corporations are in the business of doling out taxpayer money to private business,” Councilman Arp said after the Steuben County ruling. “The public should be privy to the process and decision-making involved in these entities.”

We must hope that “privy” is being used here as an adjective and not as a noun.
— Craig Ladwig

Date Change for Commissioners Meeting

Date Change for Commissioners Meeting

This serves as notice that the scheduled Dearborn County Commissioner’s meeting set for 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm 
has been changed to 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The meeting will still be held at the
 Administration Building,
3rd Floor Commissioners’ Room
215 B West High Street,
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Friday, January 06, 2017

Tax Increment Finance For (all of us) Dummies

Tax Increment Finance
For (all of us) Dummies

by Martina Webster

Hoosiers, we just paid our fall property tax installments back in November. Do you know how they were calculated? Where did your government come up with that number? And are property taxes really worse than the alternatives?

The first thing you may not know is your home is assessed based on its market value. Locally, we had an assessor pull up the value on a lot of undervalued properties. When that happens, there’s a couple of things to remember when you get a higher assessment.

First, if it is more than a 5 percent increase, you can challenge the assessor to prove the value. But before you do that, be sure you’re not cutting off your nose to spite your face. If you’d put your house on the market for $200,000 and have posted that value online, don’t be surprised if the assessor calls you out on that. If you or a real estate agent says it’s worth $200,000 when you are putting it on the market, don’t fight the assessor who raised your value from $100,000 to $150,000. You’re still undervalued.

Remember, the state constitution caps your obligation at 1 percent of the assessed value no matter what. So a jump from $100k in value to $150k is a total maximum increase of $500 for the entire year: $1,000 to $1,500. When you factor in your exemptions, it’s probably even less than a $500 increase. Your property taxes are based on the total of all net assessed values of a taxing unit. This means that adjusting some property's assessed values to better reflect actual value could be a good thing. (Put a pin on this thought and we’ll come back to it later.)

The second thing is that the property taxes you pay go to many different units of government. All these different units actually compete for that same maximum cap of 1 percent of your home’s value. These taxing units are governed by individual (elected) boards and do not often coordinate, cooperate or even talk to each other. You may believe you are paying all of your property taxes to the county but it is simply responsible for collecting and disbursing. You can see the various taxing units that your taxes fund at the bottom of your tax bill.

In 1973, the Indiana Legislature passed significant change in Indiana tax law (the Bowen Tax Reform) and capped a taxing unit’s spending. The amount of money required to fund a local government unit from your property taxes is called the levy.  Each year, the Department of Local Government Finance calculates the growth quotient that is applied to the previous year’s maximum levy. The unit is then required to stay under that total amount.

On its face, this sounds like a wonderful limited government idea: Force your local government to live within its means. In reality, they just pushed the burden from property taxes (which are far more locally controlled) to sales and income taxes. These sales and income taxes are controlled at the state level. The state gets to disburse them as it determines.

Think about it that for a moment. Most state senators and representatives in Indianapolis do not come from your area. They do not know your area’s needs like the you do, and that is bad public policy.


No sooner than the ink had dried on the Bowen property-tax relief bill of 1973 than the ever-big spenders lobbied for a new idea. It came from California, naturally, and the called it Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

In 1975, the Indiana legislature passed legislation allowing TIF districts to be created here. The initial goal was presented as modest: Carve out a section of a town or a city and developing it with TIF so the area would not be stagnant. TIF was supposed to be a way to allow government to spend money to encourage growth in a blighted area without impacting the maximum levy limit.

The interesting thing about these TIF districts is that the taxing units didn’t catch on right away that the tax money coming into the redevelopment commissions was calculatedoutside the maximum levy.

The taxing units themselves are limited on spending by their maximum levy amount. The Department of Local Government Finance calculates the growth quotient each year. That growth quotient is then applied to the unit’s last approved budget, and that’s how you get your unit’s current maximum levy. You may have a lot of growth going on in your area but the growth quotient is calculated at the state level and applied to all units across the state equally.

This maximum levy must then be budgeted among the various functions that that particular local government unit controls. Now, let’s go back to that assessed-value concept that we pinned earlier. The tax-rate formula could be simple but government, perhaps intentionally, has made it difficult to grasp. The tax rate of a government unit is found by taking the unit's levy divided by the total of its net assessed values thus: Tax rate= levy/NAV.

NAV is Net Assessed Values. This is calculated from the total market value of all parcels in a taxing unit’s geography (the Gross Assessed Values) minus exemptions (such as your homestead), credits, abatements, tax-exempt properties (government and religious owned) and finally  —a drum roll here — Tax Increment Financing. The levy stays relatively the same.

Remember, TIF dollars are collected outside those maximum levy calculations. A redevelopment commission, therefore, gets to be a taxing unit that controls its own money without bothering with a pesky maximum limit. This might have been an OK idea when they were used in limited capacities (to fight blight). Now, though, local governments recognize them as the honey pots they are — more money, outside the maximum levy.

For years, politicians have convinced taxpayers that TIF money is not taxpayer’s money; it’s said to be separate and won’t affect you. As a Realtor, I can tell you that it doesaffect you. If an increase in net assessed values of a taxing unit helps lower your tax rate, what does it mean to you if those big shiny new buildings being built inside a TIF district don’t get added to the tax rate equation?

First, just for example, new commercial areas will increase the demand for more police. So a town or city’s police force will have to grow. Unfortunately, the maximum levy won’t be allowed to grow along with it. Your town or city will have to figure out how to fund more police but legally can’t use TIF dollars to do so.  So a bigger slice is taken out of an often already tight pie. Also, those new commercial-industrial buildings are often the highest assessed values in a taxing unit. So, again, you’re taking out assessed value that could help homeowners reduce their tax rates, and those businesses pay up to a 3 percent property tax cap.

In many cases, what they have done is transferred the burden of paying for essential services from the commercial properties to the residential parcels. This will only work until all the residences hit the 1 percent cap. Then I predict that the same politicians who used sleight of hand to move the burden from one taxpayer to another will start screaming that the sky is falling and demand a "fix" to the tax-cap "problem." (You can call me Nostradamus.)

Nobody likes property taxes, largely because we see the actual bill. These taxes, though, are at least determined locally (by a county assessor). They are collected and disbursed locally (by a treasurer) and finally they are controlled locally (by the various elected boards of the taxing units). You have more control over property taxes, TIF permitting, than you do sales and income taxes — the "invisible" taxes you pay every day.

Martina Webster, a Realtor for 18 years, represents District 1 on the Sellersburg Town Council. She wrote this at the request of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.


A Hike in the Indiana Gas Tax? Who Does the GOP Represent?

A Hike in the Indiana Gas Tax?
Who Does the GOP Represent?

by John Pickerill

As the Indiana General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week, one would assume the Republican-dominated state government would be pushing legislation for a more limited and fiscally responsible government — and one that protects individual liberty, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, and the sanctity of life. After all, that’s what their 2016 state convention said they stood for.

That would be a bad assumption; the GOP leadership actually intends to increase taxes.

The heart of their legislative agenda is a gasoline tax hike on Hoosiers from 18 cents per gallon to 26 cents per gallon. Why? So they can spend an additional $900 million to $1.2 billion a year to maintain state and local roads and fund new highway projects. They’re also talking about new tolls on state and federal highways and imposing new fees at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

So much for the Republican Party’s promise, “We believe that budgets should be balanced and should reduce spending, rather than increasing taxation.” To add insult to injury, House Speaker Brian Bosma’s agenda is to triple the spending on the new government-funded pre-school pilot program at the same time he says we don’t have enough money to maintain our existing roads and bridges. His counterpart, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, wants to double this pre-K spending. If these Indiana Republican leaders were really the fiscal conservatives they claimed to be on the campaign trail, they would fix the road problem by reducing spending elsewhere to pay for their road funding plan instead of raising taxes.

If Republicans merely held true to the principles they say they stand for, this $900 million in cuts would be easy. The talking points:

  • First, all of the sales tax on gasoline should go to road maintenance – not just one-seventh of it but all of it. That’s $400 million that should be dedicated to road funding but instead gets squandered elsewhere in the general fund.
  • Second, if they really believed in economic freedom, Bosma and Long would eliminate the $95 million the state spends on so-called “economic development,” which turns into politicians handing out government favors to those who contribute to certain political campaign committees.
  • Third, they can reduce regulations, and an easy place to start is eliminating the $50 million on the Gaming Commission and Horse Racing Commission, which makes it more difficult every year for not only casinos and race tracks but for philanthropic clubs like the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose Lodge, etc., to operate.
  • Fourth, show the kind of fiscal discipline in the state-funded university system as what the private sector has to deal with in tough times. Get rid of top-heavy bureaucracies, and start by eliminating the $368-million Commission for Higher Learning and transfer its functions to the universities themselves.
  • Next put new construction at universities on hold ($46 million) while we focus on roads. During this same period, have state universities run leaner by reducing their budgets by 15 percent, freeing up $285 million for roads.
  • Lastly, since government-funded student loans are feeding the college student debt bubble it would be prudent to reduce this as well. A 25 percent reduction in these subsidies would free up $90 million. All totaled, these cuts would give Bosma and Long their additional $900 million for roads without raising taxes.
Budgets should be balanced by reducing spending, not by raising taxes. The 2017 legislative session will reveal whether Bosma and Long are the fiscal conservatives they claim to be, or are mere lackeys of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and their other special-interest campaign contributors. 

John Pickerill, former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, wrote this for the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. A graduate of Purdue University and the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, Pickerill retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Commander.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

3 January 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

3 January 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law.

Reorganizational Meeting:

Election of Board President- Shane McHenry reappointed as President

Reappointments of Dept. Heads:
Administrator- Terri Randall
Animal Control- Marlene Underwood
Attorney- Andy Baudendistel - McHenry praised Baudendistel’s performance.
Building Inspector- Bill Shelton
Engineer- Todd Listerman
Highway Supervisor- Tim Grieve
Maintenance Supervisor- Eric Hartman
911 and EMA previously addressed- Jared Teaney and Jason Sullivan previously addressed 

Commissioner’s Boards:
Solid Waste and Drainage- all 3 serve on this board
Emergency Management- Shane McHenry
Juvenile Board- Shane McHenry
Personnel Advisory-0 Shane McHenry
Plan Commission- Art Little
Region 9 Workforce- Art Little
SIRPC- Art Little- previously done
OKI- Kevin Lynch- previously done

Citizen Board Reappointments:
Alcohol Beverage- Jim Dole
Cemetery- Chris McHenry
CVTB- Tina Bojack, Marilyn Bower, Charlotte Hasting, reappointed and appointed Tim Doll replacing Ellen Pefect
Health- Gerald Miller, Harban S Gill, MD
DCRSD- (Sewer District) Dennis Folke, Robert Lischkge
SERCC- SE Regional Community Corrections- Entire Board- tabled until Randall gets the entire list.
ADA Coordinator- Terri Randall


Lease Agreement- Bill Black, Jr.- Water Rescue- $1 per year for 3 years - at the EMA Building per Baudendistel. County pays utilities and Water Rescue pays their own insurance. There would need to be a separate agreement if they are going to use county fuel. Approved. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- none - told she was reappointed earlier in the meeting as she wasn’t present for that. 

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims approved 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

Lynch- proud and humbled to be re-elected for 2nd term. Ready to take it on and do the best he can for the residents.
Little- echoed Lynch. Noted they went 10-15 years with 1 term commissioners with the exception of Hughes and?? He liked seeing the building progressing on the annex.
McHenry- we are a good working board with strengths in different areas. We have a few things to clean up. Get proactive instead of reactive.



Meeting Adjourned at 8:47 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Agenda- Jan 3 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting

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




1.  Election of Board President

2.  Re-appointments of Department Heads
Animal Control Director
Building Inspector
Highway Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
*911 Director and Emergency Management Director previously addressed
  3.  Boards Commissioners Serve (All serve on Solid Waste & Drainage Board)
Emergency Management (Shane currently)
Juvenile Board (Shane currently)
Personnel Advisory (Shane currently)
Plan Commission (Art currently)
Region 9 Workforce (Art currently)
*OKI (Kevin) & SIRPC (Art) previously addressed

4.  Citizen Boards – Re-appointments
Alcohol Beverage Board – Jim Dole
Cemetery Board – Chris McHenry
Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – Tina Bojack, Marilyn Bower, Ellen Perfect, Charlotte Hasting
Health Board – Gerald Miller, Harbans Gill, MD
Regional Sewer District – Dennis Folke, Robert Lischkge
SERCC – South Eastern Regional Community Corrections Entire Board

5.  Other Appointments – ADA Coordinator

1.  Lease Agreement – Bill Black, Jr, Water Rescue


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




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

20 December 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Mee

20 December 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator

Baudendistel read the Title Vi statement as legally required.

Dillsboro EMS 2016 Contract tabled from last meeting. Randall said there was some confusion last year so they didn’t do the contract until late in the year and got paid in Jan 2016 with the funds encumbered. With new leadership they made the mistake of thinking that was their 2016 contract. She has Bev Tackett with the Dillsboro EMS here tonight. 
Bev Tackett said they pay $5/hr per run. They took on 3 new members to help fix. One is already a certified EMT. In the past they put people thru class and then they bail. Trying to get people who live in the town to alleviate that problem. They are still missing a few runs. Has opened it up to ant Dearborn County EMT to get some more volunteers who are off from other units. 
McHenry said that they have been working on things since Nov. This is nothing personal- but we have to get coverage or we hear form the public if things aren’t going well. Randall talked with Seth Elder and Mary Lou. The Fire Dept sent Seth Elder a letter to try to merge with them. They felt they had to check things out with the town board. They didn't think they could settle this without the town’s input. She thinks the door is still open to see what that offer from the Fire Dept would be. It’s still not a lot of pay and this is a rural area. This is a temporary fix for 2017. She thinks they should meet further. She told them also that nearly 100 runs that Aurora had to make for them should make them consider giving some of that money to Aurora. Tackett agreed that would be fair to consider. Andy could draft some legal documents for them to transfer that money. Lynch said that he appreciates what she came into and how she has tried to handle it now. By reaching out to other depts to help make runs. Lynch thinks we need to take another approach. He doesn't think we need to mandate giving money to Aurora, but its a good idea. He appreciates her stepping up. And the Fire Dept can help as drivers and some of them are also EMTs. Volunteers are going to need to be paid. Too much training is required for this to be all volunteer. Aurora has bee a great partner to you. Lynch motioned to execute the contract for the 2 ambulances for Dillsboro this year. Little 2nd. Approved $40,000. This will be signed in front of notary tomorrow. Randall kept stressing the idea of donating to Aurora. 

2017 PAWS Agreement- Baudendistel said this agreement has been reviewed. He had to leave at this point. He also reviewed the other items on the agenda. Sandy Carley said she really has nothing to say. New director - Brenda Wagle. They will have their 2016 stats in January and introduce the new director. They will do that for Council too. They are doing well. Agreement stays the same as 2016’s. Approved and signed. $10,000 per month. 

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer- Local Roads and Bridges Matching Grant Agreement- [pesented by Randall in Todd’s absence. Community Crossings Matching grant. Woliung Road Bridge. $575,443 is the max for the award. Commissioners signed the agreement. 

St. Leon 2016 EMS Contract- Randall presented. $20,000 for one squad. They are also working on their program. They are providing response but NO TRANSPORT. The other squads are saying it isn’t fair to have this much money with only half the work done. They are not doing the full contracted work. We need to put it out there that these units need to communicate with us. We should pay for this year and then meet to see how we are going to deal with them for 2017. Commissioners agreed to pay the contract. 

PTABOA Appointments- Mark Hardebeck and Mark Neff- approved

2017 - 911 Director- Jared Teaney approved
2017 EMA Director- Jason Sullivan approved

DC Hospital Board of Trustees appointment- Ron Denney as reappointed 

2017 Meeting dates and times- only conflict is Feb 21st evening time for McHenry. This will also be a morning meeting in Feb. McHenry said that he wants to move the evening meeting time to later like 6 PM for people who work to be able to attend. Third Tues of all other months will begin at 6 PM. Morning meetings will be the same time at 8:30 AM. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- Agreement with DCH for EMT training- IVY Tech had EMT training at $1200. DCH does it for $800. The alliance has a website and working on  training video for recruitment. The hospital stepped up and we are happy with the cost savings. They screen the people coming in to be sure they are committed. $100,000 was earmarked for recruitment and training. $10,000 should go into the line item for dining along with the $4000. The EMS alliance would do a proposal for a scholarship of sorts.and 50/50 match paying for the training. The squads are putting up 12 people with $400 each except for two of them that have some cert already. Looking at formalizing that program for next year. Approved. 

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Dec 6 Minutes approved. Both payroll for the end of the year are submitted- Dec 9 and Dec 22. approved. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- nothing- he was gone by this time due to another commitment. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch- exciting too see the steel going up out there. Wish every one a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanked Terri and Gayle for all they do this year.
Little- Thanked Kevin for his good wishes. This is the end of our four year term for Kevin and him. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanked Terri and Gayle and all the others who work here. 
McHnery was the flower boy for the chicken fry at the annual Christmas party. Laughter.



Meeting Adjourned at 5:55 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township



DEARBORN COUNTY AUDITOR                                    
                                                                                                                          Gayle Pennington
                                                                                                                                                               215-B West High Street
                                                                                                                                                               Lawrenceburg, IN  47025
                                                                                                                                                              Office:  812-537-8816                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                               Fax:  812-537-5534

Here’s the list of dates for the Dearborn County Council meetings for 2017.

County Council Meetings for 2017
January 24, 2017 – 6:30 pm
May 23, 2017 – 6:30 pm
August 28 – September 1, 2017 – budget hearings
November 28, 2017 – 6:30 pm

Meetings will be held in the Commissioner’s Room at: 215-B W High St., Lawrenceburg, IN

Sharon Probst
Deputy, Auditor’s Office


Friday, December 16, 2016

AGENDA- Dec 20th Commissioners Meeting

December 20, 2016
5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


1.  Dillsboro EMS 2016 Contract - tabled
1.  2017 PAWS Agreement

2.  Local Rd & Bridges Matching Grant Agreement - HWY Engineer, Todd Listerman

3.  St. Leon 2016 EMS Contract

4.  PTABOA Appointments:  Mark Hardebeck & Mark Neff

5.  2017 911 Director Selection

6.  2017 EMS Director Selection

7.  Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustee Appointment – Ronald Denney

8.  2017 Meeting Dates & Times

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall
1.  Agreement with DCH for EMT Training 

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




Thursday, December 08, 2016

Dearborn County Park Board Requests Short Survey Takers

Dearborn County Park Board Requests Short Survey Takers

The Dearborn County Park Board has been working on updating our five year plan.  As part of the plan we would like to capture information from residents to help us improve the parks.  Would you be able to complete the survey and also pass it along to persons that you think may be interested?  The survey letter below has a link that will take participants to a quick online survey that will anonymously capture and consolidate the feedback provided.  If they can’t click on the link it can easily be copied and pasted into their browser of choice.

Thanks for your assistance.


Michael J. Hornbach
Extension Educator
County Extension Director
229 Main Street
Aurora, IN 47001
Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.


Date:  December 7, 2016
To:   Survey Recipient
From:  Doug Burger

Please take a moment to help us improve your experiences in the Dearborn County Park system by completing the online survey at the following link by January 2nd.
The results of this survey will be added to the information being gathered for the 2017-2021 Dearborn County five year Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and will help guide our decision making for the next five years.  All results gathered from the survey will be anonymous and all information is completely confidential. No information from these surveys will be used for any purpose other than park planning.    

In addition to the survey, the Dearborn County Park Board will host a public meeting to review the draft of the updated five year plan on January 4th.  You are invited to attend the public meeting that will be held at the Purdue Extension Office of Dearborn County, 229 Main Street, Aurora beginning at 5:00 p.m.


Doug Burger
Dearborn County Park & Recreation Board President

8 December 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

8 December 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Sue Hayden, minute taker, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
Jim Deaton read the Title VI statement as required by law.
Verification of Information Discussed in Executive Session- The board verified that no other matters other than those listed in the public notice were discussed. 
Action of Executive Session- Rahe moved and Helms 2nd to authorize Ewan and Randall to proceed with offer on real estate and proceed with discussions with private investors- Approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Oct 27th meeting minutes were approved. Goodman abstained as he was absent in Oct. 
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS- Claims paid from General Fund, Visioning Fund, and TIF Fund
Dues from I-74 Marketing group and Randall said they are really getting active.Ripley, Shelby, Rush, Dearborn, Decatur all in the group. Duke Energy and some more energy providers getting involved. 
Website hosting and conference from older invoice from a conference- All paid.
TIF Fund-  Barnes and Thornburg old huge bill from West Harrison TIF from the bonds and TIF up there. Umbaugh and the items for Skally’s in this bill too. Maintenance and mowing for West Harrison by Lonnie Steele. Approved to pay. 
Visioning Fund- KMK Consulting- for new EDI and this has to do with the development for a county wide development organization.Still meeting with mayors at times.  Paid. 
Financials- they went over the $63.90 to L-bg to close out the grant. Whitewater Mills - payments made to bond bank that Auditor took care of already.
Randall- Skally’s is at point where she was getting nervous. They got a new partner and had to start the loan business over. They have two banks in the final stages. They hired someone to do projections of the income. $40 million project. Appraisal couldn’t happen until they had the final drawings done. KZF Design just sent the 100% final drawings to Randall this week. The bank thinks that by next Friday they can get contingent approval hind=ging on the final appraisal. They should have loan done in January. No title on the land until closing. They are further down the road as the drawings are already done. They anticipate construction in March. This is one year late. they will be using some local lending and local construction per Randall. 

Kaiser Pickles- We can get them some money but only if we amend the TIF. You have all toured all the properties. She will type up the amendments for the parcel changes and get with McCormack in Planning Office. There are 6 parcels to add. These are properties where development may go in the future. She had to talk with Tom Pittman on this. They are going to give them a match on the infrastructure. She plans to rewrite what Pittman did before and save some money on redrafting documents. Then he will review it legally.    
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

December 8, 2016
9:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


  1. Call to order

  1. Verification of Information Discussed in Executive Session

  1. Action of Executive Session 

  1. Approval of Minutes
October 27, 2016 Meeting 

  1. Claims & Financials
1.  Approval of Claims
- General Fund 
- Visioning Fund 
- TIF Fund

2.  Review of Financials

  1. Unfinished Business

  1. New Business
  1. Economic Development Officer’s Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment