Thursday, May 21, 2015

21 May 2015 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

21 May 2015 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Acting Chairman, Jim Helms, and Randy Lyness. 
ABSENT: Dave Deddens, John Rahe, and Dusty Burress (non- voting school board member), Andrea Ewan,Attorney, and Gayle Pennington, Auditor.

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Sue Hayden, minute taker.

Meeting started at 10:15 AM

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- April 16th minutes were approved with correction to show the April meeting was run by Deddens after he arrived.


Approval of claims for Econ Dev. research grant- Oren Turner and Purdue University Consulting. $100,000 was the original grant. $62,000 is left in that fund. Purdue was brought in to do data collection and strategic processes for the county,cities and towns. This was a business retention and expansion program for the county wide visioning program with the cities also. This fee was $5,000 and they got it in December. Approved.
Approval of regular claims- Salaries for Randall and Hayden, the Tom Pittman consultation with Barnes and Thornburg on a confidential process and the hospital, and Maxwell Consultation for Project Platform as a side project he is still helping with. Approved.
Review of financials- TIF balances were reviewed. Whitewater Mills was assessed around $20,000 for next year revenue per Randall. We only get a portion of this the first 5 years because of their abatement. 
Receipt of funds from billboard advertisement- Norton Advertising for the Stone Property sign- so they have income from the advertising revenue. $2524.80 goes into fund 4931- General.
The sign on the Taylor property is still in discussion phase. Brett Fehrman is the agent for the property. The widow wants to divest herself of this but wants to be sure she actually owns this sign. One of the people (Rick Craig) in the industrial park with a beverage business and is still wanting great signage as promised. The parcel is $56,000 for one acre. It was listed higher before. Rack had sold the lot to Craig expecting signage. So they will talk to Rack also. Randall wants to get the meeting  together with the owners to see if they can make this work to get the signage for all of them. Randall thinks there should be some sort of financial commitment from the DCRC to help with this. The board was in agreement with this to help retain the businesses there and get more. Try to get DCRC out of the sign business though. The highway dept. could mow this perhaps as they are located there. The meeting with other industrial parcel owners will be in the next couple weeks.

Randall wondered should we have a professional come in and look at the TIF districts and she asked Umbaugh and Associates for a quote to do that. The Auditor asked them to do this as Umbaugh and Associates already work with the Auditor. The quote is for $1500 per TIF area and reports NTE $1000 per TIF etc. They will look over the services we need that we cannot do in-house. The TIF money might be able to be used to pay for the services. The auditor needs to be involved in this decision. London Witte could also be contacted for a quote if desired.To discuss at June 11 meeting.  



Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



6 PM Tuesday May 26th in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Countty Adm, Bldg.

Liz Morris is new SE District VP of Association of Indiana Counties

Dearborn County Council member Liz Morris was elected

District Vice President of the Association of Indiana Counties’

Southeast District - see new article by clicking the link below:

AGENDA May 21st Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission Meeting



May 21, 2015

10:00 a.m.

3rd Floor Commissioners Room
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
County Administration Building

I. Call to order

II. Approval of Minutes

April 16, 2015 Meeting

III. Unfinished Business 

IV. Claims & Financials

Approval of Claims for ED Research Grant

Approval of Regular Claims

Review of Financials

Receipt of Funds from Billboard Advertisement

V. New Business

VI. Economic Development Officer’s Report

VII. Attorney’s Report 

VIII. Other Business

IX. Adjournment

Saturday, May 16, 2015

AGENDA May 26th Dearborn County Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
7:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


II.             CALL TO ORDER

III.            AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY – Gayle Pennington
Board appointment

IV.           MAINTENANCE DEPT. – Gayle Pennington

V.            CIRCUIT COURT – Judge Humphrey
Transcript overtime

VI.           AURORA LIONS CLUB – Mike Heffelmire
Aurora Farmers Fair

VII.          TREASURER – Phil Weaver
Resolution of Investments

Purchase vehicle
IX.           PROSECUTOR – Aaron Negangard
Witness Fees

X.            HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT – Todd Listerman
Replace of Bridge # 61 – Kaiser Rd
Replace of Bridge # 38 – Schwipps Rd

XI.           911 COMMUNICATIONS – Jared Teaney
Radio System

XII.          PLANNING & ZONING – Mark McCormack
Legal Advertising
Vehicle maintenance
Potential Inter-local Agreement w/City of Aurora

EMA replacement

XIV.        SHERIFF DEPARTMENT – Mike Kreinhop
Inmate medical care
Vehicle Maintenance
Reinstatement Police Fund

XV.         PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk
Bright Meadows Park Repairs
General park maintenance and repairs
GR Park repairs
Rullman Park Fence

XVI.        COMMISSIONERS – Terri Randall
Legal Services

XVII.       ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
Extension Office Contract

XVIII.      AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DC Redevelopment Changed to May 21st at 10 AM

The DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting has been moved from May 14th to May 21st at 10 AM

Monday, May 11, 2015

Master Plan Advisory Committee Meets May 11 7 PM

Master Plan Advisory Committee Meets Monday May 11 at 7 PM
Below is the email sent to the advisory committee.

Hello everyone!

I have attached a couple of documents for your review in preparation of our next Comp Plan meeting next Monday, May 11th at 7:00pm. As a reminder, at this meeting we will be focusing on Education and Public Health (the latter of which is a new topic / Element for our Plan). Please note:

1.            I have attached 2014 reports related to all 3 major school corporations in the county, as well as child care center information.
2.            I have also attached the proposed agenda / script for us to follow at the meeting next Monday. The script includes the existing issues, goals, and strategies in the Comp Plan related to Education, as well as some (example) issues that our discussions with the Health Focus Group have yielded. (We are waiting on feedback from the Advisory Committee and some additional Focus Group individuals before we draft the goals and strategies for the Health Element.) As the agenda / script indicates, we have set aside approximately an hour and a half to cover both of these topics.

Please review as much of the aforementioned attached information as you can for this meeting—and again, please feel free to ask any questions or submit any recommendations or changes to me at your earliest convenience.

Please contact the Planning & Zoning office know if you are not going to be able to attend the meeting next week—so that we have an idea of how many people to accommodate and who may be coming in for you as a reserve if that is a viable option. **Also, if you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to submit your comments, suggestions, and recommendations to me via email (or by sending them directly to our office at your earliest convenience).

As always, thank you for your time and attention…We hope to see you next Monday!


Mark McCormack

March 23rd Master Plan Advisory Committee Draft Minutes on Economic Development Element

March 23rd Master Plan Advisory Committee Draft Minutes on Economic Development Element 

  • -  Utilization of interstate transportation systems
  • -  Enhance local and regional education systems
    o Expand educational offerings
  • -  Good telecommunications and fiber optic networks
  • -  Well-planned infrastructure investment(s)
  • -  A diverse, well-trained workforce
    o To accommodate retail, manufacturing, industrial trades, technological businesses, transportation / logistics, and warehousing uses
  • -  Enhanced quality of life activities / uses
o More arts and entertainment activities, including festivals, concerts / music o Encourage and nurture community wellness and healthy lifestyles with
expanded recreational opportunities, access to locally-made goods, etc.
o Increased diversity for housing choices / options
o Opportunities and activities for people of all ages, including families and seniors
  • -  Expansion and retention of existing businesses o We should build on what we have first
  • -  Bringing in new businesses that do not negatively impact existing businesses
  • -  Utilization and retention of Dearborn County’s working population
  • -  Cultivating and developing an entrepreneurial spirit
    Suggested Economic Development Definition text, (Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center):
    Economic development is the development of economic wealth of regions or communities for the well-being of their inhabitants. From a policy perspective, economic development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base.
  • -  High quality of life
  • -  Accessibility to the community, including access from the Ohio River
  • -  Road infrastructure / network, which should be further improved and enhanced
  • -  Good housing stock
  • -  Very good water supply
  • -  Recent infrastructure investment by local governments
  • -  Ivy Tech, as a local secondary education provider
  • -  Local schools are good overall, in many respects
  • -  Land is an available resource (for growth to occur)
  • -  Low crime rates
  • -  The government is not as bureaucratic, in comparison to bigger, neighboring
    communities / areas
  • -  Lack of predictable, fair decisions by policy-makers
  • -  Local schools seem to be lacking vocational, internship, and apprenticeship programs
    and advance placement opportunities to prepare students for workforce activities
  • -  Overall, the labor force of the community does not seem to be trained well-enough to
    meet the local and regional area’s employment needs
  • -  Need to dedicate more resources to economic development staff, so that there are
    full-time, focused, constant, expanded, and better-coordinated efforts—for new businesses, business retention, and small business growth
    o Need increased, larger-scale marketing efforts
  • -  Difficult to determine and provide small businesses with the resources they need to
    grow and expand
  • -  Rail access is limited
  • -  Access to the Interstate (road) system is very limited
  • -  Topographical constraints to site development
  • -  Sewer infrastructure
  • -  Need better communications infrastructure
  • -  The community is still perceived as being not ‘business-friendly,’ based on past
    experiences and associated word-of-mouth communication(s)
  • -  Poor or non-existent image / message associated with our gateway / primary
    entrances into the community, from U.S. 50 and I-275
  • -  We are not taking advantage of / capitalizing on our environmental assets—our
    natural resources, beautiful scenery, rolling terrain, proximity to the Ohio River, etc.
GOAL: A resilient, diverse, sustainable economy.
  1. 1  Improve the overall quality of life of the Dearborn County community--to attract businesses and residents by promoting and supporting economic advancement, healthy lifestyles, recreation, education, excellent infrastructure and services, and a well-respected environment.
  2. 2  Need to develop a structure to administer and coordinate all economic development-related efforts, so that community efforts are focused and efficient.
  3. 3  Need to have a qualified, full-time staff (group) who can develop both long and short-term economic plans and marketing and advertising campaigns.
  4. 4  Create an economic strategic plan—which can be used in coordination with other community plans to make community-level improvements, such as those involving transportation and sewers, in targeted areas.
  5. 5  Need to better define our identity and create a consistent (community) brand and message—which will significantly improve and impact our marketing and advertising efforts.
  6. 6  Need to identify, and support, potential partnership opportunities with other economic development groups (such as the Economic Development Initiative). *As a part of this effort, a Revolving Loan fund should be established.
  7. 7  Business recruitment efforts should be focused on identified, targeted uses.
  8. 8  Create a complete community inventory of lands and building sites that are in
    need of redevelopment.
  9. 9  Study the viability of establishing one or more business incubators.
  10. 10  Need to engage and attract young employees, graduates, and professionals and get them to become more actively invested and involved in all elements of the community.
GOAL: Expanded access to knowledge, education, and training opportunities.
  1. 1  Form stronger partnerships with local and regional educational institutions to
    focus, and enhance, educational efforts more towards the needs and demands
    of local and regional employers.
  2. 2  Increase the awareness of educational opportunities and workforce
    development opportunities in the community.
  3. 3  Improve infrastructure connectivity and access, where possible, to technologies
    and programs that support off-campus and online education services.
Economic Development-Related Projects:
  •   Business retention and expansion from within the community
  •   Additional, improved workforce development opportunities
  •   Road and sewer improvements
  •   High-speed internet improvements
  •   Cellular / wireless telecommunications improvements
    Economic Opportunity Areas (to be mapped):
    •   West Harrison TIF area
    •   St. Leon interchange area, including area outside of TIF
    •   I-74 corridor area
    •   U.S. 50 corridor, including TIF and redevelopment areas
      (Ex: Frisch’s, El Mariachi)
    •   Old AEP sites (along US 50)
    •   Greendale, along U.S. 50 and I-275
    •   Dillsboro area
    •   Downtown areas of Lawrenceburg and Aurora
    •   Along the Ohio River (entertainment and recreation opportunities)
    •   Oxbow area (outdoor recreation destination / play areas)
    •   SR 1 (activity / cluster areas)
    •   SR 350 (activity / cluster areas)
    •   Perfect North Slopes (outdoor recreation destination / play areas)
General Comments:
  •   Targeted uses should include: advanced manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, technology, retail (including online retail), tourism (including agri- tourism), river trades, agri-business, unique arts and crafts, higher-end restaurants, etc.
  •   Long-standing businesses that are unique to the community should be identified and recognized...these are typically family-owned and operated and may provide significant growth opportunities.
  •   The County’s sense of place needs to be developed and enhanced. This could be encouraged or enhanced in part by promoting community events such as festivals, concerts, farmer’s markets, indoor and outdoor sporting events and recreational opportunities, etc.
  •   Economic development and growth requires more than just accommodating the community’s current needs—it involves selling locally-produced goods to people and businesses outside of the community for growth and expansion to occur.
  •   Capital should not be used / expended faster than it is generated.
  •   Tax incentives should be used to raise the level of prosperity of the community and
    to create jobs, if they are to be used at all.
  •   The value of new fill and new buildings within the floodplain should be examined to
    determine all associated costs, including those to the environment.
  •   All costs associated with green field development (with productive agricultural
    lands) should be factored, including loss of farm land and local food sources.

Dearborn County Plan Commission
March 23rd, 2015 Meeting
ATTENDEES: (Underlined members present)
Advisory Committee Members:
Al Abdon, Doug Baer, Joyce Baer, Craig Beckley, Andy Bischoff, Cliff Bischoff, Bill Black, Mike Clark, Archie Crouch, Phil Darling, Jim Deaton, Guinevere Emery, Brett Fehrman, Rick Fields, Pat Hawkins, Jim Helms, Roger Howard, Grant Hughes, Jennifer Hughes, Bruce Keller, Casey Knigga, Eric Kranz, Dennis Kraus (Sr.), Helen Kremer(E), Todd Listerman, Randy Maxwell (E), Jay McMullen, Chris Mueller, Jane Ohlmansiek, Rick & Susan Pope(E), Terri Randall(E), Jim Red Elk, Robert Sauerbrey (E), Kathy Scott, Bill Shelton(E), Jeff Stratman, Christina Swafford, Ralph Thompson, Harley & Jan Ulmansiek, Bill Ullrich(E)

County Commissioners:
Kevin Lynch, Shane McHenry, Art Little

Plan Commission:
Mike Hall, Dennis Kraus, Jr., Art Little, Dan Lansing, Mike Hornbach, Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehmann, Jim Thatcher, Jake Hoog

Planning & Zoning Staff:
Mark McCormack, Vinnie Fazzino, Karen Abbott 

Thursday, May 07, 2015



This serves as notice that the Dearborn County Commissioner’s meeting scheduled for Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm has been cancelled / rescheduled on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:00-6:00 p.m.  

Further notice is given that the Commissioners have called a Special Meeting for Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 6 p.m. -7 p.m. and that all Dearborn County Council Members have been
invited to attend this meeting. The purpose of this Special Meeting is for a presentation and update on the courthouse annex design/options and identify any additional questions or
thoughts from County Council.

As a final notice, the time for the Commissioner’s meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. will be moved to 5:00 p.m.

These meetings will be held at the Administration Building, 215 B West High Street,Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

6 May 2015 Commissioner Meeting Notes- SEE ANNEX MEETINGS SET UP AT END OF NOTES

6 May 2015 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, and Kevin Lynch
Also present: Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.   

ABSENT: Gayle Pennington, Auditor. Leah Bailey covered the meeting in her absence. Pennington came in later but Bailey kept notes.
Recording equipment was not working. McHenry said I should be their witness that they didn’t do anything wrong. I said that I would have to see what they do first.
Future Road Name Change Discussion- Hardintown- Tabled until 5/19 meeting

Election Updates- Clerk of Courts- Rick Probst- passed out election data. Thanked his poll workers and highway workers who moved polling equipment. There may be a couple 
recounts potentially as the races were close. Facilities might need to be increased for a  presidential election next year.

Roadside Littering in Dearborn County- Celeste Calvitto of the Beacon. They called me Celeste the pest all my life and now you know why. She said that he website lit up 
after the last meeting and she is serious about the seed money for signs. Recycling educator said she offered help. Listerman is trying to get signs to post for No Littering and the legal fines that can be assessed. McHenry said they need to get the area cleaned
up and coordinate the effort.

Dennis Kraus, Jr and Mark McCormack- presented the interlocal agreement with Aurora for code enforcement issues there. 
Guinevere Emery was notified of the fact that the county provides these services for other communities in the county. There are some minor issues with Aurora regarding their Historic area, unsafe buildings, and the 
city court processes. The disbursement of the money is an issue as it would add about 25
extra hours for their part timer. He was asking Commissioners if they were OK with this idea before he approaches Council. He wants to get it settled now. Baudendistel said that Jeff Stratman the city attorney for Aurora would be OK either with county or Aurora 
doing that. They have to get a board together also. Aurora’s attorney handles the legal issues if they go to court on anything. Guinevere Emery said that they have a good partnership with the county and that this was a good opportunity for Aurora. She thinks there is a level of excellence here in the county that is beneficial to them. It would also 
provide a steady income stream to the county. Violations go to a hearing board and appeals to circuit court. They have applications for their ad- but are waiting until they
see what happens with this partnership. McHenry said it is a good opportunity. Lynch asked how they came up with the money to pay us and if it would be adequate. McCormack said he has crunched the numbers and thinks he can make it work. They may have to rework the agreement to include termination language and also increases in pay 
and benefits. Baudendistel will work this over with Stratton. Commissioners agreed to
allow McCormack to move forward with this and approach Council.

McHenry also asked if they wanted to handle the board appointment. Commissioners
approved Eric Lang - surveyor and engineer from Dillsboro- to the Plan Commission to fill out Mike Hall’s term. Hall was chairman of the PC and died unexpectedly last month. 

Highway Engineer- Todd Listerman:

2014 Annual Report for Roads and Streets- approved.

Permission to approach Council for Bridge #38- Schwipps Rd- $675,000. This will be under the new state law where they do not have to use common wage. To be done by the fall. Approved.

Bridge #61 Kaiser Rd at the bottom. $625,000 needed. Commissioners approved him going to Council. To be done by the fall. Approved .

Approval to sign contract for Bridge #9 - Land and Water $21,420 was lowest quote for testing and inspection. Approved for him to sign. 

Baudendistel said Art Wenzel found the owner of the sliver of land for a ROW to the owner of a parcel form a McKittrick subdivision. They will get that fixed soon.  

Grant Application Approval- EMA Director- Bill Black- was notified on Thursday night and it had to be in on Monday. $14,117.54 was requested to replace some of the
computers in the office and command truck. They are old Windows XP and not supported
anymore. He thinks he can get the computers cheaper than this maybe- with sales. Commissioners approved McHenry’s signature on the grant.
$39,779.80 reimbursements for salaries has been approved per Black. 
Baudendistel said that after July 1 they can donate the old trailer with the new law without an ordinance for donating to a non-profit.Lynch asked if 4H could use it during the fair. Black will see Phil Weaver about that. [NOTE: Bill Black is retiring soon.]

ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall:
Legal fees are unpredictable and again she has to go back to Council on this. $25,000 will be requested from Council. Commissioners approved. 
Lawsuits and settlement fees- to be requested. There was a $25,000 deductible on all claims coming out of the jail. Now with the new jail she says the deductible is dropped. Requesting $35,000 for old lawsuits and settlement fees. This is a new insurance company now per Baudendistel. There is also a direct line to Jack Prarat to get jail data for these claims.
Quote from Casey’s Outdoor Solution was given in the fall ( $10,000). 
Goodwin Landscaping also bid at $22,773. Casey’s was $14,119.64. They are looking for less maintenance. Approved to go to Council. [NOTE: How did the price go up by 40% on Casey’s and if they were bidding apples to apples how did Goodwin’s get to over twice the original estimates?]

Tim Grieve shut down Jamison Road Highway location. They are talking to Sunman Dearborn about the area around the school shut down. This might work for the county highway site.

McCormack is doing some Regional Trails Planning with Green Umbrella per Randall. Lynch chimed in that Jack Sutton ( Aurora resident) is also with Hamilton County Parks and tying our trails to theirs.

AUDITOR – Leah Bailey - Claims  approved. 

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel:
Governmental Affairs Services Agreement with Lewis and Kappes $63,360 and we are responsible for $24,000. Baudendistel said their new contact there did a good job this last session. This would also get Lyness’s signature at Council. Randall said she gets weekly 
calls every Friday. They tell her all that they hear and they really keep us informed. Approved.

Ordinance on the Disposition of Property Held by the DC Sheriff- This spells out how the
sheriff can auction off seized items and the money goes to county general. Property is held for 90 days and trying to find rightful owner. Evidence can only be disposed of 
by court order. Approved. 

Lynch wanted to recognize Probst and staff for running an efficient election. Thanked all 
those who stepped up and ran for office. Next week is public service recognition week, There is a celebration on Fountain Square in Cincinnati. Through his role with OKI he 
will be there. Mary Beth Hedrick from Lawrenceburg Community Center and Terri Randall County Administrator will be 2 of the 6 recipients. Congratulated them.

Little- thanked Celeste Calvitto for binging up the littering issues again. He thought about it a lot since the last meeting. He thought maybe the realtors should be involved as it affects property values.

McHenry- said with the Courthouse project and what was said about the entrance at the committee meeting, they had worked on it. The plan is to rearrange meetings in May.
Cancel May 19 meeting and move to May 26 Commissioners 5-6 PM, then special meeting from 6-7 PM for them and Council for a presentation of options.NO DECISION that night. Council will have to change their meeting to 7 PM start time.  
Then change June 2 Commissioners meeting to evening meeting starting at 5 and address the Courthouse issue and public can address commissioners on June 2 and they hope to make a decision that evening on the ANNEX. 
He also congratulated the two public servant awardees and the city election candidates.

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- Listerman- construction of berm for Guilford Park will be worked on this summer. Lynch want the trees planted to be registered on the taking root website. 


Meeting adjourned at 10 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township