Saturday, August 23, 2014

Agenda for Budget Hearings with County Council August 25-19

Budget Meetings (For Year 2014)
August 25 - 29

August 25th, Monday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM
9:00 AM Budget Analysis--Frank Cummings
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Lifetime Housing--Carla Burkhart
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM Auditor--Gayle Pennington
11:30 AM
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1 pm

1:15 PM Highway--Tim Greive
1:30 PM Cum Bridge--Todd Listerman
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM Soil & Water--Brad Dawson
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Clerk--Rick Probst
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 26th, Tuesday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Solid Waste--BJ Ault & Mindy Smith
9:00 AM Commissioners--Terri Randall
9:15 AM
9:30 AM Redevelopment Commission
9:45 AM County Extension Office--Mike Hornbach
10:00 AM Treasurer--Phil Weaver
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM EMA--Bill Black
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM Recorder--Glenn Wright
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1pm

1:15 PM Juvenile Center--Traci Agner & Beth Blair
1:30 PM
1:45 PM Animal Control--Marlene Underwood
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM Prosecutor--Aaron Negangard
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Circuit Court--Judge Humphrey
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 27th, Wednesday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Assessor--Gary Hensley
9:00 AM Park Board--Jim Red Elk
9:15 AM
9:30 AM Maintenance--Eric Hartman
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Circuit Court Probation--Steve Bradley
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM Regional Sewer District--Steve Renihan
11:00 AM
11:15 AM Health Dept--Dr. Scudder
11:30 AM
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 11:50-12:50pm
1:00 PM Superior Court 2--Judge Blankenship
1:15 PM
1:30 PM Superior Probations and Community Corr--Steve Kelly
1:45 PM
2:00 PM Safe Passage--Becky
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 28th, Thursday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Building Department--Bill Shelton
9:00 AM Coroner--Steve Callahan
9:15 AM Surveyor--Dennis Kraus
9:30 AM Lifetime Resources-- (Dawn Landwehr 432-6260)
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Planning and Zoning--Mark McCormack
10:15 AM
10:30 AM Sheriff/Jail--Mike Kreinhop
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM Convt Visit Bureau--Charlotte Hastings & Debbie Smith
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1pm

1:15 PM Veteran's Service Officer--Mike Burgess
1:30 PM PAWS--Sandy Carly
1:45 PM
2:00 PM Historical Society--Chris McHenry
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM **Charlie Ashley will be in at 8:45 on Friday to discuss the
4:15 PM Communications budget as well as an additional
4:30 PM appropriation

Friday, August 22, 2014

AGENDA August 25th Dearborn County Plan Commission

Monday, August 25, 2014
7:00 P.M.




1. Request: Zone Map Amendment from a Residential (R) to a Restricted
Business (B-1) District
 Applicant: Daniel Badinghaus
 Site Location: Bond Road & Stateline Road intersection
 Legal: Sec. 1, T6, R1, Map #06-01, Parcel #’s 068, 069, 079, 081, 087, 089
 Township: Miller Size: 4.2 Acres
 Zoning: Residential (R)

1. Request: Vacate a portion of streets and alleys in the platted
 Town of Wilmington
 Applicant: Dana & Phyllis Weisickle
 Site Location: Water Street and 2 unnamed alleys; adjacent to Probst Road
 Legal: Sections 35 & 36, Map #08-35, 08-36, T-5, R-2
 Township: Hogan Size: Approximately .276 Acres
 Zoning: Agricultural (A)

1. Proposed changes to the Dearborn County Zoning Ordinance related to animal control
and the keeping of animals

STAFF REPORTS for the above items can be viewed later Friday August 22 also on the county website

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SCU- Special Crimes Unit- will get $509,000 new headquarters in Lawrenceburg

SCU- Special Crimes Unit- will get $509,000 new headquarters in Lawrenceburg

The Lawrenceburg Resolution link is also on this webpage at Register Publications.

Project appears to be paid for by the County SCU with $200,000 in funds given to them by Lawrenceburg and Seizure Money from the County  SCU. 
The County SVU pays for the building and the City of Lawrenceburg owns it.
The County SCU then leases the building from Lawrenceburg.

The story does not mention a bidding process for this building.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

19 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners MeetingNotes

19 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners MeetingNotes

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



Planning and Zoning- Mark McCormack- Zone Map amendment request- Oxbow of Indiana request to rezone about 905 acres in Lawrenceburg Township to Agriculture. This request received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the 8 Plan Commission members who were present at their meeting. The existing zoning was M-3 (Manufacturing 3). Most of this is in flood plain or in the flood way. Greendale and Lawrenceburg Conservancy District were notified of this request. Most of the surrounding area is Ag. Most is wetland areas and some is farmed. McCormack showed pictures of the subject property and maps of the surrounding properties. Section 540 and the 5 criteria to pay reasonable regard to before rezoning. There were some property owners at the Plan Commission meeting that had no problem with the rezone but some requested that they not rezone their own properties. The buffer distance is about 60 ft with the new ordinance that is to be up for adoption soon. The Plan Commission recommended that be set to half the buffer distance if needed for adjoining properties. Baudendistel read the ordinance rezoning the Oxbow’s various parcels in Lawrenceburg Township. There were two exhibits attached to the ordinance showing color coded map and a list of the property owners.
Public discussion – Tim Mara representing Oxbow and their 3 other property owners spoke and gave a history of the land acquisitions over the years. He also said the flood plain was frequently flooded and they felt uncomfortable having a Manufacturing-3 zone given their purpose. They also lease a number of acres for farming to promote the agriculture in the county. The president of Oxbow was alos in the audience.
The commissioners passed the ordinance rezoning the Oxbow area to Agricultural zoning.

Resolution Regarding SCU- Special Crimes Unit- Building-Andy Baudendistel presented the ordinance. Lawrenceburg owns the building and they will lease it to SCU. They also gave $200,000. This resolution is substantially similar to Lawrenceburg’s resolution as required. Any additional money is coming out of the seizure fund. Shane McHenry said that he will be abstaining from this discussion due to his previous involvement with SCU. Tom McKay said- The building will be located by the Lawrenceburg City Garage is. Commissioners approved the resolution and agreement between the county and Lawrenceburg. McHenry abstained.

Steve Kelly- has a grant for Core Soft to help with the ankle bracelet system for Community Corrections. They are the first pilot program for this in Indiana. They have $150,000 and a match for $150,000 for total of $300,000 which is about $4,000 over the budgeted amount. 54 participants for Aug 15 of 2014 – June 30 of 2015.. They will have a separate fund for this grant. Pennington has that set up. Commissioners approved.

 ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall:  Jail Project Update- thanked citizens who came out to the jail tour on Saturday. Had a big turnout with 50 and then 30 on the 2nd tour. Has nothing more today.

Change Orders- Brad Rullman- Maxwell Construction- Commissioners have advance copies. All were approved by Commissioners: First two are additional. Third is a deduction:

$2838- for power to switch off water supply Security Nation Systems.
$11,252.21 Banta Electric – to change 45 lights from recessed to surface mounts
$4,066  Breckenridge Kitchen Equipment- 3 new double ovens were switched to only needing two.

Project Update- some unforeseen conditions but are still within the contingency. They are 85-90% complete with the project. The final phase is renovation of eth kitchen and booking area.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- had Sue send you a memo for an appointment needed for a vacancy on Miller Township board. Art Little was asked what to do. He will have a name for next meeting- Tabled.
Minutes for August 5th were approved. Claims approved.

EMS reimbursements for $250 each for EMT class- both were for Greendale EMTs. Approved to pay.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- Interlocal with municipalities regarding Animal Control Ordinance- probably not entirely necessary but wants to cover all their bases. The municipalities need to know that the ACO’s will only be enforcing the COUNTY ordinance. They are not compelled to enforce the city ordinance if it is different from ours. Greendale is not included in this at this point. They may elect to opt out of this. As of now though Greendale is still covered under this ordinance.

Baudendistel said that Sue Hayden said that the Veterans are asking the state to cover various therapies. Tabled to hear from the Veteran’s Officer on this.

Baudendistel reported that the County has a $25,000 escrow account for Tucker to complete Old Orchard. They will keep $10,000 and the existing bond will be released and a maintenance bond  required for 2 years. $15,000 will go back to Tucker. Listerman created a punch list to be completed by September 15. The agreement was approved to be signed by McHenry in front of the notary tomorrow. I asked if Tucker had any other outstanding unfinished projects. Baudendistel wasn't sure but said that he thought there were other bonds out on those. [NOTE: It is important that the county be protected for all unfinished roadways etc in subdivisions.]

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch thanked everyone who participated in the job fair with 74 companies and 260 applicants and 17 people were hired on the site. This is a 50% increase form last year. A great feeling of collaboration in our community.

Little- said that the tours of the jail were really interesting. He jokingly said it’s like a retirement home- but wouldn’t want to be locked up in there.

McHenry was watching kids soccer on the tour date which was like being in jail-



Meeting adjourned at  6:00 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, August 18, 2014

Agenda August 19th Commissioners Meeting

August 19, 2014
5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

I.          CALL TO ORDER



            1.  Planning & Zoning – Mark McCormack
·         Zone Map Amendment Request  
·         Ordinance Rezoning Various parcels in Lawrenceburg Township
V.        ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall
            1.  Jail Project Update
2.  Change Orders – Brad Rullman, Maxwell Construction

VI.       AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
            1.  Resolution Regarding SCU Building
            2.  Interlocal w/Municipalities Re: Animal Control Ordinance





Stupid? No, Follow the Incentives

Stupid? No, Follow the Incentives

published with permission of Indiana Policy Review

by Cecil Bohanon, Ph.D.

The world just seems to be filled with stupid, lazy and greedy people.

Wall Street Journal article a few years back described a really dumb practice of a major American automobile company. Passenger vans produced in Turkey are imported into the United States. As soon as they clear U.S. customs they are shipped to an auto shop. The windows are removed from the vans and panels are installed in their place, and the rear seats are also removed and destroyed. Net of the scrap value, the operation costs a few hundred dollars per van.
Why would a firm make a passenger van outside the United States  and then convert it to a commercial van once it has cleared customs? This is the height of stupidity — no wonder American business is losing its competitive edge if corporate executives make such bone headed decisions. 

Here is another example of bad decision-making: A single mother is offered an opportunity to increase her income by accepting a promotion that will require her to take on more responsibility. She declines the offer.  Here is a woman we are trying to help, who will not help herself. Too many poor people are just lazy. 
A third example is the current trend for American corporations to reconstitute themselves as legal entities outside the U.S. Businesses nurtured in America are abandoning their own country. Let’s face it the problem is greed and greed rules in business.

Bottom line: We need better education to generate a fundamental reform of human character. We need a protracted war on stupid, lazy and greedy people. Well no. As Paul Harvey used to say: now for the rest of the story.

An imported commercial van is subject to a 25 percent tax. An imported passenger van is subject to a 2 percent tariff. By importing vehicles as a passenger vans and then converting them to commercial vans, the auto company saves thousands of dollars per vehicle. This more than pays for the conversion that cost only a few hundred dollars per vehicle. Far from being stupid, this is quite sensible given the tariff structure.

If the woman takes the promotion she will earn more gross income. However, most of the income gain will be eaten up by additional taxes and reductions in the government benefits she receives. On net, she will not be much better off by taking the more difficult job. Her refusal to take the job is not a sign she is lazy, rather it indicates she is prudent.
Finally, American companies are reincorporating outside the U.S. for a simple reason: The statutory tax rate on corporate income is 35 percent in the United States while it is typically 20 percent in other nations. This saves billions of dollars for the company shareholders most of whom are Americans. One can say that this is greed but it is no more so than when an individual taxpayer takes advantage of any component of the tax code.
What is common to the three stories?  The dysfunctional behavior is not so much a byproduct of a character flaw but rather a byproduct of a perverse incentive. We humans are flawed creatures. We all act in ways that are stupid, lazy and greedy. Our tax code, however, often encourages us on.      

Cecil Bohanon, Ph.D., an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, is a professor of economics at Ball State University.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Column: August 14, 2014 Dearborn County Register Publications

Troubling Questions About County Government

In recent years I have had some troubling questions about Dearborn County government.
Questions like:

What do you do when you can’t get information from your local government?

What do you do when you find out that only certain people were invited to bid on a government project?

What happens if costly government projects are broken up into smaller pieces so that the public does not get to vote on it?

Is the judicial branch in charge of the government?

Can County Council stop Commissioners from spending on a project?

When are rules governing majority vote properly changed?

What happens when judges or prosecutors make mistakes?

What if you ask a question at a public meeting about a process or expenditure and get no answer?

Should all public meetings be recorded?

Does an attorney for county boards receive any special training on laws specific to government process?

After covering county meetings for almost 20 years, I know that there are three guiding principles of good government. When things start running amok I can usually trace the problem back to one or more of these being violated.

The first is the Open Door Law or the Sunshine Law. The second is Conflict of Interest. The third is the System of Checks and Balances between the branches of government.

This year I saw evidence of the Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission (DCRC) violating all three principles.

 When some government officials and the local paper attempted to contain and correct the DCRC, others tried to cover up and obstruct. The board circled the wagons and protected the violators, rather than opening the door and protecting the citizens of the county. The county commissioners via their attorney proposed a three page form to be filled out in order to access public records.

 After the Public Access Counselor ruled against the DCRC, the DCRC attorney suggested that they have everyone who attends their meetings sign in. Was this to protect the board from complaints? One of the DCRC answers to the newspaper’s complaint was that it was over the 30 day time limit to complain about the violations. So if they can prove you were at the meeting and didn’t complain in time, then they are off the hook? Lawyers are great at defensive strategy like that. But it doesn’t change the fact that they violated. Getting the board off on a technicality does not protect the citizens of the county.

The newspaper article regarding the complaint filed by their assistant editor with the Public Access Counselor shows not one or two violations but a clear and persistent pattern of them.

After someone has held a job for a year or two they should know the rules of government, particularly when they are hired as the county administrator. And the same is true for the lawyers serving as advisors to county boards. There should be a refresher course for boards and their attorneys on the Open Door Law. In the meantime there are officials, such as the county auditor, well-versed in these regulations for them to have as a resource.

The final straw while wading through this Open Door obstacle course came at the DCRC’s regular meeting in July when I asked (twice) when exactly did this board decide on the retroactive pay  for Terri Randall? I received no answer other than a “belief” from the former Chairman of the Board that he’s sure they must have done it in one of the meetings they didn’t have minutes for- just after they started meeting at the county administration building over a year ago. This belief was not supported by any other member at that July meeting or by any other county commissioner or council minutes or emails.

This brings us to two other issues with my guiding principles. The checks and balances don’t work because the commissioners are sharing their administrator with the DCRC board. Her salary is being paid by both commissioners and DCRC, thus giving the appearance of a conflict of interest. Which board is she serving? Who checks on whom?

I have been told over the years by officials that it is hard to see your own conflicts of interest, because when you are in power, you think you can handle issues and be fair. If any board needs to be watched closely, it is the DCRC. They are in charge of bringing economic development to the county. They spend a large amount of our money including grants to attract business- $4.7 million in incentives for the latest business. They cut the tax revenue to our schools by rerouting it through the TIF (tax incremental financing) districts for these businesses. Good schools are key to getting and keeping jobs. Who will be making up for the shifting tax revenue?

DCRC has more closed door executive sessions than any board in the county. They should be watching out for the good of the citizens. Instead they seem to be more worried about getting around whoever is watching them.

Christine Brauer Mueller of Lawrenceburg Township is a writer for the Dearborn County Public Forum and has attended county meetings since 1995.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

14 August 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

14 August 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Dave Deddens, Chairman, John Rahe, Jim Deaton, and Dennis Kraus, Sr.

ABSENT: Jim Helms and Dusty Burress (non- voting school board member)

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, and Randy Maxwell, consultant (arrived at 8:20). Leah Bailey covered for Gayle Pennington.

Erika Schmidt Russell (Register Publications) covered this meeting

Call to Order

Approval of July 17 special meeting minutes- approved

Sign at entrance to Industrial Park on Randall Avenue- Terri Randall showed a picture of the sign and the missing spots and incorrect signage for businesses no longer there. John Rahe said that a group of volunteers bought the land years ago and then we sold it to another private group. (Rahe was involved with that) There is an acre that the sign sits on that belongs to someone else. Chuck Taylor was an original also. One of the businesses had bought from Rack and has no sign for his business out there. The asking price for the acre is $59,000 now. Craig Distributing is very interested. Someone is interested in purchasing the property. Brett Fehrman was contacted- as realtor. Ewan asked about the piece across from Randall Avenue as an option for sign? Randall thought that maybe they could write the letter as redevelopment to support them. Deaton asked if they could get an easement for that. We don’t want to own the property without some constructive use of it. Randall said they could maybe use TIF dollars for it. Ideally the easement could be for all the other property owners and they would pay for their part of the sign. The old sign needs to come down. The new owner of that property may want this to help the looks of their property anyway. DCRC approved Randall to send a letter to property owners and attorney for that estate and realtor to let them know DCRC is interested in helping out with a decent sign on the property.  

Fire Coverage in West Harrison Area- Randall said the township trustees are in charge of fire coverage. Commissioners are in charge of EMS. The West Harrison trustee contracted with 3 different entities as they are in 3 fire districts. The Mill needs to show robust fire protection for their insurance. Thus they need to contract with the city of Harrison for that purpose. She said “they” have had some real open discussions. There is an interlocal agreement with the township trustee and Harrison where we pay $10,000. She met with the trustee and Art Little. They ran the numbers and because of the runs done it is now $30,000. She has not got enough money in her tax base to support this. This cost is more due to the industry. She said this board at some point will have to consider helping out there. Harrison will work with the trustee now and “swallow it” for the time being. The trustee is worried about being fair to the other two fire depts. that she contracts with. Randall said these are not really apples to apples as Harrison is full service. The trustee will sign the contract because Harrison is willing to increase it to just $12,000 at this time. They discussed using the TIF money to pay for that. They have about a year to research this. 

Claims and Financials- Sue Hayden said there are two different ways there are claims to show the two different funds they are coming from. Randall said -This group is administering those grant funds for the Research Technician etc. also. Rahe moved to approve the first page for less than $3000 and it included the register news claim. The second claim set for $ 9471.98 was approved. 

Financials-$406,792.79- land acquisition funds. Growth and dev has ½ million in it. $97,021 left in Lawbg grant. TIF funds were also read off.  Approved.

2015 Budget- Randall said that they all have a copy of this and it is pretty much the same as this year. $25,000 is coming in from County Council. Everything is being paid out of cash on hand. CVTB has always provided $50,000. Now they say they are not going to fund it any more. The funds from innkeepers are for tourism. The other riverboat admissions can be spent on economic development. It was well received when we talked to them. She wants to know if this board wants to formally request that money in writing and attend the budget meeting. Rahe agreed and the DCRC board voted to write CVTB a letter and copy the Commissioners. The letter will go to Charlotte Hastings as Pres of CVTB Board.

Approval of signature on ED Research Technician contract- Economic advisory committee that was set up with cities and county DCRC as sponsor of the Lawrenceburg grant. Deddens signed it recently and the DCRC board ratified his signature. Dennis Kraus, Sr. abstained as this was the first time he’d seen it. 

Blayr Barnard- SE IN Small Business Development Center- she has been helping Randall. She said Lawrenceburg has hired away 2/3 of her staff and she had to come down and cover the area in the last several months. She said she and Randall met over someone needing grant money. She found them private financing. Mark Hemmerle is the new hire covering our 5 county area. They cover one-on-one counseling. They do it for older businesses and new ones too. Many are seeing how to market and also getting financing. The research alone is worth about $50,000 for these businesses. We work with them 4 or maybe 40 hours. They have also worked with some home businesses. CBEC model was a social services model originally. Now they are more of a business advocate. Access to capital, working with all the local lenders is a service. Packaging the deals with federal funds if available and need a revolving loan fund in the area. Friends and family funds, crowd funding, and getting private financing is what they work with. Mark Hemmerle is housed in the Chamber. DC funds $5000 to them annually. Last year started 9 businesses here. It’s a little low as staff was low this year. One business was 156 jobs. Last year they had 48 jobs. They worked with 81 clients this year. They have had 2 workshops here. One was on retailing. They do in depth analysis of staffing, etc. Also analysis of product- offer the people want they want to buy- change inventory. They troubleshoot problems. This program has been in existence for 30 years. 5 years ago she revamped it and now they have a stronger presence in this area though the Chamber. She says she has no problem being the bad guy to let people know they can’t get a loan- to prevent future foreclosures for non- viable businesses. Randall went on about how Kelly (who was with SBDC) had vetted the Mills. Blayr went on to talk about how they wade thru the tax returns and financials. They have to be under 500 employees. Mark Hemmerle- was introduced to the DCRC Board- been here 15 years- a “recovering attorney” who used to work for Grand Vic. He resides in HVL.

Lead Economic Development Officer’s Report- Terri Randall-turned it over to Oren Turner who has been here 1.5 weeks. Even though he doesn’t work with DCRC. Worked on Main St in Aurora. He has worked on political campaigns in the past. He is getting an associated in addition to his degree from IU. Associated at Cincy State is in computer programming and IT. He is looking at the website for economic development. He is reviewing RFPs. He is looking at utility info to be in professional format. Hope to have a good strategy in place to court our county and market it better. He will do a great job- energetic and enthusiastic per Randall. He may get a spot in Lawrenceburg near their IT guy. He is from the area and moved from Aurora to Stateline. They are going to get him around to the other smaller Redev Commissions.

 Randall will send out the simulated site selection report to the DCRC board. She said they got a lead and responded. She let John Rahe comment on what happened in that process. Rahe said that in response to our letter response for the company seeking out a site for selection. We found out that Terri was doing a good job but that there are other things we should be including. They basically said we are nuts and need to do it another way. Previously we hadn’t even responded to these requests. They now know what things are important to include in a site promotion letter. They stressed that the web page has to be good- really good- because people go there first.

Randy Maxwell said that the moment we got the “secret shopper” lead- he knew it was fishy- the secret shopper people were trying to build a database from responses. There are not a lot of properties for sale. We need to know what the owners of properties want for their land so we can market it. The bare minimum is that they want us to have control of the property we are marketing. The confidential project from last executive session checked in and – no news so far- so that is still good news. Continue to be encouraged per Randall.

The flood plain survey data is in and $5,000 will take the existing survey and make model and see if we have any standing to take to FEMA to take some of this out of the flood plain. Randy and she think the $5,000 is high. Do you want to give me a not to exceed number? She will forward the data to the board and they will think of this for next meeting. The process will take a long time with FEMA. Kraus asked- did we know what this cost was up front when we did the survey? He thought we would know what the cost would be before we started on it. Why start if you aren’t going to finish? Maxwell said we will finish it- but this guy is squeezing us in the corner and we need to renegotiate this step.

Attorney’s Report- Andrea Ewan- no report


Meeting adjourned at 9:20 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Agenda for 14 August 2014 County Redevelopment Meeting- 8 AM

August 14, 2014
8:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

I.              Call to order

II.             Approval of Minutes
1.  July 17, 2014 Meeting

III.            Unfinished Business
1.  Sign at Entrance to Industrial Park on Randall Avenue
2.  Fire Coverage in West Harrison Area

IV.          New Business
1.  Claims & Financials
2.  2015 Budget
3.  Approval of Signature on ED Research Technician Contract
4.  Blayr Barnard – Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center              
V.           Lead Economic Development Officer’s Report

VI.          Attorney’s Report
VII.         Other Business

VIII.        Adjournment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Collier Bridge Removal and Clean Up Pictures- August 7

Collier Bridge Removal and Clean Up- August 7- Todd Listerman, County Engineer


Dearborn County Jail Addition Nears Completion – Public Tours Available

The long-discussed and evaluated jail expansion is nearly complete with the additional inmate housing component expected to be accepting inmates late August or early September 2014.  The new building provides dormitory-style housing for up to 208 additional inmates.  The current facility has 216 beds and is averaging over 260 inmates on any given day.

The Dearborn County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Mike Kreinhop are hoping that inviting interested citizens to take a look inside the new jail addition before they begin housing inmates in the unit will give citizens a rare opportunity to understand life while incarcerated and demonstrate that public safety is a top concern for the County.  With security precautions in place, the public may tour the new facility on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

The new facility is divided into sight-and-sound separated pods that allow for more flexibility in appropriately classifying inmates depending on their criminal history, severity of conviction, and potential impact on their fellow inmates and jail staff.  It also provides one male and one female specialty dormitory area for participants in the Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP).  These inmates reside together as a support system for one another and have a classroom and instructor in close proximity to facilitate ongoing education and rehabilitation.  In an expansion of the JCAP program to come in the near future, a smaller “step-up” section allows inmates who have completed the JCAP program an opportunity to spend their last several days prior to release engaged in more intensive education aimed at preparing them for reintegration into society (e.g. finding a job, dealing with financial issues, continuing their chemical addiction program and support meetings, turning away from the habits and relationships that led them down the wrong path and ensuring they make better life choices going forward.

County Council, other county elected officials, and employees of the county will be given opportunities to tour the new addition as well during their lunch hour on Friday, August 15th or earlier on Saturday (prior to the public tour).  Citizens interested in touring should arrive at the Dearborn County Justice Center on Saturday, August 16th by 10:30 a.m. for the first tour OR by 11:30 a.m. for the second round of tours.   While the tour is geared toward adults, teens and young adults ages 13 and older may participate when accompanied by an adult.

You are asked to leave personal belongings locked in your vehicle or with the jail officer posted at the entrance.  No photographs or videography will be permitted. Questions about the tour may be directed to the Commissioners office at (812) 537-1040, ext. 0 or via email to:  or the County Administrator, Terri Randall:

For further information concerning this release, contact Terri Randall, County Administrator, at 812/532-2085 or

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Loretta Rush is Indiana's First Female Chief Justice

Loretta Rush is Indiana's First Female Chief Justice

"Current Chief Justice Brent Dickson is stepping down later in August, but will remain on the five-member panel. He said the commission’s decision was a tough one.
“All of us on the commission were convinced that any one of these people would be a great chief justice. So it was not a matter of choosing somebody who was a standout. This was really a close vote,” Dickson said."

Stateline Rd Slip Repair Contract Sent to INDOT for Rohe Paving as Low Bidder

Stateline Road Slip Repair, 1.5 miles north of US-50 - Bid Results.  Paul Rohe company is the apparent low bidder. I have requested INDOT to award contract.
Attached file showed Rohe at $200,959.05.
McAlister, O'Mara, and Sunesis also bid with ranges from $263,030.43 to 282,773.91

J. Todd Listerman, PE
County Engineer

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Supreme Court DENIES Brewington's petitions for rehearing and recusal

The following is an exerpt from the Indiana Law Blog posted by Marcia Oddi:

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court rules on Brewington's petitions for rehearing and recusal

Updating this ILB post from June 9th, which includes links to the 18-page petition for rehearing and the 36-page motion for disqualification of Justice Rush, both filed by Daniel Brewington, acting pro se, today the Supreme Court has posted the following documents, filed July 31st:
  • Order by Chief Justice Dickson, with all justices concurring:
    In seeking rehearing, Defendant first requests that Justice Rush be disqualified from further proceedings in this case, and directs this request both to Justice Rush and to the full court. The Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 2.11 , provides that disqualification decisions are to be made by the individual Judge or Justice. Under the particular circumstances of this case, however, the full Court expresses its unanimous concurrence with Justice Rush's decision declining to disqualify. As to the remaining issues, the Court has reviewed its Opinion. Any Record on Appeal that was submitted has been made available to the Court for further review, along with all briefs filed in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and all the materials filed in connection with the Petition for Rehearing. Each participating member has voted on the Petition. Each participating member has had the opportunity to voice that Justice's views on the Petition to the other Justices. Being duly advised, the Court now DENIES the Appellant's Petition for Rehearing.
  • Order by Justice Rush denying appellant's motion for her recusal.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 1, 2014 11:08 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions

5 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

5 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.



Children’s Advocacy Center of SE Indiana- Sarah Brichto- Community Focus- sub-recipient report time again. As of now we are at our projected number of kids at 364 and will exceed that in the 5 years. Having another fundraiser with a Mardi Gras ball in Feb that Karen Ernst is helping with. This is in addition to Guns and hoses Fund raiser. They are trying to remain self sufficient. Commissioners were sent the report and the numbers for the facility and they hired another interviewer. They do this report every 6 months until 5 years are up in 2016. Commissioners voted to allow McHenry to sign. They are also up for another funding award thru OCRA and hope that goes through.

Lifetime Housing Group- Paul Murphy and Carla Burkhart –Carla said they are a sister company to Lifetime resources. They help homeowners do repairs with grants. They need support and funding from the county to pursue this grant. She had previously sent this info to commissioners by mail. The grant is for 14 homes- 8 in Dearborn County. The total is for $280,000. The deadline is Aug 29th for $14,310.32 from the county and $160,000 is the county share of the $280,000. The rest is in Ripley County. It amounts to $1,788 + per home fro the county share. There are 5 homes in the county that are not in the cities or towns so 5 x $1788.To get a grant they have to be 55 or older or have a disability and 80% of poverty income level. They have completed 30-40 homes. They will also have to go to Council for this money. Baudendistel had no issue with this. Commissioners allowed her to approach Council for a match of $8943.95 for the 5 homes in the county.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Todd Listerman, Highway Engineer:

Change order- $0 change order on Collier Ridge Bridge because of the 2nd bidder having to be selected. This changes the intermediate completion date for contract for Oct 17-Nov 14, 2014 as new completion date for Force Construction. Signed.

LPA Consulting Contract for County Bridge Inspections- for 2015 and 2017. The federal funds were awarded and this is a mandated inspection. $231,000 for United Consulting Engineers and the county. Approved and signed the contracts.

Bridge #5 INDOT LPA Agreement- $900,000 awarded to reconstruct the East Laughery Creek Bridge #5 near Gregory Road. Scheduled to be let FY 2018. Commissioners approved this contract for LPA Comsulting. The bridge will last to 2018 unless a catastrophe happens.

Award of Line Striping for 2014- 1000 vpd or more. Indiana Sign and Barricade is the low bidder at $73299.35. Signed.

INDOT is getting ready to close SR46 over I-74 by East Central HS. Additional traffic will also use some state roads. Not everyone will use the official detour. The UNOFFICIAL detour is Schuman and Trojan Rds. They will run a camera over it now and any additional repairs needed after the construction will be done by the county and then charged to INDOT for reimbursement. Listerman will contact the sheriff to patrol the school area for speeders etc at Commissioner McHenry’s request. Signed the agreement with INDOT.

Central Pier pilings and foundation support poured on Collier Ridge. Three more bridges in the county are finishing up and 3 more started after that.

Tim Grieve, Highway Superintendent:

Award of Road Paving Project- $1,049,059 from Rohe and low bidder was O’Mara at $1,031,024.25. O’Mara was awarded the contract.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall- Jail Project Update- Brad Rullman will be here next meeting. They are running tight on that budget. The kitchen will relocate in the next few weeks. This is one of the largest construction projects in the county. She asked If they would like to have the new addition area open to the public to tour soon. Public will not be able to get into secure areas. August 15 for county employees to tour.  August 16 – Saturday- 10:30-11 and 11:-noon for Public to tour. Commissioners approved the open tour. Art Little when the old jail was completed Meyer and Hoffmeier got locked into the secure area inadvertently and had to wait for someone else to get out.
She introduced Oren Turner- applied for and was selected to the grant position to do the Economic Development Research Technician work and reports to the 3 mayors. He will be visiting back and forth with the Redevelopment groups. His office is in Lawrenceburg. He has a degree Economics and political Science and is working on an IT degree from Cinti State. For more background on Turner :

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- Claims and July 15th minutes with a revision on adjournment motion submitted by Art Little were approved

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel-They got out of the agreement with BI that they previously discussed. $39,806.86 is paid on this of the $144,000 that was previously owed. The funds used to pay for this are user fees- not tax funds per Randall. SERCC and BI agreement to get out of the agreement was signed by commissioners.

Attorneys Watson, Ewan, Votaw, and Stratman received interlocal agreement on Animal Control Ordinance. Butler has not received it yet for Greendale as they may opt out. He will report responses when he gets it.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch reported Messer and others like Work Force 1 will be at IVY Tech with 74 employers for a work fair there on Thursday August 7th at 1 PM. First hour for veterans and 2-4:30 for the general public.  

Lynch also recommended that everyone take advantage of the jail tours. Terrific job keeping budget in line.

Art little went to Messer’s picnic at Verastau to get his viewpoints. McHenry concurred that he always is attentive to the public. Lynch said his staff is very responsive. They are always thinking of us. Donnelly’s office as well is attentive,. We have done a good job of interacting with them and building those relationships.

McHenry said the Bright festival was a great success and thanks to them.

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- McHenry -Sat Sept 26- 8:45-10:30 for Jack’s Forever Run is planned and they needed approval for the road closures along the route during that time. This brings awareness of distracted driving and funds for programs at schools for that. This is for Jack Carpenter- age 3 killed in 2010. Approved the request


Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township