Thursday, March 23, 2017

23 March 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

23 March 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Sue Hayden, minute taker.
ABSENT:Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasure (Connie Fromhold took her place)
Title VI Statement read by Deaton also. 
Verification of Information Discussed in 8 AM Executive Session- Deaton read the statement verifying their executive session purpose and they approved the verification.
Action of Executive Session- no action taken. 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Feb 2 minutes approved
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:none
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS-  Financial of the TIFs were passed out. Accounts payable vouchers, and website hosting and bond renewals were paid- $997.57.
$2,046 to Barnes and Thornburg for West Aurora TIF paid out of the TIF funds.
KMK Consulting for new EDI group paid out of the Visioning Grant.
NEW BUSINESS:
Resolution No. DCRC-2017-002
Resolution of the DCRD Approving an Amendment to the Declaratory Resolution and the Economic Development Plan for the West Aurora Economic Development Area- Randall said- At Jan 27 meeting they were presented with this from Barnes and Thornburg for the incentives for the Pickle Factory. The was because they needed to send the TIF to include the new property which was outside the Aurora TIF. They have future expansion plans. They are withdrawing and rescinding the previous resolution DCRC-2017-001. DCRC Approved that. The Pickle Factory is not needing the incentives.They are happy with what they have.  
The new resolution is DCRC2107-002 and is for the properties around the signage purchased from Paula Kramer in the west Aurora TIF. In order to buy land within their own TIF district they have to be sure they are meeting the over-riding development plan and the Plan Commission has to bless it for that purpose.There will be public meetings and hearing to make this official. The DCRC board approved an amendment to the economic plan for the west Aurora TIF to allow the purchase of this tract. Monday night March 27th at 7 PM they are on the PC agenda. Commissioners special meeting is Tues March 28th at 8:30 AM. They will eventually have an official public hearing at an evening Commissioners Meeting.They will change the closing date on the land to reflect the timing at the end of these meetings. Ewan will amend the contract.  
Mr Patel owned the other property and the contract date is extended to close on April 30th on his property. 0.548 acres of land is $25,000 and they signed the purchase of that.  
One Dearborn Presentation - Private/Public ED Organization- by EG McLaughlin (UCBank) and John Broward (Sycamore Gas.) 10 slide presentation:
EG- Grass roots effort of private sector business leaders meeting for 18 months. One Dearborn name is the collaboration of them. LEDO- Local Economic Development Organization. They found that we are the only county in the state without a LEDO. - one stop shop. 
Broward- The private sector is leading the effort- Carpe diem- have to seize the day- with the port coming, expansion at CVG with Amazon and DHL. Ripple effect will be felt around that. Real estate and home building market improving. Regional partnerships are the future of funding sources from the state of Indiana. They want to add their experience, resources, ideas, and financial support BESIDE OUR GOVERNMENT. Think they can help with business retention and bring in new ones too. HOW?- How to be sure we got it right. Building the RIGHT organization. Think they have a Dearborn County specific model that will work. Need the private and public to work together in a big way and be results oriented. 
EG- Key is collaboration with private and public. It can’t just be the government. The state is not looking at specific cities they are looking at regions. We need to know how to play the new game with the state of Indiana to come up with some funds. 
Broward- The One Dearborn Business Model- not to dominate it all but cooperate with each other. 
Quality of Life
Citizen Prosperity 
Business Success and Growth
Four pillars- 1.Business retention and expansion
2.Business attraction and marketing, Sites and building inventory development, Lead generation and response
3.Workforce development
4.Quality of Place incentives- Community impact 
Not for Profit Community Partners
Private and Public Sector Investors with a Shared Vision.
EG- There are businesses that have to ship in workers now. We need a trend workforce. The new advanced manufacturing at IVY Tech is great. He has 2 daughters that grew up here but live elsewhere in the state. That generation should have the opportunities to come back here if they so choose. Hard to find qualified candidates at times for some businesses. IVY Tech is a partner in One Dearborn. 
Broward- explained all the people in the operational model
INVESTORS- Business and private sector
Government and public sector - including the county at the top of the list
State and Regional relationships- REDI Cincinnati etc
Community Partners and non- profits
EG- The private sector raised over $125,000 annual for over 5 years. This needs to be an ongoing thing. The level of private sector involvement.
Broward- specifics They will respond and generate Leads, maintain properties on a quality website. Tell a compelling marketing story, understanding existing businesses and opportunities, Get TIFs in front of a wider audience, work regionally on your behalf.
Become the LEDO so they can neutrally, confidentially, negotiate deals. Provide education and economic development 
Leverage additional resources you currently don’t have.
Terri Randall-  if you decide to partner as you move forward with One Dearborn- don’t worry about my position. I couldn’t be more happy to have someone else put resources in this. I couldn’t do all this job. The phone rings and then try to do my county job too. The time has come. I couldn't be more excited to have the private sector do this. Whatever that means for me personally- I have more than enough work to do here. I am in total support of this. 
EG- Have it operational by June 2017. Will have  proposal and fee structure. Will meet with Board President and answer additional questions. 
Andrea Ewan- will you have a director? 
EG  Yes - they will hire one and that is the person we will coordinate with you and also a staff person. IVY Tech will give some space to help.
Ewan- That budget of $125,000 will be tight for this. Will One Dearborn market our properties? 
EG- Part of the fee structure. 
Helms- LEDOs around the state work with IVY Tech- as long as tehir is space available- IVY Tech does house several of this around the state. This gives them use of the phones and computers and space available for meetings. 
EG- We are excited about that part. 
Deaton- expect to see you at our next meeting.    
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT: nothing new except that she will be going to an economic development course through Hoosier Energy paying for 3 day course in French Lick area starting Tuesday afternoon.  
ATTORNEY’S REPORT- none
OTHER BUSINESS-none
ADJOURNMENT - 10:10 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

21 March 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

21 March 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Art Little, and Kevin Lynch, acting President
ABSENT: Shane McHenry- due to illness. 

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

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law. 

OLD BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

Litter Update - Celeste Calvitto- Bright Fire and Community Corrections and Highway cleaned up Jamison Road. The Fire Dept has done 5 roads so far. They were done by noon Sat. They filled 3 county dump trucks. Community Corrections will do several roads in the spring and in the fall several more. The Facebook page for the Litter Initiative has gotten 100s of shares. and 1000s of views. She said it has gotten people engaged and more people recommending roads to clean up. Commissioners thanked her for her efforts.

Planning and Zoning Zone Map Update and Ordinance Rezoning Parcel- Mark McCormack- This was forwarded from the Plan Commission from the February meeting with a unanimous favorable recommendation form the 6 voting members. The chairman - Kraus, Jr., left the room for the PC meeting as he was the surveying company. This was Harrison Brookville Road to rezone all of it to Highway Interchange that had not been zoned that so far- 14.87 acres. McCormack presented to same material in summary as was presented at the Feb PC Meeting. The land will be used for storage units. There was a preliminary concept plan submitted. Fire Dept letter came in after the meeting. There were other written commitments that were added to the recommendation to consider. Applicant was not there- except for Kraus Jr. representing them. He went over the plans for etc property with office space and storage units. Health Dept said they were OK for sewage and Fire Dept approved. Joe Leonard and wife, Allison Johnson, own the property and he has stopped excavation until they get permits. This is in the TIF area. The commissioners have the 5 criteria for a zone change. This will be a Highway Interchange against an Ag zone. It’s a larger setback next to Ag.

PUBLIC COMMENT- Daughter of adjoining owners (Weslings) who has POA represented them. They want the buildings to be at the 50 ft distance from Ag and they request they don’t get a variance for that. They are concerned with run-off onto their Ag crop fields. They have problems and 52 with runofff issues too. She thinks maybe a traffic study needs to be considered due to the roads being closed from flooding issues over the years. The Wesling property is a large piece all the way around this property. 
PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSED

These concerns raised will be addressed at the concept development phase. She said she had brought this up in advance so they can plan ahead. Little said- he can’t do something that will adversely affect their farmland. Water issues can be civil issues sometimes per McCormack. They can’t increase the volume or velocity of the water onto adjoining lands. 

Baudendistel read the ordinance prepared to rezone the property to H-1. 

Commissioners approved the zone change for the 14.87 acres with following commitments - uses stricken remain stricken, traffic count exceeding 1000 trips per day requires a traffic study, and fire dept approval. They also took into consideration the 5 criteria for a zone change. 

West Harrison Updated Interlocal Agreement and St Leon Updated Interlocal Agreement were set up to roll in other depts of the county reviewing items like driveway permits etc. This also specifies county fees for doing this. These will begin in Jan of each year. West Harrison is $5,500- the smallest agreement. These would automatically renew and have termination clauses. There are increases built in after 5 years or so.  $10,800 is the fee for St. Leon- they do more work for them. They also help with Comp plans there. Approved both agreements separately.

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- one item- need to call Special Commissioners Meeting. The DCRC is purchasing two small parcels in Aurora Industrial Park to secure the signage. The Commissioners are involved because the written economic development plan requires the commissioners to approve the parcels. The Plan Commission hears it before the Commissioners. And they need a 10 day notice and a public hearing. Finally the DCRC does a confirmatory hearing. There is a certain amount of time required to do this and so they need to meet that time limit. She’s requesting that they meet next week Tuesday March 28th at 8:30 AM for that purpose. They approved that. She said it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Minutes from March 7 Meeting approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Little- his nephew is being inducted into IN Basketball Hall of Fame- even though he played baseball mostly. 
Lynch- sees the progress on the addition- it’s exciting. Weather improves the progress. A lot of this is due to the hard work of our administrator and those on the committee. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

LATE ARRIVAL-none

Meeting Adjourned at 7 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Private Public Econ Dev Organization Presenting to DC Redevelopment Commission March 23rd

Private Public Econ Dev Organization Presenting to DC Redevelopment Commission March 23rd

 AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS MEETING
March 23, 2017
9:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

EXECUTIVE SESSION @ 8:00 a.m.

  1. Call to order

  1. Verification of Information Discussed in Executive Session

  1. Action of Executive Session 

  1. Approval of Minutes
February 2, 2017 Meeting

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

2.  Review of Financials

  1. Unfinished Business

  1. New Business
1.  Resolution No. DCRC-2017-002
Resolution of the DCRD Approving an Amendment to the Declaratory Resolution and the Economic Development Plan for the West Aurora Economic Development Area

2.  One Dearborn Presentation - Private/Public ED Organization

  1. Economic Development Officer’s Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment






Monday, March 20, 2017

DC Redevelopment Commission Executive Session and Meeting March 23

PUBLIC NOTICE
Executive Session 

The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission 
will hold an Executive Session on
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

The purpose is to discuss interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects by the Indiana economic development corporation, the office of tourism development, the Indiana finance authority, an economic development commission, a local economic development organization (as defined in IC 5-28-11-2(3)), or a governing body of a political subdivision. 
This is classified confidential by state and federal statute: 
IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) (4)

And also for the purposes of discussing strategy with the respect to the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body up to the time a contract or option to purchase or lease is executed by the parties.
This is classified confidential by state and federal statute:  
IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) (2) (D)

The DCRC regular meeting will take place at 9:00 am

These meetings will take place at the
Dearborn County Administration Building, 3rd Floor Commissioners Room,
215 B West High Street,

Lawrenceburg, IN  47025

AGENDA- UPDATED for March 21 Commissioners

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
March 21, 2017 
6:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. OLD BUSINESS
IV. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Litter Update - Celeste Calvitto

2. Planning & Zoning Director, Mark McCormack
1.  Zone Map Update 
2.  Ordinance Rezoning Parcel
3.  West Harrison Updated Inter-local Agreement
4.  St. Leon’s Updated Inter-local Agreement


V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall

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

IX. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

X. PUBLIC COMMENT


XI. ADJOURN

Saturday, March 18, 2017

AGENDA March 21 County Commissioners Meeting

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
March 21, 2017 
6:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. OLD BUSINESS
IV. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Litter Update - Celeste Calvitto

2. Planning & Zoning Director, Mark McCormack
Zone Map Update 
Ordinance Rezoning Parcel

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall

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

IX. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

X. PUBLIC COMMENT


XI. ADJOURN

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

An Alternative to 'Synthetic' Local Economies

An Alternative to 'Synthetic' Local Economies

by Jason Arp
reprinted with permission from Indiana Policy Review

Government-run economic development entities are having a difficult time replicating the real thing.

News stories from around Indiana point to problems related to creating what I call synthetic economies: The Muncie building commissioner is charged with wire fraud, theft and money-laundering; a Marion tax district lost $2.5 million on a failed hotel project; Crawfordsville and Montgomery County defunded their economic development corporations; the Angola Herald-Republican filed a public access complaint against the Steuben County Economic Development Commission.

And these hiccups aren’t confined to Indiana. The Florida House recently voted to eliminate Enterprise Florida, its equivalent to our Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Despite myriad variations and convoluted machinations, the problems of supply, demand and price in free exchange cannot be solved by a system of bureaucratic agencies trading in other people’s money. These systems are rife with the complacency and nonchalance of those who have none of their own capital at stake as gatekeepers, bookkeepers and paymasters.

The weakness of the government-funded economic development model is laid bare by its own example. In my city in the last three years, we have seen three progressively more egregious public-private "partnerships" in our downtown.

In even the least preposterous of these the government-funded portion of the transaction is about a third. It was the first of the Regional Cities-funded projects (despite being unmentioned in the application to the state). Its total cost at the time the city granted it $4.1 million was about $46 million (factoring in the portion of a parking garage that our city deeded over).

The developer put in $5 million of equity capital and borrowed more than $16 million, according to the information that City Council had at the time it considered the project. That means the balance (a full $24 million) came from a mix of governmental sources. The story for the other two projects is similar, but the percentage from truly private sources of capital is even lower.

The problem with all these programs is the tremendous waste of money. For instance, apartments that will rent for between $900 and $1,200 a month are being constructed for between $220,000 to $250,000 a unit. Compare that with apartments in roughly the same price range at the Riley Towers in Indianapolis, assessed at $60,000 a unit, or at the Three Rivers Apartments in downtown Fort Wayne assessed at $25,000 a unit.

Finally, the new subsidized buildings include commercial space that is being built for $280 a square foot when high-quality office space is available for sale throughout the city (southwest, northeast or even downtown) for $75 to $125 a square foot.

No one in their right mind would construct such projects with their own money at these prices. In fact, a quick scan of commercial real estate prices in my city finds plenty of properties available that would yield unleveraged investors anywhere from 5 percent to 8 percent, given current occupancy trends.

There is an alternative. Those who really “believe” in downtown development should form a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), which pays no federal income tax itself, distributing 90 percent of taxable income to investors. The ownership must be dispersed across at least 100 investors with no five holding more than 50 percent of the shares, a requirement that would seem doable considering the number of wealthy boosters of downtown renovation.

Such an entirely private solution allows them to pursue their vision without forcing the rest of us to abandon our own.

Jason Arp, a financial consultant and member of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, represents the 4th District on the Fort Wayne City Council. A version of this essay was published by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

7 March 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

7 March 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 legally required.

OLD BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:
Change orders - Maxwell Construction- Chris presented 2 change orders  $2030 additional for interior wall connections to Courthouse. Approved. 
New sidewalk repairs and gas meter area, doors, hardware, limestone details, gravity sump drain additional holes, water proofing, etc $22,710.89 Deducts also included in this. So there is no change in the cost as this came out of the allowance in the contract amount. Approved. they are talking to other subs about getting costs down too.
Copy will be given to auditor.
Annex Update: Roof is 90% complete. Work on 1st floor interior walls on first and 2nd floor. Mechanicals working on basement and 1st floor. Working to stay on budget.

EMA Director- Jason Sullivan:
EMPG Salary Reimbursement Grant- annually done that pays half their salary. Approved. 

Smart 911/Rave alert approval- Jared Teaney and he are requesting this as Council approved the money. Baudendistel has reviewed the contract. $23,750 include setup fee. $20,400 is the annual fee after that first year. Approved. Plans to market this will to be advertising at fairs, festivals, schools, papers, Facebook, civic organizations, etc. This will let people know how to sign up with a profile for those with special conditions they want 911 to know about. 

Recording Device- Plan Commission President, Dennis Kraus, Jr.- At last PC meeting it was brought up that they haven't had a recording of their meetings since last August. Health and Sewer Board also have this issue. They don’t know what they are allowed to do about getting a recording system or if the commissioners want to address this themselves. 
Discussion about the current system which isn’t updated to Windows 10 and also the portable system they have to record off site. They also talked about the judge’s systems for the courts and that meetings will be moving to the annex meeting room by the end of the year. 
Plan was to get with Midwest Data and get the portable system set up for them now. Then research how to handle this for new meeting room in Annex for the future.

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer- Terri Randall presenting for Listerman who is at Purdue Road School.
Bridge #43 Platt Road Bids - $469,861.20 is low bid- for McAllister Excavating. Approved. Rohe and O’Mara also bid.
Bridge #43 Construction Inspection Contract - low bid Certified Engineering-  $30,300. Approved.  
Right of Entry and Hold Harmless Agreement- Stimson Road- Baudendistel said there is a hump going back to his property. Randy Wayne is a contractor lives there and he has the permission to achieve this. He will follow Listerman’s specs on this. Approved. 
Bridge Inspection- Supplemental Contract- United Consulting- does ours $21,450 additional to our current contract for scour inspections that are now required by INDOT. It’s about $832 per bridge. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall
We have all the finishes for Annex over on display in the room here. You can see that the courts have moved forward with Mary Ewbank- selecting colors- reds and blues for patriotic touches. 

Gap in coverage on health officer they were encouraged to buy limited malpractice at $6300 because Dr. Scudder writes orders for epi-pens etc at schools.They have some blood testing and field testing. There will be an audit on Workers Comp there also. Need permission to bind that coverage. 

Randall presented for Marie E. Dausch, Executive Director of New Horizons- celebrating March as Disability Awareness month and asked if possible to have a Proclamation signed.   Marie also stated that this year they have a traveling art exhibit that moves around the counties they serve.  The county event is in Northern Dearborn County, at Stout's Brick House, Thursday March 9th from 5-7.  In addition it will feature a visually impaired guitarist providing background music.
The following link is to their Facebook page which lists the events. https://www.facebook.com/nhrinc

For more information- call info below.
Marie E. Dausch | Executive Director| (ext 222)
New Horizons Rehabilitation, Inc.
237 Six Pine Ranch Rd. | Batesville, IN 47006
Main: 812-934-4528 Cell: 812-212-8498

McHenry read the Proclamation- for March 2017 as Disability Awareness Month. Approved. 

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Feb 21st Minutes Approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- contract for professional services for Cedar Creek home- where the septic failed. New system failed too. Soil testing done in front yard. Homeowner bought the new system and Eckstein and Shane Inc installing free. $150/trip for pump and haul to handle this until new system installed by August.  NTE of $5,000 which is the deductible for insurance will be the county’s cost of fixing this. Funding is coming form lawsuits and settlements. Hoping the pump and haul will be about $2,000 total. Lorie Baker , the County, and Eckstein an Shane Inc. are in the agreement. Approved. He thinks the new permit from Health Dept is already issued. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS-
Lynch will be out of town Wed-Sun. Attended Get Energized by the Chamber with etc airport and Amazon facility. Workforce issues and working with TANK to get people from here to KY via our Park and Ride. 5,000 employees needed and double that seasonally. Great opportunity in our region.
Little- Hear it was projected that 100,000 jobs per year in IN would be added and will be about 40,000 short per year even if all college graduates stayed.
McHenry- For Park Board- Judge Humphrey has a name but this person hasn’t voted in primary. They will have the citizen and Democrat chairman sign an affidavit that this person is a Democrat. Jason Cheek, a Democrat, also interested so his name will be passed to Council President Liz Morris. Hoping this fills both board seats now. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

LATE ARRIVAL- none

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Saturday, March 04, 2017

AGENDA- March 7th MORNING Commissioners Meeting

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
March 7, 2017 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. OLD BUSINESS
IV. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Change Orders – Maxwell Construction

2.  Emergency Management Director, Jason Sullivan
1. EMPG Salary Reimbursement Grant 

2. Smart 911/Rave Alert Approval

3.  Recording Device – Plan Commission President, Dennis Kraus, Jr.

4.  Highway Items – Terri Randall (presenting in Todd Listerman’s absence)
1. Bridge #43 Platt Road Bids

2. Bridge #43 Construction Inspection Contract
3. Right of Entry & Hold Harmless Agreement – Stimpson Road

4. Bridge Inspection Supplemental Contract

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall

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

IX. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

X. PUBLIC COMMENT


XI. ADJOURN

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

28 February 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

 28 February 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes
Present: Liz Morris, President, Dennis Kraus. Sr., Dan Lansing, Charlie Keyes, Ryan Brandt, Alan Goodman, and Bill Ullrich. 
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Teresa Randall, County Administrator
Morris read the Title VI statement as required by law.
PAWS- Robin Pelfry- Annual report- operated since 2011 for $120,000/year from the county to help with housing Animal Control and their animals. She went over then report as given to Commissioners at their meeting last week. Most of the animals coming thru the door are coming thru via private citizens. Increased expenses due to more hiring being required as volunteers decrease. It’s a demanding job. Payroll was cut 10% last year. Some leave and trying not to hire more so decrease due to attrition. Adoption fees decreased to stay competitive with the region in order to move more animals. Trying to be paperless in a couple years. Commissioners agreed to work on the ordinance to get a TNR for feral cats. Trap Neuter and return = TNR. New van from Community Foundation. Lawrenceburg paid for their facility with $1.2million in 2011. 
COMMISSIONERS- Terri Randall- Draw $2 million for Courthouse Annex advertised in 2016- 11,573,000 budget and have had $5 million so far. Asking for $2 million. Their sheets are all balanced and match the records in the auditor’s office. Reported the building is going well and should be enclosed by the end of April. The portico will have a drape over it for longer as the glass goes in later. By Oct to Nov they hope to get the prosecutor moved over to renovate the old are for the clerk. Maybe will be used by the public by the holidays. The finish boards for the annex are on display in the Commissioners meeting room. Using reds and blues - as patriotic colors in main areas. Later they can have a hard hat tour. 
Kraus asked how much the overrun on the steel. She said she doesn’t know what the over run amount was. He wants to know how much of the $500,000 was spent on the steel. He asked dit several ways and several times to finally get the answer that they needed the entire $500,000. She said they were going to value engineer other areas to try to make it up. Ullrich motioned and Goodman 2nd to allow. Dennis Kraus and Dan Lansing voted Nay. 
EMERGENCY MGMT/911- Jason Sullivan- RAVE ALERT/SMART 911- $23,750- to allow for a subscription to this. Subsequent years are $20,400/year. Morris said that we have to come out with ways to get the public to use the system and enter their data. Kraus asked about the other 2 companies and was told by Sullivan that they only had partial services. This one combines the services. He said they also priced several other packages. They cancelled their contract with Rapid Notify. that money will go towards this for $6500. This can kick in in early March. Ullrich said their are 40 churches in the county- maybe get word out that way. There are people who go to Easter services and never go to church again till Christmas- that may be a good way to get to them per Ullrich. Brandt motioned to approve $17,250 ( he took out the $6500 they already had)  out of 911 fund and Lansing 2nd. All ayes
PARK BOARD- Jim RedELk-
County Farm water line $6100- needed to clean and maintain equipment and fill spray tank. LMS is water supplier- This is for a 1 in line. This comes out of County Farm account. Kraus motioned and Goodman 2nd. Approved. 
Playground mulch $4700- Bright Meadows and Guilford for 90 cubic yards. Lots  of Guilford’s washes away. Doug Berger spoke and said it was an industry standard. Kraus motioned and Ullrich 2nd. Approved out of the Capital Improvements account.  
Bright Meadows Camera install $1300- this is an additional one and Ullrich noted they already have some good incriminating videos from out there. Internet power outage damaged one. they bought a spare and get more coverage. Approved. 
 Fence repair $1400- at Bright Meadows. Split rail breaks and 50 rails need replacement. Approved.  
 Baseball Field dirt $2500- 2 fields in Bright Meadows - team coaches will provide labor. Both infields are compacted. Maintenance only. These fields can be used by the public when the others aren’t practicing on them. Approved.  
Park Board appointment of a Democrat was not brought up. 
REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT- Steve Renihan- operating under a new system this year as recommended by SBOA. There are 3 accounts that normally would have been encumbered by the county. When they moved to a stand alone entity these funds were not encumbered. They are operating at $4500/mo deficit. They don’t get money from the county anymore. They have a treatment plant at High Ridge that they have to maintain. 
Morris wants these funds to roll back int fund 4917. And then they have to request them. 
Keyes asked how much money rolled over. They have $300,000 in their account. Guilford is the hot button out there- about 60 houses to help ultimately there. They need more people to hook on to make their money up. SR 148 area also with 278 customers. Guilford is over a $1million to do. They want to work with Lawrenceburg for Wilson Creek (16 homes) and 148 also and eventually Guilford.   
Stateline Rd project-$91,000- now putting a line up to Bond Road. This money is needed as the bill just got submitted.  Approved to get this out of 4917 to pay invoices for this.  
West Harrison TIF-$36,215.58- Kraus said they should get money from the TIF district for money on their infrastructure. Sewer is infrastructure. This is the bridge at Johnson Fork. They are requiring Utility coordination when INDOT calls. More maintenance and flushing gets required when less customers sign up at first. This money stays in 4917 until needed.
Mount Tabor Project- $24,270.23- This also says in 4917 until needed. 
Frank Kramer the DCRSD attorney said that there is a policy when St. Leon sewer came in to not force people to hook on.Several minutes of discussion on the rule to allow people to opt out in the county.  
PLANNING AND ZONING- Mark McCormack- new computer, hardware and software for office- $3,700 - approved.
AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Minutes from Jan 24th approved
Salary Ordinance Changes- Guardian ad litem needed some salary changes in this offices. No new money- just adjusting within the budgeted amount. Approved.
SCU- special crimes unit- How many county officers work for them- asked Lansing- 1 detective and one evidence guy. The other cities have somebody involved, but Greendale does not have one assigned to it. 


PUBLIC COMMENT: Chris Mueller- Asked about the Park Board appointment for a Democrat for the Board. (They are operating with 3 members and a county extension agent not appointed yet as ex officio.) They are working on it and have some names.

Chris Mueller commented- Sewer Board proposal to allow DCRSD to force hookups on sewer lines they are installing and even some they are turning over to other sewer treatment districts.Remember the differences with the rural end of county and issues in St Leon and rescinding that rule would put large hardship there. Perhaps pull out the middle man (the county sewer district) and let the city of Lawrenceburg supply the line and the service in the developed areas adjoining them.  

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, February 27, 2017

27 February 2017 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

27 February 2017 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes
Present: Dennis Kraus, Jr., Chairman, Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehman, Art Little, Dan Lansing, Jim Thatcher, and Eric Lang
ABSENT: The county extension member who will replace Mike Hornbach who retired, and Jake Hoog.
Also Present: Mark McCormack, Plan Director, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.
Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law.
January Minutes were approved.
Old Business: none
New Business:
Request for a Zone Map Amendment from Ag and Highway Interchange to entirely Highway Interchange. Applicant: Dennis Kraus Land Survey Co. Owners are Joe Leonard and Allison Johnson. Site Location is Harrison Brockville Road/SR 52 on 17.12 acres in Harrison Township. 
Jeff Stenger was present for Dennis Kraus. Dennis Kraus, Jr. left the room as he worked on the project. Mark Lehman presided in his absence.
Mark McCormack presented that the applicant is rezoning 14.875 of Ag acres to H-1. The area north of the RR tracks is already H-1.This area was designated for commercial uses on the master plan. They want to allow a series of commercial uses such as but not limited to storage buildings, office space, landscaping sales and market spaces. Staff recommends a written commitment if this is given a favorable recommendation. He showed aerial views of the site. This parcel is within the West Harrison TIF expansion area from 2006. The storage units proposed would have to be elevated as they are in the 100 year food plain area. Future development area is all in the 100 year flood area. Not enough traffic will be generated by the proposed uses right now to require a traffic study. One may be required in the future depending on what is proposed. Staff wants this a s a written commitment if this is given a favorable recommendation. Fire and EMS from New Trenton have not sent their letter on this proposal though they have been contacted.  Visibility from the site per the pictures looks good. RR tracks and canal area are shown in the site pictures. He also listed the 5 criteria to consider for a rezone from article 5 section 540. 13 letters went out and only 2 were unable to be reached. They did answer questions from some neighbors who called in. 
Jeff Stenger presented briefly. Noted it was in a TIF area and slated for commercial. He said that New Trenton was generally slow on getting letters to them. He said if they can handle the fireworks  business, they can handle this. He asked for any questions. Lehman asked if anything needed more access are they going to get more points from the RR? Stenger said most likely the answer is no. They will allow them to upgrade the one they will grant. He didn’t honestly see them getting that much traffic in this space. 1500-2000 trips per day would be needed to get to needing the traffic count. Doesn’t think they will get there. 
PUBLIC DISCUSSION: opened
Karen Schlacter- representing Barb and Dick Wessling who are in FL - is their daughter. Their concerns- the farm has been in their family for generations. Why did they buy in the flood plain? When they raise the land it will drain and affect their crops. They have flooding issues from other developments. The river flooded up close to Barber Road last year. They are worried about their fields. Lang said they will be required to control the water runoff from their land. They will be limited to a certain amount of fill by the Army Corps in the flood plain. She said the property across the street was in the flood area and their home was moved up the hill many years ago due to floods and typhoid. McCormack said they will look at storm water and get a catch basin or piping to take care of these issues. Corn and soybean alternating years are planted on her family farm. She is concerned about traffic trying to get around the farm there- already have the Brockville Lake traffic. Constantly chasing people off their property and someone took their post and sign down. They have 300 acres of farm on both sides of the road. Lang said that they can’t dam it up on them or let it flow onto them. When they get into the details of the engineering these will have to be addressed. This happens after the zone change. Also wants to know the distances they can develop from the property line. McCormack said his setback is 50 ft. from their property line. She is the POA for her parents and wants to be notified whenever they have any more hearings or  proposals. Asked about fencing. Stenger- there will be fencing the storage units. 
PUBLIC DISCUSSION: closed
Stenger - they are proposing a chain link fence with landscaping. Only 2 ft of fill needed- and the existing building is out of flood plain. The pond is shown there to catch the water as it is in the low spot. Setbacks would require a variance if they were less than 50 ft. The dirt that is currently there was hauled in before they hired the survey- they have stopped it now. They know to not do any more until they get their permits. 
The Plan Commission - Little had no problems with it- nor did Thatcher or Lansing. Lang said he was on the edge of commercial uses, but the flood plain will self regulate what he can do. Beiersdorfer said it already has H-1 at the front and it’s part of the TIF. Agrees with Lang on the good plain stopping too much development. 
Lang motioned for a Favorable Recommendation County Commissioners from H-1 and Ag to H-1 entirely with written commitment for traffic study when the site generates 1000 vehicle trips per day, uses stricken from the entire list of uses be stricken on the commitment, and they get a favorable letter from the EMS for coverage of the property. Seconded. PASSED. 
March 21st will be probable meeting at Commissioners for the zone change. 
Kraus. Jr returned as Chairman.   
ADMINISTRATIVE
Interlocal agreement with Aurora is updated and approved by Commissioners. West Harrison and St. Leon will be similarly finished up. Building Dept agreements  and Highway Dept will also be in these agreements plus their fees. The fees went from $25,000-$30,000. There is a 90 day notice to terminate. They can re-negotiate for price increases. The board approved the agreement and signed it. 
Bond report next month.
Ordinance discussions next month. 
Meeting for sound system discussion next month. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Saturday, February 25, 2017

AGENDA and packet materials Feb 27th Plan Commission Meeting

AGENDA  and packet materials Feb 27th Plan Commission Meeting

http://www.dearborncounty.org/egov/documents/1487360664_30395.pdf



AGENDA Feb 28th COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING


AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PAWS –  Robbin Pelfrey
Yearly report

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT / 911– Jason Sullivan
Rave Alert / Smart 911

PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk 
CF Water Line
Playground Mulch
BM Camera Install
BM Fence Repair
Baseball Field Dirt

REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT – Steve Renihan
State Line Road Project
West Harrison TIF
Mt Tabor Project

PLANNING AND ZONING – Mark McCormack
New computer and hardware / software for office

COMMISSIONERS – Terri Randall
Draw $2,000,000.00 for Courthouse Annex (advertised in 2016)

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Minutes from January 24, 2017
Salary Ordinance Changes
PUBLIC COMMENT


ADJOURN

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

21 February 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

21 February 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little (arrived at 8:54 AM) and Kevin Lynch

Also present: Connie Fromhold, covering for Gayle Pennington, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator (who arrived at 8:50 AM)
ABSENT: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Art Little

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as legally required. 

OLD BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:
Hardinsburg Vacation- Planning and Zoning- Mark McCormack- Ordinance Vacating Certain unmaintained roads in Hardinsburg-Bayer Becker Engineering applicant for three alleys and one street known as West Street from the January 2017 meeting. They received favorable recommendations except for the southernmost alley which was underwater in one of the pictures, which received an unfavorable one. McCormack showed the map of Hardinsburg from 1840s and also the vacated areas over the years. Greendale sent info to the Plan Commission showed sewer manhole and some utilities in the area. Oxbow adjoins this area around the alley underwater. Clarks have a landlocked 2 acre piece there. 7 letters were sent to property owners and two were returned. If this is approved, there will be surveys done to get the transfers of ownership properly recorded.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Bayer Becker represents 600 Land Inc. they own some adjoining land. He wanted the commissioners to consider the additional alley as the Clarks are land locked even with that alley as it doesn’t extend to them. Baudendistel said that both Clark and Oxbow asked them not to vacate the last alley. 600 Land is cleaning up the land to get those roads off the county books. Bill Weis sp ? of 600 Land is to use it for concrete and fill dirt. OxBow’s objection was based on their farming lease for tractor turnaround.  
Tim Mara- representing OxBow- has a problem with the alley between them and 600 Land Inc being vacated. OxBow cooperates with Clarks to allow them access beyond the alley and the alley gets them closer to their land locked land.
Mara reminded them that the hardship to an owner is a condition in their code. ([NOTE: removing the access for their farmer and turnaround was a problem for them] 
Terri Randall - got up to remind them that as an economic development person with future uses for visible area at the entrance to the county and improvements to the area with trails etc. They will always be hypersensitive to this area because it is so visible. 
Close PUBLIC COMMENT
Little said he spent 2-3 hours looking at this at PC meeting. He wants to do it as the PC recommended and leave that last alley there. And taking into consideration the 4 articles that pertain to vacating roads and alleys. Lynch after some questions 2nded it and the motion passed to vacate West Road and two alleys, but NOT the third one by OxBow.  

PAWS Update- Patricia Hawkins, the Secretary Treasurer of PAWS introduced two board members Sandy and Penny, and the new director and staff. They have been in existence since 2011. They also provide services for Animal Control. They show a decrease in animals form 2015-16.  955 -899 dogs = 144 less dogs. Cats decreased by 318 in the last year. Operating expenses though have increased. The county contributes about 18% of these. They discounted adoption fees to save lives. Cats and dogs were adopted by less fees in the surrounding area. Hard to keep volunteers for the hardest work there too- so have had to hire some. They are reducing their head count through attrition on the staff. They are going to get an in house surgical area. This saves on transport expenses. They will be paperless by 2018. Aggressively looking for grants also. They want to ask for the ordinance to allow cats to be returned to unidentifiable  owners of trapped feral cats that are fixed first. This is modeled after Boone County KY’s ordinance. The language is modeled after Hamilton County IN. McHenry thanked them extensively for their service and the commissioners allowed the county attorney to work with PAWS to fix our ordinance.

National Day of Prayer- Connie Riegel- 5th annual and she has been in contact with construction manager. First Thursday of May at 11:30 AM to have people pray for our nation. And commissioners are invited. Approved. 

Interlocal agreement with Aurora- Planning and Zoning Services- McCormack said the Building Dept has been added to this agreement with their own fees and the Highway Dept has also for driveway permits. Baudendistel said he has cleaned it up and this should not have to be redone each year. Commissioners approved the agreement as revised.


IDOC Grant- Court Services- Steve Kelly- $493,000 received from IDOC and it requires commissioners to sign off. This goes to funding community corrections for their staff and JCAP and probation officer. Same as previous years. This is the application- but he does not anticipate any problems as it is the same as each year. Commissioners signed the application.

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer- Ratify signature on letter for Assistance with Bonnell Slip- Randall presented the letter in Listerman’s absence. McHenry  read the letter he had in his packet. 25% of the cost is county and they are requesting Commissioners to sign letter which applies for assistance die to rains.

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- going to council for another drawdown for the annex. She said the project is going well and it’s exciting. Looking as Oct or Nov to get prosecutor over first so they can get that area renovated for the clerk. Address will be on Mary Street officially. 

AUDITOR- Connie Fromhold covering for Pennington-  Claims and Feb 7th Minutes approved.
Holiday Calendar change- Friday November 10 is holiday and open Nov 13th.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch had none and Little apologized for being late. He commented on how good our weather is.
McHenry recognized local wrestlers and mentioned several who went to state level. This is probably more than other areas in the state and how their dads and coaches supported them. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

LATE ARRIVAL- none

Meeting Adjourned at 9:50 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township