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. 


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. 
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. 



Meeting Adjourned at 9:50 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Sunday, February 19, 2017

AGENDA- Feb 21 MORNING Commissioners Meeting

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



1.  Hardinsburg Vacation – Director of Planning & Zoning, Mark McCormack
Ordinance Vacating Certain Unmaintained Roads…Hardinsburg

2.  P.A.W.S. Update – Patricia Hawkins

3.  National Day of Prayer – Connie Riegel

4.  Interlocal w/City of Aurora – (Planning and Zoning)

5.  IDOC Grant – Court Services, Steve Kelly

6.  Ratify Signature on Letter to NRCS for Assistance with Bonnell Slip

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall

VI. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes

2.  Holiday Calendar Change
VII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel




Tuesday, February 07, 2017

7 February 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

7 February 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 statements legally required.

Interlocal agreement with Lawrenceburg EMS Baudendistel presented it with Lawrenceburg’s signatures. This is a special agreement required by Lawrenceburg’s attorney. Signed and approved for 2 units- $40,000.

Cyclical Review- Gary Hensley, Assessor- Requesting permission to go through a bid process for 2018-2022. This includes new construction. $ 202,847 was previous cost for 2014-2017 and so he expects the cost will be no less than that. They want to look at 24% of the properties each year to get a more real time image of the tax assessments. The county multipliers are decreasing. He thinks we may get a lower AV than previous years. Permission to seek bids granted. 

CASA Updates- Donna Thacker- documentation sent and also had copies. This is done for their grant approvals so the Commissioners can see what they are doing. Program for the younger grades called What is My Spark? They have a youth summit - have had 11 of them. Projects at different schools. Art shows - ultimately became a comic book that illustrates a positive and a negative choice for a girl at a party. Working with counseling services for overdose victims. Church groups, speakers, etc- always looking for ways to educate the community. Resource guide put out. They are asking permission to get the grant money released. Quick response team has gone out 3-4 times in Lawrenceburg since October in response to McHenry’s question. Permission granted. McHenry said getting to them in the elementary school is the best opportunity to head drug abuse off. Thacker also noted that they have to give kids the feeling that they can rise above it- if they are already living in the situation. 
McHenry cited example of kids extracurriculars being something as a motivator like in the Sparks program. This can also improve their school grades at times. Discussion of the options available in the community. Thanks expressed to Donna for all she does for the community. 

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer:

Plan Sheets for Bridges #43 Platt Road and #77 Woliung Road- Commissioners signed the cover sheets. #43 is out to bid on the 23rd of Feb. This is all local funds. Hope to start on April 1. Platt will be closed till Aug 1. local detour uses Ama and N Manchester. On #77 waiting on final permit for DNR, then go out to bid on the Community Crossing Grant project.

INDOT Contract for ROW services- Stateline at Georgetown Road- Straightening the S curve there- the highest accident location on Stateline. Federal Aid thru OKI- 80/20 % $131,525 is the contract and we pay 20%. Baudendistel reviewed and Commissioners approved. Passing blister will be there for Georgetown access also per Listerman. 

Update Blight Elimination Program and Funding- P/Z Administrator- Nicole Daily- 2014-2015 they were awarded 2 different funds. $215K  with $84K left and $150K and $15K left were awarded. The 9th one will be demolished in round 1. In round 2 they had 6 to do and 3 were accomplished. They will do 5 structures this spring and another demolition this fall. There is one removed from 5 Points Corner. There was a lot of vandalism on that structure. Neighbors in these areas are happy about the demolitions. Lynch thanked her- he thinks it’s a tremendous project. Helps with pride of ownership for the neighborhoods. Little agreed. 

Services Contract with IN Office of Technology- GIS- Andrea Shuter- updated to a 6 inch instead of 1 ft imagery. State will pay for the one ft- but we pay difference  $18,416  and we have some help from OKI grant for 80% of our 20% and we pay 20% out of county general of about $3,000. The state pays $10,000. Commissioners agreed to the upgrade as it benefits many departments.  

Park Board Membership- Jim Red Elk- Park board had sent in  2 resignations for Red Elk and Burger. The park board recommended Commissioners appoint Red Elk to Burger’s spot. Commissioners appointed Red Elk. [NOTE:This is due to the park board having all republican members and the law stating they have to have a politically balanced board. The board has known about this imbalance for several years. This has become a game of musical chairs for appointments. This board needs to become an actual board and not be serving as employees of the parks. They also need to get some new younger people involved so as to have a succession plan. The Council and the Circuit Court Judge (Humphrey) are looking for 2 democrats to balance this board.]] 

Signatures for Health Dept Memo of Understanding Agreement- disaster preparedness for use of the equipment and facilities during that exercise. Signed. Annual financial report to DLGF passed out also. Just needed them to be able to review it and contact her with any questions. 
ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- none

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Minutes from January 18 approved. Annual financial report to DLGF passed out also. Just needed them to be able to review it and contact her with any questions. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: Lynch exciting to see the annex now and appreciates the county administrator’s help with it. Going to Washington DC with OKI for the annual visit. Meeting on infrastructure and see Todd Young on the Port project.
Little- exciting times in the county- need a lot of help with they infrastructure to handle the truck traffic if a port comes. 
McHenry- nice to look at the positive aspects. Appreciates all the media we have at every meeting. He especially noted Denise’s editorial on the South Dearborn project- very fair- minded. Asked Eric Krantz why he was here- said his servers were down so he thought he’d take a walk.



Meeting Adjourned at 9:27 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, February 03, 2017

AGENDA- Feb 7th Commissioners Morning Meeting

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

I.          CALL TO ORDER


            1. Interlocal with Lawrenceburg for EMS

1.  Cyclical Review – Assessor, Gary Hensley

2.  CASA Updates – Donna Thacker

3.  Highway Engineer, Todd Listerman
            1.  Plan Sheets for Bridges #43, Platt Rd. & #77, Woliung Rd.
            2.  INDOT Contract for R/W Services – Stateline Rd. at Georgetown Rd.

4.  Update Blight Elimination Program & Funding – Zoning Administrator, Nicole Daily

5.  Services Contract w/Indiana Office of Technology – GIS, Andrea Shuter

6.  Park Board Membership – Jim RedElk

7.  Signatures on Health Department M.O.U. Agreement

V.        ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall

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



XI.        ADJOURN

Thursday, February 02, 2017

2 February 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

2 February 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Chairman, Dave Deddens, Jim Helms, John Rahe. (Goodman was present for executive session but left before the meeting.)
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, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
Deaton didn’t read the Title VI statement because I waived the need for it- being the only member of the public here.
Verification of information discussed in executive session. Deaton read the purpose and the board verified that was all they discussed.
Action of Executive session- Proceeding with the offers on parcel number 1 and parcel 2 was approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- January 26, 2017 minutes approved
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Agenda- DC Redevelopment Meeting Feb 2nd

February 2, 2017
8:20 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


  1. Call to order

  1. Verification of Information Discussed in Executive Session

  1. Action of Executive Session 

  1. Approval of Minutes
January 26, 2017 Meeting 

  1. Adjournment

Monday, January 30, 2017

DC Redevelopment Commission Executive Session and Meeting

Executive Session & Meeting

The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission 
has called an Executive Session for 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
A public meeting will take place at 8:20 a.m.

The Executive Session has been called for the purpose 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 statutes.  
IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) (2) (D)

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

Lawrenceburg, IN  47025

Friday, January 27, 2017

26 January 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

26 January 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Sue Hayden, minute taker, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
ABSENT: Andrea Ewan, attorney
These notes are from several verified sources as I was unable to attend this meeting.
Reorganization Meeting:
Election of Officers- Jim Deaton President, Dave Deddens Vice President, and Jim Helms Secretary
Meeting Times- Every other month on the third Thursday. March will be changed probably due to public hearing- see notes below.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Dec 8 minutes approved
paid- $245 for Randall’s membership to IEDA as she gets important information there.
paid$100 for Alan Goodman’s bond renewal
paid $35 for pop studio for website hosting
paid $4900 to Banning Engineering out of West Harrison TIF for the Old US 52 Corridor project
Paid $15,000 (2 months at $7500 each) to KMK ( Keating Meeting and Klekamp) out of the Visioning Grant and Randall states that Lawrenceburg is aware of this.This is for consulting for the new EDI (Economic Development Initiative) Group. This is a group of private investors. [NOTE: What exactly does DCRC get out of this? It seems like a lot of money monthly and there should be some reports of something from this consultant in evidence supporting their fees.]
Financial Balances for the DCRC accounts as of fall settlement per Pennington:
Cash in Fund 9531- $355,138.01
Fund 4932 ( Commission match) $500,000
Growth and Development Fund $500,000
Fund 4301 Washington Township TIF $239,094.15
Fund 4302 St. Leon Kelso Township TIF $177,620.68
Fund 4304 West Harrison TIF $66,898.39
Fund 4305 Whitewater Mills TIF $19,312.21
Fund 9146 Regional Strategic Visioning Plan $178,000

NEW BUSINESS:Resolution of DCRC Approving an Amendment to the Declaratory Resolution and Economic Development Plan for the West Aurora Economic Development Area- approved
Read Title VI statement at this point- by Deaton- forgot it at beginning of meeting.

[Note: It would seem reasonable for the Randall to have this many items listed on the agenda so that the public has advance notice of what might be discussed.]
Terri Randall- Kaiser Pickles had property in the TIF and now have some outside the TIF so they needed to get the new facility at the old D&S Machine Shop in a TIF to get the incentives promised to them. They are adding two new parcels to the Washington Township AKA West Aurora TIF to accomplish this. The 2nd parcel is by Aurora Casket- some ??acres. There will be public hearings and the Plan Commission holds the first one of these at their Feb 28th meeting. County Commissioners will adopt a resolution from the PC meeting.  She hopes to get this all done by the end of March. Deddens asked about Labor Issues with Aurora Casket’s sale. No report from Randall on that as she said not much is known. DCRC can have their hearing no sooner than March 26 per notes from Umbaugh. Randall suggested an evening meeting for the public to be able to attend. She is considering the 29th and 30th of March for DCRC meetings on the redone West Aurora AKA Washington Township TIF. 
Rahe brought up the junkyard in the Randall Avenue Industrial Park again. they are still working with Planning Office enforcement. Considering negotiating with the owner for abetter spot for his businesslike Rack property in back. Some members thought that might also be an issue with other business owners there. Randall said they could get grants for brownfield cleanup as there could be oil spills from stored vehicles there. [NOTE: This is an INDUSTRIAL park so one might expect a different look than a BUSINESS park???] Randall said they should reach out to McCormack at Planning office to see where enforcement is on this. Only take a couple DCRC members so as not to violate open door laws. Randall will schedule meeting with Deaton and Rahe and herself with them probably. Deaton said that the owner has so much pressure on him right now- this might relieve him. Randall noted he was getting older too… Rahe and Deaton noted the owner lives near the park so they could meet with him.
Randall sent a letter to the owner of Kaiser Pickles for a ribbon cutting ceremony and to review a recent incentive offer. State Dept of Ag- Ted McKinney wants to work with them on their product also. 
Randall sent a check and offer for the sign property to the owner of that with a Monday deadline. Be prepared for NO and getting the check back. Deaton -If she comes back with counter offer- we should consider it.Otherwise option 2 to get other property for the sign and have the park businesses pay for the signage. Road front property with an office for Rack may be an option too. 
Skally’s got appraisals back and they match the bank loan request. Two banks courting them. [NOTE: It may take 2 banks to cover the loan amount spending on their size.] They should be closing soon and ready to start building in March.
Randall talked to Tom Stone on 13.4 acres in West Harrison TIF. DCRC hired Banning Engineering for $4900 to do the study because of their experience with Duke Energy- and you wanted to know what it would cost to develop that property and how much TIF would get from it. There were 2 alternatives. One had a 165,000 sq ft building with another 35,000sq ft one for almost $2million.with access off Harrison Brookville Road. There is nearly $500,000 in fill and asphalt to access it. 2nd alternative with 4 buildings of about 43,000 sq ft each ad a 35,000 sq ft additional one. This would create more of a business park- and get smaller businesses. Spreads the risk over 4 companies. They noted a road built by “others” would be cheaper. [NOTE:Who are the others?] Randall not sure that a warehouse is highest and best use for this land. TIF Revenue would be better for Council. Randall said Tom Stone has been “very patient and very kind.” Wants to include 3 family members so will meet early next week with them.She stressed that Stone Family is NOT to expect DCRC to do anything with them until Skally’s is done. They can’t do anything until TIF bonds are done etc. [NOTE: Is Maxwell involved as they are using Skally’s bond revenues???] 
More discussion on having Andrea Ewan be there, some $250,000 difference in the two alternative projects. May find a “creative way” to get the improvements done. Deaton noted that if the county owns the land there is no tax income stream. 
Randall said site improvements are where it’s at. I-74 Group talks about these properties and the PORT of IN. We will see a lot of people coming in and we have no spec buildings. Shovel ready sites should be focus and goal. Go all in and get it ready and then do it. We don’t make all the investments. Just some to attract other investors and developers to come in. Then the EDI is forming. 
Randall - No new info on the port- but she understands the project better. Most important is that a private investor bought AEP land and invested millions with no incentives. He said they know our community is a gold mine. Ports of IN has first rights on the property. If no port then the new owner has a plan B- as they are a huge company that develops all over the world. [NOTE: The incentive for this company is the potential payoff on their investment. Note who has first rights.]
Lawrenceburg is getting rid of the rocks on the levee and building a park. 
REDI asked Randall to speak at their March meeting on the PORT. The phone is going to start ringing… People are asking about properties that were previously on our website and she had no answers for that. The private sector has raised a lot of money for economic development. [NOTE: Is this our new version of the same old EDI?]
Rahe said that at the meeting the timeline looked like 3 years to get the AEP plant cleaned up. The state via INDOT is looking at road access issues for it. Randall - they can’t send the trucks thru Lawrenceburg so may have to build another bridge across Tanners Creek. These buyers knew the costs coming in. 
Rahe asked about Tom Schneider’s statement that Lawrenceburg had special bonding abilities. Randall said yes- that funds are there in a bond bank set up. The county can use that bond bank. So we can grow for jobs for all citizens. Lawrenceburg is somewhat landlocked now. 
Deaton noted that a Cincinnati Council person said they wanted Lynch on OKI as they want a relationship with us due to our development opportunities. 
Randall said a lot hinges on Skally’s getting off the ground. Deddens asked about Batesville’s spec building- are there any uses? Randall said she talked to them- no one in the building yet- but people look and the go build in the area. It takes 3 years to fill a spec building. Public Private partners built it. They are glad they built it, but it is not filled.  
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

AGENDA Jan 26 DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting

January 26, 2017
9:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


  1. Call to order

  1. Election of Officers

  1. Discussion of Meeting Dates & Time

  1. Approval of Minutes
December 8, 2016 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. Economic Development Officer’s Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

24 January 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting

 24 January 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 Terri Randall, Administrator
Liz Morris- Moment of prayer for Ryan Brandt’s father who passed away.
Title VI statement also was read by Morris as required by law.
Election of President and Vice President-  Liz Morris President and Ryan Brandt Vice President
Appointment of Boards and Board Seats:
Plan Commission (Dan Lansing)
Convention, Visitors and Tourism (Ryan Brandt)
Community Corrections (Liz Morris)
Juvenile Advisory Board (Liz Morris)
SIRPC (Dennis Kraus)
Southeastern Regional Development (Dennis Kraus)- no longer in existence- so this will be removed
Solid Waste (Allen Goodman)
Personnel Advisory Committee-(Dennis Kraus & Liz Morris)
Community Mental Health (Allen Goodman)
Emergency Management Advisory (Bill Ullrich as president’s alternate)
Redevelopment Commission (Allen Goodman)
OKI Board of Directors (Liz Morris)

Citizen Board Appointments- all 3 reappointed below
PTA BOA (Bill Hartwell)
Alcohol Beverage (Glen Huismann)
OKI (Mark McCormack) 

PAWS- Sandy Carley- Annual Report- tabled until a later date as it wasn’t ready yet. 
Jason Sullivan - received approval for a grant for EMA that they do annually that he has to apply for by March 1. No county monies are involved.
Judge Humphrey- called earlier-  adults who have no POA or next of kin- has a grant that will help with them- no county monies involved. He brought it to Council attention as a courtesy to get approval to pursue it. Approved.
Jason Sullivan EMA and Jared Teaney 911- presented-  RAVE offers a unique product to offer as SMART 911 service. It’s available in many areas and you can have citizens sign up for it and they can provide info and data to 911 from their phone when they call in. Morris said that families can use it for autistic children that might wander off for example. SMART911.com is where you can enter your personal profile. It is private but only shared when you call 911. No charge to citizens, but the county has to pay to have the software here in the county. You can call in form landlines or cells. They have been in existence for 12 years. Colleges use this system. Notifications go out multi-modally. Anecdotes given as examples of uses for this service. They can help market it to the public. People can sign up for alerts also. APP known as RAVE panic button that is available on phones. This is useful for schools. Price tag is $3350 for initial set up. Annual contract is $20,000. This does more than Rapid Notify. And it costs more as a result. This is an unlimited messaging package.This can come out of the state 911 budget. County has to ask for it. They are going to see how this gets covered. No approval tonight. They will have to come back with that info. It would be important to get people signed up for the alerts per Morris. 
Discussion of Weather Warning Sirens- Morris asked Jason Sullivan about using RAVE and Smart 911 to use instead. $5-10,000 per year on siren- about $370/siren to maintain and keep our 36 sirens. New ones cost $900,000 to replace all of them. Oldest one is 1979 and needs to be replaced in Dillsboro. These were originally purchased with funds they Jaycees raised. This old one sounds and doesn’t rotate. Sullivan says you need redundancy in this system. He hasn’t heard anyone except Council talking about removing the sirens. Morris wants him to find out how many of IN 92 counties have sirens. About $24000 to replace a siren. 
ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall-  Told Council that there was an outcry about the sirens when it came up last fall. Hoped to have more input from them in this. Some people were panic stricken about it. She said the Commissioners would like to make a recommendation to Council about it. They are also in favor of SMART 911 and RAVE that was presented.
Randall passed out update info on the Courthouse project. here was an executive summary. Project timeline is proceeding well. They will need another $2 million drawdown in February and will last until May.Occupancy is set for early 2018. Items cost more in some cases and less in others but there were some significant savings with value engineering. They do change orders with the architect and Maxwell. ADA was changed with Humphrey and the director of juvenile area as being less needed so they will use the other entrance when ADA is needed for them. Gravity feed sewer system was able to be used and a pump eliminated. Some costs were added such as transformer which had to be increased in size. The IT work is more costly than anticipated. Morris asked about increasing parking for tax payment time in May. Building should be enclosed by April 2017. How much higher was the steel than the estimate- asked by Dennis Kraus. $500,000 additional was given for that. Randall will have to check that. 
Park Board- Morris said they cannot act on their requests for improvements.
Auditor- Gayle Pennington- Minutes from November 22, 2016 were approved. We are in budget review- and our DLGF rep left so now we are in the last 3 to be reviewed. Should be in by mid February. Next meeting for Council will be Feb 28th at 6:30 PM per Liz Morris. Additionals are already advertised per Pennington. 
Charlie Keyes- wants to have Council consider health insurance for employees after they retire. Discussion centered on costs, funding etc. Pennington will check COBRA costs and also see if they can pay the county rate after they retire. No sense of urgency- but look into it a bit. 
Park Board Appointment- Question by Chris Mueller-on the one  appointment made in November. It had come to my attention that Judge Humphrey needed a Democrat for his 2nd appointment and the Council did also. Council had appointed Jim RedElk again at their November meeting on the recommendation of Terry Stephens per Liz Morris. I showed Council all the voting records of the 5 Park Board members. None of them voted Democrat in any elections going back several years. Only the ex-officio member from County Extension- Mike Hornbach had voted Democrat and only in the last primary. The law states that the board has to be politically balanced. Council was advised that there were at least two Democrats who are thinking of serving on that board. No decision was made- but Council has been advised on record that there is proof that the board is not “legal” by  the state code rules and that Judge Humphrey has left his position unfilled until he can do so legally. Council may decide to get together with the Park Board to resolve this dilemma.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 8 PM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:30 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



Election of President and Vice President
Appointment of Boards and Board Seats
Plan Commission (Dan Lansing)
Convention, Visitors and Tourism (Ryan Brandt)
Community Corrections (Liz Morris)
Juvenile Advisory Board (Liz Morris)
SIRPC (Dennis Kraus)
Southeastern Regional Development (Dennis Kraus)
Solid Waste (Allen Goodman)
Personnel Advisory Committee (Dennis Kraus & Allen Goodman)
Community Mental Health (Charlie Keyes)
Emergency Management Advisory (Bill Ullrich as president’s alternate)
Redevelopment Commission (Allen Goodman)
OKI Board of Directors (Liz Morris)

Citizen Board Appointments
PTA BOA (Bill Hartwell)
Alcohol Beverage (Glen Huismann)
OKI (Mark McCormack)
  1. PAWS – Sandy Carly 
Annual Report

  1. Discussion of Weather Warning Sirens

  1. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Minutes from November 22, 2016


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

January 18, 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

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

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law.

SERCC SE Regional Community Corrections Appointment of Board Members- 4 year terms.Public Defender-Michael Sarappata, Victims’s Advocate- Karen Ernst, School Adm Matt Probst- Ivy Tech, Mental Health Adm.CMHC Tom Talbot,  Lay person- Honorable W Gregory Coy,Lay person-  Mario Todd - all approved.
New appointments: Steve Bradley- Probation officer
Rick Craig to Lay person seat.
Sheriff Glen Potts Ohio County
Ron Spurlock - Ohio County Consultant- non- voting
Gayle Pennington Auditor Consultant- non- voting
Terri Randall Consultant- non- voting


Bid Contracts - Maxwell Construction- presented by Kris from Maxwell - Bid Packages 11-18 for a some items that were not bid back in June. Dec 1st at 1 PM these were opened. County Attorney was present at the bid opening and reviewed al documents.
#11- Net Connect Technologies- $77,000.00 Approved
#12- Midwest Data- IT Equipment and Info $37,000.00 Approved
#13 and #15- HND Systems - video and card access systems- $97,450.00 Approved
#14 # 18 Security Automation Systems- $72,265- Approved
#16 Justice AVC- Video Arraignment $40,655.54- approved.
#17 bid- but decided not to do that outside but cover it inside the system. 
Progress on steel deck welding to be able to pour concrete on Tuesday. Building enclosed hopefully in April. Framer coming in after concrete decks being poured. Wet winter and some really cold weather slowed productivity at times. 
Randall has been attending their construction meetings with Eric Hartman. Having issues getting big steel beams in the basement. Phenomenal cooperation. Lots of RFI Requests for info from the manager of the construction work and architects. Kris said - Sometimes the low bid process can n=be shaky but it worked out here.

RAVE Mobile Safety Agreement- EMA Director Jason Sullivan and 911 Director Jared Teaney- Sullivan presented- Teaney was not present - want to pursue SMART 911- and ask permission to go to council for approval. $20,400 annual fee plus $3350 setup fee. Approved to go to Council. They like RAVE- is a lot more user friendly. Rapid Notify is being changed to this. Baudendistel to review the agreement also. Approve dot go to Council. 

911 Board Appointment for EMS Position- Randall said at the last EMS alliance meeting- Misty Russell elected to replace Ed Opp who retired.Approved.

Litter Update- Celeste Calvitto- gave a pat on back to Molly from Recycling Center- she has gotten to every school with outreach. Snow hid the litter and now the litter is exposed again. Need a regular plan to cover these areas- will review at the next litter meeting. A lot of the main roads leading into the county are a problem. McHenry also praised Molly from seeing her work at their Recycling Meeting each month 

Interlocal agreement with Lawrenceburg and EMS Contracts- Baudendistel said Del Weldon said he was planning to get them signed from Lawrenceburg. They have not arrived yet per Randall.Tabled until Baudendistel can get with Weldon.  

Randall brought up the other EMS contracts at this point. Wanted to get them signed earlier in the year. Aurora, Bright, Dillsboro, Greendale,  Manchester, Moores Hill, Sunman. All are $40,000 for 2 units except Manchester for $20,000 for one unit. Still waiting on their audits. Homeland Security has a pilot program- online and they are considering using it to get the new volunteers certified. They do practicals in Noblesville 8 times during the training. St Leon hasn’t brought their contract in yet. Concerns about them not transporting. All above signed and approved except St Leon and Lawrenceburg are tabled. 

Juvenile Center Doctor and Nurse Agreements- Baudendistel said no substantial changes and no problem with it. Dr. Samantha Wood- $11,133/year. approved. Ron Phillips nurse- $12,742/year approved. Randall will pend these until they get the insurance and Workers Comp documents added.  

Verification of Nepotism Certification for Compliance with IC 36-1-20.2-16- from state board of accounts. Approved. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- nothing more

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- claims and Dec 20th and Jan 3rd minutes- approved. Covered bridge certification for Guilford Bridge approved.  

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- John Rumsey from Ohio County Council passed away last week from cancer. 

Lynch- attended Governors state of the state address. Great- reaffirmed the port for SE Indiana. thinks we will see a lot happening in the next 4 years. Great time to be a Hoosier.

Little- agreed with Kevin. Recuperating on antibiotics for bronchitis and is not contagious. 

McHenry- Optimistic- hoping we become a nation united. Went to a ball game with his kids and one step closer to tournament. He appreciates the diverse board and that they get to Indy when he can’t.  l little unnerving to see his mom out there in the audience..,



Meeting Adjourned at 6:50 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, January 13, 2017

Agenda WEDNESDAY Jan 18th Commissioners Meeting

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



1. SERCC – Appointment of Board Members

1.  Bid Contracts – Maxwell Construction

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

3.  911 Board Appointment for EMS Position

4.  Litter Update – Celeste Calvitto

5.  Interlocal with Lawrenceburg and EMS Contracts 

6.  Juvenile Center Doctor and Nurse Agreements

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


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




County Park Board NEEDS 2 Democrats

County Park Board Needs Two Democrats

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

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

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

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

Council is to make their appointment at their meeting January 24, 2017. In order to comply with the law, they will also need to find a Democrat for that appointment. Contact Liz Morris President of Council at liz.morris210@gmail.com or 812-637-0522.

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

and the Park Board's website at www.dearborncountyparks.com

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

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