Tuesday, January 16, 2018

16 JANUARY 2018 DEARBORN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING NOTES

16 JANUARY 2018 DEARBORN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING NOTES

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, and Jim Thatcher

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator

TITLE VI STATEMENT FOR COMPLIANCE was read by Baudendistel

OLD BUSINESS

Boards Commissioners Serve (All 3 serve on Solid Waste & Drainage Board)
Emergency Management Shane McHenry
Juvenile Board Shane McHenry
OKI - Jim Thatcher
Personnel Advisory Shane McHenry
Region 9 Workforce Art Little
SIRPC Art Little
Port Authority Board- Shane McHenry
Plan Commission- Jim Thatcher

NEW BUSINESS

Annual IDOC Grant – Steve Kelly, Director of Court Services- As part of their annual grant for community corrections funds paying for home detention and work release- asking for $72,080 for insurance 37,000 plus and 384, 000 plus for salaries and perf etc. 
$58,100 foe another salary and JCAP director $81,100. Approved. these are only annual commitments.

Lawrenceburg Public Library Vacancy- New member for Dan Toon. Gary Gellert or Susan Carson from northern part of county. Thatcher motioned for Gellert- approved. He said both were qualified.  

911 Advisory Board Appointment- Jason Eckhoff- was approved as requested by the board.

Jason Sullivan Emergency Mgmt - needed an approval for the lowest level - a yellow travel advisory issued earlier this week. Approved.

Kevin James Malin (sp?)- safety of dogs in extreme weather. The shelter described is vague. He read several versions of heat or cold advisories are in place. He was compelled to seek change due to seeing animals in bad conditions. He has discussed it with PAWS and Animal Control - they are on board. And he has over 2700 signatures on his online petition. McHenry appreciates his initiative. Baudendistel said that the ordinance is broad by design. He is willing to sit down and take a look at them with others. The City of Greenwood passed a law like dogs having to be inside if the temp is below 20 or above 90. Action- Baudendistel is to set up a meeting and include Kevin Malin along with PAWS etc. and look at Animal control Ordinance. Approved. 

ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden- - Welcomed Jim Thatcher to first meeting. Jim Stole with Safety resources to have signs and maps installed in the buildings. They will also look at OSHA items. They will start at 10 AM tomorrow.

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington - also welcomes Thatcher to the board. Claims and Dec 19 and Jan 2 Minutes approved. 
Nov 12 will be the Veteran’s Day observance for 2018, 2019, and 2020 per the state. 

McHenry was reaffirmed as Board President now that Thatcher was seated.  

ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel- welcome Jim Thatcher and looks forward to working with him. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS-
Jim Thatcher- Proud to be sitting up here. Aware of the trust people put in him- have his door and hear open - looking forward to working for the people. 

Art Little- also welcomed Thatcher- known him a long time.

Shane McHenry- Building doing well - still having issues with back orders on some things. Chris Grabowski with Maxwell has done an excellent job in addressing it all. 
McHenry said that the road issues were hard to get together. But they worked 16 hours and were back out at 4 AM this morning. Outstanding job. 
Also welcomed Thatcher. 

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- none

PUBLIC COMMENT- none 

ADJOURN- 5:35 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Health Board Meeting Jan 25th



The Health Board Meeting will be held on:

Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Henry Dearborn Room, on left after entering security entrance


If unable to attend, please notify Jamie Smither at (812) 537-8826 before the meeting. To ensure that there will be a quorum, you will be notified by telephone the day of the meeting between 9:30 a.m. and noon to verify attendance. 


Sincerely,

G. E. Scudder, M.D., Health Officer/Administrator


AGENDA Jan 16th Commissioners Meeting

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
 January 16, 2018 
5:00 p.m., Henry Dearborn Room
Dearborn County Government Center
165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. TITLE VI STATEMENT FOR COMPLIANCE

IV OLD BUSINESS
1.  Boards Commissioners Serve (All serve on Solid Waste & Drainage Board)
Emergency Management (Shane currently)
Juvenile Board (Shane currently)
OKI (open)
Personnel Advisory (Shane currently)
Plan Commission (Art currently)
Region 9 Workforce (Art currently)
SIRPC (Art currently)
 
V. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Annual IDOC Grant – Steve Kelly, Director of Court Services

2.  Lawrenceburg Public Library Vacancy
VI. ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden

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

X. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

XI. PUBLIC COMMENT


XII. ADJOURN

Thursday, January 11, 2018

11 January 2018 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

11 January 2018 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

Also present:Sue Hayden, county administrator and minute taker, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:Jim Deaton is President and Dave Deddens is Vice President. Jim Helms is Secretary. All 3 are the same as last year.
MEETING DATES AND TIMES: Every other month on 2nd Thursday at 8:30 AM. Deddens will be missing in March but OK for the rest.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Dec 7th minutes approved.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
Completion of Land Purchase- 2 changes made to the agreement at the closing. The right of first refusal will be for the price offered at the time.So the county will pay more than they first had written in. 
 The price for farming the area will be $3500/year so the county gets more for that then they had asked for, which was $1,000. 
New sign in West Aurora TIF Randall Avenue- Randall said she had worked om the RFP for a log time and had trouble getting an RFP for the sign done .She went on at length about how many companies she looked at and some boilerplate RFPs. She wants to looks at local companies too and have about 4 companies to visit with a couple DCRC board members to partner with her in getting this done. Maybe have one or two come into the March meeting with a presentation etc. Then set a meeting with the companies on Randall Avenue and then decide how they can put their individual signs up. They will also know what sizes are needed for visibility from the road. The board decided to have Deddens get some of his sign companies to them with ideas also. They will look at this again in March. Rahe just wants to get this done. [Note: To be fair, the have been playing with it for a long time without much progress, as they cannot seem to decide what to do about individual signs for the businesses there. We seem to spend a lot of money incentivizing business to come here, but have trouble with cooperative ventures on signage for them once they are here. The board might need to decide what their policy will be for this and all future endeavors.]  
Visioning Grant Tabled from 11/7/17 One Dearborn Invoice- continued to be tabled. Baudendistel still not finished. And other issues seem to be unsettled.
TIF Fund Claim- Barnes and Thornburg reviewing plans for redoneTIFs. Also Land Consultants for Stone Property paid.
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS- board looked over them and some will be updated by Pennington as the settlement came in.
NEW BUSINESS: This section of notes seemed to hop from topic to topic….
BillBoard leases- Randall said there are two billboards - but one has 2 sides. She needs the lease contact info. If you decide you want to use one to market and one has lease ending in May and others from then thru July, the info would help. Deddens said they can have a LAND fro SALE vinyl tied on each side and his cost was $800 a side, when he used them for his business. Tad Feiss at Signarama can do this. Find out when the leases are up and send them notices now per Deddens. The signs are going to be for the land in TIFs for sale. The sign at Johnson Fork and 74 is the one the county wants to actually use for the Land sale. They may do a few more calls and see what the lessees want to do also. They will get that by next month (Andrea and Randall) Tamara suggested they check with companies and see if they could use their signs for a few months at a time and they would still have partial rental income form the billboards then. 
Demolition of house on property in West Harrison-Randall-  had RFP ready to go but as a governmental owner they have to do some checking on asbestos etc. About $1000 to have a pre-demo inspection. No decision yet. 
Randall- There is a portion of the property that might be in the flood plain. They need to get someone out there to get elevations and then request a revision of the flood maps to avoid having to get flood insurance. $2500 to get the streams on the map that don’t exist now corrected by Banning also. [NOTE: Banning did this with Randy Maxwell for another property a couple years ago and it didn’t work out in the county’s favor after some expense.] 
Randall wants to get the Indiana site selected certified. There are 3 levels of certification. Banning looked at that and will give a price to take us thru the whole process. They have a baseline marketing piece from Duke Energy.
There are Site Selectors at a conference in Cincinnati soon. Indiana has been invited to some of the private groups there and to speak at one of the dinners. She wants to get a short video clip and also the certification to get this done for that conference. She wants to do all that in the $10,000 scope. [NOTE: In a previous meeting, the county was not invited to the $15,000/table dinner- did something change?]    
One Dearborn REPORT: see above also. Randall also talked about Rack in the Aurora Industrial Park. She’s going to have more info on how to market them.
Randall - only other lose end from Duke site readiness report was the access easement by Hirlinger. The deed has this and she needs affirmative document in her packet to confirm that the easement exits. She asked Andrea to get that and Andrea said that depends on if it exists. There are 3 references to that element and some are for the adjoining farmers. Andrea will check this.
Helms said that when I-74 was built there was a lot of dirt moved so the creeks may be from pre 74.[ NOTE: The studies and permits for the construction of an interstate would have covered those changes though. Perhaps Listerman could enlighten them on this.] 
ATTORNEY’S REPORT- nothing more. 
OTHER BUSINESS:Ted Naegle was brought up by Rahe and they are working in that.?????
Discussion regarding Sunman-Dearborn School District- there was an email passed around and wanted to discuss working together with Dr. Jackson ( superintendent) on redevelopment. Deaton wants to know how to respond to him. He looked at p45 of the Redevelopment handbook.It tells what we can do with the schools. Deaton wants to raise the subject and get them thinking about it. Jamie Graf board member was present and spoke about it. Specifically St Leon TIF. The assessed value and the TIF dollars could be shared back with the school district. [Note: The letter from Dr Jackson was sent out quite a while ago- is this a new one? ] 
Randall said that there were conversations with Greendale and her counterpart- Al Abdon also like this. She said that we need a good plan on good places to grow and letting developers know about these. She’s thinking they need to bring more students to the schools. She went on at length about bringing One Dearborn to school boards to see what they can do together. Graf will update the board tonite about what they discussed today. Rahe put it in more perspective with the purposes of Redevelopment and how it can spill down to getting business here first. They also discussed how Greendale’s Redevelopment shares with their school district in Lawrenceburg.[NOTE: Sunman Dearborn has TWO TIF districts in it’s area in  our county.]
[NOTE: It should be noted that DCRC has one perspective and the schools have another. There is a third pinning and taxation concept that both need to remember. When it come to tax base- residential development is a loser for school taxes. Residential consumes more than it pays in. Business is close to break even without TIFs as their taxes are higher and they produce no children who consume the school tax income. Lastly Agricultural uses produce more tax than they consume. So saying we need more students implies more residential development, with increased costs of roads and infrastructure and maintenance. That is not the answer. We need a BALANCE.]
St. Leon TIF was the highest fund but not much activity now. 
One Dearborn is having their first ever strategic planning meeting per Randall. they need to figure out and prioritize what projects will hit the home runs. 
Deddens asked when their contract is up with One Dearborn. (July 2018.) They need an executive session to discuss what they will be doing with that. They set one for February 8. They will decide and see what Alan Goodman can do. At 8 am followed by public meeting.  
ADJOURNMENT - 9:42 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Revised agenda for DCRC meeting tomorrow morning

 AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS MEETING
January 11, 2018
8:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

  1. Call to order

  1. Title VI Statement for Compliance

  1. Election of Officers

  1. Discussion of Meeting Dates & Time

  1. Approval of Minutes
December 7, 2017 Meeting

  1. Claims & Financials
1.  Visioning Grant Fund Claim Tabled from 11/7/17 - One Dearborn Invoice 
2.  TIF Fund Claims
3.  Financials

  1. Old Business
1.  Completion of Land Purchase
2.  New Sign in W. Aurora TIF (Randall Ave.)

  1. New Business
1.  Bill Board Leases
2.  Demolition of House on Property in W. Harrison 

  1. One Dearborn Report

  1. Attorney’s Report

  1. Other Business
1.  Discussion re: Sunman Dearborn School District

  1. Adjournment




Tuesday, January 09, 2018

DRAFT Agenda for Jan 11 DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting

 AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS MEETING
January 11, 2018
8:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

  1. Call to order

  1. Title VI Statement for Compliance

  1. Election of Officers

  1. Discussion of Meeting Dates & Time

  1. Approval of Minutes
December 7, 2017 Meeting

  1. Claims & Financials
1.  Visioning Grant Fund Claim Tabled from 11/7/17 - One Dearborn Invoice 

2.  TIF Fund Claim 

3.  Financials 

  1. New Business
1.  Bill Board Leases

  1. One Dearborn Report

  1. Attorney’s Report

  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment




DC Redevelopment Reorganizational Meeting Thursday Jan 11

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission has called a meeting for Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.  

The meeting will take place at the
Dearborn County Government Center 
Henry Dearborn Room
165 Mary Street,
Lawrenceburg, IN  47025


We provide equal access for our disabled citizens. If you are in need of auxiliary aids or special assistance, please contact the commissioners’ office.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2 January 2018 Dearborn County Commissioners REORGANIZATIONAL Meeting Notes

2 January 2018 Dearborn County Commissioners REORGANIZATIONAL Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President,  and Art Little

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator

TITLE VI STATEMENT FOR COMPLIANCE- Read by Baudendistel

REORGANIZATION OF BOARD

Election of Board President- McHenry remains in place until the third commissioner is appointed.

Re-appointments of Department Heads:- same as 2017- passed

Administrator- Sue Hayden
Animal Control Director- Marlene Underwood
Attorney- Andy Baudendistel
Building Inspector- Bill Shelton
Emergency Management Director- Jason Sullivan
Engineer- Todd Listerman
Highway Supervisor- Tim Grieve
Maintenance Supervisor- Eric Hartmann
911 Director- Jared Teaney

Boards Commissioners Serve (All serve on Solid Waste & Drainage Board): same as 2017 and will readdress when 3rd commissioner comes in.

Emergency Management (Shane currently)- 
Juvenile Board (Shane currently)
OKI (open)
Personnel Advisory (Shane currently)
Plan Commission (Art currently)
Region 9 Workforce (Art currently)
SIRPC (Art currently)

Citizen Boards – Appointments:

Alcohol Beverage Board – Jim Dole
Board of Zoning Appeals – (was Jane Ohlmanseik who is retiring)- Approved Joe Schmeltzer- Republican from Harrison Township- engineer with Structure Pointe who has done work for Maxwell. [NOTE: McCormack had several names to choose from but asked to eliminate the Miller Township area ones as the boards are top heavy in that area already. That narrowed this to a Diem ( Alan Miller- Center Township attorney for Aurora) and Joe Schmetzer. The seat could have gone to either a Democrat or Republican.]
Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees – Carl Petty (3/31/18)
Emergency Management Advisory Board – Dave Wismann (new), Jody Blasdell & John Ryle
Hoosier Historical Hills – Ted Fowler
Planning Commission – Eric Lang
Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA) – Mark Hardebeck & Mark Neff

Other Appointments – ADA Coordinator/Title VI Coordinator- Sue Hayden


OLD BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

Amendments to Zoning Ordinance – Mark McCormack, P&Z Director - Article 3, Section 315(c) – Lot Arrangements and Sizes (Flag Lots)- Simple amendment per Baudendistel on flag lots. 150 Ft for them was clarified to from a public street and can include bends or turns. Unanimous recommendation form the PC. No public comment. Approved. Baudendistel left at this point for court.

Change Orders – Chris Grabosky, Maxwell Construction- 
Bruns Gutzwiller #8- several changes for them- repainting, repairs, additional shelves etc. and a couple deductions Total additional was $19,769.68- approved.

Paul Rohe #3- parking lots and asphalt and parking lot not to be top coated till spring. Total add 
$ 5,700- Approved.

OK Interiors #5- adds and removals of ceilings and room walls. Total addition $ 4,245.06. approved.

Banta Electric #3- $1,203.08 total additional (Some of their adds were covered in their allowance) approved.

Axis Interior Systems #2- extra press and moisture mitigation barriers and deduct for wood trim and terrazzo floor. $3814.13 additional - Approved

Tying up things on 1st and 2nd floor and exterior railings and column wraps and exterior to be done by Jan 31. Demo on 2nd floor existing courthouse in next two days. Looking at 99% completed in March. Top coat lots in April. Then dedication ceremony. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden- nothing

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims approved.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- nothing- left for court earlier.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Art Little- here for Christmas celebration and also a sad day for Kevin passing. Thanked staff for the dinner prep for Christmas. 
McHenry- thanked Eric Hartmann and staff for getting it all together. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

LATE ARRIVAL- - Todd Listerman- In Dec INDOT awarded McAllister the Cold Springs project #24 Bridge for $1,035,854.86. We do 20% of this.
Fix slips on lower Dillsboro- is still being considered for funding for 2024.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:35 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, December 29, 2017

AGENDA- Jan 2 @9 AM in NEW MEETING ROOM Commissioners Meeting

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
 January 2, 2018 
9:00 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. TITLE VI STATEMENT FOR COMPLIANCE

IV. REORGANIZATION OF BOARD
1.  Election of Board President

2.  Re-appointments of Department Heads
Administrator
Animal Control Director
Attorney
Building Inspector
Emergency Management Director
Engineer
Highway Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
911 Director
  3.  Boards Commissioners Serve (All serve on Solid Waste & Drainage Board)
Emergency Management (Shane currently)
Juvenile Board (Shane currently)
OKI (open)
Personnel Advisory (Shane currently)
Plan Commission (Art currently)
Region 9 Workforce (Art currently)
SIRPC (Art currently)
4.  Citizen Boards – Appointments
Alcohol Beverage Board – Jim Dole
Board of Zoning Appeals – (was Jane Ohlmanseik)
Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees – Carl Petty (3/31/18)
Emergency Management Advisory Board – Dave Wismann (new), Jody Blasdell & John Ryle
Hoosier Historical Hills – Ted Fowler
Planning Commission – Eric Lang
Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA) – Mark Hardebeck & Mark Neff
5.  Other Appointments – ADA Coordinator
 
V. OLD BUSINESS

VI. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Change Orders – Chris Grabosky, Maxwell Construction

2.  Amendments to Zoning Ordinance – Mark McCormack, P&Z Director
Article 3, Section 315(c) – Lot Arrangements and Sizes (Flag Lots)
VII. ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden

VIII. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
IV. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
X. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

XI. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

XII. PUBLIC COMMENT


XIII. ADJOURN

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

19 December 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

19 December 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, and Art Little
Commissioner Lynch passed away last week.

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, 
ABSENT: Sue Hayden, Administrator- still covering another meeting

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law.

Commissioner McHenry  choked up as he asked for a moment of silence for commissioner Lynch-  we lost a good friend and colleague in Kevin. Honor and privilege to serve with him. Good team- made good decisions for the future of this county and couldn’t have done it without Kevin. Hard to look over and see that seat empty. Asked that we keep Joey and Mike and the entire Lynch family in our prayers.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

PAWS 2018 Agreement - only dates have changed and new county address on it. Amount is the same. $10,000/month. Approved.

2018 Commissioners Meeting Schedule - 1st and 3rd Tues of the month. 1st is morning meeting at 9 am and 3rd is 5 PM. They will change the times if there is something on the agenda that should have more public input. Nov meeting on wed after election. Feb 20th meeting is a morning meeting. Approved. 
Starting in January they will be using the new room in the new building for the meeting. Paper took tour and has pictures of the building in today’s paper.  

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden- not present

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- claims approved. Nov 7th minutes needed signature and Dec 5th minutes were approved. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- Interlocal Agreement and Resolutions with Greendale for 911 dispatch service. Resolution signed and agreement approved and signed. Greendale now wants county help for 11PM to 7 AM coverage. (Third shift). This is a 2 year agreement- $15,000/year. There is an automatic renewal on it and 60 day notice termination clauses. Greendale approved it unanimously. This is a good trial run per McHenry. At some time they may choose to have the county handle it all he hopes. 911 says they can handle this. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS:
Art Little - reflected on what Shane said about Kevin and was in complete agreement.

Shane McHenry- commented on getting into the new building and thanked every one for their patience. Judges and Prosecutor space better. Kudos to everyone involved. Also wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

LATE ARRIVAL- none


Meeting Adjourned at 12:23PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Sunday, December 17, 2017

AGENDA- NOON Commissioners Meeting December 19th

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
December 19, 2017 
12:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. TITLE VI STATEMENT FOR COMPLIANCE

IV. OLD BUSINESS

V. NEW BUSINESS
1.  P.A.W.S. 2018 Agreement 

2.  2018 BOC Meeting Schedule

VI. ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden

VII. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VIII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
1.  Interlocal Agreement & Resolutions w/Greendale for 911 Dispatch Service
IX. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

X. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

XI. PUBLIC COMMENT


XII. ADJOURN

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Commissioner Kevin Lynch Obituary



Kevin John Lynch beloved husband of 27 years and “best buddy “of Mary Jo (Joey) Lynch (nee Luther). Proud father of Michael Gabriel Lynch. Devoted son of Gabriel and Mary Lynch (deceased) and Mike and Mary Jo Luther. Brother of Peter (Barb), Michael (Sheree), Dennis (Judy), Brian (Oliya) Lynch, Maryrose Martin and Sheila(Arthur) Sieder. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Kevin passed away peacefully on December 14th following a courageous five-year battle with cancer. Kevin was privileged and humbled to serve his community in many capacities. Friends may call at the Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, 455 Ridge Ave., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 5-8pm. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, December 21 at 11:00am at St. Lawrence Church, Lawrenceburg. Burial immediately following at the Greendale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dearborn County EMS, 165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

Friday, December 15, 2017

PLAN COMMISSION AGENDA Monday, December 18th, 2017

PLAN COMMISSION AGENDA
Monday, December 18th, 2017 7:00 P.M.

 A. ROLL CALL

B. ACTION ON MINUTES

C. OLD BUSINESS SCHEDULED TO BE RE-OPENED

D. NEW BUSINESS  None

E. ADMINISTRATIVE  Working Session to discuss potential ordinance amendments, including:

o Driveway accesses to State-maintained roads & County-maintained roads

 Should there be any difference between the State and County, based on the authority responsible for maintenance and permitting?

  Direct access allowances and restrictions

 Driveway spacing requirements (Do they match INDOT specs?)

o Setbacks for accessory structures built in front of primary structures and / or setbacks for accessory structures that are built without primary structures

o Site Plan Review criteria: Minor vs. Major

 Findings of Fact: DRAFT forms to be reviewed

o Who should be responsible to draft these forms?

  The Applicants, the staff, or the board members

 2018 Work Items o Questions & directives from the Board

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CHANGE IN TIME OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING

PUBLIC NOTICE
Change in meeting time

This serves as notice that the December 19, 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners’ meeting time has been changed to 12:00 p.m. 

The meetings are held at the
 Administration Building,
215 B West High Street,
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025


Monday, December 11, 2017

A Test of Good Municipal Government

A Test of Good Municipal Government 

by Leo Morris

What makes a city great?

That was one of the main topics explored at a two-day seminar in Wabash I recently attended put on by the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review. Many things add to a community’s quality of life, the attendees concluded, one of the principal being that government takes care of its proper business.

Government should, first and foremost, fulfill its primary mission of protecting people’s lives and property. It should maintain the infrastructure, nurture basic amenities and look out for those most in need. It should avoid exotic economic development strategies that risk enormous sums of taxpayer money. Added all together, these elements mean elected officials (I underlined this three times in my notes) should govern the residents who live there, not the ones they wish they had.

The seminar’s conclusion mirrored my own thinking, but I arrived at my definition subjectively, not through the dispassionate sifting of the kinds of data a think tank can mine. When I list the things I think make my city great, I come up with a list of memories.

It’s catching my first breathtaking glimpse of the skyline around a bend in the road at the age of 12 from my father’s car as he drove the family here from Eastern Kentucky in search of a better life.

It’s spending my first summer here walking up and down side streets and riding my bicycle through neighborhood alleys, ending up, more often than not, at a city park full of arts and crafts and baseball.

It’s earning $2 a week as an “assistant” to the carrier who delivered the evening newspaper, then blowing all the money on cherry Cokes and comic books at the corner drugstore.

It’s setting foot in Central High School and experiencing the multi-ethnic society the Kentucky hills had sheltered me from.

It’s graduating from that school, then first feeling sadness that the powers that were decided to close it, and second feeling relief that somebody found another use for the building instead of tearing it down.

It’s spending a year in Southeast Asia dreaming every night of the home I could return to and the loved ones who would welcome me.

It’s embarking on a career at that same newspaper I delivered as a 12-year-old and hiring as one of the editorial page’s first guest columnists the high school English teacher who had first encouraged me to write.

It’s burying both my parents here and knowing they chose this for their final resting place instead of the hills where their families have lived for generations.

It’s talking to my sister in Indianapolis who, approaching retirement age, has a sudden and powerful urge to come back here when she finishes her career.

This town is a great town to me because it is my town. It’s the place I grew up in, the place where I learned life lessons sometimes painful but always valuable, the first place I understood what it is to love deeply and fight passionately, where the child slowly became the man. It is the place I always miss, the base I always return to. “Hometown” is more than just a word.

My city happens to be Fort Wayne. But I could be a resident writing about Evansville or South Bend or Hammond. One of the pleasant surprises at The Indiana Policy Reviewseminar was meeting Ryan Cummins, a former councilman from Terre Haute, who talked about his city the way I would talk about Fort Wayne. In high school, he couldn’t wait to graduate and “get the hell out of town.” But during his stint in the Marines, he started feeling the tug of home and ended up going back to help his father run the family business. He knows Terre Haute has flaws and “a certain reputation” in the state that’s not always flattering. But it’s the place he belongs, the place he loves, a place he can improve simply by living a just and productive life.

There are tens of thousands of towns across this country that most people have never heard of but which have millions of people as invested in their communities as Ryan and I are in ours. They have a fierce loyalty based on memories.

They see a future where they are because they have a history there.

All any of us ask of our governments – especially our local governments – is one simple thing: Don’t screw up our cities too much. We don’t demand that our leaders never wander into areas beyond their competence; that would be asking the impossible. Officials believe they are elected by God do something, so they are always in search of mountains to move, whether or not the mountains even need moving, let alone whether or not they can be moved.

But they should take a breath from time to time and slow down, trusting in the wisdom of their citizens to live their own lives instead of waiting for instructions from expert planners and busybody functionaries. Government can make those personal quests easier or harder depending on how well they master the basics and how far afield they drift from them.

Here’s an easy metric they can use to determine if they’re getting it right – call it the infrastructure test:

Watch where we’re going, then follow us with the infrastructure. Or, at the least, if you are able, figure out where we are going and build the infrastructure out just ahead of us. Please do not – ever – decide where you think we should be going, then put the infrastructure in place and move heaven and earth to make us go there.

“Govern the residents who live there, not the ones you wish you had.” To which it should be added: Govern the residents you have as they are, not as you wish they would be.

Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, is this year's winner of the Hoosier Press Association's award for Best Editorial Writer. Morris, as opinion editor of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee. Contact him at leoedits@yahoo.com.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

7 December 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

7 December 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) Sue Hayden, county administrator and minute taker (vacation)
Also present: Andrea Ewan, attorney, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer (also covering for Hayden)
Title VI statement read by Deaton.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- November 2 minutes approved
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS:
Visioning Grant Fund Tabled from 11/7/17- One Dearborn Invoice- county attorney, city of Lawrenceburg attorney and Ewan working on this- remains TABLED.
Financials
NEW BUSINESS:
Bonding- doing this as a group saves money so decided to do this on Pennington’s recommendation. 
ONE DEARBORN REPORT: Randall said they had some projects in Aurora TIF they are looking at. One is more serious and they are at a further phase of due diligence. She will notify them when and if it goes further.Couple more leads thru IEDC that she has responded to. Billboard leases on the Stone property and is on her to do list when their leases come due. Maybe January or March meeting.
Duke site readiness issue- there are wetlands that are misclassified and they need a professional to come in and help with this. This issue AND the flood plain issue require them to study NE corner of the Stone property that is being purchased.Ewan wanted to be sure they weren’t doing property that they weren’t owning east of Johnson Fork Road. The DCRC is acquiring the property WEST of Johnson Fork Road. This study for reclassification could come out of the $10,000 from Duke Energy. [NOTE: Pretty expensive property for flood plain issues and these issues were not resolved prior to purchasing???] 
Hirlinger has a shared access driveway and it has to get recorded to be sure it matches what Planning and Zoning required. They should do it at no cost as the surveyor should have done that. Randall wants it on the survey as they use it a lot for their work with prospective owners. 
Ewan is going to get the written Ag lease for the closing on the Stone property. 
Also wants the billboard leases to be rewritten for newer owners as the old one needs to be cleared up.
IEDC searches for property has the shovel ready sites at the top so Randall wants to try to get these to that status- it would require more money. 
Sign and what we are going to allow for the future needs to be decided. Craig Distributing is one of our larger TIF contributors there. Trying to accommodate him. 
Wants  to get a drone to look at property so they can put that video on the website.
Working with REDI Cincinnati and apparently they are not pushing our sites the same as Cincinnati region. One Dearborn is evaluating that membership. To get invited to the Site Selectors Convention in 2018 they have to be members of REDI but REDI does not get us an invite to it. Randall noted that they pay a lot of attention to us close to the time for renewal of membership for $10,000.VIP dinner at Jeff Ruby’s at $15,000 per table. Final night bringing in a band and afterparty called Toast from the Tri-State. To be represented that is $15,000 for our name. Trying to evaluate what good that is.[NOTE: Sounds like it’s time to scrap REDI.] 
Rahe noted- Rack changed their mind about Industrial Park and other experience ( Is he referring to Skally’s leaving us for Harrison OH?) shows us they are trying to not have any business go from one county to another in REDI Cincinnati. (No poaching each other’s businesses.)
ATTORNEY’S REPORT: Stone Property Closing -Wednesday at 3 PM Buyers closing statement for Stone Property -$111,356.64 approximately due from Land Acquisitions money. Claim will be handled internally per Pennington. 10 year 2.04% interest with semi annual payments. Approved. 
They have a right of first refusal on the 7 acres  and easement over driveway to get to Stone’s barn and step-daughter’s home he still has on US 52 side and the Ag lease. 
OTHER BUSINESS- January meeting to organize and elect officers. Jan 11th at 8:30 AM.
ADJOURNMENT - 9:05 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township