Saturday, February 17, 2018

AGENDA Commissioners Feb 20th MORNING Meeting


AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
 February 20, 2018 
9:00 a.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 UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1.  Re-Establish Cumulative Capital Development Rates 
2.  Animal Control Ordinance Amendment

V. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Overview – Exec Director, Donna Thacker
2.  Weather Advisory Notice from February 7, 2018
3.  Personnel Policy Handbook Revisions
VI. ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden
1.  Contractor’s Bid for Public Work FORM 96 – presenting for Todd Listerman

VII. AUDITOR – Connie Fromhold
1.  Claims/Minutes

VIII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
IX. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

X. LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

XI. PUBLIC COMMENT

XII. ADJOURN

Thursday, February 08, 2018

8 February 2018 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

8 February 2018 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:Sue Hayden, county administrator and minute taker, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
Title VI statement read as required by law.
DCRC Board certified that the executive session only discussed items as advertised.
There is no action on the executive session discussion that preceded this meeting.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- January 11, 2018 meeting minutes approved.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Visioning Grant invoice- Tabled from Nov 17, 2017- reopened and Andrea Ewan presented  the Proposed Resolution that Del Weldon attorney for Lawrenceburg prepared was just delivered to the board regarding the administration of the Visioning Grant from the City of Lawrenceburg. It was for $270,000 and $155,500 is left in it. The DCRC/County does not want to administer it now. Now that One Dearborn has been created they are doing this job and the DCRC and county no longer wishes to administer these funds as they are just passing them thru to One Dearborn. DCRC members read thru it quickly and approved it. The Visioning money now will go straight to One Dearborn from Lawrenceburg. This does not lessen the county’s funding of One Dearborn. The county’s contract with One Dearborn for services renews in July. Everyone signed 3 copies of this resolution. 
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS: Electric bills will be paid as they come in from here on out.Current one was about $47 
$100 for bond for the board paid.
Ewan said that the Stone Property should be paid from part from 4932 and part from Growth and Development Fund. That will be researched to make it happen correctly.
There is a $10,000 payment due in March for 1/4 of their payment to One Dearborn.
NEW BUSINESS: Sign Company Visits- Deaton said that 3 of them visited 4 sign companies all day Thursday last week. Randall said that Signarama had a wide range of abilities. No packet ready from them. They already do a lot of business with Craig Distributing and so they can it that together with our sign for the Industrial Park in West Aurora TIF. Also went to Allegra Cincinnati- and they did send some ideas and photos that she showed them from her computer. Green Sign Co in Greensburg. They do really big signs. Their design is spectacular in the $40K range and up. Jonas Memorial Monument Co also was visited, It was probably the most economical route. She then showed samples of their work and also Allegra’s.
DCRC discussed the options and want to still look at samples from these companies. Any concept over $25K has to go out for bid per Ewan. Deddens did one with two brick columns that is economical. Kevin McCord and a guy in Miamitown he knows maybe to look at. Rahe said there a lot of obstacles to viewing the sign. It would have to be elevated. 
They need to narrow it down.They need to see who will want to put another sign out there. Only 3 businesses there have expressed interest in doing one.
Action is for Randall to go back to Signarama for proposals. Present at next meeting. Signarama is very interested and Rick Craig of Craig Distributing there in the Industrial Park already does business with Signarama. 
Next regular meeting will be on March 8th. Claims and proposals for sign will be in by then. They will also have an April 12th special meeting for sign decisions.  
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT: see above on signs. 
ATTORNEY’S REPORT- none
OTHER BUSINESS-billboards need termination letters by their 60 day notice times. They are going to pause the ease on one billboard to advertise their land and they need the 2 sided billboard. Deddens said they need to see who is renewing or not. Deddens will do that. All the leases are going to be redrafted to update them for the county. They need to redraft for the pause agreement people too. Decision needs to be before March to get their proper notice. 
Randall wants a sign on the US52 property for prospective business. 
ADJOURNMENT - 9:45 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

6 FEBRUARY 2018 DEARBORN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING NOTES

6 FEBRUARY 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: none

NEW BUSINESS:
Indiana Region 9 Workforce Update- Kurt Kegerreis, Executive Director- annual update. Still a profound need for skilled workers. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire nation. Challenge of their work is that their funding is tied to the unemployment rate. Funding is down 42% and staff down 50%. Board is passionate about staying local and being tied to their communities. They go out to promote Work Indiana and Jobs for Graduates. We do this better than any other region. They work with some of the local schools. They also have a component to the workforce on the opiod epidemic also. thy have a hire program for ex-offenders. Trying to attract talent to the area also. The have audits also. 
McHenry said he was going to get on a soapbox here. These ex-offenders are taking server jobs etc , but the business has to neglect testing for marijuana because the use is wide enough that they would lose employees, which he doesn’t necessarily agree with. He hears the opiod epidemic but now we are on to another issue - amphetemines are the problem now. The government is working on this but the problem is changing. 
Kurt Kegerreis said he was using the current buzzword. But he does understand the problem. 
McHenry said that some of these people are talented people and they have a right to get a second chance. If they are sincere about getting and staying clean- they can be really good employees. 
Kegerreis - Because the unemployment rate is so low- the employers are willing to work with ex-offenders now. Now is their chance.
He also thanked Little for his faithful attendance. 

Zone Map Update- Planning and Zoning Director- Mark McCormack- Ordinance rezoning 347.676 acres in Lawrenceburg Township for the Oxbow- presented the purpose to continue them as the same uses in the oxbow’s already owned areas. McCormack presented the map and showed where these formerly industrial zoned lands were located. He also showed how much of this was in the floodway for the 100 year flood zone. He talked about the recreational area that was purchased and cleaned up. He also showed the structure they want to leave there and refurbish a bit. He also showed Oxbow pictures of the area. He presented the five criteria for a zone change. The 7 members of the PC gave it a unanimous favorite recommendation.
 Commissioners opened discussion to the Public. 
Tim Mara spoke for him and Dr John Seymour of oxbow. The property was acquired in Sept 2017. this encloses about 1000 acres and not one drop of public money needed to purchase this. Seymour said they provide a unique resource. This bumps up against Shawnee Lookout making it a 5000 acres of continuous protected area. 400 plus acres of this is being farmed. 
Baudendistel read the ordinance changing the zone. Opened public comment. No one spoke. 
Commissioners approved the zone change and signed the ordinance.   

Replacement for Citizen Appointment on Plan Commission and BZA- Baudendistel explained that they needed to replace the dual appointment and Mark Lehman offered to do the BZA post also. They have an alternate for Lehman if he had a BZA timing conflict. Both Thatcher and Little agreed he was a good choice. Approved. The need one for the Plan Commission. Thatcher said all were good choices. He wanted someone younger and commissioners approved Michael Lynch- Kevin Lynch’s son. [NOTE: There was a residency requirement question on this regarding him being appointed to be Lynch’s commissioner replacement. Has that been rectified?]

Signatures for Lykins Turn-around Survey- Commissioners approved and McHenry signed.

Re-establish the Cum Bridge and Cum Capital Development TAX rates- Baudendistel- said Gayle had provided information about this. This raises the tax rate for property taxes to the maximum allowed for these two funds. Cum cap has to do with anything that has to do with running or maintaining the courthouse. You have to re-establish the rates or else they decrease and go away. They have to be done between Jan and May. This hasn’t been re-established in 10 years. The bridge fund does the same thing.This is about $50/year on a $150,000 home of assessed valuation. Thatcher asked what triggers getting it re-established. Umbaugh brought it to their attention. Pennington said the Commissioners establish it and then it gets advertised again for public to comment or remonstrate??? McHenry wants this to table till March 20 EVENING meeting so public can comment and he can see what Council wants to do. Commissioners agreed to table. Little said we should do it every year so there is no big increase like this.  

Health Benefits- Medical and Rx Program- Pennington said Pinnacle and Med Ben have been working together on this. No changes that you are not aware of already. This just combines it into one document. McHenry said they do meet frequently on this, so he is up to date. They try to encourage generics, but they can choose to get brand name and the employee pays the extra. Approved and signed by McHenry. 

Board Appointments for Miller Township- Thatcher recommended an older person who serves on other boards and his name is Robert Starks from HVL. Approved.


ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden
Nepotism Certification for the Year End 2017- housekeeping item that all elected officials have to sign and she needs Commissioners to publicly certify that all public officials have signed these.

Barnes and Thornburg 2018 State Government Relations Engagement- Lobbyist contract- this requires McHenry’s signature - approved. Council had cut their budget to $75,000 on this.

2018 Highway Paving Agreement with O’Mara - presented for Listerman- last paper for Community Crossings Matching Grant to be signed by McHenry. Approved. 

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington -Claims approved and minutes from January 16th approved. 

ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel- nothing more

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS:
Little - congratulated Jim Thatcher for becoming Commissioner and Pennington on being Clerk of Courts and said this is her last meeting as Auditor.
McHenry concurred and also commended the highway guys doing an excellent job in the weather, especially after the Super Bowl.

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- none

PUBLIC COMMENT-none

ADJOURN- 10:06 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

#UsToo' Shout Indiana Legislators





#UsToo' Shout Indiana Legislators

by Leo Morris

Hoosiers disgusted with legislatures that don’t apply the same laws to themselves that they pass for everyone else can take heart that the Indiana General Assembly seems to be breaking from this deplorable tradition.

The #MeToo movement has apparently achieved such volume and intensity that it can be heard even in Indianapolis, prompting state lawmakers to jump up and shout, “Oh, and #UsToo, please, #UsToo!”

And there are several indications that they’re deadly serious about it, not merely engaging in a feel-good publicity stunt.

For one thing, they’re not just promising or pinky-swearing not to engage in sexual harassment. They’re going to subject themselves to actual anti-harassment training, just the way legislative staffers already must. And a preliminary House vote on the measure passed 95-0, with no debate.

That is just staggering. It’s the same gravity with which our legislators have treated resolutions to designate the state insect or square the circle by legislative decree. Consider the amount of time legislators are willing to take out of their busy schedules – at least an hour a year for the grueling training. Yes, an hour – that’s 60 whole minutes.

That is 20 minutes longer than it takes legislative staffers, when they can spare the time off from harassment seminars, to come up with those compelling constituent surveys with such brave questions as, “Should I vote no on bills that perpetuate waste and fraud in the squandering of taxpayer money?” and “Will you stand with me in support of our great country and its flag?”

And it’s a full 30 minutes longer than the average legislator spends reading the typical 1,000-page bill before voting it into law.

Finally, there is the brilliance of the form chosen for the training. There will be no classroom lectures, which are so boring they are likely to be forgotten as soon as they are heard. There will be no written material to study and take tests on, which, as any Hoosier student could tell us, would be just one intellectual minefield after another.

No, lawmakers will watch a video.

It is being produced by the National Conference of State Legislators for use by all 50 states, so we know it will be of the highest quality. And anybody who has been following the news out of Hollywood lately can attest to the power of the visual medium to instruct us on matters of morality. As luck would have it, there are many recently sidelined film workers who could produce and act in the video.

There some of details we don’t know yet that we should watch out for.

We aren’t told, for example, exactly what will constitute the harassment legislators will be warned against. Perhaps language will be borrowed from the rules now governing legislative staffers, who are forbidden, The Indianapolis Star informs us and the Associated Press repeats, “from unwanted whistling, touching, pinching and requests for sexual favors, along with more overt types of unwanted sexual behavior.”

(As an aside, it would be nice if someone could explain what type of harassment could be “more overt” than “unwanted touching.” For that matter how could touching be anything less than overt? Is there some kind of ghost-touching of which we are unaware? Maybe by “more overt,” what is meant is “more serious.” Such is the state of the English language today.)

We also don’t know what punishment might be faced by our sexually harassing lawmakers, who can’t be summarily fired the way their staffers can.

Obviously, we need another constituent survey:

“Legislators more than a year away from a re-election bid and guilty of sexual harassment should:
“1. Have to watch a two-hour video.
“2. Receive a stern letter from the governor.
“3. Be required to read thoroughly all legislation they plan to vote on and pass a test on it.
“4. Calculate the value of Pi to the 10th place.”

All frivolousness aside, we send our representatives and senators to Indianapolis to represent Hoosier values and interests, which means, among other things, that they should simply behave decently and treat others with respect.

But they already know that.

Don’t they?

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.


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DC Redevelopment Commission Executive session and meeting Thursday

PUBLIC NOTICE
Executive Session & Meeting

The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission 
has called an Executive Session for 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
A public meeting will take place at 8:30 a.m.


The purpose for the Executive Session 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 purpose of discussing issues relating to receiving information about and interview prospective employees deemed confidential subject to Indiana Code IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5).

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

Lawrenceburg, IN  47025

Sunday, February 04, 2018

AGENDA Feb 6th Commissioners Meeting

AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
 February 6, 2018 
9:00 a.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
 
V. NEW BUSINESS
1.  Indiana Region 9 Workforce Update – Kurt Kegerreis, Executive Director
2.  Zone Map Update – Planning & Zoning Director, Mark McCormack
Ordinance Rezoning 347.676 Acres of Land in Lawrenceburg Township

3.  Replacement for Citizen Appointment on Plan Commission & BZA

4.  Signatures for Lykins Turn Around Survey     

5.  Re-Establish the Cum Bridge and Cum Capital Development Rates

6.  Health Benefits - Medical and Rx Program 

7.  Board Appointment for Miller Townships
VI. ADMINISTRATOR – Sue Hayden
1.  Nepotism Certification for Year End 2017
2.  Barnes & Thornburg 2018 State Government Relations Engagement
3.  2018 Highway Paving Agreement – for Todd Listerman

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 25, 2018

Killing Off Townships: 'Efficiency' over Service

Killing Off Townships: 'Efficiency' over Service

reprinted with permission of IPR.

 by Mark Franke
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“That government is best which governs least,” is a quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson but actually belongs to Henry David Thoreau in his essay on civil disobedience. What Jefferson did say is “the government closest to the people serves the people best.”

Each of these noble sentiments spring to mind regarding a proposal now under consideration in the Indiana General Assembly. The idea is to force the 300 smallest townships in the state to merge under the clarion call for efficiency in government. Even the Indiana Township Association, normally a defender of the democratic nature of township government, is behind it. And according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, the association’s position is seen as “a way to modernize and maintain the township structure.”

One wonders how a political organization is maintained when the smallest or weakest members of the group are allowed or even encouraged to die off. If we agree with Jefferson’s statement about government institutions needing to be closest to those governed in order to properly “serve” (note he didn’t say “govern”), how do we reconcile eliminating the smallest units of government, which by definition are closest to those they exist to serve?

It sounds like the Indiana Township Association is trying to stanch the bleeding that has been occurring in township government for decades. Township fire departments are rarities these days, perhaps for sound fiscal reasons but one is pressed to show cases where consolidation reduced payroll and overall budgets. Welfare has been taken away from many of them, removing the personal knowledge of the applicant’s circumstances and turned over to a professional bureaucracy at the county level.

Township schools are gone, forced into consolidations in the 1950s and 1960s by a state government several levels away from those affected and all in service to the “bigger is better” mantra. Ask rural township residents how much control they as taxpayers have over the quality and direction of their current schools. Perhaps checking attendance at the “local” high school basketball games would serve as an instructive proxy.

But this must be a good idea because it is supported by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, right? While one may like to think of the local Chamber as a true grass roots organization, it is difficult to view the state Chamber as such. It is, in the final analysis, a membership organization and directed by the largest business in the state to advance their interests. Is it impolitic to ask why the state Chamber’s members see eliminating small township governments helping the business climate in Indiana?

More instructive is the opposition coming from the Indiana Farm Bureau. Also a member organization dedicated to advancing its members interests, the Farm Bureau does have a not insignificant number of members residing in these small rural townships. They should know firsthand the value of small township government.

So I spoke to a family farmer, a former township trustee involved with helping township farmers file property-tax documents. When asking advice from another government official, here is what he was told (my paraphrase): “Remember that these are your neighbors. Be fair, be honest, but remember you have to live among them.”

Good advice for government officials at any level, but it works best when the official is close to home.

Mark Franke, an adjunct scholar of the foundation, is formerly an associate vice chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

 

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Monday, January 22, 2018

22 January 2018 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

22 January 2018 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes
Present: Dennis Kraus, Jr., Chairman, Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehman, John Hawley, Jake Hoog, Jim Thatcher, Eric Lang 
[NOTE: Dan Lansing asked to be replaced on the Board in December- Council has to appoint his replacement and seem to be leaning to Bill Ullrich. Art Little is replaced by new commissioner Jim Thatcher for the Commissioner seat. Commissioners have to appoint someone to replace Citizen member Thatcher, who is now Commissioner member. ]
Also Present: Mark McCormack, Plan Director, Nicole Daily, Ass’t Planner, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.
Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law.
Dennis Kraus, Jr. continues as Chairman. Keeping the current slate of officers. Baudendistel appointed as attorney. 
ACTION ON MINUTES:- December 18, 2017 minutes approved
OLD BUSINESS: none
NEW BUSINESS:
Request: Zone Map Amendment from an Industrial Three (I-3) to an Agricultural (A) Zoning District Applicant: Tim Mara, Oxbow of Indiana, Inc. Site Location: SE of U.S. 50 and East of I-275, adjacent to I-275 and the Great Miami River Legal: Sec. 1 and 12, T5, R1, Map #s 07-01, 07-12 Township: Lawrenceburg Size: Approximately 347.68 Acres Zoning: Industrial (I-3)

McCormack presented the case details. He took pictures with 2 adjoiners including Rick Pope who is BZA chairman.This property—Lawrenceburg Township, Township 5, Range 1, Sections 1 and 12—located immediately east of I-275 (and southeast of U.S. 50 and the City of Greendale’s corporate limits), and just west of the Great Miami River and the Indiana-Ohio State Line—is currently located within a Heavy Industrial (I-3) Zoning District. 

 During the Comprehensive Plan Update process, the Plan Commission staff identified the aforementioned parcels as being used for Agricultural purposes. According to updated analyses, the affected site is predominantly bordered to the north, south, and west by Agricultural Uses. The northwest portion of the site is within a ¼ mile of commercial uses in the City of Greendale. To the east, the site appears to be primarily adjoined by Agricultural Uses (but is also relatively close to the Duke Energy power plant near the confluence of the Great Miami and Ohio Rivers). 

The Applicant’s proposal estimates that there will be no additional traffic impact to this site as a result of a zone map amendment, since the intended uses of the site are to perpetuate the existing uses on the properties—which do not include new development activities or improvements at this time. The campground activities that were on much of the site previously (by the prior owners) were discontinued in the last year or so, and are not intended to be re-established by Oxbow of Indiana, Inc. They are still removing some of the things from the campground and debris and it looks better for the new purpose. 

Moderate and Steep Slopes: As stated in the Comprehensive Plan, slopes with gradients over 20% should be avoided for clearing, re-grading, or construction. There appear to be no areas identified in this project that are intended to be developed that meet or exceed this (20%) threshold. 
Floodplain/Flood Prone areas: The entire site is situated within the 100-year floodway—as determined by the applicable FIRM Community Panel Map(s).

 Transportation Infrastructure / Functional Roadway Classifications: U.S. 50, is a Category II Arterial Road—with a paved width ranging from 75 to 80 feet in the affected section of this roadway.*  I-275, is a Category II Arterial Road—with a paved width of approximately 50 to 65 feet in the affected section of this roadway. The other access road (or lane) that serves this site would be the equivalent of a Category I Local road, with minimal improvements. Maintenance is unknown, but the right-of-way appears to be attributable to INDOT as the property owner and right-of-way authority for the areas adjacent to the access drive between U.S.50 and I-275 (in the City of Greendale). The transportation figures included in this section have been determined by referencing the Dearborn County Transportation Assessment. These measurements are not intended to imply that there are uniform conditions on the roadways referenced. 
There are 6 billboards on the property with agreements in place for now. 

Sanitary Sewer: There is no sanitary sewer service proposed for this site, as there are no anticipated development activities or planned improvements.

 Technical Review Committee met to discuss this application at its December 18th, 2017 Meeting. As this Zone Map Amendment proposal involves no development activities or planned improvements—and due to the location of the site in the floodway—the Committee did not have any significant issues or concerns with this application, as presented. Please refer to the Applicant’s Zone Map Amendment statement(s) and enclosures. 
Eight notices of the 12 were received. 2 were for Rick Pope and they know he received notice. There is a small area rezoned across the river there. 

Tim Mara and Dr John Seymour- resident of Oxbow. Mara presented. Said he wouldn’t say much more. After their last rezone they acquired this property in September. This was property they had been trying to acquire for a long time. This will be an open space and nature preserve same as the rest of Oxbow. Volunteers have been helping them clear this from previous uses as air park and then campground. This is to return it to its natural state. It is entirely in the floodway. It would be very difficult to lawfully develop it. The structure they want to keep has a canvas roof. the quonset hut type building on the other end is being kept for the farmer when he is using it on the property at times. Ironically Oxbow fought the billboards years ago. They reduced the number to 6 at that time. They have to honor the agreement with the billboard company. 
Dr Seymour said this preserve connects to what they own in Ohio is 5000 acres and 7.8 sq miles of preserved land. They think it will take 3 years to clean it- 15 tons out so far. They will restore habitat in the area. Miami Fort station has a cooling lake there. 

No public present to discuss. 

Board discussion:
Beiersdorfer said he was in favor especially as it is in floodway and they have cleaned it up a lot. Beiersdorfer motioned and Hawley seconded for a favorable recommendation . Thatcher asked if he was allowed to vote (as it goes to Commissioners next) and Baudendistel said yes. All ayes.

ADMINISTRATIVE
Discussion regarding proposed amendments to the Dearborn Co. Zoning Ordinance & Subdivision Control Ordinance - none are prepared yet- so Mark covered other items.

Year end report will be ready in Feb hopefully. 

Commissioners will need to appoint a new member for PC and BZA or just PC and then one other member goes to BZA who is a current citizen member. Mark Lehman will take double duty if the new person doesn’t want it. 

Findings of fact templates have been made up for cases. The PZ staff will fill out part one of that. The second part will be completed by the applicant. The questions are there relating to the criteria in the ordinances. One is for rezones. The other is for plats and waivers. Suggestion to add please explain for the questions so as not to get just a yes or no answer.

Driveway requests have been a big issue. they are trying to craft something to get tech review to handle a lot of these. 

West Harrison interlocal agreement. They want to get more services including a master plan update. They are getting a new attorney. They will send over info- if the PC doesn’t have any major objection. One of the planners will have to attend all their meetings. It may take a year or 2 to get it done within the time constraints of the staff and their regular duties. He has a draft agreement for West Harrison. He will go to Council with it then for approval. West Harrison will pay more for these services. PC seems ok with this moving forward. 

PZ has a new intern and maybe getting 2 of them. This is thru UC. So far things are going well and they have been able to do a substantial amount of work on the master plan map, digitizing records, and the comp plan. Will have some of this in February and the process moving forward. May have to meet with the advisory committee. Wants the plan done by the fall. Existing land use map will be getting together faster and checking quality control to make sure it is doing what it is supposed to do.
Stormwater ordinance is needed. Lang agreed. He said these rules are antiquated. They need some assistance and they have a firm that would be good for this. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 AM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

AGENDA- JAN 23 COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING



AGENDA
DEARBORN COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:30 p.m., Henry Dearborn Meeting Room
165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


  1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  1. REORGANIZATION
Election of President and Vice President
Appointment of Boards and Board Seats
Plan Commission (Dan Lansing)
Community Corrections (Liz Morris) – Exp. 12/31/2017
Juvenile Advisory Board (Liz Morris)
SIRPC (Dennis Kraus) – 1 year term
Solid Waste (Allen Goodman)
Personnel Advisory Committee (Dennis Kraus & Liz Morris with Ryan Brandt as        backup)
Community Mental Health (Allen Goodman)
Emergency Management Advisory (Bill Ullrich) – Exp. 12/31/2017 – 2 yr. term
Redevelopment Commission (Allen Goodman)
Citizen Board Appointments
PTA BOA (Bill Hartwell) seeking reappointment - 1 yr. term
Alcohol Beverage (Glen Huismann) – Exp. 12/31/2017
OKI (Mark McCormack)
Aurora Public Library (Maureen Eller) – Exp. 11/19/2017
Regional Sewer District (Art Wenzel) – Exp. 12/31/2017
Park Board – Court Appointed Doug Burger (D) 
Board of Zoning Appeals (Rick Pope) – Exp. 12/31/2017 

  1. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Minutes from November 28, 2017
Salary Ordinance updates

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT


  1. ADJOURN

Thursday, January 18, 2018

AGENDA- Jan 22 DC Planning Commission Meeting

AGENDA for DC Planning Commission Meeting- click on link below. It also has the packet of materials for the meeting items.

http://www.dearborncounty.org/egov/documents/1515710323_18885.pdf

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