Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Public Tax Hearing - Remedial Math, Anyone?

Notes from South Dearborn Community School Corporations

7:30 PM, August 29,2005

Public Tax Hearing

The first item of the public hearing was the Capital Projects Plan. I questioned the 60+ million dollar projected increase in Assessed Valuation from 2006 to 2007. In response, Tom Book (Superintendent) indicated it was just an estimate. It would be revised next year. Gene Ferguson (Board Member) cited plans for three major housing projects. He said he’s seen the plans for the projects and one includes twelve homes in excess of $300,000. He said 280 homes are planned. (Even if all 280 homes were $300,000 the total increase in valuation would be 30 million less the value of the land. It is interesting that this administration and board pushed through a building project with no increase in student capacity, claiming no population increase was projected. Now the administration and board seems to be relying on this increase in residential development to inflate the property valuation...allowing them to present a lower projected tax rate to fund the project.) The capital project plan was unanimously passed.

The second item of the public hearing was the Bus Replacement Plan. The Corporation plans to replace no buses. I questioned how money was spent from the Bus Replacement Fund without replacing buses. The administration indicated one bus has been purchased and another will be purchased.

I suggested the board and administration do a financial analysis of cost associated with school ownership and management of the buses. I cited the following concerns: the high failure rate of the buses at the inspection, buses sitting unsecured all over our community, the tire slashing of buses in Dillsboro, and lack of Kindergarten Transportation. Additionally, I shared figures from the Occupational Outlook Handbook that indicated the median hourly wage for School and employee bus transportation was $11.44 in 2002. The median wage for Elementary and secondary schools was $10.50. I indicated that we currently pay our drivers more than this. Owning the buses would give the corporation more flexibility could improve service, and may be more cost effective. I stated the corporate profile shows that South Dearborn has an above average number of square miles, but a below average number of round trip bus miles. Maybe this shows efficiency or maybe it is inadequate service.

I expressed my concern that one child at Aurora Elementary quit attending kindergarten due to a lack of transportation and another was picked up in a taxi daily. The student who essentially dropped out of kindergarten will be assigned to K-1 and then be retained in First Grade next year. This will make him too old for grade level, which in turn puts him at a higher risk to drop out.

Karla Raab (Board Member) stated she loved kindergarten. She’s a kindergarten teacher and would teach it for free. But she felt the pressure should be placed on the state to make kindergarten mandatory and then place more responsibility on the parents to see the children attend. (Ten percent of families living in Center Township do not have cars. People without cars can’t get their children to or from kindergarten.)

I pointed out that bus service is provided for the special education preschool and some special needs students are driven to and from school by corporation employees in school owned vehicles. Why can’t the empty seats on those buses be used to transport kindergarten students in need? Someone asked if the students live in the same area. (How would I know and should that even matter?)

Pat Rahe (Board member) said we should be talking about education not bus maintenance. I told her we can’t educate them if they can’t get to school.

Daryl Cutter (Board President) said people should ask for help when they need it. (That’s much easier said than done.) The bus replacement plan was unanimously passed.

The third item of the public hearing was the proposed budget. The budget will be voted on September 12 at 7:30 PM.

I cited a $429,000 increase in funding for Instruction Regular Programs. I asked if staff had been cut this year. No one appeared willing to answer the question. With an increase of that magnitude cuts cannot be justified. Tom Book indicated there are four more Prime Time Aides than last year. He indicated that desired class size for kindergarten is 18 students and class size for grades one, two and three is 21 based on Prime Time Rules. (This information is incorrect. The state determines the projected student teacher ratio based on several different factors. In the past Aurora’s student teacher ratio was under 16. Cuts have been made at Aurora. There are four rather than five second grade teachers. Both kindergarten teachers do have a Prime Time Aide. First grade classes are all around 15 students, so no Prime Time Aid is necessary. The second and third grade student counts are around 84 students. The rules indicate Prime Time Aides count as 1/3 of a teacher and can be assigned to a maximum of two classrooms. At Aurora the four second grade classes share one aide and the four third grade classes share one aide. If the corporation were to fully follow the Prime Time Rules five teachers and one Prime Time Aide would serve the each of the second and third grades. Prime Time is a state grant program that pays for necessary staff to reduce class size.)

I also indicated a concern that our schools lacked adequate councilors. The state recommends one school councilor for every 600 first through sixth grade students and one councilor for every 300 secondary students. (South Dearborn has three Guidance Councilors at the High School and the Middle School shares a Councilor with the Elementary Schools. South Dearborn ought to have at least two councilors for grades one through six and five councilors for grades seven through twelve. South Dearborn is three councilors short of the recommendation.) I indicated we have wonderful teachers, but they can’t take care of some student needs. We have children who have lost parents and who have witnessed the death of siblings. These children need someone more to help them in the schools. (There is $390,857 in the student support services budget. With our unmet needs couldn’t more of the 2 million-dollar increase in requested general fund money be spent on student services? We also need RNs on each campus.) Tom Book indicated the state only recommends this staffing. It is not required.

Other budget concerns included the $80,000 grant for the Area Wide Network. Rumor is the money is nearly gone, but the network is not operational. Some administrators and board members tried to claim they hadn’t yet received the money. Bob Rollins spoke up and said Servers and Software have been purchased, but the connection has not been made yet. It appeared a mistake had been made in seeking out a wireless connection. He seemed to indicate they are working on it and the project will be completed once the 2005 capital project monies become available.

Additionally, I asked how over $100,000 in Title II teacher improvement funds were spent. I provided the DOE financial statement to the board that showed the expenditure. The spending worked out to nearly $603 per teacher. No one answered this question. Teachers I have asked don’t know how that money was spent on their professional development.

I cited the net increase in Budget Request for 2006 from actual Budget Expenditure in 2004 is $6,299,588.45.

(I don’t object to increases that improve student services. I do object to increases that simply waste money.) Tom Book indicated that they present large budget increases, but expect them to be cut by the Department of Local Government Finance.

The hearing came to a close with no public comment other than mine. Of the seven board members I felt that Terry Luhrsen was the only board member to seriously consider my concerns.

Other business included the acceptance of an employ resignation who has taken a position at South Ripley, the ratification of the teacher contract, administrative raises, and support personnel raises.

At the close of regular business, two representatives from Verkler (the Construction Management Company overseeing the building project) addressed the board and apologized for construction problems that led to the three day delay for South Dearborn Students.

Terry Luhrsen let it be known he was very unhappy with their performance and indicated there was no reasonable excuse for the delay. He was also very displeased that the administration failed to let the board know the delay of school was even a remote possibility. He heard from parents that school would be delayed before he heard it from the administration. He suggested that school should have started for the other buildings in the corporation and the increase in transportation costs should have come out of Verkler’s pay. (It is good practice to include financial penalties for late completion in construction contracts and incentives for early completion. South Dearborn should have learned from their experience with the Middle School. That project was not completed on time.)

The only comment Rodger Ullrich (Board Member) made during the entire meeting was in support of Verkler. He indicated he still believed the board made the appropriate decision when they hired their firm. He said the firm had saved the corporation a lot of money.

(The contract with Verkler is somewhere in the neighborhood of $900,000 and South Dearborn is paying Schmidt and Associates around Two Million for this project. The Occupational Outlook Handbook indicated median annual salaries for Construction Managers in 2002 ranged from $58,860-$66,280. The median annual earnings for architects were $56,620. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,030 and $74,460. How much could have South Dearborn saved if they would have hired a single architect, who worked for the school...not as a consultant or contractor, but as an actual employee and also hired a construction manager under the same scenario? Additionally, millions in interest could have been saved if the corporation would have adopted a capitol project plan that made improvements and facility additions in phases, rather than one huge project.)

The final discussion was on finding ways to make up the three lost days of school. The final decision will be made at the next board meeting.

(Written and submitted by Karen Loveland, the only South Dearborn Citizen to testify at the Budget Hearing.)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Attention Taxpayers - 9 fold increase in tax valuation??

Attention Taxpayers, Parents and South Dearborn Faculty and Staff:

Please note South Dearborn’s Tax Hearing Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 7:30. This meeting will be at the administration building and public comments are allowed.

You will find the proposed budget and tax rates in the August 23 Journal Press. You will find the 2004 Annual Financial Report in the August 11 Dearborn County Register. Back issues of the paper can be purchased at Register Publication’s Office. It is important to carefully review these documents.

I am currently analyzing the budget and financial report. I am concerned that $141,341 was spent from the School Bus Replacement Fund while no buses were replaced. Additional concerns include no plans for replacing buses. Please note the high failure rate of the South Dearborn Fleet at the last bus inspection. Other transportation concerns include $391,696.84 of spending in excess of the approved budget in 2004, yet no significant increase in transportation funding proposed.

Perhaps the most critical aspect of these documents is the significant increases in estimated assessed valuation. The 2004 Documents show a 7.3 million-dollar increase from 2004-2005. The Capital Project Fund Plan shows a 12.3 million-dollar increase from 2005-2006, at $63.2 million dollar increase from 2006-2007, and a 13.0 million-dollar increase from 2007-2008. I believe these estimates are less than realistic.

I have heard no plans for any significant additions to the Industrial Base within South Dearborn’s Corporate boundaries. And, if the expected increase in valuation can be attributed to expected new housing, South Dearborn Schools will be beyond capacity and we will face the undesirable class sizes now plaguing Sunman-Dearborn Schools.

If you feel funding practices at South Dearborn do not adequately meet the needs of our students and community or the tax rates will be detrimental to our community, please voice your concerns at the budget hearing.


Karen Loveland

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

22 August 2005 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

22 August 2005 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Mark Mitter, Chairman, Jeff Hughes, Mike Hall, Jane Ohlmansiek, Robert Laws, Patrick deMaynadier, and Dennis Kraus, Jr.
Absent: Nick Held and Tarry Feiss
Also present: Travis Miller, Plan Director, Mark McCormack, Enforcement Officer, and Arnie McGill, Attorney.

Two out of three requests for Ag subdivision lots approved.

1. Carol Vassil’s request for 2-lot panhandle division of Francis Estates on West County Line Rd in Jackson Township was discussed at length with representation from attorney, John Watson. 4 neighbors spoke in opposition, similar to what was mentioned in previous requests for this land division. (Desire to keep it large lots, open, drainage issues, bought their lands with understanding this was one lot. De Maynadier motioned and Ohlmansiek 2nd to deny. based on failure to meet the standards of Sect 165 of the sub’n control ordinance. Unanimously denied, chair had to vote to get 5 votes. (They did not prove extraordinary circumstances.) Mike Hall and Dennis Kraus Jr. both stepped down for this request.

2. Robert and Jane Statlander’s request for 1 lot subdivision (Spotted Horse Acres) on Bond Road in Miller Township was approved quickly. No public opposition. Archie Crouch representing the owners showed that all potential shared driveway options had been exhausted and Bond Road was shown to have no major traffic issues. APPROVED.

3. Paul Weaver, represented by Roger Woodfill for a 3- lot minor division on Chesterville Road was also approved unanimously. No public opposition. Kraus, Jr. motioned and Hughes 2nd. APPROVED.


1. Karen Rolfes is retiring on Sept 2 due to health reasons. Travis Miller is running an ad in the Enquirer. Travis went on at length about Karen’s organizational skills, procedures, and managerial capabilities, stating that trying to fill her shoes will be difficult. Rolfes has been with the Planning Office for 9 years.
[NOTE: I personally have seen the Planning Office both before and after Karen Rolfes was on staff. A good part of the success of that office in maintaining continuity and also in their technological ability to handle the increased development in the county is due to Karen’s work ethic and skills. The public users of that office will miss her as well. Her professional behavior and attention to detail are legendary!]

2. Miller was pleased with the public turnout for the Future Land Use meeting last Thursday. He presented the proposed Advisory Board for approval, which was granted by the Plan Commission. City and Towns have also added representatives to this part of the master plan process.

3. Focus Groups are needed for each of the 4 land use types (Ag, Commercial, Residential, and Open/Greenspace.)
Brainstorming with the board and Mark Neff and myself produced a list of potential citizens and professionals for each focus group. Travis Miller and staff will follow up on those leads.

4. West Harrison and St. Leon are still working with our planning office to get various levels of expertise to handle their permitting and zoning issues. McGill is reviewing language of agreements with them and potential fee schedules.

5. Sept 8 – Decatur County- Travis requested a rep to go with him to present Dearborn County’s report. Purdue’s Bob McCormack is presenting a land use video as well.

6. Performance reviews of staff were performed again in July prior to the budget hearings and Miller passed those out to the board.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

16 August 2005 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

16 August 2005 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

Present: Benning, President, Fox and Hughes.
Also Present: Pickens, Auditor, Messmore, Administrator, and Ewbank, Attorney

1. Executive session preceded this meeting concerning a Med Ben appeal. Commissioners tabled any decision on this.

2. Transportation Dept.- Mike Davis introduced Todd Listerman, the new engineer.
Davis recommended that Paul H Rohe be given the paving contract. Commissioners voted to do so
A-tech (sp?) from Lawrenceburg was granted the contract to do the oversight and inspections for paving in the county on Davis’s recommendation.
Davis also asked for permission to go to Council for the following amounts of money from the 147 Riverboat Revenue account: (Commissioners granted permission)
$80,000 for stone to widen roads prior to paving
$50,000 for pothole patching
$14,000 for crack sealing in D-3
$150,000 to widen Sawdon Ridge to 20 ft throughout from N-Dearborn to SR1.
[NOTE: potholes and patching are maintenance- not special projects- it is unclear why Council has to be asked regarding those, unless there is no money elsewhere.]

3. Dennis Kraus, Jr, County Surveyor- talked about recent work updating plats for taxes and the county farm survey. Several issues surrounding some cemeteries in the county that need to be surveyed and fenced in Bright and Lawrenceburg and also some major work on the one at the County Farm, which requires $5000 to do penetrating radar to locate all the unmarked graves. Commissioners approved going to Council for that money.

4. Steve Walker- County Park Board gave an illustrative and illuminating power point presentation of the 5 parks in the county and their facilities and improvements needed. The 5 parks have 4 stewards- Scott Fortner- Dillsboro Park, Shawn Simon- both Bright Parks, Terry Stephens- Guilford Park, and Steve Walker, Gladys Russell Park. Park Board can be contacted at
Vera Benning questioned why the restrooms weren’t always open. Walker explained that with no staff really, there were maintenance and vandalism issues, so they were opened for events mostly. The master plan for the parks is also available for viewing.

5. Leroy McCluskey of Southeast Indiana Media Arts Center gave a presentation on getting a public access channel available to the three counties of Dearborn, Ohio, and Ripley. The county would need to approach SUSCOMN to provide the public access to get a PEG (public, educational, and government) station. Other local counties have these. They can also do public service announcements for non-profits. They do no advertising. This is supported by HHH and the commissioners voted to table it until Ewbank could review it.

6. Health Dept- will present at the 9/6 meeting.

7. Claims and minutes signed. RFPs for recording device cameras for sheriff’s dept. were accepted for the sheriff to review. HNB systems was $74,400 and Norcom was $72,611.

8. Ewbank noted that the county was being sued by Dorothy White in US District Court for violating her freedom of speech and some 1983 civil rights claims. Ewbank and the county hired Barnes and Thornburgh in INDY to assist in the county’s defense. [NOTE: This is over a sign saying STOP THE GREED- COWS AND HORSES NOT CARS AND HOUSES that she placed in her yard. John Maxwell filed a complaint against with the Zoning office. She was asked to remove it. Coverage on this issue was in a recent Register Publications front-page news article]

9. Bryan Messmore- County Adm- reminded the commissioners that he’d attended the Transportation Plan Kickoff and the appropriate paperwork was mailed, that there is a Future Land Use meeting at the adult center on Tate St on Thurs. 7-9, and that the budget hearings are Aug 29-31.

10. Hughes and Fox had nothing to add. Benning read a series of letters and meetings that were hopefully in their packets, because she gave no real particulars on them.
Drainage Seminar, Work Force Development meeting being subbed by Messmore for Benning who is out of town that day, CINERGY and DCEDI requesting commissioners to attend their meeting on Ag 17th (for what???), and the new cell # for the engineer.
Benning also would not second Fox’s motion to stay within the 4% guidelines that Council recommended for payroll. She felt that some employees needed more of an increase than 4%. Fox said he understood and wasn’t offended by a lack of a second from her or Hughes.
Pickens reiterated that it was a formality and Council does whatever they want to do anyway.

Meeting adjourned 7:55 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dearborn County Transportation Steering Committee's First Meeting

10 August 2005 Dearborn County Transportation Steering Committee Notes

The meeting was moved from the Tate St. Adult Center to the L-bg Firehouse due to paving at the Center. Representatives from many of the cities and towns as well as the county, OKI, INDOT, and a few citizens attended.

Travis Miller gave the background of the Transportation Plan and it’s relationship to the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization).

Bob Koehler from OKI outlined OKI’s role in the regional 2030 Plan and how it will help to obtain federal dollars and political support for projects, if we consolidate plans and gain public consensus.
He noted the public basically wants their roads to have three qualities: be smooth, be safe, and be congestion free.
OKI will not be mixing the three states as far as dollars go. It was noted that the timeline for the US 50 Corridor study indicates a finish date for the STUDY of spring 2007. [NOTE: They certainly are dragging their feet.]

Mark Seiler from the county highway dept. presented the draft version of the county Roadway Infrastructure Improvement Plan. He noted that the cost estimates for federal projects were more accurate that local ones.
The meeting was then opened to get comments and additions or deletions from that list.
Improvements to add included:
SR 1 at Belleview (where it meets Ridge in G-dale)
I-275 entrance ramp needing to be three full lanes (safety issues as cars jockey for position)
Kaiser Rd guardrail (already on list)
Spangler Rd.
Several bridges which are too narrow.
Woliung Road by Happy Hollow.
Consider NEW roads around Stateline and North Dearborn to divert traffic.
North Dearborn and the Dover area to McCann Road
White’s Hill
Schuman and Trojan Road- get real lights
Hyland, Kraus, and Ennis Roads.
Blister lanes and turn lanes on SR 1.
Convert Pribble Road access to SR-1 to a perpendicular alignment
SR 350 at South Dearborn.
Dearborn County needs a N-S highway. (or roadway- to get to Dillsboro)

Jim Ude from INDOT said they were looking at Belleview and Nowlin Road where the New Connector study terminates.

Anyone wishing to add comments or suggest areas needing improvements can send a DETAILED description of the type of improvement needed and road way to Mark Seiler at the county highway dept.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 10 AM at the Greendale Firehouse on Ridge Avenue.

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

2 August 2005 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

2 August 2005 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

Present: Benning, President, Fox and Hughes.
Also Present: Pickens, Auditor, Messmore, Administrator, and Ewbank, Attorney.

1. Bill Black- Emergency Management Director- got the signature for another Homeland Security Grant Application for about 25% less than last year. He also noted that on Aug 1st Lawrenceburg Council committed to $1 million to be used for the 800 MgHz radio communications system.

2. Don Townsend- Building Dept presented the final version of Ordinance 2005-10- the New Commercial Fee which was approved.

3. Lisa Lehner attorney for CMHC requested the commissioner’s sign off on restrictive covenants for the CMHC building as part of their HUD grants. The county owns the land that is leased long term to CMHC for the building. County is held harmless per Lehner, in this transaction. Ewbank reviewed the agreement and commissioners approved it.
Lehner also slipped in (THIS WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA) the revised DCEDI contract, which Ewbank said he’d reviewed and that the funding was already in place. Commissioners approved this contract. There was no answer to Benning’s question about how the dollars will flow.
[NOTE: This contract revision reportedly contains language making the DCEDI a provider of services to the county, thus making their inner dealings LESS TRANSPARENT to the public. In other words their books will not be open to the public, so the public will not know HOW THE PUBLIC’S DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT! It’s truly amazing to me that taxpayer dollars can be spent and the private entity getting them does not have to account to the taxpayers for those dollars. Though it is understandable that DCEDI would have to keep business negotiations private until deals are struck, it still makes me wonder why the DCEDI would be so secretive about their economic development expenses- as in detailed summary reports similar to what Redevelopment Commissions are required to file.]

4. Mike Davis- Transportation Dept. noted that Bridge 37 was finished (“the worst bridge in the county”) and that Macke Development was paying for the new light at Stateline and Stephens Rd.
Bids for paving were opened but not awarded yet.
O’Mara- $888,121.65
Rohe - $852,334.76
[NOTE: This is far less money than has been spent in past years (since gambling revenue) on paving, when each district typically ad $1million.]

5. Cheryl Lohmiller- Animal Control got her ordinance change (2005-11) so that meetings are quarterly rather than monthly. She also noted that they have a possible free architect to help with designing the animal shelter. She showed the brochures (designed by Becky Foster, staff) and talked about the pet cages bought with $10,000 PetSmart grants. Center closed Wednesday to unload and assemble cages and also do plumbing repairs. She noted that August Ladies Home Journal carried a story about their animal rescue efforts.

6. Edna and Paul Chase and their neighbors from Rumsey Road and Coyote Run in Manchester Township asked to have their road paved. Per Mike Davis it is on the list NEXT to be improved and then widened and paved. Fox went on at length about how the county wants to do things right and not pave until all the improvements (culverts, ditching) are done.

7. Byron Lewis- Timber Ridge in Miller Township- has a large problem with numerous cars parked on the street blocking the fire hydrant and his mailbox. Postal service held his mail at times because they couldn’t get to the box.
Road is private as Tucker has not had it accepted into the county inventory. Davis, Ewbank, and Messmore are to review this with Tuckers and render a legal opinion to commissioners on their options.

8. Claims and minutes signed

9. Bryan Messmore- Administrator- received permission to go to Council to get $1675.32 for Wanda Treadway to finish out the part time receptionist for the year.
Vehicles were requested to be donated to Soil and water, Moore’s Hill Fire, and the Building Dept. Bryan is handling these requests with a prioritized list of needs.

Pinnacle Advisory Contract for 2005 was presented- they are waiting to sign it, as there is confusion on why this wasn’t signed earlier.

EWBANK also requested permission to get an independent insurance consultant to appraise and audit the county’s ins. needs. He will get back to commissioners with a fee for that before they approve it.

Messmore reminded commissioners of the Land Use Meeting on 8/18 at Tate St Adult Center from 7-9. He also noted the 8/10 Transportation Steering Committee meeting at 10 AM at Tate St. also.

AT LAST- Messmore presented hiring the county engineer- Todd Listerman. All references were checked and pending his physical, the commissioners approved the hire. Listerman was not present. [Note: J. Todd Listerman is an IN licensed engineer (so the county can get $20,000 per year from the state for part of his salary.) He formerly worked at INDOT’s Seymour district. He has worked on INDOT projects in Dearborn County.]

10. Hughes noted that DCEDI asked about bringing in someone from Boone County to discuss their economic development with us. [NOTE: KY enacted legislation that allowed for a lot of state money to be spent that IN does not have.]

11. Benning brought up approval for Jim West (DCEDI), James Helms (IVY Tech), and Pat Sutton (DCH) to be appointed to the Region 9 Consortium per Mike Rozow’s request. As no one knew what Region 9 Consortium was, they decided to table this item. Mark Neff was going to find out and report back to them. (Neff is liaison with Chamber of Commerce)

The state of IN is disposing of real estate in the county along Meyer Road. Ewbank to look into this. [NOTE: This is related to SR48 and Meyer Road closure along the new route.]

Benning wants to get salary reviews and forms by Aug 19 to Council. Per Pickens these are never done, because Council does whatever it wants to do anyway. Ewbank noted that they still should do it.

Ewbank also sent a letter noting that the county would like smoke detectors in schools, but intend to comply with the IN building code requirements on this issue.
[NOTE: This is in reference to issues that the building dept is having with South Dearborn having sprinklers but no smoke detectors. It would seem that whatever system is in place, they still need to be alarmed to call the fire dept. If the sprinklers work, they would seem to over-ride the need for detectors, depending on how sensitive the sprinkler detection is.]

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Are we finally getting a county engineer?

County Commissioners Meeting agenda for tonight (8/2/05) lists "Highway Engineer- Todd Listerman."

Dare we hope that after several years limping along without one, we are finally hiring an EXPERIENCED engineer?

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township