Wednesday, March 08, 2006

7 March 2006 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

7 March 2006 Dearborn County Commissioner Meeting Notes

Present: Hughes, Acting President, and Fox
Also present: Pickens, Auditor, and Ewbank, Attorney
Absent: Benning and Messmore, Administrator

New Business: (not itemized on agenda)
Mike Kraemer of Pinnacle Advisory Group
passed out more information on the health plan and the means to calm down the small claims costs and the new version of the disease management program, which could be incorporated into the plan as a turn-key module. They would be working behind the scenes to make sure patients are “doctoring correctly” and taking their medications appropriately. He will provide a copy to Benning also.

Fox read a statement from Bill Black that declared March 5-11 as Severe Weather Awareness week with Tornado exercises to go on March 8.

Claims and minutes:
Minutes were approved and then the approval was amended when a citizen (Kathy Scott) asked if the amount borrowed for the hospital expansion was $30,000 as it stated in the minutes. It was actually $30,000,000.

Claims were all approved except for two checks that Hughes wanted withheld- # 25317 for Mike Alpert Leasing (vehicles) and # 25390 for H&B Systems LLC. He wanted to know what they were for. Pickens didn’t have that detailed info, and said that this was “bogus” and that they should have asked about this prior to the meeting so he could get the answers. In the future he will get them the printout before they print checks. This will also make payments later. [NOTE: The other option is to bring up the individual claims in a box to the meeting for details then. Filing can be done AFTER claims are approved. Commissioners should be looking at the claims prior to approving- and they also should be reading the minutes prior to approving. The object is to pay them accurately and on-time.]

Bob Ewbank stated he had placed the updated Building Code in two locations for public viewing and comment- no comments were received. They will now be submitted to the State Building Commissioner and published for 2 weeks before they become effective. He stated the State Building Commissioner’s Office is in the Dept. of Homeland Security Building.

Ewbank also drew up a resolution for the resurrected Economic Development Commission (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION- they are different bodies). The members are Jackie Stutz (L-bg Clerk-Treasurer) appointed by Lawb’g Council, Mark Neff (Chamber of Commerce liaison for governmental affairs) appointed by County Council, and Al Schumway appointed by Commissioners. IC 36-7-12 is the state law governing this board.

They will meet with the county administrator to give publication of their meeting times and dates. Council will then approve the proposed bond issue for the hospital March 30 or 31st probably. First the Economic Development Commission will meet, then Council, and then the attorneys and bankers will meet for underwriting to see if the hospital can borrow that money. Finally, the commissioners have to sign the bonds. Ewbank stated that this bond issue has NO EFFECT ON TAXES and NO EFFECT ON THE DEBT LIMITATIONS OF THE COUNTY. [NOTE: This is all for the approximately $30 million hospital expansion.]
Meeting adjourned 6:30 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

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