Tuesday, November 24, 2009

24 November 2009 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

24 November 2009 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

Present: Kraus, Sr., President, Lansing, Morris, Ullrich, Cheek, and Messmore ( replacing Fehrman)
Absent: Barrott- illness.
Pickens, Auditor also present.

Pickens called for amoment of silence for the deaths of Rick Fox’s mother and Vera Benning’s husband. He included Maynard Barrott and Liz Morris’s husband both seriously ill.

1. Financial Comtroller- Jessica Tibbets asked for direction on the salary ordinance and job descriptions. Discussion indicated that all but 2 of the dept heads had signed off on these. Judge Blankenship and Prosecutor Negangard have not turned theirs in. Ullrich motioned and Lansing 2nd to accept the salary ordinance at the 2009 levels, accept the job descriptions and an amendment will be prepared for Community Corrections changes in July.

2. Aurora Public Library district- Council reappointed Ralph Droege to the board till Nov 24, 2013.

3. DCRSD- Steve Renihan, Brett Fehrman, and Bob Hrezo ( engineer) gave an update on all of High Ridge Estates treatment plant progress. Change orders were discussed and Cheek questioned each item. The new version allows 28 more homes to be covered and Council is pleased to have original problems requiring formation of the district fixed. UCB gave $20,000 to the plant to get one of their homes in foreclosure covered. Council approved $105,589 + $16,000 engineering studies. All ayes.
Next hot spots are Wilmington area, Huseman and Sharon Road. Mount Tabor was ruled out as not cost effective and with large lots, the problems can be fixed by owners.
Total cost of High Ridge was $497,358.

4. Sally Blankenship- Superior Court 2- was approved for $6,000 from contingency fund for public defender fees. She is writing transfer requests for the other money ($5774) to cover jury fees. [NOTE: Why not ask the judge about the salary ordinances while she was present?]

5. Wesley Holt Coroner- was approved to transfer $4,000 from conferences to part timers.

6. Mike Rozzo- Chamber president had the county agreement signed which includes the $25,000 for Redevelopment and $25,000 from CVTB.

7. Sue Dausch from Lawrenceburg Elks was approved for $1,000 for youth services on the Drug Awareness trailer. Council cautioned her that this money will be ”squeezed” in the coming years as the gaming money decreases.

8. Sheriff Lusby – per Pickens required no action as the state approved the transfer on bullet proof vests.

9. Todd Listerman- Highway Dept gave a 5-minute report and received $81,708 for Jan 1 on the Artemis account. It will be reimbursed at 100% from the feds. They used casino money to make up the shortfall in local road and street and MVHA.

10. Steve Walker of the park Board asked under IC 36-10-2-22b1 to get a non- reverting operating budget. Pickens said they can set it up like soil and water board and give them all their money up front, They will have to meet at least monthly to qualify- they pay their own bills and do not require commissioner approval. For 2009 money give Pickens invoices showing PROJECTED costs and the money for those remaining projects can be encumbered to 2010.
Parks can still come in for additional to Council if needed.

11. Solid Waste has 11% wage increase on some of their employees- it’s because they are at and soon will be below minimum wage. It amounts to $1 an hour. Council approved their budget in August and Solid Waste manages it. These are not county employees per Pickens.

12. Pickens warned Council that they may need a week for budget hearings in 2010 as the trustee positions may go away. He anticipates more and more being required of Council. He also advised them to attend more seminars and AIC meetings to get info on this.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

23 November 2009 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

23 November 2009 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Hall, Chairman, Kraus, Jr., Beiersdorfer, Hornbach, Hoog, Lehman, Nelson, Lansing, and Thompson.

McCormack, Plan Director, and McGill, Attorney, were also present.

1. Primary Approval for a 5-lot replat of Lot 175 on 0.8264 acres of the Villages of Sugar Ridge with applicant Land Consultants and Owner McFarland Properties in a PUD on Augusta Drive in Miller Township was tabled by the Plan Commission for the lack of a letter from the Fire Dept. Nelson motioned and Thompson 2nd to table all ayes. This land was redrawn once before to break up the parcels now they are regrouping it. The total increase would be 3 housing units. No public spoke on this- and the applicant was not present. It was mentioned in the discussion that there are 37 lots in Sugar Ridge going for tax sale and the roads have $150-200,000 left to bring them to code- and no bonds. ( Bankruptcy) UCB bank directors were present for this part of the hearing.

2. ZONE CHANGE REQUEST from Ag to R for multifamily by Owners Dearborn Developers, LLC and Steve Linkmeyer development LLC with Applicant Mike Hall ( stepped down for this) for 21.964 acres on Sycamore Estates Drive in Lawrenceburg Township was forwarded to the Commissioners with a FAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION after nearly 2 hours of deliberation. Nelson motioned and Thompson 2nd for Fav Rec with stipulations that it was for 64 units based on geotechnical info to be provided on the site BEFORE the concept plan is approved, interconnectivity be prepared, plans for retention/detention basins be prepared, there be NO EXCAVATION in the 20% slope on the Wilson Creek side, and the applicant work with adjoiners to assist with info regarding the past (fill etc) on this site. All ayes.

Lawrenceburg plans to annex the site in Jan 2010. The application is coming to the county, as a grant is available once a year for the housing. The deadline is Dec 18. Commissioners would have to approve the rezone at their Dec 15 meeting to meet this deadline.
Public speaking for the plan included several men who have gotten jobs preparing the site and wanting to continue working. In opposition were neighbors, Roth, McHenry, and Heath – all located along Wilson Creek Road and all concerned with flooding issues that they say will be made worse by this development above them. The plan includes shelving to fit the site into the hill. The detention is essentially right at the creek. There will be a picnic area on one side as a sort of buffer. Excavation on and around Walmart and this site has affected the creek wildlife and runoff has increased. Walmart issues have caused a re- routing of the creek area already. AEP bought the top of the hill from Hilsinger Development. Slopes are a big problem in this area.

Roth mentioned logging in the woods above him and the increased erosion and silt in the creek already. Heath has a field that is constantly wet now- he’s losing farmland usage to development. There will be 512 vehicle trips per day from this- the road in the development will be private and then attached to Sycamore Drive. [NOTE: How long is this cul-de-sac road?]

Heath noted that Wilson Creek is becoming Wilson Lake. He took issue with the dirt moving into the flood prone areas across US 50, and the fly ash pits over the water supply. He had his land appraised before and after Walmart and lost $440,000 in value after the buildout. He urged Linkmeyer to go slow and see what he has as problems- noting all the fill on this land from the Walmart construction. Heath went so far as to say Linkmeyer bought a “pig in a poke” with this Ellis property. (Heath said he was Linkmeyer’s teacher in shop for 4 years at LHS- they know each other well.) Heath also noted that he came to the county commission 8 years ago – there are 2600 linear feet of fill in the flood area mostly on Mr. Linkmeyer’s property.

Chris McHenry noted she was on the master plan and because of the steep slopes, this land was not slated for development.

Plan Commission members seemed to understand some of these issues, but the grant deadline was a factor as was the fact that Lawrenceburg was going to inherit this in January via annexation. [NOTE: Will the city of Lawrenceburg be concerned about COUNTY residents below this when they do the concept plans? Should the board have taken more time to view this site and its surroundings?]

3. Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance was sent to the commissioners with a favorable recommendation after minor corrections are made. Tim Fuller of T-4 Construction addressed the board and answered questions about the turbines etc. Hoog asked about decibel ratings- none given- but they are as quiet as a fan per Fuller.

1. 4 subdivision road sets were accepted by commissioners. Witte meeting with Tucker on 2 more and Hillsprings and Indian Ridge are due for bond renewals.

2. St Leon PZ will meet next Wed- they postponed action on their sub’n control ordinance until citizens had time to review.

3. FEMA flood risk open house was held. 90 day comment period in Jan- Mar and PZ gave then a list of issues to check already. May- June 2010 will go to a 6-mo period for commissioners to adopt by the end of 2010. This allows cheaper flood insurance for the whole county.

Meeting adjourned at 10:05 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, November 23, 2009


The Commissioners meeting for Dec 1 has been moved to NOVEMBER 30- Monday at 7 PM.
It will not be a morning meeting due to conflict with Judge Blankenship's court using the room that morning.

Friday, November 20, 2009


DCRSD held a public hearing for their proposed sewer ordinance at 5 PM on November 19, 2009. Frank Kramer, Attorney for DCRSD, explained each item as requested and the rationale behind the ordinances as written. Stenger and Pruss were absent from the board. Renihan, Chairman, Enzweiler, Wenzel, Dennerline, and Fehrman were present.

Several members of the public spoke requesting changes primarily in the language regarding agricultural and animal wastes and on forced hook-ups for septic tank owners.

After considerable discussion both before the meeting (by commissioners) and during the meeting, the sewer board voted unanimously to pass the ordinance with the removal of section 50.002 and 50.006. They added language to change hook-ups being required if the line is 300 ft from the dwelling instead of the property line. They also cleaned up the language in 50.007 to reflect forced connections could only occur where DCRSD had a line.

The board made it clear that their intent was to allow fixing of the septic tank and field instead of hook- up, IF the owner desired that option. Most of the filled room left feeling that the changed ordinance was better suited now to their semi rural properties.

Seven bids were also opened for High Ridge Estates and C & H/M out of Milan was the lowest bid at $26,690 with alternates in the $14825 range. The highest bid was Adleta at $62,820. The rest were in the upper $30,-low $40,000 range.

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Info from Main Street Property Group Website- 1 June 2009 press release

Wallstreet not affecting Mainstreet Property Group

Group Breaks Ground on Another Senior Care Campus in Lafayette;
Enjoys continued growth despite economy.

June 1, 2009
Commercial construction and development are not a problem at Mainstreet Property Group, despite the turbulent economic conditions affecting other real estate development companies. Trilogy Health Systems is one of the latest recipients of such development services at an estimated $16.6 million in value.

Mainstreet Property Group is a real estate investment company focusing on the acquisition and development of properties in the senior housing and care industry, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and senior apartment buildings.

Mainstreet Property Group and Trilogy Health Services have signed a strategic agreement to develop senior care campuses in key markets throughout Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Under this agreement, Mainstreet will underwrite and develop six to eight properties per year for Trilogy through the year 2012. Mainstreet has already funded and developed several like properties in Indiana.

“A tougher economic climate means commercial loans are not as readily available as they were just a few years ago,” said V. Edward Grogg, president of Mainstreet Property Group. “Tougher times drive tougher loan scrutiny- that is where Mainstreet excels. Repeatedly we hear from our lenders that they appreciate the opportunity to do business with us, because of our careful and efficient development process.”

“We go the extra mile for our clients from the strategic to the tactical; from the way we prepare for a project, to the way we work with our clients to construct and develop properties. It is all about efficiency, accountability and responsibility,” he added.

According to a January 14, 2009 Bloomberg report, construction spending on commercial projects in the U.S. will fall this year and next as the recession prompts businesses to delay or cancel plans. Economists have predicted that non-residential construction likely will drop 11 percent in 2009 and 5 percent in 2010.

“As profits for businesses have fallen and the ability to get credit to finance projects has become far more difficult, construction plans have been put on hold or canceled outright,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects in a statement. “This is not expected to turn around anytime soon and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.”

Despite the decline in commercial lending, Mainstreet will develop an additional five campuses in 2009 for its clients. The first has broken ground in Lafayette, Indiana. The Lafayette Campus will house 108 units in a combination skilled nursing / assisted living facility, and 30 units in a separate memory care / Alzheimer’s facility. During phase two of the development project, there are plans to add an additional 40 to 60 independent living units to the campus. Mainstreet is responsible for managing and underwriting the development process, owns the real estate and serves as landlord.

In Lafayette, the project site is located directly across the street from the new St. Elizabeth Hospital, and less than one mile from Clarian Hospital. The 17-acre campus will share a stoplight with St. Elizabeth. Dan Peter of Centier Bank in Lafayette provided the construction loan financing, and Meyer Najem of Fishers is the general contractor.

“We are excited to continue Mainstreet’s legacy of excellence by providing Trilogy with the funding they need for growth,” said Zeke Turner, chairman and CEO of Mainstreet Property Group. “We are proof-positive that integrity, experience and financial savvy make all the difference to a company’s success”.


About Mainstreet Property Group
Mainstreet Property Group is a real estate investment company focusing on the acquisition and development of properties in the seniors housing and care industry, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and senior apartment buildings.

Mainstreet has investments in 17 properties, composed of 2 continuum of care retirement communities (CCRC), 5 skilled nursing facilities, 4 assisted living facilities, 1 senior garden home development, 3 apartment complexes and 2 commercial office properties. Headquartered in Cicero, Indiana, Mainstreet owns properties totaling over $75 million in value with upwards of $100 million in its current development pipeline. Mainstreet’s operating company, Mainstreet Asset Management, Inc., operates or manages six of these properties and has 145 employees.

About Trilogy Health Services
Trilogy Health Services communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services, from independent and assisted living, to skilled nursing and rehabilitative services. Trilogy’s senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor, and enhance the lives of residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy currently operates 56 facilities in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Trilogy employs more than 6,250 and is recognized as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky and Indiana. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services visit www.trilogyhs.com.

17 November 2009 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

17 November 2009 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Thompson, President, Orschell, and Hughes
Also present: Pickens, Auditor, and Witte, Attorney


Hogan Water Corp remained tabled from 8/18/09

East Fork Road off SR1- Todd Listerman reported that Ed Cox from INDOT’s Seymour office said it would be reopened only if the safety issues were corrected. Listerman stated those would be too costly. He will report to Mr. Scharold and see if the parking lot could be created by the church for the Memorial Day ceremonies.

YES HOME lease was signed- for 25 years. It included a change regarding insurance of items the YES Home had added.

Happy Hollow- per Todd Listerman will be discussed at Dec 3 morning meeting for Commissioners.

J-cap grant application signature by Ralph Thompson was ratified by commissioners.


Plan Commission- Mark McCormack presented the vacation of alleys and streets in the old town of Chesterville. This came from the Plan Commission with all six of the nine PC members voting for a favorable recommendation. Commissioners concurred and approved this- with no public wishing to speak on it at the public hearing.

Ron Stegman and Michelle Stegman along with 2 other neighbors addressed the commissioners regarding the closing of Kuebel Road. Stegmans lived there 33 years and stated that the closing with 2 days notice has impacted the people along the road. Gas costs for the increased mileage to drive an additional 50 miles a week (2400 miles a year) for their jobs etc. One of his neighbors just below him now is essentially an 8-mile drive away. EMS response issue for children and elderly on the road are issues. Road blockage from windstorm in the past- this was the only way out at the time. Shopping has shifted out of the county as it is easier than going all the way around.
Discussion with Listerman and commissioners included the bridge rating of zero on a scale of 100, costs to fix the bridge, and money issues for highway work and deteriorating bridges in general. Stegmans praised commissioners for their efforts and they will continue to look at options. This is the third bridge to close a road in the last 2 years. [NOTE: Highway funding is a big issue- in a growing county we keep adding subdivision road but we are not keeping up with the old ones we have. Ignoring this problem will only lead to a bigger one down the road, no pun intended. I foresee a tax increase or else Council will have to take a look at all the other expenses and see what can be cut.]

Highway Dept- Todd Listerman gave a 25-minute report:
1. Change order with no money involved was signed to clean up paperwork on Bells Branch Bridge.

2. North Dearborn agreement with INDOT was signed and is shelf ready in case anything opens up before 2013, when it is scheduled to start. This is an 80/20 project and Council has set aside the 20 %.

3. Yorkridge was awarded for resurface- the last of the stimulus money- set for the spring of 2010.

4. ITS cameras etc will be completed on I-275 by spring 2010. This is 100% fed funding.

5. Several new roads were accepted into the county road inventory for maintenance. Three Maxwell subdivisions and one Linkmeyer one. Commissioners approved the following:
HARLEY SPRINGS: EZ Way (0.65mi), Kboy ( 0.12 mi), Shadow ( 0.14 mil), and Heritage Trail 0.15 mi)
HARVEST RIDGE PHASE 1: This includes a bond on Harvest Ridge to stay in place for construction damage for Phase 2. Harvest Ridge West ( 0.02 mi), Winterberry Way ( 0.09 mi), and Hummingbird Court ( 0.15 mi)
CHAPPELLOW Ridge Road- added 100 ft for 0.02 mi
ROOKWOOD ESTATES: Rookwood Dr ( 0.61 mi), Rolling Rolling Ridge Court (0.03 mi), and Valley Ridge Court ( 0.09 mi)

6. Randall Avenue Property for Highway Dept etc. passed inspections on land and building. Building will be upgraded to garage, but that was in budget and known. Thompson will sign for the county at closing with Witte in attendance. [NOTE: There has been talk of using that site for the animal shelter as it has better access and visibility.]

7. INDOT Thurs- 1-5 PM open house in Seymour for highway projects 2010 - 2013 in the county and surrounding area. Listerman will attend. These can be viewed online also at INDOT site.

8. Box culvert installed on Trackville, pipe structure replaced on North Dearborn and also on Bonnell-(costs in the $10-30,000 range)

9. Zimmer Tractor had lowest of three quotes for loader at $35,795. Accepted. Other quotes were CAT and Smith from Rushville. Listerman noted the business was local- also a good thing.

10. Speed limits will be reassigned throughout the county with engineering studies to comply with state law. New school limits per the state code will be 30 mph. Ordinance including all signage and locations will be written when this is completed. Current state law allows 55 mph on state roads!

Pickens- Auditor- claims and minutes signed. He had also signed off on health plan renewal. Thompson noted some new insurance was required for scuba activities with EMA being a liability.

Witte- Attorney- no new litigation. One tort claim for a US 50 wreck- no problem.

Meeting with Tucker regarding Seldom Seen bond issues and roads set for this week.

Went over Bill Black's contracts for Homeland Security grants and a woman (Tracy Lightfield) hired as administrator who is NOT a salaried employee, but works out of her home for the district 9. All approved and signed. These are reimbursed to the county at 100% but Pickens said “the state is like STP- slow to pay”

Black also had this week declared as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Proclamation signed.

Witte- also advised the Commissioners with appointments coming up that he and Sheldon Rox have a database of people who are willing to serve on boards etc to include more diversity.

Thompson said he will try to get the paper to announce the boards and positions open for appointments so people can submit their names and credentials.

Thompson- said Ch 19 answered their letter and they are willing to help once a month with pet adoptions. WSCH does also. Local rescues are being contacted and so are sources for food and supplies for freebies and lower rates.

LATE ARRIVAL: Mr. Turner of Main St Property Group- the real estate group handling the multi-tiered living site for the nursing home, assisted, and memory care units along SR 48 by the hospital presented their stats including 150 jobs and 4.5 million payroll in Phase 1 and 35-50 jobs and $2 million payroll in Phase 2. Their attorney (Jeremy ??) and Rich Starkey of Barnes and Thornburgh worked through DCEDI etc to get financing set up.
They have a NEW POSSIBILITY under the stimulus act for tax-exempt bonds as they can qualify as a RECOVERY ZONE FACILITY- for anyone that faced an economic hardship. They normally do not qualify for tax-exempt status as a private entity. They need an additional $2.7 million to finish the project and want to seek that in bonds. He claims this does NOT impact any debt limits the county has. [NOTE: If not- why not go through Lawrenceburg- most of the project is in city limits and the rest will be annexed after the 2010 census is completed. Did Lawrenceburg say no? Lawrenceburg already helped finance the excavation of that site as there was a LARGE amount of earth to be moved.]

Main Street Propert Group also wants the county to consider making this a TIF district so they can use the increased tax revenue (over and above the current revenue only) to help pay off the bonds. [NOTE: Again- why isn’t Lawrenceburg doing that- it is going to be mostly their district and revenue. This also hurts the local schools, library, EMS funds, etc.]
Pickens said- you are basically paying yourselves. Answer- YES. A private organization- Main Street Real Estate Management will get this. [NOTE: What about the other local nursing homes and assisted living along SR 48. There was a new one proposed across from Sunrise Estates also on SR 48. Is it fair or even desirable to help one private entity in competition with others in the area? This is a good project- but we have to be careful about mixing public interests with private companies, especially ones with this many local competitors.]

Next step is to get more info to commissioners on this. DCEDI consultant Jim Kinnett accompanied Main Street to this meeting. For info on Main Street see http://www.mainstreetcap.net/news.asp?pageview=wallstreet

Phil Darling asked about how to get legislature to take the $85 million from state police that comes out of highway funds. AIC and others have lobbied for this per Pickens- to no avail. They did ask him to add his voice to their – the more squeaky wheels- the more chance of change. Aging infrastructure issues abound all over the country- funding needs to be sought. [NOTE- Now that is what a tax-exempt bond would be better used for!]

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


November 17, 2009
7:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



1. Hogan Water Corp. – tabled from 8/18/09
2. East Fork Rd. – tabled from 9/1/09
3. YES Home Lease – tabled from 9/1/09
4. Happy Hollow Rd. – tabled from 10/06/09

1. Planning and Zoning
Vacate streets and alleys within Town of Chesterville

2. Ron Stegman – Kuebel Rd. closing

1. Updates
2. North Dearborn Rd. agreement
3. Harley Springs Subdivision acceptance
4. Harvest Ridge Phase 1 acceptance
5. Chappelow Ridge Extension acceptance
6. Rockwood Subdivision acceptance

VI. AUDITOR - Cary Pickens
1. Claims/Minutes




X. COMMISSIONER – Ralph Thompson, Jr.




Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Dearborn County Sewer Board PUBLIC HEARING- Includes HOOK-UPS within 300 ft

SEE RED TEXT FOR SEPTIC TANK OWNERS ( you will need to scroll to 3 separate sections of this proposed ordinance)

The Dearborn County Regional Sewer District will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. to consider adoption of the following ordinance. The hearing will be held on the Commissioners Room of the Dearborn County Administration Building at 215B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
An Ordinance adopting a Code of Regulations by the Dearborn County Regional Sewer District (“the District’); WHEREAS, the District is in need of a Code of Regulations for the following purposes: (1) Protect and preserve the works, improvements, and properties owned or controlled by the district, prescribe the manner of use by any person, and preserve order in and adjacent to the works. (2) Prescribe the manner: (A) in which ditches, sewers, pipelines, or other works should be adjusted to or connected with the works of th e district; and
(B) of waste disposal in the district. (3) Prescribe the permissible uses of the water supply and the manner of distribution and prevent
the pollution or unnecessary waste of the water supply. (4) Prohibit or regulate the discharge into the
sewers of the district of liquid or solid waste detrimental to the works and improvements.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY the District that the following Code of Regulations
are hereby adopted:
General Provisions
50.001 Definitions
50.002 Depositing objectionable waste prohibited
50.003 Discharging storm water, unpolluted waters and the like
50.004 Depositing wastewater in unsanitary manner within Regional Sewer District
50.005 Discharge of untreated sewage or other polluted wastes to natural outlets
50.006 Privies, septic tanks and other facilities.
50.007 Owner’s responsibility to install suitable toilet facilities.

50.008 Tampering with or damaging Regional Sewer District equipment
50.009 Right of entry for purpose of inspection; indemnification; easements on private property
50.010 Appeal procedure Private Sewage Disposal System
50.025 Connecting building sewer to private sewage disposal
50.031 Noninterference with additional requirements
Building Sewers and Connections
50.045 Connection permit required
50.046 Building sewer permits; permit and inspection fee
50.047 Costs and expenses of installation and connection of building sewer; indemnification
50.048 Separate building sewer provided for every building
50.049 Use of old building sewers with new buildings
50.050 Size, slope and alignment; conformance to building and plumbing code or other applicable regulations
50.051 Elevation of building sewers
50.052 Sources of surface runoff or groundwater
50.053 Connection of building sewer into public sewer, conformance
50.054 Inspection of connection to public sewer
50.055 Excavations
Use of Public Sewers
50.065 Prohibited discharges to public sewer
50.066 Pretreatment, equalization of waste flows
50.067 Preliminary treatment facilities
50.068 Control manholes; measurements, tests and analyses
50.069 Industrial wastes; special agreement
50.070 Discharge of waters from air conditions, cooling, condensing systems or swimming pools.
Pretreatment Requirements
50.080 Compliance with rules and regulations
50.081 Pretreatment or control facilities
50.082 Pretreatment of waters polluted with insoluble oils, grease or suspended solids
50.083 Users to supply information on sewage flow and characteristics
50.084 Determination of strength of sewage through sampling and analysis
50.085 Grease, oil and sand interceptors
50.086 Accidental discharges; notification to Regional Sewer District
50.087 Compliance with state or federal requirements
For the purpose of this Code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
The quantity of oxygen expressed in mg/l utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedures with nitrification inhibition in five at 20°C.
BUILDING DRAIN. That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of a building and conveys it to the building sewer beginning five feet outside the building wall.
(1) SANITARY BUILDING DRAIN. A building drain which conveys sanitary or industrial sewage only.
(2) STORM BUILDING DRAIN. A building drain which conveys storm water or other clearwater drainage, but no wastewater.
BUILDING SEWER. The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal. (Also called house connection.)
(1) SANITARY BUILDING SEWER. A building sewer which conveys sanitary or industrial sewage only.
(2) STORM BUILDING SEWER. A building sewer which conveys storm-waste or other clearwater drainage, but no sanitary or industrial sewage.
CODE. The Code of Regulations of the Regional Sewer District.
COMBINED SEWER. A sewer intended to receive both wastewater and storm or surface water.
COMPATIBLE POLLUTANT. Biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, pH and fecal coliform bacteria, plus additional pollutants identified in the NPDES permit if the treatment works was designed to treat such pollutants and in fact does remove such pollutants to a substantial degree.The term substantial degree is not subject to precise definition, but generally contemplates removals in the order of 80% or greater. Minor incidental removals in the order of 10% to 30% are not considered substantial.
Examples of the additional pollutants which may be considered compatible include:
(1) Chemical oxygen demand,
(2) Total organic carbon,
(3) Phosphorus and phosphorus compounds,
(4) Nitrogen and nitrogen compounds, and
(5) Fats, oils and greases of animal or vegetable origin (except as prohibited where these materials would interfere with the operation of
the treatment works).
The Director of Sewers of the Regional Sewer District, or his or her authorized deputy, agent or representative.
DISTRICT. Dearborn County’s unincorporated areas currently unserved by a municipal provider or by the current boundaries of the South Dearborn Regional Sewer District.
EASEMENT. An acquired legal right for the specific use of land owned by others.
FECAL COLIFORM. Any of a number of organisms common to the intestinal tract of man and animals, whose presence in sanitary sewage is an indicator of pollution.
FLOATABLE OIL. Oil, fat or grease in a physical state such that will separate by gravity from wastewater by treatment in a pretreatment facility approved by the Regional Sewer District.
GARBAGE. Solid wastes from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and dispensing of food, and from the handling, storage
and sale of produce.
INCOMPATIBLE POLLUTANT. Any pollutant that is not defined as a compatible pollutant, including non-biodegradable dissolved solids.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES. The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from employee wastes or wastes from sanitary conveniences.
iNFILTRATION. The water entering a sewer system, (including building drains and sewers), from the ground, through defects in the system such as, but not limited to, defective pipes, pipe joints, connections or manhole walls. (Infiltration does not include and is distinguished from inflow.)
INFILTRATION/INFLOW. The total quantity of water from both infiltration and inflow without distinguishing the source.
INFLOW.The water discharge into a sewer system, including building drains and sewers, from such sources as, but not limited to, roof leaders, cellar, yard and area drains, foundation drains, unpolluted cooling water discharges, drains from springs and swampy areas, manhole covers, cross connections from storm sewers and combined sewers, catch basins, storm waters, surface run-off, street wash
waters or drainage. (Inflow does not include, and is distinguished from, infiltration.)
INSPECTOR. The person or persons duly authorized by the Regional Sewer District, through its Common Council, to inspect and
approve the installation of building sewers and their connection to the public sewer system.
(1) Has a flow of 50,000 gallons or more per average work day;
(2) Has a flow greater than 5% of the flow carried by the Regional Sewer District system receiving the waste;
(3) Has in its waste a toxic pollutant in toxic amounts as defined in standards issued under
33 USC 1317(a); or
(4) Has a significant impact, either single or in combination with other contributing industries, on a treatment works or on the quality of effluent from that treatment works.
NPDES PERMIT. A permit issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for discharge of wastewaters to the navigable waters of the United States pursuant to 33 USC 1342.
NATURAL OUTLET. Any outlet, including storm sewers and combined sewer overflows, into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other
body of surface or groundwater.
NH3N. The same as Ammonia Nitrogen measured as Nitrogen. The laboratory determinations shall be made in accordance with procedures
set forth in “Standard Methods” as defined in the definition of SLUG.
NORMAL DOMESTIC SEWAGE. The same meaning as defined in § 50.100.
P or PHOSPHOROUS. The chemical element Phosphorous pH. The reciprocal of the logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration. The concentration is the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
PERSON. Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation, group or other entity.
PRETREATMENT. The treatment of industrial sewage from privately owned industrial sources prior to introduction into a public treatment works.
PRIVATE SEWER. A sewer which is not owned by a public authority.
PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE. The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that has been shredded to such
a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers, with no particle greater 1/2 inch in any dimension.
PUBLIC SEWER. A sewer which is owned and controlled by the public authority and will consist of the following increments:
(1) COLLECTOR SEWER. A sewer whose primary purpose is to collect wastewaters from individual point source discharges.
(2) FORCE MAIN. A pipe in which wastewater is carried under pressure.
(3) PUMPING STATION. A station positioned in the public sewer system at which wastewater is pumped to a higher level.
REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT. The Dearborn County Regional Sewer District as forms by Order of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on November 17, 2003 and governed by its Board of Directors.
SANITARY SEWER. A sewer which carries sanitary and industrial wastes and to which storm, surface and ground water are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE. The combination of liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions,
(including polluted cooling water). The three most commonly types of sewage are:
(1) COMBINED SEWAGE. Wastes including sanitary sewage, industrial sewage, storm water, infiltration and inflow carried to the wastewater treatment facilities by a combined sewer.
(2) INDUSTRIAL SEWAGE. A combination of liquid and water-carried wastes, discharged from any industrial establishment, and resulting from any trade or process carried on in that establishment (this shall include the wastes from pretreatment facilities and polluted cooling water).
(3) SANITARY SEWAGE. The combination of liquid and water-carried wastes discharged from toilets and other sanitary plumbing facilities.
SEWAGE WORKS. The structures, equipment and processes to collect, transport and treat domestic and industrial wastes and dispose of
the effluent and accumulated residual solids.
SEWER. A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
SLUG. Any discharge of water or wastewater which in concentration of any given constituent or in quantity of flow exceeds for any period of duration longer than ten minutes more than three times the average 24 hours concentration of flows during normal operation and shall
adversely affect the collection system.
STANDARD METHODS. The laboratory procedures set forth in the latest edition, at the time of analysis, of “Standard Methods for the
Examination of Water Wastewater” prepared and published jointly by the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation.
STORM SEWER. A sewer for conveying water, ground water or unpolluted water from any source and to which sanitary and/or industrial
wastes are not intentionally admitted.
SUSPENDED SOLIDS. Solids that either float on the surface of, or are in suspension in, water, sewage or other liquids and which are
removable by laboratory filtering under standard laboratory procedure.
TOTAL SOLIDS. The sum of suspended and dissolved solids.
TOXIC AMOUNT. Concentrations of any pollutant or combination of pollutants, which upon exposure to or assimilation into any organism will cause adverse effects, such as cancer, genetic mutations and physiological manifestations, as defined in standards issued pursuant to 33 USC 13 17(a).
UNPOLLUTED WATER. Water of quality equal to or better than the effluent criteria in effect, or water that would not cause violation of receiving water quality standards and would not be benefited by discharge to the sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment facilities provided.
VOLATILE ORGANIC MATTER. The material in the sewage solids transformed to gases or vapors when heated at 55°C for 15 to 20 minutes.
WATERCOURSE. A natural or artificial channel for the passage of water either continuously or intermittently.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within
the Regional Sewer District or in any area under the jurisdiction of the Regional Sewer District any human or animal excrement,garbage or other objectionable waste.
(A) No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any sanitary sewer, either directly or indirectly, storm waters, surface water, or
unpolluted industrial process water. The Regional Sewer District shall require the removal of unpolluted waters from any wastewater collection or treatment facility.
(B) Storm water, surface water, ground water, roof run-off, subsurface drainage, cooling water, unpolluted water or unpolluted industrial process water may be admitted to storm sewers which have adequate capacity for their accommodation. NO person shall uses such
sewers, however, without the specific written permission of the Regional Sewer District. No new connection shall be made to any sanitary
or storm sewer unless there is capacity available in all downstream sewers, lift stations, force mains and the sewage treatment plant,
including capacity for BOD and suspended solids.
No person shall place, deposit or permit to be deposited in any unsanitary manner on public or private property within the jurisdiction of the Regional Sewer District any wastewater or other polluted waters except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with provisions of this Code and the NPDES permit.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any natural outlet any wastewater or other polluted waters except where suitable treatment has been provided in accordance with provisions of this Code and the NPDES permit.
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, which is not connected to an approved sanitary sewage disposal system, situated within the Regional Sewer District and abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way in which there is not located a public sanitary sewer of the Regional Sewer District is required at his or her expense to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer in accordance with the provisions of this Code, within 90 days after date of official notice to do so, provided that the public sewer is within 300 feet of the property line. Within the District, where public sewers are available and located within 300 feet of a property owner’s property line, the owners of all new
dwellings or buildings used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes, shall install, at their expense, such facilities
necessary to connect to the sanitary sewer of the District. As a condition of connection to a public sewer, the owner(s) shall grant a right of access easement to the building sewer to the Regional Sewer District for the purpose of repair and inspection.
No unauthorized person shall maliciously, willfully or negligently break, damage, uncover, deface or tamper with any structure, appurtenance or equipment which is a part of the Regional Sewer District sewage works. Any person violating this provision shall be subject to immediate arrest under charge of disorderly conduct.
(A) The Director of the Regional Sewer District, Inspector and other duly authorized employees and/or agents of the Regional Sewer District bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all properties for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this Code. The Director of the Regional Sewer District or his or her representative of this Code. The Director of the Regional Sewer District or his or her representative shall have no authority to inquire into any processes including metallurgical, chemical, oil, refining, ceramic, paper or other industries beyond that point having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers, waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
(B) While performing the necessary work on private properties referred to in division (A) above, the Director of the Regional Sewer District or duly authorized employees and/or agents of the Regional Sewer District shall observe all safety rules applicable to the premises established by the company, and the company shall be held harmless for injury or death to the Regional Sewer District employees
and/or agents, and the Regional Sewer District employees and against liability claims and demands for personal injury or property damage asserted against the company and growing out of the gauging and sampling operations, except as such may be caused by negligence or failure of the company to maintain safe conditions as required in § 50.068(B).
(C) The Director of the Regional Sewer District and other duly authorized employees and/or agents of the Regional Sewer District bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the Regional Sewer District holds a duly negotiated easement for the purpose of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewage works lying within that easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on the easement, shall be done in full accordance with the terms of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property
The rules and regulations promulgated by the Regional Sewer District, shall, among other things, provide for an appeal procedure whereby a user shall have the right to appeal a decision of the Director of the Regional Sewer District concerning sewage system of the
Board of the Regional Sewer District may be appealed to a court of competent jurisdiction under the appeal procedures provided for in the
Indiana Administrative Adjudication Act.
Where a public sanitary sewer is not availableunder the provisions of § 50.006(B), the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this subCode, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewer disposal system complying with the provisions of the Code of Ordinances of Dearborn County and the State Board of Health.
No statement contained in this Code shall be construed to interfere with nay additional requirements that may be imposed by the
Dearborn County Health Officer.
No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenance
thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Regional Sewer District.
(A) (1) There shall be two classes of building
sewer permits:
(a) For residential and commercial service,
(b) For service to establishments producing
industrial wastes.
(2) In either case, the owner or his or her agent
shall make application on a special form furnished
by the Regional Sewer District. The permit
application shall be supplemented by any
plans, specifications or other information considered
pertinent in the judgment of the
(B) A permit and inspection fee of $________
for residential or commercial building sewer
permit and $_________ for an industrial building
sewer permit shall be paid to the Regional
Sewer District at the time the application is
filed. The inspection shall take place during
normal regular working hours.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation
and connection of the building sewer
shall be borne by the owner(s). The owner(s)
shall indemnify the Regional Sewer District
from any loss or damage that may directly or
indirectly be occasioned by the installation of
the building sewer.
A separate and independent building sewer
shall be provided for every building; except
where one building stands at the rear of another
on an interior lot and no private sewer is
available or can be constructed to the rear
building through an adjoining alley, courtyard
or driveway, the building sewer from the front
building may be extended to the rear building
and the whole considered as one building
Old building sewers may be used in connection
with new buildings only when they are
found, on examination and test by the
Inspector, to meet all requirements of this
The size, slope, alignment, materials of construction
of a building sewer and the methods
to be used in excavating, placing of the pipe,
jointing, testing, and backfilling the trench shall
all conform to the requirements of the Code of
Ordinances of Dearborn County and/or its rules
and regulations or other applicable rules and
regulations of the Regional Sewer District. In
the absence of code provisions or in amplification
thereof, the materials and procedures set
forth in appropriate specifications of the
A.S.T.M. and S.P.C.F. Manual of Practice No. FD-
9 shall apply.
Whenever possible, the building sewer shall
be brought to the building at an elevation below
the basement floor. In all buildings in which any
building drain is too low to permit gravity flow
to the public sewer, sanitary sewer carried by
such building drain shall be lifted by an
approved means and discharged to the building
No person(s) shall make connection of roof
downspouts, exterior foundation drains,
areaway drains or other sources of surface
runoff or ground water to a building sewer or
building drain which in turn is connected
directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
The connection of the building sewer into the
public sewer shall conform to the requirements
of the Code or Ordinances of Dearborn County
and/or its rules and regulations or other applicable
rules and regulations of the Regional
Sewer District or the procedures set forth in
appropriate specifications of the A.S.T.M. and
the S.P.C.F. Manual of Practice in No. FD-9. All
such connections shall be made gas tight and
water tight. Any deviation from the prescribed
procedures and materials must be approved by
the Director of the Regional Sewer District
before installations.
The applicant for the building sewer permit
shall notify the Inspector when the building
sewer is ready for inspection and connection to
the public sewer. The connection and testing
shall be made under the supervision of the
Inspector or his or her representative. The
applicant shall provide access to all structures
(and areas of structures) to the Inspector for
the purpose of establishing compliance with
this Code.
All excavations for building sewer installation
shall be adequately guarded with barricades
and lights so as to protect the public from hazard.
Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other
public property disturbed in the course of the
work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory
to the Regional Sewer District.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged
any of the following described waters
or wastes to any public sewers:
(A) Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or
other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or
(B) Any waters or wastes containing toxic (as
described in Section 307A of the Clean Water
Act) or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in
sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction
with other wastes, to injure or interfere with
any sewage treatment process, constitute a
hazard to humans or animals, create a pubic
nuisance, or create any hazard in the receiving
waters of the sewage treatment plant.
(C) Any waters or wastes having a pH lower
than 5.5 or having any other corrosive property
capable of causing damage or hazard to structures,
equipment and personnel of the sewage
works or interfere with any treatment process.
(D) Solid or viscous substances in quantities
or of such size capable of causing obstruction
to the flow in sewers or other interference with
the proper operation of the sewage works such
as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand,
mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers,
tar, plastics, wood, unground garbage,
whole blood, paunch manure, hair and fleshings,
entrails, paper, dishes, cups, milk containers
and the like, either whole or ground by
garbage grinders.
(E) Any waters or wastes containing phenols
or other taste or order producing substances,
in such concentrations exceeding limits which
may be established by the Director of the
Regional Sewer District as necessary, after
treatment of the composite sewage, to meet the
requirements of the state, federal or other public
agencies of jurisdiction of such discharge to
the receiving waters.
(F) Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such
half-life or concentration as may exceed limits
established by the Director of The Regional
Sewer District in compliance with applicable
state or federal regulations.
(G) Any waters or wastes having pH in excess
of 9.5.
(H) Materials which exert or cause:
(1) Unusual concentrations of inert suspended
solids (such as, but not limited to, Fullers earth,
lime slurries, and lime residues) or of dissolved
solids (such as, but not limited to, sodium chloride
and sodium sulfate).
(2) Excessive discoloration (such as, but not
limited to, dye wastes and vegetable tanning
(3) Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or
chlorine requirements in such quantities as to
constitute a significant load on the sewage
treatment works.
(4) Unusual volume of flow or concentration of
wastes constituting “slugs” as defined in §
(1) Waters or wastes containing substances
which are not amendable to treatment or reduction
by the sewage treatment processes
employed, or are amendable to treatment only
to such degree that the sewage treatment effluent
cannot meet the requirements of other
agencies having jurisdiction over discharge to
the receiving waters.
(A) If any waters or wastes are discharged, or
are proposed to be discharged, to the public
sewers, which waters contain the substances
or possess the characteristics enumerated in §
50.065, and which in judgment of the Director of
the Regional Sewer District may have a deleterious
effect upon the sewage works, processes,
equipment or receiving waters, or which otherwise
create a hazard to life or constitute a public
nuisance, the Director of the Regional Sewer
District may:
(1) Require new industries (or other large
users) or industries (or other large users) with
significant increases in discharges to submit
information on wastewater quantities and characteristics
and obtain prior approval for discharges.
(2) Reject the wastes in whole or in part for
any reason deemed appropriate by the
Regional Sewer District,
(3) Require pretreatment of such wastes to
within the limits of normal sewage as defined,
(4) Require control or flow equalization of
such wastes so as to avoid any “slug” loads or
excessive loads that may be harmful to the
treatment works, or
(5) Require payment of a surcharge on any
excessive flows or loadings discharged to the
treatment works to cover the additional costs of
having capacity for and treating such wastes.
(B) If the Director of the Regional Sewer
District permits the pretreatment or equalization
of waste flows, the design and installation
of the plant and equipment shall be subject to
the review and approval of the Director of the
Regional Sewer District and subject to the
requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances
and laws.
Where preliminary treatment or flow-equalizing
facilities are provided for any waters or
wastes, they shall be maintained continuously
in satisfactory and effective operation by the
owner at his or her expense.
(A) When required by the Director of the
Regional Sewer District, the owner of any property
services by a building sewer carrying
industrial wastes shall install a suitable control
manhole together with such necessary meters
and other appurtenances in the building sewer
to facilitate observation, sampling and safely
located, and shall be constructed in accordance
with plans approved by the Director of
the Regional Sewer District. The manhole shall
be installed by the owner at his or her expense
and shall be maintained so as to be safe and
accessible at all times. Agents of the Regional
Sewer District, the state water pollution control
agencies and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency shall be permitted to enter
all properties for the purpose of inspection,
observation, measurement, sampling and testing.
(B) All measurements, tests and analyses of
the characteristics of waters and wastes to
which reference is made in this Code shall be
determined in accordance with the latest edition
of “Standard Methods of the Examination
of Water and Wastewater,” published by the
American Public Health Association and shall
be determined at the control manhole provided,
or upon suitable samples taken at the control
manhole, except for applications for
NPDES permits and report thereof which shall
be conducted in accordance with rules and
regulations adopted by the USEPA (40 CFR
136). In the event that no special manhole has
been required, the control manhole shall be
considered to be the nearest downstream manhole
in the public sewer to the point at which
the building sewer is connected. Sampling
shall be carried out by customarily accepted
methods to reflect the effect of constituents
upon the sewage works and to determine the
existence of hazards to life, limb and property.
The particular analyses involved will determine
whether a 24 hour composite of all outfalls of a
premises is appropriate or whether a grab
sample or samples should be taken. Normally,
but not always, BOD and suspended solids
analyses are obtained from 24 hour composites
of all outfalls, whereas pH’s are determined
from periodic grab samples.
No statement contained in this Code shall be
construed as preventing any special agreement
or arrangement between the Regional
Sewer District and any industrial concern
whereby an industrial waste of unusual
strength or character may be accepted by the
Regional Sewer District for treatment, subject
to payment therefore, by the industrial concern,
at such rates as are compatible with §§
50.100 et seq.
Unpolluted water from air conditioners, cooling,
condensing systems or swimming pools
shall be discharged to a storm water, where it
is available, or to a combined sewer approved
by the Regional Sewer District. Where a storm
sewer is not available, discharge may be to a
natural outlet approved by the Regional Sewer
District and by the state. Where a storm sewer,
combined sewer or natural sewer is not available,
such unpolluted water may be discharged
to a sanitary sewer pending written approval
by the Regional Sewer District.
Pretreatment of industrial wastes from major
contributing industries prior to discharge to
the treatment works is required and is subject
to the rules and regulations adopted by the
United States Environmental Protection
Agency (USEPA) (40 CFR 403) and “Guidelines
Establishing Test Procedures for Analysis of
Pollutants” (40 CFR 136), in addition to any
more stringent requirements established by
the Regional Sewer District and any subsequent
state or federal guidelines and rules and
Plans, specifications and any other pertinent
information relating to pretreatment or control
facilities shall be submitted for approval of the
Regional Sewer District, and no construction
of such facilities shall be commenced until
approval in writing is granted. Where such
facilities are provided, they shall be maintained
continuously in satisfactory and effective
operating order by the owner at his or her
expense and shall be subject to periodic
inspection by the Regional Sewer District to
determine that such facilities are being operated
in conformance with applicable federal,
state and local laws and permits. The owner
shall maintain operating records and shall submit
to the Regional Sewer District a monthly
summary report of the character of the influent
and effluent to show the performance of the
treatment facilities and for comparison against
Regional Sewer District monitoring records.
Industrial cooling water, which may be polluted
with insoluble oils or grease or suspended,
solids, shall be pretreated for removal of pollutants
and the resultant clear water shall be discharged
in accordance with this Code.
The Regional Sewer District may require
users of the treatment works, other than residential
users, to supply pertinent information
on wastewater flows and characteristics. Such
measurements, tests and analysis shall be
made at the users’ expenses. If made by the
Regional Sewer District, an appropriate charge
may be assessed to the user at the option of he
Regional Sewer District.
The strength of wastewaters shall be determined,
for periodic establishment of charges
provided for in this Code from samples taken
at the aforementioned structure at any period
of time and of such duration and in such manner
as the Director of the Regional Sewer
District may elect, or, at any place mutually
agreed upon between the user and the Director
of the Regional Sewer District. Appropriate
charges for sampling and analysis may be
assessed to the user at the option of the
Director of the Regional Sewer District. The
results of routine sampling and analysis by the
user may also be used for determination of
charges after verification by the Director of the
Regional Sewer District.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors or traps
shall be provided when, in the opinion of the
Director of the Regional Sewer District, they
are necessary for the proper handling of liquid
wastes containing grease in excessive
amounts, or any flammable wastes, sand and
other harmful ingredients, except th at such
interceptors or traps will not be required for
private living quarters or dwelling units. All
interceptors or traps shall be of a type and
capacity approved by the Director of the
Regional Sewer District and shall be located so
as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning
and inspection. They shall be construed of
impervious materials capable of withstanding
abrupt and extreme changes in temperatures
and shall be of substantial construction, be
gastight, water tight and equipped with easily
removable covers. Where installed, all grease,
oil and sand interceptors or traps shall be
maintained by the owner, at his or her expense,
in continuously efficient operation at all times.
Users of the treatment works shall immediately
notify the Regional Sewer District of any
unusual flows or wastes that are discharged
accidentally or otherwise to the sewer system.
All provisions of this Code and limits set
herein shall comply with any applicable state
and/or federal requirements now or projected
to be in effect.
Presented by me to the President of said
Board on this _______ day of
_______________, 2009.
Signed and approved by me, as President of
the Dearborn County Regional Sewer District,
on this ______ day of __________________,

3 November 2009 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

3 November 2009 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Thompson, President, Orschell, and Hughes
Also present: Pickens, Auditor, and Witte, Attorney

The Med Ben appeal # 2009-2 discussed in Executive session was denied at the meeting- all ayes.


Hogan Water Corp- remained tabled

East Fork Road- remained tabled

YES HOME lease remains tabled- though Witte noted the YES Home attorney had the revised lease for review.

Happy Hollow Road remains tabled

SRI Tax certificate sale was approved with Orschell and Thompson voting aye and Hughes Nay. Hughes wanted to hand pick properties with homes out of the list. There are $324,000 in back taxes on this list. Pickens noted that they were given opportunities to set up payment plans even and have not done it. McGill reviewed the contract from last meeting and the commissioners decided to do an auction at the county bldg- NOT online- to have more control, per Pickens.


Gary Hensley Assessor- was approved to get bids for a 2-yr contract on trending and new construction. He will return with bids for approval of a contract.

Steve Ott and Judy Schlather of McGohan Brabender- gave a brief overview of their services and left material with commissioners. They want to bid on procuring and managing employee benefits- not property casualty and liability. (Pinnacle Advisory is doing this job now) Commissioners took it under advisement and Ott will call them in 2 weeks.

PAWS- Spay and Neuter Program- Sandy Carley presented a change in PAWS policy. They will keep the cat program as usual spay and neuter 3-4/week and have them up for adoption at Petsmart on Colerain. Dogs will be spayed and neutered after adoption to avoid spending money on dogs that may have to be euthanized. PAWS will do follow up calls after adoptions to be sure the dogs are spay/neutered. They will start this next week and will communicate with Marlene at the shelter. Commissioners were in agreement with this- as it avoids wasting PAWS grant money from the DC Foundation. Sandy Carley also offered PAWS help at any time with winterizing kennels and asked for her 10x10 one back if they decide to disassemble them. Commissioners plan to use 3 -4 for overflow emergency thru the winter and only open up the outer ones in the warmer months as needed. Orschell said a spay neuter requirement is needed in the county to keep this population down. He thanked PAWS for their work and he noted that the media over a week ago actually helped with increased adoptions. (30)

BJ Ault- Solid Waste Recycling Center- received approval for Sunday November 15 being proclaimed America Recycle Day. Ault noted we have 217 tons of municipal trash and 4.5 lbs per day per person. Commissioners signed the proclamation to increase awareness of reducing waste, reuse, and recycling. The Theme is “It All Comes Back To You.” Commissioners are also looking to go to council for help with increased tire recycling costs from the community corrections clean-ups. That will be in January for 2010.

Highway Dept- Todd Listerman- gave a 35-minute update (perhaps making up for 0 minutes last meeting!)

1. Seven Scour susceptible bridges (flooding producing damage to certain bridge structures) are being set up by American Structurepoint and will be turned in by Nov 6. This scour portion is reimbursed 80/20 by the FEDS. The total is $9854.11. Approved.

2. Collier Ridge slip is completed with only 2 change orders- approved today for $970 and $1008.11.

3. Bells Branch is completed and letters of thanks were signed by commissioners.

4. INDOT let the final contract for Yorkridge with O’Mara. Stimulus funding on this. It will start next spring

5. Stimulus on Old US 52 completed as well.

6. North Dearborn and North Hogan chips seal will move to next year for weather considerations.

7. Artemis bid is due Nov 4. We pay $85,000 to be reimbursed at 100% by federal funds.

8. Inspections on Randall Avenue property are passed, including environmental and the building.
9. Metal Bridge on Collier Ridge waiting on weather to complete.

10. Kuebel Road issues on the hill below Stegman property and the bridge, which is rated 0.0 out of 100 and unsafe. County wants to close that part of the road and not maintain it. After much discussion- they decided on a temporary closure now and will talk to the residents. Supposedly they all have other access. There is not enough bridge funding to redo this bridge for the 20 trips per day over it.

11. Tucker’s roads in Seldom Seen are the ONLY ones with an EXISTING developer that have not been brought to county standards (County is asking for the standards existing at the time they were built) Witte talked to Tucker’s attorney and they are waiting for a response. In the meantime the residents are on roads that are NOT accepted into the county list for maintenance ( including snow removal)

12. Linkmeyer and Maxwell have brought their roads in Rookwood, Harley Springs, Chappellow Ridge, and Harvest Ridge I to specs and will be coming to commissioners soon for acceptance into the county road list for maintenance.

Pickens- Claims and minutes – were NOT reviewed by Hughes. Orschell and Thompson passed the claims. Several minutes were tabled for Hughes to review including the Sept 29 ones that were tabled a 2nd time for his review. No excuse was given for his inability to get that job done.

Witte- Attorney- said most of his items were addressed throughout the meeting including Seldom Seen and Kuebel Road. There were no new tort claims in the last 30 days. The Donaldson Property on Willoughby Road goes to trial Jan 14th. He will have the Chesterville street vacation ready for next meeting. Witte quipped that Chesterville has not developed into the metropolis it was supposed to become. He still has the ROW access for Cole Lane and DNR and as a final comment he advised commissioners that they do NOT have to sign grant applications, even when pressed to by a judge. The one presented on Friday as being required that day did not have to be signed. Judges can mandate for dispersal of funds- but not for contracts. Grants are contracts.
Lastly, he will work every Thursday in Jennings County as an assigned judge there. It will not interfere with meetings here.

Thompson- presented the grant for J-cap that he was requested to sign on Friday- as it was due that day. Hughes said they did that to him at times- especially Lifetime Resources. They soon learned they had to get it in on time or it would not be signed. This grant is to get 1or 2 more people in Judge Blankenship’s probation staff. Commissioners are concerned about space for these people and that when the grant runs out, county general will be tapped to continue the programs. Judge Blankenship was in earlier this year complaining they could not even move in her offices. Since then they have added furniture and now staff people are being requested.
Thompson said they could ratify, deny, or table his signature- he would not be offended either way. Commissioners voted to table it for review. [NOTE: Does this mean they have to get the application back as it is technically unsigned?]

Witte- added the contract for Reaction PC that was previously approved pending his review. Commissioners signed the contract for Reaction PC to take over the county website design and maintenance.

Orschell- continued safety meetings with Bill Black and the ordinance on animal control was given to Sandy Carley who gave it to the Animal Control Board. They plan to implement the existing ordinance on dog licenses and Thompson is trying to get vets to help distribute them. Fees will help fund animal control.

Thompson received approval to sign the paperwork on owner occupied rehab homes for Lifetime Resources.

He also received approval to sign the thanks you note to the local TV stations for their coverage on the outdoor kennel issues that increased our adoptions of 30 dogs.

No Late Arrivals or Public Comment

Meeting adjourned at 11 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township