Tuesday, October 16, 2012

16 October 2012 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

16 October 2012 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Jeff Hughes, President, Tom Orschell, and Shane McHenry

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor (left mid meeting), Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.

Meeting was preceded by an executive session that lasted until 9:15 AM. Commissioners decided to have county attorney and administrator to work with Bill Black to resolve the situation. They did not specify what the “situation” was.


OKI Funding Contract/Agreement – tabled until November


Life Time Resources- Carla Burkhart- release of property lien- approved for a property on Texas Gas Road.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Todd Listerman, Highway Engineer- Contract with United Consulting to do the design for the Stateline road slip between Augusta and Lakeview. It’s a not-to -exceed $84,650 was approved and signed by commissioners.

 Bid opening for Shortridge Bridge in November. Lake Tambo and Schwipps Road bridges will have ROW acquisition by spring.

The two mowers being replaced are 10 years old. And they are working on the priority lists.

Tim Grieve, Highway Superintendent- Chip seal proceeding with Rohe. They are thinking of pulling Konradi off till next year when it is a better time to perform the work. O’Mara is doing work for INDOT and then coming back in. Council voted to purchase a new machete mower and now a 2nd mower has gone down. He wants to purchase another machete tractor before the EPA regs go into effect in 2013. The tractor companies do not have the new equipment designed for the new regulations. Also Orschell pointed out that a first year on new design sometimes has bugs to work out.  $114,400 is a firm price that he has for a new one. We have 2 non functional mowers and no functional ones until the new one comes in a couple weeks. These prices are from Greensburg. Local price at Zimmer was $20,000 higher. Commissioners allowed Grieve to approach Council for the funding for the 2nd mower. Mowing, potholes, or snow plowing are the big services the county has to provide.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall- Award of Votaw Building Demolition- Kendall from Hrezo went over how the bidding went. AFM demolition $115,347. West Side Paving and demolition if only do the one building. $57,300.  $119,477 was the line item allowed for the two to be demolished. This does not include fill and stockpiling the bricks etc. They can either ask Lawrenceburg for more funds for this or approach Council. She’s estimating $75,000 to $100,000 for additional paving etc. This will provide 40-60 spaces for parking depending on if they do one or 2 buildings. They plan to advertise and get a special meeting to see if Council will fund this. Then they will get appropriated at the Nov 20th Council regular meeting if the Council agrees. McHenry didn’t see the point in approving this if Council wouldn’t fund the rest. Kendall also passed out a status report to commissioners. Lighting and storm sewers also have to be figured into this. Tabled decision for Council to look at this first.

Auction went well- $31,276 was netted by county departments.

Active shooters- Randall found out we are very well prepared. Morgan Hedrick with Lawrenceburg police dept presented the idea of more targeted training. Spent 4.5 years in 87th Airborne division and SWAT school and other training since 2000. They have a joint task force so that with a small county we have adequate STANDARDIZED and COORDINATED response across the county. They want to have training once or twice a year at the Courthouse. This is tactically a difficult place to protect. Jason Wyatt is being added from the sheriff’s department to the task force. It also has Greendale and Aurora as well as Bill Black and Lawrenceburg police officers. Current sheriff-Kreinhop- requested that he present this to the commissioners. This program is for ACTIVE shooters- that are actually taking lives and need to be neutralized. These threats may be at government buildings or schools for example. They also put a protocol in place with a team of emt and fire-fighters to help save injured victims. They have some vests and protections purchased in the local depts. to help them do this. Communications protocols have been set up. In order to do this intelligently, we have to train. They have trained at Lawrenceburg high school and Hedrick presented what they did there so they had an idea of what they’d do at the Courthouse. He said he had a template with a broad plan showing mapping, ingress, egress, communications, and coordination. As they build the objective profiles, the EMA will keep these on file. It takes years to train and build these profiles and protocols. They want to do the Courthouse and ADM Building. Hedrick has been training and working on this since 2000. Logistically speaking, they need to get as many officers trained there as possible. Trying to do it in 3-4 hour blocks. It’s hard to get it done without paying overtime. Many officers decide to do it on their own time as it’s about saving lives- both other officers and the citizens. There are combat veterans with PTSD and tactical combat training. If we come across one of those shooters, there will probably be an officer losing his life going in to neutralize that. He thinks they will use Sat if possible to avoid church conflicts for training. They will use the Courthouse all day to get them all trained.

Commissioner Orschell thanked Hedrick for his service to the country and now to the community. McHenry said there is a huge advantage to being trained. They use paintballs retrofitted to their regular weapons. They would like to use November 10th to train. They decided to have the sheriff communicate and take the lead with this. Randall will be in touch with him.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington covered halfway thru the meeting by Connie Fromhold. Claims and minutes signed. Oked EMS training thru Margaret Mary Hospital for several individuals.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- nothing

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- McHenry- talked to Phil and Sheriff about courthouse voting. Can’t streamline it was he’d hoped, but no complaints so far from voters.



Meeting adjourned at 10:50 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township



Anonymous said...

In voting at the Courthouse, why is candidate Bill Ullrich allowed to work the screening at entrance just a few feet from the voting? He speaks with all voters while in his deputy uniform.

Raylan said...

For the same reason he seems unable to recuse himself in Council when they discuss the jail expansion.

Because a true understanding of ethical behavior is almost nonexistent in Dearborn County.

Anonymous said...

It's quite amusing to me that the Lburg cop who was thanked for his service to the community is even allowed to be a cop and very scary that he gets to have a gun.