Tuesday, March 18, 2014

18 March 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

18 March 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, and Kevin Lynch

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.

Shane McHenry asked for a moment of silence for Tom Stephens who was Bright assistant fire chief. Prayers are with his family. Can’t say enough good things about him- he will be truly missed.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- went first as he had to leave early. American Structurepointe was retained for Greendale on Ridge Avenue/Bellevue area study. Interlocal agreement was needed with Greendale and CVTB  $28,282 is cost which is shared by Redevelopment Commission of Greendale and CVTB. The county as sponsoring entity.  Commissioners approved the resolution and the interlocal agreement.

Baudendistel istyping up the Animal Control Ordinance now and they will not have a blanket statement about pit bulls specifically. Veterinarian Adam Miller helped with the ordinance.  They do have a procedure to determine if a dog is dangerous or vicious. This is done on a case by case basis. He will have that ready for their review when he returns from vacation.

He also stated he had reviewed the contracts coming up later in the meeting.



Port Board- Shane McHenry - Majority of the property is in the city limits of two cities of Lawrenceburg and Aurora- but some is in the county. The board wants the county to participate. There are 3 members from each city and 1 member from county. They will draw up an agreement to put Shane on the Board and participate. McHenry is our rep. He appreciates the commissioners’ support in that.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Todd Listerman, Highway Engineer

Agreement for Bridge #24 Cold Springs Road- $960,000 of federal highway funds for the construction of this bridge.  Agreement approved and signed.

Amendment to Box Beam Design Contract- They determined that Bridge 61 on Kaiser Road could be widened and supported to allow truck traffic. Also Bridge 88 on Johnson Fork Road would be fixed. Cost was $42,700 and is now $59,100 for the study for both. This is with Strand and Associates. They will still restrict truck traffic with signs- but it will cover times when one inadvertently gets in there. It will also help people who live there with horse trailers etc. Amendment approved. Costs are in budget.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall- has an agreement for Land Consultants for a survey to cover area between the two buildings for courthouse expansion. Thrilled to be able to use a local firm for $5900. Termination language in there and Baudendistel  checked over it. ( no bid required as it is under the cost limit.) Commissioners approved. Chris Mueller asked why county surveyor was not used. Randall said that County surveyor is not used because the job required utility locate etc. and upload to a model that requires software that we don’t have. And they can’t deploy that fast to get it done with less staff.

Emergency medical service for Greendale for 2 units- $40,000 – agreement approved. Aurora also approved for 2 units at $40,000. Moores Hill has 2 units at $40,000, which were also approved. All of these are using the new agreement that Baudendistel had updated and included their financials as required.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- Claims approved. Minutes approved from March 4th meeting with one spelling error corrected. Lynch abstained as he was not at that meeting. Feb 18th minutes also needed to be signed as they were already approved but they had signed them in the wrong spot.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Art Little hoped everyone gets over the bug that has been going around- he is recuperated.

Kevin Lynch- Siemers from Whitewater Mills and Farm Bureau had a presentation in Batesville and about 60 farmers attended from 7 different counties. He appreciated the Farm Bureau getting involved in trying to get wheat production. A lot of farmers are pretty excited about it. He also attended new road school for the first time. He presented in front of about 60 other county officials.

Shane McHenry- met with Randall and CVTB and presented a powerpoint. This was to help them understand what the board could and should be doing. Hollywood casino updated on the event center project. Feedback was good and it showed how money comes in and how it can be spent.


PUBLIC COMMENT- Chris Mueller- reiterated  issue with Redevelopment Commission and wanted the commissioners to also be aware that they did not making the decision to pay the county administrator $10,000 plus benefits for 2013 in a public meeting. After the Council meeting I had checked my notes and then had requested the official minutes of the Redevelopment Commission to see when the decision had been made. They might need to be instructed that executive session discussions should not include decisions and that the decisions need to be made at a public meeting.  

Bill Black- EMA Director- Thursday there will be a testing of alarms for severe awareness.

State radio system will allow Ohio radios from adjoining townships and county to be able to communicate on our system.

Meeting adjourned at 5:39 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township


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