Thursday, January 30, 2014

UPDATED Jan 29 County Candidate Slate for 2014 Election


UPDATED JAN 29 -Candidate Slate for 2014 Primary Election

Listing of candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the Dearborn County Clerk Office.  Lists are in ballot order; the order that names and positions will be displayed on the Primary Ballots.  In addition to Candidates filing with the Dearborn County Clerk's Office individuals identified as running for Judicial Offices (Judge, Superior Court 1 and Prosecuting Attorney, District 7), will also be identified.
UPDATED:  11AM, Jan 29, 2014

  
Democrat Party:

     
County Commissioner, District 3 - Aaron S. Watson

     County Council, District 1 - Andrew Addison

     County Council, District 2 - Dan Lansing

     County Council, District 3 - Kevin Turner

     York Township, Trustee - Leo Martini

     Kelso Township Advisory Board - Shelly Snapp



      Precinct Committeeman


     Democrat Party State Delegate  (12 to be elected)
         
          
Andrew Addison

          John Johnson III

          Tristica Sheckels


Republican Party:      Judge, Superior Court 1 - Jonathan N. Cleary

     Prosecuting Attorney, District 7 - Aaron Negangard

     Assessor - Gary Randy Hensley Sr.

     Auditor - Gayle L. Pennington

     Recorder - Glenn Wright

     Sheriff - Michael R. Kreinhop

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Shane McHenry

     County Council, District 1 - Liz Morris
 
     County Council. District 3 - Maynard Barrett

     County Council, District 4 - Dennis A. Kraus


     Clay Township, Trustee - Ryan W. Brandt

     Clay Township, Trustee - Jerry R. Caldwell

     Harrison Township, Trustee - Dennis R. (Denny) Winia
    
     Logan Township, Trustee - Myrtle M. White

     Miller Township, Trustee - Patricia A. Little

     Sparta Township, Trustee - Craig E. Beckley

     Washington Township, Trustee - David J. Wunderlich


     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Martin W. (Marty) Hon

     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Scott Fortner

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Allen W. Goodman

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Randy K. Bentle
    
     Washington Township Advisory Board Member - Todd Bowers



     Dillsboro - City Council, At Large - Tom Wafford  

     Dillsboro - City Council, District 1 - Rick Fields
      
     Dillsboro - City Council, District 2 - Mary Lou Powers 
    
     Dillsboro - Clerk-Treasurer - Janice Sullivan
     



      Republican Party State Delegate   (19 to be elected)

         Craig E. Beckley

         Allen W. Goodman

         Jeff L. Hughes         

         Arthur Little

         Patricia A. Little

         Ruth Ann Little



  Looking for candidates at the state level?  State Candidate information is available at the Indiana Elections Division website, select "2014 Primary Election Candidates".  Website is - http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Primary runoff for republican candidates for state senate D43 seat

Primary runoff for republican candidates for state senate D43 seat

State Office Candidates as of 1/29/14 update on state website

US Rep- Lane Siekman (d) vs Luke Messer (r)

 State Sen D43- Rudy Howard (d) vs Chip Perfect (r) OR Mark Schneider (r)


*** Primary faceoff for republicans in D43 senate race
Check out http://votechipperfect.com/
and http://markforindiana.com/home  for information on the primary candidates

State Rep D68- Rick L Gill (d) vs Jud McMillin (r)
State Rep D67- Randy Frye (r)


Superior Court Judge - Jonathon Cleary (r)


 Dearborn/Ohio Prosecutor- F. Aaron Negangard (r)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

State Office Candidates as of 1/27/14 update on state website


State Office Candidates as of 1/27/14 update on state website

US Rep- Lane Siekman (d) vs Luke Messer (r)
State Sen D43- Rudy Howard (d) vs Chip Perfect (r)
State Rep D68- Rick L Gill (d)
State Rep D67- Randy Frye (r)
Superior Court Judge - Jonathon Cleary (r)
Dearborn/Ohio Prosecutor- F. Aaron Negangard (r)

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you want to run for office- here are the basic rules


Dearborn County Election Board

2014 Primary Election

Candidate Information

County, City, Town, and Township Elected Office Candidates must file declaration of candidacy (CAN-2 and CAN-12) beginning January 8, 2014 and before noon Friday, February 7, 2014. Each candidate must further file campaign finance reports (CFA-1, CFA-4 & attachments) with the county election office, (812) 537-8867.

Township Advisory Board candidates are exempt from filing campaign finance reports IF campaign receipts and/or expenditures are less than $500.00.

State Office Candidates must file candidacy and campaign finance reports with the Indiana Election Division, (800) 622-4941. 

Judicial Office Candidates (Prosecutor & Circuit or Superior Judge) must file candidacy with the Indiana Election Division, (800) 622-4941. Campaign finance reports (CFA-1, CFA-4 & attachments) are filed with county election office, (812) 537-8867.

 

The lifecycle of a candidacy for Elected Office Candidates has 3 mandatory phases:

1.       Declaration of Candidacy. Completion and submission of official forms to the Elections Office. The forms necessary for this action are:

a.       Declaration of Candidacy (CAN-2). You must legibly complete SF 46439, DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY FOR PRIMARY NOMINATION IN 2014 (CAN-2). Complete front and back, sign in presence of a notary, have notarized. This form MUST be completed and submitted together with the Economic Interests, (CAN-12); it will not be accepted separately and it must be received prior to NOON, Friday, February 7, 2014. NOTE: Certification of County Chairman may be required. See paragraph (3) of the CAN-2 form.

b.      Economic Interests (CAN-12), this is a new requirement. You must legibly complete SF 55128, STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS FOR LOCAL AND SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES (CAN-12). Complete front, sign in presence of a notary, have notarized. This form MUST be completed and submitted together with the Declaration of Candidacy, CAN-2; it will not be accepted separately and it must be received prior to NOON, Friday, February 7, 2014.

c.       Township Advisory Board Candidates are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents unless their campaign receives or spends in excess of $500.00. 

d.      Statement of Organization, (CFA-1). Each other County, City, Town, and Township  elected office candidate must have a campaign finance committee and file a CFA-1 Form. CFA-1 is due prior to noon, February 14, 2014. Changes to CFA-1, Statement of Organization must be completed and submitted within 10 days of the change.
 

2.       Ongoing Campaign. Political candidates, except Township Advisory Board (under $500), must submit completed Campaign Finance Reports.  Mandatory Campaign Finance Reports are due before noon on 04/21/2014, 10/17/2014, 01/21/2015 and Supplemental Reports of large contributions are due in 48 hours after receipt of contribution. Subsequent Annual Reports are due by the third Friday each January until submission of “Final/Disbands Committee” CFA-4 Report. Reports submitted after noon on the due date shall be subject to $50 per day civil penalty. Defective reports shall be subject to $10 per day civil penalty. Knowingly filing a fraudulent report is a felony and subject to $10,000 fine, 3 years imprisonment or both.

 

3.       Campaign End. You won, or lost, but your campaign and campaign reporting requirements do not stop. Indiana Law requires that you continue to submit required Campaign Finance Reports. You may disband your committee (officially end your campaign) at any time by giving written notice and filing a final report (CFA-4).  When completing your final CFA-4, lines 18a, 19a, 20a should be ZERO.   Indiana Code 3-9-1-12 addresses disbanding committees and distributing remaining cash on hand.

 

Political Office Candidates, (Precinct Committeeman (Democrats ONLY in 2014), Democrat Party State Convention Delegates, & Republican Party State Delegates), must file candidacy with the county election office. Must file using CAN-37 form. Complete front, sign in presence of a notary, have form notarized. If an individual is seeking BOTH committeeman and delegate position they must complete a separate CAN-37 for each position.

School Board CandidatesSchool Board Elections will be in November 2014. School Board Candidates may file Petition of Nomination or Write-in Declaration. School Board elections in Dearborn County in 2014 will be conducted in the November General Election only. Declaration of Candidacy for School Board must be completed as follows:
--Petition of Nomination CAN-34 and Economic Interest CAN-12 due July 23 – Aug 22;
or
--
Write-in Declaration CAN-3 and Economic Interest CAN-12 due Jan 8 – July 3.

 

Candidate information is available at the Indiana Elections Division website:           http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/index.htm

Candidate forms and candidate information is available thru the Indiana Elections Division website:  http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Candidate Campaign Finance Forms and information is at the following website:           http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2394.htm

 

Individuals needing additional information may contact the Indiana Elections Division: 

Phone: 317.232.3939 Fax: 317-233-6793 E-mail: elections@iec.in.gov

or the Dearborn County Elections Office, 2nd floor DC Courthouse, 812-537-8867.

 

Updated Candidate Slate for Dearborn County as of Jan 24th

Candidate Slate for 2014 Primary Election- Updated Jan 24th


Listing of candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the Dearborn County Clerk Office.  Lists are in ballot order; the order that names and positions will be displayed on the Primary Ballots.  In addition to Candidates filing with the Dearborn County Clerk's Office individuals identified as running for Judicial Offices (Judge, Superior Court 1 and Prosecuting Attorney, District 7), will also be identified.
UPDATED:  4PM, Jan 24, 2014

  
Democrat Party:


     County Commissioner, District 3 - Aaron S. Watson

     County Council, District 1 - Andrew Addison

     County Council, District 2 - Dan Lansing

     County Council, District 3 - Kevin Turner

     York Township, Trustee - Leo Martini



      Precinct Committeeman


     Democrat Party State Delegate  (12 to be elected)
         
          Tristica Sheckels
         
          Andrew Addison

Republican Party:
     Judge, Superior Court 1 - Jonathan N. Cleary

     Prosecuting Attorney, District 7 - Aaron Negangard

     Auditor - Gayle L. Pennington

     Recorder - Glenn Wright

     Sheriff - Michael R. Kreinhop

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Shane McHenry

     County Council, District 1 - Liz Morris
 
     County Council. District 3 - Maynard Barrett

     County Council, District 4 - Dennis A. Kraus


     Clay Township, Trustee - Ryan W. Brandt

     Harrison Township, Trustee - Dennis R. (Denny) Winia
    
     Logan Township, Trustee - Myrtle M. White

     Miller Township, Trustee - Patricia A. Little

     Washington Township, Trustee - David J. Wunderlich


     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Martin A. (Marty) Hon

     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Scott Fortner

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Allen W. Goodman

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Randy K. Bentle
    
     Washington Township Advisory Board Member - Todd Bowers



     Dillsboro - City Council, District 1 - Rick Fields
      
     Dillsboro - City Council, District 2 - Mary Lou Powers 
    
     Dillsboro - Clerk-Treasurer - Janice Sullivan

    



     Republican Party State Delegate   (19 to be elected)


          Allen W. Goodman

          Jeff L. Hughes         

          Arthur Little

          Patricia A. Little

          Ruth Ann Little



  Looking for candidates at the state level?  State Candidate information is available at the Indiana Elections Division website, select "2014 Primary Election Candidates".  Website is -
http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Thursday, January 23, 2014

23 January 2013 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes


23 January 2013 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.

OLD BUSINESS:

Appointments:

Highway Engineer- Tabled at the request of Kevin Lynch this time.

911 Director- tabled again

Plan Commission- Jim Thatcher of HVL was appointed to replace Ken Nelson on PC and BZA

PTABOA- Mark Neff and Mark Hardebeck reappointed

Bill Black Jr- District 9 Planning Council- tabled as Black hasn’t found a replacement yet.

NEW BUSINESS:

Port Authority – Shane McHenry can be removed from the agenda now as the new law has been withdrawn for now, so it is not as urgent as previously thought for the county to join the port authority. [NOTE: For more explanation of this see the Tuesday Journal Press article.]

Bill Black Jr- Signatures for EMPG Competitive Grant for $5179.77 Emergency Mgmt performance grant program.  Couple surveillance cameras, weather station, computers, etc. were requested.  Baudendistel had no concerns about this. Commissioners signed the performance grant.

Yellow travel advisory for Jan 21st was signed by commissioners. They will keep it in effect for the next few days also as the roads are still snow covered with the temperature issues. Highway has been keeping on top of it per Lynch.

Sheriff is getting rid of the food wagon and EMA would like to take it over. Black has a 6 wheel drive they bought a few years ago and haven’t used- so he wants to sell it. He will get with Baudendistel to be sure he follows the correct procedures. Commissioners are OK with that.

McHenry asked for warm shelter procedures- Black said that RED CROSS handles that for the county if it becomes needed. Black will let McHenry know the procedure by email tomorrow.

Donna Thacker- 2013 Summary of Dearborn County CASA was presented to commissioners so that commissioners will approve their grants again this year. There were numerous partnerships she said. Partnered with prosecutor to pass out drug kits to encourage parents to drug test their kids. $1500 scholarship will be awarded to someone actively pursuing recovery and going to IVY Tech.  McHenry asked about the drug test kits and she said it was prevention and intervention and when people hear about it in detail it has been positive. They have $8,000 for drug testing kits in their line item. Recovery event was held. Recovery cafĂ© at Hamline church was well received. Lawrenceburg gave them $185,000 this year. They have $10,000 for Lawrenceburg residents to use the intensive GMHC treatment and same for the county residents. They have the same surveys administered for several counties to correlate information - $10,000. McHenry expressed the county’s appreciation for their efforts. Commissioners approved the summary and grants. $86,084 divided up 4 ways was approved.

Wade Kimmon- MOU – Memorandum of Understanding- for data sharing with Boone County – this is an update of one we had that expired in 2012. This is for our police officers when they go to help over there and vice versa. They share pretty much their whole data base with us also. Commissioners approved this. No money is involved in this per Baudendistel.

Charlie Ashley- Signatures for NCIC and IDACS Mgmt Control Agreement- this has to be signed whenever a person on that board changes. This is being done to replace the former police chief from Aurora on that board. Approved.

Brad Rullman- Change orders for Jail project- 6 change orders: All approved:

Change order # 1 for Banta electric- $30,000 deduct for changes in interior lighting package.

Change order #2 for Security Automation System  $5788-  which is a net deduct for RFI #12 deducting some access controls , camera and intercom added to new elevator, remove door access controls and removed the head in system for security package which was redundant.

#1 for Quality Fire Protection- deduct 30568.76 for combining zones, add PR #3  for 345.07  - leading to net deduct of $30,223.69.

#1  for Valley Interior Systems- add PR3 polygraph add wall modification for  total add of 3510

#1 for Queen City Mechanical-  2265 added and plumbing modifications for add of water heaters and contingency for future unseen conditions for $10,000 etc for  total $18,974.

#1 for Triton Services-  modifying existing air intakes to bring up to code. $55,934 additional.

SUMMARY - $2,277 is the total add for all change orders. So they are still in the construction budget.

They are falling slightly behind due to weather conditions. Can’t keep it warm enough without a complete roof.  They still are on target to open it in July for new addition and November for renovations.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall- wanted to also thank Brad and Maxwell Construction for all the discussions that kept us on budget. She said she has been well informed of every issue. This is a testament to the fact that we have a good crew of contractors.

Interlocal agreement crafted by Aurora’s attorney Jeff Stratman for the county to take over their dispatch completely. This is a smaller fee for them and there is better communication now.  It starts March 1 for $37,726.02 for this year but will be for $45,000/year after that. But it has to be redone for next year as it does not automatically renew. Aurora’s equipment will be used for spares. Commissioners approved the agreement.

County Website project has their kick off meeting this week. Epop??-- CORRECTION-  EGov Strategies LLC impressed her with their whole plan and experience. Department heads need to be engaged as this is their website too.

EMS next week with Charlie Ashley and Wade Kimmon to discuss information they need from GIS. They can decide how to spend the $100,000 incentive money they were given. They are thankful for Kimmon’s input.

Courthouse Annex review- they interviewed architects with Bryan Messmore and Liz Morris and Eric Hartman and Maxwell. Narrowed it to the top 2. She is doing more research and they will visit them as well as do some reference checking.

Randall stated that Jan 31st (with a tent and maybe portable heaters)  is the groundbreaking for Whitewater Mills. Both Governor and lt governor have sent regrets. Ted McKinney is the new director of the Ag dept at the state and he will attend. He is very excited about this project and will bring another member of the dept. to discuss this further and want to see how it affects the farming community.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington - Claims and Jan 7th  and Dec 17th minutes were approved.

Signatures for Commissioners Tax Sale- SRI Contracts- that they reviewed. Baudendistel had no issues. Commissioners signed the contract for the live tax certificate sale for severely delinquent property taxes and NOT the internet sale.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel:

Animal Control Ordinance – big picture is to look at the entire ordinance. He thinks he needs to have meetings with Marlene, PAWS, and someone from planning and zoning and law enforcement to draft another one. He does have one tonight to address nuisance animals and what to do with one. This attaches a penalty to it. Amending the current ordinance. 90.01 and 90.99 sections are amended. The penalty is $50 first offence, 2nd $100, and third offense they will seize the animal and it becomes property of the county. Commissioners approved the amendment. The sheriff’s dept will be made aware of this also. Effective 30 days from advertisement.

 Unsafe Building Ordinance – tabled until he can get it finished in February at 2nd meeting probably.

County Administrator- Lead Economic Development Officer is the new title for Terri Randall. Baudendistel prepared this as a housekeeping item. Under IC you can assign duties to employees- to clean the job description up he has a resolution that will assign economic development duties to the county administrator position.  Baudendistel read this into the record and stated it is authorized  per  IC 36-2-2-13. She has been doing this since March.

Baudendistel will proceed on a small claim for the sheriff dept for about $2000.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch encouraged people to check in on neighbors in this cold weather.

McHenry said- we should be checking on Art. Laughter. Art said for people to drive safe.

He said highway is getting hit hard with wave after wave of snow. Lots of praise for highway dept.

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- Randall said that the jail project has been drawing down. They will be going back for another $3.5 million draw soon. Also it cost  $48,751.68 for fuel diesel tank that leaked.

PUBLIC COMMENT- none

Meeting adjourned at  6:30 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Brewington Discusses Divorce Corp Thursday Jan 23 at 5:30-6 PM on HuffPostLive

 
Dan Brewington will be on HuffPostLive on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the 5:30 – 6:00pm slot.  The web address is live.huffingtonpost.com
 
He will be discussing the movie Divorce Corp which shares some of Dan's experiences in the family court system and the Indiana criminal justice system that punished him for speaking out against what takes place in domestic courts in Dearborn County, Indiana.
 
Tune in to learn about Dan's experiences and learn how the decisions of the Indiana Courts may affect you.  His first Amendment criminal case is currently before the Indiana Supreme Court.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Commissioners Meeting rescheduled for Thursday due to weather

Due to the weather, the Dearborn County Commissioners have decided to cancel tonight’s BOC meeting.  Please let this serve as notice that they have rescheduled the meeting to take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s room.
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Updated slate of candidates for 2014 Primary election as of Jan 17

UPDATED  Jan 17- Candidate Slate for 2014 Primary Election



Listing of candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the Dearborn County Clerk Office.  Lists are in ballot order; the order that names and positions will be displayed on the Primary Ballots.  In addition to Candidates filing with the Dearborn County Clerk's Office individuals identified as running for Judicial Offices (Judge, Superior Court 1 and Prosecuting Attorney, District 7), will also be identified.

UPDATED:  4PM, Jan 17, 2014



Democrat Party:

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Aaron S. Watson

     County Council, District 2 - Dan Lansing

     York Township, Trustee - Leo Martini





     Precinct Committeeman


     Democrat Party State Delegate  (12 to be elected)
         
          Tristica Sheckels


Republican Party:      Judge, Superior Court 1 - Jonathan N. Cleary

     Prosecuting Attorney, District 7 - Aaron Negangard

     Auditor - Gayle L. Pennington

     Recorder - Glenn Wright

     Sheriff - Michael R. Kreinhop

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Shane McHenry

     County Council, District 1 - Liz Morris

     County Council, District 4 - Dennis A. Kraus


     Clay Township, Trustee - Ryan W. Brandt

     Harrison Township, Trustee - Dennis R. (Denny) Winia

     Miller Township, Trustee - Patricia A. Little

     Washington Township, Trustee - David J. Wunderlich


     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Martin A. (Marty) Hon

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Allen W. Goodman



     Dillsboro - City Council, District 1 - Rick Fields



     Republican Party State Delegate   (19 to be elected)


          Allen W. Goodman

          Jeff L. Hughes         

          Arthur Little

          Patricia A. Little

          Ruth Ann Little



  Looking for candidates at the state level?  State Candidate information is available at the Indiana Elections Division website, select "2014 Primary Election Candidates".  Website is - http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Friday, January 17, 2014

AGENDA for January 21st Commissioners 5 PM Meeting



AGENDA

DEARBORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING

 January 21, 2014

5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room

County Administration Building

215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

OLD BUSINESS

1.  Appointments

Highway Engineer

911 Director

Plan Commission

PTABOA

 

2.  Bill Black, Jr.  - District 9 Planning Council

 

NEW BUSINESS

1.  Bill Black, Jr.  – Signatures for EMPG Competitive Grant

 

2.  Donna Thacker – 2013 Summary of Dearborn County CASA

 

3.  Wade Kimmon – MOU for data sharing with Boone County

 

4.  Charlie Ashley – Signatures for NCIA & IDACS Mgmt. Control Agreement

 

5.  Brad Rullman – Change Orders

 

ADMINISTRATOR

           

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

1.  Claims/Minutes

2.  Signatures for Commissioners Sale

           

ATTORNEY

1.  Animal Control Ordinance

2.  Unsafe Building Ordinance

 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

 

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

           

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 ADJOURN

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Visioning Process in Dearborn County Reminds Reporter of the Movie Groundhog Day.

Visioning Process in Dearborn County Reminds Reporter of the Movie Groundhog Day.

WHO IS RUNNING IN 2014

WHO IS RUNNING IN 2014?

Up thru the Feb 7th at NOON deadline - to get a current list of county candidates go to:

http://www.dearborncounty.org/Government/Election-and-Voter-Information/




UPDATED:  4PM, Jan 13, 2014

Candidate Slate for 2014 Primary Election

Listing of candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the Dearborn County Clerk Office.  Lists are in ballot order; the order that names and positions will be displayed on the Primary Ballots.  In addition to Candidates filing with the Dearborn County Clerk's Office individuals identified as running for Judicial Offices (Judge, Superior Court 1 and Prosecuting Attorney, District 7), will also be identified.
 
Democrat Party:
      County Council, District 2 - Dan Lansing

     York Township, Trustee - Leo Martini

      Precinct Committeeman

      Democrat Party State Delegate  (12 to be elected)
         
          Tristica Sheckels


Republican Party:      Judge, Superior Court 1 - Jonathan N. Cleary

     Auditor - Gayle L. Pennington

     Recorder - Glenn Wright

     Sheriff - Michael R. Kreinhop

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Shane McHenry

     County Council, District 4 - Dennis A. Kraus

     Miller Township, Trustee - Patricia A. Little

     Washington Township, Trustee - David J. Wunderlich

     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Martin A. (Marty) Hon



     Dillsboro - City Council, District 1 - Rick Fields



     Republican Party State Delegate   (19 to be elected)


          Jeff L. Hughes         

          Arthur Little

          Patricia A. Little

          Ruth Ann Little

Commissioners Meeting Site Change for Feb 4th Meeting Due to Grand Jury

This is to alert you that the February 4, 2014 BOC meeting location has been moved due to an upcoming Grand Jury. 
 
The meeting will be held at the Lawrenceburg Public Library Depot Room. We have been given approval to hold the meeting in the Depot room at the original time, 8:30 a.m.   Because the Library does not open until 9:00 a.m., it has been asked that participants and attendees enter the Depot room from the side door next to the track.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Divorce Corp - a Documentary Worth Seeing


Divorce Corp - a Documentary Worth Seeing

I saw Divorce Corp on opening night Jan 10th and it is NOT boring. The documentary is by the same people who gave us the award winning documentary and book in 2006 called MAXED OUT- about the predatory lending system and credit card industry. I expect Divorce Corp (movie and soon to be released book) will garner similar critical acclaim.

Spoiler alert: Our Dearborn County Court system plays a part in this documentary that is not flattering. It will probably make you question the wisdom of some of our local officials who made a series of serious mistakes that cost one extended family a lot of time away from their children and grandchildren who seem to be pawns in the family court business. It also cost a lot of money on all sides, including county taxpayers’ money.

The movie shows the national disgrace of our family courts. This abuse goes well beyond Dan Brewington’s case. It illustrates several cases of people courageous enough to allow their stories to be told in the hopes of reforming our divorce and child custody rulings.

If you know anyone who is or has been through a divorce, you must see this. But any citizen, wishing to be informed, will find this to be a short 1.5 hour lesson in family court and how it operates differently from criminal court.

See the movie- it will make you think- it will make you upset- and perhaps it will make you take action.

Divorce Corp has limited release and is only available locally at the AMC Newport on the Levee until Jan 16. They have showings from 11AM thru 11 PM daily.

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

 

Friday, January 10, 2014

County Redevelopment Commission Reorganizes and Changes Leadership


9 January 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission Meeting Notes

Present: John Rahe, Chairman (arrived 15 minutes late after Maxwell report), Kevin Lynch,Vice Chairman, Jim Helms, Dave Deddins, Jim Deaton

Also present: Terri Randall, and Sue Hayden

ABSENT: Andrea Ewan- who arrived at 5:15 PM and left after her report and Maynard Barrett

Audience: Randy Maxwell, Chris Mueller, and Denise Freitag-Burdette

Maxwell Consulting Updates- Randy Maxwell- slow month in December- started the flood plain study- preliminary draft- Terri and he met with flood plain study person in Blue Ash today. He’s taking a few different approaches in analyzing this. He will finalize this in the next 30 days. We want to know how much ground is affected by this.  Land acquisition from last exec session- the adjoiner to the mill property has decided now that he has no interest in selling his property after 3-4 months of negotiations. Deaton asked if we could get the little piece across the road. That is still in motion. Those discussions are ongoing. Bill Rudisell owns the one to the east that does not want to sell. He wants to just let it go to auction at his death. Deaton says it may be more advantageous to his heirs after his death. Maxwell said everything happens for a reason and this will be OK. Randall said that the mill doesn’t need any of this any time soon as they haven’t gotten the plant built yet. Maxwell then departed for Batesville for his son’s game.  

Election of 2014 Officers: Helms suggested Rahe might want to be relieved of the post as he has been in that position for a long time. Rahe listened but did not concur. Helms nominated Dave Deddins and he was elected Chairman. Vice Chairman was Jim Deaton. Secretary is Jim Helms again. [NOTE: Rahe did not turn over the meeting to Deddins at this point- as is the custom. He continued to run the meeting.]

Land acquisition funds, EDI, and keeping grants separate require a treasurer per Randall. Angie Walters does treasurer for Greendale Redevelopment and Randall will meet with her and see what is needed. They want to get a non-member of the commission as treasurer. Lynch thinks Sue Hayden could learn how to do it from Angie. She also would be available when people need to see her. They will address this officially at the next meeting. Tabled for now.

Minutes of December 12 meeting approved.

Unfinished Business: none

New Business:

Maxwell –covered above as he had to leave

Financials- Cash balance was stated, TIF balances are unchanged. This starts a new budget year. There is $25,000 funded by Council which does not show on this report thru Dec 31, 2013. Report  taken as information.

Claims- approved 4 claims. Randall did not state the names or amounts of these for the public to hear. Randall said that Maxwell gave them a major discount on their fee for December because this was fair. They do have a maximum monthly fee even if he works extra on some other months. Randall stated that she warned him that if he worked beyond the maximum some months he wouldn’t get any extra money for that even though he had charged less in December. [NOTE: Whose money is this? If Maxwell is charging fairly, then why encourage him to take the full amount now IN CASE he works more hours some other month?]

County Administrator Report-Terri Randall-  Returned Funds from Land purchase- when the Stone property was purchased in 2012- half was a Law’bg grant and half from County Council. When EDI was reconciling they split the total and $10,855.54 is returned to us. The other half went back into the Lawrenceburg grant account. Approved.  Deaton asked what would happen if we didn’t return it to Lawrenceburg. Randall said it is part of interlocal agreement. She said we want to keep good relations with Lawrenceburg. [NOTE: Interesting how we view this grant money vs. taxpayer funds above under claims.]

Andrea Ewan arrived at this point at 5:15 PM.

EDI had a meeting and disbanded and they are closing down the books also. EDI wanted to know if the county wanted to take over any of their activities. They have a $1000 lease for a billboard promoting the Stone property. Discussion on whether or not people buy property based on that sign. EDI was the marketing arm for redevelopment. Kelli Boiman did the website and the radio spots to keep up with marketing. Randall talked with her visioning cohorts in the 3 cities. EDI brought in all the contacts for economic development. She sees the county as a neutral place for those contacts to go to now. The Committee of county and mayors reps would be monthly meeting to get together with that employee that is hired with the grant to be the contact for all Economic leads. Andrea Ewan said she could help with work force development. She is with a group that gets data from College Success Coalition to get county data on the county work force. Lynch, Maxwell, Deddins, and Randall, and Scott Fortner and Tom Walker from Dillsboro are going to Muncie for the week long educational course of economic development. Deddins will review the billboard agreement with Stone to see what he can negotiate. Either party can terminate with 30 days notice. Redevelopment voted to pay the fee for one more month to keep it up for negotiation. They will notify of cancellation if they need it. They could see if Hirlinger wants to use it possibly too per Lynch.

Ground breaking for Whitewater Milles is Jan 31st. Governor can’t come. They might get another official from the state agriculture director and maybe bring the Lt Governor per Lynch. He will also be down for the Farm Bureau in April as their keynote speaker. Jud McMillin and Randy Freye have committed to be there. Randall will put together a budget for the ceremony. They want this to look professional as it is a big deal.

File for a LOMAR or a LOMA form (she couldn’t remember the form name)  for Mills to get them considered as being out of the flood plain as they have raised the site above it now. For banks to loan they need to get it recognized as being different from what shows on FEMA flood maps.

Minor things to sign off on London- Witte’s work on the bonds etc.

 Annual report that has to be filed with commissioners each year by March. She will bring that to them at Feb meeting to get that to Commissioners. Maybe have a redevelopment person present that to commissioners then.

We don’t have the $50,000 that comes annually from CVTB. She and maybe commissioners need to go to their next meeting to seek that support still. They meet at 8:30 AM on the 21st.

Attorney’s report- Ewan said that Thursday is now a good day for her to be at their meetings. She apologized earlier for her tardiness. She is attorney for her mother’s friend out of town and had several closings to attend to.

Rahe said that this new person we are going to hire will be for marketing.

 Randall added- and website management, center for all IEDC leads, networking to get leads, and branding. This person is not just hired by the county- but hired by the 3 mayors also. The caveat is that this is not for a county employee who works just for the county.

Rahe said- WHO oversees this person? Who hires and fires? That will be as problem. Rahe also wanted to know if we should be advertizing on radios in Cincinnati again?

Randall said that a lot of leads come from existing business. The Mills – is one we got one from one of their partners. Maybe pulling in information from our businesses too. Use local redevelopment groups to help.

 Rahe said the chamber of commerce promotes local business. Deddins will now go to that. The Chamber does not have a new director yet.

Deaton said we should also partner with adjoining county redevelopments too.

Lynch said we need to visit the statehouse more too. We want them to refer to us too.

2014 Meeting Dates and Times- 2nd Thursday at 8 AM meeting times being considered. Feb 13th at 8 AM is the next meeting. They will poll other members to see what date and time works best for them. I brought up that the newspaper might not be open by then. It was discussed that the newspaper might not be able to cover them that early. Comment was that that was not their problem. (unless you want transparency I stated to them.)Randall does not anticipate many executive sessions. [NOTE: Why not- does she see no new business to negotiate with all year?] They can set executive sessions any time- not just before meetings. [NOTE: So we will bend over backwards to accommodate business prospects- just not the public?] Randall went on to tell the board that they could set meeting times that suited their schedules. [NOTE: This is starting to get ridiculous with the county. Have they forgotten that they serve the PUBLIC and setting all meetings when the public has little chance to attend is not a good idea. Even WORKING board members will have trouble being there at 8 AM and coming to work late. Anyone getting kids to school might also.  Commissioners are also doing this- morning meetings after people are at work in the morning and evening meetings that start right about the time work ends so that people aren’t home yet. Isn’t is the employed county residents that pay the bulk of the taxes? Isn’t it the employed business owners they are trying to bring to the county for economic development? The pervasive attitude here is not transparency and wide open doors. If you discount coverage of your meetings you are shutting down a source that gets the word out of your existence and your plans so that business gets to know your procedures and how to approach your board. Not everything needs to be behind closed doors. Just out of curiosity- when do other City and Town Redevelopment Boards meet? How will the minute taker- Sue Hayden - operate within the law when she is employed form 8:30 - 4:30 by the county and paid separately by the Redevelopment board? If she works as their treasurer also they need her for the meeting. Does she come to work late on those days? Who covers her county duties then?]

By statute have a school board member- Dusty Burress will come to redevelopment as non-voting member. Maynard Barrett is now a voting member. Andrea Ewan and the county attorney were part of checking this statute per Randall.

5 members-  appointed 2 by council and 3 by commissioners and 6th member is non-voting school board member. We now have one too many. We can have a 5 or 7 person board.  If 7 then commissioners are 4 appointments and council gets 3 appointments.

Nothing more on Project C- per Randall and Lynch.

Meeting adjourned at 6:15 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Brewington Returns to WLW 700 Friday Jan 10 at 4 PM to discuss Divorce Corp Documentary

Dan Brewington back on 700WLW to discuss Divorce Corp Friday Jan 10.
     The Eddie and Tracy portion of 700WLW on Friday, January 10 at 4:05 pm  will discuss the upcoming documentary Divorce Corp, which shares some of Dan Brewington's experiences in the family court system and the Indiana criminal justice system that punished him for speaking out against what takes place in domestic courts. Divorce Corp, narrated by Dr. Drew, details divorce experiences across the country and opens in select theaters nationwide on Friday January 10th. The Cincinnati premier will be held at the AMC on the Levee, in Newport,Kentucky. Look under advance tickets for info.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

7 January 2013 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes


7 January 2013 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

Present: Dennis Kraus. Sr., President, Dan Lansing, Liz Morris, Randy Lyness, Charlie Keyes, Maynard Barrett, and Bill Ullrich.

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Teresa Randall, County Administrator

Kevin Lynch- Commissioner also present.

Moment of silence for Mrs. Skidmore who passed away this morning.

REORGANIZATION

Dennis Kraus Sr was re-elected again as President.

Maynard Barrett was re-elected again as Vice President.

Two voting appointments to Redevelopment Commission- Council is keeping Maynard Barrett and Dave Deddens who is already on it will be their other voting member.

SIRPC SE Indiana regional Planning Commission- Dennis Kraus, Sr. (Wade Kimmon will be the alternate if he can’t attend)

PTABOA- Mary Booker

PLANNING Commission- Dan Lansing

Juvenile Advisory- Liz Morris

Emergency Management- Bill Ullrich

Convention Visitors and Tourism Bureau- Maynard Barrett

Solid Waste- Randy Lyness

Community Corrections- Liz Morris

Personnel Advisory-Dennis Kraus, Sr and Maynard Barrett

OKI- Mark McCormack

Citizen  appointments:

Regional Sewer Board- Jeff Stenger- but is not up for reappointment this year.

Alcohol Beverage Board- Ray Shaffer who has served for 35 years, even though he has had a stroke and is recovering. 

Park Board- Jim Red Elk

CMHC-Community Mental Health- Charlie Keyes

Jail and Courthouse committees- Liz Morris and Dennis Kraus, Sr.

Commissioners - Terri Randall- Architect and geotech analysis- they are at the interviewing stage and 4 architect firms are being interviewed Friday. Liz Morris will be there for interviews Friday. They are trying to see if it is feasible. The best place to put it is between these two buildings and it would then be adjoined. Maxwell is assisting with this process. Only one public access so security savings. They have no price yet. They need a conceptual drawing to get an estimate. Maxwell determined we were short 20,000 sq ft. to conduct business. They would have the architect go thru and validate that number. They want to put the funds up for the entire architect project with an out clause at each stage of eth process. There are fees associated with Maxwell managing this. There are also geotech fees. Asking for $250,000 up front and is hoping not to use all of this. This is a several month process. This is data you would have for all time. Randall thinks this would be a good investment to know what the costs are further out.

Morris said she noted that the RQAW numbers  pretty much match Maxwell’s. She wants to know if we can take the funds out of capital improvement section of the Riverboat fund. Ullrich is impressed with how every one involved with the building has had input. Lansing said that if he had to vote to fund that now he would have to vote no. He wanted to know why we would have bought Hoosier Square if we were going to have an annex. Barrett said we could unload Hoosier Square anytime we wanted to and make a profit. Lansing said- there are 10 less people working in the courthouse than before. Morris agreed with Barrett that when landlocked it is a good idea to buy property when available. Ullrich said the state has a lot of security things that need to be incorporated in courthouses. Lansing likes some of the alternatives now that we have all that invested in the jail. If we get the study- then we are going to do it. Bond or how to pay for it- Lansing asked. Kraus Sr. said pay for it or it costs twice as much. If we lose our $5million riverboat revenue we lose 1/3 of our work force. Lansing worried about all the other gambling competition. Lynch agreed that we will be seeing decreases. We need to utilize the funds we have now to build for the future. Because we may not have that money in the future. Lansing says he doesn’t like being hit up for it all in two years.  Kraus, Sr. said why borrow when we had to move our savings out of Dearborn County and still only get 1-2%. A loan would be 4% or more. Morris said that we are not looking to build an empire we are addressing a problem. We have made progress and appropriate capital improvements for the county.  Morris moved and Ullrich 2nd to approve a NTE $250,000 for architect and geotech. Randy Lyness agrees with Denny that he doesn’t want to borrow. He wanted to know what is in capital improvement. About 50% of money is disbursed for the jail per Randall. Economic development from TIFs will not be available for 20 year per Denny. Glen Wright told them about an option the private sector had when they borrow from themselves and pay 1% to the bank that is holding their cash but paying no interest on it as savings. Pennington didn’t think gov’t could do that. Randall said she would let the council know exactly what it would cost when they know. They want to get a couple of good firms competing for this. Randall said she does not want to be doing this many projects either. They don’t want to get the reputation for spending money. They are being prudent in their processes. The feedback is to address this. I have been very close to the issues over there and it is an embarrassment how we operate over there with overcrowding etc. Commissioners are all worried also about what will happen with revenue projections. Lansing still says costs are going to go up. Motion passed 5-2 with Lansing and Keyes as Nays.

Legal services- $20,000 approved out of riverboat.

Surveyor- Dennis Kraus. Jr. – Plotter- withdrawing his request- he has decided to lease the plotter as it will save money.

Auditor- Gayle Pennington:

December 10th minutes were approved.

Salary Ordinance Amendment- Pennington said there were minor changes in jail as not enough in corporals but too much in sergeants and so they flipped some there. A few more items like that. And a 10 cent error in one highway worker salary.

Budget Amendment- Rolling part time money into a full time salary for auditor deputy. $17,000 in part time money for Sharon Probst. She was working a full 40 hours being shared with two other departments. This changes her budget by $10,000 more to include benefits and PERF. Probst also works in HR and Treasurers office. Auditor lost 3 full times and replaced 1. These cuts were from 2010 and 2011. They will still share her work. Council approved all ordinance and budget amendments.

County Redevelopment request will be moved to another meeting, Prosecutor and Listerman for highway also want to be on February agenda.

Charlie Keyes questioned the sheriff’s contract employee salary being higher than Pennington had said it was. Discussion. And he was not entitled to the 2%. They can table the budget amendment until Pennington gets it explained with Mike Kreinhop.

Meeting schedule for the year for Council are:

February 18 . May 20th.  Budget is set for week after Labor Day Sept 8-12.  Nov 18.All at 6:30 PM

 Listerman wants to come back for Stateline project $2.2million and advertize out of growth and development funds and infrastructure funds just in case they want to split it up. Want to get it constructed this year.

IDEM is making hwy do stream mitigation from North Dearborn in Guilford Park. He also told them Collier Ridge will be built this year.

Meeting adjourned at 8: 15 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township