Friday, February 28, 2014

Agenda-8:30 AM March 4th Commissioners Meeting



 March 4, 2014

8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room

County Administration Building

215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



I.          CALL TO ORDER





1.  Appointment   911- Director



1.  Juvenile Nurse and Doctor Agreement for 2014


2.  Sub-recipient Semi-Annual Report – CDBG Grant/Children’s Advocacy Center


3.  Emergency Management - Bill Black, Jr.

     a. Signatures for past weather advisories

     b. Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 2-8, 2014)


4.  Highway Supervisor – Tim Greive

      a. Equipment Quotes



            1.  Courthouse Annex (tabled from 2/18)

                 a. Construction Manager Contract

                 b. Architect Contract


VI.        AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

1.  Claims/Minutes



            1.  Resolution to enter into EMS Interlocal

            2.  Interlocal w/Lawrenceburg and DC EMS Services








XI.        ADJOURN

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Court Dates for Kathy Hess Case

Kathy Hess Court Dates as listed in the court documents:

Call courthouse (Judge Cleary's Superior Court I) to check if these have been rescheduled, if you plan to attend.

First Pretrial- March 17 at 11 AM

Final Pretrial and Plea deadline- May 19 at 3 PM

Jury Trial June 9 at 8:30 AM

Members of the 911 Advisory Board of Dearborn County

Members of the 911 Advisory Board of Dearborn County:

Sheriff- Mike Kreinhop
Recommended by Fire Dept (2)- John Tremain and Nick Meyer
Recommended by FOP- Gene Hunefeld
Recommended by Life Squad Alliance (2) - Ed Opp and Glenn Brandt
EMA- Bill Black, Jr.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

25 February 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Special 911 Appointment Meeting Notes

25 February 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Special 911 Appointment Meeting Notes

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

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

This meeting was preceded by an executive session from 4 to almost 5 PM with the 911 Advisory Board. All members of that board were present except for Gene Hunefeld.

At this 5 minute special meeting Commissioner Lynch noted that the Commissioners were given a favorable recommendation from the 911 board to reappoint Charlie Ashley. He then motioned to approve Charlie Ashley on an interim basis with periodic review by the 911 advisory board. These reviews can occur at any time. Art Little seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 5:05 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

18 February 2014 Dearborn County Council Notes

18 February 2014 Dearborn County Council Notes 

Present: Dennis Kraus. Sr., President, Dan Lansing, Liz Morris, Charlie Keyes, Maynard Barrett, and Bill Ullrich.
ABSENT:Randy Lyness
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Teresa Randall, County Administrator

DC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – Fred McCarter- The Dearborn County Quality of Life Endowment Fund was one of the first and now they have 110 endowment funds. Endowment matching program is essentially doubling your donation. $25,000 is the maximum that any one donor can get matched now. Endowment has grown by nearly a million dollars. Endowments are different from the grant programs. Donor base has grown. Some funds have donations continuing to come in- some don’t have any more. $84,057.35 is the county’s distribution this year. McCarter asked that they allow them to keep $75,000 of that. Or all. Council decided to roll the entire amount over to continue to grow the endowment for the community. 


PROBATION – SUPERIOR COURT – Judge Blankenship - Salary Adjustment from probation user fees to supplemental for Steve Kelly who is also heading up changes in community corrections. Morris is very impressed with the progress they are making in getting people back to the community. It addresses the monumental drug problem we have here. Lansing asked what they reorganized. Community Corrections is funded by non- tax dollars. It provides a way for people to get in touch with community service and also the in-home program and have case management. They meet goals and go to classes. They want them to become productive citizens. They were not up to par with what was expected by the dept of corrections. They have improved. They are also coordinating with circuit court, Ohio County, and Switzerland County. Kelly is Probation Officer for both Superior Courts and head of Community Corrections. Probation officers are paid through the county and the state sets guidelines of what they have to be paid. Mr. Bradley will not be coming in for the same thing- he is more than happy for Kelly to do this per Judge Blankenship. This money is already budgeted $58,581 as Kelly’s salary. Council approved the transfer of funds. With Lansing the only nay. Kraus said he only voted Aye as it was already appropriated.

PROSECUTOR – Aaron Negangard- represented by Bryan Messmore. $25,000 from pretrial-Diversion Fund to pretrial diversion special investigations.  $207,439 is in the pretrial diversion fund now. It is for special equipment etc. Council approved the transfer.

Messmore  also asked for a 4d child support and pre-trial investigator position and asked for Council to support and endorse Negangard’s selection of Shane McHenry for that position. Council already approved salary for that at Budget hearing. Lansing said he didn’t think they’d want to lose him as SCU investigator. Council said that they approved the position- who Negangard appoints is his choice. Nothing changed from what was approved at budget hearings. This was already advertised at that time.


SHERIFF – Mike Kreinhop- applied for a grant from the DC Foundation for the canine training. $5500 grant. They have the only one in the county now. There is no line item for this- they use discretionary funds and donations for this. Rico is the dog’s name. They travel with him to schools etc. He is docile and gentle with kids. It is a tracking dog for missing people and suspects. They had a drug dog before- they switched to a bloodhound for tracking. Approved by Council.

Mike Kreinhop asked for the vehicle installation funds of $25,000 to take equipment out of old cars and install it into the new cars. It costs about $4500 per car. He asked to reinstate that fund. Approved.


Baudendistel brought up the copay ordinance for jail inmates. He fixed the ordinance to say 60 days to match state code rather than the 30 days they currently have. There have been abuses in the payment of this copay with the commissary card. They were waiting it out for 30 days and then the county covers it as they are considered indigent. Approved by council.


SUMMER ART 2014 – Ruth Batta- brought in art work to show what the kids have done. She is scheduling a trip to Columbus IN for the Miller house and the architecture there this summer. Students are from age 7- a few high school kids. They have been doing it for 28 years. They have an art supply store that gives them a big discount for them. REMC is giving less and Proctor and Gamble is giving some with a match form an annuity company. They get some endowment money from Sunman- Dearborn to finish out the rest. It is originally from Lawrenceburg. $2000 was approved by Council again this year. She tries to get money from ones with the least paperwork 

PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk

Guilford Covered Bridge Park- $2,800 for preliminary engineering study to build earth berms to slow down the velocity of flood water there. They are hoping this is new money to Park budget. They will get a ball park number from the study. They flooding keeps destroying the playground area. In addition to the berms there will be planting of a lot trees from part of the North Dearborn Project mitigation that is moved to Guilford with IDEM’s approval. Highway Dept will help with this. Preliminary engineering will show the layout for the trees and plantings.  Council approved $2800.


Bright Meadows Park- updated Council of where they are at and wants agreement and guidance. They are not asking for funding yet. New restrooms would be $92,000 estimated. Traffic flow was looked into also and parking. That made up the rest of the $235,000 estimate. SDYA  should be involved per Morris. This is a long range project. It may be broken into pieces. Morris wants the horseshoe range removed. It will be when weather breaks as they are frozen.


County Farm Park Disc Golf – This has been in the works for some time. Approval for $25,100 to be used out of their fund that has $76,000 in it from timber sales. They have local volunteers that are helping with this set up etc. They could do tournaments a couple times to raise money to keep it maintained. This is the only disc golf in the county. Council approved the $25,100.


County Farm Park Privy & Parking – Part of long range plan for County Farm. $25,500 approved for this.

COMMISSIONERS – Terri Randall- County Administrator

Maintenance- diesel fuel leak on jail back-up generator. Commissioners approved it as emergency. $48,751.68 Approved. 

Jail Construction- $3.5 million to continue thru May. They need to draw this down now. Approved. Lansing NAY.

Randall said it is going well- she could email numbers to them after the meeting.

Randall said that there will be an annual report that will go to Council on the state of the County from Commissioners. This is the first time this was ever done she said. It is in draft form and will be finished by March 1 and sent to Council. 

Baudendistel gave council the update on the unsafe Building Ordinance and it needs council approval as it establishes an unsafe Building Fund. Commissioners already passed it. See Commissioners notes for the details on this ordinance. Council approved.

Steve Kelly from Community Corrections spoke on reorganizational bookkeeping. They get $500,000 a year grant from the state to house people to keep them out of jail. Raise an equal amount approximately from user fees for people in home incarceration.

All full time salaries into one line item for reorganization purposes rather than 7 different line items. It will be easier to track. Part time salaries of $100,000 a year are a separate item.

Prosecutor’s office, probation etc do this also. Council approved. They will still see itemized at budget time.

HIGHWAY – Todd Listerman - Infrastructure/Growth & Development for Stateline Rd project- in 1999 Beam Longest and Neff contracted with county on Stateline project. The project is designed and ROW acquired and utilities are relocated. $2.3million requested for the construction from both these funds. $1million out of infrastructure and $1.3 million from growth and development. Starts at Hafners Landscaping for about ¼ mile. Storm sewers etc and ADA compliant sidewalks etc. Traffic lights might be addressed after finished. It depends on traffic patterns. Turn lanes will be there now too. There are 6500 vpd there now. Council approved $1million out of infrastructure and $1.3 million from growth and development. Keyes NAY.

REDEVELOPMENT – Terri Randall -Redevelopment Commission 2014 Budget Amendment- Lynch spoke with Randall. They have worked with auditor to see how much to transfer to the budget to cover Randall and Hayden’s extra work. Dennis Kraus interrupted at this point and read the personnel policy to them and said that they had to go thru the proper procedure on these positions. Changing job description, new job descriptions, and compensation were to go thru this procedure with Human resources and the committee set up to recommend and review these requests. Council tabled this to have them follow the correct procedure. March 11, 2014 at 6:30PM the Council will have a meeting to consider this after it goes thru the proper procedure. It changes job description, salary, and where the compensation comes from. Charlie Keyes will be missing from March 11th. 

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

Lawrenceburg loan payment- $37,745.01This bill comes annually. The total bill is about $230,000 for radios. This is old equipment we can no longer use. Morris wants to see if L-bg will accept half as payment in full to just be done with it. ($115,000)McHenry will have to approach L-bg Council for this. Tabled until Lansing can approach the city about this.

One dept wanted- travel and reimbursement policy in black and white with signatures on it. Mileage at 44 cents per mile and other required documentation is in this. Signed.

Minutes- December minutes and January minutes were approved.

Salary Ordinance signature for- sheriff’s contracted employee question did not get a raise to answer council member Keyes question. The salary ordinance was signed. A copy will be sent to the state.

Council re-appointed Rick Pope to BZA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township



Commissioners and 911 Board Executive Session and Special Meeting Feb 25th

Executive Session Notice
Notice of a Joint Executive Session for the
Dearborn County Commissioners and the 911 Communication Board 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:00 pm 
Commissioner’s Room 3rd Floor Administration Building 
This meeting will be held for the sole purpose of a personnel matter,
which is classified confidential by state and federal statute.
I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (6) (A) (9) 
Special Meeting Notice
The Dearborn County Commissioners will have a Special Meeting  
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:30 pm 
The sole purpose of this meeting will be action of 911 Appointment

18 February 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

18 February 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.


Appointment 911 Director – Commissioners tabled Charlie Ashley as 911 Director even though the board recommended it. There were 2 members missing from the 911 meeting which wouldn’t have changed the vote. However they commissioners wanted to meet with the board in executive session before the March commissioners meeting to discuss the opposition to ashley’s reappointment that two of the commissioners mentioned hearing. They will try to meet Tues or wed at 4 PM next week. No official action is taken until the first meeting in March. Lynch will be missing from that meeting in March. Commissioners decided to advertise for a special meeting after the 911 board executive session just to decide on their appointment.

Bill Black- District 9 Planning Council- removed from agenda.


Assessor- Gary Hensley- signatures for Tyler Technology Cyclical Reassessment- DLGF delayed in getting a model contract so now they have those three contracts combined into one.  July 1 2014 thru June 30 2018. VP of Tyler Technologies is available if they have any questions today. General reassessment has been replaced with this cyclical review. There is a termination clause in the contract with 30 days notice. Commissioners approved signing the contract and the performance bond sections.

National Day of Prayer- May 1- requested by Connie Riegle and Irene Estes Dearborn Methodist-per Randall for use of the Courthouse square midday. Approved.

EMS Contract signatures- St. Leon Vol Fire Dept First Responders- per Baudendistel this needed revision. New draft was signed by Commissioners and sent back to St. Leon for their signature. Their financials were attached to the new draft. Baudendistel asked to review others as they come in.

EMA Director- Bill Black- Signatures for Weather Notice Declaration- from the last storm event from 2-4-14 yellow to orange then back to yellow and normal on 2-10-14. Signed by commissioners. They are leaving the current yellow advisory in effect for another day to see what happens. He said he had  a lot of good comments on the ALICE program.

Ratify Signature for letter of Intent to DLZ- shortly after last meeting they drafted a letter to DLZ saying they have the intent to contract with them but they could proceed at their own risk to prepare. They are still working on the finer points of the contract. Voted to ratify signature.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Todd Listerman, Highway Engineer- Construction Observation Contract for Collier Ridge Bridge between the county and Parsons Brinkerhoff for $162,265.15 – this is an 80/20 contract thru INDOT. Baudendistel reviewed and noted they had a termination for convenience clause. Commissioners signed the contract. They also signed the subconsultant acknowledgement letter.

Administrative Assistant- Updated Job description-  Randall said that these should be reviewed at times and the level of work has increased from all the projects commissioners have taken on. This is Sue Hayden’s position now. It also passes the test for exemption. Executive Assistant is the new title. This is a degreed position or an associates degree with relevant experience. Commissioners approved this.

Agreement for Staff services- County Redevelopment Commission- Dave Deddens Chairman of Redevelopment Commission had two contracts for services from Terri Randall and Sue Hayden for their approval. He also gave  a shout out to Randall and john Maxwell for all their work getting the Mills to the county.

The amount of the two contracts is less than what the county had paid in the past per Lynch. He said we are doing a lot with less money now. And he noted that he is a member of the redevelopment commission. Commissioners signed the contracts.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall:

IT Information Technology Services agreement- network and systems support with Midwest Data- and Ramsey Nusibeh was present. HiTech has done a fine job here in the adm bldg. But they need to have someone who knows the whole campus. Part of the scope of services includes meeting with the IT group here. This is an annual contract. Evaluate continuously is part of the contract. Cost is $4500 per year. The contract renews automatically and requires 90 days notice to not renew. McHenry said he’s worked with Ramsey or an associate for years. Black asked if his building was included now- and it is. Commissioners signed it. Baudendistel noted this was less than the $25,000 limit for services.( meaning they don’t have to bid it out) [NOTE: The $4500 is a small fee- services and equipment needed and upgrades will all be extras. No statement was made regarding hourly rates or costs for tehse other services.]

Courthouse annex- Construction manager contract- tabled

Architect contract- tabled

Received  a letter from Jennifer Hughes and noted there was an active Rule 5 that was never used for Animal Shelter. They just need to sign off and close the file on this.  Commissioners signed this.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- $5,500 for canine training grant letter of support. This is an ongoing grant each year. The dog and officer go away for training. It’s a DC Foundation grant. They are following new state guidelines to keep tack of all our grants. Commissioners approved.

Minutes for Feb 4 approved. Claims paid. 

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- Unsafe Building Ordinance- reviewed by Homeland Security already. Bill Shelton- Bldg Inspector- would be given the authority to issue orders under this ordinance. Vacating or demolishing or sealing a building for more than 90 days will require a hearing within 10 days by commissioners. They can also appeal decisions to the local courts. There is an unsafe building fund that will be needed for this. Performance bonds can be required of owners of blighted properties. Council may have to be approached in the upcoming budget. Shelton only sees this being used in extreme cases. It is not easy to do and it shouldn’t be – because this is people’s property- per Baudendistel. Title searches would have to be done also. Shelton said he has had success with just asking people to board windows up etc. Other times people will say it is none of our business. This does not change ownership of property. The county does not take the property. Health dept also has authority in some of these cases.  Lynch wants a way to recoup funds the county has expended on these properties. There are also blighted properties money – called the hardest hit funds- that we might have from the state.  This was initially passed in 1981 and other counties have this in place. Commissioners can be a hearing authority or they can designate another board to hear cases. The $5000 penalty assessed to properties that are unsafe would go to the Unsafe Buildings Fund. It is a non-reverting fund. $8,000 is about all the county might get from the hardest hit fund. Actually these are dealing with foreclosures and abandoned property. Commissioners approved the Unsafe Building Ordinance.

Baudendistel will present to council a change for 60 days on inmate copays for medical care and the commissary card.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch said it was a great feeling to have an Olympic medal winner and it was great to see all the support for Nick Goeppert. Lynch spent 4 days in Washington DC with OKI meeting with 6 congressman and 6 senators and Federal highway people. Donnelly and Messer made us feel welcome. The others gave staff aide mostly.

Art Little- Bright Lions sponsored Nick Goeppert years ago. Thanked the highway dept and hopefully they will get a break.

Shane McHenry- agreed that Goeppert was a really great thing for us and Perfects. Media came to PNS also per Lynch.


PUBLIC COMMENT-Mark Schmeltzer said that with as difficult winter we had – Grieve and the highway guys did a great job.

Meeting adjourned at 9:53  AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township


Monday, February 17, 2014

Agenda- Dearborn County Council February 18th- 6:30 PM

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:30 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
IV.       PROBATION – SUPERIOR COURT – Judge Blankenship
Salary Adjustment
V.        PROSECUTOR – Aaron Negangard
Diversion Fund
VI.       SHERIFF – Mike Kreinhop
VII.      SUMMER ART 2014 – Ruth Batta
VIII.     PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk
Guilford Covered Bridge Park
Bright Meadows Park
            County Farm Park Disc Golf
            County Farm Park Privy & Parking
IX.       COMMISSIONERS – Terri Randall
Jail Construction
X.        HIGHWAY – Todd Listerman
Infrastructure/Growth & Development
XI        REDEVELOPMENT – Terri Randall
Redevelopment Commission 2014 Budget Amendment
XII.      AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
Lawrenceburg loan payment
Salary Ordinance sign

Whitewater River Watershed Public Meetings - Two Sites- Feb 21st

Whitewater River Watershed Project Public Meetings
February 21, 2014 

            Recently a grant was awarded for the southern portion of the Whitewater River Watershed from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) through a 319 grant for nonpoint source pollution, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The goals of the project are to create a watershed management plan, monitor the water quality, and increase community awareness.  To learn more about this project, please join us at the public meetings scheduled for Friday, February 21st at 1:00pm at the Harrison Public Library, 10398 New Haven Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030 and 6:00pm at the Franklin County Government Center, Commissioners Room (2nd Floor), 1010 Franklin Ave., Brookville, IN 47012

for further information contact:
Heather Wirth, 812-926-2406 x 3

Friday, February 14, 2014

14 February 2014 Bond Reduction Hearing for Kathy Hess Notes and link to Judge's Decision

14 February 2014 Bond Reduction Hearing for Kathy Hess Notes and link to Judge's Decision

The bond reduction hearing was held at 11 AM February 14th instead of the originally posted time of 10 AM. Judge Jonathon Cleary presided. Negangard and Sharp represented the prosecution and Ewbank and Smart represented Kathy Hess. Hess’s family and some friends were present in the courtroom. Register Publication's editor, Erika Schmidt Russell, covered the hearing also.

Ewbank called three people to testify: Alan Hess, husband, Marcia Smeltzer, daughter, and Kathy Hess.

Interrogation by both sides produced the following information upon which Judge Cleary will base his decision for bond reduction later today.

Hess’s husband is currently not working due to an old unhealed injury that is being evaluated for surgical intervention. He is in a wheelchair and his diabetes has contributed to the healing issues. He was a machinist for General Tool. He is requesting that his wife be released on lower bond to help care for him. Their two children work full time. Brad is in Muncie as a head football coach and Marcia is a CPA locally. Both have small children at home also and Marcia has been bringing in groceries for her father. He noted that his wife worked at Woodland Hills for 28 years and that she worked at home services and the hospital prior to that. They have lived in their home and been married over 30 years. His wife’s sister and brother live in the county and another sister is in Greensburg. She is even keeled and not bad tempered. Negangard noted that his wheelchair confinement occurred after the arrest and he was working before that.

Marcia is 36 years old and graduated from East Central, has a college and masters degree. Her husband has to travel often as a transportation engineer. They have a 3.5 year old. She stated that her mother is not a traveler, and they take annual vacations. She stated that her mother regularly brought home patients for dinner if they had no one to celebrate birthdays with or other holidays. She stated her mother is loud and has a hearing problem herself. She has  a get it done personality. She trusts her mother with her child.

Kathy Hess has no passport, travelled to CA last year – the furthest she and her husband ever went. They usually go to the Smokey Mountains. Her only out of state relative is a brother in Hillsboro.

Alan Hess was recalled for questions and said that 20 people had contacted him to come support Kathy today. They decided to keep it simple for this hearing. He told the court that Kathy would get lost driving and that he drove the entire way to CA last year. He said that several nurses and doctors contacted them.

Negangard asked what kind of bond he could afford. He told the $25,000 cash was ALL they had. If they used that he wouldn’t have anything to live on right now. Negangard asked about $25000 surety bond and Alan Hess said he didn’t know what surety was. They explained it would be 10% or $2500. Hess said he could do that.

Negangard asked Judge Cleary to have the charging info in evidence and Ewbank asked for the Probable Cause Affidavit to be in evidence and both were granted.

Ewbank said Hess wants to be released on her own recognizance or on in home detention with a surety bond. He bases this on her family community and employee support.

Negangard said that she went to work for another nursing home after her termination from Woodland Hills. He doesn’t want her to work in nursing capacity during this case.  Ewbank seemed to dispute the termination and also said that there were no charges when she applied at the next nursing home. Ewbank said they tried to not make this court a spectacle with all her supporters.

Cleary said that he would have a decision by the end of today.
**** Bond was reduced to $100,000 surety ( which means $10,000 cash) for the bond order and other stipulations in the news story see Register website

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township




Agenda- Febriary 18th @8:30 AM Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting



 February 18, 2014

8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room

County Administration Building

215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


I.          CALL TO ORDER 



1.  Appointment   911- Director

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


            1.  Assessor – Gary Hensley

                        Signatures for Tyler Technology Cyclical Reassessment

            2.  National Day of Prayer – May 1, 2014

3.  Signatures EMS Contract – St. Leon Vol. Fire Dept. First Responders

4.  EMA Director, Bill Black, Jr.

Signatures for Weather Notice Declaration

5.  Ratify signature for Letter of Intent to DLZ

6.  Highway Engineer, Todd Listerman

Construction Observation Contract for Collier Ridge Bridge

                        7.  Administrative Assistant – Updated Job Description

                        8.  Agreement for Staff Services – County Redevelopment Commission


            1.  Information Technology (IT) Services Agreement

            2.  Courthouse Annex

                        a. Construction Manager Contract

                        b. Architect Contract           

VI.        AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

1.  Claims/Minutes           


1.  Unsafe Building Ordinance (tabled until Feb. 18th mtg.) 




XI.        ADJOURN

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Local Dearborn Countian Nick Goepper Takes Bronze in Olympics

Local Dearborn Countian Nick Goepper Takes Bronze in Olympics

13 February 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

13 February 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Dave Deddens, Chairman, Jim Helms, John Rahe, Jim Deaton, Maynard Barrett, and Dusty Burress (non- voting school board member)

Also present:Terri Randall, Andrea Ewan, and Randy Maxwell

Erika Schmidt Russell (Register Publications) covered this meeting

Executive session preceded this meeting at 8 AM. Randy Maxwell and Terri Randall attended the last half of the executive session. Contracts that were discussed at this meeting were approved. [NOTE: These contracts relate to Randall and Hayden job descriptions with the county and covering their time spent on Redevelopment work during the work day. Commissioners will have to be involved in the final decisions on these.]

Minutes from Jan 9TH Meeting were approved

Unfinished Business-

2014 Meeting dates and times- 2nd Thursdays at 8 AM

Billboard on I-74-  Billboard says 80 miles of opportunity and has a website to contact etc. per Randall. may change domain name. Contacts are not available at that website now. Randall said we need to work for DC and also think regionally. Could maybe bring more into that process and get more people to pay for this. Flood plain issues need to be resolved before we aggressively market down there (West Harrison). Randy Maxwell said that we will bring up the discussion about the billboard and consider alternatives. Not illuminating it costs less, Deddins said. He also said Tom Stone would work with them on that. $1600 to do a whole new canvas on this. Negotiate with I-74 Corridor Organization was approved. The contract with the billboard is with EDI and not with redevelopment per Lynch- so the notice clause doesn’t necessarily mean us. Helms said that a lot of counties may not be involved with I-74. The larger cities along the way and Duke energy etc are still in per Randall. She doesn’t think we have paid any membership into this group. Ewan said the old contract with Stone doesn’t exist as EDI doesn’t. So a new negotiated contract would be considered March 1st on per Deddins and pay thru Feb from Redevelopment. Stone is willing to negotiate and said so at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mills.

Lynch left at this time for work.- 9 AM

New Business-

Financials- $100,000 budget.  Working on CVTB to get $50,000 of this. Talked to Charlotte Hastings new chairperson of CVTB. Maynard also on that board and he said he does not know where they are on this issue with new board members. CVTB ordinance was redone as the membership representations were not appropriate. Dee Hacker and Dave Lorey were not able to fit in with the new rules. They also had to balance political parties. John Rahe asked for the above clarification.

Claims- $1million is still there for land acquisitions – claims of $6527.52 were approved with the billboard payment of $1000 for March until after contract negotiated to our new terms.

County Administrator Report- Terri Randall- Annual Report- in process and London Witte has done it in the past so it will be done by March 1st due date.

Randall reported on a Hardest Hit Blighted Properties Program of 1-4 family residences- NOT commercial properties. This is a state program that recently rolled out. This would be helpful for abandoned housing and it would have up to $8.5 million in 8 counties in the district.

Randall is travelling to check on opportunities that might help with West Harrison TIF. Through the consulting work with Randy Maxwell she is coming across a lot of resources. A former P&G exec working with XU and a website called Brand America is an example. Randy and I loved the articles and called him and he spent an hour talking to us. Mark Neff notified IEDC that I would be the new contact for all county business leads. IEDC reached out to her and she will meet with them to get help and get up to speed. Steve Pope at Epop ran website for EDI and he will work with her to modify this to reflect accurately the people to contact and that we are a right to work state. When you get a lead form the state and there is a long list of information that they need in a week’s time. Got a confidential lead from the state and it was a large facility that needed steam. So this wasn’t available here. She read all the info needed- [ NOTE: Much of this is available at Planning and Zoning. In fact some is in the reports for the next meeting of that master plan amendment group. I the past the master plans have combed and added analyzed census block data to the master plans that were published. The county planning office seems to be more than willing to pull up this data and help the Redevelopment Commission. Wade Kimmons combined with that office may be able to produce and keep that data updated at low cost as they are already paid by the county. I did advise Randy Maxwell of that source after the meeting.] She also reached out to the RR and Gennessee and Wyoming is glad to hear from us and will be here next week to meet. She wants to show the labor pool 10 and 20 miles out from the site.

Economic Development position has been approved and the board has met and will meet with Mayors on a monthly basis. The official line of reporting is to the board- not to her. They are moving forward with getting that person. Wade Kimmon is really sharp with GIS and he is helping on EMS info and showed others what he can do with their GIS to save money. If it means a part time person to help they will up their budgets to help pay for this kind of service. Gayle Pennington supports using him for this also. (He reports to Pennington.)

Randall needs pictures and autobiographical sketch or resume for the website for each of them.

Randy Maxwell hit on 3 things that have to happen:

Labor study is really important- # 1 factor when people look for business sites.

#2 Quality of life, access to labor important. We know it is great but we have to show what we have. He talked to a big distribution center- and he told them about Cushman Wakefield out of Chicago who can do a labor force study and it is not too expensive.

#3 He thinks the story we can tell people is that we have a lot of commuters who would rather work closer to home for equal or better pay. Business climate and taxes are better than adjoining states. That needs to be our model. That needs to be our story.

Last item for RFPs for more survey work for revised flood plain data. He is hoping the river has dredged itself and that may reduce the flood plain. This data will go back to the engineer to see what the data says. You need to know what the survey says before the engineer does any more work. Survey work won’t happen till May or June. [NOTE: Not sure I understand this engineer report. The new flood plain maps exist. If they don’t corroborate that the properties are out of the flood are, then how does a single engineer’s report play. Isn’t flood insurance based on the official flood maps?]

Property acquisition issues already discussed in executive session per Maxwell.

Attorney’s report- Andrea Ewan- She is part of College Success Coalition funded thru the American Student Achievement Institute. They are looking for organizations to sign on. If we sign on then we can access their labor force info. This will give access to data. Grades 6-12 data and FAFSA data, ISTEP scores etc. This is brand new and she wants to include the Redevelopment Commission as part of their membership. FREE. Board approved joining this and she plans to reach out to other Redevelopment organizations to join.

Other Business- none

Meeting adjourned at 9:45AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township