Thursday, May 21, 2015

21 May 2015 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

21 May 2015 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Acting Chairman, Jim Helms, and Randy Lyness. 
ABSENT: Dave Deddens, John Rahe, and Dusty Burress (non- voting school board member), Andrea Ewan,Attorney, and Gayle Pennington, Auditor.

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Sue Hayden, minute taker.

Meeting started at 10:15 AM

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- April 16th minutes were approved with correction to show the April meeting was run by Deddens after he arrived.


Approval of claims for Econ Dev. research grant- Oren Turner and Purdue University Consulting. $100,000 was the original grant. $62,000 is left in that fund. Purdue was brought in to do data collection and strategic processes for the county,cities and towns. This was a business retention and expansion program for the county wide visioning program with the cities also. This fee was $5,000 and they got it in December. Approved.
Approval of regular claims- Salaries for Randall and Hayden, the Tom Pittman consultation with Barnes and Thornburg on a confidential process and the hospital, and Maxwell Consultation for Project Platform as a side project he is still helping with. Approved.
Review of financials- TIF balances were reviewed. Whitewater Mills was assessed around $20,000 for next year revenue per Randall. We only get a portion of this the first 5 years because of their abatement. 
Receipt of funds from billboard advertisement- Norton Advertising for the Stone Property sign- so they have income from the advertising revenue. $2524.80 goes into fund 4931- General.
The sign on the Taylor property is still in discussion phase. Brett Fehrman is the agent for the property. The widow wants to divest herself of this but wants to be sure she actually owns this sign. One of the people (Rick Craig) in the industrial park with a beverage business and is still wanting great signage as promised. The parcel is $56,000 for one acre. It was listed higher before. Rack had sold the lot to Craig expecting signage. So they will talk to Rack also. Randall wants to get the meeting  together with the owners to see if they can make this work to get the signage for all of them. Randall thinks there should be some sort of financial commitment from the DCRC to help with this. The board was in agreement with this to help retain the businesses there and get more. Try to get DCRC out of the sign business though. The highway dept. could mow this perhaps as they are located there. The meeting with other industrial parcel owners will be in the next couple weeks.

Randall wondered should we have a professional come in and look at the TIF districts and she asked Umbaugh and Associates for a quote to do that. The Auditor asked them to do this as Umbaugh and Associates already work with the Auditor. The quote is for $1500 per TIF area and reports NTE $1000 per TIF etc. They will look over the services we need that we cannot do in-house. The TIF money might be able to be used to pay for the services. The auditor needs to be involved in this decision. London Witte could also be contacted for a quote if desired.To discuss at June 11 meeting.  



Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

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