Thursday, March 10, 2016

10 March 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

10 March 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Jim Deaton, Chairman, Jim Helms, John Rahe, Alan Goodman, and  Jamie Graf (non- voting school board member)

ABSENT: Dave Deddens 

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Sue Hayden, minute taker, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.

Meeting started at 8:38 AM

Deaton welcomed Jamie Graf- the new school board member. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Feb 12th minutes approved

UNFINISHED BUSINESS- Randall Avenue Property- Randall- I haven’t done a lot with this. She wants no more than 2 members to sit with her and Ewan after the meeting to call and set up a meeting for that sign. 

CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS- Approval of Claims- 2016 dues to I-74 Corridor explained by Randall as the I-74 Corridor group that the county joined. EDI had dissolved and they were doing a lot of marketing on their website. This year they elected Duke Energy’s Misty McCannick as President, and Sarah Lamping in Batesville is the VP. They were very interested in the PORT for our area and wanted to hear what I said about that. SEIGA SE Indiana Growth Alliance, with a tag line of the affordable Cincinnati address, is also a group the EDI was in. They never took off- but they also are interested in the PORT. Maybe they should join forces- so as not to duplicate? Should we get more organized? Will see where this goes. So she is highly recommending the $2000 dues for this now- a whole new breath of fresh air - they are energized again. [NOTE: It sounds like they are energized by the county’s PORT and why are we paying to join a group that isn’t offering much else?]

Duke Energy has whole new incentive program to get sites shovel ready and certified. All a free service and they give you $10,000 too. The deadline to apply for that is very soon- she will get onto this. Helms said Chip- the former Duke energy guy that McCammick took over for is well versed in SE Indiana.  

All claims approved including the dues for $2,000.

Review of Financials


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT- talked to Ephraim Skally- so they need to meet the deadline to deed over the land etc to them. They have not signed all the papers yet. They are a little bit behind but that project is going well.

Aurora TIF- Randall said Umbaugh to meet with Andrea Ewan and see if they need to look at that region and look at the TIF boundaries. Maybe see if D&S old property should be in the TIF district. Someone from the board needs to meet with people out there. Rahe- see if we need more infrastructure out there in the vicinity. Deaton said we have some TIF funds. Randall talked about using some of this for incentives to promote the area. [NOTE: So now they are looking at Aurora TIF. Randall previously said she had no knowledge of available commercial buildings in the county. There are several in the Aurora Industrial Park. There are a few more along US 50. D & S is Fugue’s old machine shop. He started in Greendale and had a tax abatement for 10 years. When that ran out he got another abatement from the county and moved to the current site. The site is listed as a rental now.]


OTHER BUSINESS- Randall said that maybe she and Jim Deaton could do an informal orientation for him. Even though he has no vote now- they still want him to be actively engaged. She thinks maybe a commissioner, herself, and a member of DCRC should meet with the school board to let them know what is happening. They will set up a time to orient him. Graf said he intends to be attending here.[NOTE: Maybe they should meet with all 3 school boards.]

Pennington said the reports etc have  a new timeline to submit in April.

Jim Helms said he is going to speak at Kelley School of Business on related topics and he will promote SE Indiana up there. 


Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

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