Tuesday, October 18, 2016

18 Oct 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

18 Oct 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.

ABSENT:Terri Randall, Administrator

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as legally required.



Zone Map Amendment and Ordinance- Bright- Planning and Zoning Director, Mark McCormack- presented the case from the September Planning Commission meeting, 5 of the 8 voting members voted for the favorable recommendation. This is a request by Terrry Sillis on 2.463 acres for a B-2 zone change from a current B-1 zone. It is for primarily storage units and some outside storage. 

McCormack went over the staff report.The property is bounded primarily with commercial uses. It is near Stateline and Jamison Roads. There is a residential in the SW side. Merrilees Hardware adjoins, a doctor’s office, and a commercial plaza are in the area. There are about 180 units proposed. He showed pictures of the site and the proposed layout. They have draft plans and they mailed letters to all adjoiners. They do not anticipate much increase in traffic for this use. Proposed density s acceptable for B-2 use. The applicant has struck out uses he doesn't intend to have there. There will be landscaping and buffer yards 1 or 2 required. There is proposed fence and landscaping on their plans. There is a 6-7 foot privacy vinyl fence proposed. Outside tall storage will have to be configured so as to be hidden from neighbor’s views. They may have a mound to raise the fence height perhaps. The recommendation forwarded to commissioners addresses this. 

PUBLIC DISCUSSION: Ruth Schlemmer ( sp?) comments that they could have a better locale for storage. This would not be a good view as they go to their subdivision.
Ray Schlemmer- also wanted to see business at the street side but put the storage in the back. 
Terry Sillis- the owner- said he has owned business in this area for a long time (30 years)  and considers himself a member of etc bright community even though he lives elsewhere. He has courted many people to be on this property for this area. It’s only 250 ft across the front and with a proper buffer it would fit in aesthetically. This is Phase 1- as the new owners can afford just that much so far. They may add to this later. He owns the property adjoining so he doesn’t want any eyesore there. The new owners (Dan Bihn) showed pictures of the proposed fence. 

Only 2 neighbors were resent in the audience.
Art Little- believes that you should be able to do whatever they want with it. We just spent $2 million to improve Bright. He wants to see something better than storage units. He has not had anyone contact him for it- but about 25 who were against it. 
Lynch said that he had heard from one resident who was against the project. he asked if any of the letters sent out got any response. No- but had one phone call from a person who would like them in a different locale per McCormack. There are 2 other sites in Bright where storage has been discussed. He shared that input with the applicant and vice versa. 
Little motioned to deny the zone change and Lynch seconded it. All ayes to deny. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- not present

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- grant application $134,220 for victim’s advocate program and McHenry abstains. It’s been done before in other years. Approved to sign. 

Claims approved and signed. Minutes from Oct 4 meeting approved.

McHenry left the room and asked Baudendistel to join him- he asked about the port authority.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- updated the board that the port authority was updated and Greendale joined. The board will be the 3 mayors and a commissioner and 2 others from each unit. Tom Palmer was appointed as one of the county’s reps on the port board.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Little - beautiful fall and a little bit dry with winter right around the corner. 
Lynch had none.
McHenry - noted they had slipped up last meeting and forgot. He congratulated Denise Freitag Burdette on being named one of the county’s  “women of distinction." Applause from audience as Burdette waved it down.  McHenry noted that she has accomplished much in service to the community. 



Meeting Adjourned at 5:40 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

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