Wednesday, March 23, 2016

28 March 2016 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting

28 March 2016 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting


1. Request: Waiver to create a non-conforming Panhandle Tract for building purposes 
 Applicant: Seig and Associates, Inc. Owner: William and Emma Werner
 Site Location: Dog Ridge Road Legal: Sec. 22, T7, R2, Map #02-22, Parcel # 009.000 Township: Kelso Size: 21.79 Acres Zoning: Agricultural (A)

 D. NEW BUSINESS Proposed ordinance changes to the Dearborn County Zoning Ordinance, the Plan Commission fee schedule, and administrative items.


For Packet materials click on the link below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

15 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

15 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Kevin Lynch - acting President, Art Little, and Kevin Lynch

ABSENT: Shane McHenry

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator

Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan & Policy- Baudendistel read the policy which had to be enacted to get federal funding. These provisions are applicable for any federally funded activity in which the county participates. They also name a Title VI administrator the same as a the ADA administrator. Commissioner approved the resolution. 


ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- who had laryngitis still. She said the anti discrimination policy is already approved in the county but that this one (Title VI approved earlier) has some updates to it. It also makes sure you don’t discriminate with vendors. 
Photoshoot at Bright Firehouse March 17 and then a Fire and EMS meeting.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and minutes from March 1st meeting approved.

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS - Art Little- Sure was a beautiful day out there today.
Kevin Lynch- was in Indy - Lt Governor was very complimentary of our county’s activities and Terri you are a big part of that- so thank you. Good to get positive feedback up there.
Widening Stateline will have some road closures during the day- per  Art Little.



Meeting Adjourned at 5:12 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, March 14, 2016

Plan for partial collection of outstanding loans to be released at March 21st Lawrenceburg City Council Meeting

Lawrenceburg Mayor and City Council Meet 
Plan for partial collection of outstanding loans to be released at March 21st Lawrenceburg City Council Meeting

Friday, March 11, 2016

Agenda- March 15th Commissioners Meeting

March 15, 2016 
5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan & Policy

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall
VI. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes




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

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Outstater:Ben Franklin's Defense of the Middle Class

The Outstater: Ben Franklin’s Defense of the Middle Class

reprinted with permission of IPR

March 9, 2016
THE MIDDLE CLASS is in the news. Analysts say it is ignored by Republicans and misread by Democrats. It is thought to be the critical factor in winning the 2016 presidential election. Good.
What is meant by the term, however, is less than flattering. It seems to be code for average, undistinguished, perhaps even low informational — not exactly Zombie-like but that is the useful image.
Anyone who has spent any time in Indianapolis or Washington has come across individuals there who think of themselves as being at the top of some pyramid of social Darwinism. The rest of us were too mediocre to make the climb.
There is an exception that proves the rule. Dan Quayle was a pretty normal middle-class guy who somehow found himself near the top of the pyramid. His popularity dived, though, when he took a consultant’s advice to start making fun of himself.
Quayle, you will remember, was ridiculed on the Eastern Seaboard as an utterly average politician from an utterly average state. Making fun of himself was supposed to take the sting out of the bumpkin characterization, to make people forget about his editing of Billy Figueroa’s “potato” at the Muñoz Rivera Elementary School spelling bee.
But they weren’t making fun of Quayle; they were making fun of us, of middle Americans. We expected our man to stand up for us. He didn’t. Indeed, he never came back to live among the neighbors and friends who had sent him to Washington precisely because he represented them so well. Today, he couldn’t be elected mayor of Huntington.
Shakespeare knew all about this. It’s the stuff of tragic theater. To leave it at that, though, would be to miss the greatness of Indiana, of America.
Ben Franklin, the most practical of politicians, got it. Franklin, noting that nowhere else in the world were the industrious poor so well clothed and well paid, described America as a place where “a general happy mediocrity prevails.”
The British historian Paul Johnson dedicated a chapter of his American history to that thought. “America,” he wrote, “is a country specifically created by and for ordinary men and women, where the system of government was deliberately designed to interfere in their lives as little as possible.”
Reviewing the last 100 years, or even the last 10 years, government has done little else but interfere in the lives of ordinary men and women. We are the ones left to struggle with payroll taxes, inscrutable government forms, ObamaCare, unmitigated immigration, impossible college tuitions, unfunded Social Security and so forth.
One man’s intrusion, though, is another man’s policy initiative, but the political class is too thickheaded to make the distinction. Not so much so, however, that it does not see that the ordinary have now awoken to politics — and in threatening numbers as evident in the Trump and Sanders campaigns.
But like the upstairs residents of Downton Abby, they don’t have any idea how to deal with our kind of people. Their little bells no longer ring. Ask Mitt Romney.
Johnson, writing in the 1990s, thought it was significant that he had heard so little about the political preferences of the great mass of Americans. “That testifies by its eloquent silence to the success of the republican experiment,” he waxed optimistic.
Well, so much for that. Grab your torches and pitchforks and head for the polls.

— Craig Ladwig, editor of the quarterly Indiana Policy Review

AGENDA DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting

March 10, 2016
8:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

  1. Call to order

  1. Approval of Minutes
February 12, 2016 Meeting 

  1. Claims & Financials
1.  Approval of Claims
2.  Review of Financials

  1. Unfinished Business
1.  Randall Avenue Property

  1. New Business

  1. Economic Development Officer’s Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Brewington Files Complaint Thru Public Access Counselor for Audio Tapes to Match His Grand Jury Transcript.

Brewington Files Complaint Thru Public Access Counselor for Audio Tapes to Match His Grand Jury Transcript. Public Access Counselor Letter to Judge Hill and Entire Complaint attached.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Take the Bright Connector to I-74 Study Survey by March 18

Take the Bright Connector to I-74 Study Survey by March 18

Received from Mark McCormack- Director of Dearborn County Planning and Zoning.:

FYI—All information related to the Bright 74 Study, including the community survey, can be found online at:
**Everyone has until midnightFriday March 18 to take the survey…Please take the time to complete the survey and feel free to share the survey information and the study website information with anyone that you think would be interested and / or affected.

Some other items to note about the Bright 74 Study, as forwarded from OKI:
·         Everything that was presented at the Open House should be available on the website:
  • No recommendations have been made at this point- everything is on the table for discussion
  • The study group need and want to hear from as many people as possible
  • There will be conceptual solutions presented in the next phase of the Study - a second public open house is targeted for this summer
  • Conceptual solutions are looking at new roadway options, improvements to existing roadways, and/or a combination of both
  • If people want to stay updated on the Study, they can simply provide their email address on the website's "Contact Us" page
  • The Study will conclude by the end of this calendar year

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Latest Fox News report on Lawrenceburg's uncollected loans includes county properties

Latest Fox News report on Lawrenceburg's uncollected loans includes county properties.
This detailed report shows what appears to be some conflict of interest issues with the new Lawrenceburg regime as well as an outstanding loan on Moore Street in the county's West Harrison TIF area.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

1 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

1 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator

I was not present at this meeting due to unforeseen circumstances.  To find official minutes- check on the county website after they are approved at the next commissioners meeting. The following notes are taken from information from another attendee.

Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan and Policy - not sure if any action taken on this item yet.

Children’s Advocacy Center Subrecipient Semi-Annual report- Sarah Brichto- presented to commissioners. 

Health Dept- Mary Calhoun- Fee increase update- approved by Council also.
Grant Application- proceeding. 

EMPG Salary Reimbursement Grant- EMA Director- Jason Sullivan- approved.

Resolution for Statewide Court Case Management System- Rick Probst- Clerk of Courts- not present but Baudendistel reported that this is now something they have to do. Expect to have it in place by 2018. This would make non-confidential court cases available online.

Agreement with DC Hospital and DC Regarding Pulse Point Services- DCHospital is paying the fees the first year $10,000 plus $8,000 annual fee. See previous notes on this discussion earlier this year.

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- nothing to report- she apparently had laryngitis again.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and minutes from February 23 meeting approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- following up on 911 fee issues and health dept grant for phones. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- nothing much of substance except for McHenry reporting that he had attended the annex meeting with the architects and was satisfied with the security details.



Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township