Thursday, August 17, 2017

OCRA to hold Indiana Main Street Community Exchange in Cambridge City

August 17, 2017 

Office of Community and Rural Affairs to hold Indiana Main Street Community Exchange in Cambridge City

INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday, August 25, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) in partnership with Cambridge City Main Street, will host the second in a series of community exchanges aimed at bringing together Indiana Main Street organizations, community leaders and planners, downtown groups, and economic development professionals.
The purpose of the community exchanges are to allow Indiana Main Street communities and other local professionals to network and learn from one another; giving communities an opportunity to discuss issues they face, ways others have resolved some of those issues, and innovative steps communities are taking to address the needs of their organizations, community, and downtowns.
This networking session will be held at The Archive, 33 West Main Street, Cambridge City, IN 47327 and begin at 9:00 a.m. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and all materials. Attendees can expect to hear from several guest speakers, have an opportunity to explore downtown Cambridge City, and network with those in attendance.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Panel discussion about Non-Profit Real Estate Development and Historic Preservation
  • Place Based Economic Development
  • Resilient Downtowns
Attendees do not need to be an Indiana Main Street organization participant or staff member to attend. This exchange will provide information useful to community leaders and planners as well as economic development professionals. No two community exchanges are alike so as to encourage attendance at more than one event.
For further information and to register for this exchange, click here
For more information on the 2017 Indiana Main Street Community Exchanges, visit the IMS Education & Training webpage for dates and location information. 
About the Indiana Main Street Program:Indiana Main Street encourages economic development, redevelopment, and improvement of downtown areas of Indiana’s cities and towns. The program is founded on community economic development principles that emphasize preservation and development of traditional downtown resources. Attendance at one of OCRA’s 2017 exchanges meets the requirement to apply for the agency's Downtown Enhancement Grant program.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

The mission of Cambridge City Main Street (CCMS) is to foster community and economic development in downtown Cambridge City.
Since its founding the organization has already pulled off its first major project, the Lincoln Funeral Train Mural, in 2014. Since then CCMS has worked diligently on building membership and community ties. The organization is currently undertaking a project that will put the previously vacant Matthias and Kline Co. Building, at 12 W. Main  Street, back on the market! The Matthias and Kline Co. building is one of the only vacant storefronts in our vibrant downtown.

17 August 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

17 August 2017 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

Also present:Sue Hayden, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Leah Bailey covering for Gayle Pennington.
ABSENT:Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.
Deaton read the Title VI statement as required by law, even though as the only person present I said he could skip it.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES- June 1st Minutes approved
CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS- paid the web hosting fee at $35 per month and Ewan Law office for about 9 months of meetings/consultations for $2812.50 and Barnes and Thornburg for legal analysis of using TIF money for expenditures relating to One Dearborn services to the DCRC for $1116.00.
NEW BUSINESS: 2018 Budget - Sue Hayden explained it was for about $98,000 per year - same as last year. They put the $70,000 in for their budget and this covers One Dearborn Fee for Randall’s services in case the TIF changes proposed for this aren’t approved. Budget approved.
ONE DEARBORN REPORT: Presented by Terri Randall- said she’s plugging away all by herself over at their IVY Tech office. 
Land Acquisition- Randall said DCRC had voted in the past with the owner in West Harrison TIF and the seller wanted to modify the acreage that been to be sold. Land Consultants had to make minor survey adjustments so you’ll get a bill for that. The purchase price changes a little. Seller will be carrying the mortgage. They will need to talk to commissioners before this closes. Thinks everyone is in agreement and old price was $55,000/acre. It’s about an acre more. Changes were made to the agreement related to certain guarantees. Andrea wrote in language to allow DCRC to escape from the sale. The seller was helpful in agreeing to that. They get half back if they back out. Deddens asked who was paying Andrea when Randall was talking to her. DCRC is if Deaton is instructing her to do this on DCRC behalf. Helms said Tom Stone should be complimented as they had contracted with him on this long ago. Ewan said the farm contracts will continue until decided to use the land and amounts worked out in the contract. Randall said this adds to the 42 acres you already have. This packages it better. She has had an uptick in leads and someone is already looking at that parcel now. She cannot tell then anything more yet. That’s why executive session was called off this morning. Payments will by semiannual on this property.
Amendment of TIF Plans- by August 25th these documents have to be in and Randall’s working to get those in. Barnes and Thornburg produced a book so they now know what can be in a TIF plan! It’s easier to start from scratch and replace the existing TIF plans. Tom Pittman helps with this. The book is what they can do but Deaton says you have to be careful looking at it. Then the attorney tells you how you can do certain things. [NOTE: Basically it’s how much can we get away with. They have to write in more language to get to do things the law was not originally intended to do. What impact do these new things have on the taxpayers and schools, for example? Why are we changing all the TIFs for a $70,000 fee issue with One Dearborn? Why not just pay that out of budget and leave the TIF money for the actual infrastructure needs?] 
Acquiring lands will require amendments to the TIF plans. Randall said she couldn't  get plans from other areas that did these things that Barnes and Thornburg suggest. Sept 25th is PC and her goal is to get the TIF documents done by then. Sept 5 Commissioners Meeting also for Deaton and Randall to be there to get their approval before they present the offer on the land discussed earlier. (see above- this was confusing as it got mixed into this 2nd item’s discussion) She has been talking to McCormack on this TIF hearing already. 
Aurora Industrial Park Sign- talked to Tom Pittman because Ewan had questions about how to pay for the sign. Randall said maybe we are approaching this wrong. She had passed Rushville and saw the sign on their Industrial Park just like our proposed one. They provide just the name of the park. Not the individual businesses. The cost was about $40,000. So a letter was sent to the businesses there. This will let them know what they are thinking to do. They need to know if the businesses want to pay for their own. Letter went out yesterday per Sue Hayden. Deddens noted that no one paid for his signs for his business. That expense belongs to the business owner. The main sign is OK. Deddens said he could send this out to 2-3 bidders. They need an RFP for demolition of the old sign and a new one. Approved. TIF documents are her first priority before the sign is done per Randall. 
Washington Township West Aurora TIF Expansion- Kaiser Pickle incentives were based on the first property and now they are working in the old D&S Machine property. They didn’t want the publicity of the incentives. They are pleased with the workforce here. This will overload Plan Commission. She wants to do this after the West Harrison TIF is done. Discussion of whether there were other lands to consider. Consensus was that Kaiser was the most viable one. They will get to this later this year.
Duke Energy Site Readiness Program- she was running o over night the proposal. They were graded - for no table of contents and got a C on mapping because they weren't labelled with a name or directional arrow. She complimented Andrea Shuter- in GIS- because they need utilities mapped. Going to have conversations to have utility mapping layers done. Randall found in a drawer a survey for Stone property with ROWs and easements for utilities. Soil borings and preliminary environmentals. Used some of the work from Skally’s. Had to put in species of wildlife etc. The first run looks good- but we have areas to improve. They will come in town Aug 31 to walk the property and bring in all utility providers to meet with the site selectors. They will then critique that portion. Randall will present findings and what we learned from it. 
REDI Cincinnati had a dummy project lead to go through so she spent a full day working on that. They had 3 consultants to evaluate that. REDI had chosen one site form each state. On state tax rates, personal property, utility rates etc. They bragged on Indiana because we had a lot of flexibility bringing IVY Tech to the table for the work force. Grant possibilities for work force development. Utility rates are higher in Indiana than other places. State incentives are lower in Indiana. They apparently don’t give incentives for workers from out of state. Providing land would help offset this per Randall. Has a lot of work to do. 
Rahe said we need to talk to reps about reciprocity for real estate licensing for out of state realtor developers. She talked to Barnes and Thornburg about this. Hoping to take it up this year. Bordering counties with Illinois have it- why not Ohio and KY for out SE IND bordering counties. Other companies want to know how to get IN licenses to do work here. She’s going to talk to board of realtors for this. 
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AGENDA August 17 DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting

August 17, 2017
9:00 a.m., 3rd Floor Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

  1. Call to order

  1. Approval of Minutes
June 1, 2017 Meeting

  1. Claims & Financials
1. General Fund Claims
2. Financials 

  1. New Business
1.  2018 Budget

  1. One Dearborn Report
1.  Land Acquisition
2.  Amendment of TIF Plans
3.  Aurora Industrial Park Sign
4.  Washington Twp. (West Aurora) TIF Expansion
5.  Duke Energy Site Readiness Program

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

15 August 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

15 August 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator

ABSENT: Gayle Pennington, Auditor- covered by Connie Fromhold

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as legally required.



Proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance- P & Z Director Mark McCormack:

Article 2 Section 200- Advisory Plan Commission- and Article 3 Section 300- Board of Zoning Appeals Baudendistel read the ordinance for both 200 and 300 as it explains the simple changes. This change also allows for surveyor or designers or the county engineer can one alternates for the surveyor on the PC. The Extension Office can have a designee also as alternate. This state law and now our law also allows for alternates to be selected for each position of the county decides to do that.
Ordinance to Amend Article 2 and 3 of DC Zoning Ordinance- Passed. 

Article 20 - Signs  - revisions throughout the ordinance- temporary  non-commercial free standing non- illuminated signs are allowed for 90 days without permits. Sizes were designated. For sale or lease signs were addressed. Signs for safety or public spaces etc and flag areas were addressed. Some of these codes were changed based on the recent Supreme Court decisions. Agricultural signs were addressed. Home occupation businesses were addressed but may have further revisions. Highway interchange signs were eliminated and they plan to change all H-1 zones to B-2s soon. Manufacturing districts will be changed to Industrial zones. So the signal rules reflect that future change. Mixed use developments and Planned developments were also given sign rules that didn’t change much. Off-premise signs were also developed. These would be abutting major arterial roads- like highways. Large scale off premise signs had slight changes. Small scale off premise signs were also covered. Example like seeing a peach sign for the orchard at the beginning of the road leading to that property. Signs have to be maintained regularly to keep them in good and safe condition. There have been problems with that in the past per McCormack. Electronically changing message boards were addressed. 
Ordinance to Amend Article 20 of the DC Zoning Ordinance- Baudendistel said the Court case was in 2015 that forced some of these changes. No public comment . Ordinance passed. 

Mr Goddard from Langley Heights- asked about survey issues. He has had surveys done from Archie Crouch. and Johnny Wright pulled out pins ad said they were wrong. Baudendistel said they have a BZA case with him now for a contempt case. The 2008 case was dismissed WITH PREJUDICE so it cannot be refiled. McHenry said he wants this over with and has his life threatened 3 times. Wright has been charged and convicted of threatening Listerman and McCormack. The road will be fixed tomorrow that Wright has torn up and there will be a deputy there. They will proceed with the court case. Goddard’s tenants are at risk also. They get harassed and then want to move. He wishes he could live up there some day. McCormack said they can enforce better with documentation of pictures or police reports. 

Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees, Reappointment of Betty Bischoff- approved for January of 2018 for 4 more years.  

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer- Sue Hayden- presenting- Line Striping Award- three bids turned in. And A safety, Indiana Sign and Barricade and Ogelsby Construction was the lowest bid for $83,983.76. Ogelsby was approved.

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden- Patricia Burke had accident spinning out at Bond Road and Sand Run due to ponding. So in the north bound land the highway dept will bank it more to improve that. There are numerous accidents there. They will also put signs there. 

AUDITOR- Connie Fromhold presented claims that were approved. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- nothing more.




Meeting Adjourned at 7:07 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, August 11, 2017

AGENDA Aug 15 Commissioners Meeting

August 15, 2017 
6:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



1.  Proposed Amendments to Zoning Ordinance – P&Z Director, Mark McCormack
Article 2, Section 200 – Advisory Plan Commission
Article 3, Section 300 – Board of Zoning Appeals
Ordinance to Amend Articles 2 and 3 of DC Zoning Ordinance
Article 20 – Signs
Ordinance to Amend Article 20 of the DC Zoning Ordinance

2.  Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustee, Betty Bischoff Reappointment 

3.  Line Striping Award – Sue Hayden (for Highway Engineer, Todd Listerman)

VI. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel




Pribble Road hill open to thru traffic via Pribble Circle

Per Denise at the County Highway Dept. Rohe Paving has finished paving Pribble Hill. It is open for traffic now.
Lawrenceburg has still closed the very beginning of Pribble up to Pribble Circle, so that detour is still there.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

DCRedevelopment Commission Executive Session and Meeting Aug 17


Executive Session &
DCRC Meeting

The Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission
will hold an Executive Session on
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

The purpose is to discuss interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects by the Indiana economic development corporation, the office of tourism development, the Indiana finance authority, an economic development commission, a local economic development organization (as defined in IC 5-28-11-2(3)), or a governing body of a political subdivision.
This is classified confidential by state and federal statute:
IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) (4)

And also for the purposes of discussing strategy with the respect to the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body up to the time a contract or option to purchase or lease is executed by the parties.
This is classified confidential by state and federal statute: 
IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) (2) (D)

There will be a DCRC meeting held after the Exec Session
at 9:00 a.m.

These meetings will take place at the
Dearborn County Administration Building, 3rd Floor Commissioners Room,
215 B West High Street,

Lawrenceburg, IN  47025

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

1 August 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

1 August 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Sue Hayden, Administrator


Motion/Vote on previous discussion of Administrator’s position- Commissioners officially approved Sue Hayden as County administrator effective July 17th. 


Change Orders- Chris Grabosky, Project Manager, Maxwell Construction- 2 change orders:
Koch Mechanical- adding $6398 and re route gas line $1880 plus other changes of $1165, $1562, deduct $1298 = 9707 which will be deducted from their allowance. No change in contractual amount total though. Approved.
Added card access for security $8400. This is in additional to the contract amount. 
H& B Systems will get this from the extra money left in other accounts for the project. Approved. Grabosky anticipates more requests on the security possibly too.

Working on Annex finishes now and terrazzo completed. Exterior work on Limestone pretty much completed. Humidity problem now with the weather and will be closing up building soon. Still looking at mid-late October for completion. Might go into November. 

Donation of Bookmobile by Friends of the Library- Barbara Bonney,Director LPLD- donating it to the DC Health Dept. Scudder says they need a reliable drivable vehicle. The library has acquired a new smaller one. Commissioners approved. Picture taken for the paper. 

Animal Control Ordinance Changes- Pat Hawkins, PAWS Sec’y Treasurer and Becky Reiter, PAWS Board member and Boone County Animal Shelter Director- asked to work with county attorney on ordinance related to cats. There is a better way to handle cats per Pat Hawkins. Becky Reiter a DC resident and also Boone County Animal Shelter Director spoke on their programs. They started a program 5 years ago and it decreases the amount of cats taken in. Target Zero recommendations were given to the county. This program allows cats at farms etc to be trapped and  spayed and neutered and returned to the farms. or outdoors. The farmers still have rodent control without all the kittens. They utilize working cats or barn cat programs for people who want a spayed, neutered and vaccinated cat. Commissioners approved the discussion with the attorney ad PAWS. 

1Voice- Area National Drug Awareness Day- Wyatt Sampson and Dianna Jones- Sampson presented- August 31 to do what they did last year with the walking routes in Lawrenceburg from 5-7 PM. They will have to clear out the courthouse parking area etc. that evening. He has to go to the city also . Approved. 

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer
Bid Award Bridge #59 Salt Fork Rd- McAllister Exc $107,426.75 was lowest bid. Rohe and Duncan Robertson were higher bids. Approved McAllister. 
Construction Inspection Contract Bridge #59-Land Water Group $9690 was approved. They will have this closed at times this fall also. Aware it is inconvenient.  
Title Sheet for Bridge #24 Cold Springs Road- plans - bid in December for this. Plans Approved. 
Community Matching Grants program- may hear something in a week or two. They went for complete funding. 
PineRidge residents will get a plan together per McHenry in next couple weeks but it is in terrible condition. Grieve is doing that. 

Agreement to transfer personal property and Ordinance for transfer for Dearborn County  Clearing House- Baudendistel read the ordinance that transferred a passenger van vehicle to Clearing House. Approved both the letter and the ordinance. McHenry indicated that the van will need mechanical repairs. Sue Hayden will contact Cathy Piche for her signature.

Ratify signature on Letter to USDA for funding for Laughery Valley Watershed Damage - Sue Hayden presented from Tim Grieve this is from June 23 flooding that damaged the banks of Laughery Creek. We pay 25%. Approved the signature from then. Listerman said that Grieve worked hard to try to get this so as to save county funds. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Sue Hayden- nothing more. 

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Minutes from July 5 and 18 approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- Happy Hollow Vacation Ordinance- In 2011 they were approached by the Lykins (David C and David J) and the Engels objected. The court found in Lykins favor and said they can now proceed with their vacation. The 30 day window to file an appeal has run out. Lykins and Rob Seig surveyor were present today. 6820 ft vacated. There will be a col de sac constructed. Publlc utilities can still be maintained there. No public wished to speak. Commissioners approved the ordinance. They will file the papers and publish the ordinance. Lykins will construct the cul de sac and the county provides the stone. Commissioners thanked Lykins for his patience and echoed that for  the Engels. Hoped this issue was behind them.

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law. 

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch- attended NACO (National Assoc of Counties) conference with over 3000 attendees from all over the country. So many activities that it was hard to decide what to attend. 
Our former Ag director for state Ted McKinney is now with USDA. 
Lots of festivals- great to see community get out.

Little- Bright and Yorkville having festivals same weekends- Lots of good fried chicken. Echoed what Lynch said.

McHenry- lots of Ohioans come here for the good food- lots at St. Martins festival. Privilege in serving where community reaches out. Also prayers for support of the family’s involved in the tragedy in Manchester this past weekend. And think about our kids going back to school tomorrow. State Police and sheriff’s dept. did a great job. 

Lynch- This Thursday annual job fair with Luke Messer. first hour is for veterans only. then the public Nothing more satisfying than to see someone leave the event with a job. 20 were hired last year that day and several dozen hired in the weeks after it. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- McHenry noted there were reps from Aurora and Greendale here and that Council decided to take no action on the revenue sharing and they want us to take no action either until we see what the state and legislators are going to do.Appreciates Mayor Weiss and Alan Miller and Ms Emery were there and they’d had some discussions. No action until we get more direction form Council. 
Weiss asked that they work with them. 

McHenry said Phil Darling was the train engineer at the festival this weekend. Asked if he was sore today as it was a bumpy ride.   


Meeting Adjourned at 9:37 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, July 31, 2017


It Is Us

"Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order creating a new cabinet-level position in state government to serve as Indiana’s chief talent and recruiting official." — July 27 press release

by John Kessler

Will the economic development projects currently being pursued by Indiana make the state more attractive to young people? I can’t foretell the future, but I doubt that they will. What the politicians think will attract young people may not be what young people are really looking for.

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Providence, Rhode Island, to teach economics at a summer camp at Brown University. On the plane, I sat next to a nice young woman in her twenties who was coming to Rhode Island to do some training for teachers. She is a teacher at a charter school in Silicon Valley that uses technology to teach their students, and she was coming to train other teachers how to use the program.

As we talked about education and life she mentioned that she had a serious boyfriend and they wanted to get married. The problem was they weren’t sure how they would ever be able to have a family or buy a home — even with her teaching income and his income as a firefighter — because of the cost of living in the Bay Area.

I hear stories like this all the time when I travel. People complaining that the cost of living has risen so much in major cities like Chicago, New York, L.A., and San Francisco that young college graduates are not sure if they can afford to live there, even with a good job. Housing prices are a major part of the problem.

One young man I met this summer was really excited because he was recently able to find a place to stay in San Francisco for $600 a month — he rents the closet in someone’s apartment and sleeps in a hammock. My young teacher friend from the Bay Area is paying $3,000 a month for a small two bedroom apartment and she said the closet seemed like a really good deal. I then told her that there was a place where for less than half that amount one could buy a 3,000-square-foot house with a three-car garage and a quarter acre of land. Her eyes lit up in disbelief, so I told her my story.

I understand her concerns about the future. My wife and I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. The cost of living was high enough that we needed two incomes to make ends meet for just the two of us. My wife always dreamed of being able to stay at home and raise children and we were not sure how we would ever swing that if we stayed in Phoenix.

When I got offered a job in Fort Wayne the primary reason we decided to move from Arizona was because we could afford to have a family. We said goodbye to friends and family and set off on an adventure to make the life that we wanted, not because of Parkview Field and a renovated downtown, but because Fort Wayne offered the promise of the future that we wanted.

Today we have four children, all born in Fort Wayne, and my wife has the privilege of living her dream as a stay-at-home mom.

We don’t need a $100-million riverfront development to attract young people — we already have everything they are looking for. We just need to embrace it and advertise it. If Fort Wayne wants to attract and keep young people we should pursue policies that continue to make our housing affordable, make our city safe and make our schools great.

Then we should go to San Francisco, Chicago and New York and advertise the low cost of living and how college graduates can move here and build the life that they want. They don’t need a city created in the image of what politicians of a different generation think is attractive. Instead, they will create the “cool” city that they want. They will come and they will make the city fun and exciting just by being here.

As we landed in Rhode Island I handed the young woman my business card and said, “If you really want to get married and have a family there is a place you can move and afford to do that. Come join me in Fort Wayne, Indiana.” She laughed as she replied, “I already wrote it down — Fort Wayne. If it is as good as you say we are already packed.”

John Kessler, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and head of the IPFW Center for Economic Education, is an economics instructor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.


Drek Thompson. "Why It's so Hard for Millennials to Figure out Where to Live." The Atlantic, Nov. 19, 2014.

Emily Dryfuss. "The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can't Afford to Live in Cities Anymore." Wired, Dec. 31, 2016.

David Morris. "Why Millennials Are About to Leave Cities in Droves." Fortune, May 28, 2016.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

AGENDA- August 1 MORNING- Commissioners Meeting

August 1, 2017 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



1.  Motion/Vote on Previous Discussion of Administrator’s Position

1.  Change Orders – Chris Grabosky, Project Manager, Maxwell Construction

2.  Donation of Bookmobile by Friends of the Library – Barbara Bonney, Director LPLD

3.  Animal Control Ordinance Changes – Pat Hawkins, PAWS Secretary/Treasurer & Beckey Reiter, PAWS Board Member & Boone County Animal Shelter Director

4.  1 Voice - Area for National Drug Awareness Day – Wyatt Sampson & Dianna Jones

5.  Highway Engineer – Todd Listerman
1.  Bid Award for Bridge #59 on Salt Fork Road
2.  Construction Inspection Contract for Bridge #59
3.  Title Sheet for Bridge #24 Plans

6. a.) Agreement to Transfer Personal Property 
    b.) Ordinance Transferring Personal Property to Dearborn County Clearing House

7.  Ratify Signature on Letter to USDA for Funding Laughery Valley Watershed Damage


VI. AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
1.  Happy Hollow Road Vacation Ordinance





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pribble Road Hill Closure July 27

Road Closure – Pribble Road

Slip Repair

Pribble Road will be closed from Kaiser Drive to the top of the hill on Thursday, July 27th, until further notice.

Closure will be from 8 am to 7 pm.

No through traffic.

Denise Strohl

Dearborn County
Highway Department Office Manager
10255 Randall Avenue
Aurora, IN 47001
Telephone – 812-655-9394
Fax – 812-655-9424

25 July 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

 25 July 2017 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes
Present: Liz Morris, President, Dennis Kraus. Sr., Dan Lansing, Charlie Keyes, Ryan Brandt, Alan Goodman, and Bill Ullrich. 
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Sue Hayden, County Administrator
The meeting room was full of people.
Morris called for a moment of silence for Bill Ullrich’s wife’s passing.
She then read the Title VI statement as legally required.
HOSPITAL BONDS-  Dearborn County - Brad Ruwe with Dinsmore and Schoal and The CEO, CFO, and hospital attorney. The bonds were 30 year bonds with 3.6 million paid down. Proceeds from new issue of bonds will pay off the 2006 series of bonds. Two reasons for doing this. Letter of credit was provided by 5/3 bank in 2006 has become too expensive. That cost is passed along to the client which is DCH. Because interest rates are relatively low now and the hospital wants a fixed rate series of bonds now. The proposed series of 2017 bonds will have  reset of interest in 3 years. In this case the bonds will be held by the bank will hold these bonds themselves. They will negotiate the rate at that time. These are payable solely from hospital revenue. If Council approves this tonight they will go to Lawrenceburg as that is the city where they are located also. They do not have to go thru any other hoops for this. Under tax code there is something called a re- issuance. So now they technically they do not need to come back to Council at the 3 year interest reset date. The amortization is still April 2036. There is no financial obligation or risk to the county. Goodman motioned and Ullrich 2nd to reissue the bonds. All ayes. Passed.

PROSECUTOR  - Lynn Deddens- TABLED- she had asked to be excused for tonight.
Transfer funds

AURORA EMERGENCY RESCUE – Edward Opp- Discuss the status of EMS- Western side- Aurora, Dillsboro, Manchester, and Moores Hill all working together. They rely on paramedic truck from Lawrenceburg as an intercept. And want to upgrade their people for 24/7 service. Dearborn County spends $400,000 for EMS and the surrounding counties spend $1.2million. Lawrenceburg has a paramedic and Bright has just 1. Only Ripley County has paramedics of surrounding counties. He said the county was divided into regions when they did it with Terri Randall. This was to unify some of the individual units. App did not know how they could liquify some of their non-profits to do this- but they could explore this. It’s tough to draw everybody together. But for now this proposal would require $600,000 to get the paramedics started up. They do soft billing to insurance for insured patients. For $600,000 they could get a paramedic truck and more paramedics for Region 1. $376,000 is for a 24/7 paramedic on duty and the vehicle. The don’t interact with Sunman which covers a small part of the northern part of county. People and business coming in will look at our EMS and Fire Dept coverage. Insurance coverage for homeowners looks at this too as well does the insurance coverage for businesses. It’s all part of the infrastructure. They want future working meetings with all members go Region 1 and Council. Council wants a comprehensive county wide look. Jason covers the Region 2 area and the only area left out is Lawrenceburg which has their own dollars. We cannot compete with that. There is only one private transport which is Tri County and they are based in Batesville with a station in Greendale. Discussion on whose budget covers EMS services. Riverboat money does some of this as a set percentage. Region 2 and Lawrenceburg do not miss runs- but Region 1 does. They need help per Brandt. Morris kept wanting a comprehensive look at the whole county. Bright and L-bg have a medic and region 1 does not. Council made no decision. 

RECIND THE RIVERBOAT ORDINANCE- Morris said the SBOA has tried to be of assistance to the county and there are complex attempts to fix this- there are conflicting opinions on the state level on how to remedy this. They decided to TABLE this indefinitely. All ayes with Keyes Nay- he didn’t want it tabled but decided to let it go. Alan Weiss - Greendale Mayor said THANK YOU. 

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington- St. Paul’s school in New Alsace is closed. So their money from tax money was voted to be moved to the General Fund now. 
PAC Committee heard from Commissioners that they vacated the adm secretary and promoted Sue Hayden to the administrators position. Approved.  
Minutes from June 27, 2017 approved. 
PUBLIC COMMENT- Jason - President from Bright EMS and their only paramedic- agreed with Ed Opp and also with Council that they get a comprehensive look at the whole county. They have worked hard with commissioners to get ideas to work together. He reminded them that the county pays each EMS unit the same $20,000. He said they combined fire and EMS to make it work. The fire dept money is key to this. He said they submitted a proposal to cover Bright and the northern part of the county. Average response time is 6 minutes but there is a wide range in those times depending on where the need is. They do run as far as East Central HS. Sunman staffs with just one person who waits for someone to come to make the run. Pay rate is $14 /hour now. This will not get people hired. Jason spoke at length about the issues of the time it takes to get to the patient. In the alliance they are required by the county to attend 3/4 of the alliance meetings. Paramedic services are not self sustaining. The ones in Hamilton County are using tax money. Billed $390,000 and collected $162,000. Medicare pays about $162 for a $1000 transport. Fuel and drugs are expenses too. Hospital used to give a basic supply in the black boxes with Epi pens- that discontinued when the Epi pen price went up so high. We are coming to the Council saying hear us- we are working for solutions. They all have different needs, but they all play the same game. 
Council said that their dedication and commitment is greatly appreciated. Jason said its a rewarding job. But stressful. They talked about a Public Safety LIT ( Local Income Tax)

Terri Randall- former county administrator- Even the municipalities are assigned a territory that goes beyond their city limits for example. There is only so much you can do to get to some of the rural areas in time. Commissioner Lynch and McHenry couldn’t be there. She said McHenry said the commissioners needed to work together with the alliance.   


Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township