Tuesday, March 21, 2017

21 March 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

21 March 2017 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

Present: Art Little, and Kevin Lynch, acting President
ABSENT: Shane McHenry- due to illness. 

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

Baudendistel read the Title VI statement as required by law. 



Litter Update - Celeste Calvitto- Bright Fire and Community Corrections and Highway cleaned up Jamison Road. The Fire Dept has done 5 roads so far. They were done by noon Sat. They filled 3 county dump trucks. Community Corrections will do several roads in the spring and in the fall several more. The Facebook page for the Litter Initiative has gotten 100s of shares. and 1000s of views. She said it has gotten people engaged and more people recommending roads to clean up. Commissioners thanked her for her efforts.

Planning and Zoning Zone Map Update and Ordinance Rezoning Parcel- Mark McCormack- This was forwarded from the Plan Commission from the February meeting with a unanimous favorable recommendation form the 6 voting members. The chairman - Kraus, Jr., left the room for the PC meeting as he was the surveying company. This was Harrison Brookville Road to rezone all of it to Highway Interchange that had not been zoned that so far- 14.87 acres. McCormack presented to same material in summary as was presented at the Feb PC Meeting. The land will be used for storage units. There was a preliminary concept plan submitted. Fire Dept letter came in after the meeting. There were other written commitments that were added to the recommendation to consider. Applicant was not there- except for Kraus Jr. representing them. He went over the plans for etc property with office space and storage units. Health Dept said they were OK for sewage and Fire Dept approved. Joe Leonard and wife, Allison Johnson, own the property and he has stopped excavation until they get permits. This is in the TIF area. The commissioners have the 5 criteria for a zone change. This will be a Highway Interchange against an Ag zone. It’s a larger setback next to Ag.

PUBLIC COMMENT- Daughter of adjoining owners (Weslings) who has POA represented them. They want the buildings to be at the 50 ft distance from Ag and they request they don’t get a variance for that. They are concerned with run-off onto their Ag crop fields. They have problems and 52 with runofff issues too. She thinks maybe a traffic study needs to be considered due to the roads being closed from flooding issues over the years. The Wesling property is a large piece all the way around this property. 

These concerns raised will be addressed at the concept development phase. She said she had brought this up in advance so they can plan ahead. Little said- he can’t do something that will adversely affect their farmland. Water issues can be civil issues sometimes per McCormack. They can’t increase the volume or velocity of the water onto adjoining lands. 

Baudendistel read the ordinance prepared to rezone the property to H-1. 

Commissioners approved the zone change for the 14.87 acres with following commitments - uses stricken remain stricken, traffic count exceeding 1000 trips per day requires a traffic study, and fire dept approval. They also took into consideration the 5 criteria for a zone change. 

West Harrison Updated Interlocal Agreement and St Leon Updated Interlocal Agreement were set up to roll in other depts of the county reviewing items like driveway permits etc. This also specifies county fees for doing this. These will begin in Jan of each year. West Harrison is $5,500- the smallest agreement. These would automatically renew and have termination clauses. There are increases built in after 5 years or so.  $10,800 is the fee for St. Leon- they do more work for them. They also help with Comp plans there. Approved both agreements separately.

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- one item- need to call Special Commissioners Meeting. The DCRC is purchasing two small parcels in Aurora Industrial Park to secure the signage. The Commissioners are involved because the written economic development plan requires the commissioners to approve the parcels. The Plan Commission hears it before the Commissioners. And they need a 10 day notice and a public hearing. Finally the DCRC does a confirmatory hearing. There is a certain amount of time required to do this and so they need to meet that time limit. She’s requesting that they meet next week Tuesday March 28th at 8:30 AM for that purpose. They approved that. She said it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Minutes from March 7 Meeting approved

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Little- his nephew is being inducted into IN Basketball Hall of Fame- even though he played baseball mostly. 
Lynch- sees the progress on the addition- it’s exciting. Weather improves the progress. A lot of this is due to the hard work of our administrator and those on the committee. 



Meeting Adjourned at 7 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

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