Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Council Budget Hearings August 26, 2014

Budget Hearings August 26, 2014 

Present: Dennis Kraus. Sr., President, Dan Lansing, Liz Morris, Randy Lyness, Charlie Keyes, Ryan Brandt, and Bill Ullrich.
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Leah Bailey, from Auditor’s office

Started Monday morning- but I was unable to attend those sessions. 

Council was advised by their accountant firm that they need to cut almost $3 million dollars.

8:45 AM

Solid Waste District- Mindy Smith – BJ Ault not here
17 employees  5 hourly and 2 salaried full time
$959,000 budget 10% increase
$959 fees so far and about $4000/month selling recycles.
Tax dollars were $693,000
They get their budget approved separately as they have their own taxing status and board similar to the library.

Commissioners COUNTY GENERAL- Terri Randall and Shane McHenry and Sue Hayden

Kraus- Some things need to come out of redevelopment budget- her ( Randall’s) part of salary $15,000 and adm. assistant for redevelopment ( Hayden)$4000

Computer maintenance- changing firewall and security thru Midwest data now so increase costs. $2000 initial cost or annual renewal of $985. $3000 initial or a 3 year contract for $3200. Randall looked to Hayden to check this out as she apparently had the details.  See below for Hayden’s input after checking with Midwest Data to verify.

Equipment repairs- a couple laser printers and copier. So old they don’t have maintenance agreements on it.

Expert fees are for legal fees if needed. – so they cut it as they haven’t use it.

$25,000 for Redevelopment Commission in Commissioners budget.  Kraus – they ( Redevelopment) have $600,000 in their account. They should use that and we cut our $25,000 from it now. Terri said Economic Dev. has always done that with contract.  Lansing where else do they get money from? TIF is getting some in. The Mill is the only new thing. Hirlingers will have TIF coming in. Terri asked Shane to speak to her salary issue and where the money was coming from. Liz Morris said it would be clearer and cleaner to have Redevelopment Salary coming out of that Redevelopment budget. She thinks it is important and that Redevelopment will grow. We came late to the party. We are in a better position now- and critical to move forward. BUT keep the lines of financial responsibility straight- be sure what is paid for each part is clearly coming form that particular budget. It was advertised in both budgets per Pennington.  McHenry has no problem with separating it. They put it there based on what council had said before. Morris wants it separated so as not to muddy waters. If the job increases for Redevelopment then it is clearly a separate job. [NOTE: This allows the Commissioners and Redevelopment to adjust these positions from 2015 onward. And it helps to keep the checks and balances in place on pay and duties.]

Hayden gave the numbers and $700+ savings on prepay to council. Decided to do one year contract on technology and security because it changes so fast- it could be cheaper or something new comes in so the 3 year contract may be obsolete. (see computer maintenance comments above)

EMS moneys – Council asking questions about that and also the paid units from outside the county that we contract with. Doing the $100,000 program again- a volunteer equipment program. Performance based on their runs completed. Sunman submits for $20,000 per squad just like those inside the county. Liability insurance is high.  Randall thinks the experience is improving- maybe our rates will.

Animal Shelter is now thru PAWS via contract agreement. The shelter numbers are separated from the animal control numbers.
 CMHC is on the Commissioners budget too.

McHenry said there is a senator NOT up for reelection who is coming hard for riverboat money again. He’s from Boone County, IN. Lawrenceburg lobbyist confirmed this per Randall. [NOTE: Are they trying to justifying lobbyist fees? This big threat always seems to emerge at budget and lobbying contract times. Then we hear very little from the lobbyist or about their so-called reports.]

Progress on ADA compliance still – signage in Braille still to do etc.


Terri Randall and Dave Deddens- Jim Deaton was here but left before this started. Budget is the same. Previously $25,000 was from the county. Kraus has only been to a couple meetings as rep to Redevelopment so far- in answer to Morris question on his thoughts. Flood plain study is coming out of budget. Maxwell’s monthly  contract is in there also.
Question about the Economic Development Research technician working under a grant from Lawrenceburg for 3 mayors and county. $100,000 is going thru the county as we administer it. He gets a 1099 from the county. It is just out of grant money.
 March 2015 is Mill opening. Already talking with Naegele for the next coordinating business to the Mill. $2000 for bonds that are not needed so Kraus wants to cut it. Randall believes that DCRC has to have audited financial statements.

Lyness says it’s his opinion- but he feels it’s their (Redevelopment)
money and they should  they spend it wisely. If they aren’t spending wisely then the budget stays but then he thinks some people would need to be changed. [NOTE: Actually –I think of it as TAXPAYER money and the Council needs to be a check and balance on the system.]


Mike Hornbach- explained his budget and what Purdue covers of it. 1% increase plus $13 over last year’s budget. County has no control over salaries there. Mileage was increased. If it is left over it goes back to general fund. They have only had to ask once for a mileage additional. Cleaning costs had no increase since 2008. Checking out to see about covering contents under county policy. Cutting postage a bit as a way to trim with less pain. They are trying to email more. Cutting travel and mileage a bit to last year’s amount. Postage $3500, Communications is landline only with unlimited long distance- necessary for their calls.

10:15 AM

I left at this point.

Tuesday afternoon- 2 PM

Building Dept.- Bill Shelton  finishing up his budget- trying to cut pieces out of his budget- like mileage and seminars and conferences by reducing amounts in those sections. Shelton was moved up from Thursday morning on the schedule.

WAITING FOR NEXT ITEM: Discussion about getting an IT person to do all of the county rather than hiring outside contractors all the time. There is no consistency in the security programs between the courthouse and administration building, They also said there was something that they had brought up with the county administrator to look into. Pennington said that nothing had been reported back about that to commissioners. [NOTE: So the county administrator has not finished getting the website up and they have no input yet on managing it in-house. Websites need updates and an experienced and savvy IT person is something that would put the county out to the public (and economic development) in a way that reaches the most people. Pooling the computer maintenance resources might yield enough money to pay for this. The ripple effect of having it done well COULD be a big efficiency and economic plus.]


 Aaron Negangard – (Bryan Messmore was also present)  discussed several different accounts for his budget. The Council pulled out several different sheets from their packets:
Basically asking for same money as last year. With any additional raises you grant we would like to be considered for those too. Couple of problems- witness fees and professional witness fees. We have had more jury trials coming. AIT –the lab we use is causing more witness fees for drug and driving cases. State dept of toxicology is not up to par so they have increases in getting tests done elsewhere. There is a problem in prosecutor deposition and spent $30,000 in 6 months and only had $10,000 allotted.  There is more audio and video evidence than before. We have to videotape now by new rule and had an audiotape they had before wouldn’t be admissible. Those also have to get transcribed. Spent $3000 to get tapes transcribed on one case. He anticipates that may exceed $60,000 next year. They may hire a full time transcriptionist in the future- but doesn’t want to have to do that. Messmore and their IT guy (Who is their IT guy? ) have created a schedule to replace the laptops. They are paying for new ones right now out of seizure funds. Only approve same as last year and I will take care of the rest out of seizure funds. He wants them to be aware of the actual cost of those for the future- in case they don’t have seizure funds to cover that someday. [NOTE: Just how much money is in seizure funds?]

Pre-trial Diversion - Fund 2502- asking for what was done last year. Asking for a new investigator position. That was frowned on – and now it will be paid for from seizure funds. Assigned to SCU and investigating financial crimes similar to the Acapulco case. Doing this basically to level the field there and continue to receive seized fund. [NOTE: This sounded like they are targeting cases like this for the seizure fund “income”.]

APS shortfall – Adult Protective Services- this is a bureaucratic nightmare. Fortunately we have the money to fix this. State assigned this to prosecutors- elder Abuse and fraud cases- about 20 years ago. RPAPS workers serve 5 county areas. Dearborn County is projected to have 80% of population over age 65 in 30 years. Get APS money from July to July on a fiscal year and the budget is on a calendar year. I couldn’t get reimbursed for health insurance plans properly. We spent more money than we get reimbursed for. They are $30,000 in the hole. Negangard says they got an $8,000 increase in our grant and there is a deficit. We need to pay that deficit off out of forfeiture (seizure account ) money so that we don’t get hit by SBOA -State Board of Accounts -again for it. [NOTE: Again using seizure money to pay off.]

Adult Protective Services - $98,895 and an $80,000 grant comes in two pieces.  They used a bait and switch- add money if you add another person- but then they didn’t give us enough for the extra person.

Child Support gets reimbursed at 66% and then we get incentives. The incentive money is up to $100,000. Prosecutor, clerk and county share in this money. They originally sent Child Support to the Prosecutor’s office. They changed the rules so that it can only be spent for Child support services now. [NOTE: How unusual – to actually spend it for what it is named.]  Money has accrued there so we will use it for computers or whatever. $17,000 of this was used to supplement one person’s salary. 4D money is reimbursed at 66% so only costs the county 1/3. Also have to separate out these expenses. Some of this we share with 4D as it is reimbursed at 66%.

Lansing asked- How do you keep all of this stuff straight? Negangard said it has taken him quite a while.

Negangard said he had to send in an additional request to Council for court reporters who aren’t paid up yet.

CAC- Childrens Advocacy Center- he will be making a request for that sometime later- that is money well spent- but that will have to wait for another evening.

3:05 PM

After break- Kraus said- they need to add Prosecutor to that Advisory Board on the personnel  for deciding if they grant new position. He has a new position in Fund 4905- a $50,000 position for new investigator.  Kraus said- the money isn’t a problem- He has over $3 million in that pool. (Seizure account) No one knew what the new position was for.

Public defender- is officially Gary Sorge per Ullrich- in answer to Brandt’s question.


Judge James Humphrey- looks like most are the same. The main things to highlight are on attorney’s fees. They have a new law requiring an attorney for all juvenile beginning hearings. They can’t waive an attorney without an attorney being there. They would like to have a chief public defender ( 2 of them) under contract. They would assist the current public defender. They are also having a problem with attorney guardians ad litem. We are having a huge number of people representing themselves pro se. Over half of divorce cases are being filed without attorneys now. Also need to set up funds for guardians ad litem to take on a set number of cases for a set fee. That’s his goal. It’s his best judgment to try this to get some limitation on this. He was told not to come back to the office unless I mention getting a new copy machine. Liz Morris said that they should put in the additional for him at the next meeting so they get it done and he doesn’t have to come back for it.

Humphrey said that in Ohio County there is less volume than here. Humphrey said that he is looking to add those 2 public defenders as 1099 employees. There was one case with 25 defendents last year. He had to go all over the tri-state to get those covered. There were 2-3 who hired their own attorney. He said that he had to hire attorneys in about 95% of cases. They do get some reimbursement for that.

Almost all juvenile delinquency and criminal cases get appointed attorney. The other big growth is in the attorney guardian ad litem cases. Heroin in the community is causing big problems in the families in some cases. Either Magistrate Schmaltz or he have to make decisions as to how to protect the kids. When he first started it was unheard of for people to file their own dissolution. Even without kids there are pension plans, debts, and real estate to consider. $130,000 in public defender fees collected. $14,390 in the guardian ad litem account.  Doesn’t want to touch that account as 20 years ago or so they had a case that used up $250,000 in attorney fees. They want to be able to cover a major case like that.
He anticipates at least 3 more major jury trials this year if things continue as the previous part of the year. If it’s a regular dissolution – they don’t have to appoint an attorney, unless there are children or a question of competency or a contempt action. (He keeps wanting to not use much in that emergency account.) But said he is willing to do it for one year to meet budget. Council was needing him to use $20,000 out of that account. That $130,000 account (Pauper attorney) only grows by $8-10,000 a year.

Liz Morris said it is surprising how people can find money if they want something bad enough.  Sometimes grandparents… Humphrey said that he can’t use extended family funds to evaluate their ability to pay.

 I left at 4:05 PM  after Humphrey finished.

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, August 25, 2014

25 August 2014 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

25 August 2014 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Mike Hall, Chairman, Dennis Kraus Jr., Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehman, Mike Hornbach, Art Little, Jake Hoog, Dan Lansing, Jim Thatcher
Also Present: Mark McCormack, Plan Director, Vinnie Fazzino, Assistant Planner, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.
 Minutes for July 28th meeting were approved.

Zone map Amendment from Residential to B-1 Restricted Business For Daniel Badinghaus on Bond road and Stateline Road on 4.2 acres in Miller Township. See previous notes on this from the July Plan Commission also. Mike Hall stepped down and left the room as he was the surveyor on this project. Dennis Kraus, Jr.  acted as chairman for this item. Mark McCormack gave a brief overview of the proposed zone change for those who were not here last month for the initial presentation. Fire and EMS letters provided. Sewer district working on an agreement with LMH. The owner does not wish to limit his potential uses in the B-1 zone change. There is a need for traffic analysis if this is given a favorable recommendation.
Terry Hall presented on behalf of the applicant/owner. She addressed noise as being handled by the finish work he does and that he does the work indoors. Light trespass is addressed in the regulations. They addressed the parking and buffering. The owners signed off on non residential use of the church which was previously on these lots. The land was disturbed by the church setup and so septic is not workable. She noted similar uses granted in the Jeb Road area.
Dan Badinghaus – applicant- they want to improve the current building to look better than it does now. Theyy will be about 4 workers to start there with a cabinet finishing business. He asked for  a favorable vote.
Shirley Gardner- had several questions about what is going on. She does not think the size of the lot restricts what he can do there. Black top was the reason the septic cannot happen now. she said he has been advertising for several months as retail space is available. She wants to know about that and what response he received. She wants to see a traffic study done on this. Kraus, Jr. told her that traffic studies are required in the code under certain conditions. This hasn’t met those yet. She asked what the notification process was and whether or not their input would be listened to. She said if most everybody in the neighborhood has been there and objected to this. She is the biggest property owner there and she definitely objects to this. McCormack explained that the objections have to be legally justified.  It is just not enough to say you don’t like something there. She said she thought she had done that with the traffic issues, the noise issues, septic issues etc. They have a packet of materials that were submitted as to why he did not want to limit his uses. She said how would we know that these were submitted to even review them? Kraus, Jr. then read off what was in the packet for the audience. Kraus also agreed that he could tear down the building and do anything else in B-1 if given the zone change. She said- so we are all just left in the dark and whatever happens, happens. She worried about property values going down with a business going in next to homes. She said there are restrictions with the subdivision and they were given to everyone they sold property to. The Recorder’s Office did not have the restrictions in their paperwork per Kraus, Jr. She thinks they are recorded with the deeds in the courthouse. If something was signed with the church it may have voided all those Kraus, Jr. said. She said she thinks her concerns are legitimate. There was some question about him putting another storage building up. Kraus said he could do that now- without the rezone. They did discuss a storage area outside for his trailers.
Mrs Kelly- agrees with Gardner about the traffic issues getting out of the side streets along Stateline there. She thinks the metal building will not shield the noises from the equipment. She is worried about the commercial real estate ads for this as it is a far cry from the church use.
Gloria Holton ??- lives on Bond Rd- also traffic issues and the metal building will not shield the noise. We all bought houses there as it is all residential. It is beautiful out there. Now we have someone putting a business there.
Sandy Whiteloff ??- concerned about noise and traffic and a specific issue last month when a Dollar General semi went over her daughter’s car. Owner is Jeff Reed- and what is his relationship to Dan Badinghaus? Was Reed the one who allowed Hoosier Wallbed Company doing what they did before the July meeting. They are strongly opposed to this and it sets a precedent for others to open business there. She wants to know if there is a tax benefit from this? She wants to retain their property values.
Brigid Essert- Can we being here make a difference in what is decided? Or is it all legal stuff? If it gets zoned to B-1 can you put restrictions and written commitments on it? No one will want to buy my house if they have this. And s business wouldn’t want it as I only have an acre. Kraus told her that the Commissioners make the final decision on this. If he brings the sewer does everyone in the pathway have to hook up? DCRSD normally only does that if the septic is failed.
Tom ??- Is there a legal noise ordinance? McCormack said that there has never been enough noise created to trip this. If this passes and there is a bunch of noise there- who do we come back to? To plane  wood will make noise. The county police enforce some noise issues. The Plan Dept will check some of these outs.
Mike and Stella Basham- they did not buy their home for noise and business to be there. They also have seen a wreck there about every weekend.  
Jim Smith- Do you have any idea how this will affect traffic? Kraus said that Badinghaus has explained his traffic patterns and they show limited affect. Raising the speed limit form 35-45mph was a big mistake. There are numerous accidents. He has digital photos of one that came thru his front yard- over a tree and by his porch. It is dangerous and semis pulling in and out won’t help this. He was given Listerman’s card to contact him also. Consider that if it was your parents or your kid’s property, how will this affect them? If there were anyway to know how this would affect property values. That would be nice.
Cindy Bachelor- she is right behind it and she will hear everything- she is OK with him- but not a garage or etc. If he is unwilling to strike anything then I don’t agree with it.
Nick ?- wants to know when they will make a recommendation. Kraus said it will most likely be tonight. Or they could table it again.
Terry Hall said that should this be approved- future owners would be limited by the layout and size of lots that Badinghaus is. Badinghaus said that no one would be forced to hook-up unless failed.
Badinghaus said that Jeff Reed, the owner, is a partner of his. The building is insulated with 5/8 drywall and R-18 insulation and metal outside. Hoog asked if he would consider increasing insulation if he expanded and had more noisy equipment. He said he would consider that of course.
Board discussion:
Mark Lehman went thru all 39 uses. But some of the ones that would impact would also have traffic study issues also. He sees that it meets all the conditions- esp on a main arterial. But what about the future?
Beiresdorfer- We should put a big condition- so that if he sells they will need a traffic study. He doesn’t see property values going down- his taxes always go up.
Mark Lehman- would love to strike about half the uses.  
McCormack said a 1000 trips per day trip a traffic study. They should bring up speed issues at commissioners if this goes to them. The commissioners will probably be at an evening meeting in Sept or Oct.
Lehman and Hornbach went over the uses and said which ones they would like to limit or strike from the potential uses. Hornbach thought the proposed use would be a good use for the existing building and spruce it up as well.
Baudendistel said that commissioners could add restrictions but they could not eliminate any that the PC sent over without the applicant having to essentially start over.
Lehman – motioned to give a favorable recommendation to rezone to B-1 with a written commitment striking the use of #1,2,4,32,31,34,36, and 29. And also add a traffic study if the trip generation exceeds 1000 trips per day. Hornbach 2nd. All ayes except for Beiersdorfer who said Nay.
8:50 PM

Vacate a portion of streets and alleys in the platted town of Wilmington for Dana and Phyllis Weisickle. The site location is Water Street and to unnamed alleys adjacent to Probst Road in Hogan Township on 0.276 acres of Agricultural zoned land.  Dennis Kraus, Jr stepped down and left the room as he was the surveyor. Mike Hall resumed spot as Chairman.
County Engineer Todd Listerman had no objections. McCormack went over they pictures and law that they must adhere to in considering the vacation request.
Dennis Kraus, Sr. presented for the applicant. He said Mark was so thorough that he didn’t have much to add to the presentation. He said that these alleys are not being used any longer. They create no land locked pieces by removing these. No one accesses property with these anyway. The cemetery would get half the ROW anyway per Hall if they were encroached upon. This wa sin response to Art Little’s question about the cemetery.
Priscilla Probst- both she and husband grew up and lived there all their life. Their son maintains the cemetery. They don’t want Water Street vacated. The other one that goes to their pasture in back has been there 150 years. It hasn’t bothered anything before. They are against that. The one around the cemetery allows for  a potential circular driveway in the future.
Mary Calhoun- a member of the Wilmington Cemetery- the lots are pretty much sold out and the power lines limit more lots. It would give cemetery additional footage if vacated. They wouldn’t be able to afford paving Water Street circular driveway someday. The cemetery is well maintained.
Eleanor Heim- she owns land by part of this and would have to quit claim to keep the whole building that was built over the ROW. Kraus Sr showed her the plat so that she could see better what was proposed. She wants to keep all her trees by her fence. They agreed to let her keep her trees and fence and the Weisickles get their shed. Kraus Sr. said he can make that happen in the survey.
Kraus Sr. said that 20 ft is enough for the cemetery driveway. Hall re-explained to Priscilla Probst that it would be an advantage to the cemetery to have the half of the ROW.
Phyllis Weisickle said that they are not trying to take anyone’s trees or the cemetery land, they have maintained and mowed this all along- they take pride in their property.
Beiersdorfer motioned to send a favorable recommendation to vacate the two alleys and street according to section 280 and 282.  Lehman seconded.  All ayes.
9:30 PM

 Proposed changes to the Dearborn County Zoning Ordinance related to animal control and the keeping of animals. This has been done to clarify the text for legal purposes. These text changes define what animals they are referring to being allowed in residential zones. Potbelly pigs are larger than 150 lbs at maturity so they wouldn’t be allowed on less than 2 acres in residential zone. They can request a variance for things not mentioned here. Exotic animals are also governed by the animal control ordinance.  They are defined as being native to a foreign country and then lists some animals. Baudendistel wants them to reference the animal control ordinance. Examples are lions tigers, antelopes, yaks etc. Animal control is under the sheriff’s dept. They are going to insert the proper cross references. They have a favorable recommendation as amended.
Old Orchard – was revisited and all completed except for signs being put in. We are holding $10,000 for possible maintenance issues for the next two years. That means it will go off the list in the next couple months.  Mike Hall signed the development agreement for Old Orchard.
Comp Plan meeting can be in September as there is no regular meeting. He’s thinking of doing it on Sept 29 so other cities and town reps can show up.
Website will be rolled out in September hopefully and the PZ one will change.
Budget is pretty much the same as usual that is being presented to Council this week.
Adjourned at 9:50 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Agenda for Budget Hearings with County Council August 25-19

Budget Meetings (For Year 2014)
August 25 - 29

August 25th, Monday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM
9:00 AM Budget Analysis--Frank Cummings
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Lifetime Housing--Carla Burkhart
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM Auditor--Gayle Pennington
11:30 AM
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1 pm

1:15 PM Highway--Tim Greive
1:30 PM Cum Bridge--Todd Listerman
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM Soil & Water--Brad Dawson
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Clerk--Rick Probst
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 26th, Tuesday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Solid Waste--BJ Ault & Mindy Smith
9:00 AM Commissioners--Terri Randall
9:15 AM
9:30 AM Redevelopment Commission
9:45 AM County Extension Office--Mike Hornbach
10:00 AM Treasurer--Phil Weaver
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM EMA--Bill Black
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM Recorder--Glenn Wright
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1pm

1:15 PM Juvenile Center--Traci Agner & Beth Blair
1:30 PM
1:45 PM Animal Control--Marlene Underwood
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM Prosecutor--Aaron Negangard
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Circuit Court--Judge Humphrey
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 27th, Wednesday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Assessor--Gary Hensley
9:00 AM Park Board--Jim Red Elk
9:15 AM
9:30 AM Maintenance--Eric Hartman
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Circuit Court Probation--Steve Bradley
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM Regional Sewer District--Steve Renihan
11:00 AM
11:15 AM Health Dept--Dr. Scudder
11:30 AM
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 11:50-12:50pm
1:00 PM Superior Court 2--Judge Blankenship
1:15 PM
1:30 PM Superior Probations and Community Corr--Steve Kelly
1:45 PM
2:00 PM Safe Passage--Becky
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM

August 28th, Thursday

8:30 AM
8:45 AM Building Department--Bill Shelton
9:00 AM Coroner--Steve Callahan
9:15 AM Surveyor--Dennis Kraus
9:30 AM Lifetime Resources-- (Dawn Landwehr 432-6260)
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Planning and Zoning--Mark McCormack
10:15 AM
10:30 AM Sheriff/Jail--Mike Kreinhop
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM Convt Visit Bureau--Charlotte Hastings & Debbie Smith
11:45 AM

Break for Lunch 12-1pm

1:15 PM Veteran's Service Officer--Mike Burgess
1:30 PM PAWS--Sandy Carly
1:45 PM
2:00 PM Historical Society--Chris McHenry
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM **Charlie Ashley will be in at 8:45 on Friday to discuss the
4:15 PM Communications budget as well as an additional
4:30 PM appropriation

Friday, August 22, 2014

AGENDA August 25th Dearborn County Plan Commission

Monday, August 25, 2014
7:00 P.M.




1. Request: Zone Map Amendment from a Residential (R) to a Restricted
Business (B-1) District
 Applicant: Daniel Badinghaus
 Site Location: Bond Road & Stateline Road intersection
 Legal: Sec. 1, T6, R1, Map #06-01, Parcel #’s 068, 069, 079, 081, 087, 089
 Township: Miller Size: 4.2 Acres
 Zoning: Residential (R)

1. Request: Vacate a portion of streets and alleys in the platted
 Town of Wilmington
 Applicant: Dana & Phyllis Weisickle
 Site Location: Water Street and 2 unnamed alleys; adjacent to Probst Road
 Legal: Sections 35 & 36, Map #08-35, 08-36, T-5, R-2
 Township: Hogan Size: Approximately .276 Acres
 Zoning: Agricultural (A)

1. Proposed changes to the Dearborn County Zoning Ordinance related to animal control
and the keeping of animals

STAFF REPORTS for the above items can be viewed later Friday August 22 also on the county website

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SCU- Special Crimes Unit- will get $509,000 new headquarters in Lawrenceburg

SCU- Special Crimes Unit- will get $509,000 new headquarters in Lawrenceburg

The Lawrenceburg Resolution link is also on this webpage at Register Publications.

Project appears to be paid for by the County SCU with $200,000 in funds given to them by Lawrenceburg and Seizure Money from the County  SCU. 
The County SVU pays for the building and the City of Lawrenceburg owns it.
The County SCU then leases the building from Lawrenceburg.

The story does not mention a bidding process for this building.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

19 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners MeetingNotes

19 August 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners MeetingNotes

Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, and Kevin Lynch
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.



Planning and Zoning- Mark McCormack- Zone Map amendment request- Oxbow of Indiana request to rezone about 905 acres in Lawrenceburg Township to Agriculture. This request received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the 8 Plan Commission members who were present at their meeting. The existing zoning was M-3 (Manufacturing 3). Most of this is in flood plain or in the flood way. Greendale and Lawrenceburg Conservancy District were notified of this request. Most of the surrounding area is Ag. Most is wetland areas and some is farmed. McCormack showed pictures of the subject property and maps of the surrounding properties. Section 540 and the 5 criteria to pay reasonable regard to before rezoning. There were some property owners at the Plan Commission meeting that had no problem with the rezone but some requested that they not rezone their own properties. The buffer distance is about 60 ft with the new ordinance that is to be up for adoption soon. The Plan Commission recommended that be set to half the buffer distance if needed for adjoining properties. Baudendistel read the ordinance rezoning the Oxbow’s various parcels in Lawrenceburg Township. There were two exhibits attached to the ordinance showing color coded map and a list of the property owners.
Public discussion – Tim Mara representing Oxbow and their 3 other property owners spoke and gave a history of the land acquisitions over the years. He also said the flood plain was frequently flooded and they felt uncomfortable having a Manufacturing-3 zone given their purpose. They also lease a number of acres for farming to promote the agriculture in the county. The president of Oxbow was alos in the audience.
The commissioners passed the ordinance rezoning the Oxbow area to Agricultural zoning.

Resolution Regarding SCU- Special Crimes Unit- Building-Andy Baudendistel presented the ordinance. Lawrenceburg owns the building and they will lease it to SCU. They also gave $200,000. This resolution is substantially similar to Lawrenceburg’s resolution as required. Any additional money is coming out of the seizure fund. Shane McHenry said that he will be abstaining from this discussion due to his previous involvement with SCU. Tom McKay said- The building will be located by the Lawrenceburg City Garage is. Commissioners approved the resolution and agreement between the county and Lawrenceburg. McHenry abstained.

Steve Kelly- has a grant for Core Soft to help with the ankle bracelet system for Community Corrections. They are the first pilot program for this in Indiana. They have $150,000 and a match for $150,000 for total of $300,000 which is about $4,000 over the budgeted amount. 54 participants for Aug 15 of 2014 – June 30 of 2015.. They will have a separate fund for this grant. Pennington has that set up. Commissioners approved.

 ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall:  Jail Project Update- thanked citizens who came out to the jail tour on Saturday. Had a big turnout with 50 and then 30 on the 2nd tour. Has nothing more today.

Change Orders- Brad Rullman- Maxwell Construction- Commissioners have advance copies. All were approved by Commissioners: First two are additional. Third is a deduction:

$2838- for power to switch off water supply Security Nation Systems.
$11,252.21 Banta Electric – to change 45 lights from recessed to surface mounts
$4,066  Breckenridge Kitchen Equipment- 3 new double ovens were switched to only needing two.

Project Update- some unforeseen conditions but are still within the contingency. They are 85-90% complete with the project. The final phase is renovation of eth kitchen and booking area.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- had Sue send you a memo for an appointment needed for a vacancy on Miller Township board. Art Little was asked what to do. He will have a name for next meeting- Tabled.
Minutes for August 5th were approved. Claims approved.

EMS reimbursements for $250 each for EMT class- both were for Greendale EMTs. Approved to pay.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- Interlocal with municipalities regarding Animal Control Ordinance- probably not entirely necessary but wants to cover all their bases. The municipalities need to know that the ACO’s will only be enforcing the COUNTY ordinance. They are not compelled to enforce the city ordinance if it is different from ours. Greendale is not included in this at this point. They may elect to opt out of this. As of now though Greendale is still covered under this ordinance.

Baudendistel said that Sue Hayden said that the Veterans are asking the state to cover various therapies. Tabled to hear from the Veteran’s Officer on this.

Baudendistel reported that the County has a $25,000 escrow account for Tucker to complete Old Orchard. They will keep $10,000 and the existing bond will be released and a maintenance bond  required for 2 years. $15,000 will go back to Tucker. Listerman created a punch list to be completed by September 15. The agreement was approved to be signed by McHenry in front of the notary tomorrow. I asked if Tucker had any other outstanding unfinished projects. Baudendistel wasn't sure but said that he thought there were other bonds out on those. [NOTE: It is important that the county be protected for all unfinished roadways etc in subdivisions.]

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch thanked everyone who participated in the job fair with 74 companies and 260 applicants and 17 people were hired on the site. This is a 50% increase form last year. A great feeling of collaboration in our community.

Little- said that the tours of the jail were really interesting. He jokingly said it’s like a retirement home- but wouldn’t want to be locked up in there.

McHenry was watching kids soccer on the tour date which was like being in jail-



Meeting adjourned at  6:00 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, August 18, 2014

Agenda August 19th Commissioners Meeting

August 19, 2014
5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

I.          CALL TO ORDER



            1.  Planning & Zoning – Mark McCormack
·         Zone Map Amendment Request  
·         Ordinance Rezoning Various parcels in Lawrenceburg Township
V.        ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall
            1.  Jail Project Update
2.  Change Orders – Brad Rullman, Maxwell Construction

VI.       AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
            1.  Resolution Regarding SCU Building
            2.  Interlocal w/Municipalities Re: Animal Control Ordinance





Stupid? No, Follow the Incentives

Stupid? No, Follow the Incentives

published with permission of Indiana Policy Review

by Cecil Bohanon, Ph.D.

The world just seems to be filled with stupid, lazy and greedy people.

Wall Street Journal article a few years back described a really dumb practice of a major American automobile company. Passenger vans produced in Turkey are imported into the United States. As soon as they clear U.S. customs they are shipped to an auto shop. The windows are removed from the vans and panels are installed in their place, and the rear seats are also removed and destroyed. Net of the scrap value, the operation costs a few hundred dollars per van.
Why would a firm make a passenger van outside the United States  and then convert it to a commercial van once it has cleared customs? This is the height of stupidity — no wonder American business is losing its competitive edge if corporate executives make such bone headed decisions. 

Here is another example of bad decision-making: A single mother is offered an opportunity to increase her income by accepting a promotion that will require her to take on more responsibility. She declines the offer.  Here is a woman we are trying to help, who will not help herself. Too many poor people are just lazy. 
A third example is the current trend for American corporations to reconstitute themselves as legal entities outside the U.S. Businesses nurtured in America are abandoning their own country. Let’s face it the problem is greed and greed rules in business.

Bottom line: We need better education to generate a fundamental reform of human character. We need a protracted war on stupid, lazy and greedy people. Well no. As Paul Harvey used to say: now for the rest of the story.

An imported commercial van is subject to a 25 percent tax. An imported passenger van is subject to a 2 percent tariff. By importing vehicles as a passenger vans and then converting them to commercial vans, the auto company saves thousands of dollars per vehicle. This more than pays for the conversion that cost only a few hundred dollars per vehicle. Far from being stupid, this is quite sensible given the tariff structure.

If the woman takes the promotion she will earn more gross income. However, most of the income gain will be eaten up by additional taxes and reductions in the government benefits she receives. On net, she will not be much better off by taking the more difficult job. Her refusal to take the job is not a sign she is lazy, rather it indicates she is prudent.
Finally, American companies are reincorporating outside the U.S. for a simple reason: The statutory tax rate on corporate income is 35 percent in the United States while it is typically 20 percent in other nations. This saves billions of dollars for the company shareholders most of whom are Americans. One can say that this is greed but it is no more so than when an individual taxpayer takes advantage of any component of the tax code.
What is common to the three stories?  The dysfunctional behavior is not so much a byproduct of a character flaw but rather a byproduct of a perverse incentive. We humans are flawed creatures. We all act in ways that are stupid, lazy and greedy. Our tax code, however, often encourages us on.      

Cecil Bohanon, Ph.D., an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, is a professor of economics at Ball State University.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Column: August 14, 2014 Dearborn County Register Publications

Troubling Questions About County Government

In recent years I have had some troubling questions about Dearborn County government.
Questions like:

What do you do when you can’t get information from your local government?

What do you do when you find out that only certain people were invited to bid on a government project?

What happens if costly government projects are broken up into smaller pieces so that the public does not get to vote on it?

Is the judicial branch in charge of the government?

Can County Council stop Commissioners from spending on a project?

When are rules governing majority vote properly changed?

What happens when judges or prosecutors make mistakes?

What if you ask a question at a public meeting about a process or expenditure and get no answer?

Should all public meetings be recorded?

Does an attorney for county boards receive any special training on laws specific to government process?

After covering county meetings for almost 20 years, I know that there are three guiding principles of good government. When things start running amok I can usually trace the problem back to one or more of these being violated.

The first is the Open Door Law or the Sunshine Law. The second is Conflict of Interest. The third is the System of Checks and Balances between the branches of government.

This year I saw evidence of the Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission (DCRC) violating all three principles.

 When some government officials and the local paper attempted to contain and correct the DCRC, others tried to cover up and obstruct. The board circled the wagons and protected the violators, rather than opening the door and protecting the citizens of the county. The county commissioners via their attorney proposed a three page form to be filled out in order to access public records.

 After the Public Access Counselor ruled against the DCRC, the DCRC attorney suggested that they have everyone who attends their meetings sign in. Was this to protect the board from complaints? One of the DCRC answers to the newspaper’s complaint was that it was over the 30 day time limit to complain about the violations. So if they can prove you were at the meeting and didn’t complain in time, then they are off the hook? Lawyers are great at defensive strategy like that. But it doesn’t change the fact that they violated. Getting the board off on a technicality does not protect the citizens of the county.

The newspaper article regarding the complaint filed by their assistant editor with the Public Access Counselor shows not one or two violations but a clear and persistent pattern of them.

After someone has held a job for a year or two they should know the rules of government, particularly when they are hired as the county administrator. And the same is true for the lawyers serving as advisors to county boards. There should be a refresher course for boards and their attorneys on the Open Door Law. In the meantime there are officials, such as the county auditor, well-versed in these regulations for them to have as a resource.

The final straw while wading through this Open Door obstacle course came at the DCRC’s regular meeting in July when I asked (twice) when exactly did this board decide on the retroactive pay  for Terri Randall? I received no answer other than a “belief” from the former Chairman of the Board that he’s sure they must have done it in one of the meetings they didn’t have minutes for- just after they started meeting at the county administration building over a year ago. This belief was not supported by any other member at that July meeting or by any other county commissioner or council minutes or emails.

This brings us to two other issues with my guiding principles. The checks and balances don’t work because the commissioners are sharing their administrator with the DCRC board. Her salary is being paid by both commissioners and DCRC, thus giving the appearance of a conflict of interest. Which board is she serving? Who checks on whom?

I have been told over the years by officials that it is hard to see your own conflicts of interest, because when you are in power, you think you can handle issues and be fair. If any board needs to be watched closely, it is the DCRC. They are in charge of bringing economic development to the county. They spend a large amount of our money including grants to attract business- $4.7 million in incentives for the latest business. They cut the tax revenue to our schools by rerouting it through the TIF (tax incremental financing) districts for these businesses. Good schools are key to getting and keeping jobs. Who will be making up for the shifting tax revenue?

DCRC has more closed door executive sessions than any board in the county. They should be watching out for the good of the citizens. Instead they seem to be more worried about getting around whoever is watching them.

Christine Brauer Mueller of Lawrenceburg Township is a writer for the Dearborn County Public Forum and has attended county meetings since 1995.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

14 August 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

14 August 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

Present: Dave Deddens, Chairman, John Rahe, Jim Deaton, and Dennis Kraus, Sr.

ABSENT: Jim Helms and Dusty Burress (non- voting school board member)

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, and Randy Maxwell, consultant (arrived at 8:20). Leah Bailey covered for Gayle Pennington.

Erika Schmidt Russell (Register Publications) covered this meeting

Call to Order

Approval of July 17 special meeting minutes- approved

Sign at entrance to Industrial Park on Randall Avenue- Terri Randall showed a picture of the sign and the missing spots and incorrect signage for businesses no longer there. John Rahe said that a group of volunteers bought the land years ago and then we sold it to another private group. (Rahe was involved with that) There is an acre that the sign sits on that belongs to someone else. Chuck Taylor was an original also. One of the businesses had bought from Rack and has no sign for his business out there. The asking price for the acre is $59,000 now. Craig Distributing is very interested. Someone is interested in purchasing the property. Brett Fehrman was contacted- as realtor. Ewan asked about the piece across from Randall Avenue as an option for sign? Randall thought that maybe they could write the letter as redevelopment to support them. Deaton asked if they could get an easement for that. We don’t want to own the property without some constructive use of it. Randall said they could maybe use TIF dollars for it. Ideally the easement could be for all the other property owners and they would pay for their part of the sign. The old sign needs to come down. The new owner of that property may want this to help the looks of their property anyway. DCRC approved Randall to send a letter to property owners and attorney for that estate and realtor to let them know DCRC is interested in helping out with a decent sign on the property.  

Fire Coverage in West Harrison Area- Randall said the township trustees are in charge of fire coverage. Commissioners are in charge of EMS. The West Harrison trustee contracted with 3 different entities as they are in 3 fire districts. The Mill needs to show robust fire protection for their insurance. Thus they need to contract with the city of Harrison for that purpose. She said “they” have had some real open discussions. There is an interlocal agreement with the township trustee and Harrison where we pay $10,000. She met with the trustee and Art Little. They ran the numbers and because of the runs done it is now $30,000. She has not got enough money in her tax base to support this. This cost is more due to the industry. She said this board at some point will have to consider helping out there. Harrison will work with the trustee now and “swallow it” for the time being. The trustee is worried about being fair to the other two fire depts. that she contracts with. Randall said these are not really apples to apples as Harrison is full service. The trustee will sign the contract because Harrison is willing to increase it to just $12,000 at this time. They discussed using the TIF money to pay for that. They have about a year to research this. 

Claims and Financials- Sue Hayden said there are two different ways there are claims to show the two different funds they are coming from. Randall said -This group is administering those grant funds for the Research Technician etc. also. Rahe moved to approve the first page for less than $3000 and it included the register news claim. The second claim set for $ 9471.98 was approved. 

Financials-$406,792.79- land acquisition funds. Growth and dev has ½ million in it. $97,021 left in Lawbg grant. TIF funds were also read off.  Approved.

2015 Budget- Randall said that they all have a copy of this and it is pretty much the same as this year. $25,000 is coming in from County Council. Everything is being paid out of cash on hand. CVTB has always provided $50,000. Now they say they are not going to fund it any more. The funds from innkeepers are for tourism. The other riverboat admissions can be spent on economic development. It was well received when we talked to them. She wants to know if this board wants to formally request that money in writing and attend the budget meeting. Rahe agreed and the DCRC board voted to write CVTB a letter and copy the Commissioners. The letter will go to Charlotte Hastings as Pres of CVTB Board.

Approval of signature on ED Research Technician contract- Economic advisory committee that was set up with cities and county DCRC as sponsor of the Lawrenceburg grant. Deddens signed it recently and the DCRC board ratified his signature. Dennis Kraus, Sr. abstained as this was the first time he’d seen it. 

Blayr Barnard- SE IN Small Business Development Center- she has been helping Randall. She said Lawrenceburg has hired away 2/3 of her staff and she had to come down and cover the area in the last several months. She said she and Randall met over someone needing grant money. She found them private financing. Mark Hemmerle is the new hire covering our 5 county area. They cover one-on-one counseling. They do it for older businesses and new ones too. Many are seeing how to market and also getting financing. The research alone is worth about $50,000 for these businesses. We work with them 4 or maybe 40 hours. They have also worked with some home businesses. CBEC model was a social services model originally. Now they are more of a business advocate. Access to capital, working with all the local lenders is a service. Packaging the deals with federal funds if available and need a revolving loan fund in the area. Friends and family funds, crowd funding, and getting private financing is what they work with. Mark Hemmerle is housed in the Chamber. DC funds $5000 to them annually. Last year started 9 businesses here. It’s a little low as staff was low this year. One business was 156 jobs. Last year they had 48 jobs. They worked with 81 clients this year. They have had 2 workshops here. One was on retailing. They do in depth analysis of staffing, etc. Also analysis of product- offer the people want they want to buy- change inventory. They troubleshoot problems. This program has been in existence for 30 years. 5 years ago she revamped it and now they have a stronger presence in this area though the Chamber. She says she has no problem being the bad guy to let people know they can’t get a loan- to prevent future foreclosures for non- viable businesses. Randall went on about how Kelly (who was with SBDC) had vetted the Mills. Blayr went on to talk about how they wade thru the tax returns and financials. They have to be under 500 employees. Mark Hemmerle- was introduced to the DCRC Board- been here 15 years- a “recovering attorney” who used to work for Grand Vic. He resides in HVL.

Lead Economic Development Officer’s Report- Terri Randall-turned it over to Oren Turner who has been here 1.5 weeks. Even though he doesn’t work with DCRC. Worked on Main St in Aurora. He has worked on political campaigns in the past. He is getting an associated in addition to his degree from IU. Associated at Cincy State is in computer programming and IT. He is looking at the website for economic development. He is reviewing RFPs. He is looking at utility info to be in professional format. Hope to have a good strategy in place to court our county and market it better. He will do a great job- energetic and enthusiastic per Randall. He may get a spot in Lawrenceburg near their IT guy. He is from the area and moved from Aurora to Stateline. They are going to get him around to the other smaller Redev Commissions.

 Randall will send out the simulated site selection report to the DCRC board. She said they got a lead and responded. She let John Rahe comment on what happened in that process. Rahe said that in response to our letter response for the company seeking out a site for selection. We found out that Terri was doing a good job but that there are other things we should be including. They basically said we are nuts and need to do it another way. Previously we hadn’t even responded to these requests. They now know what things are important to include in a site promotion letter. They stressed that the web page has to be good- really good- because people go there first.

Randy Maxwell said that the moment we got the “secret shopper” lead- he knew it was fishy- the secret shopper people were trying to build a database from responses. There are not a lot of properties for sale. We need to know what the owners of properties want for their land so we can market it. The bare minimum is that they want us to have control of the property we are marketing. The confidential project from last executive session checked in and – no news so far- so that is still good news. Continue to be encouraged per Randall.

The flood plain survey data is in and $5,000 will take the existing survey and make model and see if we have any standing to take to FEMA to take some of this out of the flood plain. Randy and she think the $5,000 is high. Do you want to give me a not to exceed number? She will forward the data to the board and they will think of this for next meeting. The process will take a long time with FEMA. Kraus asked- did we know what this cost was up front when we did the survey? He thought we would know what the cost would be before we started on it. Why start if you aren’t going to finish? Maxwell said we will finish it- but this guy is squeezing us in the corner and we need to renegotiate this step.

Attorney’s Report- Andrea Ewan- no report


Meeting adjourned at 9:20 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township