Tuesday, April 15, 2014

15 April 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

15 April 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.


Proposed Animal Control Ordinance- Baudendistel had given the draft to the commissioners. They changed one section to strongly recommend spay and neuter. Not enough staff for enforcement of actually requiring spay and neuter. They cities and towns have a copy of this. Marlene Underwood will be present for 2nd meeting in May. This will be posted on the county website for 30 days prior to adoption of the ordinance. Check www.dearborncounty.org


Recognition of Chuck Johnson 45 years as an auctioneer- National Auctioneer day is April 19- Susan Johnson, Chuck’s daughter –in-law represented the Johnson family. Chuck went to auctioneer school in Iowa in 1969. His slogan was “auction means action.” He worked for Bill Hoffmeier for a while, before striking out on his own.  She told several stories and history of his years of auctioneering. Commissioners also presented him with the Distinguished Hoosier award from Gov Mike Pence and recognition from Senator Johnny Nugent also. There are several family members who have followed him into the business. Pictures were taken with the family and commissioners. This was a surprise for Mr. Johnson.

 Commissioners observed a moment of silence for Sue Hayden whose brother passed away suddenly. Hayden is the Commissioner’s executive assistant.

United Families- Kathy Riley- Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation – Commissioners signed the proclamation to mark children’s and young adult’s mental health needs. McHenry read the entire proclamation before they signed it.

Clerk of Courts- Rick Probst- Polling locations approval and notification- commissioners are required to designate the polling places and because there are three changes it has to be published twice. Polls are open now- for early voting. Commissioners approved.

Grant Agreement with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration- Pennington presented for Negangard. It is a grant that the prosecutor receives every year. Commissioners approved it and Negangard signs off on it. $98,895 for adult protective services program. It reimburses one whole salary and parts of 2 other salaries for the people who work in this department.

Change orders- 2- for Jail Expansion- Terri Randall covered for Brad Rullman. Change order #1 with 5 items on that- showers and grab bars $1279, security small deduction , security hardware $888, doors $19,696, substitution of exterior glazing small deduction for Fab Core. Total additional of $20,801. Change order #1 approved.

Change order #2 – Quality Fire Protection- $16,204.37 for sprinkler head valves. These require 2 events to activate them. This keeps inmates form tampering with them. Commissioners approved change order #2.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Tim Grieve, Highway Superintendent- Emergency Watershed Protection- thru the USDA Conservation Service. This is regarding the recent heavy rains we had. There was no declaration on these rains. They are seeking grant funds 75%/25% for repairs we need to make. The USDA pretty much does the whole project. He showed a picture of Johnson Fork and Peppertown. There are 3 locations there- one is on the Losekamp farm. Since these are expensive fixes and it requires getting into the creeks, this helps solve that problem and they do the permits too. There are other locations in the county needing repair also. This letter is going to Ms Jane Hardesty showing support for seeking this funding. Commissioners signed it.

Highway Dept is closing North Dearborn Road on the hill for repairs. This will take a couple weeks now and a few days also later this summer. McHenry said to be sure to put Art Little’s name and phone number on all the signs declaring the road closing.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall-Moving forward with the courthouse annex analysis and soil borings and geotech getting bids. Alt and Witzig was low bidder. $4875. The other bid was $7778 from ATC. Randall reached out to them to let them know there was a large discrepancy, They knew they could not sharpen their pencils enough on this to compete on this one, but they understood and wanted to be considered for future work. Commissioners approved Alt and Witzig at their bid price. 

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- Updated personnel handbook- Suellen Cauble presented this. Commissioners had copies sent to them on Friday. There were 16 changes. They added the county adm to the advisory committee. Nepotism was spelled out. The jail matron and the deputy coroner position are not exempted from the nepotism law. (Tradition allowed the sheriff and coroner to hire their spouses.) Part timers were to be around 24 hours per week. Matrix employees was changed and sheriff’s employees eliminated as matrix covers more than sheriff employees. Highway employees can earn larger comp time. New hires don’t get vacation time earned from Oct – Dec. Vacation can’t be used until earned. Holidays are defined as 8 hours. Vacation time must be used during FMLA once sick time is used. No smoking in county vehicles. An employee must be there at start of shift- not within 15 minutes. Professional attire is fleshed out. Dept heads have more leeway on suspensions etc for employee conduct issues. They are asking for commissioners to sign off on this. Randall has offered to go over these changes with Cauble in instructing employees on these changes. Council decided not to exempt the jail matron and deputy coroner positions. The handbook reflects that. Commissioners approved the new personnel policy handbook changes.

Claims approved. Minutes approved for April 1st.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- nothing except he asked about the polling location names- like Dover 47022- which is really Guilford and St. John Lutheran- Lawbg 9 is not Aurora- but Lawrenceburg. Pennington gave him a little “history lesson from before his time” on where the missing Lawrenceburg poll numbers went. They ended up as Greendale locations. She will fix the addresses before posting the polls.

McHenry said that hearing history lesson made him worried as the last time he heard that expression, the next thing he knew he had a Hatch act violation filed against him! (He later explained that Witte had used the expression before filing the Hatch Act violation.) [NOTE: Should he be re-elected, McHenry may have to check his new position with the county prosecutor to make sure it accomplishes both Hatch Act rules and also the rules for not being a COUNTY employee, including his benefits.]



PUBLIC COMMENT- I reminded McHenry that we had talked last Thursday about getting the DC Redevelopment Commission Board legal. They have 6 voting members and should only have 5. McHenry said he forgot as this was not on the agenda like he thought it would be. McHenry asked if anyone had talked to Helms. Randall brought up Helms possibly not wanting to stay on but no one had spoken to him apparently. Lynch said that he had no problem stepping down to make it legal. Randall said that if someone else resigned perhaps Lynch cold be reappointed and that the law does not require a commissioner to be on it. Commissioners voted to allow Lynch to resign.

Meeting adjourned at 6:02 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township


April 15th Agenda- Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting



 April 15, 2014

5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room

County Administration Building

215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



I.          CALL TO ORDER





1.  Proposed Animal Control Ordinance



1.  Recognition for Chuck Johnson 45 years as Auctioneer

            National Auctioneer Day is April 19th


2.  United Families – Kathy Riley

Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation


3.  Clerk of Courts – Rick Probst

            Polling locations approval and notification


4.  Grant Agreement with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration


5.  Change Orders (2) for Jail Expansion


6.  Highway Supervisor – Tim Greive

            Emergency Watershed Protection




VI.        AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

1.  Claims/Minutes










XI.        ADJOURN

Monday, April 14, 2014


 Ongoing Campaign. Political candidates, except Township Advisory Board (under $500), must submit completed Campaign Finance Reports.  Mandatory Campaign Finance Reports are due before noon on 04/21/2014, 10/17/2014, 01/21/2015 and Supplemental Reports of large contributions are due in 48 hours after receipt of contribution. Subsequent Annual Reports are due by the third Friday each January until submission of “Final/Disbands Committee” CFA-4 Report. Reports submitted after noon on the due date shall be subject to $50 per day civil penalty. Defective reports shall be subject to $10 per day civil penalty. Knowingly filing a fraudulent report is a felony and subject to $10,000 fine, 3 years imprisonment or both.

Runoffs for State Senate and US Rep on May primary ballots

There are two state/US primary elections each with three candidates. One runoff is with Republicans in State senate race D 43 and the other is for Democrats in US Representative Race D 6:

Chip Perfect (R) OR
Mark Schneider (R) OR
Bill McDonald (R)

*** Primary faceoff for republicans in D43 senate race
Check out http://votechipperfect.com/
and http://markforindiana.com/home 
and http://indianasenatecandidatebillmcdonald.com/ for information on the  three primary candidates.

Susan Hall Heitzman (D) OR
Lane Siekman (D) OR
Corrine Nicole Westerfield (D)

Check out  http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/135977/susan-heitzman#.U0vU_79OWM8 and
http://lanesiekman.com/ and
no website found for Ms. Westerfield

Primary Elections in May- Local Candidates Slate

Candidate Slate for 2014 Primary Election

Listing of candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the Dearborn County Clerk Office.  Lists are in ballot order; the order that names and positions will be displayed on the Primary Ballots.  In addition to Candidates filing with the Dearborn County Clerk's Office individuals identified as running for Judicial Offices (Judge, Superior Court 1 and Prosecuting Attorney, District 7), will also be identified.

UPDATED:  12:02 PM, Feb 7, 2014

Suggestions, corrections or questions concerning content on this webpage may be directed by e-mail to dcclerk@dearborncounty.IN.gov.
Democrat Party:

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Aaron S. Watson
     County Council, District 1 - Andrew Addison

     County Council, District 2 - Dan Lansing

     County Council, District 3 - Kevin Turner

     County Council, District 4 - Philip (Flippy) Darling
     Center Township, Trustee - Nancy Fahey Turner

     Lawrenceburg Township, Trustee - Lonnie Walcott

     York Township, Trustee - Leo Martini
     Center Township Advisory Board Member - Kenneth Greive

     Center Township Advisory Board Member - Doris Schipper

     Kelso Township Advisory Board Member - Shelly Snapp

     Lawrenceburg Township Advisory Board Member - Darry Hutcherson Sr.

     York Township Advisory Board Member - Lawrence R. Joerger

     York Township Advisory Board Member - Ralph A. Martini

     York Township Advisory Board Member - Barbara Pierson

Democrat Precinct Committeeman
     Greendale 2 - Larry Weber

     Greendale 3 - Timothy Brucz

     Greendale 3 - James R. Hamill
     Greendale 4 - Robert J. Bischoff

     Lawrenceburg 1 - Jane Pope

     Lawrenceburg 2 - Aaron Cook

     Lawrenceburg 3 - Richard L. Richardson Jr.

     Lawrenceburg 4 - Mike Lawrence

Democrat Party State Delegate  (12 to be elected)         
     Andrew Addison

     John Johnson III

     Tristica Sheckels

     Nancy Fahey Turner

Republican Party:
     Judge, Superior Court 1 - Jonathan N. Cleary

     Prosecuting Attorney, District 7 - Aaron Negangard

     Assessor - Gary Randy Hensley Sr.

     Auditor - Gayle L. Pennington

     Recorder - Glenn Wright

     Sheriff - Michael R. Kreinhop

     County Commissioner, District 3 - Shane McHenry

     County Council, District 1 - Liz Morris
     County Council. District 3 - Maynard Barrett

     County Council, District 3 - Vickie L. Hon

     County Council, District 4 - Dennis A. Kraus

     Clay Township, Trustee - Ryan W. Brandt

     Clay Township, Trustee - Jerry R. Caldwell

     Harrison Township, Trustee - Denise (Cottingham) Bowling

     Harrison Township, Trustee - Dennis R. (Denny) Winia
     Logan Township, Trustee - Myrtle M. White

     Manchester Township, Trustee - Laura N Ankenman

     Miller Township, Trustee - Patricia A. Little

     Sparta Township, Trustee - Craig E. Beckley

     Washington Township, Trustee - David J. Wunderlich

     Center Township Advisory Board Member - Barbara L. Tibbs 
     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Scott Fortner

     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Sue Grace

     Clay Township Advisory Board Member - Martin W. (Marty) Hon

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Randy K. Bentle

     Miller Township Advisory Board Member - Allen W. Goodman

     Miller Township Advisry Board Member - Jeff L. Hughes
     Washington Township Advisory Board Member - Todd Bowers

     Dillsboro - Clerk-Treasurer - Janice Sullivan

     Dillsboro - City Council, At Large - Tom Wafford  

     Dillsboro - City Council, District 1 - Rick Fields
     Dillsboro - City Council, District 2 - Mary Lou Powers 

Republican Party State Delegate   (19 to be elected)
     Craig E. Beckley

     Daniel Carraway

     Mary Carrell

     Tom Carrell

     Lynn M. Deddens

     Doug Dole

     Allen W. Goodman

     David W. Hall

     Jeff L. Hughes

     Jerald Jacobsen

     Kathy Jacobsen

     Barbara R. Koch 
     Michael R. Kreinhop

     Stephanie Libbert     

     Arthur Little

     Patricia A. Little

     Ruth Ann Little

     David W. Lusby

     Kevin J. Lynch

     Randy Maxwell

     Robin Maxwell

     Shane McHenry

     Bryan Messmore

     Albert J. Moore

     Liz Morris

     Aaron Negangard

     Audra Negangard

     Doug Oldham
     Gayle L. Pennington
     Chip Perfect

     Ellen M. Perfect

     Carl Pieczonka

     Tom Savage

     Barbara J. Scherzinger

     Jim Thatcher
     Quinn Webb

     Michael Wheat

  Looking for candidates at the state level?  State Candidate information is available at the Indiana Elections Division website, select "2014 Primary Election Candidates".  Website is - http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Comp Plan Advisory Committee Meets Wednesday Aug 16th @ 7 PM

Next Comp Plan Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 16th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Commissioners Room, 3rd Floor of the County Admin. Building in Lawrenceburg
Please note that we will begin our next meeting by reviewing the goals and strategies in the Housing Element and we will follow that discussion with a review and exercises pertaining to the Environment and Natural Systems Element.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 April 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

10 April 2014 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes 

Present: Dave Deddens, Chairman, Jim Helms, John Rahe, Jim Deaton, and Maynard Barrett.

ABSENT: Kevin Lynch and Dusty Burress- non voting school board member

[NOTE: There are 6 voting members on this board and only 5 are legally allowed to vote. One of the commissioners appointees is technically not allowed to vote. Deddins and Barrett are Council appointees. The rest are commissioner’s appointees. The board can have 5 or if they want to expand it they can have 7 voting members. To date there has been no public discussion of how they plan to correct this situation.] 

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, and Randy Maxwell, consultant. 

Erika Schmidt Russell (Register Publications) covered this meeting

There was no agenda available as of closing time at the county administration building August 9. Basic agenda was available this morning at the meeting. Meeting started at 8:45 AM

Action of Executive session- Continue negotiation with the company confidentially.

Approval of minutes of March 13th meeting-approved.

Unfinished business-none

New Business- financials and claims- Through a routine audit from Barnes and Thornburg they discovered a billing for $2626 they had failed to submit in 2012. This was from when Kunkel was with the DCRC. They are legitimate services on TIFs per Randall. If we pushed back they may write it off. But the board wanted to keep a good relationship with them so they approved that along with the claims.

County administrator report- Randall said there were some legislative bills that affect Redevelopment. She will forward Tom Pitman’s report to them. Reorganizing the summary on redevelopment reports is on the list of items included in senate act 118. There are some more formal procedures and it will involve the council more on validating things that DCRC does. This has to do with building up excess TIF money. We are not near that amount here yet.

Barrett asked if they’d changed how the TIF money is used. Randall said no. Legislative body (council) reviews the DCRC budget too. DCRC no longer has eminent power domain. Friction starts with council when RC would start hoarding money per Barrett. Randall said we could have a conference call with Pittman where he would walk through this for the board. Randall said there is another bill that allows a local entity to decide whether or not to abate personal property tax. This might pit county against county for competing for business. [NOTE: isn’t this already happening?] Barrett said we are not full out on our COIT or a wheel tax. Legislature is trying to look at this.  Barrett said that he doesn’t see council raising taxes. [NOTE: Apparently, they are thinking that if we remove personal property tax to lure business, we will have to make up the shortfall by raising COIT County Optional Income tax and/or wheel taxes. So business gets a break on the backs of the taxpayers.]

Randall said that we are completely done with Whitewater mills and the bonds etc. All paperwork signed. Pitman said that the company gets the fees for $63,000 for all this as they get the benefits. Siemans of Whitewater Mills “graciously” took this over per Randall. Both $700,000 pieces from the Lawrenceburg Grant program for Whitewater Mill have been passed thru and accounted for to Lawrenceburg Grants program. Siemans will get the last check delivered personally from Terri Randall when he is the guest speaker at the Farm Bureau dinner at Tanner Valley Methodist church next week.

Barrett said the paperwork is all done- BUT we have to maintain a relationship with them to keep track of the other companies they are bringing in- like Naegele. [NOTE: and also to track the success or not of the business.]

Lawrenceburg city is following this closely too and have been able to tour and see how the money was used.

Randy and Randall has met with USDA and Jerry Haag who helped with OCRA grants. A lot of their stuff is low interest loans- but the grants would be worth going after. If they need a satellite firehouse out there- that might be worth running down per Randall.

Duke Energy has grants to help get a site ready to market- if it is one of the sites they service. Cardino ATC – they met with them regarding brownfields. We may have to get involved with the municipalities to help them target sites for this help. Farmland can even be eligible for brownfield help if they have used a lot of chemicals.

Attorney report- none [NOTE: Perhaps Ms Ewan might want to get with the county to get this board legally constituted. They have an incorrect number of voting members- and have had them for some time now. ]

Rahe asked about fixing up the Aurora Industrial park to make it more attractive to business out there. Randy said they had to make sure they help maintain this improvement. Lighting and landscaping. You also have to see who owns the land there. Perhaps the Highway Dept. could help with that as they are located there also.

Randall said that she and Grant Hughes attended a Redevelopment Commission meeting in Dillsboro. ( Deaton is affiliated with that one also) Grant had worked with Multiple Machining and she got to meet with them. She was amazed at how much they do. He had started out on Wilson Creek Road in his barn. His business is in Dillsboro’s first TIF. Moores Hill and St Leon are all working on their comprehensive plans. She said she was thanked for the county showing an interest in Dillsboro. Deaton said this was important to Dillsboro RC as it showed how important it was to work cooperatively.


Meeting adjourned at 9:17 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Attention Property Owners of Dearborn County

     Dearborn County Recorder, Glenn Wright, has noticed an increase in letters to local property owners wanting to provide deed copies and property information for a fee ranging from $60 to $100.
    According to Wright “ Copies of  your Deed can be obtained in the Recorder’s office located in the Courthouse Annex Building for a $1.00 per page fee. Other recorded documents are also available for the same $1.00 per page fee. There is no reason for any citizen to spend more than this to receive the information this company claims to provide. ”
     Property information can be obtained on the GIS website www.beacon.schneidercorp.com .
     Information about documents recorded after the year 2000 can also be obtained on the Doxpop website www.doxpop.com.
     The Recorder’s office is located at 215B West High Street (Court House Annex) and is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Their phone number is
812-537-8818 or 537-8837.  If you have received one of these letters, please contact us.
Glenn D. Wright
Dearborn County Recorder
215 B West High Street
Lawrenceburg, In 47025

1 April 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

1 April 2014 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Teresa Randall, County Administrator, and Andy Baudendistel, Attorney.



911 Charley Ashley- National Telecommunications Week Proclamation is April 13-19. Commissioners approved the proclamation.

Building Dept- Bill Shelton- Request to approach Council with computer needs- the two secretary’s computers  are 6-7 years old - $2700 needed approximately to include software and installation from Midwest Data. Approved to approach Council.

Clerk of Courts- Rick Probst- Election- wanted to go over election material with the two new commissioners. 1-4 in the afternoons for early voting April 8 from M-F and a couple Saturdays at the end of the month and early May. Not on Good Friday.

$150 inspectors and $100 for judges and poll clerks. 45 precincts at 35 locations. State will purge the election rolls this summer to clean up registered voters list.

Primary in 2012 there were 13,000 voters. They have prepared 24000 ballots for the primary. There are 55 different ballots depending on who can vote and for what (as in school board elections etc,)  

CHECK THE COUNTY WEBSITE or call the Clerk for further info.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Todd Listerman, Highway Engineer – Signatures for Stateline Road slip project- things are moving along and expect an August letting to get constructed yet this year. The commissioners signed the title sheet. There were design exceptions and they can’t design the full 8 ft. shoulder width. It is already preapproved by INDOT. The commissioners signed the acknowledgement of the design exception for this project.

Collier Ridge Bridge is scheduled to let tomorrow- should have the low bidder tomorrow.

Maxwell Construction- Brad Rullman- change order- $22,516.93 for Queen City Mechanical. This was to accommodate the chemicals in evidence processing area. They need chemically resistant countertops, sink, and disposal area. There were additional water lines for the emergency shower etc.  They also needed a dilution tank under the slab. There are some commitments from the sheriff’s office to get some funding for this. ( but there is no money yet) Commissioners approved the change order. There should still be $180,000 for unforeseen contingencies. Addition is about 70% complete. We’ve spent around $70,000 on change orders so far. They have also saved some money. There were $400,000 gross in contingencies so far- (but over $300,000 in savings apparently on other items to balance it off.) Commissioners approved the change order. Lynch was over there Thursday and Rullman offered to have the commissioners tour anytime.

Purdue Extension- Mike Hornbach- Cooperative Extension Centennial resolution- 100 years nationwide. Dearborn County started in 1917 – 3 years after the national start date with the signing of the Smith Lever Act in 1914. They still celebrate with the nation. This act brought the research education of land grant universities to the rural parts of the county. The clover emblem was adopted in 1924 for 4-H for youth programs. Local and online learning networks are also available. 4 H, master gardeners , and cooperative extension homemakers etc. are all volunteers they recognize. Hornbach read the entire proclamation at McHenry’s request. Commissioners approved the resolution recognizing the Centennial of the Cooperative Extension.

ADMINISTRATOR: Teresa Randall- had a couple informational items- DLGF sent out an email update of statewide assessors congratulating Dearborn County assessor for submitting their report first in the state.

Ready and Resilient Counties Prepared- is another announcement and she will get the word out to media on these items.

Follow up on jail contingency- to clarify- she has been very very tight with the budget and this particular item was very important and was recently raised so that we could save money in the future. Prosecutor and sheriff have committed funds to this and they will seek enough to cover this extra cost.

AUDITOR: Gayle Pennington- minutes of March 18 approved. McHenry let Baudendistel know he needed to get with Startman to get the county accepted into the Port authority.

Claims paid. SRI will conduct certificate sale for taxed at 10 today.

ATTORNEY: Andy Baudendistel- Proposed Animal Control Ordinance- He has found this more difficult to get this put together as there is no real guidance in the statute. He would like to have it for the next meeting. Since this affects more people – he thinks it might be good to post it on the website for the public to view in advance. They have removed the blanket pit bulls are dangerous or vicious dogs designation. They will also have something added in for dealing with feral cats. There are no interlocals for the cities and towns to pay into this coverage by the county. Baudendistel said that we should at least have interlocals in place so as not to run afoul of any city ordinances on enforcement. Large animals and small animals definition is an issue. Exotic animals also might need to be defined. They will have to register the animals in the new ordinance so that their location is known. He was hoping for a public comment place. McHenry wanted to have Baudendistel and see what the city code enforcement officers have on record. The ordinance is no more restrictive than before. It does allow enforcement in dog bite cases, for example.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch said McMillin and Frye have been out in the county and updating people on the recent session. Tomorrow at Reds game – Nick Goepper is throwing out the first pitch and that’s pretty exciting.

Little thanked Grieve and crew for great job this winter.

McHenry- said that he discussed with Pennington that there were some properties that owed $15,000 in back taxes that Moores Hill is interested in acquiring for future expansion. Manchester St and 350 is where both are located. Approx 2 acres. Glen Wright said they are about 1 acre each, they both front on 350. At one time Hedrick and Butler were going to put a subdivision out there. If the county is familiar with that area.  Moores Hill has no immediate plans for this. McHenry thought maybe the county should pull and hold those for the future. Randall said that they are about to get their comp plan done. Perhaps there is a plan for it there. Wright said that it has gone thru 2 tax sales. Guinevere Emery asked him to come here in case there were any questions about it. It is a good location- but no one has picked it up. He thinks it would be a good idea to get it off our tax rolls. Pennington said that if gov’t owns it we don’t make future taxes on it. McHenry said they should leave it on the tax sale. If it doesn’t sell then they can revisit.  If they get it for free they didn’t see a problem per Wright.

LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION- Glen Wright said- Casey Finnegan stopped by the office and some elderly have also called in. This company has said they will get them property info for $89 and this is essentially a scam. He is getting the word out that this info is available online and thru doxpop- the online company they use- and they can get copies for $1 per page at the recorder’s office. It is a waste of money. They are seeking out people with new warranty deeds to scam. He said that he can make a list of people who are getting this contact from the scammer so doxpop can investigate them.


Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township


Saturday, March 29, 2014

AGENDA- April 1st 8:30 AM Commissioners Meeting



 April 1, 2014

8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room

County Administration Building

215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



I.          CALL TO ORDER







1.  Purdue Extension – Mike Hornbach

Cooperative Extension Centennial Resolution


2.  911 – Charlie Ashley

            “National Telecommunications Week” Proclamation


3.  Building Department – Bill Shelton

            Request to approach Council / Computer Needs


4.  Clerk of Courts – Rick Probst



5.  Highway Engineer – Todd Listerman

            Signatures for Stateline Road Slip Project


6.  Maxwell Construction - Brad Rullman

            Change Order




VI.        AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

1.  Claims/Minutes



1.  Proposed Animal Control Ordinance








XI.        ADJOURN

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

24 March 2014 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

24 March 2014 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Mike Hall, Chairman, Dennis Kraus Jr., Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehman,  Art Little, Jake Hoog, and Jim Thatcher.

ABSENT: Dan Lansing and Mike Hornbach and Arnie McGill, Attorney (who is ill)

Also Present: Mark McCormack, Plan Director, Nicole Daily, Assistant Planner.

Officers were elected as this is their first meeting of the year. McGill was reappointed as attorney. Officers apparently remain the same.


Mike Hall stepped down and left the room as he is the surveyor for this applicant. Dennis Kraus, Jr. took over the meeting.

Appeal Decision of Tech review Committee by A&B Quality Homes, LLC  for Soap Hill Meadows Subdivision in Manchester Township on 29.142 acres or residential and Agriculturally zoned land. (Section 13 T5 R2)

[NOTE: A & B Quality Homes has a new office in the strip section of offices on US 50 near Stateline Road. Per Neil Baier in the hallway preceding the meeting, they are also changing the name of their business here to Timberline Homes And Development, Inc.  This was in response to McCormack telling him that their meeting notice to the company had come back undelivered when he sent it to the N KY address. A and B Quality Homes is Neil Baier and Scott Alexander. Neil was present at this meeting. David Beard is affiliated as contact for Timberline at www. tlpostframehomes.com  Their office is at 181 E US 50 in Greendale at the strip set of office space near the intersection of Stateline and US 50. Phone is  502.321.6328. david.beard@tlpostframehomes.com  Three sides of these homes are standard precolored metal. Front is a mix of materials. Built on slab generally. Price range on- website is $155- 190,000. They also offer two homes to be built lots at Sugar Ridge Golf Course located across from the clubhouse and above a detention pond. The developer did not speak at all during the meeting.]

Mark McCormack presented for Planning Office: This subdivision is across from the old Elk Run golf course on Soap Hill. This was appealed with a notice on Feb 2nd. McCormack went over the rough details of the subdivision. They will have individual septic systems. None are approved yet. The Staffords who are adjoiners filed an appeal. Issues in their appeal are sewage, stormwater runoff increase, property values, and screening.  Pictures of the development also show 8 lots the last 3 are on panhandles that join the road above them. The 3 lots real access however is a private lane that cuts through the all three lots so that a person driving to the last lot goes through the middle of the other two lots to get home. An unasked question at the meeting was how the owners of these modestly priced homes were going to keep up that long private drive.  And also how the neighbors at the end figure into it’s maintenance. The terrain might be an issue.

Terri Hall wife of Mike Hall, surveyor, presented for applicant. She pointed out the septic sites and said that these will be reviewed by a soil scientist. If the scientist doesn’t approve- then it stops the lot building on that site. Minimum 1500 sq feet of living area in the homes. Covenants will be added to the plat if this gets approved as to additional stipulations for te quality of the homes. Retention ponds and drainage will be designed if this is approved. She said that the majority of the drainage runs onto the development site. Trees are along Stafford’s property so privacy could increase.

Tech review sent out letters showing the minor subdivision was approved- which is how the neighbors found out.

Cynthia Stafford. She has concerns about due process. When they received the letter they began to research the process. It is actually a major subdivision she thinks. Kraus Jr. said it was a minor one as it was 7 lots plus the parent tract lot as remainder. However as it has a public street improvement which -was added after the appeal– that made it a major subdivision. She asked if there has been a new application for a major subdivision. They want an appropriate legal review to be sure all the steps are being followed to approve this.

She also didn’t understand why the zoning wouldn’t be all the same for the entire subdivision. Is the application valid as it stands right now?

With regard to storm water runoff and sewage, Cynthia Stafford showed the lots toward the back and how the water drains in a river from this property onto theirs right now during rain storms. She showed photos to demonstrate the elevation differences in the properties.

Property values- they paid $425,000 for their home eight years ago. She said these homes will do nothing for the property values in the area- if they are in the $160,000 range. She thinks eight lots are too many. Five might be the right number and don’t extend the road with a private lane. They moved to see a lot of dark skies in the country. This will add light and also noise.

Lance Stafford- talked about culverts and rushing water and runoff. He said that is a BIG concern. Easement running through there actually decreases the density and this is more dense than the neighborhood. If this is now a major subdivision can he add more? Kraus said he could not increase the density without another public hearing.

Brad Riddle- lives on Leffler Rd near this.  He asked about the eighth lot etc. He said all this runoff goes to their creek- including sewage issues.

Faye Riddle- worried about the damage of the trucks on Leffler Rd with construction. What will happen to Soap Hill with concrete trucks etc. This many houses- all with dogs they bark all night. Will there be noise control. Concerned with types of homes and also taxes. Low price housing will affect our property values. Kraus told her the road will be a 20 ft wide asphalt road to county specs with 50 ft ROW. The blue line shows a private road and the panhandle 50 ft strips. We have 94 acres on Leffler Road. We have horses. Concerned with too many people and their complaints. She said when they complain we become the bad guy. Lehman told her they will have a statement that tell these people they are moving into an Ag area and what to expect.

Jeannie Denning-said that in the MLS listing it shows this as having city sewer. That is incorrect per Kraus.

Dan Neff- I own everything on the other side of the subdivision. I didn’t appeal as I didn’t get letter in time as I work a lot of hours. Water pressure is already an issue. There is a letter from the fire company saying hydrants won’t be supported. The intersection with SoapHill and SR 148 is a bad angle. Adding more traffic to a road that cannot support it. He owns the hollow and kids play in it- but does not want septic in there. He heard the houses were metal sided etc. Kraus said that the types of houses are not typically required for this. Beiersdorfer said that the water company said that the subdivision requires an extension of a water main to be paid for by the developer. Neff said he was probably the last person to plow that field and that soil is terrible for septic. He called out the panhandles as being unwalkable even. He has a deer stand 320 ft from the panhandle.

Greg Edwards- Leffler Road- the panhandles are a joke. There are 46 acres across the road and 40 acres next to that for sale. If you let this go in- these will be next. This would not be a good example to follow. He said we fought the previous proposal for this for 2- 3 years many years ago, There was a lot of issue with septic and drainage and the Staffords back then.  The road is 17-18 ft at the intersection. There is 1000 available acres for sale in this vicinity. You have to do this right- because you can’t turn the next one down if you allow this. Think about these panhandles.

Terri Hall- these sites were already tested with primary and secondary sites years ago- but the soil scientist will be out to verify the previous testing.

Faye Riddle- If the first one fails- then the secondary can be used to repair. Yes. And it is required by our ordinance now.

Cynthia Stafford- when you look at all the property available in the county- there are a lot of properties in this price range. There are other subdivisions without lots sold in the area across from the country club. She questioned again the need for homes in this price range.


Lehman- when the tech review approved this was there no public road proposed? No it was private at that time.

Board seems to not want to decide this as there are really two issues- an appeal based on approval of a minor subdivision and now the subdivision is a major one and requires a different procedure – due to the addition of the road being a county road and not a  private one,

Tabled until the attorney for the board can be present at the April 28th meeting.  Only new info will be presented at the April meeting- not a rehearing.

Mike Hall returned to the meeting after the vote. He told them that it would return to being a private road if need be to get approved. They will wait until McGill can be present.


Proposed changes to the zoning ordinance with regard to address and road name assignments. The board was given a detailed proposal on this. It is now called Address and Road name Assignments instead of Uniform Numbering System. This was assigned at the end of the controversy on West County Line Road. McCormack sent this proposed ordinance to all the groups they use to review these roads. This includes 911, Transportation Dept, Planning and Zoning, Assessor, Surveyor, Auditor, GIS, Post Office and Commissioner’s rep.  No one had any comments so far.

There was a problem with limiting the road names to 10 characters which INCLUDES spaces and the abbreviation for RD or PKWY etc. This seems to go contrary to ones already in existence. It also affects the ability to name roads for characteristics of the county lands or history. That was reworded to be subject to review by tech review committee. [NOTE- there are some states that do this short naming- and it results in things like the AA highway or YY Parkway. Cheap signs, but not necessarily any character to the street names. I’m personally not a fan of requiring short names.]

McCormack read the changes in the proposal to the board. Favorable recommendation passed to commissioners with changes.

Report on bonds needing to be renewed was passed out.

Troy Frazier left for his new job in Memphis and has had 95 applicants for this position. The committee is reviewing all applications and will narrow it to 6-7 for interview to start out.

Wednesday April 16th is the next Comp Plan review committee.

McCormack has been attending HVL Master Plan update meetings. He said they were interesting- and has met about 4 times. He will forward the bulk of the document when they get it together more. 20-30 people have been present at each meeting.

April’s PC meeting might include Indian Ridge outside Aurora and Johnny Wright’s issues. Oxbow will be in for a rezone in the next couple months. Animal definition sections are being looked at again so that will come up again. It includes the definition of large and small animals.

McCormack made sure he introduced Jim Thatcher to the rest of the board and also Nicole Daily, assistant planner.

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township