Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The next Bright 74 Study Public Open House - June 22

**Please mark your calendars…The next Bright 74 Study Public Open House will be held on:

Date:                     Wednesday, June 22
Time:                    4 :00p.m. - 7 :00p.m.
Location:             East Central High School, Performing Arts Center
1 Trojan Place, 
St. Leon, Indiana 47012

**All of the information related to the Bright 74 Study can be found online at
If you have any questions about the study, visit the ‘Contact Us’ portion of the Study’s website to submit an email, or to contact Robyn Bancroft, OKI’s Strategic Planning Manager for this project. The ‘Contact Us’ portion of the Bright 74 Study website is located at:

Please feel free to share the information regarding the next public open house and / or the Study information on the website with anyone that you feel is appropriate…

Mark McCormack 
Director, Dearborn County Planning and Zoning

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

19 April 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

19 April 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

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


Signatures for Dispatch interlocal agreement with Aurora- McHenry said it had a termination section and it automatically renews annually. Baudendistel had reviewed it per McHenry. Approved and signed. 

Cardono Professional Agreement for archaeological dig for courthouse annex site- Randall presented this item. This is required because it is being funded by Riverboat Funds and the state considers those as state funds. They are not suspecting we will find a lot of artifacts. She went to 4 different firms. Cost estimates were $4750 - 9000. Working with Brad Rullman they were also the lowest and they recommend this firm. They will dig 10 holes and see what they find. This should be completed by mid- May. Baudendistel reviewed this. Approved and signed. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- nothing more

AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- claims approved and April 5th minutes approved. 

The 2016 tax sale contract from the treasurer and auditor with SRI and Baudendistel already reviewed and the fee is raised from $70-now being $75 per parcel. They do all the research and conduct the sale. There are usually about 100 after the advertising though they start with about 300 parcels. The commissioners end up with 25 certificates at the end that don’t sell. Approved and signed. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- Right of Entry Agreement with Lawrenceburg Redevelopment- presented by McHenry. This is the lot on William Street and Maple Street for parking which is owned by Redevelopment omission of Lawrenceburg. Parking is needed during the construction of the annex. 
Builder’s insurance is also needed and Randall said she will get that for the parking lot. 
Approved and signed. 

Lynch- part 2 of a 3 part series on the heroin epidemic is this Thursday the 28th from 8-10AM
Little- Enjoy the beautiful weather out there. Be careful going thru Bright and patient as they are working on the roads.
McHenry- The voter conference here and Lynch got the lieutenant governor here. Port board and the state and OKI will be working together to get the ball rolling on the port authority. 

PUBLIC COMMENT- Celeste Calvitto- the fire dept is doing 3 roads in Bright this saturday for litter removal. 
McHenry asked me for update on the Lawrenceburg Council public hearing meeting on county fire service fees for the water line for township residents last night so I repeated  summary of the blog notes essentially.


Meeting Adjourned at 5:27 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, April 18, 2016

Public Access Counselor Rules - Brewington Gets Access to Grand Jury Audiotapes

Public Access Counselor Rules - Brewington Gets Access to Grand Jury Audiotapes

This link includes responses to the request from both Judge Hill and McLaughlin.

18 April 2016 Meeting with Lawrenceburg City Council

18 April  2016 Meeting with Lawrenceburg City Council 

5:30 PM  Public Hearing  regarding new ordinance for fees for fire protection for all LMU residents including those  in the township and outside city limits. 

Present: Mayor Kelly Mollaun, Councilmen Tony Abbott, Mel Davis, Aaron Cook, Randy Abner, and Paul Seymour, and the city attorney- Del Weldon, Clerk Treasurer, Tyler Rainey, and Bryan Messmore, Administrator.
Olin Clawson,LMU Utility Director also present.

Register Publications editor- Joe Awad- covered the meeting also. 

The audience had about 25 people present.
Public Hearing:

Mr Gensheimer- did not think that renters should be having to pay this tax on their water bill. They don't pay property taxes- the landlord does. This is a new tax on renters- and about 25% of residents rent.

Beverly Hon (sp?) wanted to know why it was necessary.  Clawson said this is the most common approach throughout the state. there are caps on taxes and this is easier to handle when it is separated to the water bill. Hon said the township trustee told her that he had not been contacted by LMU regarding this fee. 

Clawson said that the fire system is much more robust than LMS’s system.

Mel Davis said that if a pumper draws out of a hydration a 4 inch line it will suck it dry. LMU has a more robust system and it is tested. 

Hon said that in reading the utility ordinance there are separate rate schedules for sewer and electricity in the rural area vs the city limits. 

Clawson said that one of the goals of the utility is to get rid of those differences over time. They did the calculations using the 5/8 in meters. They then extrapolated the numbers to the other size meters. 

Paul Seymour- Councilman- noted that they won’t be double charged - the tax will be reduced by this amount. But the schools ?? 

Olin Clawson said that the schools have currently been paying this charge already- even though they don’t pay taxes. There will be no new charges going to the school. 

Ed Sizemore Kirby Rd- said that on his road- he wanted to know if they would be affected by this. No- he is on LMS for water not LMU. They got letters because they were required to be noticed if they were utility customers. They have LMU for electricity. They in essence over notified people. 

Clawson explained that the cost of maintenance is because of the huge lines that they have to install to get the appropriate power. They have to have replacement costs as ongoing costs. It’s not just fire hydrant maintenance. 

Tony Gilb- (former township trustee) asked about the LMS lines just being a 4 inch line- he said they were a 6 in line- but the hydrant connection is only 4 in per Mel Davis. 

Another Kirby Rd resident asked- If they are on LMS- what fire trucks come to our street? Any one can can respond. testing on those lines is up to LMS on LMS lines- even if Lawrenceburg Fire responds to it. They were advised to give LMS a call to see when they maintain their hydrants. 

Beverly Hon asked how you determine who gets changed. Answer- you have to have an LMU water meter to get the charge. 

Geraldine Fay ?- has several properties and she did not get notified. Only the properties outside the city limits will see a new charge. She asked about Harriet Street off Wilson Creek. The charge will be $5.40/month. 

Another citizen asked how they can be sure it comes off the taxes? It will come off the budget. The approximately $43,000 per year will be what is made from the county residents on Lawrenceburg Water lines.

Public Hearing closed at 6 PM as no one else had any questions. 

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township\

AGENDA- April 19 Commissioners Meeting

April 19, 2016 
5:00 p.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


1.  Signatures for Dispatch Interlocal w/Aurora

V. ADMINISTRATOR – Terri Randall
VI. AUDITOR Gayle Pennington
1.  Claims/Minutes
VII. ATTORNEY – Andy Baudendistel
1. Right of Entry Agreement w/Lawrenceburg Redevelopment




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Civil Forfeiture in Indiana: Immoral and Unconstitutional

Civil Forfeiture in Indiana:
Immoral and Unconstitutional

reprinted with permission of IPR

by John Kerr

Under Indiana’s civil forfeiture statutes, police may seize property on a mere hunch that it is connected to a crime. The owner need never be charged with wrongdoing; instead, the asset itself is deemed “guilty.” Once the government confiscates property and initiates forfeiture proceedings, an innocent, third-party owner who seeks to recover his belongings must go to court and prove that the property in question was not involved in criminal activity—a complex and expensive task beyond the financial means of many innocent victims.

The practice of civil forfeiture dates to the 1600s and British maritime law, and was used in this country after the American Revolution to seize vessels seeking to dodge customs duties, which financed a majority of the federal budget at the time. Lawmakers expanded the application of such laws during Prohibition, but it was in the 1980s at the height of the Drug War that forfeiture statutes proliferated under the guise of ensuring that drug kingpins and other criminal overlords didn’t profit from illegal activity.

Although 43 states allow law enforcement agencies to share in the revenue generated by the sale of forfeited property (an obvious incentive to pursue seizures), Indiana does not. Well, at least in theory. In practice, police and prosecutors in the Indianapolis area routinely pocket a hefty portion of the cash produced through their seizure apparatus. In 2011 and 2012, the Marion County prosecutor’s office retained an average of almost $460,000 a year from the forfeiture pot, while the total amount awarded to law enforcement agencies in the county averaged about $1.5 million annually.

The Alice in Wonderland world of civil forfeiture is hardly limited to hardened criminals. Jeana and Jack Horner can attest to that.

The Horners live in Greenfield, a small town of 21,000 residents about 25 miles east of Indianapolis. In order to help Ms. Horner’s son keep his job as a carpenter on work release, they let him use their two vehicles for work. But when he was arrested on a marijuana charge in August 2013, police seized not only the married couple’s 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which he was driving, but also their 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck, parked at a friend’s house.

“When I went to try to find my vehicles, nobody knew anything,” Jeana Horner recounted, adding that she never would have allowed her son to borrow the vehicles if she had known he was carrying pot. Ms. Horner became so frustrated in her quest to find the trucks that at one point she asked a police representative if she needed to “file a theft report.” Meantime, her disabled husband was left without transportation and had to rely on friends to take him to appointments. He eventually purchased another car for $2,500. “It’s difficult to be stranded,” she said.

Ms. Horner said she never got any notice from law-enforcement officials about the seizures and learned that her property had been targeted for forfeiture only when the family went to court in Marion County. “That was the first time anybody ever talked to me,” she said. “We couldn’t believe that we could get caught up in all that.”

The charges against her son were eventually dismissed. In April 2014 — nine months after the vehicles were taken — a judge ruled in favor of the Horners. But it took another three weeks for the police to return both the Jeep and the Ford pickup, one of which had been drained of its oil. According to Ms. Horner, there was “no explanation.”

Unlike too many other Hoosier property owners, the Horners could actually fight for their property. Since the cost to hire an attorney is often greater than the value of the seized property, property owners typically are forced to walk away.

Over the past five years, court records suggest that prosecutors in Marion County have initiated more than 2,700 civil-forfeiture actions. The majority of cases were decided through default judgments, meaning the property owners did not contest the action, leaving the state to profit from the seized assets.

An Indianapolis criminal-defense attorney calls all of this "policing for profit." Whatever it is called, it is unconstitutional, immoral and untenable.

This is excerpted from a white paper, "Civil Forfeiture in Indiana," written for the upcoming quarterly Indiana Policy Review. The author is a communications fellow with the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public-interest law firm.

The Indiana Policy Review Foundation is a non-profit education foundation focused on state and municipal issues. It is free of outside control by any individual, organization or group. It exists solely to conduct and distribute research on Indiana issues. Nothing written here is to be construed as reflecting the views of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation or as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any bill before the legislature or to further any political campaign.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

5 April 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

5 April 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

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



Election Business- Clerk of Courts- Rick Probst- early voting started today. Only 7 variations of ballots this year for primaries. Polling locations will be published. Clay 2 and 3 moved to Civic Center. Greendale 3 to new Greendale Adm Building. Miller 5 moved to the Event Center at Sugar Ridge Golf Course.Approved for publication. 

Review of Workforce Investment Board- Kurt Kegerreis- gave a brief overview of the annual report. Federal Government gives money- we are Region 9. The board of Workforce 9 determines how this federal money is spent. Commissioners are liable for work if they mess up so report to them. Work with many different training and education projects. They got the only award for the 17 projects they combined south of Indiana. They provide services to every high school. Economy is fairly good now- so we need to be proactive to prepare people in the even another downturn occurs. The response is overwhelming, They teach resume classes for example. They get out of their offices to be in the community. JAG- Jobs for America’s Graduates- is another program They have 5 schools known that program. They work with Lawrenceburg as the 5th school. They asked for small chance of money for other schools to help prevent dropouts. They had a complete fiscal audit- completely clear with no issues. Core funding is down substantially- down 20% as unemployment went down. We are doing better in this region than other regions in the state. They don’t want o pass tat on to clients- so they cut staff. They are needing to downsize their footprint and are evaluating that. State changes how unemployment works. State moved to a completely online or phone version for unemployment insurance. The Workforce Office no longer does that. Their board has done well at attracting additional money to our region. New funds come in faster as they are using what they got well. $1.4 million extra money has come to region 9 over the last two years. This goes right out to the people who need it. Commissioner Little was thanked as he was one of their most active officials on Board. McHenry asked for more info to see about getting our other two high schools on board too. 

Highway Suprinntendent- Tim Grieve- Salt Truck Quotes- They get one every year now with Council’s approval. $95,103.95- World Wide MACK in Cinti
$93,500- Lischkge- lowest bid- approved.
McHenry asked which truck- and also noted they had issues with 4 trucks this year. Council has asked for opportunities to cut budget so- try to do everything you can do to cut this anytime. Grieve said- this is necessary- trucks too old now. 

HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer

Bridge #29 Agreement- Red Bridge Road- Old North Hogan- NTE $34,500- design cost. This is one on the annual inspection of 13 bridges that are in need of replacement. Lane Water Group approved for the design. 

2015 Annual Report- This is required by the state. He presented the report and 7 copies to be signed. Last year they were able to use $7,856,692.83 
$3,792,444.98 casino funds were used for capital improvements mostly- bridge improvements and road repairs and line striping. Commissioners approved signing the 2015 annual report.

Listerman is reviewing SB1001 and HB767 and working with Council to get more money off gas tax to be administered to counties for roads. 

Litter Report- added by McHenry- Celeste Calvitto- more roads set up for litter removal and right now we are trying to get those scheduled. Complaints on Bond and Jamison were sent to Planning Dept- as they may be issues for them or Health Dept. per McHenry. 

ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- Title VI plan ( Hoarse again so she asked Listerman to present the Title VI Plan to them.) Listerman- this is part of federal law for non- discrimination due to disability , age sex, income status, race etc. They will distribute this and post it in all County offices for Civil Rights Law from 1964 and amended in 1987. It’s been around a long time. They have he actual plan that they have worked on thru their committee- Randall is the coordinator same as she is the ADA coordinator. There will be training to all the debts as part of it. All contractor have to follow those rules. There is a formal complaint procedure. Complaints can be made if people feel they have been discriminated against for any reason. 

Randall spoke then- Have to collect data on individuals that attend meetings to show that people can voluntarily fill out. Dept heads will do training also. All employees must sign off on this and have it in their file also. We’ve always had a non-discrimination policy- the focus here is to assure that everyone who works for the county on federal projects is documented as not being discrimnatory. Se said we worked with partner counties to see about interpretive services etc. We are very thorough and we shared it with the cities locally. This helps them set theirs up. She thinks we are ahead of most counties on that. Listerman agreed. 

Baudendistel edited some issues with misprints caused by copy and pasting issues. They will fix that.
Commissioners adopted the plan policy as amended.

Randall said that Jason Sullivan and Jared Teaney stepped up to do EMS website. She will supervise that. Hope to have a beginning look at that soon. Lynch is very impressed with the people we have in place- great and new ideas. They will be working on this on a daily basis. Fire and EMS will be on this. Our fire debts have been impressed. Even though fire protection belongs to trustees, not commissioners, they are thankful for our support. 

AUDITOR- Gayle PenningtonClaims and Mach 15th minutes signed and approved. 

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- Interlocal agreements for 911 dispatch- for the towns and cities in the county that we handle dispatch for. Baudendistel read it into the record. (Greendale is the only one that handles their own) Approved and signed by commissioners. These will automatically renew annually. $2500 for 2016 for West Harrison received so far. The money is due April 1- but the new agreement was mailed out Feb 29 so they will be coming soon. 

Two units for Aurora- $20,000 each to be paid. Baudendistel said the agreements include expectations for the transport of patients. Randall said St, Leon is the only unit that does not transport, but receive the same funding as others. So they may be looking at renegotiating their fees as they continue to work wit them and talk thru their plan. Our long term goal is to maintain the volunteer system. Lynch said with this teamwork approach- they work together to solve problems. The additional funds need to go to the appropriate places for encouraging them to provide services. McHenry disclosed his cousin Jennifer?? is on EMS in the Aurora area. Randall also said Aurora is keeping the county in the loop with their issues recently. They will get audited financials. Approved Aurora’s $40,000.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Randy Frye at D-boro fire dept and local public safety personnel welcome at the program- 8:30 AM this Saturday.

PUBLIC COMMENT- Chris Mueller- requested information regarding Lawrenceburg’s plan to bill county residents with Lawrenceburg water lines and hydrants for fire protection. There is a public hearing April 18 at 5:30 AM in Lawrenceburg Council Chambers on this ordinance. I asked if there was any other situation like this for fire protection in the county. County trustees are tasked with fire protection- not the commissioners. Art Little- former trustee in Miller Township said he has no precedent for this. The water companies handle the lines. The question will be whether there is already a tax in the township covering this or not. Lawrence burg Township has different tax rates than some of the other townships. Though the commissioners do pay for EMS services for all EMS in county including cities and towns. McHenry gave a recap of the meeting 8 months ago where Olin Clawson approached the county administrator with the proposal to bill the county for these services. They had heard nothing since then until the newspaper story last week. It was supposed to be about $5. per month added to the water bill. The ordinance lists it as $5.41 for the typical residential tap in.I also informed the commissioners that the Pribble Road residents had an agreement and paid for the water one and hydrants that went down that road. The contract was from 1990 and the line and hydrants were the property of LM Utilities upon construction. Their total cost was over $37,000 in 1990.  McHenry joked that it was good that I would be getting on Lawrenceburg instead of on them for a change.
[NOTE: I provided Olin Clawson with a copy of that agreement for Probable Road and left contact information for him at LM Utilities after the meeting.]


Meeting Adjourned at 9:45 AM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, April 01, 2016

AGENDA- April 5 Commissioners Meeting

April 5, 2016 
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana


1.  Election Business - Clerk of Courts, Rick Probst

2.  Review of Workforce Investment Board – Kurt Kegerreis

3.  Salt Truck Quotes- Highway Superintendent, Tim Greive

4.  Highway Engineer, Todd Listerman
1. Bridge #29 Agreement
2. 2015 Annual Report

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




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

28 March 2016 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting

28 March 2016 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting


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

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


For Packet materials click on the link below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

15 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

15 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

ABSENT: Shane McHenry

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

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


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

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

ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- none

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



Meeting Adjourned at 5:12 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Monday, March 14, 2016

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

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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Agenda- March 15th Commissioners Meeting

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


Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan & Policy

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




Thursday, March 10, 2016

10 March 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

10 March 2016 Dearborn County Redevelopment Meeting Notes

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

ABSENT: Dave Deddens 

Also present: Terri Randall, county administrator and economic development director, Andrea Ewan, attorney, Sue Hayden, minute taker, Gayle Pennington, Auditor and DCRC treasurer.

Meeting started at 8:38 AM

Deaton welcomed Jamie Graf- the new school board member. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Feb 12th minutes approved

UNFINISHED BUSINESS- Randall Avenue Property- Randall- I haven’t done a lot with this. She wants no more than 2 members to sit with her and Ewan after the meeting to call and set up a meeting for that sign. 

CLAIMS AND FINANCIALS- Approval of Claims- 2016 dues to I-74 Corridor explained by Randall as the I-74 Corridor group that the county joined. EDI had dissolved and they were doing a lot of marketing on their website. This year they elected Duke Energy’s Misty McCannick as President, and Sarah Lamping in Batesville is the VP. They were very interested in the PORT for our area and wanted to hear what I said about that. SEIGA SE Indiana Growth Alliance, with a tag line of the affordable Cincinnati address, is also a group the EDI was in. They never took off- but they also are interested in the PORT. Maybe they should join forces- so as not to duplicate? Should we get more organized? Will see where this goes. So she is highly recommending the $2000 dues for this now- a whole new breath of fresh air - they are energized again. [NOTE: It sounds like they are energized by the county’s PORT and why are we paying to join a group that isn’t offering much else?]

Duke Energy has whole new incentive program to get sites shovel ready and certified. All a free service and they give you $10,000 too. The deadline to apply for that is very soon- she will get onto this. Helms said Chip- the former Duke energy guy that McCammick took over for is well versed in SE Indiana.  

All claims approved including the dues for $2,000.

Review of Financials


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER’S REPORT- talked to Ephraim Skally- so they need to meet the deadline to deed over the land etc to them. They have not signed all the papers yet. They are a little bit behind but that project is going well.

Aurora TIF- Randall said Umbaugh to meet with Andrea Ewan and see if they need to look at that region and look at the TIF boundaries. Maybe see if D&S old property should be in the TIF district. Someone from the board needs to meet with people out there. Rahe- see if we need more infrastructure out there in the vicinity. Deaton said we have some TIF funds. Randall talked about using some of this for incentives to promote the area. [NOTE: So now they are looking at Aurora TIF. Randall previously said she had no knowledge of available commercial buildings in the county. There are several in the Aurora Industrial Park. There are a few more along US 50. D & S is Fugue’s old machine shop. He started in Greendale and had a tax abatement for 10 years. When that ran out he got another abatement from the county and moved to the current site. The site is listed as a rental now.]


OTHER BUSINESS- Randall said that maybe she and Jim Deaton could do an informal orientation for him. Even though he has no vote now- they still want him to be actively engaged. She thinks maybe a commissioner, herself, and a member of DCRC should meet with the school board to let them know what is happening. They will set up a time to orient him. Graf said he intends to be attending here.[NOTE: Maybe they should meet with all 3 school boards.]

Pennington said the reports etc have  a new timeline to submit in April.

Jim Helms said he is going to speak at Kelley School of Business on related topics and he will promote SE Indiana up there. 


Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

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

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

reprinted with permission of IPR

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

— Craig Ladwig, editor of the quarterly Indiana Policy Review

AGENDA DC Redevelopment Commission Meeting

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

  1. Call to order

  1. Approval of Minutes
February 12, 2016 Meeting 

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

  1. Unfinished Business
1.  Randall Avenue Property

  1. New Business

  1. Economic Development Officer’s Report

  1. Attorney’s Report
  1. Other Business

  1. Adjournment

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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

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

Saturday, March 05, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 03, 2016

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

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

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

1 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

1 March 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township

Friday, February 26, 2016

AGENDA March 1st 8:30 AM Commissioners Meeting

March 1, 2016
8:30 a.m., Commissioners Room
County Administration Building
215 B West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

I.          CALL TO ORDER

            Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan & Policy

            1.  Children’s Advocacy Center Subrecipient Semi-Annual Report – Sarah Brichto

            2.  Health Department – Mary Calhoun
                        1.  Fee Increase Update
                        2.  Grant Application
            3.  EMPG Salary Reimbursement Grant – EMA Director, Jason Sullivan

            4.  Resolution for Statewide Court Case Mgmt System – Clerk of Courts, Rick Probst
            5.  Agreement w/DCH & DC Regarding PulsePoint Services

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



XI.        ADJOURN

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

23 February 2016 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

  23 February 2016 Dearborn County Council Meeting Notes

Present: Liz Morris, President, Dennis Kraus. Sr., Dan Lansing, Charlie Keyes, Ryan Brandt, Alan Goodman, and Bill Ullrich. 

Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor and Teresa Randall, County Administrator

Liz Morris - said that she wants to have all questions or comments at the microphone as a policy from here on. 

PROSECUTOR – Aaron Negangard - Corrisoft Software - wants to be part of a few counties in the state to be part of a pilot project for child support. This company is very good at employing people even those with felony offenses. He wants to use this program to have people owing child support get jobs to pay the support. Dearborn, Vanderburg, Boone Counties have been asked to be part of this pilot project. He thinks this can be done in lieu of jail for non payment of support. Incentive money goes to the clerk, the prosecutor, and the county. Now that money can only be used for child support. there is $90,000 in that fund and he wants $50,000 of that to use for this project for one year. If our collections increase, so does our incentive money. He will serve about 25 people with this $50,000. The tracking software will ferret out if someone is working under the table. They get contacted 2-3 times a day thru the tracking system. There shouldn't be an excuse as to why they can’t get to their job. Disability payments can be used to support the children in some cases depending on which type of disability payment they have. They are looking for people who is able bodied and unemployed for this program. Ullrich motion and Lansing 2nded. Passed.  

REDEVELOPMENT – Jim Deaton -  2nd reading The verbatim reading is not required at this meeting as they read it at the January meeting. Tom Pippin from Barnes and Thornburg is present to explain the ordinances he authored. The county would have no liability on the bonds. The DCRC would. The series A ones for Skally’s who  would produce  a TIF stream. If they don't do the activity that produces the money, then etc county does not owe them a dime. Max of $800,000 principle and can only be paid off with 65% of the TIF taxes. The other 35% goes to the TIF funds for DCRC. After 10 years this is paid and then 15 more years of TIF money goes to the DCRC TIF funds. 
The 2nd on is $3million paid from the real property tax TIF stream. the incentive is provided to West Harrison LLC. It has access to chunks of the incentive as it brings projects to the DCRC and they get approved by the DCRC. In a sense it is a conditional relationship. There were economies to the county. The developer is not entitled to the incentive unless approved by DCRC. The access to the funding kicks in only when a project is assessed and approved. Kraus asked if the construction would be taxable property. Yes. 
Kraus 8 business locations with buildings available now- Why are we wanting to build now? 
Randall- not aware of any locations. 
Council - in the county or the cities?
Goodman said- that every project has to be approved by DCRC. Yes. 
Lansing said- he would like to see term limits for jobs and staying there. Not talking about Skally’s they have irons in the fire. I;m talking about the other building project. I want to make sure the is in place before we go any further 
Kraus- if we approve this tonite we will have $12,200,000 worth of incentives out there. The incentives are 10 years but the revenues are 25 years before the other taxing entities benefit. 
Goodman- hoping more COIT and other taxes and jobs. And more house being built. Then the schools will have to open as more students come in. 

Goodman motioned and Ullrich 2nd, All ayes except for KRAUS NAY.

Ullrich motioned saying try their bagels at Meijers and Goodman 2nd. All ayes. 

HEALTH DEPT – Dr. Scudder/Mary Calhoun
New Ordinances - Mary Scudder contacted 6-7 other public health depts. We were out of line and now the health board approved the new fee schedule. Money generated goes to the health fund. This will help with the recent shortfall in the health fund. ( in answer to Ryan Brandt’s question) Goodman abstained from discussion or voting as he sits on this board. Kraus motioned and Lansing 2nd . All ayes. Goodman abstained.

Heath Dept wants to pursue a grant for rural health care. This company contacted them regarding what they pay for broadband and phone service. They will pay for 50% of what the county pays. It’s federal money- but NO match. It runs July 1- June 30. This company does all the paperwork. Ullrich motioned and Kraus 2nd. All ayes with Goodman abstaining. 

FUNDING - Source for the annex building. ($10,925,000) In the August meeting they ( Council) approved the funding. $275,000 was approved also at that time. Brandt wants to see it funded with cash or savings- no bonds. Brandt motioned to fund it out of infrastructure fund 49.4. Keyes says he is for it- but we really need to start determining our future. Out RR is going down over $3million since he’s been on Council. Down about $900,000 a year. This is the worst budget wise that our county has ever looked. I’ve heard from our senators and reps that they will not be able to protect our riverboat funds. I don’t think anyone realized how bad this is or what these numbers were. We will only have $2million left after this.
Lansing half of what we spend is RR. And now we are draining it.
 Brandt says this is something that should have been acted on sooner than we have been acting on it. Would you rather spend $10 million on a building or $50million for a lawsuit? 
Lansing- we always hear about these lawsuits… 
Kraus - the insurance pays for the lawsuits. 
Ullrich- hoping we have other entities helping to get funds.
Kraus- we are paying a Construction manager ( Maxwell) who recommended 21,000 sq ft and now it is 36,000 sq ft. building. 
Morris said Maxwell is a CM and is a man of integrity and I feel comfortable with him managing this. He does good work. 
Terri Randall- I don’t have the numbers so I am not prepared to discuss that. But we did do all this discussion before. This board voted to do this and we agreed to disagree on some of this. This board can meet with the architect next week. If you want to go over the square footage.{Note: Pointless.] The motion was not to exceed the $10,925.000. That is not the budget- it was $11,200,000. We used $275,000 of this. We will give updates periodically. 
Brandt motioned and Ullrich 2nd to fund out of infrastructure fund 49.4 Votes were 4 ayes and two nays Lansing and Kraus. 

BUDGET - Transfers to repair 2016 budget cuts- Morris went on at length about the approved budget falling to this low level. The cuts were made for the $1.9 million last month Now we need to restore the amounts from other funds. Pennington said we cut the funds from General Fund and the items we cut are still needed. Tires, gas, etc. Keyes- We thought we were getting $9 million and we only got $7 million. Pennington- we will get event center taxes now that Lawrenceburg doesn’t own it. But we lose I & M per Lansing. Kraus says we need to take it of riverboat  growth and development funds and rainy day funds. 

Kevin Lynch- taxpayer- we need to either raise funds or cut costs. I challenge Council to identify areas where potential cuts can be made. I think we need to take a really strong look at areas where cost savings can be made. [NOTE: OK- now explain to me how the commissioners just asked for all this money to spend on the annex and redevelopment and now he calls himself a taxpayer and says this!??]

COMMISSIONERS – Terri Randall - Annex Project- $500,000 needed as a draw down. Since it is already funded tonight. I am to work with the auditor and put these draw downs into the commissioners budget to start paying bills. The investment rate on this is really small- but we should still try to not transfer money until needed. She wants to know how they want her to work this. 
Pennington said there is a difference between approving a NTE ( Not To Exceed) and an appropriation. The approval is in the line item of riverboat revenue. Not commissioners budget.
Randall asked for the $500,000 appropriation and she will work with the construction manager ( maxwell) to work on a timeline to get them advertised for Council meetings as needed. 
Kraus asked if the Council will get monthly statements on annex budget. 
Randall said she can have the spreadsheet sent to you monthly. If you want to see more detail then we can tweak that. The next May meeting is OK with Randall for the next appropriation. 
Keyes asked for the final costs on jail to be sent to all of them. Goodman motioned and Brandt 2nd for the $500,000. All ayes with Kraus and Lansing Nayes, 

PARK BOARD – Jim Red Elk
Repair/Maint. Bldg. & Grounds $6,000 requested. Kraus motioned for $4000 and if need more, come back. Ullrich 2nd. All ayes with Lansing Nay.
BM Park Improvements- Lansing motioned and Ullrich 2nd to approved them all below for $10,300.  All ayes. 
GR Park Improve
CF Air Compressor
Guilford Improve

PLANNING AND ZONING – Mark McCormack- not present. Discussion on Dillsboro Interlocal- Lansing said they got a computer given to them by 911 and they will get $7200 up front and they will do the final $2800 if needed for the total $10,000. 80% is for part time help of the $7200. 
Kraus said- there may be some strings attached to that computer from 911. 
Lansing said that the project for 911 has to be done by June or July. Pennington said that 911 gave them a computer so they can get an intern in there. Goodman motioned. Only 2 counties in the state without centerline data. This goes back to Cary Pickens days. The company hired did not get it done. Big mess. Andrea is looking into using the perpetuation fund to contract this out. Schneider does a lot of work like this for other counties. That will take care of the 911 work maybe.
Goodman motioned and Ullrich 2nd. all ayes to approve the interlocal agreement. 

AUDITOR – Gayle Pennington

Discuss alternate on the PAC committee- Morris wants an alternate for her or Kraus to be Brandt in case she or he is unavailable. Approved. 

Minutes from January 26, 2016- approved

Create line item in PUF budget for Superior Court. to fund a salary from probation user fees for JCAP. Ullrich motioned and Goodman 2nd . All ayes. 

Amendment to the salary ordinance- Humphrey takes $25,000 out of his budget for guardian ad litem. GAL line in Circuit Court budget – Beth Blair $5,762.00 increase to $6,762.00 This was approved- but one employee is getting a $1,000 raise. Still within budgeted $25,000. Goodman motioned and Kraus 2nd All ayes. Ohio County helps fund this per Pennington. There are two GALs running the dept. the actual GALS are volunteers.

Morris said Safe Passage thanked Council for $5,000 in budget

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM
Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township Meeting