CAFO Ordinance

Voice your support for an ordinance that will serve ALL Delaware County residents!

Even with the minimum setbacks and technology requirements being proposed in the draft, a Special Use Permit process would provide a transparent system for each site to be reviewed for its suitability for a CAFO operation.  

SEND YOUR COMMENTS BEFORE THE JANUARY MEETING DATES!  

IMPORTANT DATES 

*ATTEND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE*

03

JANUARY

Planning Commission Meeting
Commissioners Court Room (3rd floor County Building) @ 6:00 PM

08

County Commissioners Meeting
Commissioners Court Room (3rd floor County Building) @ 9:00 AM 

Commissioners


4 year terms

Meet 1st/3rd Mondays @ 9AM, Rm 309A

(765) 747-7730

 

 

President:

James King (R) exp. 12/20

 jking@co.delaware.in.us
765-747-7730

Vice President:

Sherry Riggin (R) 12/20

sriggin@co.delaware.in.us
765-213-1272 ext 301


100 W Main St, Muncie, IN 47305

 

 

District 3:

Shannon Henry (R) exp. 12/18

shenry@co.delaware.in.us
765-749-4026

 

Planning Commission

All communication with the planning Commission must be made through Marta Moody ATTN: Planning Commission Members

Kathy Carey, Jerry Dishman, Shannon Henry, Andrew Ellis, Teresa Hensley, Jesse Landess, Michael Mueller, Rickie Sipe, Nathan Vannatter

Marta Moody:

mmoody@co.delaware.in.us 

100 W Main St, Muncie, IN 47305

 

LWV UMRR Advocacy Update – and how you can get involved in comments to the proposed Clean Water Rule

 The dual mission of League of Women Voters – to educate voters and advocate on issues – is exemplified in the work of the LWV Upper Mississippi River Region.  We provide information on a variety of topics in this blog, through our newsletter, and in the educational meetings we co-sponsor with local Leagues.  And we advocate,  through taking and advocating for positions on key issues.  This post provides an update on work we are doing in three areas; the Farm Bill, the Clean Water Rule and  Foxconn.     

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LWV seeks to support non-operating owners of farmland
On December 3, 2018, LWV Upper Mississippi River Region held their bi-monthly Board meeting at the Coralville Public Library, in Johnson County, Iowa.   The educational event after the Board meeting featured speakers from the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network, and the Izaak Walton League.   These organizations, along with the LWV Upper Mississippi River Region, are reaching out to absentee landowners  – people who rent farmland for others to farm. 
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Frustrations…lack of progress…environmental groups are maddened but EPA is pleased…

The Cedar Rapids Gazette has dedicated resources to reporting on the progress of the twelve states that have agreed to work toward a 45% reduction in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus discharged to the Mississippi, with a goal of reducing the ‘dead zone’ in the gulf. 

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Support the work of the LWV UMRR
FOR A LIMITED ONLY, INDIVIDUALS MAKING DONATIONS AT LEAST $30 WILL BE SENT A HAND-DYED 100% SILK “LWV WATER SCARF” AS A THANK YOU!    These scarves are colored like water, in vibrant blues, greens and purples, see slide show below.  If you have a color preference, please email us at lwvumrr@lwvmn.org with that information.
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2018 Annual Meeting, Water Workshop and Banquet

This event was a great success – thanks to the excellent speakers who enlightened us and the attendees whose passion for water fueled significant discussions!  We are working now on a report that will document what we learned, watch this site for more information on that as it develops.   Here are links to videos of our speakers.

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Redistricting Reform


Seize Your Moment


This promises to be a challenging legislative session for achieving redistricting reform.  Tim Wesco of Elkhart county has been named the chair of the House Elections Committee.  He is NOT a fan of redistricting reform.   Bills must get out of committee before they can even be debated and voted on in the full House (or Senate).  

A brighter note is Senate Bill 91, authored by Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R), Sen. Mike Bohacek (R), and Sen. Jon Ford (R), which would establish a redistricting commission “because it’s the right thing to do.”  It has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Elections chaired by Sen. Greg Walker.

Sign up to join the Redistricting Reform team today!

Sign Up

Oscar Anderson (left) with Elbridge Gerry and a Coalition member
Linda Hanson, Spokesperson for LWV Muncie-Delaware, with Elbridge Gerry

 

What You Can Do


Nothing will happen, however, unless we, the voters of Indiana, insist on reform.  

Sign the Petition

Take a minute out of your holiday activity to SIGN the redistricting reform petition at http://www.allinfordemocracy.org –and share the link with your friends, co-workers, family, neighbors – anybody who believes that voters should choose their politicians, instead of politicians choosing their voters. 

Please share on Facebook and Twitter. 

Redistricting Reform Petition

Call These Elected Officials

  • Call State Rep. Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House: 317-232-9677 or email H88@in.gov 

– Urge him to make redistricting reform a priority in 2019!

  • Call State Sen. Rodric Bray, President Pro Tempore: 317-232-9400 or email S37@iga.in.gov 

– Urge him to make redistricting reform a priority in 2019!

During his 2016 campaign, Governor Holcomb said that he supported redistricting reform and hoped that it would be in place before the next round of electoral map drawing in 2021. 

Ask him to make that happen by publicly announcing his support for redistricting reform—specifically for a transparent and bipartisan process that puts citizens, not politicians, in charge of redistricting.

 

 

 

 

December 10, 2018

Conference began at 7:00 p.m., and was moderated by Patti Brigham, LWV of Florida.  

It was announced that the Center for American Progress, CAP held a National Gun Violence Prevention Conference last week in DC.  No notes were available, but the website states:

There is no single, simple solution to reducing gun violence in this country. However, there are a number of common-sense steps that would be a great place to start—steps that could be taken right now.

The guest for the call was Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America:

https://gunsdownamerica.org/   He introduced his organization as having been formed in response to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting.  Its purpose is to provide advocacy and to drain the NRA and gun industry of funds.  He stated that we need bolder ideas for a society with fewer guns.

A recent, and successful campaign was launched to convince FedEx to drop a discount that it afforded to NRA members.  NRA used the discounts to recruit new members.  FedEx portrays itself as a company that supports underprivileged neighborhoods; their support of the NRA was perceived as damaging to their image and values.  Protests were held in front of their offices in 6 or 8 locations. They dropped the discount program.

After the Parkland shooting, 40 companies dropped their association with the NRA. The NRA and gun lobby now admit that they are struggling.  Culture is changing; they are trying to market to African Americans and women.  Membership is declining and gun purchases are as well.

Guns Down America’s newest campaign will be to put pressure on public banks that do business with the gun industry.  Bank of America was mentioned; it has stated opposition to assault rifles, but helped Remington out of bankruptcy. Guns Down America is preparing a ranking for top banks – a report card.  They will assess their investment history in the NRA and the gun industry.  At present, he stated that the least involved (in the gun industry) is Allied Bank and Citibank.  The obvious goal is to convince consumers to choose their bank based on the bank’s gun industry footprint

On this same vein is pressure toward insurance companies.  Pension plans are heavily invested in insurance companies.  Insurance companies and consumers are also the ones covering the costs of healthcare and liability for those with guns in the home.  Are premiums raised for those with guns?  

Igor discussed “Carryguard” insurance.  It is considered “murder insurance”. It is a policy that NRA carried for gun owners.  It covered a replacement weapon and housecleaning in the event of a “Stand your Guard” incident.  In the advertisement, all of the perpetrators were black or brown. 

Guns Down America has also drawn attention to guns being taken to the polls.  It is considered armed intimidation. Only six states restrict it.  There were a number of instances at the midterms where individuals brought open carry weapons to the polls.

Actions:

    • Send emails to CEO or board member of your banks
    • Call, tweet, and post Facebook message to these companies. 

Guns Down America is going to launch a public awareness campaign called NRA Bingo.  They are anticipating that the NRA will soon be unfolding an advertising blitz of their soundbites to support the NRA and gun ownership; the usual claims of safety and 2nd Amendment rights.  The Guns Down America interactive online “game” will ask participants to identify NRA ads and claims, and will supply refuting answers. For spotting these NRA attempts, participants win points (and maybe promotional merchandise).

Igor appealed to LWV members to

    • take part in organizations that promote gun safety
    • keep watch for your banks ranking
    • look for information on https://gunsdownamerica.org/, and contribute

State Updates:

Florida is going to expand background checks.

The newly elected Speaker in New Mexico wants universal background checks, Red Flag laws, and child access prevention.

Ohio is anticipating that Stand Your Ground will probably pass with the newly elected Republican governor.

Illinois is at the forefront of confronting gun rights advocates.  At a recent School Board Conference, with one member from each School Board across the state, they attempted to convince the school boards to arm teachers.  The resolution did NOT go through.  Illinois also encouraged a ban on bump stocks and assault weapons, and encouraged safe storage – all items opposed by the NRA. 

Oregon is working on 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinances – to circumvent gun laws.  It is being challenged as unconstitutional.

New Hampshire – has 30 new representatives – younger and more progressive.  They want background checks and Red Flag bills.  The Executive Council will be equally represented by Democrats and Republicans.

The meeting ended at 8:00.  Next month will resume at the normal date and time; first Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Judy Forkan Kapoun

Redistricting Reform Report 11/15/2018

The new legislature will meet for the first time on Tuesday, 20 November 2018, for Organization Day. 

We will soon learn who the new players are in the committees necessary for legislative action to pass redistricting reform, but we need to let our legislators know we need reform!  

Elbridge Gerry Will be There – Will You?

Carpool

ATTEND

ATTEND the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting Organization Day Rally at the State House next Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 12:30 p.m. on the Capitol Ave. steps at the State House.

BE THERE WEARING YOUR LEAGUE BUTTON! 

And don’t forget to bring a sign (unmounted – no sticks allowed inside the State House). 

We’ll have a local actor playing the father of gerrymandering, Elbridge Gerry and musicians from Musicians Local #3 will warm us up with upbeat music.  We must gather a large crowd to remind lawmakers that Hoosiers support an end to gerrymandering and that time is running out to pass significant reform!

All IN For Democracy is the coalition between Common Cause and the League of Women Voters. This is OUR coalition and we need your support to succeed!

 

Sign

SIGN the redistricting reform petition at http://www.allinfordemocracy.org –and share the link with your friends, co-workers, family, neighbors – anybody who believes that voters should choose their politicians, instead of politicians choosing their voters. 

Please share on Facebook and Twitter. 

If You Can’t Attend the Rally, Call

Call State Rep. Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House: 317-232-9677   or email H88@in.gov 

Call State Sen. Rodric Bray, President Pro Tempore: 317-232-9400 or email  S37@iga.in.gov 

Urge them to make redistricting reform a priority in 2019!

Learn More

Call Governor Holcomb: 317-232-4567  or email at https://www.in.gov/gov/2752.htm

During his 2016 campaign, Governor Holcomb said that he supported redistricting reform and hoped that it would be in place before the next round of electoral map drawing in 2021.  Ask him to make that happen by publicly announcing his support for redistricting reform—specifically for a transparent and bipartisan process that puts citizens, not politicians, in charge of redistricting.

 

Voter Service


 

Empowering Voters


Defending democracy

The League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County partnered with the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and the Muncie Star Press to hold three candidate forums in October: October 3rd was the forum for state senate and state representative candidates; October 10th was the forum for county commissioner and county council candidates; and October 17th was the forum for county offices. The forums received extensive coverage from the Star Press as well as other media such as Indiana Public Radio. The final forum which included the Delaware County sheriff’s race had an audience estimated at two hundred people. Thanks to Chip Taylor and Darren Wheeler of the Bowen Center for moderating, to volunteers from Delta Sigma Theta for helping collect questions from the audience, and to all the League members who contributed their time and efforts to make the forums a success. 

Find Out More

Historical Reference


Muncie is built on a wetland. Farmers and others wanted to get water to a river or ditch so agriculture or development could occur. To do this an unregulated system of ditches and pipes crisscrossed the land.

As populations grew and development continued, not surprisingly, problems arose. Storm water runoff from the streets contained horse manure, and later human waste was dumped into existing pipes creating a Combined Sewer System (CSS) with discharges into rivers and streams.

Who to Call

Before You Call

Drainage Forum Goal


The goal of the Drainage Forum was to educate citizens on the causes and potential solutions to flooding problems in the City of Muncie.

Panel members were:

R. Scott Rice-Snow, BSU Professor of Geological Sciences

Dick Weigel, HWC engineer

Gene Amlin, civil engineer.

Toni Cecil, Muncie Sanitary District Stormwater Compliance Inspector

Since the meeting Toni Cecil has been investigating residents’ drainage problems and a few are moving toward resolution.

Her contact information is 765-749-1114, tcecil@msdeng.com.

Drainage Forum Video

Modern Solutions


Delaware County in the 1990s and the City of Muncie in 2002 passed ordinances to control storm drainage and sediment with new development.

As a rule of thumb, development is not allowed to cause more water to leave the site than did before it was developed. This is achieved by designing drainage systems with detention and sizing release rates that conform to the pre-development rate.

During the planning process, any new or redevelopment requires drainage review.

In Muncie this is done by the City Engineer and based on the City Drainage Ordinance.

In Delaware County this is done by the County’s Consulting Engineers and based on the County Drainage Ordinance.

What Homeowner’s Can do

 

Who can help with my drainage issue?

• Delaware County Highway Department Engineer for areas beside or under county roads

• Indiana Department of Transportation for areas beside or under state highways;

• City Street Department for areas beside or under city streets;

• Muncie Sanitary District for infrastructure issues including storm drain inlets and buried stormwater pipes: Sewer Maintenance-phone 765-747-4852; Engineering-phone 765-747-4879

• Delaware County Surveyor (Tom Borchers, tborchers@co.delaware.in.us) for “Legal Drain”issues. Visit the office at the Delaware County Building, 100 W. Main Street, phone 765-747-7806, to determine the status of the ditch in question. Legal drains can be open ditches or buried pipes and are maintained by the County Surveyor and Drainage Board. The Drainage Board meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 2:30 PM.

 

 

Before you call:

  • Have the exact location ready. Know the name of the street, closest intersection and house numbers.
  • Be sure you are calling the appropriate office.
  • Find out if you need to be put on the agenda and when the meetings are held. Bring photos and diagrams.
  • Once reported, complaints need to be investigated. These investigations are in addition to the normal work load of the office. Be patient and allow the office time to follow up. If you do not hear back, call again.
  • Keep notes and records of calls and emails.

Please remember . . .

  • During times of flooding, flooded homes take priority over flooded streets or yards.
  • The person taking your call is rarely the person who has authority to make decisions.
  • Be courteous, firm, and to the point.
  • Find out if there is a plan for improvements in the area of concern. These are budgeted years in advance. Don’t expect instant upgrades to large areas. Factors that determine which city projects are undertaken include whether a project is already underway in the area; whether there are chronic drainage issues in the right of way; and whether regulations are driving a project.
  • There is power in numbers. Talk to your neighbors. Organize.
  • If not satisfied with the response you have received, find out who is the next level up. It might be the Mayor, County Commissioners, Sanitary District Board or Drainage Board.
  • During very heavy rain events, infrastructure can be overwhelmed. Water can only leave a street as fast as the size of pipe allows.
  • Consider getting flood insurance. You do not need to live in a flood zone to purchase it.Over 20% of claims are for buildings outside of flood zones.

 

 

 

What can you do to help your drainage?

• Install rain barrels and have downspouts take water away from house.

• Aging clay tiles from long ago are not regulated and are considered to be private issues.

They were never mapped and cannot be mapped now. New drainage and utilities have tracing wires to allow location. Land excavators must redirect or reconnect any clay tiles they find. This applies to do-it-yourselfers also.

• Storm drains do not go to the water treatment plant but go directly to the river. Drains can be clogged with grass clippings, leaves, and temporary sand or peat moss piles placed in the street.. Most people do not realize that under the storm drains in their streets is a catch basin that can fill up with debris, sediment, and leaves. Once the bottom fills up, stormwater has no place to go but back out into the street. The outlet pipe is small in diameter compared to the basin. The City of Muncie does have two Vactor trucks that vacuum the debris from the catch basins but cannot vacuum water from the streets.

 

Drainage Forum Thanks

I want to express my deep appreciation to all who helped make our forum on drainage the informative program it was.

Our panelists were outstanding: R. Scott Rice-Snow, Dick Weigel, and Toni Cecil, and Gene Amlin.

The program would not have been possible without assistance from League members and friends, and for that I give a big thank you to:

  • David LeBlanc was instrumental in getting the forum underway by obtaining speakers; and he stayed for meeting clean up.
  • WaTasha Griffin generously provided the YWCA’s Community Room, including tables,chairs, projector, etc., plus she did publicity work.
  • Eleanor Johnson researched and authored our handout.
  • Kathy Lee planned and executed delicious refreshments and helped with set up and clean up.
  • Jean Gadziola did set up and helped during the program.
  • Teresa Basey did social media advertising, helped during the meeting and put the program on the website.
  • Marnee Cooley helped during the meeting.
  • Linda Hanson gave her support and help from day one of this project and helped during the meeting and with cleanup.
  • Ed Hale made signs and mounted maps as well as helped with clean up.
  • Gunther Cartwright worked with our equipment to make the PowerPoint presentations possible and helped with clean up.
  • Heather Williams with Building Better Neighborhoods at BSU loaned a speaker and microphone.
  • Alex Romoser, Muncie Action Plan’s Administrative Coordinator, live-streamed the event.
  • Gary Rednour at Muncie Sanitary District Engineering made the six large maps.
  • And a special thank you to Naeem Thompson who provided the proper cable so we could hook the laptop to the projector.

Thank you all.

 

Lynn Hale

 

Observer Report

 

November 5 2018 Agenda

 

Audio of the Commissioners’ Meeting on November 5th, 2018

 

The CAFO moratorium was extended until the January 22nd, 2019 Commissioners’ meeting.

November 5th, 2018

American structure point motion to approve. Passed

 

Minutes. Approved.

Mac Hines of Big Time Barbells presented results of his drug rehabilitation program and requested more funding. He was told to fill out a new application and was congratulated on his positive results.

Joe Edwards discussed the benefits of a Deed sale over a Certificate sale. The commissioners agreed that the deed sale may result in more properties being returned to the tax roll.

Stacy Wheeler presented information on the Back to School Teacher Store, requesting to place donation boxes around the courthouse to collect usable office supplies for schools. It was suggested that she place a large box in the lobby on the 1st floor.

 

Muncie Delaware senior center needs EDIT funds for new, safer and ADA compliant ramp. Motion to approve by Henry. Second by Riggin. Passed

 

Henry motion to approve the 2019 commissioner’s meetings. Riggin second. Passed.

 

Ashton labs surveyor. Motion by Riggin. Second by Henry. Passed.

 

Courts tech support and maintenance agreement. Henry moved. Riggin second. Passed.

 

Bridge #268 center stand collapsed and rotated piers. Henry moved to close the bridge in order to repair the piers, which will be delayed by the contractor until spring due to their other commitments. Riggin second. Passed.

Bridge #63 repair. Henry moved to have design plans prepared. Riggin second. Passed.

Health department fleet lease King moved to approve agreement , Henry second. Passed

Expand software. At the Redevelopment meeting presentation TIF districts agreed to pay. Riggin moved. Henry second. Passed.

 

Ordinance No. 2018-014 to amend ordinance 2016-006, The Materiality Policy as to Reporting to Indiana State Board of Accounts as to Erroneous or Irregular Material Variances, Losses, Shortages or Thefts and Creating Internal Controls for Delaware County, IN.    Moved by Henry to introduce. Second by Riggin. Passed. Riggin moved to suspend the rules. Henry second. Passed. Henry moved to adopt it. Seconded and passed.

 

King suggested to extend CAFO moratorium to January 22nd, 2019 moved by Henry, second by Riggin, passed.

 

Marta says CAFO Ordinance is online, here. GIS data will be put online as well.

 

Ron Quackenbush: SBO counties that are over 100,000 are required to use accrual based accounting system. Otherwise won’t be allowed to bond or borrow.

 

Payment of claims. Passed

 

Public comments :

Jennifer Irving: Will proposed changes to the Ordinance be posted online?
Response: January 3rd planning commission meeting will hear the proposed changes. If approved, then will be presented to commissioners.

Basic meeting observations:

The meeting began on time.

All members were present and punctual.

All members were courteous to each other and the public.

The facilities were adequate.

The agenda did not include discussion of an extension to the CAFO moratorium, which was mentioned by  King, moved by Henry, seconded by Riggin and approved by all.

 Commissioner James King and Attorney John Brook discuss what led to the decision to move the jail.

All members present and punctual

Minutes approved
2019 holiday schedule, same as usual
Approved

EMS billing with Med-bill, negotiated a new agreement with increase
Passed

IT Service James King provided contact to Atty John Brooks, moved to table

Jason Rogers – Gaston wants to use a vehicle for first response vehicle instead of selling on gov.com.  Approved

Nate Jones – VA Stand Down largest event ever plus employers and educational institutions.

Jail project King asked Brook to explain that the commissioners did their due diligence on this topic. Started with a Presentation by Garman (sp) and a report from the jail needing upgrades. The commissioners hired their own firm to fix the jail. There were issues that prevented it. They tried a green option but electricity was going to be a problem.

Rehabilitation in the facility, listening to people to put it in place but also avoid raising taxes. The sheriff’s candidates are using old information.

“One has a good job, and if one goes against someone that good job can go away.” – James King

“No one wants to build a jail.” – Henry

We are working hard.

Payment of claims. Approved.

Public comments
None. Recessed.

Voice Memo included

Vote411.org Election Information You Need. Easy to Use. Enter your address to receive your personalized voting guide. Search voting information by state and topic. Voter Guide: Responses by candidates for national, state and local offices in their own words. Election Day Problems? Call one of these hotlines: 1-866-our-vote (866-687-8683),1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance) 1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)

If you haven’t yet voted, make plans now for how and when you will vote! Your vote counts!

Early voting continues 8:30 to noon Monday, November 5, in the Clerk’s office in the Delaware County Building. On election day polls will be open 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Find your polling place at VOTE411.org.

If you still need to obtain your voter ID, MITS will be providing shuttle service from the Downtown MITS station to the BMV on election day 10:30 am to 6 pm on the hour and half-hour if warranted by demand. Plan to obtain your necessary documents in advance because many government offices are closed on election day. More information under PHOTO ID at https://lwvmunciedelaware.org/voter-services/ .
Go to the League of Women Voters’ VOTE411 website (https://VOTE411.org ) for additional voter information including your polling site and a personalized voting guide with candidate bios and responses to questions posed by the League. All candidates were invited and given the opportunity to share their ideas and positions with voters; not all candidates responded.

One final word: check over your ballot before hitting the SUBMIT button to be sure that each candidate you wished to select is the one appearing on your ballot.

In the last midterm election, 2014, Indiana’s voter turnout was 28%, last in the nation according to the 2014 Civic Health Index. It’s time to change that record—VOTE for the people you want to hire to work for the citizens of Muncie and Indiana!
Linda Hanson, Spokesperson
League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County

Submit Comments TODAY

Deadline October 29th

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is asking for permission to destroy records

about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more.  Please register your your objection.   

For details on how to submit comments by the October 29th deadline, as well as more information, go to:


As this website notes, the issue of eliminating records also applies more broadly but DOI’s unusually extensive proposals would be especially harmful.

2:00 PM Phone call 10/22/18

An informational call-in session this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EDT for those that might be interested: