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2010 legislative breakfast 2010 legislative breakfast Presentation Transcript

  • Allen County Legislative Breakfast May 5, 2010
  • 2010 Legislative Overview
  • Brief Overview
    • County Council binding review of Township and Special Taxing District Budgets
    • 9-1-1 Funding
      • Communications Upgrade
  • Status of Agenda
    • County Council’s binding review
      • Introduced in SB 241 along with other local government reform initiatives
      • Language adopted into HB 1030 by the Senate
      • Ultimately did not receive a conference committee report
  • 9-1-1
    • Final language in HEA 1086
      • Prepaid wireless telecommunications service to collect $.25 at the sale regardless of the number of minutes purchased
        • Remitted to the Wireless Enhanced 911 Advisory Board
      • Provisions expire in two years if the average revenue is down by 5%.
    • No determination on how much this revenue this new fee will generate
    • Still no solution for future communication upgrades
  • Successes
    • SEA 340 – Community Corrections
      • Authorizes good time credit to those individuals enrolled in the Community Corrections program
      • Allows offender to be able to be on home detention in a house other than an immediate family member
      • Changes to the Community Transition Program (CTP)
    • HEA 1040 – County Clerk Liability
      • Neither Circuit Court or Supreme Court clerks are personally liable for acts or omissions in performing duties of the clerk
  • Issues for 2011
    • Additional Enhanced 911 Revenue
      • Infrastructure upgrade costs up to $14M by 2012
      • County will be working with other counties/communities for potential solutions
      • County researching grants that would be applicable
    • Vote Centers
    • Local Road and Street Funding
    • Cyclical Assessment for properties
    • County Council Binding Review
  • Allen County Local Issues Update
  • Communications Merger
    • 9-1-1 Merger Agreement was reached and signed by all parties on March 24, 2010
    • Provisions:
      • Creation of a joint Operations Board made up of the Allen County Sheriff, the Sheriff's Chief Deputy, and the chiefs of the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments
      • Operating Boards responsibilities:
        • hiring an executive director
        • purchasing equipment and maintaining facilities
        • entering into contracts and agreements for the partnership.
      • Current funding distribution
        • City would fund 70 percent; County would contribute 30 percent
      • Future contribution percentages would be based upon call and run volume statistics
        • reviewed every three years beginning in January 2012, for the fiscal year 2013.
      • Operations board must set benchmarks including:
        • effectiveness of the organization,
        • number of calls received,
        • number of runs dispatched,
        • speed of response and budgetary efficiencies.
      • The initial term of the agreement is for three years,
    • Current Status: New Communications Director to be hired in Mid-July
  • Co-location
    • Discussion began in 2008 with Task Force meetings held in the latter half of 2009
    • Task Force meeting agreements for co-location
      • Public Safety to be located in City-County Building
      • Development team to be co-located at Renaissance Square Building
    • Status: Expected completion date for co-location at 200 E. Berry is Spring 2011
  • Transportation
    • Maplecrest Road Extension
      • The lowest bid was approximately $34M
        • Initially, the bid was estimated to be over $44M
      • The bid was awarded to a local company, Primco
        • Over 95% of the workforce from the Northeast region of Indiana
      • Preliminary work began in November
      • Completion in Spring 2012
    • Due to the low bid, the county is now able to utilize the other dollars budgeted for Maplecrest for other bridges’ repairs and maintenance
  • County Offices
    • Recorder’s Office
      • Worked with State Board of Accounts to get legislation as a ‘blanket ok’ for e-recording
      • ONLY county in the state doing e-recording
        • Saves over 50 hrs of employee time per 1000 paperless documents
          • 15 minutes for 65 pages in e-recording
        • 10,000 paperless copies have been filed since April 2008
      • Recent contract with eRecording Partners Network (EPN) allows these documents to be circulated to the Auditor and Assessor offices
  • County Offices
    • Treasurer’s Office
      • Property bills were sent out on time in 2010
      • Both spring and fall payment coupons were included in the single mailing
      • New payment options available including automatic withdrawel and monthly amounts
    • Assessor’s Office
      • Elimination of trustee assessors during the 2009 General Assembly session
      • New tax assessing teams were formed under the County Assessor and renovations began in June of 2009
      • Assessor’s new office and tax team officers were relocated on the second floor of the City-County Building and were opened to the public in February 2010
  • County Offices
    • Health Department
      • Successful H1N1 vaccination campaign
        • Partnered with over nine organizations
      • NEW clinic locations at Adams Center Road & St. Road 930
        • Relocation of Immunization Clinic, Infectious Disease Center/TB Clinic, and HIV/STD Clinic
        • Greater privacy, free parking, and located along a Citilink route
    • Commissioners – local ordinances
      • Passage of Patient Safety Ordinance
        • Requires physicians, who do not have admitting privileges in Allen County, to provide emergency contact information and an alternate physician-designee for emergency care to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department.
  • Conclusion
    • Thanks for your continued efforts at the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of Allen County and our communities