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indiana news 92 - Association of Indiana Counties
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Vol. 19 Number 5 September/October 2013
Mallow Run
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Features
4
Indiana’s Two Smallest Counties Put on a
Big Show
By David Bottorff
6
Indiana Needs Annexation Reform
Part II: Examples and Solutions
By Andrew Berger
8 AIC 2013 Annual Conference Wrap Up and Awards
By Christine Traina
12
Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille
Calendar
OCTOBER
22-25 Auditors Fall Conference – Sheraton Keystone at the Crossing
NOVEMBER
19
AIC Institute Class – Legislative Affairs (Statehouse)
DECEMBER
3-5
IACC Annual Conference – Sheraton Keystone at the Crossing
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20
AIC Crossword Puzzle: Enlightening Facts from
Across Indiana
By Danielle Coulter
On the Cover: Journeying Through Johnson County
By Don Cummings
Public Access to Personal Use of Electronic
Communications
By Karen Arland, Ice Miller LLP
Extras
13 Endorsed Program Spotlight: Nationwide
Retirement Solutions
22 Professional Services Directory
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The Director’s Chair
Indiana’s Two Smallest Counties
Put on a Big Show
By David Bottorff, Executive Director
[email protected]
The recently concluded AIC Annual Conference in Switzerland
County was another successful event. The Host Committee of
Switzerland and Ohio Counties did a tremendous job organizing the
event. We had nearly 800 people attend the conference. As always,
I learn so much during our Conference and I know county officials
do as well. A seasoned county official who has held office for 10
years stopped me and told me she did not know the breadth and
magnitude of the conference and now wished she had attended AIC
conferences earlier in her county career.
nation’s economy. We often take for granted the magnitude of all
the services counties provide. Across the country, counties maintain
44 percent of the country’s roads and 228,000 bridges. Counties
provide flu shots through 1,900 health departments, operate more
than 112,000 polling places, administer health care through 964
hospitals and spend $68 billion on health care. Counties employ
more than 3 million workers.
During the opening session, NACo’s Executive Director Matt Chase
gave an excellent presentation on the impact of counties on the
Also during the opening session, Indiana’s own Abraham Lincoln
– portrayed by the award winning Lincoln presenter Dean Dorrell –
was excellent, and his speech on leadership was appreciated by all
in attendance.
Spencer County’s own: Commissioner Al Logsdon, Abraham Lincoln, and Councilman
Jack Kroeger.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson tours the exhibit hall and visits with Clark
County Commissioner Jack Coffman and Ann Jochim, WTH Technology.
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Using school buses to get 500 people into
Vevay on a Tuesday was a feat unto itself. I
am not sure of the AIC Annual Conference’s
economic impact on the community, but I feel
safe in saying at least five restaurants in Vevay
had their best ever sales for a Tuesday night.
Meeting friends during Vevay Street Festival: Lake
County Commissioner Mike Repay, Former Indiana
House Speaker John Gregg and Lake County
Recorder Mike Brown.
The workshops were at full capacity. The
workshop on the changes in retirement
options at Indiana Public Retirement System
was timely and was standing room only.
The human resource workshop, Crazy
Things That Happen at Work, was packed
again. The review of state and federal audit
expectations offered great information for
everyone and the tax cap impact workshop
provided an excellent review of their
functionality. All the workshops offered great
information.
The workshop on health care and the discussion of the AIC’s partnership with Cost Plus
had workshop participants buzzing about this new way to reimburse for health services.
Cass County has been on Cost Plus for more than a year, realizing a 30 percent savings
on its health insurance budget. For specific questions regarding Cost Plus or to have a
Cost Plus representative visit your county, contact me or Shawna Schwegman with Apex
Benefits Group at [email protected]
To review any of the handouts provided at the conference, visit the AIC’s webpage
www.indianacounties.org and be sure to put Sept. 22-25, 2014 on your calendar for the
2014 Annual Conference in Monroe County. I am sure it will be another great educational
opportunity, just blocks from Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.
INDIANA NEWS 92
The official magazine of
Association of Indiana Counties, Inc.
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Karen Avery, Editor
OFFICERS
President: Penny Lukenbill, Marshall County Auditor
First Vice President: Jeff Quyle, Morgan County Council
Second Vice President: Al Logsdon, Spencer County
Commissioner
Third Vice President: Jane Grove, Randolph County Treasurer
Treasurer: Terri Rethlake, St. Joseph County Clerk
STAFF
David Bottorff, Executive Director
[email protected]
Andrew Berger, Director of Government Affairs &
General Counsel
[email protected]
Danielle Coulter, Deputy Director of Government Affairs
[email protected]
Karen Avery, Director of Public Relations
[email protected]
Alicia Ramer, Finance & Business Development Coordinator
[email protected]
Christine Traina, Director of Planning and Professional
Development
[email protected]
The Association of Indiana Counties, Inc. (AIC) was founded
in 1957 for the betterment of county government. Each
of Indiana’s 92 counties are members of the AIC. The AIC
Board of Directors is made up of elected county officials and
is responsible for overall AIC policy and management. AIC
serves it members through lobbying, education, publications,
research, and technical assistance.
Indiana News 92 is published bi-monthly by the AIC at
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1575, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2051.
It is distributed to county elected officials, county employees,
state and federal legislators, state agency personnel, National
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other information, please contact Karen Avery, Editor.
All county members receive annual subscriptions to
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Politics & Policy
INDIANA NEEDS ANNEXATION
REFORM
PART II:
Examples and Solutions
By Andrew Berger, Director of Government Affairs & General Counsel
[email protected]
is improving the infrastructure and recruiting businesses to areas
that are subsequently annexed, the benefits of that growth are
diluted to the county and other units, thus reducing the incentive for
the county to perform these functions. A possible solution would
be compensation to the county for the costs of infrastructure work
conducted by the county within a five year period of the annexation.
The best arguments in favor of annexation concern the delivery of
This would be calculated on a pro-rata basis to take
services. Unincorporated areas that already
into account any depreciation of the improved road
use municipal services, like utilities, fall into that
When the law
or other asset, and would protect taxpayers of the
category, as do areas geographically located
unincorporated area from making investments that
where the delivery of local services like police
does not provide
may not fully benefit the county tax base.
and fire can be more efficiently delivered by a city
or town.
balance and an
There are also many examples where parcels are
effective outlet of
passed over during an annexation, leaving holes of
But there are a number of examples where a
unincorporated areas within the new city or town
municipality annexes wide swaths of vacant
justified concerns of
limits. Areas that have low assessed value without
or agricultural land. Often this extension of the
any growth potential, have environmental problems
municipal boundary into rural areas is done in
taxpayers impacted
or would require a high level of service are passed
anticipation of future economic growth. No city
by government
over. This is perhaps the best evidence of the true
services are required for the current use but the
purposes of many annexations. They are not done
municipality wishes to take advantage of future
actions, the result
to provide a more practical service delivery area but
growth. When this tactic is combined with the
rather to bring more AV within the city.
use of tax increment financing and the creation
is hard feelings and
of redeveloped areas within the newly annexed
distrust on all sides.
The reach for future growth has other consequences
land, the advantages to the city or town are
as well. When municipalities see annexation as a
significant.
way to gain additional revenue, this will inevitably
lead to competition between cities and towns. The situation in
If a municipality is bringing added value to an area that helps spur
Boone County is most telling of this phenomenon. Three units –
growth, then an annexation could be appropriate. But if the county
The previous issue of Indiana News 92 discussed the imbalance of
Indiana’s annexation statutes. As in other areas of the law, where
irrational rules control, absurd results occur. Part II will provide
examples of problematic annexations and potential solutions.
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Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville – are quickly annexing land
between those towns, not only to take advantage of any future
growth, but to get the potential growth before the others. The
Zionsville/township reorganization was, in large part, a reaction
by property owners in the unincorporated area to control their
own destiny when they have no hope in contesting an involuntary
annexation.
The Zionsville reorganization, though having elements of a
reaction to a perceived annexation threat, is also a great example
of government reorganization, where the units, with taxpayer
input and final vote, worked together to plan future service
delivery. Another recent example, however, is clearly just a last
ditch attempt by property owners to avoid being annexed.
The Town of Lapel is planning on annexing a strip of largely
agricultural land, not much wider than a football field, 13 miles
long, to the edge of Pendelton. This annexation is supported
by the property owners as a way to block future annexation
by the City of Anderson. Statute already requires that annexed
areas border at least one-eighth of the existing municipal limits.
The Lapel annexation clearly violates this provision. But, with
the landowners supporting the action by the town, there is no
individual with standing willing to challenge the annexation in
court.
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This situation, as well as instances where an annexation skips
over areas, could be addressed by giving county commissioners
authority to review annexations. When an area wants to
incorporate as a town, commissioners should have authority
to review the plan, reject it, allow it to proceed or send it to a
referendum of the affected citizens. Even if the county legislative
body is not allowed to reject the proposed annexation, it is best
situated as the entity representing everyone in the county that
can balance the impact to other units and taxpayers.
When the law does not provide balance and an effective outlet
of justified concerns of taxpayers impacted by government
actions, the result is hard feelings and distrust on all sides.
Indiana’s annexation law allows city limits that stretch miles into
the country, absurd boundaries that incorporate some areas while
leaving others out, competitive annexations where the only goal is
to get there first, and frantic maneuvering by people who feel they
do not have any other options. There are many things that can be
done to increase citizens’ confidence in their local governments;
one of them is common sense annexation reform.
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2 0 13 C O N F E R E N C E
wrap up
wrap up
By Christine Traina, Director of Planning and Professional Development
[email protected]
The AIC would like to thank all who attended, sponsored, and donated time and talents during the 2013
Annual Conference! We had strong participation and support from all of you which made this a wonderful
event and a great conference.
Being the largest gathering of county officials and employees, the purpose of the conference is to bring
together people and ideas in an open, fun, and educational setting. We hope that all who attended took
back great information to their counties, new contacts for their companies, and new found friendships.
The Switzerland and Ohio Counties Host Committee was an incredible resource and great help to the
conference. We appreciate all of their hard work. Mark your calendars for the 2014 Annual Conference in
Monroe County on September 22-25.
Dorrell Receives
AIC’s Highest Honor
Dill Dorrell is serving in his 39th year on the Ohio County Council.
He is a graduate of Indiana University and received his MBA from
the University of Cincinnati. Early in his career, Dorrell served as a
first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He
is an active member of the community, having served as an EMT,
on a local school corporation task force, on the county economic
development commission and the planning and zoning commission.
Dorrell was also elected Lt. Governor in Kiwanis International.
Dorrell actively promotes the value of county government at the state
level as well, serving on several AIC committees. Dorrell regularly
testifies on bills at the statehouse and has served as AIC legislative
committee chairman. Dorrell is a friend of county government and
avid supporter of the AIC.
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Ohio Co. Councilman Dill Dorrell (c) receives Himsel Award from 2012 Himsel
Recipient Nancy Marsh (l), Hendricks Co. Treasurer and AIC President Penny
Lukenbill (r), Marshall Co. Auditor.
Association of Indiana Counties Inc.
County Achievement
Awards
The AIC awards committee chose two counties this year to
receive the County Achievement Award. Marshall County was
chosen for its Online Permitting program, and Whitley County
was chosen for its Land Records Accuracy project.
MARSHALL COUNTY – Online Permitting Marshall County officials accept award.
WHITLEY COUNTY – Land Records Accuracy Whitley County officials accept
award.
Local
Government
Cooperation
Award
Just one Indiana County was
awarded the 2013 Local
Government Cooperation Award.
Monroe County was chosen for
its Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal
Program.
www.IndianaCounties.org MONROE COUNTY –
Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal
Program Monroe County
Prosecutor Chris Gaal accepts
award.
September/October 2013 INDIANA NEWS 92 9
2 0 13 C O N F E R E N C E
wrap up
2013 Outstanding County Officials Announced
Congratulations to the 2013 Outstanding County Officials! The award winners below were nominated by their affiliate organizations for
providing effective leadership and other important contributions to county government. The awards were presented during the annual
awards banquet at the AIC’s Annual Conference in September.
ASSESSOR: Jason Cockerill –
Washington County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor, and Assessors’ Association
Pres. Judy Sharp (l), Monroe Co. Assessor
present award to Jason Cockerill (c).
AUDITOR: Gail Doades –
Daviess County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor presents award to Gail
Doades (l).
CLERK: Julie Fox – Marshall County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor presents award to Julie Fox (l).
COMMISSIONER: Kevin Woodward –
Wells County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r),
Marshall Co. Auditor and Commissioners’
Association Pres. Ken Paust (l), Wayne
Co. Commissioner present award to Kevin
Woodward (c).
COUNCIL: Jack Kroeger –
Spencer County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor and Council Association Pres.
Larry Hesson (l), Hendricks Co. Council,
present award to Jack Kroeger (c).
RECORDER: Mary Jo Phares –
Shelby County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor presents award to Mary Jo
Phares (l).
SURVEYOR: Kenneth Hedge –
Boone County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor and Surveyors’ Association
Pres., Zach Beasley, Tippecanoe County
Surveyor (l) present award to Kenneth
Hedge (c).
TREASURER: Nancy Marsh –
Hendricks County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor presents award to Nancy
Marsh (l).
Outstanding County Officials not pictured:
CORONER: Ed Cripe (Clinton/Tippecanoe Counties);
IT DIRECTOR: Ed Beheler (Tippecanoe County)
View video presentations for
county achievement and local government
cooperation awards at:
HIGHWAY ENGINEER: Kevin Russel –
Harrison County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor presents award to Kevin
Russel.
HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT:
Joe Wiley – Henry County
AIC President Penny Lukenbill (r), Marshall
Co. Auditor and Highway Association
President Kevin Russel (l), Harrison Co.
Engineer present award to Joe Wiley (c).
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Association of Indiana Counties Inc.
AIC Institute for Excellence in
County Government Awards
Certificates to 14 Indiana County
Officials
The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC)
has awarded 14 certificates to county
officials for completing requirements in
the AIC Institute for Excellence in County
Government, an ongoing professional
development program established in 1993.
The AIC is dedicated to assisting county
government officials and employees in
becoming more efficient, solving tough
problems, and finding the resources they
need to serve their constituents well. The
AIC believes that education is the beginning
of any successful endeavor, especially
within the public service sector.
AIC and Vectren Corporation are helping
county officials to continue pursuing their
educational goals through webinar classes.
Offering classes via a virtual classroom
helps county officials to reduce the burden
of travel expenses and time out of the
office. To learn more about the AIC Institute
visit www.indianacounties.org.
The following are the types of
accomplishments that can be achieved.
• Institute Certificate – To earn an AIC
Institute certificate, the student must
accumulate 30 credit hours of AIC Institute
courses. Twenty five of these credit hours
must be from full day courses and must
include the three CORE courses. Students
have two consecutive years to complete
the 30 hours.
• Continuing Education – Because
education is a never-ending process, we
have many people who continue their
participation in the Institute program.
Students who earn Continuing Education
certificates must have previously earned
an AIC Institute certificate and completed
20 hours of additional Institute courses
within one calendar year.
• Master Pins – To reward those who
have truly made education a priority, the
different level of Masters Pins are given to
those who have accumulated 75 to 180
credit hours in the program.
• Lifetime Achievement – This award
recognizes those individuals who have
accrued at least 240 total credit hours
since the inception of the program in
1993.
2013 INSTITUTE
PROGRAM
GRADUATES
AIC INSTITUTE CERTIFICATE
Stuart Dowden – Greene County
Recorder
Susie Hufford – Henry County
Recorder
Jon Miller – Porter County Recorder
Mary Jo Phares – Shelby County
Recorder
Annalee Turley – Scott County
Recorder
CONTINUING EDUCATION –
LEVEL II
Joe Dierdorf – Clay County
Recorder
Pamela Kivett – Morgan County
Recorder
Jennifer McGuire – Whitley County
Auditor
Sandy Cain – Brown County
Recorder
Debbie Preston – Randolph County
Recorder
CONTINUING EDUCATION –
LEVEL II AND SILVER MASTERS
Brenda Weaver – Miami County
Recorder
CONTINUING EDUCATION LEVEL II AND GOLD MASTERS
Michael A. Brown – Lake County
Clerk
Phillip Dotson – St. Joseph County
Recorder
Theresa Lynch – Hendricks County
Recorder
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Pictured in the photo left to right: Jane Grove, Randolph Co. (Institute Admin.); Jennifer McGuire, Whitley Co.;
Phillip Dotson, St. Joseph Co.; Debbie Preston, Randolph Co.; Pamela Kivett, Morgan Co.; Mary Jo Phares, Shelby
Co.; and Michael Roeder, Vectren.
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AIC Crossword Puzzle
Enlightening Facts from
Across Indiana
By Danielle Coulter, Deputy Director of Government Affairs
[email protected]
Think you know every bit of trivia about Indiana’s counties? I’ve searched high and low across
the state to test your knowledge and “enlighten” you with interesting (and perhaps obscure!)
facts about the counties in which you work and play. Grab a pen and play against others to see
“Hoosier” most knowledgeable county elected official! (Each answer is the name of a county, and
there are no spaces between words. Answers can be found on Page 22.) GOOD LUCK!
ACROSS
4. Site of Indiana’s first railroad
9. The first gasoline pump was invented and
sold here
11. Birthplace of poet James Whitcomb Riley
12. The second largest county fair in the country
is held here
15. Where actor James Dean is buried
16. Site of the first rotary jail built in the U.S.
18. Indiana’s Baseball Hall of Fame is located
here
21. One of four “color” counties in Indiana
22. Indiana’s first soil and water conservation
district was organized here
26. One of four “color” counties in Indiana
27. The “Lime City” is located here
28. Birthplace of popcorn entrepreneur Orville
Redenbacher
29. One of two counties that compose the
longest straight line distance in Indiana
30. Birthplace of The Jackson 5
32. One of two counties that compose the
longest straight line distance in Indiana
33. One of four “color” counties in Indiana
34. Location of the first electrically lighted city
in the world
DOWN
1. Name means “the door” in French
2. Location of Indiana’s geographic center
3. Site of the 2014 AIC Annual Conference
5. Home to Ball Corporation, the famous glass
canning company
6. The first peacetime train robbery in the U.S.
took place here
7. One of four “color” counties in Indiana
8. The “covered bridge capital of the world”
10. Site of our first state capital
13. Smallest county in Indiana
14. Site of the 2013 AIC Annual Conference
17. Site of Indiana’s first railroad
19. Where Abraham Lincoln spent most of his
boyhood life
20. Birthplace of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom
23. Both Mexico and Peru are located here
24. Where the world-famous Coca-Cola bottle
design was created
25. Former home of the nation’s largest
producer of horse-drawn wagons
26. Location of Indiana’s highest point
31. Birthplace of comedian Red Skelton
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On the Cover: Johnson County
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JOHNSON
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by Don Cummings
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J
ust south of Indianapolis’ southern border lies Johnson
County, which transitions southward from the “metro
area” suburban life in Greenwood, to the college town
atmosphere in Franklin, and on to its rural and small town
southern environs.
Settlers built the first cabin in the future Johnson County in 1820
in the newly-formed state of Indiana (1816). By 1822, a county
was established but it took four years for the court to create
a fully functioning government, whose first official act was to
grant a tavern license at the request of 24 Edinburgh residents.
Kelsay Farm
s
Today, Johnson County is home to more than 143,000 residents and is second
in the state in population growth. Most residents live in and around the greater
Greenwood area or in the county seat of Franklin. But our county is also home
to the thriving communities of Bargersville, Trafalgar, Edinburgh, Prince’s Lakes
and the towns of Whiteland and New Whiteland. In addition, the unincorporated
Center Grove area continues to grow and find its own identity.
If one is looking for a nearby place for family fun, Johnson County is home to The
Apple Works with its orchards, ice cream shop, and child-fascinating play areas.
Each year, more than 10,000 people visit Kelsay Farms to tour its dairy farm and
join in Fall festivities with its corn maze, games, and playgrounds. There is also
Rascals Fun Zone with indoor and outdoor carting, bumper boats and arcade
games. And Greenwood’s new Center City Park features a “splash pad” full of
water play opportunities.
Johnson
County is
home to more
than 143,000
residents and
is second in
the state in
population
growth.
Greenwood’s Smith Valley Trail
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On the Cover: Johnson County
For the adults, “JoCo” is home to a
number of home-grown fine dining
establishments.
For the adults, “JoCo” is home to a number
of home-grown fine dining establishments.
Franklin’s Indigo Duck and Greenwood’s
Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille draw
people from around central Indiana. Recent
addition Vino Villa offers a gourmet small
plate dining experience. Leave the pizza
chains behind and treat yourself to the
unique tastes of Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza
and Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, which
both include intimate bar settings. At the end
of an evening, visit 66 Water
Street Café coffee shop
to experience this unique
collaboration between
Franklin, Franklin College,
and local artists and
musicians.
We also have a growing
Grille
number of adult beverage
s Bar and
ulous Vega
Hal’s Fab
producers. Mallow Run Winery
has become a weekend
mecca for wine, food, and
live music. The Oaken Barrel Brewery is long-established as
a premier producer of craft beers and food, but is also the
perfect place for meeting with friends
or business colleagues. This year
Planetary Brewing opened its doors
on weekends to great reviews and fine
craft beers. Indiana’s 2010 “Sunday
carry-out” law is helping these local
businesses succeed. In 2014, Taxman
Brewing will open in downtown
Bargersville.
66 Water Street Café
Each August, Greenwood is home to
the thousands attending WAMMfest
which features wine, art, music and
microbrews. It is nine hours of festival
atmosphere, non-stop live music,
central Indiana wine and beer makers,
restaurant booths, and dozens of
artists displaying their work.
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Stevens Memorial Museum
Explore Free Fall Skydiving
For those preferring traditional outdoor activities, there’s the
disc golf course in Freedom Park, a dog park in University
Park, and the state’s first handicap-accessible playground at
Independence Park. Franklin and Greenwood have a growing
network of greenways that promote both fitness and a sense
of community.
For the more adventurous, visit Franklin Flying Field and
Association of Indiana Counties Inc.
JOHNSON COUNTY
Calendar of Events
REGULARLY
OCCURRING EVENTS
Greenwood Farmers Market
Saturdays in season
www.localharvest.org
Franklin Farmers Market
Saturdays in season
www.discoverdowntownfranklin.com
ANNUAL EVENTS
Jim Rhoades Memorial Hog Roast
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Dec. 5, 2013
Taste of the Southside
Valle Vista Conference Center,
Greenwood
Feb. 23, 2014
Bargersville Flea Market
Saturdays in season
www.discoverdowntownfranklin.com
Classic Movies on a Classic
Screen
The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin
www.historicartcrafttheatre.org
Classic Car Cruise-ins
Downtown Franklin
www.discoverdowntownfranklin.com
Freedom Festival
Craig Park, Greenwood
June 28, 2014
www.greenwood.in.gov
Mallow Run Winery
experience skydiving at Explore Free Fall. Explore Free Fall
offers novice jumpers an adrenaline-filled jump from two miles
high. The experience is breathtaking in more ways than one: first
with the 45 second free fall and secondly because the peaceful
canopy-glide down offers spectacular views of Johnson County
for as far as the eyes can see. Explore Free Fall also offers
classes to those who prefer the solo jumping experience. And
it’s certainly worth noting that downtown Indianapolis’ nearest
corporate jet-capable airport is in Johnson County at the
Greenwood Municipal Airport.
For a sense of nostalgia with some added flair, you can’t beat
experiencing our Historic Artcraft Theatre where each weekend
classic movies play to packed houses on the big screen. And
don’t miss stopping into The Willard next door for a drink and a
meal in another historic building.
In addition to the many
smaller businesses
noted, we are home
to some very large
enterprises. Two
popular shopping
destinations are
Greenwood Park
Mall and Edinburgh
Outlet Shops.
Strawberries on the Square
Downtown Franklin
May 23, 2014
The Suds’ Classic Car Cruise-in
Saturdays, Spring to Fall
Market Plaza in downtown
Greenwood
www.thesuds.net
Smoke on the Square
Barbecue competition and Music
Downtown Franklin
June 27-28, 2014
www.discoverdowntownfranklin.com
Summer Concerts Series
Greenwood Parks Department
Concerts
Surina Square Amphitheatre.
www.greenwood.in.gov
Greenwood Park Mall concerts
www.simon.com/mall/greenwoodpark-mall
Bargersville Parks Department
Concerts
Downtown Bargersville Town Hall
parking lot
www.townofbargersville.org
WAMMfest
Wine, Art, Music, Microbrews
Aug. 16, 2014
www.wammfest.com
Beer and Bluegrass Festival
Downtown Franklin
Aug. 22, 2014
Vino Villa
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On the Cover: Johnson County
Camp Atterbury and
the new Indiana
National Guard Armory
in Franklin host
thousands of soldiers
each year. The large
corporate campus
Greenwo
od Park
of manufacturer
Mall
Endress+Hauser is
in Greenwood and will
be the catalyst for like-quality development
around Johnson County’s newest I-65 exit beginning next year.
Our sense of community is reinforced each day by our award
winning Daily Journal newspaper and by the many dedicated public
servants and volunteers working across Johnson County. Come
visit and see for yourself!
Johnson County – where will your journey take you?
Historic Artcraft Theatre
18 INDIANA NEWS 92 September/October 2013
About the Author: Don Cummings has lived or worked in Johnson
County for 34 years, is a co-founder of the all-volunteer tourism
website “Journey Johnson County”, and is a board member of the
Johnson County Community Foundation.
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Legal Insight
Legal Insight
Public Access to Personal Use of
Electronic Communications
By Karen Arland, Ice Miller LLP
County officials and employees have more and more opportunity, and
indeed requirements, for electronic forms of communication, from
email to text messaging, from Twitter to Instagram, and everything
in between. At what point do the electronic records created by such
devices become subject to a public records request?
According to the Public Records Act
…it is the public policy of the state that all persons
are entitled to full and complete information regarding
the affairs of government and the official acts of those
who represent them as public officials and employees.
Providing persons with the information is an essential
function of a representative government and an integral
part of the routine duties of public officials and employees,
whose duty it is to provide the information…
IC 5-14-3-1
Also according to the Public Records Act, a public record is any
writing or other material that is created, received, maintained,
retained, received by or filed with a public agency, regardless of
the medium on which it is generated or stored. The Public Access
Counselor has advised that this includes email, websites, Facebook,
Twitter, and so forth.
It is clear that any email sent or received from a public agency
email account is a public record subject to the Public Records Act,
regardless of the sender or recipient, and regardless of whether
the communication is characterized as personal or private. The
communication may or may not be subject to disclosure, but it is a
public record. The Public Access Counselor has also opined that a
communication sent or received by a public official or employee on
their personal computer, iPad, or cellphone is also a public record if
the communication is sent electronically to, and received by, devices
or accounts belonging to the county.
There are ways to protect your personal communications. Try to keep
all county related work and communications restricted to devices
and accounts owned or maintained by the county. If you do not have
a county owned device or account, consider creating a separate
account of your own for all county-related communications, with
approval of the appropriate officials. Avoid using personal devices
and accounts for public business, although it is not always practical
or even possible, to completely separate such communications.
Ice Miller LLP serves as counsel to the Association of Indiana
Counties. For further information on public records requirements,
please contact Karen Arland at [email protected] or
(317) 236-2244.
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