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Clark County

December 7, 2012

Dreyer judgment to be paid into court fund

Commissioners recommend portion of St. John Road renamed in honor of Carl Popp

JEFFERSONVILLE — Forfeiture is off the table.

The Dreyer estate has agreed to allow Clark County to pay $910,288.18 into court escrow pending the county’s appeal of the eminent-domain judgment that netted the estate the award, County Attorney Greg Fifer announced at a meeting of the Clark County Commissioners on Thursday.

The Dreyer estate’s concession came in response to a petition filed by Fifer that the court allow for the judgment to be paid into the court. Had the Indiana Appeals Court denied Fifer’s motion, the entire sum would have had to be paid to the estate directly before Dec. 14 or the estate could have forced the forfeiture of the property, which was purchased by the county in an eminent-domain action as part of the Clark County Regional Airport’s runway expansion project.

Fifer said he expects to receive the order from the court in the next few days. It is not known into which court — the Indiana Court of Appeals or Clark County Superior No. 2, which issued the original ruling — the judgment will be paid.

The county has received confirmation that it will be able to borrow the money to pay the judgment, according to County Auditor R. Monty Snelling. New Washington State Bank has agreed in principle to loan the county $925,000 with an interest rate of 2 percent. The county will pay the loan back by the end of 2013. The county will close on the loan by Dec. 13, Fifer said.

The commissioners also took action to replenish the dwindling ranks of the Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners. Three members of the air board were removed by a 2-1 vote of the commissioners Nov. 20, with member Bill Halter resigning at the board’s meeting Nov. 28.

The commissioners had originally planned to appoint Clay “Beanie” Smith to the air board, but Smith declined his appointment.

Replacing Halter and Smith will be Republicans Wayne Carter and Kye Hoehn. Carter will serve through the end of this year, while Hoehn’s term will run through the end of 2013.

Former Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan, who was appointed to the board on a 2-1 vote of the commissioners, was originally appointed to the term ending in 2012. But the commissioners have now decided that Galligan will serve through 2015.

Ed Meyer voted no to the appointments of Carter and Hoehn, just as he did on the vote to remove former air board members Ron Barnes, Alan Conner and Mike Vissing.

“I’ve been consistent on this,” Meyer said.

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