2+2= Destination Brookville

2+2= Destination Brookville

There are 14 comments on the Dearborn County Register story from Jan 30, 2013, titled 2+2= Destination Brookville. In it, Dearborn County Register reports that:

While Destination Brookville may be on a list to receive a $600,000 10-county economic development grant from Lawrenceburg, the Town of Brookville's economic development commission does not yet have the grant money.

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Jumping Jack Flash

United States

#1 Feb 3, 2013
And they should not get the grant. There is a conflict of intrest between the board of grants and the redevelopment committee LLC group. Since when is it ok to allow a comprised group of volenteer commettee members to form and LLC business within the group. One committee member is the mother of the one of the grant voters, another is a business partner of the grant voter. Is it possiable that the grant voteing member is coaching the LLC, on how to request the grant. Shouldn't our state Rep grant voteing member be working for the city and county and not just for the LLC. This type of actions trumps, out of committee people that would like a chance at the grants. This is why Brookville and Franklin County struggles with getting anything done. Why would a grant for a bed and breakfest make since? If anyone knows business B&B are low profit margins and narmally serves as primary residents for the owners and have a fail rate 9 ot 10 of 4 years or less. So investing in that you simply be a goverment tax referb of home that will be sold as a profit to the owner. The county needs more say in where the money goes and too what business get it. Not because Mom or partner are involved.
Bea

Brookville, IN

#2 Feb 3, 2013
First, wouldn't it be important to know if anybody else applied for the SAME grant?
Bea Bea dear Bea

Brookville, IN

#3 Feb 3, 2013
Bea wrote:
First, wouldn't it be important to know if anybody else applied for the SAME grant?
Bea I am starting to worry about you. You know the factory didn't get what they ask for instead they got a 100 and input was over a million while this got the jack. Come on now you may favor them but your no dummy so don't come across like one. We all know how this happened my 6 yr old been around long enough to get this one.
And while I am at it did anyone here about the investigation into cin group for just this kind of thing. There one of the partners rented space to the non-profit how very interesting that is not all they are investigating them for but hey who knows fox dropped that story maybe they are doing one here.
Repealed

Brookville, IN

#4 Feb 19, 2013
Lawrenceburg repeals $600,000 grant

By John Estridge, Editor

Citing misinformation and omissions from State Rep. Jud McMillin, the Lawrenceburg City Council repealed the $600,000 grant for Destination Brookville LLC.

It is the first time in the history of the grant program, Lawrence-burg City Council (LCC) has taken such action.

During the Feb. 4 LCC meeting, city councilman Mike Lawrence said McMillin did not publicly state McMillin’s father, Lowell “Teen” McMillin, is the registered agent for Destination Brookville LLC. Jud’s mother, Sharon McMillin, is a partner in the business as well as Jud’s business partner, Allen Beneker, and the wife of Jud’s dad’s best friend. Jenny Wilz.

According to Lawrence, minutes from the public meeting state Jud told those on the committee, Jud would not vote because some friends were involved in the venture.

However, Jud’s contact with Destination Brookville LLC is more than just family and friends.

According to a Statement of Economic Interest, a document state legislators must file with the Secretary of State’s Office detailing business partnerships, Jud lists Destination Brookville LLC and Turning Point Fitness as businesses where he has economic interests.

Under No. 3 on the form with the instructions “List the name of every partnership and limited liability company of which you or your spouse are a member and the nature of the business,” Jud lists four. They are: Mullin, McMillin and McMillin, a law firm; McMillin Properties LLC, investment properties; Turning Point Fitness LLC, fitness center; and Destination Brookville LLC, investment properties.
Repealed

Brookville, IN

#5 Feb 19, 2013
The document was signed by Jud on Jan. 7 and is for the year 2012.

Under all four, Jud has checked the box for “your business.”

The same businesses are listed on the form filed with the Secretary of State on Jan. 4, 2012, for the year 2011.

In an interview with Mary Mattingly, news director for WRBI radio, concerning the Destination Brookville LLC grant, Jud was quoted as saying he had divested himself of his business ventures when he was first elected as a state representative in 2010.

“In order to move economic development forward in Brookville, I would be in a better position to handle it by wearing my state representative hat to helping in those regards, then as a business owner,” Jud said.“I forfeited all interest I had in Destination Brookville, Turning Point and those buildings.”

According to the grant application, which lists Jud as a government official who will be responsible for the grant, the grant was planned for several uses.

This included three main points.

First, it wanted to create a lodging facility in the former Case House in Brookville as well as an adjacent building. It also planned to rehabilitate apartments in Brookville for short-stay facilities.

Second, there was a plan to rehabilitate the Brookville Theater into a multiplex.

And third was the establishment of a destination restaurant in the Turning Point Gym building.

Lawrence, during his address to the LCC, said he was alerted to the situation by an article in The Dearborn County Register. After reading the article, he researched the grant on his own.

He told council when he voted for the grant, he did not know it was going to be used for a restaurant. Lawrence said the LCC has a standing policy of not giving grants to restaurants.

He also said that part of the grant was going to be used to renovate an older building in Brookville. Lawrence said that is something Brookville Redevelopment Commission should fund.

A grant committee reads grant applications and hears representatives from the companies involved talk about the needs for the proposed grants.

The grant committee then makes a recommendation to the LCC, which then formally votes on the grant.

Because of the way this grant was handled, Lawrence asked for a policy change.

He now wants the grant application to be attached to the committee’s recommendation.

According to Lawrence, he and others wanted to use money for the grant program to give the Lawrenceburg citizens property tax relief. However, Jud told LCC members if that happened, there was a good chance the state would take the money away from Lawrenceburg. Also, the grant program was the subject of a federal subpoena. For a few weeks, the LCC suspended the grant program.

Jud went to an LCC meeting and spoke against the program’s suspension.

Lawrence said Jud had a conflict of interest when he made those comments.

“When we discussed giving property tax relief to our citizens, Aaron (LCC member Aaron Cook) stated he talked to our state representative,” Lawrence said.“He (Jud told Cook) stated that is not what we should be doing with our money. The state is going to look down on it and come down here and take our money.

“Then, when the federal subpoena (council decided) let’s put the brakes on and make sure everything is legal before we move forward, he came to this podium and gave us a guilt trip,” he continued.“It’s OK to give his mom $600,000 of these (Lawrenceburg residents) people’s money, but we can’t give these people property tax relief.”
Repealed

Brookville, IN

#6 Feb 19, 2013
Lawrence was told Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Director Grant Hughes had reservations about the grant.

The vote to repeal the grant was 3-2 and was done in a roll call vote.

The entire LCC Feb. 4 meeting can be viewed on video at
&fe ature=youtu.be. The pertinent part of the meeting is at the two hour, three minute mark in the meeting
Pebbles

Valparaiso, IN

#7 Feb 19, 2013
Repealed wrote:
Lawrenceburg repeals $600,000 grant
By John Estridge, Editor
Citing misinformation and omissions from State Rep. Jud McMillin, the Lawrenceburg City Council repealed the $600,000 grant for Destination Brookville LLC.
It is the first time in the history of the grant program, Lawrence-burg City Council (LCC) has taken such action.
During the Feb. 4 LCC meeting, city councilman Mike Lawrence said McMillin did not publicly state McMillin’s father, Lowell “Teen” McMillin, is the registered agent for Destination Brookville LLC. Jud’s mother, Sharon McMillin, is a partner in the business as well as Jud’s business partner, Allen Beneker, and the wife of Jud’s dad’s best friend. Jenny Wilz.
According to Lawrence, minutes from the public meeting state Jud told those on the committee, Jud would not vote because some friends were involved in the venture.
However, Jud’s contact with Destination Brookville LLC is more than just family and friends.
According to a Statement of Economic Interest, a document state legislators must file with the Secretary of State’s Office detailing business partnerships, Jud lists Destination Brookville LLC and Turning Point Fitness as businesses where he has economic interests.
Under No. 3 on the form with the instructions “List the name of every partnership and limited liability company of which you or your spouse are a member and the nature of the business,” Jud lists four. They are: Mullin, McMillin and McMillin, a law firm; McMillin Properties LLC, investment properties; Turning Point Fitness LLC, fitness center; and Destination Brookville LLC, investment properties.
UH OH!.........
keeping up

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Feb 19, 2013
I am confused. Could someone provide some background for this situation? Thank you in advance.
Reason- this is good news

Cedar Grove, IN

#9 Feb 19, 2013
Lawrenceburg stepped up and did the right thing. There are real businesses that could use this economic developement grant money to create jobs. By real, I mean not an overnight nonprofit LLC established only to look for grants for substainment.
Hello

United States

#10 Feb 19, 2013
There is still investigating being done. And when the other shoe drops.....
Agree With That

Versailles, IN

#11 Feb 20, 2013
Reason- this is good news wrote:
Lawrenceburg stepped up and did the right thing. There are real businesses that could use this economic developement grant money to create jobs. By real, I mean not an overnight nonprofit LLC established only to look for grants for substainment.
I totally agree! Conflict of Interest! There is already a Bed and Breakfast that sits a couple of blocks away with room vacancy signs out front! Boaters are not going to flock to a Bed and Breakfast.

The best thing Brookville could do would be to put in a Drive Through Liquor Store on the edge of town ~ that is what the boaters want!
Not happening

Brookville, IN

#12 Feb 20, 2013
Agree With That wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally agree! Conflict of Interest! There is already a Bed and Breakfast that sits a couple of blocks away with room vacancy signs out front! Boaters are not going to flock to a Bed and Breakfast.
The best thing Brookville could do would be to put in a Drive Through Liquor Store on the edge of town ~ that is what the boaters want!
Thats illegal in In so much for the thought.
Its not like that

Carthage, IN

#13 Feb 20, 2013
Jud and his mommy getting grant money to line their own pockets is or should be illegal as well.
Doug

Grissom Afb, IN

#14 Feb 20, 2013
Hello wrote:
There is still investigating being done. And when the other shoe drops.....
Do you know when this is going to happen?

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