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Redevelopment Commission
   

Contact Information

One Town Square
Dyer, IN 46311

Phone: (219) 865 - 6108
Fax: (219) 865 - 4233



Monthly Meeting

Second Thursday following the 6 pm Town Council Meeting

Location: Main Meeting Room

Study Session

Fourth Thursday following the 6pm Town Council Study Session



Dyer's Redevelopment Commission is comprised of five members, each appointed to one year terms.

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Current Redevelopment Commission

Mary Tanis, Town Council President Jeff Dekker, Town Council Member

Debbie Astor, Town Council Vice President Cathy Lareau, Town Council Member

Joe Cinko, Town Council Member Sue Grelewicz, Recording Secretary






Duties and Powers

The duties and powers of the Redevelopment Commission are defined in Indiana Code 36-7-14, Redevelopment of Blighted Areas Generally, Redevelopment Commissions. Duties include:

  • Investigate, study, and survey blighted areas within the corporate boundaries of the unit
  • Investigate, study, determine, and, to the extent possible, combat the causes of blighted areas
  • Promote the use of land in the manner that best serves the interests of the unit and its inhabitants
  • Cooperate with the departments and agencies of the unit, and of other governmental entities, in the manner that best serves the purposes of this chapter
  • Make findings and reports on their activities under this section, and keep those reports open to inspection by the public at the offices of the department
  • Select and acquire the blighted areas to be redeveloped under this chapter
  • Replan and dispose of the blighted areas in the manner that best serves the social and economic interests of the unit and its inhabitant

Powers include:

  • Acquire by purchase, exchange, gift, grant, condemnation, or lease, or any combination of methods, any personal property or interest in real property needed for the redevelopment of blighted areas located within the corporate boundaries of the unit
  • Hold, use, sell (by conveyance by deed, land sale contract, or other instrument), exchange, lease, rent, or otherwise dispose of property acquired for use in the redevelopment of blighted areas on the terms and conditions that the commission considers best for the unit and its inhabitants
  • Sell, lease, or grant interests in all or part of the real property acquired for redevelopment purposes to any other department of the unit or to any other governmental agency for public ways, levees, sewerage, parks, playgrounds, schools, and other public purposes on any terms that may be agreed on
  • Clear real property acquired for redevelopment purposes
  • Repair and maintain structures acquired for redevelopment purposes
  • Remodel, rebuild, enlarge, or make major structural improvements on structures acquired for redevelopment purposes
  • Survey or examine any land to determine whether it should be included within a blighted area to be acquired for redevelopment purposes and to determine the value of that land
  • Appear before any other department or agency of the unit, or before any other governmental agency in respect to any matter affecting real property acquired or being acquired for redevelopment purposes or any blighted area within the jurisdiction of the commissioners
  • Institute or defend in the name of the unit any civil action
  • Use any legal or equitable remedy that is necessary or considered proper to protect and enforce the rights of and perform the duties of the department of redevelopment
  • Exercise the power of eminent domain in the name of and within the corporate boundaries of the unit in the manner prescribed by section 20 of this chapter
  • Appoint an executive director, appraisers, real estate experts, engineers, architects, surveyors, and attorneys
  • Appoint clerks, guards, laborers, and other employees the commission considers advisable, except that those appointments must be made in accordance with the merit system of the unit if such a system exists
  • Prescribe the duties and regulate the compensation of employees of the department of redevelopment
  • Provide a pension and retirement system for employees of the department of redevelopment by using the Indiana public employees' retirement fund or a retirement plan approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Rent offices for use of the department of redevelopment, or accept the use of offices furnished by the unit
  • Equip the offices of the department of redevelopment with the necessary furniture, furnishings, equipment, records, and supplies
  • Expend, on behalf of the special taxing district, all or any part of the money of the special taxing district
  • Contract for the construction of local public improvements (as defined in IC 36-7-14.5-6) or structures that are necessary for redevelopment of blighted areas or economic development within the corporate boundaries of the unit or any structure that enhances development or economic development
  • Contract for the construction, extension, or improvement of pedestrian skyways
  • Accept loans, grants, and other forms of financial assistance from the federal government, the state government, a municipal corporation, a special taxing district, a foundation, or any other source
  • Provide financial assistance (including grants and loans) to enable individuals and families to purchase or lease residential units within the district; however, financial assistance may be provided only to individuals and families whose income is at or below the unit's median income for individuals and families, respectively
  • Provide financial assistance (including grants and loans) to neighborhood development corporations to permit them to provide financial assistance for the purposes described in the prior paragraph; or construct, rehabilitate, or repair commercial property within the district
Redevelopment Authority

Dyer's Redevelopment Authority is comprised of three members, each appointed to three year terms.

Current Redevelopment Authority

Norb Layne

Michael Klausman

Joe Williamson

Purposes of Authority

The reasons for organizing a Redevelopment Authority are defined in Indiana Code 36-7-14.5-11. They include:

  • Financing, constructing, and leasing local public improvements to the commission.
  • Financing and constructing additional improvements to local public improvements owned by the authority and leasing them to the commission.
  • Acquiring all or a portion of one (1) or more local public improvements from the commission by purchase or lease and leasing these local public improvements back to the commission, with any additional improvements that may be made to them.
  • Acquiring all or a portion of one (1) or more local public improvements from the commission by purchase or lease to fund or refund indebtedness incurred on account of those local public improvements to enable the commission to make a savings in debt services obligations or lease rental obligations or to obtain relief from covenants that the commission considers to be unduly burdensome.

Duties and Powers

The duties and powers of the Redevelopment Authority are defined in Indiana Code 36-7-14.5-12. They include:

  • Finance, improve, construct, reconstruct, renovate, purchase, lease, acquire, or equip local public improvements.
  • Lease those local public improvements to the commission.
  • Sue, be sued, plead, or be impleaded, but all actions against the authority must be brought in the circuit or superior court of the county in which the authority is located.
  • Condemn, appropriate, lease, rent, purchase, or hold any real or personal property needed or considered useful in connection with local public improvements.
  • Acquire real or personal property by gift, devise, or bequest and hold, use, or dispose of that property for the purposes authorized by this chapter.
  • Enter upon any lots or lands for the purpose of surveying or examining them to determine the location of a local public improvement.
  • Design, order, contract for, or construct, reconstruct, or renovate any local public improvements or improvements thereto.
  • Employ managers, superintendents, architects, engineers, attorneys, auditors, clerks, construction managers, or other employees necessary for construction of local public improvements or improvements to them.
  • Make and enter into all contracts or agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties or the execution of its powers under this chapter.
  • Take any other action necessary to implement the authority's purposes as set forth in section 11(a) of this chapter.