Press release from Dearborn County Coordinator
Dearborn County Deputy Surveyor Art Wenzel
accepts his award from OKI Excutive Director
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Dearborn County Deputy Surveyor J. Arthur Wenzel has been recognized for his outstanding public service by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). Mr. Wenzel was presented with his award by OKI Executive Director Mark Policinski at a ceremony on Fountain Square in Cincinnati on May 5th. Mr. Wenzel was nominated for the award by the Dearborn County Commissioners and the Dearborn County Department of Planning and Zoning.
In their nomination, the Commissioners noted Mr. Wenzel’s many contributions to the citizens of Dearborn County. In addition to his work in the County Surveyor’s office, Mr. Wenzel serves on the Board of Directors of the Dearborn County Regional Service District and the Dearborn County Historical Society. He also serves as the unpaid Director of the county’s Cemetery Commission. The Cemetery Commission, mandated by state law, is responsible for identifying and preserving all of the estimated 250 burial grounds in Dearborn County. Using many weekends and holidays, Mr. Wenzel has located and mapped almost two thirds of the county’s burial sites and completed over 100 of the mandatory reports to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Dearborn County has completed the highest percentage of such reports in Indiana. Mr. Wenzel’s service on the sewer Board provides representation to the residents of the county who are not served by municipal sewer departments. This is a thankless but essential job to develop the infrastructure needed to assure water qualify in Dearborn County.
The most important aspect of Mr. Wenzel’s service has been his dedication to helping his fellow citizens. The Commissioners nomination stated, “It is a common sight to pass by the Surveyor’s Office and see Art bent over a survey or map, explaining to an anxious citizen what all the symbols and technical jargon means. Art is unsparing in his willingness to provide each citizen with the time and expertise that they ended to fully understand their rights and responsibilities as property owners.”
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments is a council of local governments, business organizations, and community groups that includes 117 members in eight counties in the three states. OKI has final authority over all federal dollars spent on transportation in the region, and plays an important role in water quality and other infrastructure planning.