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Council begins new year with appointments, requests

January 15, 2014 | 08:36 AM

The Harrison County Council once again made Councilman Gary Davis the chair and Councilman Phil Smith vice chair of the board during the first meeting of the new year Monday night.

The board also signed and approved a contract ($16,500 for the year) for Mike Summers as legal counsel.

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The council also makes a number of county and area board appointments each first meeting of the year, many of which placed councilmembers on various boards as follows (all re-appointments): Smith, Harrison County Alternative Education Center, Harrison County Lifelong Learning Center and Harrison County Solid Waste Management; Councilman Jim Heitkemper, Family and Children and the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission; Davis, Harrison County Economic Development Corp.; Councilman Richard Gerdon, Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County; Councilman Gordon Pendleton, River Hills; Councilwoman Sherry Brown, Harrison County 4-H; and Councilman Ralph Sherman, Harrison County Economic Development Corp.

Other non-councilmember re-appointments were Harry L. Smith, Alcohol Beverage board; Michael Smith, Harrison County Emergency Management Agency board; Tom Tucker, Harrison County Public Library board; and Nina Faith, Property Tax Board of Appeals.

In other business Monday, the council heard a request of $3,900 for emergency medical services to purchase a kneeling airbag unit for one ambulance truck to lower the rear-loading height to make it easier for paramedics to load and unload cots.

Gary Kleeman, EMS director, said the current height causes normal-size people to have to tip-toe and twist and turn just to get the cot up in the correct position.

"We've already had a couple of minor back sprains," he said. "We're working with a time bomb as far as people's backs."

Kleeman said if the additional appropriation is approved, they'll test it on one unit and then ask the commissioners first, then the council, to fund the other three units.

The council, at its next meeting, which will be Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center, will vote on the request along with a letter of intent request concerning a $50,000 grant match for Maxine Brown to complete work on the Carter house and to fully rehabilitate the Scott house. Both houses are near the Leora Brown School, which Brown owns, along East Summit Street in Corydon.

The next meeting also will include a report on encumbrance funds from 2013 to 2014 after the financial planning committee meets next week.

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