|Sat, Nov 01, 2014 08:36 AM
|Issue of October 29, 2014
February 12, 2014 | 08:29 AM
Another round of winter weather hit Harrison County last week, this time bringing a combination of snow and ice that caused crashes on roadways, power outages and additional school closings. Ice, which measured anywhere from a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch, also brought down, or caused to bow, countless trees and limbs throughout the county.
The Harrison County Highway Dept. was out of salt after using all of its reserves during the active winter, Commissioner Kenny Saulman said Monday night.
More salt is on the way for Indiana, but Saulman said the state will get first priority with it before counties. Since Monday, the county has received six loads of salt.
Saulman said when the county finds a place for the new highway garage to be built, he'll be sure to include enough storage for two years-worth of salt for winters like this one.
A tree collapsed under the pressure of ice last Wednesday morning across Oak Park Road east of New Salisbury snapping a power-line pole after the wintry mix storm moved through the area the night before. Power was out for nearby residents for several hours. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)
The county ordered 2,000 tons of salt for this year but only received 900 and went through it all before the latest delivery.
Schools are scheduling make-up days after the inclement weather has caused numerous closings as well as delays.
Students in North Harrison schools have missed eight days this winter. Two days were already made up, and the Indiana Dept. of Education granted a waiver for Jan. 6 and 7. Three other make-up days — Feb. 17, April 18 and May 2 — are scheduled. The final make-up day is tentatively scheduled for May 29. Provided there are no more cancellations, Supt. D. John Thomas said graduation is still scheduled for June 1.
Lanesville Community schools have missed nine days. Counting the two waiver days and one make-up day on Jan. 20, the corporation plans on Feb. 17, April 18 and March 24 through 27 (intersession) as make-up days.
Supt. Steve Morris said, if any additional days are missed, March 28 and May 30 could be used as make-up days. Beyond that, the corporation may have to look at the DOE's other options, including extended school hours, having school on Saturdays or having online classes.
Graduation at Lanesville is still scheduled for May 30.
At South Harrison schools, 10 days have been missed, with two of the days being waived by the state. Snow make-up days are scheduled for Feb. 17, March 31, April 1-4 and May 2. School was in session on Jan. 20 for another make-up date. Graduation is still set for June 8.