|Wed, Jul 23, 2014 07:42 AM
July 16, 2014 | 10:26 AM
The Harrison County Council Monday night discussed the upcoming budget season in a brief meeting.
The council plans to soon meet with Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye to discuss his request of five new officers to see what the county can afford to provide to the department.
Council chair Gary Davis said the sheriff won't get five new officers, but they'll try to see how much help the county will be able to provide.
The worst-case scenario cost for the five new officers request would be $475,000, including three new vehicles.
In March, Seelye said Harrison County has one officer for every 1,734 people in the county, the highest of any surrounding county, city or town department.
Seelye said he wants to leave the department as the best in the state.
A date has not yet been set for the meeting, but the council did set a joint meeting with the board of commissioners for Tuesday to hear annual budget requests from nonprofit organizations. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon. It will mark the first of many meetings in preparation of the 2015 budget.
In other business, the council heard a request of $13,000 for land surveying and civil engineering services from Paul Primavera & Associates for drainage issues on the Wennings property near Central Barren. According to county by-laws, the property, now owned by Shelby County Co-op, technically can't drain anywhere, so construction is stalled.
"Shelby County Co-op is ready to develop, but they can't until easements (drainage) are established," Jason Copperwaite, of Primavera & Associates, said.
Shelby County Co-op plans to use the site for propane tank storage.
Councilman Phil Smith asked that the property be cleared of brush.
Commissioner George Ethridge said the highway department will do so but may not get to it for a while.
"Right now, our focus is on the roads," he said.
The council will vote on the request (and others) at its next meeting, Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center. The other requests will include $1 million for the new highway garage project; $11,000 for unemployment compensation for the jail; and $5,000 for the parks department for new furniture for the two rental cabins at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra.
The council unanimously approved (6-0, Councilman Gordon Pendleton was absent) two additional appropriations for the parks department: $7,000 for lagoon repairs at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth and $50,000 for new mowers and utility vehicles.