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Dreaming of the county's future


My Opinion


March 19, 2014 | 09:55 AM

For the past several weeks, we have been soliciting you, our readers, for your thoughts about how you would like to see Harrison County in the next 20 years.

Question of the Week
Is Harrison County meeting all of your needs so you can continue to make this your home?
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This came about, not because any one person dislikes the county now, but because it's good to assess current situations from time to time and see where things might be improved. And, as America's population continues to age, the needs might be different for the next couple of decades than they were for the past few decades.

Laconia folks have been made aware of the predicted trends of how, in 2010, 13 percent of Hoosiers were 65 or older, with that number expected to increase to 20 percent by 2050 and how Harrison County's populated is anticipated to grow by 19 percent by 2035.

Your responses keep coming in, in a variety of ways. We appreciate that and hope you will continue to submit your thoughts.

One reader, who wished to remain anonymous, recently shared seven main points that "Corydon must have," in addition to "closely" monitoring growth:

1 — Offer round-trip bus or shuttle service to Louisville International Airport, to the mall in Clarksville and other places "at least one to two days week" with "reasonable" fares. "Seniors need this transportation," the person wrote.

2 — Control the "outrageous" labor rates for services, such as lawn care, plumbing and electrical work. "Some merchants gouge people," stated this person, adding that an engineer with a degree starts out at $45 an hour, so why should someone make $35 to $70 an hour for "menial" labor.

3 — Land an outlet mall near S.R. 135 and Interstate 64. The reader said this would be accessible to people from all directions of Harrison County, would be near the hospital and close to "a few, super clean restaurants, like Culver's and O'Charley's."

4 — Offer "excellent" tax incentives for any businesses that locate here, thus helping us grow more.

5 — Talk to the sheriff regarding the impact of legalizing marijuana. While the reader readily admits hating drugs, the person added, "Denver seems to be getting rich" from its new marijuana laws that went into effect Jan. 1.

6 — Bring a Panera Bread to Corydon. "It's wonderful, especially for lunches. The breads are to die for!"

7 — Consider adding horse or harness racing on a regular basis.

Perhaps this anonymous person's thoughts will spur you to provide feedback about their seven thoughts. Remember, these are just one person's thoughts, not items anyone is actually lobbying for. So, if your opinion is vastly different from theirs, don't attack the reader; just let us know why you would prefer not to have any of these things.

Or, perhaps seeing someones else's suggestions in print might help you generate some thoughts of your own. Get them to us: by e-mail (jsaylor@corydondemocrat.com), regular mail (301 N. Capitol Ave., Corydon, IN 47112), fax (812-738-1909) or phone (812-738-2211).

The discussion seems to be taking hold. Let's continue to see what we can dream then work on making something happen. After all, I plan to live here for many more years and would hope the community can continue to meet my needs.

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    March 20, 2014 | 12:06 PM

    1. This will NOT be allowed if it's a product of a taxpayer subsidy. And if was a profitable endeavor for private enterprise, the service would already exist. I see this concept as being "stillborn."

    2. I would counter that the person proposing this first take a look at the expense incurred in owning and operating a business, and owning and maintaining the tools and equipment to provide these "menial" services, before complaining. If those services ARE overpriced, competition will eventually bring them down to reasonable levels.

    3. An outlet mall will bring increased traffic and other problems along with their "blessings." The sheriff's department is having trouble as it is getting funding for FIVE additional officers; can you imagine how impossible it would be to get the funding approved for an additional 10, 15, or 20 officers above that?

    4. Tax incentives have been abused in the past. Witness the incentives given to TOWER Automotive in 2004, when the decision to close the Corydon plant had already been made at the corporate level. ANY tax incentives must also contain penalties for abusing the "generosity" of the county taxpayers.

    5. This would make an interesting discussion. But any legal action would have to originate on the STATE level.

    6. I would counter that it would be even better to encourage LOCAL eateries to build THEIR brand and cultivate a following. I think that, if the Timberlake family would revive the "Jocko's" name and open a restaurant that served those fondly-remembered hamburgers, along with their breakfast menu and the other specialties like their chili and their tenderloin sandwiches, and located it closer to the I-64 corridor, it would thrive. But YOUR favorite and MY favorite may be worlds apart.

    7. A harness racing meet might generate some interest, but it would have to be heavily promoted within the region to make it successful. Purses would need to be high enough to draw quality entrants, but perhaps sponsorships from places such as Lucas Oil and Horseshoe Casino would likely be necessary to make that happen.

    That's my feedback. Perhaps my thoughts will generate more thoughts by others, and we can move this concept of planning for the future forward. Harrison County has traditionally been more REactive than PROactive, but perhaps it's time for a change.

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    Dreaming of the County's future
    March 20, 2014 | 05:10 PM

    I would love to see the downtown area of Corydon continue in its quest to become a leading tourist destination. To have the atmosphere of Brown County Indiana or perhaps the Gatlinburg areas of Tennessee. We also have to promote growth to our area not only in industry but I would like to see a small collage campus as a nice addition. Coffee shops and boutiques filled with students and locals bustling about just creates an energy. We need a mix of shops that are open early and those that stay open or open in the evenings. I would hope that owners would keep the rent or offer incentives that would give vendors a real chance at surviving and thriving. I will never understand to lease an area or even a house so high that it rents for a few months but sets empty twice as long. Perhaps sharing a space for small shops with eateries. What if the old church buildings became wedding chapels and those abandoned warehouses banquet halls and party zones. We have a lot of potential here!

    Debbie Davis
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    Hipster maybe?
    March 27, 2014 | 12:06 AM

    I agree with Debbie's comments 100%!

    In my opinion there are so many young people ....I think a more "diverse vibe" for Downtown Corydon would be ideal. What I mean by that is to perhaps cater a little more to the young adult population. Create a "Bardstown Road" (louisville) type of atmosphere to draw in the younger crowd. As in the "hipster" crowd.

    I know, I know ... But Corydon has so much Potential! True there will always be those that are negative and/or stuck in the past & hate change ... But add in some new young adults and voila' Corydon has diversity!

    Downtown does not just have to be barber shop quartet or gospel singers on the courthouse lawn. Intersperse that with local/regional talent folk or rock music.

    By all means CONTINUE to meet the needs/likes
    of the older generation...however, Adding a youthful element would greatly increase visitor traffic in Downtown corydon.

    Just a suggestion!

    SK
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