Source: The Corydon Democrat

County finds site for highway garage

by Ross Schulz

May 06, 2014

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners moved forward last month with the possible purchase of the Windell property, south of Corydon, for the location of a new county highway garage.

The appraised value (average of two appraisals) for the 18.4-acre plot was $153,750.

Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel said April 21 that Mr. Windell was satisfied with the appraisals and anxious to hear what the commissioners would decide.

The commissioners unanimously passed an additional of $155,000 to the county council for approval and also agreed to hire Paul Primavera and Associates for the engineering work for the site and building.

“We’re quite familiar with the Windell property,” Jason Copperwaite, of Paul Primavera and Associates, said.

The appropriation will be up for vote by the council on Monday.

One goal of the board is to have a salt dome or building constructed at the site by the end of the year.

“That’s aggressive, but it can be done,” Copperwaite said. “We need to get on it.”

Russel did receive some “bad” news about the property when Time Warner Cable said high-speed Internet, at least through them, is not available at the site.

“There’s certainly more options than Time Warner,” Commissioner George Ethridge said. “There’s wireless options. I feel like everything we’ve done (with the site), it’s not a deal breaker.”

Ethridge said the site is the best option when it comes to size, price, drainage and location.

“I look forward to moving on this project,” he said.

Russel said they’ve worked long and hard trying to find a suitable location for the facility.

The current facility, in the Harrison County Business Park north of Corydon, lacks the space needed to adequately and efficiently perform the department’s duties, officials said.

It also has issues that need to be addressed such as drainage into a sinkhole and diesel fumes in close quarters with no exhaust system, among others. The department’s main storage, including salt, is outside with no protection from the elements.

The proposed garage site, which is between S.R. 135 and Old S.R. 135 near Shiloh Road, would be closer to Commissioner District 3, resolving a complaint about the current structure being too far from the southern most district.

Garages the county hopes to model theirs after can be found in Perry County and Huntingburg.