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Corydon eyes zoning proposals

The Corydon Town Council heard a preliminary presentation last week by a planning consultant who left the trustees with a draft report on the nature of Corydon’s historic downtown area and how it might best be preserved.
The 37-page “Central Area Evaluation” was presented by Phyllis J. Pooler, secretary/treasurer of S.K. Wilson and Associates Inc. of Sellersburg. The report was prepared in cooperation with the Indiana Dept. of Commerce with an eye toward keeping the town center economically viable and attractive to both residents and tourists.
If the trustees respond favorably to the data and observations in the report, they might consider changing zoning ordinances or adopting a conservation district as an arm of planning and zoning, as other towns have done in order to protect the appearance and character of a historic neighborhood.
Pooler asked the trustees to look over the report and possibly meet with her again before the end of the month. A grant from the Dept. of Commerce may be involved.
Town council president Fred Cammack said the town plan commission members should review the report and that a conservation district “might be helpful.”
In other business, the trustees approved payment No. 5, for $53,280, to contractor James Shireman Inc. for the new highway department garage.
The brick, seven-bay garage with the green metal roof at the intersection of West Chestnut and Water streets will be completed soon. The total pricetag on the project is $391,176. The balance owed to Shireman is now $5,760 and will be paid when everything is finished, including asphalt driveways.
The trustees also agreed to buy a new police car. They accepted a bid of $22,968 for a new 2003 Chevrolet Impala from John Jones GM City, minus $600 the town was allowed for a steering deficiency problem with a 1999 Lumina police car. The car was out of warranty but John Jones honored it anyway, said Cammack.