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Duley predicts animal control facility by winter

Harrison County officials took another teensy step forward Monday night toward the long-debated construction of an animal control facility.
‘There will be an animal shelter before the snow flies,’ Councilman Carl Duley predicted near the close of the Harrison County Commissioner’s regular meeting.
His comment was made in response to the commissioners’ decision to negotiate the details of the proposed swap of the county-owned building in the Harrison County Industrial Park to its neighbor, James L. Shireman of Corydon. In return, the county would get clear title to the ground it needs for access to the proposed site, said commission chair J.R. Eckart.
The commisioners would not confirm that the property would be used for the animal control facility.
The commissioners’ next step is to translate the verbal agreement with Shireman into a formal, written agreement, Eckart said.
First District Commissioner James Goldman said the agreement would give access to the other property the county already owns.
‘I think it will be a good deal for the county,’ he said. ‘I would like to nail down the price.’
Third District Commissioner Jim Heitkemper, the new man on the block since Jan. 1, lent his support to the deal as well.
‘I’m glad to see it happen,’ he said.
Under the verbal agreement, Shireman would pay $100,000 for the building off Progress Boulevard in the industrial park.
The land swap has been pending more than a year. On Monday night, council chair Gary Davis reiterated the council’s approval to sell county-owned land and/or buildings. Davis said, by state law, the $100,000 must be deposited in the general fund.
The commissioners had hoped to add the $100,000 to the $300,000 approved by the council for construction of a facility. The proposed facility would cost about $513,000.
According to Davis, there’s little chance the council would approve another $100,000 for construction. But, he said, the difference, $213,000, may be available from other sources. ‘We’re standing firm on the $300,000,’ he said.
That stance didn’t seem to worry the commissioners.
Eckart said the next step is for the commissioners to review the architect’s plans, which are now several years old.
‘A survey will be needed, but we want to get the ball rolling,’ said Goldman. His motion to allow Shireman to buy the building was immediately seconded by Heitkemper.