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Animal control officer field shrinks

The field has been narrowed from 43 to five possible candidates for the position of animal control officer in Harrison County.
‘I want to get this animal control thing moving along,’ said Commissioner James Goldman, who is overseeing the construction project on behalf of the Harrison County Board of Commissioners.
Construction is underway and on schedule (although rain this week may create a delay) off Quarry Road on Hope Drive in north Corydon.
At Monday’s regular meeting, the three commissioners selected Tanya Tuell, Vernon Ray Williams, Jennifer Schwertzfeger, Beverly Scott and Michael Gentry to interview for the position.
‘I feel very good with the five coming in,’ said Commissioner Jim Heitkemper.
Commission chair J.R. Eckart scheduled interviews for Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. Each candidate can expect to have about 20 minutes to make their case.
An assistant will be selected later. There is no money in this year’s budget for an assistant.
‘ Traffic on Corydon-New Middletown Road from Smith Hill and Country Club roads east past the ‘s’ curve may be limited while reconstruction is underway this winter. Traffic may be restricted to local access.
‘It’s a dice throw,’ said Heitkemper, referring to weather conditions that may or may not prevent work in winter.
‘The whole goal is to cut some time off the end of the project,’ said Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering.
He and Darin Duncan, county engineer, will decide whether conditions are suitable for through traffic and whether to maintain a gravel road bed for that purpose, Woosley said.
Heitkemper said through travelers who usually use that road have many suitable, alternative detours, so a change would not likely be too inconvenient.
J.R. Eckart, chair of the commissioners, said he believes residents would like the job completed as soon as possible.