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Corydon, South Harrison seek funds to upgrade emergency water supplies

The need for an improved emergency water supply in Corydon and the South Harrison Water Corp. district came up for discussion at the Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ meeting last week.
On Sept. 5, Bruce Cunningham, director of the South Harrison Water Corp., along with Fred Cammack and Charlie Lynch of the Corydon town board, discussed the possibility of the county helping to fund an emergency water interconnection.
The project would cost an estimated $175,000.
The interconnection could supply up to one million gallons of water per day from one system to the other in case of an extended water emergency on either water system.
Both Corydon and SHWC have water storage tanks that supply drinking water for short durations; problems occur from time to time. For instance, a power outage due to severe weather could reasonably be expected to last up to a couple of days. Water storage tanks on each system should be able to provide drinking water for short-term problems of this nature.
‘In an emergency, we’re very limited in what we can do,’ said Cunningham. ‘If something happens like the ’97 flood, and I have river bank failures, it could put my wells out really quick.’
Currently, SHWC has a half million gallon per day interconnection with the Town of Elizabeth. This interconnection does not have enough capacity to entirely supply either the Elizabeth or South Harrison water systems. Corydon has a 500,000 gallon per day interconnection with Ramsey Water at Harrison County Industrial Park in north Corydon. This interconnection is not adequate to supply Corydon for an extended period of time.
‘I personally think this is a good expenditure of infrastructure money,’ said commission chairman J.R. Eckart.
On an average day, Corydon uses about 1.6 million gallons of water, with Tyson using up to 800,000 gallons.
The commissioners tabled the issue until their next meeting, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
In another matter, Cary Shaw, president of S-3 Communications based in Palmyra, approached the commissioners about a plan to establish wireless broadband throughout the southern part of the state.
Partnering with Cherokee Connects, from Tulsa, Okla., the companies will try to establish a carrier class broadband.
Shaw added that S-3 has been working with Crawford County, and will eventually work with Washington, Orange and part of Floyd counties, too.
‘The primary mission is to enable us to draw larger corporations back into the area,’ said Shaw. Also, five percent of all revenue from the customers would be returned to the community.
Eckart wished Shaw the best, reminding all in attendance that this is the third company to try to establish wireless broadband in the county, but in the past, the companies have moved on because the terrain was too difficult for wireless broadband.
However, Shaw said, ‘We’re all hometown boys that are working on this, so we know about the terrain.’
In another matter, Gary Kleeman, director of Emergency Medical Services, asked for approval to approach the Harrison County Council for $15,000 in riverboat revenue for advanced paramedic training. The training, if funded, would be held at Harrison County Hospital and conducted by instructors from the University of Baltimore. The critical care transport training would give Harrison County paramedics a higher degree of training than is required.
The $15,000 is only half of the funding, and Kleeman said a grant for the balance has been requested from the Harrison County Community Foundation.
When it became time for the commissioners to decided whether to wait for the Foundation’s decision, Commissioner James Goldman said, jokingly, ‘Let’s put the pressure on the community foundation.’
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper shot back, ‘What if the Foundation doesn’t give them the other half?’
Goldman responded, ‘I’m saying we give them $15,000, no matter what.’
The commissioners approved Kleeman’s request. He appeared before the Harrison County Council Monday night to explain the request.
Council chair Gary Davis instructed Auditor Pat Wolfe to advertise the proposed funding this week so action could be taken at the council’s next meeting, on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.