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Town again denies Mathes’ zoning change to industrial

It was standing room only at the last Corydon town council meeting as the board reheard James Mathes’ request to rezone 29-1/2 acres next to his home from residential to an industrial.
The issue came before the Corydon Council on Sept. 11 because the property in question is located within the town’s two-mile fringe. Two town police officers were present at the request of board member and town manager Fred Cammack.
Everyone remained calm, however, as they had at the previous meeting in June.
On Monday night, Mathes brought along attorney John Kraft, who said Mathes had not received proper notice before the council considered the matter in June.
Mathes, the former owner of the Mathes Crushed Stone Quarry, sold the quarry and his home in May to Vulcan Lands Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., for roughly $2.8 million.
In June, the Corydon plan commission rejected Mathes’ request to rezone his property to I-2, or heavy industrial, because they were concerned about allowing heavy industry close to eight homes. Many of the residents from the eight homes were also in attendance.
Carol Martin, who is new to the area, said placing a quarry this close to a residential area ‘is not compatible.’
Jim Klinstiver, who serves on the county’s zoning board, said with respect to the two-mile fringe, ‘the county and town need to have a work session once a year to get on the same page.’ After the two-mile fringe was put into place, some properties were split between the town and county, such as the 29-1/2 acres, which makes the issue difficult to resolve.
After everyone who wanted to speak had spoken, the council upheld its previous decision. Once again, the vote to deny the zoning change was unanimous.
In another matter, the council authorized its utility consultant, H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, to proceed with the sewer rate increase. The action by the council will allow Umbaugh to prepare the documents to put an increase into effect in the next couple of months. Corydon must still hold a public hearing, however, on the increase.
Corydon’s new rates will still trail many other towns in Indiana and still could be about half that of some towns.
In another matter, the council approved an agreement between the town and Midwestern Engineers of Loogootee for the Chestnut Street Enhancement Project.
The improvements on the street include burying utilities, planting trees and installing decorative streetlights, which will be funded by a $400,000 state grant and additional funds from the town.
In a final matter, the town approved a request from Brian Engleman to hold a 5K run in conjunction with Cockadoodle Days. The run will be Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Corydon Chief Marshal Jim Kendall had already approved the plan, and Engleman said that most of the run will take place around the track, only about 30 minutes will be spent on the road.
Town attorney Ron Simpson said, however, ‘I planned on running it, so it may take longer.’