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Commissioners, Extension Service debate future site

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners heard a request at Monday night’s regular meeting to move the Extension office to Harrison County Industrial Park.
Harrison County Extension Board member Todd Uhl said the Extension agency would like to move there when the county annex is closed.
‘That part of the county is going to become more popular with the new hospital going in (nearby),’ Uhl said.
The commissioners plan to move the Extension office from the annex, which is prone to flooding from Little Indian Creek, but a site hasn’t been selected.
Commission chair J.R. Eckart said he is not totally opposed to the industrial park site, but there might be problems with that option.
‘It is an industrial park, so you could have conflict of use,’ he said.
Uhl said maybe it was time for the county to revisit the use of that property. He said he thinks the area could become more commercial after the new hospital opens.
‘Maybe it’s time to put the property in use instead of just mowing it two to three times a year,’ Uhl said.
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper said he still would like the county to consider putting the Extension office with the Harrison County Parks Dept. at Hayswood Nature Reserve.
‘There is an area that can be seen from the road,’ Heitkemper said.
He also said he would like to see a committee formed to look at Hayswood as a possible location for the Extension agency.
‘I only know one commissioner that has some interest in that,’ Eckart told Heitkemper. ‘I think you’re missing the boat there.’
Commissioner James Goldman was absent.
Eckart said the cost of developing the property at Hayswood would be too high, citing the cost of running utilities to the site.
The commissioners also listened to a request for $31,000 in additional funding from Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Gary Gilley.
He asked for $15,000 for part-time dispatchers covering for full-time dispatchers in training and $6,000 for overtime for the correction department. Gilley also asked for $4,000 to pay part-time cooks.
All three of those items were requested from the County General fund.
Gilley also requested $6,000 in riverboat funds to cover inmate medical expenses.
Eckart and Heitkemper approved each of Gilley’s requests separately. Gilley is to appear before the Harrison County Council at its planning meeting on Oct. 23 to request the funding.
The commissioners also signed a $175,000 agreement between Corydon and South Harrison Water Corp. districts. The council approved riverboat funds for the project earlier this month.
The agreement creates an interconnection between the two which 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.
Eckart said an agreement already exists between Corydon and Ramsey Water Co.
‘Essentially, this agreement also links Ramsey to South Harrison,’ he said.
Eckart said the South Harrison Water Corp. agreement was a major improvement to the existing water systems and will be good for the county in case of emergencies.
Eckart and Heitkemper also heard from Mark Shireman, who reported the construction of the new hospital is going smoothly and should come in on budget.
Shireman said he is extremely pleased with the access road going in next to the hospital.
‘It’s a daggone good-looking road out there,’ he declared.