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Lanesville-Connector Road forum to include answers

Another purple (red, for any non-Lanesvillians) letter day is coming up for Lanesville-area residents. This debate won’t be nearly as exciting as the recent Eagles’ regional win in boys basketball, but in the long term, it could be just as valuable or devastating, depending on one’s point of view.
Obviously, people who live in the path of a possible connector road from Lanesville to Georgetown would fear the loss of serenity that a heavily traveled highway could bring to their back yards. Whether that traffic would also bring a decrease in property values is unknown. Usually development of any kind increases, not decreases, those values, but that is still one of the many questions residents want answered.
A public hearing in May to meet the requirements of the Indiana Dept. of Transportation will allow comments concerning Phase One (Interstate 64 to Georges Hill Road) of the proposed highway, but no questions from the audience. At an earlier hearing concerning the proposal, comments only were allowed. As might be expected, that didn’t sit well with some 80 people in the audience, most of whom were opposed to the project.
Reminding the Harrison County Board of Commissioners last week of that hearing back in December, Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel suggested the commissioners this time might want to address concerns prior to the official session. In response, the commissioners scheduled an hour-long question and answer session prior to that next meeting, tentatively set for May 1 (a firm date and time will be announced as soon as the schedule has been confirmed).
‘We decided to make the first hour of the meeting more of a question and answer session in order to be more responsive to the concerns of the public,’ said James Goldman, chair of the commissioners.
Anyone who has questions concerning this project should make sure they attend this gathering to get answers first hand. This opportunity has been granted in response to concerns of the public and in a spirit of cooperation. The land, and the government that controls the land, belongs to the people, after all.