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Commissioners OK $125,000 loan to Palmyra for senior citizen center

A 3,000-square-foot senior center could be in the future for the town of Palmyra. Jill Saegesser and George Morgan represented the town of Palmyra asking for $124,800 from the county at the Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday morning. They are waiting to see how much money the Harrison County Community Foundation will grant them to help with the $650,000 project.
‘If there is a problem getting money for the senior center, we can go into our riverboat fund,’ said Morgan, who is a member of the Palmyra Town Council.
‘There’s only so much money to go around,’ said Commissioner James Goldman.
The commissioners indicated that they want to see more local involvement in the project.
‘It’s a community project, a local decision,’ said Commissioner J.R. Eckart. ‘We don’t want to overspend. We can’t give money in advance that’s not there.’
Morgan said they will not give up on the project. ‘We don’t want to lose it,’ he said.
The commissioners passed a motion giving the Town of Palmyra a loan for the nearly $125,000 needed to complete its expenses with the agreement that the money will be paid back from Palmyra’s allotted riverboat funds.
The senior center will be built next to the proposed 28-unit rental apartments for seniors. Construction on the apartments is set to begin in March. The center will give community seniors a place for games and activities and serve as an outlet for youth volunteer work, said Morgan. The concern is for seniors who have limited availability of travel and are unable to go to places such as Corydon or Salem for specialized services, he added.
In other matters Monday, the commissioners:
‘ Granted $2.2 million for the building of the sewer plant in Corydon. ‘This plant will take pressure off the existing plant, and allow Tyson to expand,’ said Fred Cammack, Corydon Town Council president. The money will be paid in quarterly payments with the town providing the remainder of the $4.2 million project.
‘ Agreed to review a request by Harrison County Highway Engineer Kevin Russel for $52,000 for the Lanesville connector road project.
‘ Decided to consider a request by Harrison County Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown to relocate the West Posey precinct polling station from the American Legion in Elizabeth to the town’s civic center. The change would need to be made before the Nov. 6 election. ‘The building would have to be shut down; it would be tough on the employees,’ said Commissioner Terry Miller. Action is expected to be taken at the next commissioners meeting on Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
‘ Received a plaque of the courtroom from Harrison Circuit Court Judge H. Lloyd (Tad) that was donated by the Indiana Historic Landmark Committee. Whitis received the plaque at a ceremony at the Leora Brown School. It will be displayed on the main floor of the courthouse.
‘ Heard a request from Harrison Superior Court Judge Roger Davis for an additional of $15,000. ‘Hopefully this will take care of expenses for the murder cases through the end of the year,’ the judge said. The commissioners will ask the county council for the funds.
‘ Agreed to ask the county council for $3,279 for the Harrison County Parks Dept. Claudia Howard, executive director of the parks department, broke down the request as follows: $1,179 for insurance, $1,200 for fuel and $900 for telephone expenses.