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Neighbors claim impound lot is salvage yard

On the heels of several complaints from neighbors, the Corydon Planning and Zoning Commission will soon be in contact with Walnut Valley Towing & Auto Repair owner Don Pittman.
Four neighbors of Pittman’s business, located in the 1300 block of Old Forest Road west of Corydon, told the board May 5 they were concerned he was turning what he called an impound lot into a salvage yard.
‘He’s been putting several junk cars in there. Several years ago, he brought a portable car crusher in and crushed I don’t know how many cars. That’s not impounding; that’s salvaging,’ said Greg Croucher, who lives off S.R. 62.
Meredith Skaggs moved into an adjoining property in 1992 and said sinkholes that Pittman filled led to improper drainage, which in turn led to a problem with mosquitoes in standing water last year.
Two other neighbors voiced their concerns, stating they had witnessed several cars on a carrier that drove to the rear of the lot, adding that if it’s truly an impound lot, automobiles are coming in but none are going out.
Planning commission chairman Dr. Len Waite said Pittman was ‘clearly outside of zoning regulations’ but explained to the residents that the process of getting Pittman into compliance was a time-consuming one.
‘We’ll notify him as soon as we can, so please be patient with us. This will take time,’ Waite said. ‘We’ll try to reason with him and, if we can’t, we’ll definitely go to court over the matter. He’s obviously out of compliance.’
In other matters, the commission unanimously voted to allow a pair of freestanding signs in two locations.
Carney Landmark LLC requested a new sign to replace the Goodwill/Los Indios (which is now El Nopal) sign off Landmark Avenue. Basically the old signage will be removed and a new top put on, which would allow for several businesses on the Landmark loop to advertise.
The new sign will be about 20 feet by 10 feet and somewhat similar in design to the Old Capital Centre signage across S.R. 135.
Also, Harrison County Chiropractic was given the go-ahead to erect a freestanding sign with an electronic LED readerboard across the bottom. The sign would be about 15 feet tall and double-faced. In addition to the chiropractic practice, the sign would also advertise Mortenson Family Dentistry and have space for one other business, since the building was originally designed to house three businesses.
The meeting was wrapped up with an advisory meeting with Jason Copperwaite of Paul Primavera & Associates, who made the first presentation of an outline to complete the Homestead Manor North planned unit development project adjacent to Corydon-Ramsey Road.
The plat off Skyway Drive would have 19 lots on 3.6 acres, with the average price of homes in the extension ‘ which would continue east behind Heritage Manor Apartments and adjacent to the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool ‘ would be between $120,000 and $170,000. The homes would be 1,200 to 1,900 square feet with a mixture of slab foundations and basements. Once the PUD is completed, there would be no further residential development north of the property.