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Utilities costly at old hospital

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners will convene for a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. at the courthouse to discuss a reduction plan for the old hospital’s utilities, after sending a $30,000 additional request Monday night to the county council for utilities at the campus in south Corydon.
The Harrison County health department is the only agency still located in the building.
‘We’ve got to do something,’ said Commissioner James Goldman. ‘We can’t be spending that kind of money.’
Two motions ‘ one by Commissioner Terry Miller to move the department to the old medical office building and another by Commissioner J.R. Eckart to move it to the Rothrock house ‘ failed for a lack of a second.
Goldman then decided to call the meeting for next week to try to come up with a cheaper way to keep the department in the current location.
‘All of this came about because too many people tried to make decisions, and us, to be honest with you, being too accommodating,’ he said.
The board also sent two requests of $5,000 each to the council out of capital expenditures and a lease line to purchase heating equipment, if necessary, for the health department.
In other business Monday night, the commissioners unanimously passed the comprehensive land-use plan after voicing their concerns on a few issues and hearing concerns from Lanesville resident Helen Lhotka.
‘There’s a lot of stuff I don’t like about it,’ said Miller, adding that he’s worried many of the plan’s aspects affect a person’s property rights with growth and development emphasized in and around the towns only. He also questioned the county’s responsibility regarding sewer project assistance and didn’t want to see residents punished because regulations changed, even though they followed property or building specifications from the beginning.
‘It should be grandfathered in,’ he said.
Lhotka wanted to make sure regulations were in place to restrict businesses such as adult superstores, particularly in the Lanesville interchange area. Eckart said the plan commission ‘took that on’ five years ago and put together a very comprehensive, detailed ordinance to combat such businesses.
‘I’m really glad to hear that,’ said Lhotka.
All three commissioners approved the plan after some reluctance.
‘There’s going to be some things that come up in ordinances that I’m not going to vote for,’ said Miller.
‘It’s difficult because there are so many views for what’s good for the county,’ said Goldman. ‘It’s broad in nature, but you have to weigh the pros and cons. You’re better off with a plan than you are without a plan.’
The board also approved a speed limit ordinance encompassing subdivision and dead-end roads, according to county engineer Kevin Russel. The limits range from 15 to 30 miles per hour.
A full list of the roads can be picked up at the engineer’s office, located on the first floor of the courthouse.