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Corydon requests $150,000 for emergency generator

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday morning passed on a request of nearly $150,000 to the county council from the town of Corydon for a trailer-mounted generator.
The 150-kilowatt emergency generator will support the town’s water and wastewater plants.
Corydon’s main water user is Tyson Foods Inc., which town board president Fred Cammack said is the sixth largest employer in the Louisville area with more than 14 million gallons of water used per month.
‘That’s one of the reasons they’re concerned about losing power,’ Cammack said.
During the January ice storm, the town asked Tyson to cut water usage in order to preserve water reserves for vital uses within the distribution system, David Whittington, Tyson Corydon complex manager, said in a letter of support to the commissioners.
‘As a result of power loss to the well field, Corydon was unable to pump water and, thereby, asked Tyson to cut water usage in order to ensure continued support for emergency and domestic uses,’ he said. ‘While Tyson was happy to comply with the request and support our local community in this time of crisis, as a result, we lost several shifts of production. One full day’s loss of production is valued at over $100,000.’
The generator will be able to be transported to other locations to restore power such as Harrison REMC, the industrial park, the wastewater lift station near Harrison County Hospital and the well fields, Cammack said.
The $146,500 request is an estimate, and Cammack said the town won’t spend anymore money than necessary.
‘I think my reputation precedes me on that,’ he said.
The additional appropriation, which was requested out of the riverboat gaming economic development fund, will be heard by the council at its meeting Tuesday evening, at 7 at the courthouse in Corydon. (The meeting was changed from the second Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday.)
The council has previously funded generator requests for the county’s water companies and the Harrison County Regional Sewer District in 2009, in response to the windstorm in September 2008 and the ice storm in January, when power was knocked out for up to weeks in some areas.
In other business Monday, the board sent a request of $8,000 to the council for autopsy fees for Coroner Rusty Sizemore. Sizemore said eight autopsies have already been requested this year, but the budgeted amount of $10,000 only pays for 6-1/2 autopsies.
He said, overall, the number of deaths are way up in the county this year with 108 so far compared to 68 for all of last year. He said he may need to budget more money in the future for autopsies if the number of deaths continue to be as high as this year.
‘We’ll wait and see if this is a standard, or just a fluke,’ he said.
Sizemore said autopsies are requested by either himself, the prosecutor or a doctor. He said individuals can request an autopsy but must pay for it, at $1,250.
The board denied a request of $9,000 for firearm ammunition for the sheriff’s department because money was still left in the account, Commissioner Terry Miller said. The request was presented by Officer Eric Fischer.
The board also sent a request of $1,000 for a new laptop for Prosecutor Dennis Byrd. A laptop was recently stolen out of a satchel in Byrd’s office. Byrd said the Indiana State Police is investigating the crime.
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes said the county needs a better identification system for its equipment.
The board discussed the mileage rate for reimbursement to county employees, which now is 47 cents per mile. The state recently shifted its rate down from 44 cents to 40, because of the lower cost of fuel. The federal rate is 55 cents. No action was taken by the board.
County Engineer Kevin Russel opened asphalt bid packages for Louden’s Chapel Road between S.R. 337 and Moberly Road and for Baptist Church Road between Stoner Hill and Rabbit Hash roads and a small section of Depauw Church Road. Both bids were awarded to MAC Construction for a total of just more than $161,000.