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More funding needed for salt

More funding needed for salt
More funding needed for salt
Eldon Heishman of Charlie’s 24-hour Towing pulls out a Nissan pickup that slid off of S.R. 62 across from Corydon Presbyterian Church west of downtown Corydon. Between five and seven inches of snow blanketed the area Monday night and Tuesday morning. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

With the season’s strongest winter storm looming, Harrison County Highway Department Superintendent Glen Bube Monday night at the county council meeting requested $45,000 for road salt to last the rest of the winter.
‘I should have asked for $90,000,’ Bube said. ‘These colder temperatures have really caused us some headaches.’
Bube also discussed the possibility of purchasing brine, a salt-based water-saturated liquid used for pre-treatment of roads, but said the county doesn’t have anywhere to store it. He said Floyd County uses the brine mixture which keeps the snow and ice from forming a bond with the road surface. It is applied with drip equipment on the back of the trucks.
Councilman Jim Heitkemper said he hoped the county could purchase and store brine in the future.
Bube also requested $87,000 for three stainless steel salt boxes and three snow plows. He said the plan is to eventually have all salt boxes retired to stainless steel. He said the non-stainless steel boxes have a lifespan of only four to six years. The request was made out of the motor vehicle highway line, with funding that was returned at the end of 2009 from FEMA disaster relief after the ice storm and Hurricane Ike.
The council will vote on both additionals at its next meeting, Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Corydon.
In other business Monday night, the council heard a request of just less than $96,000 for its portion of the Hayswood Nature Reserve rest rooms project. Parks director Claudia Howard said the Harrison County Community Foundation has agreed to award the other half of the estimated $200,000 project. The council sent a letter with the application to the Foundation agreeing to fund the rest of the project if the Foundation awarded its grant.
‘That sounds like a ridiculous amount of money for a rest room,’ Councilman Richard Gerdon said. ‘A lot of counties are losing money in parks, and we’re building a $200,000 rest room.’
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes said the creation of the lateral field for the 1,300-square-foot facility would cost $60,000 to $70,000. Howard said the outer surface of the building will be creek stone material, which, Gerdon said, is quite expensive.
Howard said she hopes to stay well below the estimate provided by Jason Copperwaite of Primavera Construction Engineering.
The council will vote on the additional at its next meeting.
Also, the council unanimously approved an additional of more than $13,000 for a Chevy Cobalt for the county’s planning and zoning office after tabling the request at its last meeting.
County planner Eric Wise said the vehicle will be used by many county agencies and will save the county money in the long run. Wise said it is also important to have a marked vehicle for the county planner.
‘That’s got to help,’ he said. ‘There won’t be some strange bald guy in an unmarked car taking pictures across the street.’