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Part-time help request tabled

The Harrison County Council Monday night unanimously voted to table David Simon’s $40,000 request for more part-time help and another $10,000 request for his parts and supply line. Simon is the county’s maintenance supervisor.
Simon made the request at the council’s previous meeting, but at least two councilmembers wanted to see quotes from private cleaning companies to compare the price with hiring two permanent part-time employees.
Commissioner James Goldman said Simon wanted to gather more information and was unable to attend the council meeting.
Simon requested the help to clean the three new buildings the county now has in operation at the Government Center complex in south Corydon. He said two custodians are unable to thoroughly clean the buildings, which total about 87,000 square feet. He said the national ‘norm’ is 20,000 square feet per custodian.
Council Chair Gary Davis said he met with Simon after the council’s previous meeting and was impressed with the amount of thought Simon has put into the request.
Davis said the parts and supply line was to be advertised out of riverboat gaming funds instead of the county general fund and would, therefore, have to be tabled and re-advertised.
The board did approve a $5,000 additional for a heat pump replacement for Simon.
A request of $27,000 for a truck for the assessor’s office was also tabled so more information can be gathered. Councilman Richard Gerdon worried about the gas mileage on a truck.
Goldman said Gerald Saulman and Bill Lyskowinski, who do the majority of the county’s assessing, informed him that a truck was necessary because of the many difficult driveways or paths the vehicle has to take to reach a building, barn or shed.
Davis said it might be possible for the assessors to borrow a four-wheel-drive vehicle when it is necessary.
‘What would we do if we didn’t have the riverboat?’ Davis asked. ‘It just seems like overkill.’
Assessor Lorena Stepro said the assessors travels about 300 to 400 miles per week. The county office has to assess the entire county since state legislation did away with the township assessor position.
Councilman Chris Timberlake made the motion to table the request because he wanted to see a full inventory of county vehicles.
In other business Monday, Carol Johnson-Smith of Corydon gave a presentation showing support for the new Glass-Steagall Bill. She said the repealing of the bill in 1999 was the cause of much of the financial problems the country is experiencing today.
The act, passed in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression, was an instrumental tool of the recovery and it worked to keep speculator bankers out of the system for 65 years, she said.
‘It is past time to reinstate this common-sense solution to the banking mess, getting speculative ‘casino’ investors out of commercial banking and returning to a system of productive banking that supports and enhances our standard of living, instead of stealing the savings and jobs of millions of Americans,’ she said.
Johnson-Smith said she will return to the council at its next meeting to ask for support in the way of signing a document. She also said a town hall meeting will take place in Corydon on Thursday, May 5.
The council’s next meeting will be Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center.