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YMCA asks for $30K for swim program

Roger Corley, CEO of the YMCA of Harrison County, visited the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night to request $30,000 to help fund the third-grade swim program.
‘The aquatic program is very important to us,’ Corley said. ‘Thirty thousand per year for five years to help 600-plus learn safety around water. Not just pools, but lakes and rivers.’
The program has been in place at the YMCA since 2004 when the aquatic center was built.
Corley said drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.
Robin Bays, a former employee with the YMCA, spoke about the program and how it helped save her daughter, Maggie.
Bays said Maggie took the swim class back in 2004 even though she had been around water her entire life and was a great swimmer.
‘She learned a whole lot more than swimming,’ Bays said.
A few years ago, Bays said, the two were kayaking on Blue River and Maggie happened to take off her life jacket before running into some strong rapids. She was tossed around and out of the kayak but was able to hang on to it. Bays said she learned to hold onto the kayak from the swim classes at the YMCA.
‘Swimming wouldn’t have helped her,’ Bays said of her daughter, because the rapids were too strong.
Corley said the YMCA feels like it could do more with a partner like the county.
Answering a question from Commissioner George Ethridge, Corley said the money would be used for the upkeep of the center and the general running of the program.
The YMCA will celebrate its 10th year in the county next year.
Commissioners Ethridge and Kenny Saulman (Jim Klinstiver was on vacation) took the request under advisement.
In other business, the board heard a proposal for security for the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon from Alliance Security, a company started by the Indiana State Police Alliance.
Chairman Wayne Flick, a 32-year ISP veteran now retired, said the security company was created to give ISP officers a chance to make extra money and to provide security to Hoosiers who need it.
The cost would be about $37,000 for a full year, much cheaper than the other option of hiring a new county employee.
Currently, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. uses corrections officers to provide security as a temporary solution (slated to end June 29), but it costs the county overtime funding.
Flick said retired and active ISP troopers from the area would provide the security.
‘It’s the best-trained, experienced officers you can get,’ he said. ‘We’d be very happy to join into a partnership with Harrison County.’
Flick said security could be provided in two days. The funding, however, has to be first be approved by the county council.
Some of Alliance Security’s clients include Weaver Popcorn in VanBuren, Cook Medical Group in Bloomington, Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis, Jefferson Pointe Mall in Fort Wayne, Jefferson Plaza in Madison, O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, PGA Tour office in Newburgh, NCAA office in Indianapolis and, locally, the North Harrison Community School Corp.
The board also, at the recommendation of county engineer Kevin Russel, changed the intersections of Oak Park Road and Spring Branch Road and Oak Park Road and Mott’s Road to four-way stops.
The board’s next meeting will be Monday, July 1, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.