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Animal control issue finds way to commissioners

A dispute between two neighbors and barking dogs took center stage Monday morning at the Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Scott Freiberger of south Corydon approached the board looking for some help regarding his neighbor’s dogs, which he said bark at him to a point of harassment.
‘We won’t even be able to go out the door without being hounded like a coon,’ he said. ‘It’s more than common barking, tremendously more.’
He said he can’t work in his garden or walk outside of his residence without the dogs, which belong to a Mr. Fisher, barking at him.
Freiberger said he’s fired his gun into the air to try to quiet the dogs.
Later in the meeting, Animal Control Officer Bruce LaHue, who has visited the residences in question four times, said the shooting provokes the dogs to bark at Freiberger. The nuisance animal ordinance on the books says that neighbors have a right to peace and quiet after 11 p.m.
All of the complaints from Freiberger have been before that time frame, LaHue said, and Freiberger’s actions of firing a gun or air cannon have been counterproductive and have made the situation worse.
‘That’s the determination of our investigation,’ LaHue said.
LaHue said he expected the issue will not go away.
‘We can’t prevent him from having dogs; and we can’t prevent him (Freiberger) from shooting guns,’ he said.
The commissioners said they would investigate the matter further and get back to Freiberger while acknowledging it’s probably more of a civil matter and not something the board can address.
Commissioner Jim Klinstiver said he supports Freiberger.
‘I know it’s a legit complaint, or you wouldn’t be here,’ he said.
In a related matter, Auditor Karen Engleman reported that the animal control facility, and LaHue, received a positive annual review from Corydon Animal Hospital.
‘I have found the upgraded facilities to be clean and orderly, and the protocols to be acceptable for the handling of the contained animals,’ the review, conducted by veterinarian Sharon Christie, said. ‘Bruce LaHue has kept organized records for the handling of the animals and for keeping track of the scheduled drugs. He has a very realistic view of his job and appears to handle it well.’
LaHue is in his seventh year as animal control officer.
In other business, the Harrison County Regional Sewer District received approval from the commissioners to move forward to the county council with its request of $55,000 for a shortfall related to the Lanesville Interstate 64 interchange sewer project.
Sewer district board president Tom Tucker said the additional appropriation will fulfill the entirety of the project and he doesn’t foresee any issues that would cause them to be short of funding.
Klinstiver, who sits on the sewer board, made the unanimously approved motion.
The commissioners also approved asphalt bids for the following roads with the cost and low bidder in parenthesis: Zoar Church Road between Tee and Pfrimmer’s Chapel roads and Lincoln Spring Road between Fredericksburg and Tottenford roads, $287,275 (E&B Paving); St. Peter’s Church Road between S.R. 62 and New Middletown Road, $309,180 (MAC Construction); and Heth-Washington Road between Cotner Lane and S.R. 135, $231,149 (E&B Paving).
The next commissioners’ meeting, which will include a request of funding to make up the annual Harrison County Emergency Medical Services shortfall, will be Monday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.