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Lanesville sewer project nearly complete

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District board plans to ask the county for an additional appropriation of $29,000 to take care of a budget shortfall stemming from the Lanesville Interstate 64 Interchange sewer project.
A portion of the funding will also go toward keeping the system operational (electric, maintenance, etc.) until customers begin to hook on, which could take at least a couple of years.
The shortfall occurred because of an extra 150-foot section that was not a part of the original plan, and the subsequent pipe, design and other work associated with it.
The county’s portion of the project, which was a joint venture with the Town of Lanesville, is essentially complete with only restoration and Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management erosion issues to deal with.
Lanesville is not quite finished with its portion but hopes to be done next month.
‘We’re fighting the creek bank overflows,’ Rusty Sizemore, Lanesville’s representative on the board, said.
Sizemore said the contractor lost a lot of his equipment when Lazy Creek flooded during the Good Friday storm.
‘He about lost a dozer,’ he said. ‘Water was up to the engine.’
The project got its start in December 2013 when Harrison County officials agreed to fund it for $6.6 million.
Board member Gary Davis said there’s two interested potential customers for the interchange area.
‘One, if it happens, could be done in two years; the other has no timeline,’ he said.
In other business, the district discussed the idea of applying for a signature grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation for a sanitary sewer system at the North Harrison schools campus in Ramsey.
‘It’s one of the things we’ve been bouncing around for a long time,’ Woosley said.
If such an application was created, it would be a joint venture between the RSD board and the North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees.
Darin Duncan, a RSD board member, said the project should be initiated by North Harrison officials, but he thought it would be a good time since the campus will be under construction with the middle school renovation project.
Duncan encouraged school board members to attend an upcoming RSD meeting.
The RSD board also said someone is looking to possibly develop in the parcel between Schmidt Cabinet Co. and the Village Inn in New Salisbury, which would be a district customer.
The next RSD meeting will be Wednesday, May 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the HCCF building in Corydon.

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