Red Cross asks county for vehicle
The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday morning tabled a request from the American Red Cross for $22,125 to pay the majority cost of a disaster response vehicle.
The all-wheel-drive vehicle will be housed in Georgetown and will mainly serve Harrison and Floyd counties.
‘Your support in building up our fleet resources at this time will have a direct impact on our ability to hasten disaster response and improve our effectiveness across lines of service,’ Jeanne E. Curtis, major gift officer, said.
Curtis said 309 Harrison County families were helped last year.
Commissioner George Ethridge requested a breakdown of how those folks were served before the board’s next meeting.
Curtis said they received $7,000-plus from the Horseshoe Foundation but have been turned down by everyone else they have requested funding from.
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has delivered help and hope to those in need down the street, across the country and around the world, Curtis said in a letter written to the board.
‘We provide relief ‘ including shelter, food, supplies and much more ‘ to families that have lost everything to disasters and critical support to our military members, veterans and their families.’
Curtis said they are funded by the generosity of volunteers and donors, not government funding.
‘We are currently looking for interested community members from Harrison County to serve on the Southern Indiana Community Board, Disaster Team volunteers and volunteers who would work in the Georgetown office, represent the Red Cross at community gatherings and other partners to assist in the work of the Red Cross,’ she said.
To contact Curtis, call 1-812-283-8416 or email [email protected]
The board also tabled a request from Bill Byrd, Milltown’s representative to the Harrison County Regional Sewer District, to help with a flooding issue.
The RSD advised Byrd to bring the issue before the commissioners.
A box culvert, which Byrd said was constructed incorrectly, is causing runoff to dam up and flood the town’s lift station.
The culvert and lift station are located at the end of Spencer Street.
The lift station has been there since the 1960s, Byrd said, and the culvert was installed sometime after that by the Harrison County Highway Dept.
The best-case scenario is to revise the lift station by raising it above flood level at an estimated cost of $80,000.
‘This is the first I’ve heard of it,’ Ethridge said of the issue that is in his district (District 1). ‘That’s a little distressing to me.’
Ethridge, county engineer Kevin Russel and other representatives were scheduled to visit the site yesterday morning (Tuesday).
The board passed along an additional appropriation to the county council of $23,000 to pay for inmates sent to Crawford County because of overcrowding, specifically overcrowding of women, in the Harrison County jail.
Auditor Karen Engleman said the appropriation should cover the rest of the year, paying for 10 inmates at a cost of about $35 per day.
Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye will explain the issue further to the council at its Monday meeting (7 p.m. at the Government Center).
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.