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Board approves $5K for Red Cross vehicle

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, Jan. 19, passed an additional appropriation of $5,000 to the county council for consideration to go toward the purchase of an American Red Cross disaster vehicle.
The all-wheel-drive vehicle will be housed in Georgetown and will mainly service Harrison and Floyd counties.
Jeanne E. Curtis, major gift officer, visited the board in November to request more than $22,000 to pay the remaining cost of the vehicle.
At that time, the commissioners advised her to approach the Floyd County Council for help as well.
Curtis not only received $5,000 from Floyd County, but also the same amount from Phyllis Robinson and $7,375 from the Horseshoe Foundation.
‘That’s good; well done,’ Commissioner George Ethridge said.
‘You gave me strong marching orders,’ Curtis replied.
To completely pay for the $29,500 vehicle, a Ford Escape, requests are pending for $5,200 from the Harrison County Community Foundation and $2,000 from the Southern Indiana Community Foundation.
If those requests aren’t successful, Curtis said they’ll keep looking.
Harrison County Government has never contributed money for a vehicle to the American Red Cross, according to records with the auditor’s office.
Curtis said 309 Harrison County families were assisted in 2014 in some way by the Red Cross.
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,’ according to the letter.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
In other business, the board appointed Don Cooper and Steve Boehman to the Harrison County Land Conservation Committee.
In the engineer’s report, county engineer Kevin Russel gained approval for four intersection changes for safety reasons: Needmore Lane and Buffalo Lane, from a two-way stop to four; Rabbit Hash and Happy Hallow roads, from a one-way stop to a three; Lottick’s Corner Road and Lakeview Drive (considered the most dangerous of the discussed intersections, according to Russel) to a three-way stop; and a two-way stop at Harrison Way and Quality Place.
Rumble strips and ‘stop ahead’ flashers will be placed at all of the intersections.
Russel also said they plan to place radar boards (where motorists are shown their speed) on Corydon-Ramsey Road to try to help slow motorists after multiple complaints about speeding on the road. He said they’ll eventually move the boards throughout the county.
‘We’re trying to be responsive to some of the requests we’ve had,’ Russel explained.
Russel said the right-of-way acquisition process has now started for the Lanesville Connector Road. He asked the commissioners to think about a possible name for the road.
The commissioners also reset its board of finance, with Commissioner Kenny Saulman as president and Commissioner Jim Klinstiver as secretary.
The next meeting will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.