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Brush crew may be coming back

Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel, at Monday night’s Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting, requested the reinstatement of a countywide brush crew for next year’s budget.
The brush crew was cut from the budget in the department’s overhaul a couple years ago to combat a budget shortfall.
Now, with help from the state, the motor vehicle highway fund will actually see an increase of about $1 million in 2018.
The additional funding will allow for the return of the brush crew to keep grass and weeds from growing high along county roads.
‘That’s been one of the hardest things we’ve had to deal with because we don’t have a dedicated crew that’s always out with a boom mower and a chipper, keeping the brush back from the county roads,’ Russel said. ‘We’re always trying to play catch up with that now, and it’s hard to pull men off the other crews doing the road prep work, pothole patching and still keep up with that.’
Russel said overgrown brush is the main complaint the department receives from residents, especially when school starts up again.
The crew won’t be able to be in service this year, but the commissioners and, subsequently, the county council will vote on the crew during budget sessions in late summer/early fall.
All county department heads are working on 2018 budgets to be turned in to the auditor’s office to start the county’s budget process.
Also at Monday’s meeting, Russel announced the resignation of District 3 Foreman Dan Davis, effective June 30. The board accepted the resignation.
In other business, the board heard an update on the Corydon Senior Lofts project, which will transform the Gerdon Youth Center into senior housing. The project, part of Corydon’s Stellar plan, will be ready to rent by 2019, Eva Bates North, Corydon Town Council president, said.
The current tenant, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrison-Crawford Counties, will move into a new facility at the end of this year.
North said the construction crew can begin outside work even before the Boys & Girls Clubs has moved out, to speed up the process.
North gave a quarterly update on all things Stellar and will do so again in three months.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday, July 3, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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