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Work continues to repair downtown courthouse

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) morning gave permission to Ben Shireman of Shireman Construction to move forward with the repairs on the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon.
The building suffered water damage in December when a third-floor toilet valve malfunctioned, leaking water down to the second and first floors.
Shireman will move forward with ceiling replacement, new carpet and plaster and paint-damaged walls.
Old records in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office vault were damaged when they were soaked through. They are now being housed, frozen, in a truck outside the courthouse.
Shireman said the county maintenance folks and everyone in the courthouse have helped out.
‘I can’t say enough how grateful I am for all the help they’re giving us,’ he said. ‘You ought to be proud of all your county employees.’
Shireman said he is now the fourth generation of Shiremans to work on the nearly 100-year-old building.
Commissioner Charlie Crawford made the motion to move forward with repairs, noting that new, safer drains will be installed in the bathrooms.
Circuit Court Judge John T. Evans showed his appreciation for the county’s timely response.
‘It wasn’t noon, the day of the disaster, that’s the only way to describe it, before (Commissioner Kenny Saulman) and maintenance people were in the building,’ he said. ‘It was an ant hill of people.’
Evans and Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown said they’re open and operating, as they have been in some capacity since the flooding occurred.
With upcoming voter registration and candidate filing, along with all the day-to-day operations of the office, Brown said they will need a place to store items that have been moved from damaged areas.
‘Both sides are in shambles,’ Brown said of the clerk’s main office.
In other business, as the first meeting of the year, the board’s chairman, Saulman, was re-elected and Jim Klinstiver will be vice chair.
The commissioners made the following board appointments: Klinstiver, Harrison County Alternative Education Center, Economic Development Commission, Family and Children board, National Organization on Disability and the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission; Crawford, Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, Harrison County Community Services, Economic Development Commission, National Organization on Disability; Saulman, Economic Development Commission; Spencer Taylor, Blue River Regional Water board; George Ethridge, Economic Development Commission; Bill Smythe and Rebecca Reed, Heth-Washington Fire District; Donn Blank, Harrison County Hospital board (2-1 vote, Saulman was against); Donna Harvey, Harrison County Lifelong Learning; and Gary Reed, Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission.
The commissioners’ next meeting, which will include more board appointments, will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, (moved from Jan. 15 due to Martin Luther King Day) at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.