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Parks board to discuss ’19 rates

The Harrison County Parks Dept. board will look at rates charged at its various parks in hopes of having its new schedule in place in December.
As part of that, Larry Shickles, board president, wants to introduce an annual park pass that can also be used at special events and for discounts at participating businesses.
In order to work on the new rates, Shickles told the board members at their meeting Oct. 24 that they will need to meet in early November to begin discussions.
Next year, the parks department will work on an exhibit about the late Walter W. Gresham to be placed at the park named after him in Lanesville.
‘Most people don’t know all that he did,’ Shickles said. ‘We’ll be asking for people with information on him to come forth.’
Morgan Raqu’, one of the volunteers who puts on the Battle of Corydon re-enactment, attended last week’s meeting to express concern about continuing the event with the lack of manpower.
After some discussion, Shickles recommended Raqu’ and his group meet with Barb Ehinger, director of Historical Assets for the Harrison County Parks Dept., and David Hussung, promotion and events director, to see how the parks department can help.
Ehinger told the board she started #FindItFridays on the Harrison County Discovery Center’s Facebook page that features a snippet of a picture and people can guess where the photo was taken.
Also, she noted the Faces in the Crowd exhibit, featuring elections, continues through Nov. 18.
During property updates, Shickles took a few minutes to address some misinformation about Morvin’s Landing near Mauckport.
One was that the purchase price, a total of $420,000, for the property included $100,000 from the Harrison County Community Foundation and $97,125 from the county. Another point was how a survey showed there was 117 acres in the parcel of land Wilma Richards owned, 12 acres which are underwater. According to the minutes of the parks board meeting on June 25, 2014, the purchase agreement said the parks department would pay $4,000 per acre. Regarding the proposed number of boat ramps, Shickles said there is only one planned. The county has recouped about $15,000 a year from lease payments since purchasing the land for a total of $46,377.
The board’s regular meeting in November will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon. At the conclusion of the meeting, park board members and volunteers will decorate for A Merry Country Christmas that will take place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the park.