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Lanesville camp’s new owner seeks sewer service

Harrison County officials have decisions to make regarding sewer projects that could impact growth and economic development of the community.
The discussed sewer projects at Monday morning’s Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ meeting involve areas of Lanesville and New Salisbury.
‘This idea with sewers and with economic development, those are two places we’ve failed,’ Commissioner Kenny Saulman said with regard to how county officials have spent riverboat funds. ‘We really need to be on this thing with sewers.’
Saulman and his fellow commissioners ‘ Charlie Crawford and Jim Heitkemper ‘ could decide to help fund sanitary sewer service to Lakeview Ministries’ Camp Cedarbrook, located along Corydon Ridge Road, south of the Interstate 64 interchange at Lanesville.
Bob Woosley, Heritage Engineering president, who was hired by the Lutheran-based organization to help get service to the camp, said the total budget was an estimated $170,000.
‘They do own the camp,’ Woosley said. ‘They do use the camp. They have future plans for enhancements to the camp.’
Jos’ Beaton, Lakeview Ministries’ development assistant, said his organization has started a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million.
‘This is our third and newest campus,’ Beaton said.
The ministry took over the property in 2016 when it was in disrepair, while it averaged 100 to 200 guests annually, according to Beaton.
The organization, which is based in Seymour, has plans to turn the camp into a larger facility. Plans include a retreat and conference center. It also will install new cabins and a series of natural swimming pools that would increase the number of visitors to the county by the year 2022.
‘We’ll be able to average 18,000 to 20,000 guests per year on the property with the upgrades that we’re going to make,’ Beaton said.
Woosley showed the commissioners a letter of support from the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., which saw benefits to expanding sewer coverage to the county.
The area is part of the Town of Lanesville’s sewer territory. Woosley said he plans to approach the Lanesville Town Council at its meeting Monday (set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Lanesville Town Hall) to ask for financial assistance to help get the project funded.
The line could service other properties in the area, with Southern Indiana Equipment the other business expected to connect right away. Woosley said he would consider asking Lanesville on the ministry’s behalf to recoup some of its investment as other properties connect to the line.
Woosley said the most feasible way to get the camp connected would be an eight-inch gravity sewer line to the town’s lift station.
Saulman said he believes the surrounding area will do nothing but grow in the coming years.
The commissioners said they wanted to hear how Lanesville might support the ministry’s sewer line request before making any possible contribution. The three men did approve sending a letter of support for the project for Woosley to take to the Lanesville Town Council.
‘If this is going to serve the public, I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t want to support this,’ Saulman said.
It’s a similar issue the county can consider around New Salisbury, where Woosley said a proposed animal clinic wants sewer service.
Woosley gave the commissioners three options, with the most expensive costing approximately $500,000 to install a lift station in the area. This route would allow for future growth in the area to have sewer service and other residents and businesses already there to connect to the system, operated by the county’s regional sewer district.
Two other options are less expensive but would only serve the clinic and possibly a couple nearby properties.
The commissioners approved Woosley to take the $500,000 request to the Harrison County Council. Commissioner Crawford said the council could approve it, a less costly option or none of the options.
Along with the animal clinic, and an apartment project by Blue River Services Inc. in the area, Crawford believes the area is ripe to see more growth.
‘It’s my wish to see the town get incorporated,’ Crawford said.
New Salisbury is one of the county’s largest populated communities but would need a resident in the town to do the necessary work to make the area an incorporated town, officially.
The commissioners awarded asphalt resurfacing projects to C & R Construction. The Corydon-based company was the low bidder for all three districts in the county, with a combined price of a little more than $1.1 million.
Work in the northern part of the county includes:
Brunner Hill Road, between North and Buffalo Trace roads.
Corydon-Ramsey Road, between Pennington Chapel and Rocky Meadow roads.
In the central portion of the county:
Big Indian Road, between Tee and Pfrimmer’s Chapel roads.
Shiloh Road, between state roads 135 and 337.
Shiloh Road, between Fogel and Ten Dollar roads.
In the southern district of the county:
Squire Boone Road, from S.R. 135 to the end of the road.
Scenic View Road, from S.R. 11 to approximately 1 mile east.
Scenic View Road, between Tulip Drive and Tobacco Landing Road.
Lotticks Corner Road, between Lakeview Drive and Racine Road.
In other county business Monday morning, Clarence Merk was denied $40,000 for archaeological research regarding the Alice Dean, a Civil War-era steamboat burned and sunk by the Confederate Army in the Ohio River, near Mauckport, in 1863.
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper made a motion to allow Merk to take the request to the county council, but it failed without a second.
Merk told the commissioners he would still find a way to get the funding without the commissioners’ support.
The commissioners’ next regular meeting will be Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon.