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Rhoads pool in need of repairs

Rhoads pool in need of repairs
Rhoads pool in need of repairs
Swimmers enjoyed the May and Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool in Corydon last June. File photo

The Harrison County Parks Dept. is looking for funding now to help ensure a pool will open on time next summer. This time, it’s major renovations for the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool in Corydon.

New state regulations and requirements mean the kiddie pool needs to circulate more frequently than the adult pool. Currently, both pools are on the same system, with each pool getting circulated every six hours. However, the kiddie pool is required to get circulated every 30 minutes. Also, the pool’s chemical control system has been broken for at least five years, and the pool is dealing with a leak that the county’s superintendent of parks, Larry Shickles, said is under control.

“It’s not at the level we had at South Harrison,” Shickles said.

A water leak at that pool was contaminating a nearby water stream, forcing the parks to renovate the pool before it was set to open for the 2019 season.

At Monday night’s Harrison County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Shickles requested an additional $650,000 from the county’s riverboat fund to make these renovations. He added it’s a worst-case scenario amount as the parks department learns more about the repairs needed to open by Memorial Day weekend in 2020.

“If we push much more through mid-October, then we would end up (doing the work) over the summer of 2020, rather than over the winter of 2019 and the spring of 2020,” Shickles said.

Commissioner Charlie Crawford made a motion to table a decision because Commissioner Kenny Saulman was absent Monday night. The commissioners could make a decision about  the request at their next meeting, slated for Monday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 a.m. at the government center.

During the meeting, the two commissioners did approve the hiring of the county’s newest health department nursing administrator, Alyssa Janes. The search took months, and the county council raised the salary to find qualified applicants. The county will cover roughly $48,000 with grants funding about $12,000 annually.

Five historical markers are set to get a facelift, including two on county property. Those are at the courthouse lawn in downtown Corydon and a Battle of Corydon marker located along Capitol Avenue.

The commissioners gave the OK for Bill Brockman, the volunteer coordinator with the Indiana Historical Bureau, to take the markers.

“I plan on getting a grant through the Harrison County Community Foundation, with the sponsorship of Main Street Corydon to have five markers repainted,” Brockman said.

Brockman said a few years ago four markers were repainted and renovated.

The markers are state property, but Brockman said the rule is to work with the property owners where the markers are placed to make repairs at a convenient time.

“Probably take them down after the first of the year,” Brockman said. “The goal is to get them back up before the spring-break season. We do that because there aren’t too many tourists there in the winter.”

Brockman said these two markers were last painted approximately 16 years ago, but the finish should have lasted longer. It normally wouldn’t be noticed, but, when the county had a new marker added in 2016 to honor Polly Strong, a slave who won her freedom through the Indiana Supreme Court, it made the old, faded markers standout.

He added there will be no cost to the county. Brockman also delivers the markers to and from the location where they’ll get painted.