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Bids sought for HC health/education building work

Harrison County officials will soon know how much money it will take to make improvements to one of the three government buildings that need renovations. Shireman Construction has completed the design work for facade enhancements to the county’s health and education building, and the county is now accepting bids.

At the Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday, Oct. 7, the three commissioners approved the design work and a notice for bids to be published.

“I think it’s about time we get it bid,” said Commissioner Jim Heitkemper.

Earlier this year, the county approved Shireman Construction to perform design work on the Harrison County Health Dept. facility in south Corydon, along with the Harrison County Court House in downtown Corydon and the Harrison County Justice Center west of downtown.

The Health and Education building has a leaky front glass wall. While temporary fixes have been done in the past, this work is expected to make a permanent fix.

Shireman Construction suggested replacing the entire front side of the building and putting a new masonry system in place. The work there also includes replacing ventilators that have rusted due to exposure to water, new yard drains and painting.

Bids on the project are being accepted until noon on Monday, Nov. 4.

Design work continues on the two remaining projects.

“Hopefully, we will follow in a few weeks with another,” David Sanders of Paul Primavera & Associates said.

Shireman said the design phase for the courthouse project is roughly 90% complete, and the design work for the justice center is about a quarter of the way finished.

The Harrison County Council voted to spend $298,565 on the design work for the three projects.

Also at the meeting, a request to add funding for spaying and neutering animals was denied.

Tanya Tuell with the River Valley Humane Society requested the county add $10,000 to its 2020 budget to help Harrison County families with more than two pets.

Tuell wanted the funds to be separate from the county’s spay/neuter voucher program it already offers, where residents can receive up to two vouchers to help cover the expense of spaying or neutering a dog or cat.

“We renamed this project the ‘more than two spay/neuter project’,” Tuell said.

The River Valley Humane Society and HEART Humane Society work with animals, pets and families throughout the county to help with reducing animal overcrowding, at homes and the Harrison County Animal Control facility.

“We got to do something about these calls,” Tuell said. “We are getting lots of calls, as always, for people who have more than two animals in Harrison County.”

Tuell said the more animals that are spayed or neutered will help taxpayers and employees at the animal control facility.

Commissioner Kenny Saulman told Tuell the same thing he said earlier this year, that the county doesn’t have an animal problem but, rather, people do not know how to take care of their pets.

Commissioner Charlie Crawford said the county budgeted $32,000 for 2019 on the spay and neuter program and couldn’t commit to adding funds for this kind of expense going forward.

“We’re on schedule to run out of that, probably before the end of the year,” he said.

Crawford added that animal control needs another one or two employees and that the council has not agreed to funding that additional request.

“I’m not ready to send you onto them to ask for more money when the animal control facility is already underfunded to the point if that $10,000 is available we would definitely need it for the animal control to help the facility,” Crawford said.

The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Government Center.

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