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EDC seeks to change setback at Lanesville interchange

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners met Monday evening, Oct. 19, after canceling its prior meeting on Oct. 6. All commissioners were present at the meeting.
EDC seeks to change setback at Lanesville interchange EDC seeks to change setback at Lanesville interchange
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners met Monday evening, Oct. 19, after canceling its prior meeting on Oct. 6. All commissioners were present at the meeting.

Darrell Voelker, director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., came before the commissioners to request they authorize the county to send a letter regarding the zoning setback at the Lanesville interchange.

Presently, the regulation for that particular area says a structure has to be set back from the road 100 feet before any landscaping can be done. The rest of the county roads only require 35 feet.

According to Voelker, in the area of the Lanesville Interchange, the property area is too narrow after pushing it back 100 feet from the road and he would like for the commissioners to approve him to take this matter to the zoning board in hopes to get this changed by the end of the year.

The commissioners unanimously approved this matter.

Bill McCarty, a land surveyor who is working on a surveying project for property along East Ridge Road, came to the commissioners hoping to get their acknowledgment or clarification for where county property begins and ends.

“You all are getting paid tax dollars for 3,726 feet on that road,” McCarty explained. “I’ve gone out with GPS and talked to INDOT, and it seems from my calculations that the county is maintaining an extra 29 feet into our property. I’m here to ask you to acknowledge the county road goes to the Brightburn property.”

Commissioner Charlie Crawford abstained from voting as he wants more time to look into this matter. Because of this, the motion died for the lack of a second, and it was said the matter would be discussed at a later date.

Jeremy McKim, a deputy coroner for Harrison County, came to the commissioners looking for permission to sign a grant agreement. The grant, given by the Indiana State Dept. of Health, is for $1,000, and it is intended to be used to help explain sudden deaths in infants and aid in financial backbone to do the autopsies on infants.

This is a grant the coroner’s office was given last year as well.

The commissioners unanimously gave McKim the approval to sign the digital grant agreement, and it was noted that if the office doesn’t need to use the money for sudden infant death investigations that the funds will be reallocated for the betterment of the office.

Mel Quick-Miller, assistant superintendent at the Harrison County Highway Dept., came before the board to discuss a couple changes to contracts. She also introduced a representative from American Structure Point who has been working on Peter J. Schickel Way.

They both were pleased to announce the new road sign, which is the last step in completion of the road, will be placed presumably this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned for yesterday (Tuesday) at 1 p.m.

At the meeting, the commissioners also unanimously voted to have a public hearing regarding animal control at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.

The commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the government center in Corydon.

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