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Revised animal control ordinance adopted

Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

A public hearing for the reading of the new ordinance from Harrison County Animal Control was included as part of the Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday night.

Animal Control director April Breeden went over the new ordinance and fielded any questions presented by the commissioners.

With no public comments about the ordinance, the commissioners then approved the ordinance in a 3-0 vote.

Miranda Edge, the county Extension director, approached the commissioners with hopes to apply for funding to implement a rainscape education program, which would result in a constructed rain garden for the public. She explained the program would hopefully take place in May and be partially virtually.

Edge said she is seeking funding from the Harrison County Community Foundation but, because the Extension is a public location owned by the county, she needs the commissioners’ blessing to apply for assistance. The money she is requesting, $7,000, would go toward construction that would have to take place in the parking lot where the garden would be and also for soil and plants. The construction would require removing a curb and building a drainage ditch to collect the water for the garden.

All the commissioners said they thought this was a great idea, but Commissioner Jim Heitkemper wanted a little more time to study the plan.

The commissioners took Edge’s request under advisement.

Sherry Brown, the Harrison County clerk, asked the commissioners for funds for a new position. She said Rilla Gerdon, her current chief deputy and the bookkeeper, notified Brown she would retire in the coming month.

Brown, who is sad to see Gerdon leave, said her hopes are to get someone in the position immediately and to create a new full-time position solely for the month of January. Her plan is to have the new hire take the chief deputy position and hire Gerdon as a second deputy for one month to help with the transition for the new chief deputy. Brown said this would cost $4,957.

After that period, Brown requested funds for 10 days of part-time pay, which would also be used by Gerdon so that she can return to offer guidance for end-of-the-month bookkeeping duties. This payment would come to a total of $1,244.

And finally, Brown was requesting $420 for the purchase of a cell phone for the year for the clerk’s office due to a policy change with an account at First Savings Bank requiring the account holder to have a cell phone.

The commissioners approved all three requests, which Brown will take to the county council next week.

Eric Wise, with Harrison County Plan Commission, approached the commissioners with two zoning change requests.

The first was 45 acres changing from a planned employment center to a single-family zone, with intent to build a new residential development. The property, owned by Blue Lick Development LLC and located along Georges Hill Road in Franklin Township, will have at least 40 home sites.

Jason Copperwaite, president of Paul Primavera & Associates, has been working on this project for some time and said the plan is to make a mid-/upper-scale housing development. The houses, according to him, will be presented around $250,000 and up, and the lots will be around 80 feet wide.

The second request was to change a R3 lot to a PUD lot at the new Poplar Trace subdivision along Cory-
don-Ramsey Road. This change will allow the 13 duplex homes to be considered their own unit, making it possible to sell them separately to buyers. There will be 26 of these units available once built.

Both requests were approved by the commissioners.

In other business, the commissioners unanimously voted Charlie Crawford as their representative on a committee researching the creation of a county human resource position. He will work with Donnie Hussung, selected to represent the county council, on this project.

Darrell Voelker, director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., received permission from the commissioners to discuss with his corporation new grant ventures for small businesses in Harrison County. Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs has announced a new phase of COVID-19 response grants. This is specifically for small businesses, and Voelker explained his next step will be to survey local businesses to see what specific needs in the county are.

Attorney H. Lloyd (Tad) Whitis, along with Tom Tucker, president of the regional sewer district board, received approval on a resolution from the commissioners to assign the county’s interest to the regional sewer district in an interlocal agreement with the Town of Corydon. The pair will take this issue to the county council at its meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at the government center in Corydon.

The commissioners are scheduled to meet in special session today (Wednesday) at noon. Their next regular meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 a.m.