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Rosewood-Rabbit Hash to be 4-way stop

Rosewood-Rabbit Hash to be 4-way stop Rosewood-Rabbit Hash to be 4-way stop
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

At its meeting Monday evening, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners agreed with county engineer and highway director Kevin Russel to make a potentially hazardous intersection into a four-way stop.

The intersection that was requested to be looked at by residents of the area is Rosewood Road SE and Rabbit Hash Road south of Elizabeth.

Russel presented the commissioners with aerial photographs and traffic flow reports. He explained that there is a cresting, vertical curve that makes it difficult for drivers to see oncoming traffic, which he considered to be a potential risk for crashes. He said there was the option of cutting the hill down but that he believed the most practical solution would be to make the intersection a four-way stop.

The commissioners unanimously approved a motion to do so.

Russel also updated the commissioners about numerous items on the highway department’s agenda that are moving forward. They are currently working on an annual operations report, which should be complete by June 1, and Russel noted he will have a couple of requests for proposals that will be complete and presented to the commissioners by their next meetings.

In other business Monday, Carrie Herthel, administrator of the Harrison County Health Dept., presented two personnel hires for the commissioners’ approval, both of which passed unanimously.

Anthony Phillips will serve in the role of an environmental health position, and Jacob Trowbridge is being hired as an independent contractor for mosquito abatement.

In other county staff concerns, Commissioner Jim Heitkemper made a motion they forward a request to the county council to raise the salary of Michelle Meadows, who currently works for Harrison County Animal Control, to $13.50 an hour.

Heitkemper noted he would hate to see animal control lose a good employee due to a salary issue, and said he believed this was the best thing to do. The commissioners unanimously voted yes to move this motion to the council.

Eric Wise, the county planner, presented the commissioners with two zone changes to sign off on: one for three acres at 2911 Crossroads Drive in Mauckport, going from B2 to a Heavy Industry zone, and the other for less than an acre at 14285 Greene Street in Palmyra to go from Residential to B2.

The next commissioners’ meeting is set for Monday, June 7, at 8:30 a.m. at the government center in Corydon.