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Prosecutor’s office gets funds for Halloween event

Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Harrison County Council approved a transfer for the Harrison County prosecutor’s office of $4,000 that will go toward its annual Halloween event.

The transfer comes from an unrenewed outreach officer position line and is being moved to the community outreach line in order to fund decorations and supplies for the event, according to attorney Emily Stumler, who approached the council for the request from the office.

She explained that in past years, a lot of decorations have been volunteer donations, and that this year they are relying a lot on people who have unmet community service hours they haven’t been able to accomplish due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She also shared that inmates have been assisting in some of the work as well.

The event, she shared, will be back to the original structure of being a walk-thru setup at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, as opposed to last year’s drive-thru event at the justice center.

“We were fortunate to receive donations from local businesses in order to fund a small fireworks display that will start around 8 p.m. that night,” Stumler said.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 30, the same night as the Halloween parade in downtown Corydon.

In other business at the meeting, Kevin Russel, county engineer and director of the Harrison County Highway Dept., presented his additional requests to get the department through the rest of the year. The requests totaled $45,000 from local road and street and $73,000 from the Motor Vehicle Highway lines.

Russel also requested an additional $42,140 in the riverboat fund for the highway department’s use, as it is a reimbursement from an insurance payment on a recently wrecked highway department truck.

He told the council he is already searching the market for a truck to replace the totaled one and will keep them updated on the search progress.

Other additional requests unanimously approved include:

Two $10,000 requests presented at a prior meeting by the Harrison County maintenance department, one for janitorial supplies and the other for equipment repair.

An almost $29,000 request for equipment replacements for the kitchen at the jail to replace an ice maker and a convection steamer.

A request of about $328,000 for Harrison County Emergency Medical Services’ budget shortfall to get EMS through the rest of the year.

A $25,000 request from the Harrison County Public Defender’s Office to be moved out of county general. In some cases, especially those with kids involved, two defenders are required per law. This amount will cover costs to add a second defender to some cases.

The council also decided to meet Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. as its “hopefully final” budget planning session.

Monday, Sept. 27, will be the council’s next regular meeting. It will start at 7 p.m. at the government center in Corydon.