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Regional grain elevator facility planned

Regional grain elevator facility planned Regional grain elevator facility planned
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

A multi-million-dollar regional grain elevator facility for the area is in the works.

Darrell Voelker, director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., informed the county’s board of commissioners of the project during a special meeting Jan. 13.

Voelker said the project involves Meade County (Ky.) Fiscal Court and Harrison County, in partnership with the Harrison County Economic Development Corp. and Meade County/Brandenburg Industrial Authority.

The grain elevator facility would accept wheat, soybeans and corn from local farmers, according to Voelker.

“The facility is expected to save farmers in the region truck freight costs and time by delivering grain to a facility closer to home,” he said.

A potential site for the grain elevator facility has been identified, and discussions are taking place with a third-party operator to potentially oversee the facility.

Voelker said the parties involved were not prepared at that time to say where the facility might be located.

“Details of the project are still confidential,” he said.

The possibility of constructing a grain elevator facility in the region has been in the works for more than a year.

“The parties are entering into the design phase of the process and hope to obtain the necessary permits and begin construction of the facility in 2022,” Voelker said.

Commissioner Charlie Crawford commended Voelker for his work with the project.

“I don’t know how many hours you’ve spent on this but I know it’s been a lot,” he said.

Commissioner Jim Heitkemper said he could envision other projects “down the road” between Harrison and Meade counties.

Also during the 21-1/2-minute meeting, the commissioners approved five new hires for the Harrison County Health Dept.

Carrie Herthel, health administrator, who attended the meeting remotely, said one person would be put in place as the new environmental health position, another will have her hours expanded from part time to full time, one will assist with testing and contact tracing while helping out with vaccination clinics and two more will be part-time employees.

Herthel said funding for the positions is provided by a grant.

The new hires were approved by a 3-0 vote, with Commissioner Nelson Stepro joining Crawford and Heitkemper at the meeting.

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the government center in Corydon.