By Valerie Werkmeister
Richard Porter’s demolition progress at his abandoned Wadesville property has earned him a 90-day extension on a nuisance complaint. Porter appeared before the Posey County Commissioners on October 2, for a status report of his progress at 7265 Main Street. Porter’s home burned last year and the single father has been salvaging materials as he dismantles them.
Porter presented before and after pictures for the commissioners to review. He stated that three-fourths of the deck has been removed and he estimates he has been able to save $2,113 in lumber so far.
During previous meetings, Porter explained his progress is slow since he does not have any electricity to the property. He is utilizing battery-powered machinery that does not last long.
“I’m one guy with two kids who collects child support,” Porter said.
He jokingly added that he would welcome help from anyone that would care to lend a hand.
Commissioner president Jim Alsop suggested they extend the next status review to 90 days or January 15. John Sherretz agreed.
Alsop read a proclamation honoring the 50th anniversary for the United Way of Posey County. He stated the United Way serves 21 different agencies throughout the county and has a goal of $690,000 this year.
Alsop gave an update of a recent meeting between county officials and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials regarding the Wabash River Bridge in New Harmony. Alsop stated there wasn’t any new information and the meeting was somewhat of a waste of time.
The county has sent a letter to INDOT asking for clarification on how INDOT arrived at some figures posed to the county on the bridge’s reconstruction costs. Alsop stated the letter was sent in September and INDOT officials informed Alsop at the meeting that they are still working on a response to the county.
“We are just waiting. We can’t do our due diligence without information from INDOT,” Alsop stated.
He added that the county may initiate a public hearing and require INDOT officials to attend so that they may gather more information that is needed to help render a decision about the bridge’s fate.
A re-zoning request from R-1 to B-1 at 7298 Highway 66 in Wadesville was approved. Andrea Terhune appeared before the commissioners and explained that she would like to open a kids’ consignment shop in a home she has purchased at that location. She stated customers would be able to park in the back.
In other business, the commissioners agreed to:
• Declare miscellaneous computer equipment, fax machines and printers that were stored in the Coliseum basement as surplus.
• A ground transportation agreement with Air Evac. The county will add the entity to its insurance coverage at an additional annual cost of $25. The county will confirm that it was also added to Air Evac’s policy.
• Table a decision regarding the Fair Housing Ordinance until all the commissioners are present. Scott Moye was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
• Approved an ordinance creating a three-way stop at the intersection of Sailer and Benthall Roads in Black Township. The ordinance must be advertised in the paper twice before it will go into effect.
• Appoint Jeff O’Risky to serve on the Wadesville-Blairsville Regional Sewer District board. His term will end in December 2014.
The Animal Control Officer’s report for September included 73 complaints, one bite report nad
27 animals were picked up.
Chuck Thompson of the Posey County Emergency Management Services submitted a report
showing a total of 1,651 ambulance runs for the year. Of that total, 871 runs were in Mt. Vernon, 298 were in New Harmony, 300 were in St. Phillip and 182 were in Poseyville.
Construction work has been completed in the Hovey House and the only remaining thing to do is to install the new door to the front.
Narrowbanding on the county’s radio systems will be installed by November 1.
In preparation for the upcoming election, early voting dates and times have been arranged. Early voting will take place on October 27 and November 3, at the Workinman’s Institute in New Harmony, the Carnegie Public Library in Poseyville and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ on Highway 66 in Blairsville. Voters may go to each of these locations between the times of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to cast their votes.
The courthouse will also be open on these dates from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to accommodate voters.
The next commissioner’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 9 a.m.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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