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Raysville racers will be able to continue

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Roar of engines is typical in May around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but residents in the Raysville area near Knightstown have not appreciated similar noises from youth riding three- and four-wheel ATVs and dirt bikes.

Henry County Commissioners have listened to complaints and instructed Sheriff Ric McCorkle to investigate. He came back with a report last week that isn’t likely to muffle the noise any time soon.

“I understand the neighbors out there are very frustrated but the individuals who are riding the dirt bikes, four-wheelers and three-wheelers are on a particular farm,” McCorkle said. “We’ve checked and they have permission to be there.

“I know they’re frustrated. We’ve had officers in the area,” the sheriff continued. “We originally had a report they were riding on the trails. It appears as though we’ve got that stopped and there’s no activity on the road. But when you’re on your own property or when you have permission to ride there, there’s not much we can do.”

In other business at the most recent Commissioners meeting:

n New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corey Murphy asked for and received permission to contract two independent appraisals on property owned by the county at 1426 Broad Street, home to HOPE Initiative at 15th and Broad streets. Murphy said the appraisals are needed in support of a potential redevelopment project in downtown New Castle.

n Henry County Auditor Debbie Walker asked for and received permission to use First Merchants Bank for employee health savings accounts.

n Commissioners voted to deny a computer agreement with CSI. Commissioner Kim Cronk said the county’s information technology department will handle matters previously done by the company.

n Gene Clark of Weights and Measures, said a recent visit to Boar’s Head showed “they are doing a fantastic job.”