By BRADEN LAMMERS
The Jeffersonville Board of Public Works set a meeting to replace a Police Merit Commission member that resigned shortly after the mayor’s two appointments were removed from the commission.
The police members voting would be replacing the police department membership’s Democratic appointment to the board, Stuart Robertson.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore removed Dennis Henry and Jeff Esarey — his appointments to the board — on Sept. 25 because he said he did not like the direction the board was going. He said, following the removal of his board appointments, that if the police merit board went forward with a plan to promote four people to lieutenant positions, it would create a top-heavy organization and create a financial crisis for the city.
The two men were replaced by Jim Hall, a retired county police officer, and Jeremy Snelling, a Clark County Court bailiff.
Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe explained that by Indiana Code, the board of public works has to set the meeting date, time and place. However, the board will have no hand in picking the new member to the police merit commission.
“Only active members of the police force can attend that meeting,” he said.
Lowe also offered rules for the police membership appointments to the police merit commission, which were adopted for the meting.
“These rules were written [so] they would be valid, not only for this meeting, but any future openings on the merit commission that are appointed by the police department membership,” he said.
Lowe added the same rules would also be used for the Fire Merit Commission should an opening occur.
The meeting for the vote was set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in City Council Chambers at Jeffersonville City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court. Nominations are to be sent to the Jeffersonville Clerk’s office in sealed bids by 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17.
The remaining members of the police merit commission are held by Bonnie Deppert, a police department appointment, and Clay “Beany” Smith, a Jeffersonville City Council appointment.
Road closure for Hops, Shops and Chardonnay
Road closures for Hops, Shops and Chardonnay have been changed in order to accommodate a car show that will be a part of this year’s event. The event, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, features beer and wine tastings inside locally owned shops and restaurants along Spring Street in Jeffersonville. There will also be appetizers and live music.
Street closures include Spring Street, from Seventh Street to Court Avenue, and also on Spring Street from Chestnut Street to Market Street.
Both closures will be in effect form 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
City Engineer Andy Crouch requested a temporary three-way stop be installed at the intersection of Shungate Road and Utica-Sellersburg Road due to work ongoing at the railroad tracks near the intersection of Salem-Noble Road and Ind. 62. Salem-Noble Road will be closed from Ind. 62 to Shungate Road while a railroad crossing is replaced and widened.
Crouch said the closure is expected to last two weeks. The three-way stop requested was unanimously approved.
Police station change order
A change order in the design work for the new Jeffersonville Police Department station was approved Wednesday. The Estopinal Group is developing the plans and the change requested is due to alternates being added to the plans and to include value engineering into the plans. The amendment to the contract totaled $37,500.
City Attorney Les Merkley said the city expects to close on the bond to finance the construction of the police station in November.
Halloween road changes
A request to make Kewanna Drive and Chippewa Drive one-way streets for trick-or-treat was unanimously approved. The streets will be one-way from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31.
A request by Steve Mason for the Whispering Oaks subdivision included painting stop lines on the road where signs are located in the neighborhood. According to Mason there are 19 stop signs in the neighborhood.
In addition, a request to change the globes on the street lights to conform to the other street lights was approved. The homeowner will pay for the globes to be installed at a cost of about $6,000, Mason said.