The redevelopment commission agreed to send a letter to the Jeffersonville city council asking them to support getting started on a drainage pond near Indiana and Ohio avenues and Seventh Street, but not without debate.
At least two members of the redevelopment commission spoke out against having the redevelopment commission fund the retention basin with tax-increment financing money.
“I have no problem with supporting corrections downtown, it doesn’t belong at this table,” said Redevelopment Commissioner James Lake. “It’s a drainage board issue, the drainage board needs to address it.”
But Moore argued that the retention basin does affect redevelopment in Jeffersonville.
“It’s going to have a huge impact on tax dollars coming into the city of Jeffersonville,” he said. “I don’t know how anybody on this board can ignore the significance of what the downtown flooding has done to the businesses in downtown Jeff. I think it is shameful that the residents’ needs are being ignored for political games here. To say the drainage problems down there have nothing to do with redevelopment is a ludicrous statement.”
Redevelopment Commissioner Rob Stevens agreed with Lake and said it was a drainage issue.
“I don’t want anybody’s home to flood ... but I still don’t think that’s a redevelopment project,” he said. “I’m not playing a game, I just don’t think it is.”
The redevelopment commission agreed to send the letter by a vote of 3-2, with Lake and Stevens voting against,
A joint meeting will be held between the city council and the joint flood control board at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, in the mayor’s conference room in Jeffersonville City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court.