News and Tribune

January 23, 2013

Bond approval for pump stations again tabled by Jeffersonville City Council

Tax abatement granted for new building on Veterans Parkway

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — A bond presented to the Jeffersonville City Council to help pay for the repair of the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations was tabled again.

Resolution 2012-R-8 would approve a bond of up to $7.5 million for the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District to pay for the replacement and upgrades to the two pump stations.

The Jeffersonville-Clarksville Joint Flood Control District had previously agreed to issue bonds for the project and also to conduct a watershed study to help determine final design of the pump stations. The watershed study is underway, but what work will be needed to repair the pump stations and its final cost are holding up the approval of the bonds.

One question that lingered for the city council when the bond was tabled at their previous meeting was why Mayor Mike Moore, who serves on the flood control district, voted against the bond.

Councilman Nathan Samuel asked if anyone had received an explanation as to why Moore voted against the bond issue, and when none was offered, Samuel motioned to table the bond.

When contacted by the News and Tribune, Moore said hadn’t been asked about his vote, but his concerns about the project were similar to those shared by the city council.

“I have been asking for two months now, what this is going to cost?” Moore said.

He explained that he voted against the bond because it was unknown what the cost would be to residents and who will be affected in the city.

However, Moore added that he hopes to have an answer to the question of the cost to residents at the next flood control district meeting, which is Friday.

Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe said one of the things that is expected to be presented at the meeting is the estimated cost to homeowners. He added that a previously offered initial estimate placed the costs to a homeowner, based on a $100,000 home, at about $20 per year.

Councilman Matt Owen asked why the resolution was before the board if the costs were not yet known, and if the bond would meet the minimum costs needed to make the repairs.

“Based on previous estimates, no,” Lowe said.

He added that the request was before the board in order to be able to meet construction schedules if approval is granted.

 

Property transfer

A property transfer approved by the Jeffersonville Sewer Board was also approved by the council.

The transfer was brought to the council because a small parcel of land in a land settlement agreement is owned by the city, and procedurally, the transfer requires council approval.

“It’s pretty much an unusable piece of property,” said Attorney Amy Burnette, who is handling the land settlement for the city. “I think it’s old flood wall property...[which is] why the city had title to the property originally.”

The city acquired another piece of property owned by the same homeowner, who in exchange requested the land on Meigs Avenue.

“This will be one of the last two acquisitions for this project,” Burnette said.

The land is being purchased by the city for its combined sewer overflow interceptor project.

 

Tax abatement approved

A 10-year tax abatement on a new building was unanimously approved by the city council.

Leo Properties Inc. was granted the abatement to construct a $1.2 million two-story, 9,100-square-foot building to be constructed along Veterans Parkway across from the intersection of Charlestown-New Albany Road.

With the construction of the new building, Bill Burns, owner of Re/Max First, plans to move and expand his office. Bryan Jackson with State Farm Insurance plans to move into the building, as well as title company.

The expectation is that 27 jobs, with a total salary of about $1.5 million will be added to the site, said Jeffersonville Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz.