Gullo warned the authority that the price of fill dirt will remain high, and that delays on the project could become costly.
The issue will be revisited at the next meeting of the parks authority. The board has the same members as the city council.
FRETTING ABOUT FRO-YO
The authority tabled a contract with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt to permit the company to sell its products at the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center.
Parks Director Paul Northam presented the contract to the authority, which would entitle the city’s parks department to $1 for every cup of frozen yogurt sold by the frozen-yogurt chain. However, a multitude of legal concerns prevented the authority from taking any action.
Lewis noted that the contract, which he believed was written by Orange Leaf, did not include a provision requiring the vendor to carry liability insurance. Lewis warned that the city could be held liable if something were to go wrong.
Councilwoman and Authority Member Lisa Gill asked how the city’s portion of the profits from sales would be tracked. Northam responded that the parks department would likely depend on Orange Leaf to provide the numbers.
“I think this [contract] is something [Lewis] could tighten up,” Julius said.
The authority discussed the possibility of taking over Glossbrenner Public Garden, which is owned by Indiana Landmarks and cared for Jeffersonville City Pride.
The question at hand: If the city were to take ownership of the garden, which city department would be charged with ownership?
Lewis said title work must be done to ensure that there are no outstanding liens against the property.