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Clark County

November 21, 2012

Vissing Park nearly complete

Parks Authority seeking funds for its next project at soccer complex

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JEFFERSONVILLE — SOCCER FIELDS

With the Vissing Park project nearing completion, the parks authority board turned their attention to another plan to construct six soccer fields and an indoor multisport facility near Charlestown Pike. Northam said the plan is to expand the Clark County Soccer Association fields and add an indoor multipurpose facility for an estimated cost of $4 million.

Kovert-Hawkins representatives Gullo and James Lake said the company is working on construction documents for the soccer association, which will likely be available by the end of January.

Parks Authority Board Member Ed Zastawny offered one funding plan that could pay for the project. He explained that the bond set up to pay for Vissing Park was a $4 million bond, with a five-year bond anticipation note that could be secured through a local bank. But to complete Vissing Park, the board does not need the full $4 million, it only needs $3 million.

We found $2 million from prior unspent funds in park and $1 million out of the city’s Economic Development Income Tax fund is set to go toward the costs for Vissing Park, Zastawny said.

“That means we still owe $1 million, but we have credit available for $3 million,” he said. “We should be able to pay off Vissing park next year. That would leave us $4 million for four years — a line of credit for this project.”

No action was taken on the project as several steps need to be completed before funding is required and construction begins. Before any work is done on the site, Kovert-Hawkins asked that the parks authority approve funding an animation to show people what the project will eventually become.

“Really, it helps visualize what’s going to go on there it really sparks interest in the community,” Gullo said of why the animation is needed. “It helps [the public] understand what the city’s trying to do.”

“The one in Vissing Park proved to be just an enormous tool,” Lake said, adding that it may not have been used enough. “To use it for marketing on this is almost essential,” he said of the proposed soccer park. “It’s not for marketing us, it’s not really for marketing the park, other than the park needs to market for financial support.”

Lake said the animation would be designed to get corporate sponsorships for the park and said it will take about 45 days to develop.

The parks authority agreed to pay $6,600 for the animation, Kovert-Hawkins will pay $5,000 and a $2,400 grant from the community foundation will cover the remainder of the costs.

• The Parks Authority Board agreed to move their meetings to 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The board’s next meeting will be held Dec. 11.

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