NEW ALBANY —
“Tell us what’s been unsafe,” Stumler asked.
He wasn’t given a direct answer, and later requested Brewer join the meeting to explain where the project stands.
Brewer didn’t attend the meeting, but in a phone interview with the News and Tribune on Tuesday, he said construction could start soon but only after he’s allowed to inspect the site, garner more information about the scope of work in the current phase and ensure Padgett has all of its licenses up-to-date.
The administration wants the project to be successful, but Brewer said his job is to ensure all contractors are following city code.
“We have to do it the right way and follow the ordinances of the city so that everybody is protected,” Brewer said.
The city stands to be a partner in the project, as the New Albany City Council has agreed to foot $75,000 of the estimated $400,000 cost for the rehabilitation work.
The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has also agreed to help fund the project, and private donations are being sought by Friends of the Town Clock Church.
However Councilman Dan Coffey, who appeared before the board of works Tuesday, questioned how sound the leadership of the organization is when it comes to overseeing construction.
“The fact of the matter is, they don’t have the money” to complete the project, he said. “The funding they have now won’t even begin to fix the problem.”
Coffey suggested a city body such as the redevelopment commission or board of works be charged with managing the project.
He added the council and city are willing to consider more funding for the project. Members of Second Baptist Church including Rev. LeRoy Marshall attended the meeting with Stumler.
Coffey directed some of his comments toward the members, as he said he didn’t want them to be in the middle of a “political” showdown.