While Stensrud admitted the sweeps may not always be possible within 48 hours if his organization was conducting them, he said that volunteers will be able to help clean up the sites and they “can most definitely make it work.”
“We agree that the sweeps need to be done. We just ask that they be done jointly,” he said. “Communication is starting to become key, and it is happening, which is a huge step for us.”
Until a policy is finalized, however, Jeffersonville will not be conducting any sweeps of the camps.
“Don’t do anything until we get a policy,” Merkley said.
Transfer of property
Merkley also introduced a resolution at the board of public works meeting that was unanimously approved to convey 47 parcels of property from the city to the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission.
“This is in reference to the property that the city acquired for what was previously the canal, which is now the stormwater conveyance system or the interceptor sewer project,” he said.
Merkley explained that while the city’s redevelopment commission paid for all the properties, the deeds were placed in the city’s name. The conveyance will put the deeds in the redevelopment commission’s name. However, the redevelopment commission would also have to adopt an identical resolution to accept the properties.
In addition, there are a number of parcels that the city will still need to purchase.
“There are still seven parcels out there that the city has not acquired,” Merkley said.
Easements also will need to be determined for the properties being transferred in order to install the conveyance system. The determination of the easements will be made by engineering firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz Inc.
Road closure coming
Wastewater Superintendent Len Ashack said there will be an upcoming closure at Strawberry Lane and Eighth Street in Jeffersonville for a sewer-replacement project. The closure is set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 12. The closures will be daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until Feb. 14.
A detour will be in place at Larkspur Drive and Foxglove Drive from Eighth Street.