NEW ALBANY —
Beyond the $1.3 million asking price by Jeff Eastridge for the property, firm costs to construct the indoor facility and fields weren’t announced by the administration during the work session.
Councilwoman Shirley Baird said that information is needed not only by the council, but also the public.
The details about the Silver Street project were “vague” and today is too quick of a turnaround for the council to vote on the resolutions, Baird said.
“What I would like to do is have some public hearings and even go out into the neighborhoods ... so we can meet with people and get their reactions,” she said Wednesday. The public doesn’t know a lot of what’s going on, and they need to. It’s their money.”
Councilman Bob Caesar said he, too, would like to hear input from the public, but added he hopes people will approach the projects with an optimistic outlook.
“We are literally 30 years behind on doing some of these projects,” Caesar said. “Some of these should have been done without question a long, long time ago.”
An enticing part about Gahan’s proposals is that the administration has vowed no taxes will be raised, and projects already in the works won’t be sacrificed, he continued.
“I know sometimes as a community we’re slow to change, but there’s a lot of this I think could be very beneficial to the community,” Caesar said.
The aquatic center would be located at the former Camille Wright pool property off Daisy Lane under the administration’s proposal. A conceptual rendering of the aquatic center calls for additional parking to be added on the site, as the facility would extend beyond the current property.
Cost estimates for the aquatic center are between $7.2 million and $8.3 million.
The public can address the council on the resolutions during the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor Assembly Room of the City-County Building.