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November 14, 2012

New Albany to vote on redistricting plan Thursday

Appropriations for street, police departments also on agenda

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NEW ALBANY —

Unlike the 2008 committee plan, the current proposal wouldn’t shift any current council members to other districts, according to Zurschmiede.

“It’s just pretty much equalizing the numbers,” he said.

The voter deviations per district will be less than 1 percent if the plan is approved by the council, Zurschmiede continued. Councilman Bob Caesar joined Coffey and Zurschmiede on a committee to study and formulate the plan.

Zurschmiede said they were assisted by Council Attorney Matthew Lorch and Floyd County Clerk Linda Moeller. Councilman Pat McLaughlin said there doesn’t appear to be much difference in District 4, which he represents, under the new plan. The map lines are somewhat jagged in areas, but McLaughlin said that’s just a small concern.

“When you’re trying to cut it and bring it within these numbers, I can’t really have too many complaints,” he said.

 

$300k for Street department shortfall

The state cut the New Albany Street Department’s near $1.5 million budget by $445,000 this year, thus the council will be asked to appropriate riverboat funds to offset the shortfall.

The administration has requested the council approve a $300,000 appropriation for the Motor Vehicle Fund, which foots the street department.

McLaughlin is sponsoring the appropriation, which is set for first and second readings Thursday.

“It’s pretty conservative considering it was cut by that much,” he said of $300,000 move.

McLaughlin said since the MVH budget has been consistently cut by the state in recent years, the call for the appropriation didn’t come as a surprise.

The 2013 budget calls for more funds to be allocated for the street department. Though paving isn’t the department’s only duty, McLaughlin said he’s considering proposing a larger funding campaign for resurfacing beyond the slated up tick in financing for next year.

McLaughlin said such an all encompassing program could involve bonding in order to pave several streets and alleys within a short period of time. He added more discussion with the administration will be necessary before such a plan would be introduced by him.

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