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Floyd County

December 5, 2012

New Albany approves parks property transfer

Restaurant or coffee shop may flank aquatic center

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NEW ALBANY —

Part of the agreement states the city and county will split the demolition costs to raze any buildings on the land if needed in order to construct an aquatic center. 

Nash inquired if that meant the North Annex building is in danger of being torn down, to which Gibson replied “without a doubt” the structure may be demolished. 

Lopp said “it’s very preliminary” in terms of moving forward with any demolition, as the city still has to finalize funding, design and construction for an aquatic center. 

The Floyd County Commissioners and Floyd County Council are slated to hold a joint meeting Tuesday in which they could vote to accept the property and equipment transfer agreement. 

Distribution of five facilities and parks was the main issue to resolve in terms of physical assets after the New Albany City Council approved Gahan’s plan to form a separate municipal parks department in November.  

Of the major facilities, the county will operate the Southern Indiana Sports Center and the city retains Cannon Acres. The Sports Center was the home to the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department administrative offices, and Gibson said the municipal recreation headquarters have not yet been determined. 

Kathy Wilkerson accepted the interim director position for the city parks department beginning Jan.1. NA-FC Parks Superintendent Roger Jeffers said he had no intentions of working for the city due to his disagreement with how the split — which was mainly over the county’s funding shortfall of the parks department — was handled. 

City Council President Diane McCartin-Benedetti said this week she spoke with Wilkerson —  a 40-year veteran of the parks department — and that she confirmed she agreed to serve as interim director for 60 days. 

Benedetti said she has confidence in Wilkerson. 

“I think the transition will take place very smoothly,” Benedetti said. 

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