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June 14, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For June 14-15

City needs to live up to its annexation promises

In response to the Jeffersonville City Council president’s comments on hiring more police officers expressed in a recent letter to the editor:

Mr. Dennis Julius was not on the city council when the east-end annexation took place, but in the city’s own fiscal plan for that annexation, the council clearly states the council’s intent to maintain a ratio of two police officers per thousand of population, But, because the fiscal plan was fatally underestimated and inaccurate in its population estimates, the resulting number of police were proportionately too low.

Now that we know that the real population, according to the Census, is very close to 46,000, we can then determine that the city intended, in its fiscal annexation plan that about 92 officers would be required to maintain the same level of service today as it was before annexation. To state otherwise is to admit that the annexation resulted in a decrease in services to everyone in Jeffersonville. And a decrease in services to execute a forced annexation is squarely in violation of state statute. State statute clearly requires that the same level of services be provided to the newly annexed areas in the same manner and lever as was provided to the city prior to annexation.

Fiancees aside, situations like police protection, and an overall reduction of services across Jeffersonville were exactly the things that I and some others tried to warn the council about when the annexation took place.

I guess the chickens have come home to roost. The council needs to resolve what was promised in the annexation fiscal plan with their reluctance to pay for it.

— Bruce Herdt, Jeffersonville

Family opposed to connector Road

The city of New Albany’s original Comprehensive Plan proposes to construct a connector road between Kamer-Miller Road and Charlestown Road via Highland Oaks Drive through the Highland Oaks Subdivision. It is our opinion a connector road would have the following negative results:

• It would destroy the quiet and private atmosphere of our subdivision;

• It would increase the traffic through our subdivision;

• It would cause a high safely risk to the children and adults living in Highland Oaks, as well as, to those using the proposed park facilities adjacent to Northside Christian Church;

• It would reduce the resale property value of our homes; and

• It would increase the wear and tear on Highland Oaks Drive, which was designed to handle subdivision traffic only.

As residents of Highland Oaks Subdivision, we firmly oppose a connector road.

— James and Barbara Hitchcock, New Albany

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