News and Tribune

December 10, 2013


Art spurs economic development

Many times I’ve thought that we, as an entire community, need to strive beyond where we’ve been in the past and have a higher expectation for Jeffersonville.

Fortunately, through public art, we have a unique opportunity to bring even more economic development and a high quality of life to Jeffersonville if we are forward thinking and visionary.

To get this public art movement started, local artists recently painted 11 street light utility boxes. This is the first of many projects that will be initiated by the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission.

Our goal is to help to enhance our city’s image and to encourage our fellow community members to focus on cleaning up and caring for our surroundings.

On behalf of the JPAC members — Shane Corbin, Dawn Spyker, Melissa Deaver, Jay Ellis — I want to thank the artists who braved the elements Oct. 25-27 and provided us with wonderful focal points and conversation starters. We have received an overwhelming positive response from the community regarding their masterpieces.

Here is a listing of the artists, artwork titles and locations of their work:

Artist: Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones

Title: HEARTS and STRIPES Forever

Location: Vissing Park Road and 10th Street

Artist: Amy Goforth

Title: Red Hot

Location: Allison Lane and 10th Street

Artist: Dallas Wooten

Title: Walking Bridge

Location: Sportsman Drive and 10th Street

Artist: John McCarthy

Title: Falls of the Ohio Landscape

Location: Springdale Drive and 10th Street

Artist: Landi Gaither

Title: Ooze

Location: Sharon Drive and 10th Street

Artist: Tara Remington

Title: Indie Under Water

Location: Dutch Lane and 10th Street

Artist: Miranda Becht

Title: I Represent the ‘Ville

Location: Quartermaster and 10th Street

Artist: Braylyn “Resko©” Stewart

Title: The Power of 3

Location: Spring Street and 10th Street

Artist: Shane Corbin

Title: Pac Man!

Location: West Eighth Street and Spring Street

Artist: Davey

Title: Community quilt

Location: Court Avenue and Spring Street

Artists: Dawn Spyker and Jennie DiBeneditto

Title: Tell Tale Twilight

Location: Market Street and Spring Street

I would also like to express my appreciation to Roger Fischer/Budget Print for his efforts in making signage and having it temporarily installed by each box. I would also like to thank Hueser Hardware for their part in getting the paint at a greatly reduced price.

We plan on implementing a Phase II of this project in early 2014. It will expand our efforts and enhance the appeal of more utility boxes across our city. We also have plans to develop “Crosswalk Art,” additional floodwall art, large signature sculpture pieces and much more.

While these projects are initiated by JPAC, we have many other groups with whom we are/intend to collaborate with to further the vision. We also thank City Pride, Jeffersonville Arts Alliance, and Arts Council of Southern Indiana for their thankless efforts as well. Together we all can make a difference.

It is our desire to have a private/public partnership as we have future projects. If you, or your company are interested in participating in this please contact me at

 — Nathan Samuel, Jeffersonville City Councilman

Committee members state their case

Dear residents of Clarksville,

As you may be aware, a controversy developed over recommendations our committee made to remain a town, change to a manager/council form of government and hire an experienced professional town manager.

The recommendation of the committee to hire a town manager was not based on a finding or belief that Clarksville is being poorly governed. After researching the topic, the committee concluded that adding full-time professional leadership and operational management for our town would only enhance our government and take it to a higher level of performance.

The undersigned were members of one or both of the committees formed by the town council — the Town-City Study Committee and the Search Committee. We continue to strongly believe:

1. Our town has grown to the size and complexity that full-time leadership and operational management are required.

2. An experienced, professional town manager will bring value far exceeding the expense of the position by preventing missed opportunities and improving processes and strategic planning.

3. That evidence exists to demonstrate that municipal governments with professional managers outperform those using other forms of municipal government.

4. A council-only form of town government is becoming outmoded — a  dinosaur — and progressive towns are managed by a professional town manager while the council sets the overall direction.

5. Time does not stand still. Clarksville has enjoyed some advantages over the years that have turned it into a retail hub, for example, but newer developments will arise near the new east-end bridge. Professional management will help the town remain competitive in this new landscape.

Unfortunately, the majority of the Clarksville Town Council does not share these beliefs. They are clearly entitled to their own beliefs, and it is the collective opinions of a majority of our elected officials that count. We accept that.

Nevertheless, we feel good about our work — our research, conclusions and recommendations —because they were made after conducting due diligence, in good faith without partisan biases, and in a professional manner.  

To the residents of Clarksville, we submit that it will eventually be up to you to decide the most desirable form of government for the town’s future.


 — Members of the Town-City Study Committee and Town Manager Search Committee: Jim Kenney, Cary Stemle, Don Slone, Rick Barr, Kirk Morrison, Kevin Harper, Tony Singleton, Tim Hauber, Paul Fetter and John Gilkey.