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April 11, 2013

EXECUTIVE REPORT: Southern Indiana mayors, leaders discuss local issues during 1si event

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JEFFERSONVILLE — NEW ALBANY NEWS

Since his term began as mayor in 2012, Gahan has privatized New Albany’s ambulance service, brought sewer management back in-house and supported the end of the joint parks agreement the city had with Floyd County.

“I think last year, we had a very strong year in terms of making New Albany competitive,” Gahan said.

His administration has sought to make New Albany cleaner and fiscally stronger while improving basic utility and operational fundamentals, Gahan said. For the first time in nearly a decade, the city’s budget was balanced in 2012, and now New Albany is in a position to add an outdoor aquatic center and a multiuse sports facility, he continued.

The goal will be to continue to improve parks, city gateways and public service while also focusing on redeveloping parts of New Albany that have recessed in recent years, Gahan said.

“It’s incredibly important that we invest public dollars to restore some of those areas,” he said.

CLARKSVILLE AND VALUE CITY

Polston was asked about negations between the town and Clarksville Community Schools about a proposed partnership that would entail a New Tech High School facility being opened in the former Value City building.

Despite recent comments made by Clarksville Redevelopment Commission President Bob Popp that the facility could take students away from Greater Clark County Schools, Polston said a meeting this week with Clarksville Community Schools’ representatives was productive. The town council still must decide on the partnership, but Clarksville Community Schools has vowed that they will have a New Tech facility opened by August 2014.

Though he didn’t provide specifics from the meeting, Polston said he’s “90 percent sure” the New Tech High School will come to fruition.

“It’s going to be an asset for Clarksville,” Polston said.

For more on the New Tech plan in Clarksville via past articles, visit newsandtribune.com and search for “New Tech.”

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