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May 5, 2012

Parks authority back on Jeffersonville’s agenda

East-end bridge resolution up for a vote as well

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday night at Jeffersonville City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court.

It’s the board’s first meeting of May, but topping the agenda will be a parks issue that’s been discussed since February.

The council is expected to take a final vote on an ordinance which reestablishes the Jeffersonville Parks Authority. An initial vote was taken in April and it puts control of the city parks squarely in the council’s, rather than the mayor’s, purview. The parks authority is populated by members of the council, meaning they decide on parks projects and funding issues.

Mayor Mike Moore questioned the legality of the authority early in the year,

as the Indiana statute under which it was created initially only applied to third class municipalities with populations less than 35,000. Jeffersonville fit that category when the council created the parks authority in 2008, but the latest U.S. Census count put the population at 44,953 and — based on a larger population — it’s since been re-classified as a second class city.

After the controversy arose, state law was amended in a way that allows Jeffersonville to keep the authority system hence the ordinance to re-establish.

The first reading of the ordinance received a unanimous favorable vote.

ALSO ON MONDAY’S AGENDA

• An ordinance changing the zoning of one acre of land at 1495 East 10th St. — from medium/large commercial to medium/small commercial is on the agenda. The Jeffersonville Plan Commission gave that rezoning a favorable recommendation at its last meeting in April.

• The council will consider an interlocal agreement, in which Jeffersonville, Clarksville and county police agencies will jointly seek a federal justice assistance grant. Under the agreement Clarksville would receive $11,295 to purchase 10 radar guns. Jeffersonville would receive $12,371 for four handheld radars and upgraded records keeping software. Clark County will receive $3,227 to purchase transceivers, a laptop and a wireless access point.

•  A resolution urging immediate construction of an east end bridge, sans tolling, while allowing the delay of the downtown Interstate 65 bridge is up for a vote.

• A grant application related to the Big Four Bridge landing streetscape project is up for a vote. The city is applying for a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

 

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