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July 16, 2013

Request for economic-impact study made by Jeffersonville City Council members

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

“You’re going to have a lot of traffic. What’s it going to take to make them stop?” Julius asked.

He said he believes it would take a comprehensive approach of beautification and developing the right business mix in the area to generate economic development, and a study needs to take place to be sure. 

Council President Connie Sellers agreed.

“There needs to be some kind of economic-impact study or some kind of plan to draw business there because a new road’s not going to do it,” she said.

As a result, Julius asked that the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission conduct a study before more funding is dedicated.

Councilman Mike Smith added the first few blocks of the 10th Street reconstruction plan fall within the city’s Urban Enterprise Zone and suggested that it could also help pay for the study.

City Council Attorney Scott Lewis was directed to draft a letter making the request, which will be presented to the council before it is sent to the redevelopment commission and UEZ.

 

CREDIT LIMIT CUT

Jeffersonville city employees have fewer credit cards to use.

Lewis introduced a revised credit card policy Monday. It was approved on its first reading at the July 1 Jeffersonville City Council meeting. 

Calls to update the credit card ordinance have been coming since May after concerns were raised about claims that were not being submitted with an itemized receipt. An executive order was signed by Moore in April to stop nontravel meals or business meals being expensed to the city.

The most significant change to the credit card policy is the number of credit cards that are issued within the city. The ordinance cut the number of cards in half, from 26 to 13.

Other changes the new ordinance would make in the old city credit card police would be that all credit cards would be held in the controller’s office and the person or department head authorized to use the card would fill out a purchase order to be able to use the card.

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