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January 17, 2013

Interlocal agreement passed at tourism board meeting

New leadership chosen

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

The interlocal agreement requires that each entity choose two representatives to serve on the committee that will determine how it will fight tolling. 

The tourism bureau named its two appointments to serve on the six-person board Wednesday. The appointments were Board Member Mike Kapfhammer and Tourism Bureau Executive Director Jim Keith.

While the potential for one lawsuit remains, another lawsuit filed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and River Fields Inc. was settled in early January. Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, who sought to join the suit filed by River Fields, has litigation pending against the bridges project.

The downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project is being completed by Kentucky and its contractor, Walsh Construction Co., to rebuild Spaghetti Junction and construct a new Interstate 65 bridge. The work is expected to be completed by December 2016 at a cost of $971 million.

Toll rates for both the east-end and the downtown portions of the bridges project have not been set.

 

New members

Some changes to the tourism bureau’s board are already known, while others have yet to be determined.

Board Member Bob Popp, a Clarksville appointment, said he has chosen to leave the board and will be replaced by Nancy Kraft. Board Member Carl Holliday, an appointment of the Mayor of New Albany, has decided to not serve on the board again, but it is unknown who will be his replacement.

The new board members’ first meeting will be Feb. 20.

 

Leaders chosen

Before announcing the new leadership for the tourism bureau board, President Jim Becker thanked the board for their service during his tenure.

He then announced the officers for 2013 will be Bill Keeney, who was formerly the board-vice president and will serve as the new board president; Mark Bliss, who formerly served as the board secretary and will step into the vice-president’s role; Tony Singleton was named as the new board secretary; and Carlene Bottorff will remain as the board treasurer.

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