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February 11, 2014

Portion of Grant Line Road in New Albany to close Monday

Also: St. Elizabeth asking for more help

NEW ALBANY —  Grant Line Road near the Daisy Lane intersection will be shutdown in two phases for a stormwater project, with the first leg of closures slated for Monday.

An official with MAC Construction & Excavating said Tuesday that a sewer line underneath Grant Line Road must be removed to make way for the drainage improvements in the area.

Beginning Monday, the road will be closed near the Salvation Army Thrift Shop for seven or eight days. According to the MAC official, Grant Line Road will again be shutdown at the same location in about a month.

Crews will then install a new culvert under Grant Line Road to ease flooding in the area.

The official detour route is for motorists to take Beechwood Avenue to Charlestown Road and on to Vincennes Street to avoid the closure.

Officials said signs have been posted about Monday’s closing, and more details will be provided about the March shutdown once a decision has been made to start work.

Construction is expected to take about 60 days for the culvert replacement.

St. Elizabeth asks for more help

Last week, the New Albany City Council approved on initial votes giving $25,000 to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities to help maintain its transitional housing shelter in the city.

On Tuesday, members of the organization appeared before the New Albany Redevelopment Commission to request additional funding.

According to St. Elizabeth officials, the organization saw its federal funding cut from $187,000 annually to $105,000 a year in 2013.

Commission members didn’t take a vote on an amount, but there was a general consensus among the body to provide redevelopment funds for St. Elizabeth.

A number discussed was $50,000, as commission members said a funding source needs to be identified before an amount can be set and a vote taken.

Councilman Dan Coffey, who is also a redevelopment commission member, said St. Elizabeth should have received additional funding even before its federal allotment was reduced.

“This program is lean now,” said Coffey, who supported the $25,000 council appropriation last week.

St. Elizabeth officials said they would cut employees before ending the transitional housing program, which serves primarily single, homeless mothers in the community.

However, as a last resort, officials said the program could end if there isn’t enough funding. St. Elizabeth officials said other avenues to garner more funding are being explored.

Few tickets remain for Sanders Series

Priceline.com founder Jeff Hoffman will speak on Feb. 19 at Indiana University Southeast, and there are still a limited number of tickets available.

Tickets can be reserved on first-come, first-served basis by calling 812-941-2525.

Hoffman will be the latest guest in the Sanders Speaker Series at IU Southeast. He will talk about entrepreneurship and how he started priceline.com.

The event is free, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast.

 

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