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July 1, 2013

Pump station repairs again to come before Jeffersonville city council

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A resolution tabled by the Jeffersonville City Council six times will again come before the city’s fiscal body.

The Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District has been seeking a $7.5 million bond to repair the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations, but action on seeking the bond has been on hold since February.

The city council has asked Mayor Mike Moore to come to a council meeting and explain his vote against seeking the bond that he made at an August flood control district meeting before they approve a resolution to seek the money. After requests were made to attend several meetings, Moore attended a February city council meeting to answer questions, but they were never asked. Moore left the meeting before the agenda reached the mayor’s comment section, and City Council President Connie Sellers refused to hear Moore’s comments until they reached his portion of the agenda.

Throughout the mayor and council’s back-and-forth, a watershed study was being conducted to help answer specifics on what should be done to repair or replace the two pump stations. The watershed study was going to help determine the design of the pump stations, answer which homes will be affected by the work to the pump stations and would offer an estimate of the costs to seek the bond to those homeowners affected.

 

WATERSHED RESULTS

Questions that were to be answered by the stormwater study were how deep to place the pumps that will help mitigate flooding and how big the pumps should be to handle flooding concerns.

The need to repair the two pump stations became more evident after flooding in April 2011, but it has been a project that has been discussed since the 1960s.

With the watershed study returned, some answers were revealed Monday. One change in the project is that only the Cane Run pump station will be repaired.

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