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May 9, 2013

Floyd County moves forward with plans for park

Council approves new budget

NEW ALBANY —

The Floyd County Parks Board moved forward Monday night on a plan to purchase 30 acres of land adjacent to Northside Christian Church for a new park.

On Tuesday, the Floyd County Commissioners gave the plan a thumbs-up.

The parks board will hold a public bond hearing May 28 for the project. The price tag on the land and infrastructure, which sits next to the church at 4407 Charlestown Rd., is $1.2 million.

“I like the idea of a park in that area. It’s part of our master plan,” said Commissioner Chuck Freiberger.  

Several neighbors have voiced their concerns over the New Albany Little League’s plan to build a new facility on the site. That plan is still in the works and Little League officials are trying to secure funding.

“If the Little League comes in, we want to make it comfortable with the neighbors,” Freiberger said. “We need to work with the neighbors. We don’t want to get into their personal space.”

Floyd County Commissioners’ President Steve Bush also supports the land being developed into a park.

“I think it will be awesome,” he said. “The Little League is one issue, but the other is having a park and green space in that area. I think we will be able to work out the issues with the neighborhood.”

 

CLARK SWORN IN AS AUDITOR 

Republican Scott Clark was sworn in as Floyd County Auditor on Tuesday, and was approved for bond coverage on the same day, Floyd County Attorney Rick Fox said Wednesday. 

Media reports last week questioned whether Clark — who took over for Darin Coddington — would be covered with a surety bond based on comments allegedly made by the county’s insurance agent. 

Many elected officials such as auditors are required to be covered by bonds as a financial-security mechanism. Fox told the News and Tribune on Thursday that Clark had yet to apply for a bond, therefore he couldn’t have been turned down. He said the rumors that Clark would be or had been denied bond coverage were politically motivated. 

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