By BRADEN LAMMERS
Jeffersonville’s Board of Public Works approved the purchase of property owned by the Rolling Ridge Subdivision homeowners association for $1.
The property, which abuts Vissing Park, was sought at the request of Indiana American Water Co., said City Engineer Andy Crouch.
He explained the city had planned to run utilities through the area, to other city-owned property, and Indiana American Water Co. requested Jeffersonville purchase the land to make it contiguous.
“They don’t want anything else going on there, we don’t want anything else going on there,” Crouch said, referring to Rolling Ridge.
City Attorney Les Merkley presented a contract to purchase the vacant property, which acts as a detention basin for the subdivision, and grants the city direct access to Vissing Park.
“We made clear in the agreement we will not disturb their detention basin,” he said.
The board of public works unanimously approved the purchase agreement. The property will be maintained by the Jeffersonville Parks Department.
Sugar Maples Fall Festival
Street closures for the fourth annual Sugar Maples Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 were unanimously approved by the board of public works Wednesday.
The road closure will encompass about one square block in downtown Jeffersonville on Maple Street between Spring and Pearl streets. The street closure will begin at 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A request was made in order for Sugar Maples Antiques and Gifts to set up 16 booths for its annual festival, which will include food vendors and music.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore will host another Meet the Mayor night in the Rolling Fields subdivision from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The purpose of the event it to allow local residents to meet with the mayor and his staff and discuss topics, and offer their concerns about the city. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks at the meet-and-greet, which will be held at 902 Poppy Place.
Beautification request tabled
A request by Jeffersonville resident Richard Eklund to place concrete flower pots in an island at 8th and Penn streets was tabled.
Crouch said a plan needed to be presented to the city before he would recommend approval and he also wanted to ensure that sightlines for vehicles are not obstructed.
Eklund said funding for placing the flower pots is still being determined, but the nearby Branham Tabernacle Church volunteered to maintain the islands once they are installed.