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February 22, 2013

New Albany council approves sports, aquatic complexes

Edit bond for paving stalled

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NEW ALBANY —

The city’s project was initially to focus on baseball and softball fields, but now could include an indoor facility, two fields that could be used for a variety of sports and a walking path.

Gahan said the project would help revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Beyond the YMCA, Interim New Albany Parks Director Kathy Wilkerson said the city hasn’t pushed for such major upgrades to its recreational offerings in her 41-year career. 

The projects are important because they can improve the lives of New Albany’s youth, she said, as Wilkerson added not all families can afford Y memberships or one-day passes. 

“There’s many teens that are hanging out in the wrong places because there’s nowhere to hang out,” she said. 

 

EDIT bond for paving stalled

The council didn’t vote on a $5.7 million bond to fund a mass paving campaign. 

Blair requested the council put the administration’s request in committee to determine if existing funds can be used for paving efforts instead of taking on more debt. 

The bond was to be paid back with Economic Development Income Tax funds. Blair said the city could easily commit $2 million in EDIT revenue toward paving this year to avoid borrowing money. 

The committee is expected to report back to the council in time for the issue to be revisited during the body’s March 21 meeting. 

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