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March 5, 2013

Council approves transportation plans

JEFFERSONVILLE — The future of transportation in Jeffersonville was discussed at a Monday city council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin was asked by the council about a grant from the Indiana Department of Health that has been secured by the city to develop a bicycle and pedestrian master plan that totals $43,000.

However, Corbin said after receiving proposals back from planners, the expected costs to complete the master plan is closer to $70,000. 

The city’s match to receive the grant is $7,000 and Corbin said the city has secured $5,000 from the Pioneering Healthy Communities Task Force to help defray that cost. Also, a requirement for the grant is that the city spend the money by June 20.

“It’s a really tight timeline,” he said.

As a result he said he had planned to formally come before the council in two weeks to request payment to cover the difference in the cost.

But Corbin didn’t have to wait. The council approved up to $25,000 be spent out of the city’s gaming fund to help pay for the development of the bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The appropriation was unanimously approved, with Councilman Dennis Julius absent from Monday’s meeting.

Corbin explained the goal to use the funding will be to set priorities of where the greatest needs exist and funding those projects first.

“This would be a huge step forward as far as getting us caught up with other cities in the region,” he said.

Look for more information about Jeffersonville’s bicycle and pedestrian plan in an upcoming edition of the News and Tribune.

Along with developing a plan for bicyclists and pedestrians for Jeffersonville, an ordinance was presented to amend the city’s plan for sidewalk construction.

The ordinance had been discussed in previous meetings as a way to develop a fund for payment in lieu of the construction of sidewalks in the city. Development requirements include provisions that when developers construct buildings in Jeffersonville, they construct sidewalks adjacent to the building or development. However, not all areas need or can accommodate sidewalks. 

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