The homes were being moved as part of a settlement agreement to relocate the historic properties to make way for the downtown crossing for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
“This will help the vendors down there for Thunder [Over Louisville] and Smokin’ on the River and some of our larger events,” Northam said of the changes to the light posts. “They can plug into our light posts instead of having a portable electric bucket out there. “
He added that the additional access to the light posts — from the Overlook to Kingfish — would allow the city to add holiday decorations to the posts along Riverside Drive that adorn Spring Street each year.
The board of public works was in support of moving forward with the plan, but it also included a request to pay the $3,750 cost for the electrical access.
“The parks authority didn’t want to take it out of parks [department] funds because it wasn’t parks property,” Northam said.
A suggestion was offered that the cost be split between the city’s redevelopment commission and the parks department.
“Although this is not on parks property, most of the things they’re doing there service park functions,” said Board of Public Works Member Bryan Glover.
Glover, a councilman and member of the parks authority board, was not in attendance at Monday’s parks authority meeting when the issue was discussed.
Northam added that the source of funds needs to be determined quickly.
“We’re at a point now where the poles are getting ready to go back up here shortly, so this is the time to do the work on it,” he said.
Jeffersonville Corporation Attorney Les Merkley said the funding could come out of the Falls Landing Tax Increment Finance District and would refer it to the redevelopment commission at its meeting later in the day.