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February 24, 2014

Hearing on Camm trial costs set for this week

Also: Floyd County hopes to move forward with park plans

FLOYD COUNTY — A hearing will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Spencer County Circuit Court to debate some charges associated with David Camm’s third murder trial, and to request that the court “order the Auditor of Floyd County to appear to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of this court and punished for his willful contempt.”

Floyd County Auditor Scott Clark and the Floyd County Council have questioned some of the charges submitted by Camm’s defense attorneys, Richard Kammen and Stacy Uliana.

Kammen and Uliana list 17 complaints in the court filing, from submitting bills to the county and not receiving payment, or of receiving pay months after submitting bills. One complaint states August 2013 trial bills were not paid until early November.

Clark cannot comment on the upcoming hearing, but said all of the bills for the Camm trial have been paid, except for $203,122 still owed to Kammen and $217,750 billed by Independent Forensic Services.

Clark and Floyd County will be represented Wednesday by New Albany attorney Greg Reger.

“It’s important we demonstrate that we recognize the bills and recognize that we are responsible to pay them,” said Council President Jim Wathen said at a previous meeting. “But we want to pay the right amount or the right bill.”

CHARLESTOWN ROAD PARK UPDATE

Director of Floyd County Operations/Planner Don Lopp said he will likely go before the New Albany Plan Commission in April or May with design plans for a new park which includes 30 acres of land adjacent to Northside Christian Church, along Charlestown Road.

Since the city annexed the fringe area, the county will have to receive city planning and zoning permission before moving forward on a proposed Little League complex.

Lopp said he will meet with homeowners groups to discuss the plans soon, maybe as early as this week.

MITIGATION PLANS

Work will begin soon to stabilize the creek bank, remove invasive plants and replace them with other vegetation in the area in the rear of the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The work has nothing to do with a city proposal to build a retention basin at the 4-H Fairgrounds to help with flooding issues.

County Attorney Rick Fox said that plan is currently in limbo.

LIBRARY ELEVATOR CLOSED

The elevator at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is out of service indefinitely because of valve failures, according to a release from Director Rose Frost. Anyone needing assistance when visiting the library should stop at a service desk to ask for help.

The library administrative services team has been planning to have the elevator repaired since last summer, but had to wait until the beginning of the new fiscal year, which began in January. Several area elevator repair companies were contacted for quotes. The necessary repairs are now major and had to be approved by the State Elevator Inspector. His inspection of the library’s elevator was postponed several times because of weather conditions.

The library board voted to award the contract for repairs to ThyssenKrupp. The state elevator inspector is requiring the library to have a fire-safe room built to house the new power unit in the lower level mechanical room. Work is expected to start on that room soon.

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