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January 10, 2013

TALKING REDEVELOPMENT:Commissioners, administration look for better communication



Marina matters

Another project the two commission members cited as moving into the planning stages before it was discussed with them is a plan to reconstruct the marina along Riverside Drive near downtown Jeffersonville.

“The marina ... the first time we’ve heard of it was when a schematic design was presented to us,” Lake said.

At the Aug. 29 meeting, the commission approved a contract with The Estopinal Group and engineering firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz to move forward with the marina design. The motion was unanimously approved.

When asked why he approved a plan at the same meeting in which the plan was presented, Stevens said, “I think it’s a good project, but I didn’t have any input into it.”

He added that by the time the project plan came before the commission, the architect already spent money on design for the marina.

Moore said he went ahead with enlisting The Estopinal Group to draft a design for the reconstructed marina because the design firm agreed to do it pro-bono.

And despite having a design in place, Moore and Waiz said the redevelopment commissioners were welcomed to provide input.

“I believe the best way is to get something down on paper,” Moore said regarding why a plan was drafted before it was presented to the commission. “It’s been a very transparent process.”

Waiz added that what was presented in the marina design was not final.

“What was presented was ramp [and] putting in boat docks,” he said. “We welcomed any type of input. Whenever it’s presented, we’re asking for questions ... [and] it’s always good to have something in place.”

The process is different than how projects have been presented in the past, according to Lake and Stevens.

“I feel like I have less information now than I have in the past,” Stevens said.

Future projects that are brought the board with plans in place will be tabled to make sure the commission has the right information, he said.

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