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January 23, 2013

Bond approval for pump stations again tabled by Jeffersonville City Council

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JEFFERSONVILLE — A bond presented to the Jeffersonville City Council to help pay for the repair of the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations was tabled again.

Resolution 2012-R-8 would approve a bond of up to $7.5 million for the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District to pay for the replacement and upgrades to the two pump stations.

The Jeffersonville-Clarksville Joint Flood Control District had previously agreed to issue bonds for the project and also to conduct a watershed study to help determine final design of the pump stations. The watershed study is underway, but what work will be needed to repair the pump stations and its final cost are holding up the approval of the bonds.

One question that lingered for the city council when the bond was tabled at their previous meeting was why Mayor Mike Moore, who serves on the flood control district, voted against the bond.

Councilman Nathan Samuel asked if anyone had received an explanation as to why Moore voted against the bond issue, and when none was offered, Samuel motioned to table the bond.

When contacted by the News and Tribune, Moore said hadn’t been asked about his vote, but his concerns about the project were similar to those shared by the city council.

“I have been asking for two months now, what this is going to cost?” Moore said.

He explained that he voted against the bond because it was unknown what the cost would be to residents and who will be affected in the city.

However, Moore added that he hopes to have an answer to the question of the cost to residents at the next flood control district meeting, which is Friday.

Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe said one of the things that is expected to be presented at the meeting is the estimated cost to homeowners. He added that a previously offered initial estimate placed the costs to a homeowner, based on a $100,000 home, at about $20 per year.

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