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July 23, 2013

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JEFFERSONVILLE — ANCHORS AWEIGH

Another park program held at the Jeffersonville RiverStage is costing the city money.

The Anchors Aweigh programs, fitness programs held throughout the week at Jeffersonville’s RiverStage, have cost the city about $6,750. The expenses are paid out of the city’s gaming fund.

However, Schutz said the programs combined are averaging attendance of more than 200 people each week.

But, again, offering the programs for free was a concern for the parks authority members.

“We’re going to have to get in this mindset where we can’t do everything for free,” Sellers said. “There’s going to have to be charges.”

While no decision was made on what to do with the Anchors Aweigh program, Zastawny agreed that now is the time to talk about whether or not the city wants to continue the program, or charge for the programs next year.

MARINA DESIGN PRESENTED

A redesign of Jeffersonville’s marina reconstruction project was presented to the parks authority Monday.

Jorge Lanz, president of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz Inc., and Josh Darby, project engineer with the firm, offered up the revised plans that included 51 stationary wooden docks, that would be single slips, angled about 15 degrees and includes a a deflecting pier that extends out into the Ohio River, which would also serve as a fishing pier for the public.

The project is subject to approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lanz said. Those permits for the project have been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“That dictates the entire schedule for this project,” he said of the corps permit approval. “I know the mayor is anxious to get it under construction for next year, we think that’s doable.”

At the request of the corps, Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz combined the marina request with a second request the engineering firm had already submitted. The request would allow the city to move the RiverStage slightly downstream to center it with the Terrace Lawn. A large screen requested on the back of the RiverStage has been removed from that request.

Questions again persisted about the viability of repairing and making the more than 50 slips available to new boaters.

“Has there been an economic fiscal study done about this to see if we can get it filled?” Sellers asked. “Because I think the worst thing we could do is have [these] docks and not get them filled,” she said.

Sellers also offered her concerns about what the city will charge the boat owners to park their boats in Jeffersonville.

“We do know [right now] we are the cheapest game in town,” said Jeffersonville Parks Director Paul Northam.

He added that 32 slips are occupied now and a total of 51 slips will be available. Northam added there are people that are on a waiting list for the docks despite having area where they could build a dock now; however, many do not want to build their own dock.

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