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November 8, 2012

Jeffersonville Drainage Board approves $30,000 for watershed study

JEFFERSONVILLE — Part of the funding to pay for a watershed study related to the Cane Run and Mill Creek pump stations was approved at the Jeffersonville Drainage Board meeting Wednesday night.

Before Jeffersonville and Clarksville agreed to move forward on a plan to replace or rehabilitate the two pump stations, an agreement was reached to do a more in-depth watershed study in order to refine the construction plans.

At a Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District meeting in late-October, the board chose Strand Associates to complete the watershed study. Along with agreeing to pay a portion of the costs, the joint flood control board planned to ask both the town of Clarksville and the Jeffersonville Drainage Board to pay a portion of the watershed study expenses. The district also agreed to issue bonds for the project at an amount of up to $7.5 million at an August meeting.

But when the initial estimate of the costs were offered to the flood control district at its October meeting, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore offered concern over the estimated costs of $120,000 to $150,000.

At the drainage board meeting Wednesday, Roddy Williams, senior vice president at Strand Associates, explained the purpose of the study and a revise goal for the costs.

“Our goal will to be evaluate where they should be located, elevation and size of those pump stations,” he said. “We met with the mayor, the chairman of the board and the attorney last week and defined some goals and how we’re going to proceed with this project. The mayor had made a statement the budget that we’re shooting for the overall project study will be $90,000. So, that’s what we’re shooting for.”

Subsequently, the Jeffersonville board approved a not-to-exceed amount of $30,000 to pay for the watershed study.

The remaining costs are expected to be split between Clarksville and the flood control district.

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