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March 21, 2013

Council to vote on proposed Stonecrest apartment project

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany City Council is slated to hold a work session on a proposed 288-unit apartment complex off Grant Line Road this evening prior to voting on a zoning ordinance for the project. 

On March 4, the council approved on first reading permitting SDR Development to construct what would be known as the Stonecrest apartment complex on a 15-acre tract near Grant Line Elementary School. The complex would include 625 parking places as planned, which is an amount that caused some council members to question the impact the development could have on flooding in the area. 

SDR Development President Don Theineman said his company is willing to re-examine the plan with city officials. 

“If it needs less parking, we need to address it that way,” he told the council. 

The ordinance will require three ballots for approval, and was OK’d on first reading 5-2. 

 

FEE CHANGES PROPOSED FOR ANIMAL SHELTER

An ordinance to be introduced this evening would slightly increase boarding and health care fees for New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter services. 

Under the measure, the price to board an animal at the shelter would rise from $5 to $7.50 per day. The health care fee — which covers medicines and vaccinations administered to animals collected by the shelter — would increase from $15 to $17.50. 

The sponsor of the ordinance, Councilman John Gonder, said Wednesday the increase in fees should help with funding for the shelter. 

“It’s always a tough budget for them,” he said.  

Feline and dog adoption fees would not be raised under the ordinance, nor would the costs for licensing pets, which is required in Floyd County. 

Shelter employees said due to the rising prices of medicine, the increase in fees would essentially help the department recoup its costs for purchasing the supplies. 

 

PAVING BOND STILL TABLED

Though the council had discussed taking action on the matter this month, a paving bond resolution is still listed as tabled for tonight’s meeting. 

The proposal to pay off a bond for paving with Economic Development Income Tax revenue was tabled last month, as some council members questioned whether borrowing $5.7 million for resurfacing was wise. 

Councilman Scott Blair said the city could commit $2 million annually toward paving from EDIT without having to borrow money. 

This evening’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor Assembly Room of the City-County Building.

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