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March 8, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For March 9-10

CHEERS

... to the city of Jeffersonville for moving forward with developing a pedestrian and bicycle masterplan.

The plan, passed Monday by the city council, is largely based around the anticipated completion of the Big Four Bridge — which should happen in June when the Indiana ramp to the bridge opens in Jeffersonville.

That part is great. I can’t wait for the Big Four to completely open so walkers and bikers can move with ease — and take in the great views — on the bridge between the downtowns of Jeffersonville and Louisville.

What’s better, the end goal of the improved accessibility will tie to bicycle and pedestrian paths on both sides of the river. In Indiana, the pedestrian and bicycle plan will look to connect to the Ohio River Greenway, which will link Jeffersonville to Clarksville and eventually New Albany. The plans would also connect Jeffersonville to Utica and across the river to Louisville’s network of bicycle and pedestrian paths.

Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin said the city has received a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to develop the masterplan that totals $43,000. The city’s matching money to receive the grant is $7,000, $5,000 of which has already been secured from the Pioneering Healthy Communities Task Force.

And being healthy physically and mentally is only part of the benefit. Another is financial health, as hiking and biking trails boost quality-of-life, which helps attract young professionals — and businesses — to the area.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

JEERS

... to the Jeffersonville Drainage Board for voting to table a claim asking for payment on a far-too-expensive TV the city recently purchased.

The board on Tuesday raised questions about sharing the cost of the 70-inch, $2,119 television with the sewer board and redevelopment commission, two boards which have approved paying for the city’s purchase.

The TV hangs in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall and will be used to display images and plans during meetings for several boards or the administration.

I have no problem with that. It’s vital to use images to accurately describe projects or concepts.

But, a TV costing more than $2,100? That’s more than a bit excessive.

Just this week, I saw a commercial advertising a 60-inch TV for $1,600 at a rent-to-own establishment — you know, the stores that tend to charge quite a bit more than big-box or online retailers.

Speaking of online vendors, the city could have searched Amazon and found a 60-inch Samsung TV for $839.

I realize those aren’t 70-inch models, but is the difference in the size of the two really worth paying an extra $1,300? It’s not to me.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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