JEFFERSONVILLE — Dustin White, Jeffersonville City Council member and chairman of the city's Urban Enterprise Association, has tendered his resignation from Jeff's UEA.
On Monday, White submitted his resignation via email to City Council President Ed Zastawny and Nathan Pruitt, Jeffersonville's planning director and executive director of the JUEA.
The News and Tribune became aware of the situation and requested a copy of the resignation letter from White. The text of the letter, as written, appears below.
Dear Council President Zastawny and Executive Director Nathan Pruitt,
For the past seven and a half years, I have had the pleasure of serving as, first Mayoral then, Council Appointed Board Member and Chairman of the Urban Enterprise Association; which governs the Urban Enterprise Zone. I would like to thank the Board Members, past and present, for their service and for helping to continue the revitalization of the Zone for the benefit of the Zone residents/businesses, community at large and those that seek downtown Jeffersonville as their destination.
From the LouVelo Bike Share, the Downtown Tree Walk, Spring Street Enhancement, and Marriott Town Place Suites, to Jeff Main Street, Farm-to-Table Dinner, Progressive Dinner, Fresh Market and all the businesses and non-profits we have help along the way, we did the work we volunteered our time to do. As the Budget is in place, and many projects planned over the next seven months, it is time for me to resign and take a step back after such a long tenure.
As such, I request the City Council fill the vacancy left by my resignation.
Dustin T. White, Esq.
City Councilman-District 1
White and the JUEA recently have become embroiled in a controversy related to the sale of city-owned property at Spring and Market streets in downtown Jeffersonville.
On Wednesday, the JUEA conducted what White believed was an improper meeting because not enough notice was given to board members due to the Memorial Day holiday. "Anything [the board] did [Wednesday] isn't valid," he said Wednesday night.
During that meeting, board members who were present voted unanimously to approve a resolution to take legal action to stop the sale of the property at Market and Spring streets to Alan Muncy's ARC Property Investment LLC. JUEZ board members also passed a non-binding vote of no-confidence in then-chairman White.
According to the development agreement, the deal would be voided if the Jeffersonville City Council denied tax credits for the property, which it did during a May 20 meeting.
However, White closed on the property with Muncy on May 23.
White, who did not attend Wednesday's JUEA meeting, said later that "I felt it was my duty to in good faith execute the contract that had been approved by the board and signed by me."
Now, the future of the property is in limbo and the JUEA is without a chairman.