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mayorFIX THE PROBLEM OR CUT SEWER RATES

Now is the time to move forward with our plan to comply with a federal mandate to fix sewer overflows in the Ohio River. If we aren't going to the fix the problem, then the residents of Jeffersonville deserve a break.

I'm concerned that some city officials advocate either scraping or delaying the city's plan. People were told they had to pay higher sewer bills so the city could comply with the EPA mandate. It's unfair to keep those sewer rates in place if we aren't going to move forward with the projects that we said we were going to do.

If the city does not move forward with the project, I propose the City Council reduce existing sewer rates by 20% along with the delaying of next year's scheduled rate hike.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring that Jeffersonville decrease the amount of sewage that overflows into the Ohio River, which the city plans to do through a combined sewer overflow interceptor, or a large pipe, placed underground.

In 2009, the City Council raised sewer rates through five phases beginning in 2011 and ending next year. This was done before I came into office in January 2012.

I don't support raising sewer rates anymore. I do support doing what we promised to do – fix the problem in the most cost efficient manner. But residents shouldn't have to keep paying higher sewer bills while we do nothing.

I am confident that the city has the financial means to pay for the proposed interceptor project without raising sewer rates beyond those already approved by the City Council. An analysis conducted this past summer by the city's financial advisor, Umbaugh and Associates, demonstrates there's enough money to finance the $44 million project.

The sooner we act the sooner we can get out from under the EPA. I see no benefit in waiting and studying the issue while residents pay higher sewer bills.

Mayor Mike Moore

City of Jeffersonville Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

City of Jeff Receiving 2014 IEDC Award Ribbon bronze 2The City of Jeffersonville received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of Neighborhood Development for communities with populations of 25,000 - 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 20, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 19-22, in Fort Worth, Texas.

"The Big Four Bridge project is keeping Jeffersonville's economic development a trending headline. I am thrilled that our city continues to win awards that showcase what a great place Jeffersonville is to live, work and play," said Mayor Mike Moore. "Now we have a trifecta of awards that includes the Primacy of Place award from Ball State University; the 2014 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Community Achievement Award and the IEDC Award. We've got momentum on our side and more progress is on our horizon," Moore continued.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org

In the photo attached is The City of Jeffersonville Team receiving the award in Fort Worth Texas with IEDC members flanking left and right. 2nd from left in the picture is Kelly Phillips,

Director of Neighborhood and Business Development, City of Jeffersonville; followed by Rob Waiz, Economic and Redevelopment Director, City of Jeffersonville; followed by DeLynn Draper-Rutherford, Grant Administrator, City of Jeffersonville.

STEAMBOAT DAYS

steamboat 2After 15 years, the City of Jeffersonville is proudly bringing back Steamboat Days! The festivities will be held October 17th-19th, 2014 in conjunction with the Belle of Louisville's 100th Birthday Celebration. Come for music, food, arts, steamboats and family!  Learn about the benefits of sponsoring below. 

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RIVERSTAGE

riverstage_logoThe RiverStage is Southern Indiana's premier outdoor entertainment venue. The 2014 events schedule will again include Broadway on the River, Rolling Out the Weekend concerts and Twilight Cinema, all free to the public. In June Jeffersonville will host the fourth annual Smokin' On The River, a BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival. Find out more on the RiverStage's new website.

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JEFF MAIN STREET

mainstreetJeffersonville Main Street Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to continue the revitalization of the commercial and residential districts of downtown Jeffersonville. Be sure to check out their website for information about upcoming community events, the Jeffersonville Farmers Market, Concerts in the Park, and other news.

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JEFF PARKS DEPT

The Jeffersonville Parks Department has a great lineup of programs and activities for all ages! The new website features bios on every park in Jeffersonville as well as events and activities.

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