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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

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Rate Insurance Study

Communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program have established repositories of flood hazard data for floodplain management and flood insurance purposes.

The City of Jeffersonville has received from FEMA the Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Clark County and Incorporated Areas for review and comment before the final adoption of the maps.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will host a Flood Risk Information Open House on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Clark County Government Building, Conference Room, 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130.  The Open House will provide Clark County residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

The Open House will be staffed with representatives from various local, state and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Clark County.  The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display.  Once the maps become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making.

Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community.  For more information, contact John Devine, FEMA Region V Program Specialist, at (312) 408-5567 or Marge Dworak, FEMA Region V Outreach Specialist, at (312) 408-5527.

FEMAS’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The general public is invited to review the preliminary floodplain map and learn about risks in their community.  Those interested may drop in at any time during the event to talk one-on-one with FEMA and Indiana Department of Natural Resources representatives.

Printed copies can be viewed at the City’s Building Commissioner’s office, City Engineer’s office or on-line at the links below.   

If you have any questions, please contact:

Deb Ashack, Stormwater Coordinator, at 812-280-3885

Russ Seagraves, Building Commissioner, at 812- 285-6412 

If you wish to view the printed copies, please call ahead to assure someone is available to help.  The City Engineer’s office can be reached at 812-285-6476.

Clark County Flood Insurance Study (FEMA, Revised Preliminary: August 31st, 2012)


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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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