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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

Artists Sought for Public Art Projects

let_there_be_art_page_banneThe City of Jeffersonville is Seeking Qualified Artists for Public Art Projects throughout the City.  Earlier this year the City formed the Jeffersonville Public Art Committee (JPAC) which is a five person board comprised of a City Council representative, a local art teacher, Director of Planning and Zoning, Director of Jeffersonville Main Street, and a local resident.  This body is currently seeking a Public Art Administrator to oversee future projects.  In the meantime, JPAC would like to get several highly visible projects started.   It’s anticipated that funding will become available for several of these projects during the summer of 2013.  A budget will be established in the near future based on the response received from this RFQ.  There are currently 3 types of projects Jeffersonville’s Public Art Committee are considering:

1.Functional/integrated works – The Jeffersonville Public Art Committee is interested in hearing from artists who have created artistic bike racks, benches, shelters, and other related art pieces that provide a practical function to public spaces.  These works are primarily needed in the historic downtown, but they could be considered in other parts of the city. 
2.Murals – Jeffersonville has a large flood wall that runs parallel with the river downtown.  The floodwall already has several existing murals on it.  Both the public and city officials have expressed interest in having additional murals created on this wall.  
3.Gateways – JPAC would like to see art integrated into areas outside the downtown such as one or more gateways. 

Project Description
The pieces developed from this project can come from any artist or group of artists.  There is a desire to work with local artists whenever possible.  However, all qualified artists will be considered. 

Art Goals or Criteria
Several goals are desired through this project:
1.Pieces should create a sense of place within the community;
2.Pieces should be highly visible;
3.Pieces should integrate the city’s history where possible; and
4.Streetscape elements should be at a practical scale.

Art Location Description
Functional art is primarily needed in the downtown commercial district to accommodate bicyclist and pedestrians.   It will be considered for other key activity centers.   Murals are currently only being considered for the floodwall downtown.  
Multiple gateways into the city should be considered for a stand-alone piece.   This includes gateways into suburban neighborhoods around the gateway areas including but not limited to Veterans Parkway, Stansifer, Utica Pike, and 265/10th Street.  

Site or Art Location Plans
Detailed site plans are not being requested.  At this time JPAC wants only to evaluate the pool of qualified artists and their past works for potential future projects. Specific site details will be provided to artists chosen to participate.  A general map is attached that shows the city’s downtown area and gateways.   

Budget
Funding for projects will be requested after JPAC has evaluated qualified artists. 

Artist Eligibility
All artists and groups of artists are eligible.  Local artists and artists who have experience interacting with community are encouraged to apply. 

Application Requirements
Please include the following with your application:
•Visual support materials of works relevant to this project (no more than 10 slides, videos no
longer than 10 mins.)
•Annotated lists of previous relevant works
•Statement of interest, often restricted to a number of words (e.g. 200 words)
•Resume or short biography
•Any media coverage of previously completed work
•Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for the return of hardcopy materials

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2013 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Submission Address:
Shane Corbin
500 Quartermaster Court
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
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Selection Process
The JPAC will review all applications, inviting outside experts in related fields (engineering, architectural, etc.) as needed for specific technical input, to formally select the preferred application.  The JPAC will make the final selection.
Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected on the following criteria:
•Strength of past artwork
•Experience working in a public setting
•Experience fabricating and installing permanent artwork
The Jeffersonville Public Arts Committee is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our town in the selection of artists and artwork.  References provided as a part of this application will be contacted prior to artist interviews.
 
Anticipated Project Timeline
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from Artists Announced/Publicized                                   May 15, 2013
Qualifications (RFQ Responses) Due to JPAC                                                                     June 15, 2013
Qualifications (RFQ Responses) Reviewed, Prioritized, Selected                                        July 1 - 8, 2013
Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Arts Projects                                                           July 15, 2013
Proposals (RFP Responses) Due to JPAC                                                                           July 29, 2013
Proposals (RFP Responses) Reviewed, Prioritized, Selected by JPAC                               August 5-12, 2013
JPAC Public Art Projects Begin                                                                                             August 26, 2013  

Resources for Questions
Shane Corbin
500 Quartermaster Court
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone (812) 280-4712
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Click HERE for a copy of the RFQ.

PROPOSALS DUE: 5:00 PM EASTERN TIME ON JUNE 15, 2013

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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