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mayorThis time of year always makes me appreciate one of our City's most beautiful assets – the Ohio River. Looking around Jeff this summer, it's easy to see how much our city has changed. People are walking around Jeff with smiles on their faces. Families are walking and biking on the Big Four Bridge, kids are playing on the playground at Big Four Station Park and it seems like there's always something exciting going on at the RiverStage. I love going to the Friday night concerts and seeing crowds of people listening to the
11060260 979545615437156 7082560489639139941 nperformances, shopping and dining in our downtown.

For Jeffersonville Goes Country 2015, the RiverStage welcomed the largest crowd ever! Between 11,000 and 12,000 people came to see headliners Maddie and Tae with special guests Love & Theft. 

One of the projects I'm most excited about this summer is Fisherman's Wharf. You can see the progress as the new marina is taking shape. Construction is underway and is planned to be completed by this October. People will be able to dock, shop and dine in our Downtown.

With the recent severe weather, I'm especially thankful for our police officers and firefighters for their willingness to protect our city. I swore in a new Police Officer and four new Fire Fighters at a ceremony in City Hall on August 10th. We're grateful for their service.

Mayor Mike Moore


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Unexpected Art in Jeffersonville: Serendipitous and Site Specific!

The ‘UnexpectedArtProject’ aims to enliven a small area of each of the six districts within our community. The idea is to transform locations that normally might be overlooked but with site- specific creations, the locations are turned into small gems of unexpected public art!  This art elevates awareness and is not meant to alter reality, but instead expose what is already around us and make us feel much more a part of it. The Public Art Commission invites the public to locate, discover and share the 6 unexpected outdoor art pieces created by artist Cheryl Ulrich Barnett!

barnettArtist Cheryl Ulrich Barnett was selected out of a dozen submissions. The Public Art Commission felt that not only was her concept intriguing but her sketches were playful yet powerful. Cheryl is a ceramic artist out of Floyds Knobs. The pieces that she has created for this project were all completed in a high fire clay body and fired to a temperature that will enable them to withstand the outdoor elements.

Cheryl's Statement–

Water. I think about it a lot. Is there too much? Is there too little?

 Will we ever experience a drought? How else can I conserve water? How is climate change affecting something that most of us take for granted until it is in short supply?

 Even with this concern, I never thought about the many layers of impact that a water shortage could have on our lives and the people around the world who already face with these tough conditions. The recent crisis in California has brought these issues more into the spotlight for our nation and its people.

 According to the World Wildlife Federation, water covers 70% of our planet. Only 3% of the world's water is fresh water that makes up what we drink, bathe in and irrigate our farm fields with—and two-thirds of that is frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use. 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year.

 With almost one fifth of the world's population (about 1.2 billion people) living in areas where water is physically scarce, momentum is needed now to begin change. Even in areas like Kentuckiana, where it is mostly assumed that water is abundant and cheap, awareness of water efficiency and conservation practices is important. The discussions need to begin now and gain momentum while water is still plentiful. One way of increasing the momentum for discussion, water efficiency, conservation and new and innovative ideas is to educate adults and children about the many ways that water impacts lives. In doing so, awareness and efforts can begin now.

The 6 main areas where water greatly impacts our lives:

  • Economy/commerce
  • Food supply/agriculture
  • Health
  • Education
  • Wildlife
  • Nature
  • The medium for all of these is ceramic, glazed and fired to cone 6.
  • The pieces are made to a scale that is on a personal level. This is intended to draw the viewer in to consider each piece and how water impacts each of the areas of their lives.

We as a society should never assume that we are immune to a water shortage in the city or county we live in. The time is now, while water in our area is plentiful to get the momentum going, raise awareness and improve attitudes about water and conservation.


natureWhen water becomes scarce, natural landscapes often lose out. Besides the loss of the beauty of the natural landscape, it can also cause ecological catastrophes that have long term effects on populations and the health of ecosystems.




Access to safe water has an economic impact. Water scarcity can cause situations where adults and students can't attend work because they have to spend their days looking for water.econ-commerce

A low supply of water can effect all kinds of businesses such as restaurants, hotels and shopping places, manufacturing, commercial farms, and mining processes, just to name a few. If economic activities or education can't occur due to lack of water, people will be in constant poverty.


FOOD supplyWe all understand the vital importance of food for our survival. A lesser water supply will create greater impacts on our food supply creating lower crop yields and growing demand.
If given the choice that you only have a limited amount of water and your food supply is dwindling, which would you choose....water your lawn or use the water to grow a weeks worth of food?
Even though water is plentiful in our area currently, now is the time to allow these ideas to gain momentum to begin taking steps to insure our future water resources are secure.



Inadequate sanitation is a problem when there is a water shortage. Diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, and other water-borne illnesses can spread quickly. Many people, mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases alone.health
In many developing countries, people are forced to drink low quality water from flowing streams, many of which are contaminated. Simple rain catchers can help gather what little rain that does fall.
According to various websites, water scarcity causes huge sanitation issues for a society and its clinics, restaurants, public places, health staff and health facilities. A lot of water is required for optimal health benefits.


eduMost of us never even consider that a shortage of water could have an impact on education.
Many websites concerned with water shortages document that in various parts of the world, women and children have to wake up at dawn and walk miles to collect water for the family. This can often cause children to miss school. In other parts of the world, women aren't allowed to go to school because they must serve the family needs and when water is in low supply, that need becomes the greatest for daily survival.



wildlifeWhen water is plentiful and clean, animals will come to rivers, lakes and streams to drink and in doing so their presense will be evident by their tracks. If the water supplies dry up, the animals will disapper and so will their impact and contribution to a healthy ecosystem.
According to the WWF, many of the water systems that support ecosystems have become stressed. Rivers, lakes and aquifers are drying up or becoming too polluted to use.
Climate change is altering patterns of weather and water around the world.
An unhealthy ecosystem affects not just humans, but every living thing on this earth.


Where are these fantastic pieces? That's for you to LOCATE, DISCOVER & SHARE –
Check out the attached "Riddle Handout" to begin exploring!




Aquatic CenterThe Aquatic Center & Skate Park features a 6-lane, 50-meter outside competition pool, a 6-lane, 25 yard competition and lap pool, zero depth entry family play pool, a new sprayground, two water slides, large deck for sun bathing, full service concessions, separate family locker room, paved walking trail, and a skate park.

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Shop-Local 2There's no place like home for the holidays, and nothing makes Jeffersonville more feel like home than our locally owned businesses. Show your support for our area businesses this holiday season by doing all of your holiday shopping right here in Jeff.

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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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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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