Southern Indiana Realtors Association Endorses NAFCS Referendum

The Southern Indiana Realtors Association has endorsed the proposed New Albany Floyd County Schools Referendum that will be on the ballot this November. If passed, this referendum will bring much needed improvements to nine (9) local schools all while maintaining the current tax rate.

Sara White, President-Elect of SIRA

Sara White, President-Elect of SIRA

“We fully support the NAFCS Referendum which will bring much needed improvements to nine area schools,” stated Sara White, President-elect of the Southern Indiana Realtors Association and managing broker for Semonin Realtors Southern Indiana. “The funds will come at no additional cost to taxpayers and will be used to improve safety and access. Strong schools improve property values which is a win for homeowners with school-aged children and those without. I'm especially excited about the proposal for Prosser, allowing it to grow with the times and help meet the strong demand for workforce development in our community.”

Dr. Bruce Hibbard, NAFCS Superintendent

Dr. Bruce Hibbard, NAFCS Superintendent

“I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Realtor's Association to support the NAFCS referendum,” stated New Albany-Floyd County Schools Superintendent Bruce Hibbard. “Above all, local realtors know the importance of a great education and its positive impact on our children and the greater community. Further, these projects will increase property values while not increasing the cost to tax payers of Floyd County.”

A rendering of the proposed update to Prosser Career Education Center.

A rendering of the proposed update to Prosser Career Education Center.

Prosser Career Education Center will receive a large boost from the referendum, helping bring our nearly 50-year old technology and vocational-training facility into the modern age so that we can continue providing our local students with hands-on job training, practical applications, and workforce placement in a safe environment. Given their age, Green Valley Elementary (built in 1955) and Slate Run Elementary Schools (built in 1963) are set for complete rebuilds. Six other New Albany-Floyd County Schools are also set to receive improvements that will help keep our kids safe while they learn and prepare for the future in modern facilities. By investing in our community schools, we can help solidify and strengthen surrounding neighborhoods for generations to come.

A rendering of the proposed rebuild of Green Valley Elementary.

A rendering of the proposed rebuild of Green Valley Elementary.

A rendering of the proposed rebuild of Slate Run Elementary.

A rendering of the proposed rebuild of Slate Run Elementary.

“I want to thank the Southern Indiana Realtor’s Association for their support of a YES vote for our schools this November,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “As I’ve stated before, a yes vote will bring much needed building renovations and modernization to our schools in Floyd County. Students, residents, and businesses will all share in the benefits. A yes vote keeps the tax rate at the current level while ensuring that New Albany Floyd County Schools remain the scholastic leader in the region."

City Receives $1 Million Grant For Road Improvements

This morning, the City of New Albany was awarded a grant under the State of Indiana’s Community Crossings matching grant fund. The Community Crossings initiative was created earlier this year as a local road and bridge matching grant fund (funds are matched on a 50/50 basis). The grant helps communities with road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance within road projects.

Debra Ault, Program Manager with INDOT Seymour District presents Mayor Gahan with the $1 million grant.

Debra Ault, Program Manager with INDOT Seymour District presents Mayor Gahan with the $1 million grant.

The grant, totaling $1 million, will go towards improving street infrastructure within the city of New Albany. Three projects were submitted by the City of New Albany for consideration in the Community Crossings program: the city-wide paving project, the full reconstruction of Bono Road, and the downtown grid modernization project.

“We are thrilled to receive these funds that will help us continue to improve our infrastructure throughout the city,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Road projects continue to progress throughout the city, with numerous improvements currently undergoing construction. Additionally, the city received the results of a comprehensive street condition analysis that details the status of New Albany roads earlier this week, providing a clear direction to continue improving roadways and accessibility throughout the city.

“This is great timing considering we just received the results of our street condition analysis,” stated Mayor Gahan. “We know that there are road and street improvements that are long overdue. We will continue discussing the need for these improvements with the city council and how we can best improve street and road conditions city-wide over the next five years.”

City Works to Minimize Morning Commute Traffic Congestion During Construction

The City of New Albany and New Albany Police Department are working to address and mitigate traffic congestion on downtown and feeder roadways during the daily morning commute that is caused by several factors such as I-64/I-264 interchange rehabilitation and when traffic accidents occur during the morning drive.

The NAPD has identified four areas where traffic bottle-necking is likely to occur:

  1. W. Main St. at W. 5th St.
  2. W. Spring St. at the I-64 interchange
  3. W. Spring St. at Scribner Av.
  4. Spring St. at State St.

Chief Bailey has stated that officers will respond to these and other locations as needed to ensure a “safe and speedy” commute for everybody. 

Bottleneck areas identified by the NAPD during the morning commute.

Bottleneck areas identified by the NAPD during the morning commute.

Additionally, NAPD Chief Bailey mentioned the following tips to motorists to “ensure the quickest and easiest commute possible.”

  1. Please utilize all available lanes / turn lanes on Spring St. and W. Main St. (Motorists tend to get into the center lane on Spring St. which has a bottleneck effect at the interchange)
  2. Do not block intersections or enter an intersection you cannot obviously clear. This action is not only unlawful but creates more issues after the fact.
  3. Be courteous to fellow drivers by letting others merge when possible.
  4. Follow the instructions of Police Officers.  They are there to help.

“These traffic congestion issues are the product of many factors, including the interchange re-construction and traffic accidents. We are doing our best to ensure that we are reviewing all traffic patterns and how we can best accomodate them during these construction periods. Long-term, we hope that these issues will be mitigated by our Downtown Grid Modernization Project,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Street Sign Improvement Project

An old and fading sign and street post is marked for replacement.

An old and fading sign and street post is marked for replacement.

Noticed any of these around town? Over the past few days, crews have been busy marking certain street signs and posts with an orange marker. 

These signs are being marked for upgrades in order to meet new retro-reflectivity standards. A total of nearly 1800 new signs will be replacing old and faded regulatory and directional signs. Signs to be replaced include stop signs, street names, speed limits, etc.

These new signs will help increase clarity and safety for both pedestrians and drivers. The installation of the new signs is scheduled to begin in late August and should be completed by the end of October.

Summer Celebration

We had a great time at this weekend's Summer Celebration! Thousands came out to celebrate back to school time with some fun music, great local food, and beautiful fireworks.

August 6th, 2016. Summer Celebration at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater.

August 6th, 2016. Summer Celebration at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater.

Local country music favorites WildWood kicked things off with their high-energy set and southern vocal stylings, playing tracks off their 2015 release Leave the Light On along with modern country hits. After their performance, we were joined by the Indiana State Basketball Champion New Albany Bulldogs who thanked the crowd of New Albany faithful for their support on their historic run, before presenting the crowd with the state title trophy, bringing it home for the first time since 1973. After, members of the New Albany Floyd County School urged residents to support the upcoming school referendum that will add improvements for 9 community schools, a measure that Mayor Gahan strongly endorsed after touring the school system earlier this year. A state championship winning choir from our local schools then led us in the National Anthem before the legendary Louisville Crashers took the stage.

WildWood takes the stage.

WildWood takes the stage.

Coach Shannon and New Albany Basketball Players.

Coach Shannon and New Albany Basketball Players.

After the anthem, the Louisville Crashers took the stage and wowed the crowd with their unbelievable take on modern pop music, keeping the crowd dancing and singing their hearts out until it was time for the fireworks. As the time came near, lead singer Mark Maxwell led the crowd in a countdown to the fireworks - and the night sky lit up beautifully on cue.

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated back to school time with us at the 2016 Summer Celebration. We also want to thank our sponsors for the event, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and McBrides Fleet.