Grant Line Road Contractor Fined $3000 Per Day for Missed Schedule

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The contractor completing the Grant Line Road Improvement Project is currently being fined by the city $3000 per day for failing to meet the scheduled completion date.

The contractual date for completion of the project was June 18, 2019. Beginning June 19, the city has fined the contractor $3000 per day for failing to complete the project, per contractual agreements. Starting August 18th, if the project is still not completed, fines are increased to $5000/day.

Since these fines have been initiated, the city has seen increased activity from the contractor and crews along Grant Line Road.

“We will continue to insist on a timely completion of the work, and ensure that the work is of the highest quality,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Flood Prevention Project Set to Begin

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Last year was the heaviest rainfall year on record, and things do not look to be slowing down in the upcoming years. Recent weather models predict increased rainfall over the next few decades for the Midwest.

One area of the city that is prone to flooding is the intersection of Scribner and Elm Streets, just off the I-64 exit.

Crews will begin a project on Monday (August 5th) evening that will replace the current stormwater system in that area, increasing capacity, and alleviating flooding in the area. The current stormwater system at that intersection is simply not large enough to handle the type of rains that we have been getting.

Most of the heavy work on the project is expected to be completed during night hours to avoid disruption to traffic. Some lane shifts are expected while work is ongoing. The project is expected to take three (3) weeks to complete.

“The construction site will be a little inconvenient, but the flooding will not be an issue in the future. Thanks in advance for your patience,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Mayor Gahan Recaps Recent Developments at Site on Silver Creek

Reports Friday identified two people squatting in an illegal wooden structure on public property along Silver Creek in New Albany.  Several agencies have investigated the situation.  After inspection of the structure and site, it was determined to be unsafe and unsanitary.

Their personal belongings were returned, and the unsanitary and unsafe structure has been demolished.  The City, working in cooperation with the New Albany Township Trustee, which aids those in need, offered them temporary housing.  In addition, several other outreach organizations have been assisting and temporary housing has been arranged. 

Please see previous posts and public communications concerning this matter: https://newalbanycityhall.com/home/2019/7/28/mayor-gahan-provides-information-about-homeless-assistance-in-new-albany?fbclid=IwAR3H-VqPZoxAJ419kvDlgwZ2mGNU1D7mYlqbOgBfV-6qZho0nJv8K6ZVSKI

Mayor Gahan Provides Information About Homeless Assistance in New Albany

New Albany has a long history of being a city of industry and compassion, and we are well positioned to carry these traditions forward. Today’s Courier—Journal brings to light the situation of two people who are in need of support and a safe and secure roof over their heads. As always, the city will work with Homeless Coalition members, the New Albany Housing Authority, and other affiliated organizations to meet their needs.

Link to Courier Journal article: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/floyd/2019/07/27/homeless-camp-remains-after-new-albany-nearly-clears/1846883001/

We appreciate and hear the concerns of organizations mentioned in the Courier-Journal article, including Exit 0 and Hip Hop Cares. However, building codes, zoning ordinances, and other laws do not permit the construction of unsafe structures to be used for shelter in the woods, in parks, or in the public right-of-way.

The city of New Albany is the host of the largest public housing compound in the state of Indiana, outside of Gary, Indiana. For a city our size, it is one of the largest in the United States. With over 1100 units, the New Albany Housing Authority dwarfs all others in southern Indiana, having more than Jeffersonville, Clarksville, Charlestown, Sellersburg, and Corydon combined. New Albany is doing more than its share to provide for the homeless, even while facing budget cuts from the federal government. Due to those federal cuts, the New Albany Housing Authority has been shorted over $130 million in maintenance costs alone.

If you, or someone you know, lives in New Albany and needs help finding shelter, please contact one of the following partner agencies to receive assistance:

Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana: (812) 913-5179

New Albany Housing Authority: (812) 948-2319

New Albany Township Trustee’s Office: (812) 948-5498

More Summer Fun in New Albany

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There are lots of ways to have fun this weekend in New Albany! Here are a few upcoming events that you won’t want to miss.

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Children’s Theatre at the Riverfront Amphitheater

SHOW DATES: July 11, 12, 18, 19, 20. All shows begin at 7:30 pm. (201 E Water Street)

Theatreworks EDU, the educational arm of Theatreworks, will be performing both Disney’s The Lion King Kids and Seussical Jr. at the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater. Casts will perform both shows each night.

Special thanks to the following sponsors: Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, City of New Albany, and Mayor Jeff Gahan.

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Bicentennial Park Summer Concerts return with Appalatin!

Friday, July 12th: 6:30-9:30 at Bicentennial Park (118 E Spring Street)

On Friday evening, Appalatin brings their mix of Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music to Bicentennial Park. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Americana band Grizzly Goat will open.

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Schmitt Furniture 83rd Birthday Bash

Saturday, July 13 from 8pm-11pm at the Riverfront Amphitheater (201 E Water Street)

Schmitt Furniture will be celebrating their 83rd birthday with a huge BIRTHDAY BASH at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Local favorites the Juice Box Heroes will be performing. Local food and beverage vendors will be on hand. The concert is free to attend. Come on down and enjoy some great music on the riverfront and help celebrate this iconic local business!

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River Run Family Waterpark

Open 7 days a week from 11am-7pm.

This weekend is set to be a hot one, and what better way to beat the heat than by visiting River Run Family Waterpark? More information available at: https://www.nariverrun.com/

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