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New roads and parks are part of Jeffersonville mayor's plan

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The mayor of Jeffersonville presented a new plan for the city on Tuesday, including new parks for kids to play in and new roads to relieve drivers' delays.

Mayor Mike Moore offered an optimistic State of the City speech to the Jeffersonville Rotary Club Tuesday.  "I want to improve family life in Jeffersonville, I want to keep taxes low, and I want people to want to come to Jeff," he said.

He revealed pictures and plans of a Jeffersonville that you wouldn't even recognize, with a new marina and fishing pier along the Ohio River.

This construction becomes Big Four Station, a park at the base of the bridge comparable to Louisville's waterfront.  Plus, Falls Landing will be built around a storm water retention pond on 9th Street, and Allison Brook Park will house a seven-acre lake.

"All of these projects are no longer dreams," the mayor said.  "They're about to become a reality."  He also called for upgrading 10th Street.

The mayor pointed to Amazon and more than 1000 new jobs at the River Ridge Commerce Park as a need for infrastructure and economic development.

But Ed Zastawney of Jeffersonville City Council responded, "There are some projects that seem really good and others that don't seem to make sense."

After a fight with his estranged wife at City Hall, the mayor stands at odds with his city council.  In fact, only one council member attended his speech.  They've asked the state to investigate purchases Moore made on the city's credit card.

One idea from the mayor is to turn an old used car lot into the site of a new fire museum that's currently housed in New Albany. He's asking the Redevelopment Commission to designate a portion of downtown an arts district.  The city council has to sign off on that, as well.

"I support an arts museums district. The important thing is you have to do it in a plan," Zastawney says....What I saw happening was 50-year, one-dollar leases and no plan."

Mayor Moore says, "I got three years left as a mayor.  I don't want to sped it fighting with the city council.  Let's get these projects going."

One thing the city council and Mayor Moore have already agreed on is a new police department for Jeffersonville.  Plans are to break ground this spring.

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