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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Greenway Resident Input Meeting

As we've been reading in the paper, funding to continue the progress of the Ohio River Greenway project is back on track, and work will soon begin anew.
To those who have followed the efforts of Mr. Al Goodman and the restoration of the Moser Tannery buildings, along with the Loop Island Wetlands Conservatory, you will recognize that the pending Greenway work is integrel to his project.
I urge everyone who is interested in seeing the Mr. Goodwin's efforts realized, as well as revitalization of our riverfront, and the opportunities it will present, to attend this meeting and voice your opinions.

A public forum to discuss the New Albany Greenway and gather input from residents will be held on on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 6-7:30pm at The Grand, 138 West Market Street, New Albany. Ms. Valla Ann Bolovschak, recently appointed to the Ohio River Greenway Commission by Governor Mitch Daniel, will host the meeting. Please bring your comments, suggestions and questions in writing for submission to the Army
Corp of Engineers and the Greenway Commission.

The Greenway Commission will be focusing on New Albany in 2006 so we encourage
Floyd County residents to attend, but all others are welcome. Drafts of the Greenway plans are now available for review at your local library.

For those who cannot attend, please mail your comments to Ms. Bolovschak,
600 East Main Street, New Albany IN 47150 or e-mail them to
info@admiralbicknell.com by November 25th, 2005.


  • Everyone should attend the Greenway discussion meeting at the Grand on Tuesday evening.

    The Greenway Commission will be spending millions of our federal dollars on this project.

    I compliment Valla Ann on setting up this public discussion meeting for the residents of New Albany.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:11 PM, November 21, 2005  

  • Goodman, then Goodwin.

    Hey moderator, howzabout some editin' of yer mistakes?

    Oh, wait -- you're never wrong.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:54 PM, November 21, 2005  

  • The Bush administration's former budget director

    Mitch Daniels, was known as an aggressive advocate for Corps reform who cast a skeptical eye on its budget requests.

    "The Army Corps of Engineers has a very large budget, and it has grown a lot over recent years," Daniels, now the governor of Indiana, said. "To the extent there's been any limitation of [the Corps'] budget, it has to do with previous tendencies to build marinas and things that don't have much to do with preparing us for disaster."

    From the following , http://envirovaluation.org

    now given the the governor's track record in trying to slash the corps budget and his apparent distaste for non-disaster corp projects, can we expect that his appointee has the same philosophy regarding the greenway?

    jist my pinion

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:40 PM, November 22, 2005  

  • A Taxpayers point of view.

    Ms. Valla Ann Bolovschak was an excellent moderator this evening.

    She explained to all of us in attends tonight she was very new at the job on the Greenway Commission.

    But was very interested in hearing what everyone had to say. From questions, to opinions, as well as past history from one of the previous Greenway Commissioners.

    As always Ms. Bolovschak which to me showed alot of real character as a new Greenway Commissioner.

    Could stand before us and want our thoughts and ideas as well as our questions.

    And finally we were being told by someone like Ms. Bolovschak she didn't have all the answers but truly wanted feedback from all of us.

    Much discussion about the involvement of the Corp of Engineers.

    The various bridges. Walking paths and possiable plaques along the Greenway to tell the History of New Albany and Floyd County.

    And of course I can't forget all the comments on the trolly's.

    Like one of the local resident say "It is time for all of us" to stop talking and get things done.

    Also from the comments of one of the previous Greenway Commission members It would be nice to have a public park with tables and benches for picnics. And playground equipment for all the children in some areas along the river.

    And also was mentioned in many years of this projects of the Greenway Project it was the first time ever of this type of forum in New Albany.

    Ms. Bolovschak we do need more forums like this that you presented for us tonight in the future.

    My personal concerns was the fact:
    We have 3 openings now in the floodwall at New Albany. There are gates to close these openings in case of high water.

    One of my other concerns also would be is why would you cut tunnels in the floodwall?

    Some one had mentioned a $3 million dollar price tag for another opening.

    My thoughts on the matter is if you have the money, then, why don't you use that money to clean up and make the current openings more attractive?

    Also another concern was who would be there on guard for safety and security when I walk through the tunnel?

    As well as who would be responsible to clean and maintain these tunnels?

    And believe me Ms. Bolovschak was taking alot of notes and most of all listening to what each and every person their had to say.

    Boy was it a great feeling to actually have someone who is listening for a change.

    Ms. Valla Ann Bolovschak: Thank You for giving us your time. And sharing your knowledge, explaining the different Phases of the Greenway.

    And truly listening to the many voices of the people of New Albany.

    No one who attended the forum last night could have left without realizing your heart is truly in the Greenway Project.

    And we the many Citizens of New Albany will know you are truly representing all of us.

    And most of all Thank You Ms. Valla Ann Bolovchak for listening and giving us all a voice.

    By Anonymous VICKI DENHART, at 1:37 AM, November 23, 2005  

  • Congrats to Valla Ann for what I hear was an exceptional evening at the Grand.
    Unfortunately, other committments prohibited my attendance, but I will be sending my comments along by mail, as can anyone else who was unable to attend last night.
    We look forward to hearing more comments about the Greenway project.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 2:13 AM, November 23, 2005  

  • Great ideas came out about potentials. Good work. Thanks for listening to the citizens.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 PM, November 24, 2005  

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