Input sought on former golf property

By CANDY NEAL
Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — Jasper officials want to know what people think should be done with the almost 60 acres of former Jasper Country Club property the city now owns.

They and the property advisory team charged with formulating suggestions for the property will lead a public input session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at KlubHaus 61, 1 Country Club Drive. The building used to be the country club’s clubhouse.

KlubHaus 61 sits next to the land that is the subject of the meeting, west of U.S. 231 and south of Schuetter Road.

Mayor Terry Seitz said the meeting will run in a similar fashion to the public input session on the downtown/riverfront master plan held in early April.

“This is to get the public’s input and learn more about what the expectations are,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

In April, the city purchased the land from Club Management of Dubois County for $1,030,610, using money from the city’s rainy day fund.

Officials will repay the fund by selling underutilized city-owned properties: the 30-acre Bockelman property along Mill Street north of Municipal Golf Course, the 19-acre Lechner property near Lechner and Gregory lanes, the 13-acre 30th Street Park and 10 acres northwest of St. Charles Street and Truman Road.

At Wednesday’s meeting, CityVisions of Louisville and Gamble Associates of Boston will present the information they have collected through interviews, focus group discussions and their walk-through of the land as well as surrounding property.

“They will present what they’ve learned, and then have options for the public to weigh in on,” Seitz said.

The public will be asked for ideas on how the land should be used, including facilities, green space and trails. Those in attendance will receive clickers to vote on various questions.

“It’s important to have the public’s input,” Seitz said. “That’s why we engage so many different entities, like the library, the arts, the schools. When it’s said and done, we want to hear those voices.”

Those groups as well as others representing different segments of the community have representatives on the 19-member advisory team.

“What we can do now as a city is listen and engage,” Seitz said. “There could be things that come up from the public that maybe we didn’t think about.”

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.




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