Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mayor Ballard, Councillor Day to Hold Third Public Forum on RebuildIndy Program

Join Mayor Greg Ballard and Councillor Susie Day at the third in a series of public forums to preview the RebuildIndy program, the City’s initiative to rebuild deteriorating thoroughfares, residential streets, sidewalks, and bridges, as well as address neighborhood drainage and flooding issues and demolish unsalvageable abandoned homes that pose a public safety threat to neighborhoods. Infrastructure improvements will create local jobs and ultimately increase public safety for neighborhoods and residents, which supports Mayor Ballard’s commitment to make Indianapolis a more livable city.

“The time to act on our city’s failing infrastructure is now. Too many Indianapolis residents experience neighborhood flooding during heavy rains and flat tires due to crumbling roads,” said Mayor Ballard. “Our city has a unique opportunity to improve our future with one of the largest infrastructure investments in the city’s history. Crumbling streets, sidewalks and bridges that have required attention for decades will finally receive much-needed improvements.”

If the transfer of the water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group is approved, the city will invest more than $425 million into this program. This is in addition to the $88 million already committed for transportation upgrades.

Planned projects for neighboring council districts will be showcased. These include: district 16 (B. Mahern), district 19 (D. Mahern), district 20 (Day), district 23 (Cardwell), district 24 (Speedy), and district 25 (Freeman).

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