Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mayor Ballard, Councillor Cain Solicit Feedback on RebuildIndy Residents share ideas for project prioritization, Mayor listens

Mayor Greg Ballard this evening hosted the latest in a series of forums for public input on the RebuildIndy program. Joined by City-County Councillor Ginny Cain, Mayor Ballard shared his vision for drastic infrastructure improvements through RebuildIndy.

“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.”

RebuildIndy is 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.

Councillor Cain listened as residents shared their ideas for improvements in their neighborhoods.

“It is important to me to hear feedback from our neighborhoods. As a member of the City-County Council, it is my priority to meet with our residents to learn their needs,” said Councillor Cain. “RebuildIndy gives us a once-in-a-generation chance to make significant improvements to our infrastructure. I appreciate having had the opportunity to host this forum with Mayor Ballard and value the feedback of those who participated.”

The transfer of the water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group was approved by the City-County Council at the end of July. If it is approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), the City will invest more than $425 million into the RebuildIndy program. This is in addition to the $88 million already committed for transportation improvements.

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