City-County Council approves several development projects

The City-County Council Monday night approved several development projects, including an additional $16 million for potholes.

That $16 million is on top of $8 million approved earlier this Spring. Some of the money will go towards not just short-term pothole filling, but full resurfacing of main thoroughfares. No residential streets will be resurfaced under this appropriation. That decision came at the suggestion of the Department of Public Works chief who told the council, "We wanted to get the biggest bang for the buck."

The city cannot get federal funding for smaller projects, according to Councilor Virginia Cain and some of her fellow Republicans. That's why they and the mayor's office want a bigger project, Rebuild Indy 2, which would come with a $350 million price tag.

"We will be able, under Indy 2, to repair level one streets all over the city," explained Cain. "That is why I don't like this Band-Aid approach."

After the meeting, Eyewitness News asked the majority Democrats if they would eventually support the mayor's "Rebuild Indy 2." Counselor Adamson called it fiscally irresponsible but said Democrats are working on their own plan. Council president Maggie Lewis said they could have one in upcoming council meetings.

The council also approved $5.9 million in TIF, tax-increment financing, to help build an $11 million grocery and apartment complex in Broad Ripple. Councilman Jeff Miller called the approval "critical to the revitalization of Broad Ripple." Zack Adamson voted against it, though, saying that TIF should be reserved for areas that are economically challenged, which Broad Ripple is not.