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Work to resume Thursday on fatal tunnel project

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
A utility company says construction will resume Thursday on a project to build a sewer tunnel 250 feet beneath Indianapolis where a worker was killed last week.
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Mailer quoting Giuliani targets Indy water-line woes

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis homeowners have received a scare-sell insurance pitch about their water-service lines that appears to carry the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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Citizens gets state OK for steep wastewater rate hike

April 23, 2014
Dan Human
State regulators on Wednesday approved a rate hike that will increase monthly wastewater bills by about 26 percent, or close to $14 on average, for Citizens Energy Group customers.
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Moody's lowers Citizens' credit ratings on $2.6B in bonds

October 8, 2013
Dan Human
The credit rating service has stuck with a “stable” outlook for Citizens’ ability to repay its debts. But an Oct. 3 report cites concerns across all the operations at the Indianapolis-based utility.
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Utility fined for sewage overflow in Geist neighborhood

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The odor was so strong after the spill in December that residents in the upscale neighborhood called the gas company to report a leak.
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Sewage overflow in Geist prompts state notice to utility

April 18, 2013
Dan Human
A state investigation has turned up possible environmental-rule violations by a Fishers-based utility company related to the sewage overflow last December.
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Lawmaker seeks relief for fed-up water customers

April 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
As citizens of Zionsville, residents of the Royal Run subdivision have had little recourse against the Whitestown-owned water utility that charges them 78 percent more than its customers to the north.
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Citizens seeks rate increases to fund $560M in upgrades

February 21, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis-based utility said the average residential water customer would see monthly water bills increase from $31 to $34.
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Water, sewer utilities stink up Citizens' earningsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
The biggest contributor to an $11.8 million loss in 2012 was the wastewater unit it bought from the city the year before.
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Citizens' Westfield utility acquisition will help with broader system needsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $91 million water and sewer deal is expected to improve water distribution between northeast and northwest suburbs.
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Citizens Energy to roll out combined billsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Gas, water and sewer charges will be consolidated into one mailing to reap savings promised in merger of gas, water utilities.
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Work on city's 8-mile sewage tunnel gets underway

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Work is starting on an 8-mile-long tunnel under the south side of Indianapolis that is the first major part of a $1.6 billion project aimed at reducing the release of raw sewage into the city's rivers.
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Citizens Energy projects bigger savings from deal

March 3, 2012
Cost-savings tied to the purchase of the city's water and sewer utilities are also expected to be realized sooner than predicted.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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LA firm to oversee construction of city's sewage tunnel

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Aecom, a global firm that also is one of the companies rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City, designed the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, the linchpin of a tunnel system the city will build to handle sewage overflows during rain storms.
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Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Indianapolis, Beech Grove settle utility billing feud

August 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Beech Grove wrapped up their decade-old dispute prior to the city's official transfer of its water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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'Buy local' law could make projects costlierRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that alters the public bidding process could add complication and possibly millions of dollars to a soon-to-be-bid segment of a massive Indianapolis sewer project.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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Settlement caps Citizens Energy customers' deal feesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ratepayers would pay no more than $14 million to cover charges associated with Citizens' purchase of Indianapolis water and sewer utilities. Some say the capped amount is too much.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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Indianapolis, U.S. reach deal on sewage overflows

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
The new plan includes an accelerated construction schedule for the city's efforts to reduce sewage overflows from systems that carry both storm runoff and sanitary waste.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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