An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly,
visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day
development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
The parent company of Indianapolis Business Journal has filed plans to add a sign with an electronic-message component outside
the newspaper’s headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis
Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result,
a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won’t be completed for years, and it won’t be built to consistent standards,
but it might help ease congestion.
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until
2013 for major renovation.
Mayoral Chief of Staff Paul Okeson said the city isn’t sure it makes sense to privatize operations now handled by
the Capital Improvement Board, “but we’re obligated on behalf of the taxpayer to find out.”
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private
operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient
operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical
findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request
pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
As missteps by the city’s water utility threaten to drown local ratepayers with dramatically higher bills, Mayor
Greg Ballard’s administration is exploring a complete overhaul of the system. The mayor’s initiative can’t produce results soon enough.
West Lafayette’s city council has delayed implementation of a new “pay as you throw” garbage collection system.