Committee votes against plan to add sidewalks, improve drainage

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A City-County Council committee voted against a proposal to improve neighborhoods across Indianapolis Thursday.

The Public Works Committee voted 5-2, along party lines, against sending the proposal to the full Council.

The bi-partisan proposal would have added sidewalks in some neighborhoods, updated bridges and improved storm water drainage.

One such area that the proposal would have helped, suppoters say, was near the Keenan Stahl Boys and Girls club on the south side. Back in may, a 7-year-old boy was hit by a car while trying to cross the road there. One of the members of the club was actually killed ast he tried to cross Tory Avenue.

Mayor Greg Ballard released the following statement Thursday:

“Tonight Democrats on the City-County Council turned their backs on every neighborhood in Indianapolis.  By placing politics ahead of the best interests of the community, they rejected a plan that would have provided sidewalks in many of our neighborhoods, repaved every one of our worst streets, made our bridges safer and fixed flooding problems in some of our poorest neighborhoods without an income or property tax increase.”

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