Public forum results show Broad Ripple wants more lighting

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FOX59 has a first look at the preliminary results from last week's public safety forum in Broad Ripple.

Residents and business owners were asked what they want to see done in the area to make the community safer.

Broad Ripple Village Association President Justin McKeand said the top five issues in the data are extra street lighting, enforce curfew, more IMPD bike patrols, increase business owner responsibility, and better police presence off the strip.

"One of the most popular results was that we need better lighting. We need better lighting. We need better lighting," stressed McKeand.

The Broad Ripple Village Association is trying to raise ten-thousand dollars to pay for public safety improvements.

On Friday, August 1, the online funding page shows in twenty-one days, only twenty-two people have donated seventeen-hundred dollars. McKeand says the real total is eight-thousand dollars with in person and company donations.

"The City of Indianapolis is waiting for us to tell them based on data you got, what do we do now, and how do we implement these things," said McKeand.

The Department of Public Works spokesperson says Indianapolis will not pay for new lighting: "The City has a moratorium on street lighting. We are not installing lighting anywhere in Marion County, as we work to make all lighting fixtures have a meter," said Lesley Gordon.

Matt Holbrook lives in Broad Ripple. Holbrook thinks residents and business owners should stop waiting. Holbrook installed two lights in his front yard nearly three years ago.

"To do real public safety initiatives, you have to raise a lot of money.  Since we put the lights in, there is very little trash out in the yard and we don`t have people walking out messing with things," said Holbrook.

President McKeand says the next step for the Broad Ripple Village Association is to put together a formal report and set up a meeting with IMPD Chief Rick Hite and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Monday and Thursday next week from 6:30 to 8:30 the Department of Public Works and the Broad Ripple Village Association will host open houses to discuss proposed parking restrictions. Both meetings will be held at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church.

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