INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Bad roads are the reason for a pair of votes by members of the City-County Council on Thursday night.
Bart Brown, the council’s chief financial officer, said the proposals are designed to fix just under $24 million in bad roads around Indianapolis. Brown said the list of roads came from the Department of Public Works which found them to be in need of immediate attention because of last winter.
Committee Chairman Vernon Brown, a Democrat, said the city of Indianapolis declared an emergency,
“A $24 million emergency and they had an $8 million dollar funding source. Now we’re going to give them another $16 million dollars to resolve their emergency,” Vernon Brown said.
The $16 million would come in the form of a short-term loan to the city. Brown said state law requires that it be repaid by the end of next June. The fund would rely on gas taxes to repay the loan.
“We don’t have to go out and issue bids to financial institutions. We can do this right now. The money can be available as soon as the council and the Mayor signs it. And then get to work, right away,” Bart Brown said.
Lori Miser, the Director of the Department of Public Works, said the money would be spent on resurfacing for major thoroughfares only. However, because so many roads need to be repaired, she told one councilor that the streets in his district would probably not be addressed until late in the year.