Pothole politics lead to inaction

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Residents waiting for potholes to get filled could be waiting awhile. Republicans and Democrats on the Indianapolis City County Council are fighting over which side has the better plan for road and street improvements.

Members of both parties want to spend $300 million on streets and sidewalks in Indianapolis, but most of the action so far is confined to a war of words over how to get it done.

$16 million will be spent in the coming days to fill potholes. It’s a stop gap move and residents like Anna Carter want more.

“They keep passing us over,” said Carter, who lives in the Hillside neighborhood. “When the money comes we’re never on the list. Like, we’re not on the list now.”

Republicans on the City County Council have a plan and they can’t get a vote on it. So they enlisted the help of some neighborhood leaders on Tuesday.

“If I am paying taxes and I can’t get my street fixed,” said Amy Harwell of the Martindale Brightwood Association, “then that makes me a mad, black woman.”

The purpose was to blame majority Democrats.

“So we call on the Democrat Councillors of the council to work together with the Republican Councillors,” said Minority leader Mike McQuillen, “to find a way to go ahead and get this project moving.”

Democrat Zach Adamson says it’s the Republicans who are playing politics.

“It’s not coincidental that every year before an election the mayor comes out with a massive overhaul for infrastructure,” he said, “that conveniently enough includes massive signs that line our streets everywhere.”

Anna Carter just knows that her neighborhood needs new sidewalks.

“They’re not going to keep going past us,” she said, “and I’m going to talk to everybody that I need to talk to and get this done.”

Democrats plan to unveil their plan for road and street improvements later this week. They say it will take 3 years to implement, twice as long as the Republican plan.

They will argue that it is a more responsible way to achieve the same goal.

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