For Immediate Release July 13, 2011

City and Citizens Energy Group Applaud Approval of Utility Transfer

Citizens Will Assume Ownership of Water & Wastewater Systems in Six Weeks

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard and Carey Lykins, President & CEO of Citizens Energy Group, praised today’s approval by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) of the transfer of the community’s water and wastewater utilities to Citizens. The approval by the IURC is a significant step toward ensuring well-managed and affordable utilities while providing at least $425 million in funding to make unprecedented investments through Mayor Ballard’s RebuildIndy program.

“I thank the IURC for its historic decision to place our community’s water and wastewater utilities in the capable hands of Citizens, our not-for-profit public charitable trust with a 124-year reputation for customer satisfaction and operational excellence,” said Mayor Ballard. “The stage is now set for the City to make unprecedented investments in our community that will help to improve quality of life for decades to come.”

Lykins called the IURC’s decision “an historic opportunity for Citizens to expand the promise of the public charitable trust to add value to the community through safe, affordable utility services.”

Next Steps:
Over the next six weeks, the City and Citizens will take steps to finalize the necessary documents to close the transaction. Once the transaction is finalized, Citizens will assume responsibility for the water and wastewater utilities. Citizens has offered positions to nearly all the employees of Veolia Water Indianapolis, the current operator of the water utility. Citizens has agreed to assume the City’s contract with United Water to operate the wastewater system.

Until the transaction is closed, customers with water-related issues should continue to call Indianapolis Water at (317) 631-1431, and customers with sewer and drainage related issues should call the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4622. Citizens Gas customers should continue to call 924-3311.

For the past several months, Citizens has been engaged in careful utility integration planning.

“The focus of our integration planning is to ensure safe and reliable service, with a seamless transition for customers. Initially, the most noticeable change will be the name Citizens Water on customers’ water and sewer bills and on company vehicles and facilities. We are planning other gradual improvements to customer service over the next two years as we work to achieve annual savings available by combining the five utilities in our nonprofit, charitable trust structure,” Lykins said.

In March 2010, Mayor Ballard and Citizens announced the plan to transfer the water and wastewater systems to Citizens. The transfer is expected to result in as much as $60 million in annual savings and to deliver a 25 percent reduction in projected water and wastewater rate increases by the year 2025. The City plans to utilize the proceeds from the utility transfer to make infrastructure improvements in parks, repair bridges, streets and sidewalks, and demolish unsalvageable abandoned homes.

More information about the utility transfer plan and a copy of the IURC order may be accessed at or

About Citizens Energy Group
Citizens Energy Group is a Public Charitable Trust providing safe and reliable utility services to more than 266,000 customers in and around Marion County. The Public Charitable Trust means the utility is managed only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at

RebuildIndy Construction this Week in Pike

The 38th Street project from I-465 to I-65 extends into Pike Township. Please see the project details under Wayne Township.
Michigan Road from 76th Street to Double Tree Boulevard may have restrictions as storm sewer work and the creation of a pedestrian trail is underway.
Construction is underway on Georgetown Road from 30th Street to 38th Street.
Construction is underway on Conarroe Road from 79th Street to 86th Street.
Replacement of the bridge deck and railing on the 56th Street bridge over Eagle Creek is expected to begin soon. Some maintenance of traffic measures are already in place in order to accommodate force main work being completed prior to the beginning of construction on the bridge.
Construction is underway on Lafayette Road from 71st Street to North White River Parkway West Drive. This project also extends into Pike Township.
Some restrictions may be in place as work is underway on a pedestrian trail on Michigan Road from Kessler Boulevard to 75th Street. This project also extends into Washington Township.
Resurfacing work will continue on Guion Road from 38th Street to 71st Street.
Special topsoil and seed installation is underway on West 86th Street from the Hendricks County Line to Lafayette road.

2011 Rowing Club National Championships Coming to Indianapolis

More than 1,500 athletes will compete for national title at Eagle Creek Park

INDIANAPOLIS –Eagle Creek Park in partnership with the Indianapolis Rowing Center will host the 2011 U.S. Rowing Club National Championships July 13-17. The five-day regatta will feature more than 1,500 athletes competing for national titles at the junior, intermediate and senior levels in 70 events.

Due to the size of this event, the Eagle Creek Park Beach and Marina will be closed for public use Wednesday, July 13, through Sunday, July 17. Spectators are encouraged to visit the beach and marina to view the races. Eagle Creek Park’s concessions, grounds and other facilities, including the 42nd street boat ramp, will remain open and available to the public during these dates. For more information, please call Eagle Creek Park Senior Manager Carrie Kasnicka at (317) 327-7148.

The Indianapolis Rowing Center is a non-profit organization located in Eagle Creek Park that introduces the sport of rowing to youth and adults and provides development opportunities. The Eagle Creek Park Reservoir has hosted some of the most prestigious regattas held in the United States. In addition to hosting numerous U.S. Rowing National Championship regattas and several NCAA championship competitions, Eagle Creek hosted the rowing events for the 1987 Pan American Games and the 1994 World Rowing Championships, the only rowing world championships ever held on U.S. soil.

U.S. Rowing is a nonprofit, membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. With more than 16,000 individuals and 1,100 organizations, U. S. Rowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition.

To learn about the Indianapolis Rowing Center, visit For more information about facilities, programs and events at Eagle Creek Park, visit

3rd annual Mayor’s Latino Soccer Cup

Join Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard at the 3rd annual Mayor’s Latino Soccer Cup, August 6th and 7th, 9am-2pm, Northwestway Park, 5253 West 62nd Street, Indianapolis.

Celebrate Latino heritage during an exciting weekend of competitive soccer, in a fun family friendly atmosphere.

Register your team or individually now by visiting:

The Mayor’s website:

Mayor’s Latino Soccer Cup Printed Newsletter

Mayor’s Latino Soccer Cup Information Document

Deadline: July 28, 2011

Carlos May
Director of Latino Affairs
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis
P: (317) 327-3690 C: (317) 677-2141 – Newsletter – Facebook – Twitter – Flickr

IMPD NW District Community Day – change in location.

Northwest District,

Due to construction at Guion Creek Middle School we were asked to change the location of Community Day.

The new location of Community Day:

New Augusta Academy North
6450 Rodebaugh Rd

This location has easy access from Michigan Rd either by 71st Street or 62nd St. This is a beautiful campus and we have all the room in the world.

Please make a note of the change of location and share this with others. We have attached a map in case you are not familiar with Rodebaugh Rd. If you forget and go to the old location, we will have a sign reminding you of the new location.

Thank you

Sgt Matt Grimes

Community Day 2011 New Location Flyer

City Of Indianapolis Launches IPhone Application

Potholes, high weeds and grass, trash collection issues, stray animals can now be reported via RequestIndy Mobile

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the launch of RequestIndy Mobile, a free application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that allows users to report problems and request city services from the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC).

“RequestIndy Mobile offers yet another way to connect with city government. Now, in addition to calling the MAC and submitting requests online through the RequestIndy portal, people are able to report issues as they spot them,” Mayor Ballard said. “This is the next phase of development for the MAC in its mission to deliver outstanding customer service, and I am pleased to be able to tell residents, ‘We have an app for that.’”

RequestIndy Mobile features include:

  • Ability to attach an optional photo of the issue
  • Ability to specify issue location via GPS, GIS map or street address
  • Status check to track submitted issue to resolution
  • Users can provide details about issues when they are reported, such as the description of a stray dog or whether a pothole has caused property damage
  • Application is fully integrated into the City’s enterprise-wide service system, including work management systems for every city department
  • RequestIndy Mobile is currently supported on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices running iOS V 3.1.3 and higher. Some older devices will not be able to access all features of the application, and devices lacking either a GPS or camera will experience slightly limited functionality; however, users still will be able to successfully submit requests.

    RequestIndy is available for free at the Apple App Store by browsing the store. Users also may download it via the App Store in iTunes

    The application will continue to be tested throughout launch phases.

    Help IPL Keeep The Lights On

    Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has undertaken a community awareness initiative called “Keep the Lights On” to identify street lights with problems, and get those problems corrected.

    IPL counts on assistance from the public to let them know where there’s a light that:

    Is not lighting at night
    Is burning during daylight hours
    Has equipment defects, like a lens that’s loose and hanging, or a plate that’s come off the light pole.

    There are two convenient, simple ways to report a street light with problems:

    Call IPL’s “Lights Out Day or Night” number, 261-8111, and let them know the location of the light …
    – or –
    Visit Outages for an online form where you can report a street light problem.

    IPL has a handy brochure about reporting street light problems that it would like to share with customers via neighborhood organizations.

    If your organization would like IPL to send you some of these brochures, contact Matthew McCardle, IPL’s community relations manager, at, with a contact name and address where you would like the brochures sent.

    Mayor’s Invite – Bike Ride


    Two-mile ride through Garfield Park promotes fitness for families and teaches bicycle safety

    INDIANAPOLIS – (June 29, 2011) Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard invites families to bring their bikes and helmets to Garfield Park on July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon for the “Indy Style Mayor’s Family Bike Ride, presented by Gray Goat Sports.” The two-mile route through the park will include stops along the way to participate in fun activities and learn about bicycle safety. Prior to the ride, Grey Goat Sports will offer bicycle safety inspections, and participants will have a chance to meet WISH-TV’s Indy Style hosts Andi Hauser and Tracy Forner.

    “Indianapolis is a bicycle-friendly community, and this family-friendly event is designed with Indy’s next generation of bicyclists in mind. Garfield Park provides an ideal setting for families to ride together and for kids to learn the rules of the road,” Mayor Ballard said.

    Riders will follow a path that weaves through historic Garfield Park and offers plenty of opportunities to hop off their bikes. At interactive stops, participants will be able to create a craft at the Arts Center, explore fitness activities on a playground, encounter critters at the Conservatory, and learn about bike safety from volunteers with the David S. Moore Foundation.

    Enjoy music, prizes, snacks and more at the “Indy Style Mayor’s Family Bike Ride, presented by Gray Goat Sports.” Bicyclists of all ages are encouraged to participate in this free event. Helmets are required for all participants.

    WHO: “Indy Style Mayor’s Family Bike Ride, presented by Gray Goat Sports”

    WHAT: Family bike ride with interactive stops

    WHERE: Garfield Park, Corporate Pavilion, 2432 Conservatory Drive

    WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Bike route open from 9 a.m. to noon. Last bike inspection ends at 11 a.m.