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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v13n21)
Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Oct. 14, 2016

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No new street lights have been installed in the city since 1980. Broad Ripple is no exception.

no streetlights on Cornell
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm

Per President Kent Springer of the BRVA:
"The BRVA has long advocated to the City for additional street lights in the Village. We believe lighting can solve many public safety issues. It is a great step forward that the Mayor has lifted the moratorium on new street lights; now the City needs to include street lighting in future budgets. When Cornell Avenue was redesigned, we requested street lights and were refused. We had conduit installed in the hopes that one day we could install lights."
City Councilor Colleen Fanning also weighed in:
"Broad Ripple has needed additional street lights for decades. We will continue to advocate for sufficient lighting, as it is one of the key components in preventing and deterring crime."
Local resident and community leader Barbara Wilder recently sent the Mayor a suggestion: let residents donate to add new energy efficient street lights. The Mayor's staff responded they were open to the idea and would investigate.
However, there is no need to wait for city action. IPL will sell you a street light.
Per Claire Dalton of IPL:
"IPL customers, neighborhood associations or businesses may purchase a security light to be installed on their property. They can submit a request online, and an IPL lighting representative will offer a free consultation and discuss pricing. We encourage customers, neighborhood associations or businesses who are interested in purchasing a security light from IPL to reach us at (317)261-8653 or email at For more information about our outdoor lighting services, visit"

Vote YES for better transit, NO on the constitutional amendment
Don't forget to vote on November 8, 2016. The polls are only open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In Broad Ripple, Pam Hickman, John Ruckelhaus, and Zach Roberts are running for State Senate in District 30. Incumbent Scott Schneider is not seeking re-election.
For Washington Township Board District 1, Andy McSheffrey faces Wanda Roddy. For District 4, Emily Denton, Sara Rossier , and Angela Fisher are seeking the seat. For the At Large set, John Fencl faces Deitric Hall.
Also on the ballot are public questions (with my recommendations):
Amending the state constitution for protecting the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife (Vote NO. You already have that right. It doesn't belong in the Constitution.)
Raising the county income tax .25% for transit (Vote yes. Don't let perfect be the enemy of the good. The Red Line is expected to be funded by a Federal grant. You are not voting on the Red Line.)
Allowing the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township to impose a new property taxes to maintain academic staff and programs and to issue bonds for renovation work. (No recommendation.)

Thanks to Wabash College
Thanks to Wabash College alumni for helping with Village clean up day on October 1, 2016. This was the College's day of service across the country.
Below: Tyler Reginder, Gregg Schipp, And Ryan Stephens of Wabash College.

Village Cleanup - Wabash College
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm

October 21, 21, and 22, 2016: 5:50pm to 8 pm Hauntless Halloween at Holliday Park
November 8, 2016 - Election Day. Vote!

Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to
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