A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana. The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.
This segment highlights the City of Noblesville by Mayor John Ditslear. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 2. You can access Part 2 by clicking here:
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Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: In your State of the City Address, you highlighted State Road 37. What is going on there
Ditslear: 37 comes off of 465 through Fishers and into Noblesville. Traffic congestion is a problem and cross-streets have not been addressed. We're excited to make it a no-stop light thoroughway to keep traffic moving.
Bennett: Tell us about the phosphorous removal plant.
Ditslear: It has been mandated that phosphorous removed from our waste water. We're excited about it. The danger comes from the phosphorus runoff that leaves farms and enters the river system that tracks all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico and endangering the fish down there. The environment is for all of us.
Bennett: You are really taking initiative in this as far as this project goes.
Ditslear: We are very, very proud of our waste water plant overall and we are very proactive.
Bennett: What else is going on in your city
Ditslear: We have another project: 32 is very congested and are working with the state to develop a corridor from Pleasant St., over 37, and come out on Hague Rd., about a mile west of the intersection and the river.
Bennett: Do you feel like you are keeping up with your growth
Ditslear: That's a great question. I think so. Our housing is down a bit from the recession but we are still growing and maneuvering the challenges that come with it.