The Westfield City Council and mayor’s office unveiled the first project list from the proceeds of the sale of Westfield’s water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group. The city will use funds from the sale to retire all of the utility’s $45 million in debt. The remaining amount, approximately $40 million, will be used for much-needed infrastructural investments in Westfield such as new streets, sidewalks and trail expansions – without raising taxes.
“A lot goes into a list like this and it’s bound to change,” board member Cindy Spoljaric said.
“Funds can’t be used for normal operating expenditures,” City Council President Jim Ake said.
Ake said projects will begin this spring and continue for the next five years.
“We’re investing money into infrastructure to spawn economic development,” Deputy Mayor Todd Burtron said. “It’s not a hard-and-fast list.”
Officials described the list as a “very living, fluid” document, and the list of infrastructural projects includes:
186th Street and Grand Park Boulevard roundabout – $500,000
186th Street from Grand Park Boulevard to Kinsey Road – $800,000
161st Street and Carey Road Roundabout – $4M
156th Street and Spring Mill Road roundabout – $300,000
161st Street and Oak Ridge Road roundabout – $500,000
Tomlinson Road from 186th Street to 191st Street – $100,000
N. Union Street extension from Union Street to East Street – $750,000
South Poplar Street from Ind. 32 to 169th Street – $350,000
Neighborhood improvements – $1M
Wheeler Road from Ind. 32 to 181st Street – $1M
Union Street and 169th Street – study
Monon Trail from Midland Trail to Ind. 32 – $350,000
Connector 161st Street from Spring Mill Road to Oak Ridge Road – $300,000
Connector 156th Street from Spring Mill Road to Oak Ridge Road – $300,000
Connector 169th Street from Oak Ridge Road to Monon Trail – $200,000
Connector Carey Road from 161st Street to Midland Trail – $300,000
191st Street and Tomlinson Road roundabout – $2M
Grand Park Blvd from 186th Street to Wheeler Road – $500,000
U.S. 31 enhancements (roundabout lighting and upgrades) – $425,000
Mill Street extension Grand Junction – $1M
Monon Trail from Ind. 32 to 191st Street – $800,000
191st Street from U.S. 31 to Horton Road – $5M
Oak Ridge Road and Greyhound Pass roundabout – $2M
Oak Ridge Road and 169th Street roundabout – $2M
Midland Trail from Gunther Blvd to Gray Road – $2M
Oak Road and 151st Street – study
Oak Road and 161st Street – study
East Street straighten curve – $1M
Union Street and 161st Street roundabout – $2M
Spring Mill Road and Greyhound Pass roundabout – $2M
West Access Road (Union Street extension) – $3M
Monon Bridge over Ind. 32 – $3.5M
In addition to the infrastructure, other projects include Grand Junction, U.S. 31 and Ind. 32 enhancements; park projects and the Spring Mill Road corridor.