Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard attended the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is an opportunity for mayors of cities with populations greater than 30,000 to gather and exchange ideas on issues that face their communities, and to present a united voice on national issues.
Other cities’ mayors, Ballard said, sought his advice and insight, particularly his input into the Water Council. “I’m meeting with the mayor of Kansas City here on this issue about the citizens’ energy transfer, and also how we did the re-negotiations with the EPA. There’s another meeting with a mayor from Illinois.”
Indianapolis has negotiated with the EPA in updates for combined sewer overflows. It may not be an exciting subject, Ballard said, but it’s one that over seven hundred cities across the nation are dealing with. This weekend, they were looking to Indy as a model.