Despite record murders and record potholes, in his third State of the City address, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the city can be strong if citizens work together.

So far, there have been 41 murders in Indy, three more than last year this time, which was a record year for criminal homicides.  In addition, due in part to weather, the city’s pothole problems have seemed more prevalent than in years past.

The Mayor outlined proposals to add police to every new beat in the city.  He also talked about streamlining the reporting process so that officers can spend more time interacting with residents rather than filling out paperwork.

Hogsett said due to the city’s balanced budget and increase in revenue, it can afford to modernize its road repair fleet without a tax increase or cutting spending.

The Mayor also touched on making city hall much more technologically friendly for citizens.

You can hear Hogsett in the Leon-Tailored Audio above as well more detail from IMPD Chief Bryan Roach, DPW Director Dan Parker and Deputy Mayor for Community Development Jeff  Bennett.   We also have reaction from Marion County GOP Chairman Jim Merritt.