Carmel City Council – Feb. 4, 2013
WHAT HAPPENED: Dog Park Progress
WHAT IT MEANS: Mark Westermeier, director of Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, updated council regarding plans for the city’s first dog park. The park will be located near 116th Street and Range Line Road in Central Park.
Westermeier explained the department has spoken with Boy Scout representatives about the loss of the Yellow Meeting House on the property, which will be demolished to make room for the park. According to Westermeier, the building would be too costly to renovate and would causing parking problems within the park.
In the meeting, Westermeier said “the master plan of the parks system will include more dog parks.” This project will shape plans for more. Future sites may include West Park and an undetermined location on the east side of Carmel.
WHAT’S NEXT: The park board will vote on the plan at their February 12 meeting. If approved, construction could begin later this year.
WHAT HAPPENED: City Parks to Purchase Brookshire Pool
WHAT IT MEANS: Mark Westermeier also addressed the council regarding Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation’s plans to purchase the Brookshire pool located in Brookshire Golf Club.
Councilor Seidensticker questioned why the city would purchase this pool while Homeowner’s Associations own many other community pools throughout the city.
Westermeier explained the pool is not currently owned by an association and faces removal. Residents who purchase pool membership enjoy the pool, swim lessons and competitions, but membership is not restricted to Brookshire residents.
The pool property is located within the Brookshire Golf course already owned by the city. Westermeier pointed out that purchase “it makes sense from a Parks standpoint.”
The department will host city aquatic events that are difficult to host at the Monon Community Center due to the Center’s large size. Westermeier said the Parks and Recreation would “use the location to cross-promote the Monon Community Center.”
The council approved the request, allowing Carmel Parks and Recreation to look into the purchase further.
WHAT’S NEXT: The park board will seek approval from a series of city departments to determine a property price. Westermeier stated Monon Center aquatic event funds will cover the purchase.
WHAT HAPPENED: Carmel Redevelopment Commission Plans
WHAT IT MEANS: Council Appointee Dave Bowers stated that the commission has examined their funds and budget. The commission requested a planning meeting with Mayor Brainard, Council President Sharp and Finance Committee Chair Snyder to prioritize projects.
“I think that’s a great idea to allow the two bodies to collaborate as we move forward,” Sharp agreed.
WHAT’S NEXT: Commission members, Mayor Brainard, President Sharp and Councilor Snyder will determine a meeting date.