Carmel City Council – Nov. 5 meeting
Action: Monies transferred from General Fund to Support the Arts Fund
What it means: Original appropriations for the Support the Arts Fund totaled $1,358,000 and included funding for the Carmel Symphony and Repertory Theater. After receiving funding requests from many other arts organizations, the finance committee reviewed all new requests in compliance with grant rules. The committee denied two requests and found two organizations submitted incomplete paperwork. Two other organizations were recommended but with reduced funds. These funds were reduced based on the guideline requiring a reward not exceed one-third of the organization’s combined contributed income revenue.
What’s next: The ordinance has been amended to reduce the amount from $1,358,000 to $1,325,538. The amendment has been approved to transfer $1,325,538 from the General Fund to the Support the Arts Fund.
Action: Public hearings for Old Town rezoning
What it means: Councilor Kevin Rider addressed traffic concerns of residents in the Old Town neighborhood near the Arts & Design District. Specific B1 business-zoned addresses 32 and 120 1st Ave. NE , 105 and 140 1st St. NE will be rezoned to R3 residential. Other B1 business-zoned properties will be reclassified to B5 low-intensity uses, such as office rentals or salons. The public was invited to address the council and resident Gary McCarty expressed support for the rezoning.
What’s next: The amendment has been referred to the Land Use, Annexation & Economic Development Committee.
Action: Amendment to sign ordinance
What it means: Mo Merhoff, Chamber of Commerce president, addressed the council to support the rewritten sign ordinance. The amended sign ordinance streamlines and simplifies the rules for the small business community.
What’s next: The amendment has been approved with the expectation that an improved description of Spano panels is included.
Action: Different plans for Aramore development
What it means: Pittman Partners has amended its proposal for a development at Westfield Boulevard and 99th Street. The new high-end, low-density plan reduces 46 buildings to 14 buildings and increases green space.
What’s next: The amendment has been sent to the Land Use, Annexation & Economic Development Committee.