Carmel City Council recap
Compiled by Adam Aasen
What happened: A special meeting was scheduled to deal with changes to the city’s comprehensive plan.
What it means: For more than a year, this proposal has sat in committee. As a result, chair Rick Sharp said he is determined to get a version passed so the council can focus its efforts on just addressing the changes to the city’s comprehensive plan that have already been approved by the Carmel Plan Commission, some of which deal with bike lines and road widths. Later on, they can then address the numerous other changes that have come up in discussions.
What’s next: The Land Use, Annexation and Economic Development Committee met June 9.
What happened: Multiple businesses have missed the deadline to file paperwork for tax abatement.
What it means: To help lure businesses to the area, Carmel often offers tax abatements as an economic incentive. But when companies don’t fulfill their end by completing paperwork, Councilor Luci Snyder said it can be frustrating. The list includes: Allegient, Allete Automotive Services, Baldwin & Lyons, Belden Inc., Capital Bank and Trust, Dealer Services Corporation, Flywheel Healthcare, GEMMS, KAR Auction Services, Meridian Medical Partners, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), Pharmakon Long Term Care Pharmacy and The Capital Group Companies. Flywheel and Pharmakon are the companies most in danger of losing their abatements.
What’s next: The council hopes to have a meeting scheduled soon to meet with the companies.
What happened: The council adopted an ordinance that dealt with “no parking” areas.
What it means: This was a pretty straightforward bill that didn’t even get sent to committee before being unanimously approved without much discussion. It allows people who live next to a city mandated “no parking” area to receive a valid resident sticker so they can park without getting a ticket.
What’s next: The ordinance was passed and will go into effect.
What happened: Various bills remained in committee.
What it means: The following bills are still in committee: the Stormwater Utility ordinance, the Noise ordinance, the comprehensive plan changes and several bills relating to transfer of real estate.
What’s next: The Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee met on June 5. During the meeting it was proposed that noisy construction work in the city be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Councilor Carol Schleif also wanted to consider prohibiting delivery trucks at supermarkets and retail stores from using reverse sounds between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. that could disturb neighbors. The Finances, Rules and Administration Committee meets 5:30 p.m. June 19. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 16.