Carmel City Council Recap
What Happened: The Carmel City Council unanimously approved $50,500 for design work to create a public space in the plaza courtyard of the Sophia Square building.
What it Means: This is only for the design contract with Context Landscaping Architecture to design the courtyard, which could include landscaping and designated seating which could be used for festivals or just a place where the public can relax. At the same time, nearby restaurants such as The Pint Room and Scotty’s Brewhouse are interested in using this courtyard plaza for outdoor dining.
What’s Next: Context will proceed with designing the space. The cost of the design and the ultimate project – which didn’t have figures available – would be paid for through the budget of the Carmel Redevelopment Commisison.
What Happened: The Council voted unanimously to create a law to enforce the “No Drop-off” zones at Carmel schools.
What it Means: At Carmel schools, there are designated areas where parents and other motorists are directed to drop off students. Other areas, which are deemed unsafe for drop off, are marking as such. School resource officers had no means to enforce these areas previously. This new law restricts parking, standing or stopping in these “No Student Pick-Up or Drop-Off Zones.” Emergency vehicles are of course exempt from these rules.
What’s Next: The law will go into effect and there could be penalties not to exceed $100.
What Happened: The City Council approved a resolution to express interest in purchasing land for three different road projects.
What it Means: The projects include the 116th and Gray Road roundabout, the 116th and Hazel Dell Parkway Roundabout and reconstruction of River Road from Tall Timber to Community Drive. This isn’t a commitment to buy the land or begin the projects, but it’s required that the Carmel City Council pass such a resolution before exploring whether to purchase properties that exceed $25,000. For the Gray Road roundabout, the land in question is 4601 East 116th Street, 4611 East 116th Street and 4607 East 116th Street. For the Hazel Dell roundabout, the land includes 0 Hazel Dell Parkway, 5700 East 116th Street and 5801 East 116th Street. For River Road reconstruction, land from Conner Prairie Foundation at 0 River Road is in question.
What’s Next: The city can now determine what the price would be for purchasing the land, which could include the entire property or just a portion of the land in some cases. Some of these three projects might be more immediate than others.
What Happened: The City Council unanimously approved creating a new fund for Carmel Clay Parks.
What it Means: This separates money collected from the new dog park, set to open in August, and money from the Wilfong Pavilion. This is being done for transparency purposes so funds from these other sources isn’t co-mingled with revenue from the Monon Community Center, which makes it easier to track how each entity is performing.
What’s Next: The change goes into effect.