Carmel City Council Recap
Compiled by Adam Aasen
What happened: Councilor Luci Snyder withdrew her arts funding proposal
What it means: Snyder had sought a way to develop a new system for doling out arts funding that would remove politics from the system and boost the prestige of the Center for the Performing Arts. Snyder said the process of negotiating with fellow councilors had been going on too long and they haven’t made enough progress so she suggested they just go back to the old way of doing things.
What’s next: The bill was withdrawn and the mayor will continue to determine the distribution of the grants
What happened: The council gave an update on the new stormwater utility ordinance
What it means: In a committee meeting, three councilors discussed whether residential homes, or just commercial properties, should be eligible for utility credits based on stormwater improvements. Councilor Kevin Rider said he’s in favor of saving residents money but suggested there’s not a practical way to administer such as system without incurring major costs.
What’s next: The ordinance stays in the Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which meets at 6:30 p.m. April 3
What happened: Six ordinances were introduced regarding distributing money from the sale of real estate
What it means: Before any property is sold by the city it has to be decided into which city fund the money will be distributed. Some funds that previously would have been allocated sale proceeds have changed or are no longer in existence. Since the properties haven’t been sold yet, it’s undetermined how much money will be distributed.
What’s next: Sent to the Finance, Administration and Rules Committee.
What happened: Several bills remained in committee
What it means: Under Old Business, new readings were presented of the following ordinances: “Amendment of Noise Regulations,” “Amendment of the Comprehensive Plan,” “Establishing the Ashmoor Planned Unit Development,” “Amending the Carmel Drive – Range Line Road Overlay Zone,” and “Establishing The District Planned Unit Development.”
What’s next: The noise ordinance will be discussed in the Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on April 3. The other bills will be discussed in the Land Use, Annexation and Economic Development Committee, which meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 25.
In other news: Ron Carter was absent. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be April 21 due to Spring Break.