Mayor vetoes Council ordinance on CRC

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Councilman Ron Carter and CRC President

Mayor Jim Brainard vetoed a council ordinance Friday afternoon, which barred members of the City Council to also serve on the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.

Cited in the veto was the Indiana General Assembly’s Redevelopment Act, which said did not give any power to the city council to provide additional qualifications or restrictions on a redevelopment commission beyond state law.  The power to regulate lies entirely with the mayor and state law. 

In early November, the City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance preventing council members from sitting on the CRC, effectively removing Ron Carter from his role on the CRC.  Council President Rick Sharp and current Carmel mayoral candidate John Accetturo at the time said it was a conflict of interest, though in the past, both councilman have served on the CRC and held seats on the Carmel City Council at the same time.  Carter was not present for the ordinance vote.

In the veto, Brainard defended his appointment of Ron Carter to the CRC. “In addition to the legal reasoning above, I am particularly distressed at the fact that the Common Council is attempting to remove one of my appointments after that individual has performed a decade of volunteer and unpaid work for the citizens of Carmel on the redevelopment panel. The ordinance, as originally written would have allowed Mr. Carter to remain as President of the CRC through the gala opening of the Palladium on Jan. 29, 2011 because the ordinance originally prohibited ‘appointments’ of council members.”

The Mayor or Councilman Ron Carter was not available for immediate comment this afternoon.

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