Fishers Town Council Update – Feb. 4

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By Dan Domsic

What happened: A request to establish a Parks and Recreation Foundation was approved in the consent agenda.

What it means: With the agenda’s approval, the town staff will request the IRS to grant the foundation 501(c)3, or nonprofit, status. This process stretches back to council meetings last May. According to a council action form from Barry Russell, director of Parks and Recreation, the Parks Advisory Committee will serve as its board of directors.

What’s next: The staff will make the request to the IRS.

What happened: Two requests relating to the 106th Street and I-69 Interchange project were approved in the consent agenda.

Two other consent agenda items dealt with the planned projects for 106th Street. First, a contract amendment with A&F Engineering was approved for the design of a roundabout at 106th Street and Crosspoint Boulevard, which costs $48,650. The council action form from Jeff Hill, director of engineering, states: “The proposed amendment will allow the completion of final design for the intersection project so the plans can be ready to build the project at any time. It could be combined with the interchange project, or could be built as a standalone project.”

Second, the first payment for the 106th Street and I-69 Interchange was approved. The multimillion dollar project requires $8 million of funding from the Town of Fishers. This first payment was for $1 million. The project is scheduled to start in 2015.

What’s next: The roundabout design will be completed. An invoice and claim for the payment on the 106th Street and I-69 Interchange will be put on the accounts payable register at Monday’s council meeting, with the check already out.

What happened: Second reading for Ord120312, a text amendment for the Pet Palace planned urban development, was held.

What it means: The petitioner, Andrew Pierson of Pierson Bark Park, is looking for a change in zoning. The amendment would shift the size of two of the parcels on the land, as well permit a kennel on one of the parcels and deny it on another. Currently, a kennel is a permitted use on parcel B, but not on parcel A, where a house would be converted to the kennel. One remonstrator, Kevin DeTrude of Beverly’s Precious Pets LLC, addressed the council. DeTrude’s original letter of remonstrance asks that the rezone hold the Pierson Bark Park to the “same development and architectural standards.” One neighbor addressed the council in Pierson’s support.

What’s next: The text amendment will return to the council for third and final reading at Monday’s council meeting.



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