Carmel City Council – March 4


What happened: Mayor commended Street Department with Citizen’s Letter

What it means: Mayor Jim Brainard shared a letter of appreciation from citizen Gary Cauble

Cauble said an icy morning greeted him with clear city streets at the expense of his mailbox. He contacted the street department who explained that most mailbox damage is not actually from truck or blade impact. As trucks clear streets, the weight of ice and snow pushed aside is so heavy it pushes mailboxes from their posts. In some cases, the entire post falls over.

Cauble agreed there were no signs of direct contact and the damage was not the responsibility of the street department. To his surprise, city employees retrieved, repaired and returned his mailbox to its spot before that day’s mail delivery.

“Your extra efforts far exceeded my expectations,” Cauble’s letter stated.  “The goodwill projected by your employees will always be remembered.”


What happened: General claims approved with cautionary note

What it means: Clerk Treasurer Diana Cordray provided the regular accounts payable report.  Council approved the total vouchers and invoices paid.

Councilor Luci Snyder added that, “within this claims run is $56,000 plus for Wallack, Somers and Haas for the CRC.” Snyder pointed out that this invoice accounts for nearly one-quarter of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s legal budget for the year.


What happened: Carmel Redevelopment Commission transitions

What it means: Clerk-Treasurer Diana Cordray reported issues receiving Carmel Redevelopment Commission documents to process invoices.  The city hopes to link Commission documents to the city’s laserfische to reduce these delays.

Councilors approved rezoning six properties northwest of Carmel Drive and Range Line Road to a City Center District after an amendment to include city council approval. City approval will be required “prior to any new permits being issued” to retain city input while avoiding delays in maintenance or demolition.

What’s next: A joint workshop was attended Saturday by City Council, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission and the Carmel Community City Center Development Corp. at Monon Center East to develop a master plan for various projects.

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