Carmel City Council recap


Citizen Concerns: Redevelopment Commission report

Kathy Wallace requested clarification of construction plans for City Center and Arts & Design District parcels. She pointed out that, “open up the (grain elevator) site more” was vague and asked who would be paying for reflecting pool repairs.

The Redevelopment Commission representative was not present. President Rick Sharp noted Wallace’s questions and agreed to seek answers from the commission.


What Happened: Amending multi-use path ordinance

Karen Bond emphasized the ordinance should not complicate path use and risk reducing Carmel’s bicycle-friendly status. Ron Odle highlighted the need for yield signs on paths and stated current ordinance wording may cause unintended violations.

Council member Ron Carter explained council’s goal to “facilitate public safety of cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and pets” included discussions with bicycle shop owners, citizens, lawyers and police. They also studied the codes of bicycle-friendly cities such as Bloomington and Ft. Wayne.

What’s Next: The ordinance was sent to the Parks, Recreation and Arts Committee. Citizens are encouraged to contact district representatives with multi-use path concerns before the committee’s meeting May 14 at 3 p.m.


What Happened: Amending ordinance prohibiting barbed wire and electric fences

“On the west side of town, we have estates, ranches on 5-acre parcels, with livestock,” Sharp said. He pointed out such fences are a necessity and “generally meet city and state ordinances.”  Amending the ordinance addresses the risk of harm to the general public unfamiliar with such fences. Razor edge fences will remain prohibited while all electric fences would require approved signs.

What’s Next: The ordinance was sent to the Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee. Council member Eric Seidensticker urged the committee to consider whether existing barbed and electric fences will require relocation to meet clearance standards of three feet from public sidewalks.


What Happened: Westmont planned development amendment approved

Attorney Charlie Frankenburger explained the current ordinance prohibits builders who built more than 100 homes in the last five years to build in Sweet Charity Estates. The 116-acre site sits between 141st and 136th streets, and Towne and Ditch roads. The amendment opens 141 empty sites to high-production builders while covenants enforce the development’s low-density and architectural standards. “We are very conscious of preserving value and protecting our tax base,” Sharp said.

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