Fishers Town Council update

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What happened: The council approved a resolution that allows a funds transfer to
INDOT
What it means: This was yet another step in the process for funding the interchange
project at I-69 and 106th Street. The project is being made possible through the
Town of Fishers, Hamilton County and INDOT. Town Manager Scott Fadness said the
town’s overall financial contribution will be $8 million. He later said in an interview
that the town already
has
paid INDOT $1 million to get the design process started
and will pay another $9 million for the project, including the county’s tab of $2
million, which will be reimbursed to Fishers in the 2014 fiscal year. That leaves the
state to fund the remainder of the project, which he said at the meeting will cost in
the range of $30 million.
What’s next: According to Tim Gropp, asst. director of economic development, this
was the last public step regarding the bonds, which are planned to close on June 20.
The bonds will close, and the town will be able to pay INDOT.
What happened: The council discussed the construction of a “pocket park” in
downtown Fishers during the work session
What it means: The town has devised a plan to construct a small park in a lot
nearby Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, 8760 E. 116th St. The project
would cost $50,000, not including the value of some donated materials. According
to Rachel Johnson, asst. director of planning, the project utilizes $35,000 worth of
reusable materials, including specific pieces that can be picked up and moved to a
new location if need be. The park is planned to be a temporary fixture downtown,
lasting three to five years. There were questions about a fence that was taken
down, as there is a property owner still living adjacent to the space. Councilor Scott
Faultless questioned spending the money on a temporary park, as well as on a
privacy fence that would make it easier for a property owner to reside there when
the town wants to buy the property. Fadness said in a later interview that the town
is going to rebuild the fence, regardless of whether it was owned by the town or the
adjacent property owner.
What’s next: This is a Redevelopment Commission funded project. The town is going
to start collecting quotes and bids. On June 5, Fadness said construction should be
expected within 30 days. If the project comes in under $50,000, Fadness can
authorize it on his own.
What happened: The council approved a resolution regarding declaring town
property as surplus as part of the consent agenda.

What it means: Amongst a handful of items in the consent agenda approved by the
council was a resolution that when adopted declared town property as surplus, a
standard request item that regularly appears in the council agenda. According to a
council action form, this request was regarding two Sig Saur 40 caliber firearms.
They’ll be “issued” to Sgt. Randy McFarland and Sgt. Larry Evans, two officers
retiring from FPD, as a customary parting gift, according to the form.
What’s next: The town manager can move forward on the action.

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