Carmel City Council recap


By Karen Kennedy

What happened: Council members discussed the recent closing of Shapiro’s Delicatessen.

What it means: Council president Rick Sharp expressed regret that Shapiro’s had closed its Carmel location and offered his thanks to the Shapiro family for their years of serving the Carmel community. Council persons Sharp, Luci Snyder and Carol Schleif all wore Shapiro’s buttons, and each claimed to have eaten the last corned beef sandwich at Shapiro’s Carmel. City Clerk Treasurer Diana Cordray trumped them all by announcing that she had Shapiro’s corned beef in her freezer and would ultimately have the last sandwich.


What happened: Lisa Grove came before the council to express her deep concern about unmarked electrical fences.

What it means: Grove’s son was badly shocked on a neighbor’s fence. Sharp had previously sponsored a proposed ordinance addressing this issue. In the last meeting, it was approved 6-0, but Mayor Jim Brainard refused to sign it, issuing a “pocket veto” because he disagreed with certain language contained within the ordinance. Snyder also asked for clarification on several points. These concerns were addressed while the meeting was still in session, with Councilor Kevin “Woody” Rider expressing concern about the fact that “razor fences” were still allowable under the language of the ordinance. In the interest of passing the current ordinance, it was agreed that the issue of razor fences would be addressed in the future. No new installation of barbed wire, razor wire or electric fencing is allowed within three feet of any street, sidewalk, alley or other public way within the city’s corporate limits. All existing electric fences within the city’s corporate limits will be required to have double-faced warning signs every 100 feet. Underground pet containment systems are exempt from this ordinance.

What’s next: Ordinance D-2135-13 was passed and will take effect.


What happened: Kathy Wallace came before the council with photocopies of consulting invoices from Les Olds’ company.

What it means: Wallace is disputing the validity and even the legality of paying Olds’ invoices, as she claims that Olds’ corporation had already been dissolved at the time the invoices were generated. She further claims that the contract to retain his services was not fully executed as it was missing a signature.

What’s next: There was no comment by any council person after Wallace voiced her concerns.


What happened: Council appointments

What it means: The four-year term of Jim Henner of the Carmel-Clay Public Library Board was due to expire on June 17.

What’s next: It was moved and approved to renew his appointment for another four years.


Follow Karen Kennedy on Twitter for live City Council meeting updates: @karenkcurrent

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