Carmel City Council recap


By Karen Kennedy

What happened: A Carmel Redevelopment Commission update was presented

What it means: There was supposed to be a report on the status of the CRC from Dave Bowers, the council’s appointee to the commission. He was not there, and no one seemed to know whether there had been a miscommunication or if there was another reason for Bowers’ absence.

What’s next: The report was rescheduled to the next council meeting.

What happened: The board discussed concerns about skateboarding

What it means: Councilor Ron Carter brought up the fact that he feels that skateboarders are ruining the center green area as well as the amphitheatre; he estimated that the damage could run as high as $40,000. Mayor Jim Brainard mentioned an accident that involved a skateboarder at Main Street and the Monon during the weekend. It was suggested that skateboarding be banned from Main Street. Council President Rick Sharp concurred and also mentioned the continuing hazard of drivers who are confused as to whether or not they are supposed to stop at the Monon intersection.

What’s next: No conclusive suggestions or conclusions were reached; merely dialogue on the subject. The skateboarding issue would need to be brought forth in a proposed ordinance for consideration.

What happened: An amendment to the PUD was discussed:

What it means: Chamber president Mo Merhoff again spoke against the proposed amendments to the Planned Urban Development regulations. (Which has been rejected once by the council in July and returned to the plan commission. It was returned again.) Council members and the plan commission cannot agree on revisions.

What’s next: It has been sent to the Land Use, Annexation and Economic Development committee for review.

What happened: Civic Theatre Funding was released

What it means: The council voted to release $200,000 in funding to the Civic Theatre, on the condition that the Civic simultaneously release its $200,000 lease payment. Sharp said that this was a one-time solution to the issue and was only undertaken due to “widespread confusion amongst the general public about the council’s intent.”

What’s next: In future years, it will be handled as a bookkeeping transfer.


Other News:

  • Brainard honored school board president Layla Spanenberg for her heroic actions in aiding an injured hiker on a recent Scouts’ outing.
  • Only five council members were present at the meeting. Both Carol Schleif and Eric Seidensticker were absent.
  • The first council meeting in September will take place on Sept. 4 due to the Labor Day holiday.

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