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Fishers Town Council recap

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What happened: The council approved a payment authorization request to INDOT.

What it means: The Town of Fishers is working with INDOT on an Adaptive Traffic Signal Control project. The project is meant to cut down on travel times, lines and more. This new system would impact 39 total traffic signals in three major thoroughfares in town: 116th Street, 96th Street and Allisonville Road. The project’s cost is $3,179,723.90, but the town is projected to pay about $566,000 of the bill, with other pieces of funding coming from other sources. The council’s action allows Fishers to pay up to $600,000 for its piece of the funding.

What’s next: According to a council action form, the next small step is the actual payment to INDOT, which would lead to the project being awarded.

What happened: A second reading and public hearing was held on a vehicle tow ordinance.

What it means: The town is working on an ordinance that would govern the tow truck companies FPD works with. It would set maximums on fees charged by the tow truck companies, performance standards and more. Several tow truck companies were present for the public hearing and voiced concerns. Some of their vehicles cost as much as $500,000. Representatives from those companies brought up state-set maximums, other laws on the books and other issues.

What’s next: The ordinance was tabled. It will go back to the town’s legal staff for more work.

What happened: The council approved a request that awarded a contract for median U-turns on 116th Street.

What it means: This project would bring median U-turns to 116th Street. They’ll be used to enter St. George Orthodox Christian Church. The town is negotiating with contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co. on the actual cost of the project because bump outs – widening of the pavement – at the two U-turns won’t be immediately implemented, which is a cost difference of about $90,000, according to a council action form. However, the church ultimately will pay for the project. One resident remonstrated at the meeting, with his final point being that the design would leave pedestrians vulnerable. To read more about the project, visit youarecurrent.com.

What’s next: According to a council action form, the project is slated for completion in September 2013, with the exception right-of-way and utility relocation.


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