City Council recap


By Karen Kennedy

Old Business

Ninth reading of proposed ordinance to amend bicycle/multi-use path laws.

This ordinance has remained in the Parks, Recreation and Arts Committee for several months. The ordinance’s sponsor, Councilor Ron Carter, said the reason for the delay was the inability of City Attorney Doug Haney and Judge Brian Poindexter to meet to resolve their differing interpretations of the ordinance.

An ordinance to rezone 1.45 acres on the north side of 98th Street from residential to business was approved.

The disagreement continued on the proposed amendment to the PUD requirements. It will be addressed again in the Sept. 10 land use meeting.

Regarding the alleged removal of files from the Clerk Treasurer’s office:

In an Aug. 20 story, CIC reported that Clerk Treasurer Diana Cordray had stated that boxes of CRC files were removed from her locked office without her knowledge or consent. At the opening of the council meeting, Cordray said that she wished to state publicly that she stands by her original statement and contested Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard’s version of events, as well as his accusation that files have been lost by her office in the past. The mayor also maintained his position that the files were never in the Clerk Treasurer’s office.

New Business

A new ordinance entitled “Support for the Arts Fund No. 504,” sponsored by Councilors Sharp, Seidensticker and Snyder, was introduced. Snyder said the reasoning behind the proposed ordinance was the fact that “politics and personalities don’t belong in arts funding.”

The purpose of the ordinance would be to establish a performing arts council, governed by the Center for the Performing Arts and comprised entirely of Carmel citizens, which would take over the responsibility of determining grant eligibility for performing arts organizations. (See related story.)

Other News

  • All council members were in attendance at the meeting; however, Councilor Kevin “Woody” Rider had to leave early due to a conflict with a plan commission meeting.
  • There was still no report from CRC council appointee Dave Bowers. Sharp stated that, per a phone conversation with Bowers, there was “nothing to report.”


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