By Nancy Edwards
What happened: A request to approve 2014 unwanted animal services contract with the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
What it means: The budget request will be increased by $5,885 from 2013 due to a calculation based on animal counts for 2013 year to date and what is anticipated based on current trends.
What happened: Request to approve Letter of Intent Agreement with Saxony Development for Saxony Hall, Lake and Beach.
What it means: The Town of Fishers and Interstate Holdings proposed an agreement that calls for the dedication of land to the Town of Saxony Mixed Use Development, construction of Saxony Hall with adjacent restroom and transfer of responsibilities associated with Saxony Lake & Beach to Town.
What will happen next: Saxony will contribute $536,000 for the project, which includes Saxony Hall and adjacent restrooms. The Town of Fishers will donate $586,100 for Saxony Hall. The Town will be responsible for the pathway and beach, while Saxony will be responsible for the grounds and landscaping.
What happened: A request to approve an ordinance for the transition from the Town of Fishers to the City of Fishers, including the establishment of City Legislative Districts.
What it means: The adoption of six legislative districts and includes provisions for the first election of city officers.
What happens next: District maps have been revised, which complies with the state law.
What happened: Request to approve an ordinance of the Town of Fishers, Hamilton County, adopting a food and beverage excise tax.
What it means: In 2013, the Indiana State Legislature passed a law allowing the Town of Fishers to adopt a Food and Beverage Excise Tax starting next year, not to exceed 1 percent. The Town of Fishers wishes to pursue the tax to diversify revenues, keeping residential property taxes low to focus on community and economic development.
What happens next: There will be a public hearing tonight at Town Hall, One Municipal Dr. at 7 p.m. for the public to comment on the proposed tax.
What happened: Request for median cut on 126th Street at Longleaf Lane in the entrance of Sterling Green Subdivision.
What it means: The Town constructed the third phase of 126th Street and 2011-2012 between SR 37 and Promise Road. As a result, the construction to the entrance of Sterling Green subdivision was limited to right-in, right-out access only. The Engineering Department has said that the median is needed to eliminate conflict points for left turners in and out due to proximity of the turn lane to the turn lane at 126th Street and Cumberland Road. Sterling Green organized a petition requesting the opening of the median. The motion was not passed.
What happened: Request to approve professional services agreement for Downtown Fishers infrastructure project.
What it means: private development and public infrastructure projects have been planned and are being considered, including new road construction, a new rail crossing, pavement reconstruction and widening, and an intersection improvement to relocate the entrance to Northeast Commerce Park at Lantern Road/Commerical Drive/Technology Drive.