Noise ordinance amendment addressing barking dogs sent to committee 

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The Carmel City Council met Dec. 3 to discuss amendments to its noise ordinance, the creation of a fund to accept donations for a marketing initiative of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission and other items.

What happened: The council sent an amendment to its noise ordinance to the Land Use and Special Studies Committee.

What it means: The amendment is in response to complaints about barking dogs, which are not specifically addressed in the current ordinance. The amendment outlines rules for animal noises at homes and businesses within 50 feet of a residential unit, such as kennels.

What’s next: The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Carmel City Hall to discuss the ordinance.

 

What happened: The council sent an ordinance amendment to the Finance, Utilities and Rules Committee that would establish a Carmel Redevelopment Commission Marketing Gift Account Fund.

What it means: With the Carmel Redevelopment Commission preparing to move into new office space in late winter in Midtown, the proposed fund will hold donations for a program in development that CRC Director Henry Mestetsky said “will be an enhancement to the city’s economic development engine.” The new office is expected to contain a scale model of Carmel’s central core designed by Kittworks with magnetic 3-D model buildings. The CRC approved the contract for the project in September.

What’s next: As of press time the committee had not set a meeting date, but the ordinance will go back before the city council for a vote.

 

What happened: The council approved three resolutions that shift funds within various accounts.

What it means: With the end of the year drawing near, the resolutions allow departments to cover unexpected expenses with extra funds from other budget areas. The council approved transferring $188,000 within the Information & Communications Dept. budget to cover modernization initiatives; $100,000 within the Street Dept. general fund to cover damage to public property before insurance reimbursements arrive; and $213,000 from the Dept. of Administration budget and Carmel Fire Dept. budget to the building operations budget to cover electric bills that have grown with the addition of a chiller.


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