Carmel intends to purchase 2nd floor of Lurie building

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The Carmel City Council met Oct. 21 to discuss regulations of skateboards, the purchase of office space and other matters.

What happened: The council introduced a resolution expressing interest in purchasing the second floor of the Lurie Building at 30 W. Main St.

What it means: The city intends to purchase space it has been leasing since 2013, which houses Carmel Utilities and other city employees. It is listed as part of a water works bond package, with $1.5 million estimated as the project cost for the purchase. Carmel Utilities Director John Duffy told the council that owning rather than leasing the space will save the city approximately $35,000 per year. Current has reached out to the city for additional details but did not receive information as of press time.

What’s next: The council’s Finance, Utilities and Rules Committee will discuss the proposal.

 

What happened: The council approved expanding the list of places skateboards and other toy vehicles are not allowed.

What it means: Skateboards are no longer allowed on any city-owned portions of Carmel Midtown, the Arts & Design District, parking garages and Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Dept. property (except for greenways, trail, multi-use paths and designated skate parks).

 

What happened: The council approved amendments to the city’s employee benefits, travel and equal employment opportunity policies.

What it means: The ordinance adds genetic information, sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination policy and includes several minor changes.

What’s next: The council approved the ordinance on first reading.

 

What happened: The council approved amendments to two ordinances that outline regulations for utilities.

What it means: The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission recently found an ordinance in Avon that is similar to Carmel’s to be unreasonable and therefore void. The amendments reword Carmel’s ordinances to make them consistent with the commission’s findings and avoid a potential disagreement with IURC.

What’s next: The council approved the amendments on first reading.


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