Noblesville council approves zoning change, police and fire agreements 

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The Noblesville Common Council met Nov. 24. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at City Hall, 16 S. 10th St. For more, visit cityofnoblesville.org.

What happened: Council member Greg O’Connor gave an update on the finance committee.

What it means: O’Connor detailed several items that were discussed at a recent finance committee meeting, including a tax increment financing update by Andrew Murray, the city’s economic development director. Murray and the economic development team are putting together a summary of all TIF initiatives through the city’s 14 allocation areas. O’Connor said the finance committee wants to see an overall presentation at the end of the first or second quarter in 2021, and then the city will have a better idea of what revenue streams are available for future projects.

 

What happened: The common council unanimously approved a change in zoning for a residence at 239 S. Eighth St.

What it means: The house was previously zoned R5 residential and the approval changed it to downtown zoning. The area the house is in has a mix of residential and downtown zoning. The zoning change adheres to the comprehensive plan. The R5 zoning allowed the house to be used as apartments, and the downtown zoning still allows that use.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance.

What it means: Three definitions were either modified or added to the UDO, including items about accessibility ramps, loading berths and a modified map of the downtown mixed-use district, which expanded the area west of the White River.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved an agreement between the City of Noblesville and the Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 198.

What it means: The agreement approves benefits and compensation for Noblesville Police Dept. employees. Items include clarifying that Extra Duty Special Event assignments outside of normal shift assignments will be paid at an overtime rate; adjusting Field Officer Training pay to increase the hourly rate from $1.50/hour addition to $2.50/hour addition for the time FTOs spend leading training exercises and programs; and a new $250 annual stipend and increasing the annual clothing allowance from $800 per officer to $1,000 per officer.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved an agreement between the City of Noblesville and the Noblesville Professional Firefighters International Association of Firefighters Local 4416.

What it means: The agreement approves benefits and compensation for Noblesville Fire Dept. employees. Items include changing minimum shift staffing numbers from 33 to 34 to reflect the addition of the Noble Act Community Resource Paramedic position; adding the CRP compensation to the pay scale; adding CRPs to the Acting in Capacity Pay program that provides premium compensation for situations where a firefighter is assigned to fill in for a shift at a higher level of responsibility; increasing the annual clothing allowance from $700 annually to $800 annually; and changing vacation accrual rules to allow newer employees to accrue vacation time sooner.


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