Carmel in brief — January 11, 2022


Christmas tree pickup – Republic Services will pick up one Christmas tree per home in Carmel. The tree will be collected on the regular service day during the first two weeks of January. Trees must be cut in sections that are 4 feet long or less. Ornaments, tinsel, stands, lights and tree bags must be removed.

Civil War roundtable meeting – Michael Beck & Bruce Kolb will be the featured speakers at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable to be held at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Beck has written articles for Civil War Times Illustrated and Military Images and captained the Co. D. 11th Indiana Volunteer Zouaves re-enactment group. Kolb is the past commander of the Dept. of Indiana Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Holiday lights recycling — Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Light Recycling Drive. Through Jan. 20, residents can recycle used and unwanted holiday lights at White’s Ace Hardware at 731 S. Range Line Rd. The CCS Green Teams will offer recycling at CCS campuses through Jan. 6. For more, contact Kelli Prader at the City of Carmel Utilities department at 317-571-2673.

Hasbrook Award nominations open – Bosma has opened nominations for the 2022 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to supporting people with disabilities. Bosma is seeking nominees who exemplify a strong community service orientation through advocacy, leadership and program development and who assist individuals who are disabled to realize their potential. Nominations should be sent to [email protected]. Along with the nominee’s name, indicate why this individual would be an appropriate candidate for this award. All nominations are due by Feb. 1.

County council president elected – Steve Schwartz was elected president of the Hamilton County Council at the Jan. 5 meeting. He replaces Amy Massillamany in the role. Ken Alexander will serve as vice president. Election of officers is an annual practice at the first meeting of each year. Schwartz was elected to the Hamilton County Councilors in 2002. He represents District 3, which includes Noblesville, Jackson and White River Townships.

Governor’s Fellowship — Gov. Eric Holcomb is accepting applications through Jan. 28, for the 2022–2023 Governor’s Fellowship, which places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who received their bachelor’s degree beginning in summer or fall of 2021 or will receive it in the spring of 2022. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Applicants should know if they have been selected for an interview no later than Feb. 14, 2022. The fellowship will begin July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 through Aug. 1, 2022. To be eligible, the nominee must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana, lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years and have no felony convictions. A nomination form can be found at To learn more about the organization or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Elder law firm growing – Applegate & Dillman Elder Law’s staff increased by more than 25 percent in the last year. The firm hired seven new employees and created three new positions in 2021. The most recent hires include Elder Care Coordinator Tammy Quillin and Associate Attorney Eliza Gordner. New positions created in 2021 are marketing specialist (Kristin Cunningham), intake specialist (Erika Godfrey) and senior attorney, registered mediator (Laurel Gilchrist).

Merchants Bank retirement – Merchants Bank has announced the retirement of Chief Credit Officer Richard (Rick) Belser. Robert Burtner, Merchants Bank’s deputy chief credit officer, succeeded Belser, transitioning into the role in early January. Belser is one of the original Symphony Bank alumni, joining in 2007 prior to the acquisition and rebrand to Merchants Bank of Indiana. Burtner joined the company in 2019.

Ulbricht named IMLA stat chair – Ashley Ulbricht has been appointed as the Indiana State Chair for the International Municipal Lawyers Association). IMLA appoints a state chair for each of the 50 states to act in an advisory role to the board of directors on matters of policy, programs and membership. Ulbricht is an attorney in Taft’s Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s municipal and litigation groups. Prior to joining Taft, she served as a city attorney for the City of Carmel  and general counsel to the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.

MY SALON suites now open – MY SALON Suite at Carmel City Center is now open on the plaza of the  United Fidelity Bank Building at 800 S. Range Line Rd., Hanover Place, Suite 290. The Carmel City Center location is the first Indianapolis area location and second Indiana location for the company. MY SALON Suite provides beauty and wellness professionals across many specialties a location to build their business and talents. The 28 private suites come fully equipped with furniture, including a full-length mirror with surround lighting and storage, a styling chair, a separate shampoo bowl, a color bar with separate sink and options for business owners to customize the space with their own flair and choice of paint colors.

MJ Insurance VP — MJ Insurance, a Carmel-based risk management and employee benefits agency, has hired Braden Pitts as vice president of technology. Pitts comes to MJ Insurance with more than a decade of technical leadership experience and expertise in IT infrastructure management. Pitts holds an associate of science from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and recently earned his bachelor’s in Information Technology from Colorado State University.

30e Scientific honored – Carmel-based 3Oe Scientific, a sci-tech company advancing the science and benefits of ozonated water, has been announced as a winning company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards. This recognizes 3Oe Scientific as one of the best tech companies to work for in emerging tech communities beyond Silicon Valley. The award winning companies were selected based on data collected from the companies for their company profile on Powderkeg, supplemented with publicly available third-party data. Companies are able to add data to their Powderkeg profile including company size, perks and benefits, funding, industry, and employee testimonials.