City Government

Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Sheriff's challengers prepare for high-profile political fight

February 3, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Sheriff John Layton faces heavy criticism from two challengers, Republican Emmitt Carney and Democrat Mark Brown.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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City close to maxing out $7.3M snow-removal budget

January 21, 2014
Mason King
The city spent about 70 percent of its annual budget on just the first 10 days of the year. With the Department of Public Works' Indy Snow Force scheduled to work on the latest snowfall through 11 p.m. Tuesday, the city is nearing its cap.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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'Ban the box' proposal heads for Indianapolis council

January 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis 'ban the box' initiative would affect hiring practices for the city, its vendors and economic development partners.
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Mayor raises travel emergency level in Indy to 'red'

January 5, 2014
Associated Press
The level makes it illegal for anyone other than emergency personnel to drive except for emergency purposes or if they are seeking shelter. It's the first time Indianapolis has issued such a warning since the 1978 blizzard.
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Ex-Star reporter lands Carmel consulting deal

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Carmel reporter Dan McFeely quit the layoff-prone Indianapolis Star in November to become a consultant to Carmel’s Department of Economic Development. Records show the deal could be lucrative for the 15-year Star veteran, with the potential to earn up to $99,000 a year.
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Kokomo to debut curbside recycling program

December 29, 2013
Associated Press
City officials hope the program can reduce the community's trash-disposal costs by 35 percent.
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Other 2013 news of note: From Pacers to panhandling

December 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A look at some of the runner-up top Indianapolis business stories from 2013.
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City loses top bond rating from Standard & Poor's

December 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis had its bond rating cut from AAA to AA this week by financial rating service Standard & Poor's after the city dipped into reserve funds to balance its budget. Two other major ratings services retained the top rating.
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U.S. Attorney announces new charges in Land Bank plot

December 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest indictment charges Reginald T. Walton with wire fraud for his alleged role in a scheme involving the land bank and a city mowing contract.
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Union Station gets new scrutiny after spate of repairs

December 14, 2013
Scott Olson
Seeing small repair projects pile up at the city's iconic 19th-century train station, city officials have launched an effort to assess the building’s condition with the most thorough inspection in several years.
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City inviting proposals for new courts-jail complex

December 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
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Mayor champions plan to relocate justice center

December 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Mayor Greg Ballard and Marion County law enforcement officials on Wednesday morning expect to announce plans for a new criminal justice complex, moving operations currently located in the City-County Building and elsewhere downtown.
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Downtown plan proposes street changes, parks, lighting

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A not-for-profit's proposal for downtown Indy focuses on making it more comfortable and dynamic for urban dwellers.
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DMD's Thies pushing for better design, more projects

November 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Adam Thies, 36, arrived from the private sector in October 2012 and is beginning to put his stamp on the government agency that guides city development
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Mayor pushing plan to use city funds to upgrade Natatorium

November 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard is proposing to pay about half of the $20 million needed to upgrade the Natatorium at IUPUI. The city's Capital Improvement Board is also considering setting aside tax revenue for operation expenses.
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Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

November 26, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The court's decision denied an injunction request from several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.
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Indianapolis mounting push to privatize parks

November 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
IndyParks is looking for private operators interested in opening new attractions on city-owned land, improving existing offerings, and taking over daily operations of parks facilities. New offerings could get rolling in 2014.
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Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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City designs new strategy to combat panhandlingRestricted Content

November 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A bipartisan group of city-county councilors is considering an ordinance that would increase panhandling restrictions, including barring panhandling and street performances within 50 feet of any area where any financial transaction is made.
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