Local Government

Indy’s sewer-fee forgiveness ruled constitutional by high court

June 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis didn’t violate the Constitution when it forgave sewer-system debt owed by some homeowners while refusing to give refunds to those who had already paid, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
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Johnson County considers more fees for revenue boost

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is looking at a wide range of new or increased fees to make up for what officials say are declines in tax revenue.
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Smoking-ban lawsuits face long odds, legal expert says

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A constitutional law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis said he doubts 10 bar owners have a chance fighting the city's smoking ban in court. The ban goes into effect Friday.
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Playoff run pushes Pacers closer to profitabilityRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers’ playoff run and a decreased player payroll—along with $10 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Board—have brought the team closer to breaking even this year, but not out of the red, sports business experts say.
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Indianapolis council to consider domestic-partner benefits

May 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield filed the proposal covering city employees that would make same-sex and heterosexual couples who live together eligible for health insurance benefits.
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Greenwood sues bank to collect $917,000 letter of credit

May 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
The City of Greenwood says a Minnesota bank owes it more than $900,000 to pay for street and sewer improvements left undone by the bankrupt developer of a mobile home park along U.S. 31.
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Cummins hires ex-Indianapolis mayoral candidate

May 16, 2012
Melina Kennedy has joined the diesel engine maker's corporate communications team and will be responsible for executive communications, research and speechwriting for CEO Tom Linebarger.
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Companies seek solar-panel lease contracts from city

May 14, 2012
Scott Olson
The City-County Council is set to hear a proposal by two companies to lease space on city-owned rooftops and sell electricity generated by solar panels installed in those spots.
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Lawsuit: Anderson mayor fired 10 workers over politics

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor is fighting a lawsuit filed by 10 former city employees who claim they lost their jobs because they backed the mayor's opponent in last year's election.
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Former council president to become city's chief of staff

May 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Chris Cotterill, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, plans to leave the administration and return to private business, the city announced Wednesday. City-County Councilman Ryan Vaughn has resigned from his seat to replace Cotterill.
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Zoning board rejects Broad Ripple parking garage proposal

May 1, 2012
Scott Olson
Members of the board voted 5-0 to reject the variance that would have allowed Keystone Group to build the garage and retail development below the city's recommended flood plain.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Indianapolis public safety chief leaving position

April 27, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub is resigning after more than a year of criticism over the city police department's handling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an officer.
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Mayor signs tougher public smoking ordinance

April 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ordinance, which takes effect at 6 a.m. on June 1, expands existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Error renews questions about Indianapolis police

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A fresh revelation about the mishandling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an Indianapolis police officer prompted the city's police chief, Paul Ciesielski, to step down Tuesday, and left Public Safety Director Frank Straub being grilled by a city-county committee Wednesday night.
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Anderson mayor seeks budget cuts up to 20 percent

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and city controller Sam Pellegrino are asking every city department to make drastic cuts to their budget without significant layoffs.
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City-County Council OKs new smoking-ban proposal

April 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 20-9 Monday night to approve another proposal that would strengthen Indianapolis' public smoking ban.
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Plan envisions hot growth for downtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
A study commissioned by the office of Mayor Greg Ballard envisions a much more densely populated, walkable downtown core stretched by several blocks and supported by another Circle Centre mall's worth of retail and enough new office space to double the size of Chase Tower.
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CIB loss from Super Bowl in line with projections

April 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Preliminary financials show the board that manages the city's sports and convention facilities so far has lost nearly $350,000 due to the Super Bowl. That figure is expected to grow to $800,000.
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Smoking ban proposal advances to City-County Council

April 4, 2012
The new proposal, which passed through committee Tuesday night, is nearly identical to the last measure except that it no longer bans smoking at existing private clubs. That addition prompted Mayor Greg Ballard to veto the previous version.
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Ex-Democratic official charged in ballot petition forgery

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
A former Democratic Party county chairman in northern Indiana has been charged with leading a scheme to forge signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
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Firm to reimburse vehicle owners for illegal towing

March 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Interstate/Delaware and South Towing will pay about $80,000 to owners of more than 300 vehicles unlawfully towed from the Indiana Avenue parking lot under an agreement reached with the city prosecutor.
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Councilors to introduce new smoking-ban proposal

March 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two City-County Councilors are prepared to take another stab at enacting a stronger public smoking ban in Indianapolis. And this time they think Mayor Greg Ballard will approve.
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Mayor names two new department directors

March 15, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday appointed new directors for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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