Local Government

Carmel moves toward $183 million refinancing

August 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The refinancing would free up about $8.8 million for future development projects and keep the Carmel Redevelopment Commission out of the red. But a skirmish is brewing over a CRC proposal for the city to help cover operating expenses.
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Council approves 'Complete Streets' proposal

August 15, 2012
An ordinance that would require new and rebuilt streets in Indianapolis to be designed and constructed with multiple users in mind has been passed by the City-County Council.
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CIB plans $5M repair to Capitol Commons plaza

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The project is part of a $63.9 million operating budget board members approved for 2013, which is lower than the current year's budget because it doesn't include Super Bowl costs or special payments to the Indiana Pacers.
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Latest CIB budget contains no new payments to Pacers

August 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Payments on a three-year, $30 million subsidy ended this year, but discussions continue between CIB officials and Pacers officials on future leases involving Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Few regulations for Indianapolis food trucks to keepRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Owners, restaurateurs are hoping to avoid new ordinances.
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Flood-control project could mean more trees get ax along Central CanalRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for a $14.4 million floodwall and levee from Butler University to Kessler Boulevard is both good and bad news for woodland advocates.
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Ballard plans to introduce merit raises for more employees

August 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard said Thursday that he plans to introduce a new system of merit raises that could put extra pressure on department chiefs to cut their budgets.
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Parking-garage connectors receive city approval

August 9, 2012
The Metropolitan Development Commission's plat committee has given local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties the go-ahead to include two upper-level pedestrian connectors in its plan to build a five-story parking garage downtown. The garage is part of a larger, $85 million development.
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Extra money for Carmel arts groups on hold

August 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor James Brainard's request for an additional $1.36 million in arts funding is lingering in a city council committee.
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Five in the running to manage City-County Building

August 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office is reviewing proposals from five commercial property managers that want a crack at running the City-County Building for the next 30 years.
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City's Huber to head airport biz-development efforts

August 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Michael Huber, the city's deputy mayor for economic development since March 2010, is stepping down to take a lead role in commercial development at Indianapolis International Airport. He'll be replaced by Bond Bank director Deron Kintner.
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Former city official takes top job at Indiana ACLU

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
Jane Henegar, who was Indianapolis' deputy mayor from 2000 to 2006 under then-Mayor Bart Peterson, is the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
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Dems grumbling over big raises for Ballard's staff

July 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s staff received a collective 18-percent raise this spring following the hiring of a new deputy for education with an annual salary of $120,000.
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Committee passes domestic partner benefits proposal

July 25, 2012
The plan to offer health-care benefits to domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers passed a City-County Council committee by a 7-0 vote on Tuesday. The full council could consider the measure as early as Aug. 13.
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Charter school lands more time in fight against closure

July 25, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School was granted a court hearing and restraining order Tuesday in its fight against Mayor Greg Ballard's plan to revoke its charter. Ballard, though, emphasized his decision by issuing a "final notice of charter revocation."
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Mayor vetoes hotel-worker blacklisting proposal

July 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a proposed ordinance aimed at hiring practices by local hotels, the mayor's office announced Thursday afternoon.
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Hotel worker 'blacklisting' ban approved by council

July 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis hotels could no longer ban contract workers from direct employment under an ordinance passed Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Bar owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction

July 17, 2012
The 10 Indianapolis business owners want a federal judge to prevent the city of Indianapolis from enforcing new public smoking restrictions until a ruling is made on their lawsuit. Their original complaint claims the ordinance violates parts of the U.S. Constitution.
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CIB mulling sale of historic downtown building

July 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board has owned the Ober building, at 107 S. Pennsylvania St. near Bankers Life Fieldhouse, since 1999. Members on Monday voted to begin soliciting bids.
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Commission to recommend more limits on local TIFs

June 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A study commission on tax-increment financing will vote Thursday evening on a set of policy recommendations that would limit the use of TIF districts in Indianapolis.
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Library overhauls website to conform to mobile device, social media standardsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Redesign should provide easier navigation on site that drew 9.5 million visits last year.
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Ballard vetoes council's redistricting proposal

June 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The debate over Indianapolis City-County Council districts may need to be resolved in court, council President Maggie Lewis predicted, after Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed an ordinance that would have funded redistricting.
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Group pushing to make Center Grove a town

June 11, 2012
Scott Olson
Citizens for Center Grove, a not-for-profit leading the effort to make the unincorporated area a town, is set to present its proposal at a public meeting Tuesday night. The new town would have roughly 29,000 residents.
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Indiana officials face deadline on anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
County, city, town and township governments across Indiana are racing to adopt new rules against nepotism ahead of a July 1 deadline.
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Domestic-partner benefits proposal introduced

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal introduced Monday night to the City-County Council.
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