Local Government

Neighborhoods back new 'north-midtown' TIF area

September 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council will have more than one big tax-increment finance issue to consider at a meeting Monday night. A new TIF district stretching from Fall Creek to White River along College Avenue will be introduced.
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City names new chief for animal care and control

September 14, 2012
Daniel T. Shackle, an attorney who served as a program manager in the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement, takes over for Amber Myers, who submitted her resignation late last month.
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Sheriff's office defends keeping Anderson, Cottey on payroll

September 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Former sheriffs Frank Anderson and Jack Cottey are each being paid $35,000 per year by the Marion County Sheriff's Department for advice and work on budgeting, jail operations and other issues.
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New metropolitan development director named

September 12, 2012
Adam Thies will succeed Maury Plambeck as director of Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development, effective Oct. 1. Plambeck will lead a program directing the next RebuildIndy investments into city neighborhoods.
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Straub named to lead police in Washington city

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve Frank Straub as the city's director of law enforcement.
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Airport touts generating more than $56M in tax revenueRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Property tax isn't part of the equation, which irritates some Decatur Township residents.
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Steak n Shake paying $3.8M for Ober Building

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An affiliate of the Steak n Shake restaurant chain has agreed to pay $3.8 million to acquire downtown's Ober Building from the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County. The restaurant chain likely will move its headquarters to the 1910 building.
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Fishers reorganization plan to appear on November ballot

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Following a legal battle decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Hamilton County Election Board has agreed to give residents of Fishers and Fall Creek Township the opportunity in November to vote on merging the two into a single city.
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TIF district expansion proposal gets committee OK

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A proposal that would expand a downtown tax-increment financing district to the northeast and northwest was approved Monday by the City-County Council's Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee.
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City builds modern database to manage aging infrastructureRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will spend $2 million this year to create its first comprehensive, modern inventory of its streets and sidewalks.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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Spokane hires Indy's former public safety director as police chief

August 22, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub will be the new police chief in Spokane, the mayor of the Washington city announced Wednesday. Straub was director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis until Aug. 10.
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Excess TIF revenue would help close city budget gapRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mayor proposes shifting $10 million out of downtown district to help make up for $65 million general-fund shortfall.
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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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