Local Government

Indiana Senate panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee on Thursday approved a plan for new Senate election districts that Democrats maintain unfairly dilutes black and Hispanic voting strength.
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Mayor's charter schools director to leave

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Karega Rausch will become the Indianapolis director of Stand for Children, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that pushes education reform through grass-roots organizing and legislative lobbying.
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UPDATE: City chooses manager for Velodrome, park

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marian University will assume management of the Major Taylor Velodrome and the surrounding Lake Sullivan Sports Complex under a partnership announced Thursday morning by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Tax breaks approved for bioanalytical lab operator

April 7, 2011
The Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday preliminarily approved Advion BioServices Inc.'s request for a tax abatement to build a laboratory at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis.
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Challenger alleges misconduct in Westfield mayoral race

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Russell Cameron, who is challenging Westfield Mayor Andy Cook in a May 3 Republican primary, accused Cook’s deputy mayor of improperly using his position and city resources to campaign for Cook’s reelection.
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Tax caps lead to painful budget cuts in some counties

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners and businesses have seen their tax bills cut by more than $655 million since the General Assembly approved property tax caps in 2008. But the savings have been tough for some local governments.
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City names new golf manager for Eagle Creek

March 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Golf club's former operator defaulted on loan agreement, forcing city officials to make $222,724 in payments and search for another contractor to manage it.
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City looking for auctioneer to sell excess cars, equipment

March 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A request for proposals was put out March 14 for the two-year auctioneer contract. Bids are due next month.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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City terminating contract of Eagle Creek golf manager

March 14, 2011
Scott Olson
Jerry Hayslett, who has managed the golf club on West 56th Street since 1999, will no longer be the operator, effective April 1, after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan balance, city officials said.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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City launching mobile app for potholes, other problems

March 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to launch a free application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that will allow residents to report potholes, high weeds or stray dogs as they spot them.
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City hires project manager for international district improvements

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The plan would enhance the area around West 38th Street and Lafayette Road with landscaping, monuments and murals.
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City-County Council OKs new crime grants board

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation will administer the city's tax-supported crime grants program, under a proposal approved Monday night 26-0 by the City-County Council.
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North of South development to start this summer

March 1, 2011
Tom Harton
Now that financing for Buckingham Cos.’ massive project has the city’s blessing, the local developer is turning its full attention to construction of the 14-acre, mixed-use complex.
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Indianapolis halts work on blighted historic building

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the 1880 building located at 42 E. Washington St. was cited for doing unapproved work to the facade.
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Indiana overpays localities $610M over 3 years

February 25, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials are seeking to recoup much of nearly $610 million overpaid to local governments in fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011 due to income tax revenue estimates thrown off by the lingering recession.
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Indianapolis library system sees drop in visits

February 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system, which reduced hours to deal with budget cuts, saw patron visits drop 15 percent in 2010, to just more than 5 million.
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City seeks replacement for GM plant

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis will spend $115,000 on a study to explore redevelopment opportunities for the 102-acre GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown that will close this summer.
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Water playground proposed for far-east side park

February 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Splash zone is among several improvements slated for German Church and 30th Park, a few of which will be considered Thursday by the Metropolitan Development Commission's hearing examiner.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Technicality delays council's North of South vote

February 8, 2011
Tom Harton
A technicality caused the City-County Council on Monday night to put off a final vote on the massive North of South mixed-use project slated to be built on 14 acres north of the Eli Lilly and Co. corporate campus.
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