Local Government

Library board saves branches, seeks long-term fix

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees agreed Thursday to keep open two library branches targeted for closure next year. Board members also outlined $2.5 million in proposed budget cuts for 2011 to help stem the growing gap between revenue and expenses.
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Appeals court reverses Bargersville annexation

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the town of Bargersville’s annexation of land that Greenwood officials also wanted to take over, saying it failed to get the required consent from property owners.
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Local attorney elected U.S. Libertarian Party's vice chairman

July 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Rutherford wants America's third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level of government.
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CIB audit shows agency finances improving

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board earned $10 million last year after reporting a $16.8 million loss in 2008. Its financial future is clouded, however, by talks with the Indiana Pacers over Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs.
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Pacers, CIB still talking post-deadline

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
A June 30 deadline imposed by the basketball team passed with no agreement on who will pay Conseco Fieldhouse operating expenses, but both sides remain optimistic a deal will get done soon.
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CIB, Pacers discussing three-year deal

June 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to wait until economy, National Basketball Association labor situation stabilize before entering longer-term deal. Optimism remains deal can get done by June 30.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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Democrat Williams drops out of race for mayor

June 15, 2010
Brian Williams said Tuesday that he is dropping his bid to challenge Mayor Greg Ballard in 2011, paving the way for front runner Melina Kennedy to represent the Democrats.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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Walgreen gets OK to sell booze at 18 more stores

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County recommended permits for 18 of the 28 stores for which Walgreens is seeking to sell alcohol. Approval by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission could happen as soon as June. 15.
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City not ready to privatize Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard has put privatization of Indianapolis’ stadium and convention center management on indefinite hold.
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Library postpones branch-closure decision

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees has delayed a decision on whether to close up to six library branches until its July 15 regular meeting.
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Business groups bless Mayor Ballard's utility sale plan

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis support sale of water, sewer utilities.
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City says it will keep library branches open

May 12, 2010
Details of a plan to assist the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library have yet to emerge, but city leaders are pledging their support to shore up a widening budget gap.
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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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Study: Pacers, Fever add $55M to local economy each year

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever contribute an estimated $55 million a year to the Indianapolis economy, according to a study conducted by Chicago-based hospitality consulting firm Hunden Strategic Partners.
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CIB set to release results of Pacers impact study

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from a Chicago consulting firm will detail how much the Indiana Pacers contribute to the local economy, as the Capital Improvement Board negotiates with team officials over paying $15 million in annual Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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City flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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Indianapolis road projects aided by federal stimulus funds

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city’s Department of Public Works plans a record $88 million in transportation improvements, including road, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Brizzi ordered dismissal in trespassing case

April 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Another case has surfaced in which Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi personally weighed in to the benefit of defense attorney Paul Page, Brizzi’s friend and business partner.
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