Local Government

Council to weigh probe of public safety lease deal

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 4-mile stretch of the Wapahani Trail will connect White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street near Eli Lilly and Co.'s 255-acre private park.
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Candidates scarce so far for Fishers' first city election

October 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Only two contenders have thrown their hats in the ring, with 10 positions open and just seven months to go before the fledgling city's debut election. Lack of defined district boundaries is a hurdle.
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Former City Hall could reopen for planning work

October 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city's development director hopes to launch a countywide planning effort, and he wants it to take place on the first floor of the vacant, century-old building at 202 N. Alabama St.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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City planning division takes budget hit, cuts five staffers

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will rely more on public-private partnerships to hammer out long-term goals for neighborhoods, after laying off half its long-range planning staff.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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City votes to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday to cancel a tax abatement for Indianapolis-based tech staffing firm BCForward, since it didn't hit job-creation targets laid out in a 2009 economic development agreement.
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Indy faces $80K in fines for trash collector death

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
A workplace safety inspection prompted by the death of an Indianapolis trash collector has resulted in 10 violations and proposed fines of $80,000 for the city's public works department.
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Noblesville to developers: Pay fee, cut open space near parks

September 14, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Common Council members this month approved changes in the city’s land-use law that will allow residential developers within a half-mile of public parks to set aside less property as open space—for a price.
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Union calls for probe into unsafe operations center

September 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs removed about 150 workers from a city police department regional operations center Monday because city fire and building inspectors deemed the building unsafe.
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Zionsville believes in power of small loansRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The town has started supporting tiny business loans in its tax-increment financing district.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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CIB prepared to give Pacers another $11 million

August 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is prepared to give the Pacers another $11 million to offset losses from operating Bakers Life Fieldhouse as it continues to negotiate a long-term contract with the team.
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City to pay $15K to fix wells at new World Sports Park

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
The city of will replace one home water well and lower pumps in three others because they're being sucked dry by an irrigation system at a park where crews are building international sports fields.
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City files nuisance suits against apartments

August 20, 2013
Mason King
The two west-side apartment complexes have generated more than 3,200 police runs since 2008, according to the lawsuits. One owner told IBJ on Tuesday he would work with the city to make improvements.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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Ballard again targets homestead credit in latest budget proposal

August 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a $1 billion budget for 2014 Monday night that chops the Marion County Sheriff’s spending and once again hinges on a complicated reshuffling of tax revenue.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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Broad Ripple apartment project gets preliminary approval

August 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The controversial residential-and-retail development along the Central Canal got the nod from a city hearing examiner on Thursday. A zoning change and variances for the project still require additional approval.
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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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Anderson Speedway fights bill for overdue taxes

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Madison County officials say the company that owns the race track owes $125,000 in overdue property taxes. The Speedway believes it has been charged too much.
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