Local Government

Center Township trustee to list Mass Ave buildingRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The township board in late May gave Trustee Eugene Akers permission to list the property, which has a five-story office building on 1-1/3 acres of land.
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Crew making quick progress on Citizens Energy sewage tunnelRestricted Content

June 8, 2013

The Deep Rock Tunnel is the largest public-works project in the city’s history, and Citizens customers are already paying for the first phase, which cost $444 million.

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Fishers, Noblesville put cuffs on charities to recoup tax revenue

June 8, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two growing Hamilton County communities looking to build their commercial tax base are taking steps to ensure land targeted for development doesn’t end up in the hands of organizations that don’t pay taxes.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Fraud victim says he was duped twice over land bank house

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Joseph Satterfield says he paid twice for his residence at 624 Congress Ave., but he still doesn’t have his hands on the deed to the house that was held by the Indy Land Bank.
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San Francisco firm set to land towing contract

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
AutoReturn is in line for a five-year citywide towing-management deal after getting unanimous approval Wednesday from the Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement.
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Metropolitan development director gains deputy

June 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The department has been without a deputy director since 2002, when former Mayor Bart Peterson eliminated the position because of budget reductions, DMD spokesman John Bartholomew said.
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Longtime business, civic leader Walls dies at 86

June 3, 2013
John W. Walls served as president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce from 1977 to 1992 and as senior deputy mayor of Indianapolis under Richard Lugar.
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City can tap $39 million in low-interest loansRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Affordable-housing builders are enthusiastic about the new source of low-cost capital, which is targeted at a large swath of the inner city, excepting downtown.
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Land bank legislation could get lost in shuffle of deep agendaRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Legislative leaders recently assigned House Bill 1317 to the standing commission, which is also due to tackle such subjects as township assistance, agricultural land valuation and a motorsports commission.
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City-county board awards $65M in tech contracts

May 28, 2013
Mason King
The contracts will help support technology infrastructure, applications and the indy.gov Internet portals for more than 50 departments and agencies in the city-county government.
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Pike Township audit focuses on misused gas cardRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A former secretary in the Pike Township trustee’s office could face criminal charges after an internal investigation and state audit found that she used a township credit card to fill up her own gas tank.
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City fires indicted DMD employees, hires special attorney

May 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The city terminated two employees indicted this week on fraud charges stemming from a bribery scheme involving the Indianapolis Land Bank. It also hired a veteran attorney to review city policies and handle communications about the scheme.
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City panel tables approval of new towing contract

May 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement put off voting on a new citywide towing-management contract Thursday after members said they wanted more information about the bids from San Francisco-based AutoReturn and its local competitors.
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City expected to award towing contract to California firm

May 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will choose a San Francisco-based company to oversee city-ordered towing under a contract expected to be authorized Thursday afternoon.
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Mayor suspends land bank after indictments

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday sidelined a city program that sells vacant and tax-delinquent properties, one day after federal prosecutors indicted two of its top officials for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks.
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Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal public-corruption task force used a wire tap and an undercover FBI agent to unravel a fraud scheme authorities say was orchestrated by two city employees and three co-conspirators.
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Feds charge 5 in Indy Land Bank kickback scheme

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors have charged two city employees in the Department of Metropolitan Development and three others in a scheme involving cash kickbacks on the sale of properties in the Indy Land Bank.
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FBI searches City-County Building, makes multiple arrests in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
FBI agents on Tuesday morning conducted a warrant search at the Department of Metropolitan Development in the City-County Building, shortly after agents arrested multiple people, including city employees.
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Ex-councilor Bateman sentenced to 27 months in prison

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Paul C. Bateman Jr. had pleaded guilty in January to his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Counties worry about cost of sentencing overhaul

May 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana counties could be forced to pay some of the costs of a change in the state's criminal code that is designed to keep low-level offenders out of prison while ensuring the worst serve more of their sentences.
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Greenwood, Whiteland try to spur, shape growthRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two Johnson County communities are determined to capture—and control—the next wave of suburban growth.
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Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Broad Ripple flooding in 2012 becoming costly for city

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis faces possibly paying several hundred thousand dollars for a restaurant badly damaged by flooding that swamped a neighborhood during a downpour a year ago.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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