Monroe County

IU advancing demolition plan opposed by city

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana University's Board of Trustees is expected to vote this week on a plan to move or tear down six houses in a Bloomington neighborhood that city officials have been trying to protect.
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Bloomington puts new rules on chain businesses

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
The City Council voted Wednesday night to require what it calls standardized businesses seeking to open a downtown storefront to obtain a special zoning permit.
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Lender bids $26 million to take over Indiana Limestone Co.

April 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An investment firm was the only bidder for an Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings.
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New parking meters bring in $1M for Bloomington

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
The meters were approved a year ago amid protests from business owners who feared their long hours would deter customers and hurt their revenue.
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Bloomington council backs Habitat neighborhood

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council is giving permission to a Habitat for Humanity group to develop a neighborhood with 35 homes.
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Indiana Limestone wins court approval for auction

March 17, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The owner of Indiana Limestone Co. has received court approval to hold an April sale to see whether there are any better offers for virtually all its assets than the $26 million bid by lender Indiana Commercial Finance LLC.
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Former Bloomington official charged in scheme

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis said Wednesday that 43-year-old Justin Wykoff faces 24 counts of embezzlement for allegedly approving fraudulent invoices, often for concrete work that was never done.
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Council hopes historic value nixes IU land swap

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Bloomington leaders would like a proposed new historic designation to persuade Indiana University to think twice about a land-swap plan that could include razing six houses to make way for a new fraternity building.
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Bloomington limestone firm to close, lay off 166

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An 88-year-old Indiana company that supplied limestone to many of the country's most important buildings is going out of business.
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IU plans statue of WWII journalist Ernie Pyle

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
Pyle's bronze likeness outside of Franklin Hall will be just the third statue on IU's Bloomington campus.
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Stretch of I-69 extension set to start next year

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
The state plans to select a contractor in March for the 21-mile section between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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Bloomington defends tough smoke-detector ordinance

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
Property owners sued in July to block the law, which requires landlords to install hard-wired smoke detectors by 2019.
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Monroe County looks to limit I-69 truck stops

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials in southern Indiana's Monroe County are proposing tough rules for any truck stops that might be built with the opening of the Interstate 69 extension.
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Two Monroe County employers lay off 205 workers

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
GE Appliances said Monday it will eliminate 160 jobs from its Bloomington plant because demand for its side-by-side refrigerators has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2010. Meanwhile, Ellettsville telecommunications company Smithville is cutting 45 full-time employees
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Logging plan for Indiana forest draws opposition

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
The group Hoosier Forest Watch maintains that the logging work would damage the 1,500-acre back-country section of Morgan-Monroe State Forest near Bloomington. The state disagrees.
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Apartment business good in IU's hometown

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
Bloomington's average apartment rent was $892 last year, up nearly $60 in two years.
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Bloomington manufacturer closing, laying off 72

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Hartmann USA said Wednesday that it will move the Bloomington operations to its U.S. headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C., where it plans an $18 million expansion.
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Bloomington council OKs revised parking meter plan

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the downtown parking plan, which was revised following opposition from local business owners.
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I-69 leg gobbling up state's road fundingRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
As legislators brace for a $250 million annual transportation spending gap down the road, the Indiana Department of Transportation has designated more than one-third of its entire federal highway aid this year toward building 27 miles of Interstate 69 between Crane and Bloomington.
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Foul odor spurs Oliver Winery hard-cider lawsuit

January 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The Bloomington-based winery claims in a federal lawsuit that it was forced to recall its hard apple cider due to defective cans provided by Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp.
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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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Bloomington earns green distinction for city hall

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
Other than bragging rights and a plaque on the wall, what's the value of energy and environmental design certification for the city and taxpayers?
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Bloomington approves $27 million downtown hotel project

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council has approved giving up some city property for construction of a $27 million Hyatt Hotel near the downtown courthouse square.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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University endowments are digging out of deep holeRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
Indiana college endowments have surged back since the recession, but three-quarters closed the 2011 fiscal year below where they were when the market crashed.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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