Brainard: You've got to see Carmel to believe it

October 9, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard painted a rosy picture of the suburban community in his State of the City speech Wednesday. Then he showed the video.

Brainard delivered his annual status report Wednesday at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon that drew more than 530 attendees.

He spoke for less than five minutes, saying the growing city made good business decisions that allowed it to emerge from the recession in strong shape. Case in point: the 3,500 jobs Brainard said Carmel has landed (or been promised) just this year.

But his speech lasted less than five minutes. The rest of his allotted time went to a screening of “Carmel: A City to Experience,” a slick 30-minute video produced in association with The Omni Centre for Public Media.

Brainard and a half-dozen department heads appear in the video, highlighting recent accomplishments and upcoming projects. It also addresses the city’s redevelopment efforts and its investment in the arts, with footage from groundbreaking ceremonies and jobs announcements—and praise from residents and visitors alike.

“We felt that this year's State of the City should be shared visually because Carmel truly is a city to experience,” said Director of Community Relations Nancy Heck.

In that spirit, click here to watch the full video on YouTube. Check it out, then weigh in.

  • Carmel: A Great Place to Live
    My family has been in Carmel for 20 years now. We have owned eight homes in six states stretching from both coasts and several places in between and we find Carmel to be by far our favorite place to live. The quality of life is outstanding. The activities such as Gazebo concerts in the summer; CarmelFest, The Center for the Performing Arts; the Monon Trail, and the Arts and Design district and all the activities hosted there mean there is always something to do. Shopping and dining places are plentiful and diverse. We have many locally owned and operated shops and restaurants that we like to support. Schools are among the best in the state and the taxes are low. Investment in city infrastructure is extensive and getting around the city is quick and easy. Carmel is indeed a world class city -- voted the #1 place to live in the US in 2012. It is a very well kept secret and a most pleasant city to live and work in!
  • Moved here 9 years ago, never looked back
    I moved from CA 9 years ago and never looked back. Great place for families. I am visual so I liked the city's video presentation.
  • But, it will change
    The tremendous development in apartments, will no doubt make some changes in the Carmel lifestyle. At the very least, it will put a huge strain on our schools. We can't look in the past, and say how good Carmel has been over the last 20 years especially, because the population is changing, and increasing dramatically. We will need a larger police presence, especially in the HUGE apartment areas being built (look at what happened to the apartments behind St. Vincents on 86th street), The fire department will be taxed. One thing we can be sure of, we have hospitals and emergency rooms all over the place. Many of the things that made carmel a great place to live, are quickly being replaced with things that some think are great, and some think are not so great. One thing I know, is there will be EIGHT (significant) roundabouts within a half mile of my house within a year or so. There were almost no stop signs when we moved in. Many of us moved into a suburban environment, and now find ourselves living in a planned Urban area, some of which is not needed, and not desired by the populace, but by the developers and mayor.
  • Carmel is a great place to live
    I'll agree with all 3 of you. The seeds we planted decades ago have come to fruition. I enjoy the many conveniences that make Carmel such a great place. Unfortunately we have clouds on the horizon as Bob Grimm stated " Investment in city infrastructure is extensive and getting around the city is quick and easy." The only issue with the extensive infrastructure is we are barely treading water financially. The seeds that have been planted in the last 8 years are not as sustainable as we were lead to believe. The bill for our quality of life investments will be a challenge for the city to meet in the future. If the state were to take further action on Property tax reduction and change toward a sales tax approach, as some states have done, we would find ourselves in a challenging situation. As taxpayers we have over $300,000,000 in debt, primarily from CRC commitments, and just a 6% margin of safety. Last year TIF tax revenues dropped 10% from $16 million to just over $14 million, $6.9 million last year in CRC expense, property taxes down $1.5 and budget grew $2 million. The sun is still out but we need to prepare to meet some challenges. Long term maintenance is going to be challenging unless we see significant increases in revenues or we make cuts in spending.

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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...