Noblesville stands still compared to Carmel

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As a 20-year Noblesville resident reading the [Jan. 5] “Long tenures distinguish mayors of Carmel, Noblesville” article, what stands out to me about mayors Brainard and Ditslear is the stark contrast between the two.

Consider everything that has happened in Carmel in the past 10 years: The Monon Trail, The Palladium, City Center, the Arts & Design District, the Tarkington, Sophia Square, Keystone Parkway and more. That is truly transformational.

Meanwhile, our mayor’s highlight in Noblesville was a four-lane road connecting the southern part of the city to the interstate that was completed nearly eight years ago. I would hardly call that transformational. And our mayor brags about how his job isn’t really work to him. Well, maybe that’s because he’s not really working hard enough.

Plus, he laments that government works too slowly for him. I’d suggest our government works at the pace of its leaders. Look at Brainard; that doesn’t seem to be a problem in Carmel does it?

Noblesville unfortunately will never shake its reputation as slow performer until we change our city leadership. We’ve been falling behind for a decade. I hope our voters recognize the problem and fix it this election year.

Jeff Bell, Noblesville

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