I was excited to read of Noblesville’s commendable bypass project that was covered in IBJ (Planned Noblesville bypass can’t seem to avoid controversy, Dec. 18). We should expect local officials to pursue projects that propagate the well-being of residents and it appears that Noblesville is poised to do just that with the proposed bypass project.
That said, the statements from Noblesville city officials in the article are disappointing. The comments write-off and all but disrespect the valid concerns raised by a local company named IDI, which risks losing over 20% of its corporate headquarters due to the bypass. IDI has a 50-plus year history in the city and nearly 100 employees at an average salary of $73,000 per year. IDI is the exact type of employer that a city must consider when assessing the cost and benefit of a project.
I caution Noblesville officials from pursuing a project at the expense of ousting an employer like IDI. If ousting is the best option, then I further caution you from disrespecting IDI in the process. The message you sent to employers everywhere with your recent statements is that you do not value or respect a company that has been in your city for 50 years with high-paying jobs. If you do not respect an employer like this, then what employer will you ever respect?