The Republican Caucus of the Indianapolis City-County Council said Thursday that it plans to introduce a resolution calling for the repeal of the county’s pandemic mask requirement. It called the order an “overreaching mandate.”
Council imposes penalties on vendors that don’t meet minority-contracting goals
The changes would allow officials to withhold payments from vendors, terminate their contracts or ban them from future city contracts if they don’t comply with the program.Read More
City-County Council approves financing plan for convention center expansion
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night voted unanimously to issue up to $155 million in bonds to pay for an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center at Pan Am Plaza.Read More
City government workers not as diverse as residents they serve
Indianapolis city-county government has work to do recruiting and retaining more minority employees—particularly Hispanic workers—if its staff is going to reflect the population it works for.Read More
Council considers penalties for vendors that don’t meet minority-contracting goals
The proposal gives more power to the Office of Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise in ensuring city contractors work to meet the city’s goals for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, disabled-owned and veteran-owned businesses.Read More
The full City-County Council is expected to vote on the proposals next month. After that, the financing will need to be approved by both the Metropolitan Development Commission and the Indianapolis Bond Bank.
The funding comes from roughly $168 million that Indianapolis received from the federal government to respond to COVID-19 needs.
A City-County Council committee this week killed a proposal requesting the mayor and his administration waive the city’s option to purchase Blue Indy’s charging stations and kiosks.
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s Municipal Corporations Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday night to advance the proposal to the full council.
The money would be directed toward needs at the West Perry, Pike and Nora branches, plus the library’s Center for Black Literature and Culture digital project.
The program’s aim is to provide funding to not-for-profit organizations with new or existing programs that show a potential to reduce crime or provide resources to reduce crime in Marion County.
Roughly 22 acres on the northern half of the 104-acre site would be reserved for a multifamily project by Sheehan Development Co. Inc. that would include 320 apartments.
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday passed a resolution to paint a message on Indiana Avenue condemning racism and inequality. It also proposed the creation of the Indianapolis Commission on African American Males.
The council on Monday night also approved the mayor’s plan to to immediately deploy nearly half of the $168 million it has received in federal coronavirus relief funds to help residents and businesses that have been affected by the pandemic.
We can and will address the concerns of citizens and business owners grappling with the damage to public and private spaces caused by last weekend’s violence. But we cannot do so without simultaneously wrestling, and besting, the historically tolerated race disparities that lie at the heart of that violence.
Marion County’s reopening plan allows restaurants to open at 50% capacity on Friday—but only if diners eat outside.
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted unanimously Friday morning to provide Indy Chamber with $25 million that will enable the business-advocacy group to quickly offer forgivable loans to small businesses in Marion County backed by the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Mailing absentee ballot applications to Marion County’s nearly 650,000 registered voters is expected to cost $550,000 for the primary. The council also allocated $550,000 for the fall, in case social distancing is still being encouraged at that time.
The governor’s decision to block the bill from becoming law allows tenant protections the city of Indianapolis recently put in place to remain in force.
The council committed to addressing the problem throughout city-county government by passing a special resolution outlining steps that will be taken to move the needle on the issue.
The resolution, co-sponsored by all 25 council members, calls for creating a steering committee tasked with developing a strategy to end racial disparities, with its first task identifying where disparities exist in city policies.
The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday night voted along party lines to reject the Republican proposal, hours before a shooting on the far-east side left four people dead.
The proposal comes after police investigated 154 criminal homicides in 2019—five lower than the record set in 2018—and an increase in the number of non-fatal shooting victims.
A City-County Council proposal introduced Friday calls for the creation of a year-long commission to take stock of climate-change effects and make recommendations to address them.