Noblesville Common Council

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Action: Increase speed limit on Olio Road from Tegler Drive/141st Street to 156th Street.

  • What it means: The speed limit on that portion of Olio Road would increase from 35 mph to 45 mph. A speed study showed 85 percent of motorists travel at that speed, according to City Engineer John Beery.
  • What’s next: Feb. 14 was the first reading of the ordinance. The common council will have its second reading and vote on the ordinance at the Feb. 28 meeting.

Action: City to vacate right of way along old Brooks School Road.

  • What it means: Brooks School Road, between Greenfield Avenue and 136th Street, was abandoned and removed in 2007. With no foreseeable public purpose, the city is looking to vacate certain parcels of right-of-way land to adjacent landowners.
  • What’s next: A public hearing will take place on March 13 at City Hall.

Action: An ordinance to allow golf cart access on roadways was voted down by the council.

  • What it meant: The proposed ordinance would have allowed personal golf carts with slow-moving vehicle stickers to drive on roadways with 25 mph or less speed limits. However, the potential traffic accidents, registration and tag fees and necessary safety features for nighttime driving made the ordinance unworkable.
  • What happened: Council President Greg O’Connor said talking with Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt about the safety aspect led to the council’s decisions. “We’re not a golf course community. We have golf course neighborhoods,” O’Connor said. “It was one of those times where ‘the government that governs least, governs best.’”

 

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