By Nina Johnson
ACTION: Public Hearing, Hunter’s Creek streetlights
WHAT IT MEANS: An October 2003 petition requested the city pay for the installation of Hunter’s Creek streetlights. The petition also requested the city establish a payment plan so Hunter’s Creek taxpayers would repay the expense. The petition was countered and unresolved.
Resident Rick Wright requested the council reject this ordinance. Wright stated the neighborhood’s residents have changed in the last decade. “The people who signed this petition, maybe even the people who started this petition, may not even live in our neighborhood,” he said. Resident Don Sentir added, “At last count, the (current) majority did not want it.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Concerned Hunter’s Creek residents are invited to address the council on this issue during the Jan. 7 council meeting.
ACTION: Right of way granted to proposed development
WHAT IT MEANS: Local builder Pittman Partners owns the 63 acres bordered by 116th Street, Illinois Street, 111th Street and Springmill Road. Pittman and local developer Tom Crowley, as JEC Partnership, are planning The Bridges development for this land.
The city originally retained right of way for two easement parcels along 116th and Illinois streets to allow for road improvements and round-about construction. City council agreed the parcels were no longer needed and reverted ownership to JEC.
Resident John Accetturo expressed support for the city’s decision. He referred to the area as a “major economic corridor” and explained “what we lose by vacating the easement will be more than gained back by the development in this area.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Property owners abutting these parcels will be notified: Billy Creek Assoc., Clarian Health, Fidelity Office Building, Heartland Real Estate Holdings, and Suburban Land Reserve. JEC Partnership assured the city its use of the parcels for the proposed mixed-use development will not hinder any public access or use of adjoining properties.
ACTION: Carmel City Council President elected, officials appointed
WHAT IT MEANS: Council President Rick Sharp was unanimously reelected. Tom Crowley was appointed to City Center Community Development Corp.; Drew Williams was reappointed to economic development commission; Bob Wallace was reappointed to ethics commission; Alana Shane was reappointed to police dept. merit board; and Dave Bowers and Brad Myers were reappointed to the redevelopment commission.
WHAT’S NEXT: Council awaits a nominee for the fire dept. merit board. Council President Rick Sharp thanked the council for its vote. “I very much appreciate your confidence and will try to live up to that in the coming year,” Sharp said. “It has been a pleasure and an honor working with all of you this year through some very difficult times. I think we got some very good things done for the city.”