Carmel City Council recap


Compiled by Adam Aasen

What happened: The council approved the sale of four properties on Pennsylvania Street.

What it means: It’s a simple real estate transaction, but it was held up because the council was trying to figure out where the money from the sales would go. They talked to the city lawyers and decided it should go into the Illinois Street Fund. The properties include the 10401, 10403, 10407, 10409 addresses on Pennsylvania Street.

What’s next: The properties will be put up for sale.

What happened: Councilor Luci Snyder spoke about missed tax abatement deadlines.

What it means: Only 13 businesses in Carmel receive tax abatement, sometimes real estate property or often other property that would have been taxed. Two businesses haven’t submitted their forms to comply with tax abatement rules: Flywheel Healthcare and Pharmakon. Snyder asked for the companies to send representatives to the finance committee meeting on June 19. Only Flywheel showed up, and its tax abatement was renewed despite only filling 31 of the promised 106 jobs because the councilors present agreed that they want to foster Carmel’s health care industry. Pharmakon reportedly declined to pursue its tax abatement because it recently moved its lab to Noblesville.

What’s next: The issues were resolved in committee.

What happened: The council approved a $250,000 consulting contract for the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.

What it means: The CRC needed the council to approve a “no-to-exceed” contract for Walter P. Moore & Associates, which is helping with Palladium construction issues. CRC Executive Director Corrie Meyer said the CRC will pay for the work through an existing line item called “Palladium Construction” in the CRC budget, but she admitted that some other construction projects might be scaled back or delayed.

What’s next: The contract was approved and the work can begin.

What happened: Various bills remained in committee

What it means:  The updated noise ordinance, the storm water utility ordinance and changes to the city’s comprehensive plan all remain in their respective committees. The comprehensive plan changes have been all but approved and will be voted on in a special meeting.

What’s next:  The Utilities, Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting on July 14 and the Land Use, Annexation and Economic Development Committee meets on July 7.