Last week, Current in Carmel published a letter from Mary Kinietz-Boyden in which she stated her “adulation” for Mayor (Jim) Brainard.
Mayor Brainard has done amazing things for Carmel. Infrastructure planning, parks, the Monon trail and Center, the roundabouts and more all indicate visionary leadership.
However, Kinietz-Boyden’s letter focuses on quality of life and mentions nothing of the governance, particularly in the last decade. After 20-plus years in office, the mayor has forgotten that he works for the people and not to his singular vision — hence, the reason we have accumulated $1.3 billion in debt with a city council that has largely been selected by the mayor and approves projects without proper due diligence or dialogue with citizens.
Every citizen of Carmel needs to know that in the last two years Mayor Brainard and the city council ramrodded approval for a boutique city-owned hotel, despite public opposition. And, the city continues a repeated pattern of behavior of buying private property for appraised or above appraised prices and then selling these properties to developers at a loss, often with long-term consequences to small businesses/tenets.
A new mayor and city council is necessary to bring sanity to a local government that has run amuck in entitled spending.
Jeff Lefevere, Carmel