Council approves COVID-19 governmental changes

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The Noblesville Common Council met via teleconference at City Hall March 24 for a regular business meeting. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 14. For more or to see agendas, visit cityofnoblesville.org/council.

What happened: The council approved a resolution regarding a change-usual practices during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by the City of Noblesville.

What it means: City attorney Lindsey Bennett presented on the resolution.

“This resolution would allow council to waive certain procedures and formalities related to paying any claims,” she said. “In the event that council decides not to hold a regularly scheduled meeting, the Indiana code allows governmental bodies to waive those procedures and formalities, so this resolution is doing just that.”

Bennett said the resolution would be null and void when Gov. Eric Holcomb lifts his executive order and the public health crisis has ended.

The council approved the resolution 9-0.

 

What happened: The council approved a resolution approving the declaration of a local emergency and related executive orders.

What it means: On March 20, Mayor Chris Jensen issued an executive order limiting access to City Hall, the Noblesville Public Safety Building and all buildings housing the Noblesville Fire Dept. to elected officials, appointed officials and city employees except in the case of emergencies, and suspending door-to-door solicitation until Holcomb’s executive order  is lifted. On March 23, Holcomb issued an executive order restricting travel only to essential activities and essential businesses and operations, ceasing non-essential businesses and operations, prohibiting gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household and permitting residents to leave their homes only for essential activities.

 

What happened: The council approved an ordinance amending language on the Cumberland Farms Industrial Park ordinance.

What it means: The amendment ordinance makes changes to the development’s landscape guidelines for a planned expansion of the Fluid Waste Services facility at 21239 Cumberland Rd. The development is set to begin construction this spring.

The council approved the text amendments 8-0, with councilor Darren Peterson abstaining.

 

What happened: The council approved a conflict of interest statement from councilor Aaron Smith.

What it means: Smith’s company, Monumental Strategy, LLC, is being contracted to present design, create signage and logos and build a website for a new development project coming through the Noblesville Common Council – The Lofts on Tenth Street.

The council approved the statement 7-0, with councilors Smith and Peterson abstaining.

 

What happened: The council approved a tax abatement for Opus Development Co., LLC.

What it means: Opus Development Co. is looking to develop a 157,000-square-foot building, likely office space that will be leased for businesses to move to Noblesville in the future on 12.1 acres at 146th Street and Bergen Boulevard. Opus received a 10-year declining tax abatement for the approximate $8 million investment.

The council approved the abatement 9-0.

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