Carmel mayor Jim Brainard considers veto of conservation district bill


When new legislation is passed by Carmel’s City Council, Mayor Jim Brainard has 10 days to sign the ordinance into law. Well, Thursday, Nov.13  is 10 days since the Council passed an ordinance 4-3 to establish a conservation district in the Johnson Addition neighborhood. Current in Carmel has published three articles in the print edition about this debate in addition to a lengthy blog post previewing the vote. (Read background on the issue here).

UPDATE: Mayor’s Office tells us that since the bill was passed on the Nov. 3 but filed on the 4th, then the deadline might actually be Friday to make a decision on the veto.

Brainard told Current that he hasn’t made a decision about whether to sign the bill into law yet. He said he’s getting a lot of pressure from some on the Council to veto it because the tight 4-3 vote means that those who voted to pass the ordinance might not have enough votes to override a veto. Brainard emphasized that he hasn’t made a decision and he wanted to try to be a “consensus-builder” on this issue.

Upon follow-up questioning to see if the mayor had made a decision, Dan McFeely said on Tuesday: “Just wanted to update you that the Mayor has taken no action on this yet. He is still studying the matter. We will keep you posted.”

Brainard expressed some skepticism about the whole idea when it was first proposed to the Council and the three councillors who voted against the matter — Sue Finkam, Ron Carter and Kevin “Woody” Rider — are seen as political allies who often agree with the mayor.

We’ll keep you updated to see if Brainard decides to sign or veto the proposed ordinance.


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