Carmel City Council amends solicitor ordinance, reviews plan to prohibit camping on public property


The Carmel City Council met July 16 to discuss an amendment to the solicitor ordinance, camping on public property and more.

What happened: The council approved an amendment to its solicitor ordinance that redefines a vendor as someone who is 18 years of age and older.

What it means: The council amended the ordinance approximately a month ago to comply with a federal law that prohibits municipalities from differentiating between vendors from for-profit and non-profit organizations. The city’s previous amendment stated that all vendors must submit to a background check and pay for a license. The latest amendment exempts those who are 17 years old and younger.

What’s next: The council suspended the rules and adopted the amendment on first reading.


What happened: The council introduced an ordinance that prohibits camping in a vehicle on city property.

What it means: The proposed ordinance states that a resident may apply for a permit to camp on city property only during an emergency, such as an act of nature or terrorist incident. The permit is for a maximum of 30 days. Those who violate the ordinance would be fined $50 per offense per day.

What’s next: The Land Use and Special Studies committee will review the ordinance. Councilor Ron Carter requested that a member of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation be present to discuss how the change would affect city parks.


What happened: The council approved a resolution that supports hiring a broker to help the city sell property it owns at 3348 Foster Ridge Lane.

What it means: The city purchased the property, which appraised for approximately $342,500, at the northeast corner of the intersection to construct a roundabout at Carey Road and Hawthorne Drive. The city followed state law by putting it out for bid, because it did not receive any bids the council is seeking to sell it with the help of broker.

What’s next: The city intends to work with broker Craig Kaiser, owner of Coldwell Banker Kaiser, to sell the property.