Carmel City Council met on June 20 to vote to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, introduce a climate action plan, review compliance of businesses receiving tax breaks, and more.
What happened: Council voted 7-1 to approve at first reading an amendment to the city’s animal welfare ordinance that bans the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
What it means: The town is not home to any businesses that sell dogs or cats, but several that do are found near the borders of Carmel. Licensed hobby breeding is still allowed in Carmel, and pet stores are allowed to partner with rescue organizations to find homes for dogs and cats.
What’s next: Violations could result in a fine of up to $2,500.
What happened: Council presented a resolution to adopt the Carmel Climate Action Plan.
What it means: The action plan sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and proposes emission reduction strategies for government services and operations. It’s part of a process that began in 2017 when the council passed a resolution pledging to reduce carbon emissions.
What’s next: The board’s finance committee will discuss the plan in detail at a future meeting. No date had been announced at the time of going to press.
What happened: At the request of Blue Horseshoe, the council ended a 10-year personal property tax abatement granted to the company in 2016.
What it means: The allowance was for the installation of $1.3 million worth of information technology equipment, personal property that would normally be subject to tax. The allowance was to decrease by 10% each year, starting with a 100% allowance in the first year.
What’s next: The company will voluntarily waive the remainder of its tax abatement, beginning in calendar year 2022.
What happened: The council confirmed that six of the eight companies receiving tax relief met the conditions set out to qualify for the tax relief.
What it means: Compliant companies are Protective Insurance Company/Baldwin & Lyons, Belden, Inc., NextGear Capital/Dealer Services Corporation, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Schlage Lock Company and ZP Investments/Zotec Partners. The companies found to be non-compliant are Atapco and Braun Corporation, but the board determined that issues related to their non-compliance were beyond the companies’ control.
What happened: Councilman Jeff Worrell asked to withdraw an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance that would have moved the permitted start time for building construction from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends. end and holidays.
What it means: Since proposing the change, Worrell said he spoke with the contractor working on the project that inspired complaints. He said the contractor had agreed to delay work by an hour on weekends and bank holidays, so the council did not need to update the order at this time.
What’s Next: Worrell said he recently became aware of another contractor working on a project that led to similar complaints, and he also hopes to successfully resolve the issue through discussions in this case.