Category: Local Issues

Responsible Development Is Not Anti-Development

I have been outspoken against our career politicians habit of doling out tax abatements and other incentives to well-established and profitable companies that seek to build on desirable land. This practice forfeits your tax dollars for small amounts of growth that these companies could arguably achieve on their own without corporate welfare.

I spoke out because as a citizen of this city I see how my friends and neighbors are struggling a little more with the passing of each new “fee”, school board imposed referendum, utility increase, and so on. As a Read More

Building A Values-Based Community

Building A Values-Based Community

Over the past three weeks I’ve explained what improved transparency looks like, how historic preservation can be an economic development strategy and how City Hall is letting down the Noblesville taxpayer.

The fourth principle of my campaign is to maintain our small-town values, emphasizing responsible development with a preference Read More

Creating An Active Community

Creating An Active Community

I walk for at least 30 minutes every day. I started this routine when I started putting on  a few pounds. When the weather is nicer I get out on my bicycle whenever I can as well. Finding ways to exercise doesn’t come naturally…you have to be purposeful.

For instance, I have a post office box for my business and I check it almost daily. I used to drive there…now I walk. Kroger is about the same distance in the other direction so I

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Citizen Engagement

Good governance requires active participation by citizens. You know what active participation looks like: people show up for public meetings, they let their elected officials know what they think, and they express themselves at the voting booth on election day.
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Economic Development

Economic Development

It’s important to recruit new businesses to add to our tax base and give our residents employment opportunities. And I recognize that city governments have become players in the economic development game. Public-private partnerships are the way things get done these days. My problem is with the way we are managing these partnerships. I don’t think we’re getting the best bang for our buck.

Here’s what I mean…
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The Nickel Plate Railroad

The Nickel Plate Railroad

Noblesville recently partnered with Fishers and the county on a plan to take out the Nickel Plate Railroad tracks and turn the right of way into a trail. I love trails. In fact I have advocated for them in my past two elections, even to the extent that I included an image of a bike on my campaign signs in the last election. We need more trails going to more places in Noblesville for a number of reasons. It would help relieve traffic congestion, improve the health of
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Firestone Plant

Firestone Plant

It seems like a great opportunity. 70 acres of undeveloped land in the middle of Noblesville. The problem, of course, is that its polluted. For years, Firestone and its predecessors dumped dangerous chemicals on the land, and its going to be very difficult to clean up.
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Pleasant Street Bypass

Pleasant Street Bypass

The city is spending millions of dollars to upgrade Pleasant St. as a way to bypass downtown and move traffic more quickly for cars and trucks that want to avoid the cross traffic and congestion. I understand the rationale but I don’t understand why the city insists on taking a route that involves
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