Pat Andrews

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Andrews

Andrews is a citizen blogger.

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September 3, 2015 10:24 AM

IHPC Delays Digital Billboard

Last night, as reported by Hayleigh Colombo in the IBJ, the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission continued to October 7, both the building design and the digital billboard variance proposed for Mass. Ave. I was in the audience, waiting to speak to the digital billboard variance on behalf of the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations. From November to June, 59 organizations joined forces to move the digital billboard debate from behind closed doors to the…

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July 14, 2015 10:41 AM 2 Comments

Time to Drop IMPD Take-Home Cars

Its mid-July and the 2016 budgets are being cobbled together now, in anticipation of the City-County Council review beginning in August. It is time to drop the IMPD take-home car policy so that the money can be used elsewhere.  It is too expensive and we can no longer afford it. Once the Public Safety Tax was increased, both IMPD and IFD lined up to request new vehicles.  In particular Chief Hite bemoaned the number patrol…

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May 1, 2015 8:58 AM

Why Hilary Needs Elizabeth To Run

Whether she likes it or not, Hilary Clinton needs Elizabeth Warren to enter the Primary fight for President. Certainly Bernie Sanders is a great progressive-liberal-man of the people.  But, he lacks that indefinable trait called ‘spark’.  Elizabeth has it. That very spark may be why Hilary prefers Elizabeth stay out of it, since her last opponent had considerable spark of his own and he won. Elizabeth would crystalize issues of the youth, beginning with the…

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February 18, 2015 11:06 AM 2 Comments

Appearance of a Conflict

The powerful Metropolitan & Economic Development committee of the City-County Council has postponed a decision on the billboard industry-written Prop 250.  If enacted, Prop 250 would allow digital billboards now, and any future technology that fits in the same frame would also be allowed – without timely public or Council review. IndyStar reporter, Brian Eason, reports that billboard lobbyists were extremely generous with campaign contributions last year – with more than $12,000 being donated. He also reports that a lobbyist firm held…

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January 9, 2015 7:13 PM

Neighborhood Opposition to Digital Billboards Grows

I am always impressed with the folks who engage in their neighborhoods.  The amount of talent and passion is a huge resource that forever improves and invigorates Indianapolis, even if not appreciated as such from some quarters. A perfect case in point is the coming together this past Wednesday, held at the absolutely beautiful Indiana Landmarks facility. Representatives of 28 Neighborhood Organizations throughout Marion County braved the frigid weather to assemble and discuss Council Proposal…

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December 29, 2014 5:28 PM 1 Comment

Why the BZA got the Sullivan Hardware decision right

On December 16, the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously denied Sullivan Hardware’s request of Variances for its property at 4838 N. Pennsylvania Street. There has been much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth since. The BZA got it right, though. Here’s why. Sullivan Hardware has shown little regard for the legally binding agreements they made in order to secure a Variance back in 2009, which allowed them to erect a greenhouse. In trade for…

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December 3, 2014 11:28 AM

Existing Billboards – All Legal?

If you listen to the representatives of Indy’s three big billboard companies very closely, you will hear them talking about swapping and converting “legal non-conforming” billboards under the proposal written by themselves for themselves.  I refer to Prop 250, which the full Council sent back to committee on Monday night. A legal non-conforming use is one that has been granted a certificate of legal non-conforming use (LNCU).  To obtain that certificate, documentation must be submitted showing the non-allowed…

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November 19, 2014 1:35 PM 4 Comments

Problems with the digital billboard law

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Proposed Digital Billboard Ordinance Now that the proposed digital billboard ordinance has been voted out of Council committee, it might be a good time to review the problems with the proposal. 1) The proposed ordinance, drafted by lobbyists for the billboard industry, requires that in year three of the law, the Council must decide if the law should continue to allow conversions into the future or not.  Once the…

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November 14, 2014 1:39 PM

An Insult To The Public Process

The proposed digital billboard ordinance, coming before a Council committee Monday night, is an insult to the public process. This lobbyist written law would overturn the compromise embodied in the current law, which bans digital billboards in Indianapolis.  The current law was created with a robust, public process that included all stakeholders and was led by a bipartisan Council effort. The current law has been vigorously defended, both before the Boards of Zoning Appeals, the…

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September 18, 2014 11:12 AM 1 Comment

Boy, Are People Going To Be Mad…

… when they hear that only 14 cents of every new dollar of the public safety income tax (PST) is going toward hiring new police officers in 2015. The Ballard Administration and the Council are currently discussing how to spend the rest of it. Some time ago it was decided not to include the tax hike, and how it would be spent, in the budget process now underway for 2015.  Appropriating the new money will have to wait…

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