CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Carmel's City Council will be busy, this month.
On Tuesday, May 14, a committee will discuss a proposal to modify rules for bicycles in Carmel.
The sponsor, Councillor Ron Carter, said the proposal has been in development "for some months now."
It's designed "to facilitate public safety." He also said it will "facilitate relations between, frankly, three different and, sometimes, disparate areas – that's bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians."
If approved, the new rules will apply to the Monon Trail but also to Carmel's bike lanes and bike routes.
Carter said the proposal is patterned after bicycle safety ordinances in Bloomington and Fort Wayne. He said before police would start enforcing it, the city would conduct an education campaign to make sure everyone understands what the new rules require.
On Thursday, May 16, a committee will consider a proposal for an additional $1.2 million in street paving.
Since the concept drew no public comments at Monday night's council meeting, the council will await advice from the committee.
The council also continued to delay a vote on arts funding. It has $707,756 available for different organizations.
But, on Monday night, council president Rick Sharp said the funding proposal will not be considered until Mayor Jim Brainard can "ascertain first what the amount of the shortfall in funding for our 2013 budget is and how that gap is going to be closed."
The council also ordered committee action for another proposal.
Sharp noted that Carmel has some livestock on certain estates or "mini-estates."
So, there is "an occasional cow and chicken" in his council district.
As a result, those parcels may have electric fences to keep the animals in.
So, through an ordinance sponsored by Sharp, Carmel may regulate the use of barbed wire and electric fences.
"What do you do when you have a six year old who sees a horsie," Sharp asked, and grabs the fence? "We are trying to be pro-active," Sharp said.
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