FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - An historic vote will take place in Fishers sooner than expected.
Last year, when the town decided to become a city, it looked like the transition might be as far away as 2016.
Now, a change in Indiana code accelerated the plan. The code says voters in Fishers will choose their first mayor, city council and city clerk during the general election of 2014. Candidates for those offices will be selected in May of that year.
In a press release, Town Council President John Weingardt said the new schedule "gives us a roadmap to follow in the transition to become a city." He also said "Fishers residents can expect the town to actively communicate every step we will take before January 1, 2015."
Fishers will become a city on January 1, 2015. That is also when the new officials will take charge.
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Redistricting will be required as part of the change. The city will be divided into six districts which, the release states, will "contain, as nearly as possible, equal population."
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Fishers will also re-evaluate the plan to have one company pick-up all of its residential trash . The town conducted an unscientific survey to assess public opinion about such a move.
A representative of Fishers told 24-Hour News 8 Tuesday afternoon, the survey revealed some support for the concept. But, it also found enough opposition and raised enough questions that the council decided to start over.
Now, the Fishers Town Council will ask for more information and new bids from the companies offering to provide the trash pickup service.
The re-bidding process may not take place until later in the summer.
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