Friday, May 31, 2013

Faultless for Mayor???

Well, the voters of Fishers saw the light and decided to become a city.  But now the real question becomes, who will be the first Mayor of Fishers?

One might assume that it would be a member of the current Town Council who has the inside track.  But whom?  Scott Faultless was the figurehead as president of the council for years, but early this year the council kicked him out and decided to rotate the job.  John Weingardt is the current president.

However, the rumor mill has been running overtime.  Pete Peterson, the council member from Geist, was mentioned as a possibility, but supposedly he has been saying he is not interested.  Renee Cox's name has been floated as a possibility.  She was the only council member openly in favor of becoming a city.

One might think Faultless, as an active personal injury lawyer, wouldn't have the time.  But several sources now report that Faultless is in fact telling people he will run.  This makes little sense to me, he would lose a LOT of money as a full-time Mayor.

But now, "tricky" Scott Faultless apparently hasn't gotten over resenting the change to city, and rejection of his merger idea that would have created a fake, figurehead mayor.  Apparently, he wants to be a part-time mayor, and let the city manager, whom he would keep, continue to run the show.

I'm sorry, didn't the voters just reject that, TWICE?  By significant margins?

Democrat Greg Purvis' name has also been mentioned, but he has personally downplayed interest in the job. Libertarians are usually good for some candidates, but none has been mentioned that I am aware of for Mayor.  So it is just the two council members for now.

Anyone else?  Personally, I am mostly in the "Anyone but Faultless" club.  Suggestions and comments are welcome.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Michigan Left, update

Those who follow this little blog know that I have complained, at length, about the disasters at 96th and Allisonville, and the road construction for the "Michigan Left" that creates 4 lights for u-turns, that make you turn right to go left.  Yes, you read that correctly.

I drove thru the intersection a couple of days ago.  While it is still under construction, I believe all but one of the u-turns is open, which means that drivers are NOT supposed to turn left in the conventional manner.

But they are.  I saw FOUR vehicles in a row turn left from northbound Allisonville to westbound 96th.  There are signs everywhere not to do this.  They were fortunate that there was a break in the southbound traffic, and that no police were in sight.

But this tends to support part of my skepticism about this project in the first place.  Drivers will NOT understand, nor obey, the new traffic pattern.

Wonder what "lucky" driver, when involved in an accident here, will have a smart, aggressive lawyer who sues the Town/City of Fishers for creating an dangerous situation.  You heard the prediction here first.  More  taxpayer dollars down the drain.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Riverplace developer files for bankruptcy

As predicted in an earlier post, the developer of Riverplace at 96th and Allisonville, Centre Properties, has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to reorganize.

In the Indianapolis Star article about the filing, they blame the construction at 96th and Allisonville for the demise of their shops on the corner.  Which is odd, as supposedly the expanded Riverplace behind the corner shops was the REASON for the silly u-turns at the intersection,  where the Town of Fishers is spending $10 million (with cost overruns) to make traffic even worse there.

This whole area I have previously called "Fishers Flop #1.   Failed development next to two sewer plants, the White River, and a near to gravel pits and an asphalt plant is the reason to "improve" the intersection (already bad during rush hour), so the development fails because of the road "improvement" it inspired?

Priceless.  Oops.  Not "priceless".  TEN MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF OUR POCKETS.

Becoming a city can't come soon enough.