In 2001 Mayor Jim Brainard asked the Department of Community Relations to create a means for neighborhood association presidents to be better equipped to do their job. The idea sprung from a discussion during a meeting of the Carmel Business Alliance regarding the benefits of quality of life in Carmel and its ability to attract companies here and retain them. This group was concerned about the quality of older neighborhoods in Carmel and wanted to make sure that we were doing all we could to help the neighborhood association presidents network and help each other find solutions to common problems.
CNAN continues to be one of the best ways for us to share information about City departments and services. The City also benefits because this group shares their concerns about issues affecting their neighborhoods directly allowing for immediate response from the City and possible resolution to the problem.
- Determines quarterly dates for CNAN meetings coordinating with Mayor’s schedule
- Decides current issues to be discussed and coordinates for appropriate speakers
- Prepares updates for CNAN binders and complete binders for new members
- Created and maintains Access database of all CNAN members
- Issues letters and emails to all CNAN members notifying them of upcoming meetings as well as keeping them informed of other community issues.
- Attends and staffs CNAN meetings
The Top Ten Most Asked Questions from the Public:
The following list of questions and answers will help you provide information in your neighborhood.
1. Property issues - tall grass, abandoned properties, property line set backs, zoning
a. The directions from “Call Department of Community Services (Planning and Zoning) first to see if issue can be answered or handled by Code Enforcement staff.” to “Call Department of Community Services (Building and Code Services) first to see if issue can be answered or handled by Code Enforcement staff.” The only change to the text is switching the division from Planning and Zoning to Building and Code Services.
b. The phone number from “(317) 571-2417” to “(317) 571-2282”
2. Gazebo Concerts
a. Listed on website
3. Animal Control
a. If there is an immediate threat of bodily harm or loss of life, call 911
b. Otherwise, call the non-emergency dispatch number
a. Website and phone number
ii. (317) 571-2440
a. Start with Dept. of Community Services (Planning and Zoning)
i. (317) 571-2417
ii. Lisa Motz - firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Recycle Locations
7. Trees - who handles dying trees
8. Agenda items on various city meetings
a. Go to page for particular city agency, board or commission
9. Monon Center and general Parks & Rec Dept. phone number
a. Main Parks number works for both:
i. (317) 848-PARK (7275)
10. Various contact numbers including Post Office and other area govt. numbers including Hamilton County, Indy and surrounding Metro region:
a. Other government links from our site
b. Post Office
i. 275 Medical Drive, Carmel, IN 46032
If you’d like to get involved with CNAN, please contact Sue Maki at email@example.com.