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Writer/ Larry Lannan
I have a tradition of listing the top news stories in Fishers for the year in late December. 2022 was no exception. I listed 15 stories in all, but will share the top five here.
Number 5 – The kickoff of the Fishers Sesquicentennial celebration.
Number 4 – Over $1 billion of new developments announced.
Number 3 – Fishers announces a new Arts Center and City Hall complex, demolishes the old City Hall.
Number 2 – COVID was still an issue as the year began and less an issue as the year ended.
Number 1 – The election results, which elected four new members of the Hamilton Southeastern School Board.
John Weingardt was elected President of the Fishers City Council for 2023. Councilor Weingardt has served as President of both the Town Council and City Council previously.
The City of Fishers announced a partnership with the Geist Half Marathon Board and will stage a 5K and half-marathon Saturday, September 16. The 2023 Geist Half Marathon will feature 13.1-mile and 5-kilometer races.
Television Station WTHR and the Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools reached a monetary settlement over disclosure issues surrounding former Fishers High School Varsity Football Coach Rick Wimmer’s suspension in his role as a teacher, roughly six years ago. HSE agrees to pay WTHR $35,000, presumably for legal expenses. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of WTHR’s demand for a factual basis related to Wimmer’s suspension.
By the time you read this, 141st Street at State Road 37 is scheduled to be a right-in right-out configuration, preventing motorists from using 141st Street to cross State Road 37. The city says bids will be taken to construct a roundabout at that location in August of this year.
Just a few days before Christmas, the National Weather Service warned of snow, ice and very cold temperatures on the way. The cold and some ice did hit the area, but the big snowfall never materialized. Fortunately, after a few days of sub-zero weather, temperatures moderated as 2022 drew to a close.
The Fishers City Council entered into what is legally described as an “interlocal agreement” with Hamilton County to reconstruct Cumberland Road between 106th and 116th streets. The construction is expected to get underway sometime in 2023 and extend into 2024. Residents may notice utility relocation and tree clearing in that area early in 2023.
The Hamilton Southeastern School Board honored four outgoing school board members. Michelle Fullhart did not seek re-election after eight years on the board. Three members – Brad Boyer, Julie Chambers and Janett Pritchett, were unsuccessful in their re-election campaigns.
Fishers Fire Department Public Information Officer John Mehling was honored by the Fishers City Council for 30 years of service. John is known for his sense of humor and excellent work as PIO.
I posted a number of podcasts in December, including guests Carrie Lively of the Hamilton County Pursuit Institute, Kaitlin Lange from the news startup State Affairs, Joylynn Foli and Bryan Beasley from the Recovery Café and City Councilor Todd Zimmerman.
Check out my local Fishers news blog, where you can also find links to my podcasts, at LarryInFishers.com.