I am finally mad enough to call the Mayor, John Ditslear, twice in one day, the Director of Planning for Noblesville, Steven Huntley, and the local newspaper reporter who just happened to walk in while I was doing these things to interview me for my opinion of these poor new ordinances. (God does have a funny way of putting people in the right place at the right time, doesn't He?) As you can see from the photo, I don't feel that anything we have done on the outside of the building could be considered an eyesore. Many of our fellow merchants are being forced to remove table and chairs from restaurant fronts, antique bicycles with flowers in its basket had to be removed, sandwich boards from restaurants are cited. Restaurants need these boards for their everyday specials. A local kid's bookstore is not allowed to let bicycling children who visit her store to leave their bicycles in the front of her store.
While I usually mind my own business and just try to make my shop the best it can be, I have finally got enough furor to react. I sat right down and wrote a letter to the local editor of our paper. I am in the process of writing another one. I am going to be interviewed by the reporter this coming week. I am writing and calling my City Councilmen. In these hard times for retail, people and life itself, I feel this is petty stuff and should be changed immediately. The downtown merchants are signing petitions and sticking together in this matter.
If you so choose, could you pick up the phone, call or write the people listed below, the business downtown would be appreciative. The new sign ordinances and sidewalk laws are an outrage and that's really all you have to say. There is no need to leave your name, just your displeasure in the new ordinances. I am so afraid that the powers that be are removing our uniqueness of our downtown in an already difficult world. Thank you so much if you wish to express and opinion.
A proud shop owner!!
Brian Ayer, Councilman & also my landlord
Mayor John Ditslear
16 S. 10th St
Noblesville, IN 46060
Dept. of Planning
16 S. 10th St.
Noblesville, IN 46060