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President's Letter:

Dear Neighbors –

As most of you know by now, this is my last letter as President of the VRA. It was an honor to serve as President and I enjoyed getting to know all of my neighbors in the community. The Village is truly a special place with many close friendships. My kids and I know almost everyone that lives along our walking route to and from Eagle Elementary…most of whom we met through the VRA.

I am happy to say that Heather Lusk will be our new President. Heather is very active in the community so she will do a fantastic job. I know we all look forward to hearing her ideas and seeing what she has planned. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Have a great October and a Happy Halloween!



New Presidents Letter

Hello everyone,

I’m very excited to be leading the VRA for the next year. With the Gateway Project looming I’ll make communication and finding ways to work with Village businesses a priority. On the subject of the Gateway Project and communication, a bit of clarification:

The town’s survey and the VRA survey are different! Sorry for confusion. PLEASE fill out the town’s survey by 10/14/20.

The VRA survey that was sent about a month ago was intended to give us an idea of what residents want before the town communicated how they would be collecting their data.  The town / Thomas P. Miller and Associates will be using their own data to create a proposal. As we learn new information I will let you all know.

More details here:

Lastly look for an online application for the annual holiday decorating contest soon and potentially a new addition! Hopefully we can find ways to stay connected to neighbors and as a community while still being safe. If you have ideas send them my way. 

Heather Lusk

Town Council:


It is a busy time for Council as we go through the budgeting process. Budgeting for a public entity is much different that budgeting for a business, or even a personal budget. There is different terminologies, different timeline requirements and ultimately the budget has to get approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).

The process itself involves a number of steps including:

  1. Creation of the Proposed Budget by the Mayor / Administration

  2. Budget Workshop (optional) to Review Proposed Budget w/ Council

  3. Budget Introduction to Council

  4. Budget Publication for Public Consumption

  5. Budget Public Hearing @ Public Meeting

  6. Salary Ordinance Introduction (Elected and Non-Elected)

  7. Budget Adoption Consideration @ Public Meeting

  8. Salary Ordinance Consideration @ Public Meeting

  9. Fee Schedule and Policy Manual Updates Introduction

  10. Resolution to Transfer from General to Rainy Day Funds

  11. Fee Schedule and Policy Manual Updates Adoption

That’s a lot to get done in a short period of time as it is all due by November 1st. The budget, in order to be certified, has to be balanced per DLGF rules. If we are unable to pass a budget in that timeframe, our old budget is adopted by default, which is something that everyone wants to avoid.

Earlier this year the Town modified a role to hire a CFO, similar to what a company would do. Our CFO, Tammy Havard, has been working on this budget process while also moving us into different financial systems to have better and clearer reporting for staff, Council and the public. While that won’t be done by the time this budget is complete, it will be done by next budget allowing for an easier apple to apple comparison.

We are also working on sustainability reporting to ensure that decisions made now can be sustained without cuts to services or capital projects in the future should revenues decline for any reason.

The budgeting process is incredibly important as it defines all the ways that the Town will spend money in the subsequent year, as well as setting things like tax rates and revenue goals. My hope at the end of this we’ll have a budget that reflects the best wishes of the community and continues to move us forward.

Local Events:

CV Art and Frame, Your Fine Art Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss
Collection at 110 S. Main Street, November 6 th – 21 st

Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s
best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on
decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and
most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy”
sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian
Wolghast, to name a few.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary  worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is  virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created  paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate. 
  • WHAT: CV Art and Frame Your Fine Art Gallery, shares The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection featuring known and unknown works from the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Artworks will be on display and available for acquisition. 
  • WHEN: November 6th – 21st / Monday through Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • WHERE: CV Art and Frame, Your Fine Art Gallery 110 S Main St., Zionsville, Indiana, 317-873-2976