It is hard to believe this weather! I am so happy that April is finally here and hoping that it will bring warmer weather! And of course, with warm weather brings weeds! Every year the VRA joins the Zionsville Nature Center and pulls the invasive plant, garlic mustard. Once again, the VRA will be pairing with the Zionsville Nature Center and has organized the annual mustard pull for this Spring.
Join fellow VRA members on Saturday, April 15 any time between 10a-noon at Creekside Nature Park (across from Lions Park / south side of Sycamore) and help in this annual clean-up tradition. Pulling garlic mustard has really made a difference in our parks. Because of these efforts, there is significantly less garlic mustard, which has allowed for our trees to grow. More details are in the announcements above, and I will send out an eblast as a reminder soon.
Update on the 200 West development: 200 West had withdrawn its plan from the March Planning Commission meeting. They had previously requested 3 continuances on this project, and this was their final chance to present their plans at the March meeting. I will continue to keep you updated on this project as I learn more.
Don’t forget to sign up for the VRA Dinner and Wine tasting that will be taking place on May 20th. It will consist of 6 courses and 6 wine pairings at the Serenity of Main Street. The cost is $40 a person, which includes tax and tip. There are a limited number of seats, and spots are going quickly! You can reserve your seat by emailing me or signing up at the next meeting. This is a night you won’t want to miss!
Want to know more about real estate in the Village, or how to increase your property value? At the next VRA meeting, our very own board member and real estate expert, Gary Angstadt, will be presenting on real estate. The meeting will take place on April 18th at 7:30pm at the SullivanMunce. I hope to see you there!
Looking forward to seeing you around town and at the next meeting!
ZPD firearms training: Hard work maintains Zionsville's safety
I’ve talked a few times in this space about our police force and my many positive interactions with various members, from our Chief on down.
This month, Mayor Haak, President Hopper and myself were fortunate enough to visit them during their quarterly firearms training. The training is done at a shared range that sits just south of the Boone County Jail. Showing up on a cool, but clear March day, Chief Knox showed us the various training exercises that are done as a part of their overall firearms training.
One of the police instructors follows an officer around as he or she must make various shots they might experience in their duties. These included standing up, prone and various forms of shooting around cover. I was impressed with the amount of times I could hear the officers hitting the metal targets, even from considerable distances and uncomfortable positions. While it’s fortunately not something they have to do often, they do need to stay qualified with their weapons for both their and our safety.
I asked the Chief if an officer is not able to qualify, what happens? They will be given additional instruction by our certified instructors, with time to practice and get better. In a worst-case scenario where they cannot improve, it would mean the end of their police career. Fortunately, that has never happened with any of our officers, but certainly the pressure is on to stay qualified!
While leaving, we saw our new police dog being trained. We were volunteered as testers while the dog bit down on a protective sleeve. I was impressed with not only the training the dog had, but the power the animal had in her bite. During her initial training, she brought down a 315-pound trainer during a full sprint at around 23 mph. Certainly, something I’d not want to experience in real life.
I share these stories in the hope you gain a better sense of what the men and women of our police force do daily to keep us safe. Zionsville is certainly a safe town, and has won awards to that fact, but that level of safety isn’t something that just happens. It’s something we’re able to maintain through their hard work and dedication.
The Town of Zionsville is in the process of creating a master plan for a new park called the Overley-Worman Park. This park will be located on land adjacent to Eagle Creek across from Starkey Nature Park behind the new Vonterra subdivision located on Zionsville Road. The master plan is being created to ensure that the park best meets the needs and wants of the many user groups, both today and in the future.
Rundell Ernstberger Associates, an Indianapolis-based landscape architecture and planning firm, has been retained to provide facilitation and technical guidance in this process, which will include a review of current property features, an ecological analysis of the creek and natural areas, recommended modifications to the park, construction costs and phasing, and several opportunities for community input.
You can stay up to date on park developments on this page, and also give your feedback.
The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Department will be providing curbside Brush & Limb Collection beginning Monday, April 17, 2017. This service provides Zionsville residents in the Urban district a means to dispose of certain spring pruning and yard debris.
Collection cannot be guaranteed unless your items are out curbside by 7:30 a.m. on your designated pick-up day. The limit on size is six inches in diameter and smaller. Grass clippings, leaves, decorative grass, vines, stumps, root balls, construction lumber, firewood and wooden fencing material will NOT be collected.
Bundling is not required. Limbs up to six inches in diameter may be left intact but should be no larger than can be managed by one person. For questions, please call 873-4544.
Monday, April 17: Village Area (all) and Starkey Ave.
Tuesday, April 18: Sugarbush Hill, Fox Hollow, Huntington Woods, Woodlands at Irishmans Run, Hunt Club Rd., Clifden Pond, Hunt Club Village, Olde Dominion, Ford Rd., Oldfield
Wednesday, April 19: Oak St. west of Ford Rd., Thornhill, Irongate, Village Walk, CR 600 S, Bloor Ln., Bloor Woods, Benderfield Dr.
Thursday, April 20: CR 975 E, Buttondown Farm, Oakridge, Cedar Bend , Smith Meadows, Rockbridge, Spring Knoll, Preserve at Spring Knoll
Friday, April 21: Raintree, Sycamore St. east of Main St., Timber Ridge, Longbrook, East side of Zionsville Rd., Old 106th St.
Monday, April 24: Colony Woods
Tuesday, April 25: Cobblestone Lakes, Colony Square, Hanover Close, Mulberry St., Colony Ct., Pine Meadow Dr., Terrace Dr., Isenhour Hills Dr., Turkey Foot Ave.
Wednesday, April 26: Templin Rd., Willow Rd. west of US 421, Becker Addition, Century Oaks, Colonial Heights, Northview, Coventry Ridge, Ravinia
Thursday, April 27: Clarkston, CR 500 S, Temple Ave., Greenfield Rd., Lost Run Farms, Eagle Village, Zion Hills, Hidden Pines
Plans for repairs to the Sycamore Street bridge are underway, with the $1.8 million project to begin in 2020. Traffic will be rerouted for the mostly federally-funded project during the projected five-year construction period. The bridge will still look the same and is, in fact, still structurally sound; however, as reported by the Current, the bridge’s deck and superstructure will be replaced.
Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high.
It is a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Protect your kids, families and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines.
The Zionsville Police Department offers you a free and safe way to get rid of your unwanted or expired medicines by providing you with a secure drop box for disposal. The Take Back Program is a huge success and available to you 24 hours a day.
Just visit the Zionsville Police Department at 1075 Parkway Drive (317.873.5967).
If you didn't catch recent news, it's been reported that RSE Realty, Inc., has plans to build a $2 million retail building in the adjacent parking lot just north of the Speedway gas station at the corner of Ford Road and Oak Street. Both the Current and Times Sentinel are covering this story's developments.
If you like, wear your Sunday hat and gloves. Tea, goodies and fun will be enjoyed by everyone. The cost is $20.00 and children under 12 is $12.00. Bring your daughter, sister, aunt or grandma for a fun day in spring.
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