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  • 09/21/2020
    Upcoming Events: 
    • Monday, September 21 until further notice:  Zionsville Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice.  Town Staff are rotating working on-site at Town Hall.  Town Hall meeting rooms (including the St. Vincent Community Room) are closed to all public meetings.
    • Monday, September 21 until further notice:  Zionsville Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice.  Town Staff are rotating working on-site at Town Hall.  Town Hall meeting rooms (including the St. Vincent Community Room) are closed to all public meetings.
    • Monday, September 21:  Lines and Layers: Charm Club Quilts Exhibition at SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  Exhibition has been extended through November 6.  See note below for the virtual exhibit information.
    • Monday, September 21:  Zionsville Town Council meeting at 7:30am via Zoom.  
    • Monday, September 21:  Zionsville Board of Police Commissioners meeting around 8:00am via Zoom.  (Meeting takes place immediately following Town Council meeting.)   
    • Monday, September 21:  Zionsville Safety Board meeting at 9:00am.  This meeting has been canceled.
    • Monday, September 21:  Zionsville Plan Commission meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom.  
    • Tuesday, September 22:  Zionsville Architectural Review Committee meeting at 7:30am.  This meeting has been canceled.
    • Tuesday, September 22:  Starkey Park Group Dog Walk from 10:00-11:00am at Starkey Nature Park (667 Sugarbush Drive, Zionsville).   Group walks are a great opportunity for you and your dog to socialize and gather information about parks and programs.  This year all group dog walks will require registration to attend.  Human participants are limited to 15 people and are required to wear a mask.  
    • Thursday, September 24:  Creekside Group Dog Walk from 6:00-7:00pm at Creekside Nature Park (11001 East Sycamore St., Zionsville).   Group walks are a great opportunity for you and your dog to socialize and gather information about parks and programs.  This year all group dog walks will require registration to attend.  Human participants are limited to 15 people and are required to wear a mask.  
    • Saturday, September 26:  Zionsville Farmers' Market from 8:00-11:00am at Zionsville Town Hall parking lot (1100 W. Oak St.).  8:00-9:00am is open for high risk individuals only.  9:00-11:00am is open to everyone.  
    • Saturday, September 26:  Free Community Yoga courtesy of Blooming Life Yoga from 9:00-10:00am at Lions Park.  All ages and levels welcome!  Please bring your water bottle, yoga mat and sunscreen.  
    • Saturday, September 26: Family Nature Hike from 2:00-3:00pm at Zion Nature Center.  Bring the family and join a Naturalist for a casual hike through the Zion Nature Sanctuary.  You will explore the trails and look for blooming flowers, signing birds, and other interesting animals.  Dress for the weather.  All participants over 3 required to wear a mask.  
    VRA Presidential Election - October 6!
    The VRA will hold an election (or confirmation) for the President position on October 6.  We have one candidate but if you are interested in running for office, please send an email to president@zvra.com.  Look for future emails regarding Zoom meeting instructions.

    SullivanMunce Cultural Center Virtual Events:
    The SullivanMunce Cultural Center has it's current exhibit, "Lines and Layers: The Charm Club Quilt Exhibition" available as a virtual exhibit if you can't make it to the museum.  Also, the ever popular Ghost Walk has gone virtual this year due to COVID.  The Virtual Ghost Walk Premiere will be in early October (exact date T.B.D.).  Both are great opportunities to show support for the SullivanMunce Cultural Center from the comfort of your own home. 

    Village/Zionsville/Villagers in the News:
    Posted Sep 21, 2020, 6:11 PM by phillip martini
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President's Letter:

Dear Neighbors –

I hope you are all doing well! It is nice to see everyone out and about as we walk to and from school. Hopefully the cooler weather holds for a while so we can all spend more time outside.

As you have seen in the recent weekly newsletters, Mayor Emily Styron and the Town have begun the process of pulling together development ideas for the entrance to the Village. (More information can be found at http://www.zionsville-in.gov/567/Gateway-Redevelopment-Plan) The VRA has expressed interest in being involved in the process given that the development area will impact most, if not all, residents on a daily basis. This is a huge opportunity for us to pass along our ideas to the Mayor and Town at the beginning of the process. The input meetings are set to begin at some point in the fall but the VRA has a survey out now to gather ideas from our members (https://forms.gle/xprWfLgDDDgvJdi19). Please consider filling it out if you haven’t yet.

I hope everyone has a great September!  

Best,

Julia

president@zvra.com


Town Council:

Greetings

As many of you know, Town Council meets twice a month. This wasn’t always the case, it used to be a single meeting a month, however in the spirit of ensuring issues didn’t have to wait so long, the bi-month schedule was adopted a few years ago. There is one evening meeting (7 PM) and one morning meeting (7:30 AM), and they typically occur on the first and third Monday of the month. They are more accessible than ever, especially in COVID times as the Councilors themselves are participating via Zoom. The public is welcome to attend/participate over Zoom, and all meetings are live-streamed and archived on YouTube.

I will admit they are not always action-movie caliber entertainment, but they generally include several issues that can have local impact. I would highly encourage you to attend a public meeting, whether it’s Town Council, Planning Commission, BZA, or even some of the lighter attended meetings like Safety Board or Parks Board. You will certainly learn something about how your Town government is being run.

I looked over our meetings for August, here are all the things discussed in those two meetings:

  • Approving of previous meeting memorandums (X2) – Each meeting we approve the previous meeting memorandum. This is done by Amy Lacy, the Town’s Municipal Relations Coordinator. Each memo states how each issue was voted, and who voted on it, to ensure that action items, public speakers, and votes are properly documented for the record.

  • Purchase card approval ordinance – Our new CFO, Tammy Havard, has asked that all purchasing be done on Town-owned P-Cards instead of personal cards for reimbursement. It both centralizes purchasing on a common platform and makes it much more transparent in terms of who is spending what within the Town. This was on both agendas because the ordinance requires two votes to enact.


  • A resolution on designating an area as in need of economic revitalization and property tax abatement – It sounds funny having to do this for a Town as prosperous as Zionsville, however this is something we have to do for certain economic development opportunities. In this case it was for a new Prologis distribution facility planned along I-65 in Zionsville. I spoke about these in the last update, and the economic power/engine they can provide for our Town revenue, and was thrilled to see this passed unanimously.

  • A salary ordinance for the wastewater department – One of our plant technicians, Danny Stogsdill, passed his level 3 certification for running a wastewater treatment plant. Not only was this a big achievement, but also allows us to promote him and fill an open position. This was a position that was budgeted for, but because it was open, we had to amend the salary ordinance to show what he would make. That’s unusual, typically we have budgeted positions in the salary ordinance but this one wasn’t included for an unknown reason. The good news is we fixed the glitch and have a more senior person in the wastewater department to make sure what is flushed doesn’t return!

    One other note on this, because it was an ordinance we would typically need two meetings to pass. Because of the immediate needs, we did what’s called a three-step process, which allows us to vote, vote to suspend the rules, and vote again. We try to avoid this type of procedure, but have done it in the past for salaries that may be needed for candidates that are available today, both so we don’t lose them and pay them appropriately.

  • Approval of claims – All money spent by the Town is sent through claims and is available for the Council to review and approve. It is also a public document and available for the public to review as well (aided now with the p-cards). Since the Council approves the budget, it’s an important step to ensure that what is budgeted is spent appropriately.

  • Adjournment (X2) – Sometimes my favorite agenda item, it’s the “class dismissed” item of the meeting.

This wasn’t a particularly busy month but does have a good representation of what can come across our Council meetings.

Have a good rest of the Summer, Fall is right around the corner.