The Village Voice

Village Gateway Interest Form
The Town of Zionsville is embarking on a project to reinvent the gateway into our historic Village Business District.  The Gateway Development Project intends to create a development concept that represents a consensus of the "highest and best use" of the real estate within the area.  The highest and best use must be acceptable to the general public and meet the goals of the Town for having a positive economic and fiscal impact for the community's businesses and residents.  (Source: http://www.zionsville-in.gov/567/Gateway-Development-Project)

The demolition of the PNC bank building and the locksmith shop at the northwest corner of Main and Sycamore Streets was the first step of the project.  Now, Mayor Emily Styron is reaching out to the community for ideas and input.  As the representative organization for the Village residents, the VRA has reached out to Mayor Styron and our district Town Council representatives to indicate our interest in being a part of that conversation.  

As Village residents, we are the population that will see and use this area each day.  This is our opportunity to have input into the development planning.  We come from different backgrounds and have varying talents so together we can come up with something great.  Our members clearly have a lot of passion for our community and the Village so now is our time to step up and get our ideas out there.  

The Gateway Development Project input meetings will kick off at some point this fall but the VRA has put together an initial survey to get a feel for the ideas floating around.  There are several questions that are multiple choice but there is a comment box towards the bottom of the survey if you have a specific idea that you would like to convey. 


Recent Announcements

  • 09/14/2020
    Upcoming Events: 
    • Monday, September 14 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 14:  Lines and Layers: Charm Club Quilts Exhibition at SullivanMunce Cultural Center.  Exhibition has been extended through November 6.
    • Monday, September 14:  ZCS School Board meeting at 6:00pm in the Educational Services Center Boardroom (900 Mulberry St).  The meeting will comply with the Governor's Executive Order 20-26 regarding Board of Trustees members' presence, social distancing, and the health and well-being of the community. 
    • Wednesday, September 16:  Zionsville Town Council Budget Workshop at 9:30am via Zoom.  
    • Wednesday, September 16:  Big-4 Rail Trail North Group Dog Walk at 6:00pm at Heritage Trail Park (4050 S. 875 E., 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 19:  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 19:  Zionsville Cultural District Dahlia Exhibition from 9:00am-12:00pm at Palette Community Art Center (295 S. Main St.).  See description below.
    • Saturday, September 19:  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 19:  Zion Nature Sanctuary Group Dog Walk from 10:00-11:00am at the Zion Nature Center (690 Beech Street).   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 19:  Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin and Fall Flower Sale from 10:00am-2:00pm at Old PNC Bank Lot (390 S. Main St.).  
    • Sunday, September 20:  Zionsville Half Marathon and 5K at 7:30am at Greeks Pizza (30 N. Main St.).  
    • Sunday, September 20:  Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin and Fall Flower Sale from 10:00am-2:00pm at Old PNC Bank Lot (390 S. Main St.).  

    Second Annual Dahlia Exhibition Announced - Courtesy of Zionsville Cultural District:
    The Zionsville Cultural District announces its second annual Dahlia Exhibition, to be held from 9AM to Noon on Saturday, September 19th, at PALETTE: Community Art Center, 295 S. Main St., Zionsville.  All gardeners are invited to bring along their prized Dahlia blooms to be displayed with dozens of others.  Thanks to a grant from the Zionsville Village Garden Club and the generosity of Dahlia expert, Alan Strader, over 100 tubers and plants were distributed for free to those wishing to give Dahlia growing a try.

    The exhibition is part of the organization’s Dahlia City Initiative which aims to bring to light the town’s former history as “Dahlia City”, when two nurseries in the village produced Dahlia tubers mailed to gardeners around the country.  Dahlias were in fashion during the 1920’s to 1940’s, with many local residents filling their yards with these showy blooms. The Zionsville Cultural District aims to encourage gardeners to grow dahlias as a way to beautify neighborhoods and highlight a significant segment of the town’s history.

    All are welcome to participate.  Educational information will be available on growing and overwintering Dahlias.  Everyone is urged to bring a bud vase or bottle in which to display their blooms, and to wear masks.  

    For more information, please contact Mark Zelonis at (317) 258-2071, or visit the ZCD website at
     www.zvillecd.org.  
     
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    Posted Sep 14, 2020, 5:10 AM 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.