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June 1 - First Concert in The Lincoln Park Series 7-8:30 pm
Additional Concert Dates in June: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
June 4 - Strawberry Shortcake Day at the Farmer’s Market
Additional Farmer’s Market Dates in June: 11th, 18th and 25th
June 14 - Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 pm @ Town Hall
Agenda to include an Airbnb Use Variance
June 20 - Zionsville Plan Commission Meeting, 7 - 9 pm @ Town Hall
Agenda to include "200 West" PUD hearing
It has been a busy month with the Farmers’ Market beginning and the Brick Street Market. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the neighbors at the Market and around town enjoying the warm weather!
During the busy month of June, the VRA will have a table at the Lincoln Park Concert on June 8th and July 6th and will be providing information on the VRA. If you are interested in volunteering and representing the VRA, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the members who attended our May 31st meeting. The representatives of “200 West” development presented information on the updated PUD. On June 20th there will be a Plan Commission meeting at the Town Hall where the updated PUD will be presented. I encourage people to attend this meeting because this development does have the potential to impact all of Zionsville.
Due to this special meeting that occurred in May, the June 21st meeting has been cancelled. The next VRA meeting is scheduled on September 17th during the Brick Street Picnic.
Also, please remember to pay your dues! You can pay at the next meeting or mail a check with your information to:
Have a wonderful summer!
It's that time again - Saturdays at the Farmer's Market!
Less than perfect weather hasn't kept the Market crowds away...
on May 31st to discuss its updated PUD request.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is slated to hear a Use Variance request filed by a Village resident on June 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Zionsville’s Town Hall. The Use Variance will be used to operate an Airbnb in the Village. Airbnb is an on-line short-term room renting website. Depending on the “host,” individual rooms or entire homes can be rented for vacation or work stays.
Those who oppose the variance believe this amounts to operating a business in a zoned residential area and are concerned about noise, parking, loss of privacy, etc. Others, however, cite personal property rights as a reason to grant the variance. Residents who want additional information before the BZA hearing can contact the petitioner's attorney at 317-873-6266. The remonstrators can be contacted at email@example.com.
As a member of the Zionsville Board of Police Commissioners, I was offered the opportunity to do a police ride-along with one of our officers. I happily accepted as I was curious about the experiences faced on a typical night out on our town.
I met up with my host, Officer Cody Martin, this past Friday evening. Cody has been on the police force for the past five and one-half years and has a reputation for finding drugs and tracking down DUI drivers. He was recently recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at our March Town Council meeting for those efforts in getting drunk drivers off Zionsville roads.
After signing my life away, Cody walked me through an overview of what an officer responsibilities include during a typical evening. I learned that Zionsville PD has broken the town into two districts, East and West, and there were additional units that roam the entire town. We were assigned roaming duty, meaning we were expected to patrol all of Zionsville and assist if necessary.
Just as the briefing was wrapping up, we received a call that an elderly woman had wandered away from the Friendly Tavern and her husband was worried so off we went. By the time we arrived she had fortunately been located so we turned our attention to looking for anything suspicious. We started making traffic stops for speeding, running stop signs, crossing the center line and broken lights. Each stop was handled with a very high degree of professionalism and respect balanced with an understanding how dangerous each stop could become. In between stops we spent time looking for anything suspicious in parking lots at the schools, parks, businesses and doing neighborhood patrols.
Throughout the night/morning I’m sure I challenged Officer Martin’s patience with a barrage of questions, learning all about his background, police tactics, technology he uses and about the job and department. I asked about any crime trends in the Village, fortunately that isn’t a hot spot for activity. During our conversations I quickly learned how dedicated Officer Martin and the other officers/sergeant I met that night are to our community. Many don’t live in Zionsville yet have an unbelievable sense of duty and loyalty to our community.
The night was slow by Officer Martin’s standards, which I thought was a good thing. In fact, my only disappointment in the night was the complete absence of stops for donuts.
So what did I learn? I’ve spoken to many people about my experience with the common reaction being “Why did you do that, nothing happens in Zionsville”. That isn’t true, the police blotter you read in the Times Sentinel is only a fraction of how the Police Department keeps our community safe. Zionsville isn’t the safest community in Indiana through luck, it’s through the commitment of people like Officer Martin who keep it that way. I would encourage you to thank your local police if you get the opportunity; they have a dangerous and sometimes thankless job that is critical to being a successful community.
Some Village residents may have noticed a traffic sign recently on Zionsville Road stating it will be closed on or after June 11. Resident Quinn Doyle contacted Mayor Tim Haak for additional information. Mayor Haak responded that the closure is needed to run a water line across the road for the new Vontera subdivision to be developed on the old Worman property. The closure will last only one day. According to the Mayor, “the alternative to the one day closing was to try and work with partial closings that would have lasted for at least two weeks.”
As of publication date, the specific day of closing along with detour information was not yet available. Once known, it will be posted accordingly.
Fundraiser Supports Boone County Senior Services, Inc.
The 13th Annual Boone County Polo Charity has been scheduled for Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at the Hickory Hall Polo Club in Whitestown, IN. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and the match beginning at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit Boone County Senior Services, Inc. (BCSSI).
Participants are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of all the unique, fun and exciting family activities offered in conjunction with the polo match including:
General admission is $20 per car, or polo tailgate boxes can be purchased by local businesses, clubs and individuals or families. In addition, those who arrive early and would like “tailgate” presence on the east side of the field may pay an extra $20 ($40 total) in order to park one vehicle at the side of the field. This will be first come-first serve and may not be scheduled ahead of time. No grills are allowed at Hickory Hall Polo Club. Polo box registration forms are available at www.booneseniors.org or by contacting 765-482-5220 for more information.
The Hickory Hall Polo Club is one of only three polo clubs in Indiana.
For more information contact:
Anita Bowen or Sonya Shoup
Boone County Senior Services, Inc.
765-482-5220 or 317-873-8939