Village Voice 01 2017: January

Calendar of Events

  • Week of January 2 - Free curbside Christmas tree pickup during regular Ray's Trash Service schedule (See requirements below)
  • January 3 - Zionsville Town Council Meeting, 7 pm at Town Hall
  • January 9 - Zionsville Schools back in session

President's Letter by Sara Martini

Dear Neighbors, 

Happy New Year! The holidays flew by with all the activities in the Village, including the door decorating contest, progressive dinner, and I believe I even saw some Villagers on an Elf scavenger hunt! I hope you were able to partake in some of the festivities the Village has to offer. 

It was wonderful seeing some of you at the progressive dinner. In true Zionsville fashion, it was spent at three different homes with varying styles of architecture from three different centuries! Huge thanks to the families who welcomed us into their homes: Tom Miller and Joy Smallwood, Stephan and Kelly Masoncup and Jeff and Jane Smith. Special thanks to Kathy Brown for organizing the entire event! The progressive dinner is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season, and this tradition would not be possible without their hospitality. 

In the New Year, I am pleased to welcome our new VRA board member, Vice President Brett Brewer. Also serving on the board with Brett is Gary Angstadt as Secretary, Erika Singler as Treasurer, and I will remain as President. Thank you to the board members, Village Voice Editor Terri Moyer and Ted Schrader, our ZVRA webmaster, who  generously donate their time and energy. Everything you do for the VRA and Zionsville is much appreciated! 

For those of you who are new to this organization, we meet regularly throughout the year at the SullivanMunce. Our meeting schedule for the year is as follows: February 21, April 18, June 20 ,and September 26 at 7:30 p.m. The board will be meeting soon to start planning for 2017.  If you have ideas and recommendations for meetings or social events, we would love to hear about them!  I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting in February. 

Here's to a wonderful 2017! 

Sara Martini 


Town Council Insights by Josh Garrett

I’m wrapping up my first year as your District 5 representative on Town Council and have certainly learned a lot.  There are many positive things going on in Zionsville, and a lot of great people working for our town.

I had the privilege of attending the annual Zionsville Police Department Awards Dinner with my wife last Sunday.  It was great to see the men and women of our force getting recognition for their hard and dangerous work.  Chief Knox awarded Lt. Bryan Sauer as the "Officer of the Year" while Detectives Elizabeth Frost, Josh Samuelson and CSI Joe Dennemann were awarded "Chief of Police Award of Excellence" awards for their work on the murder investigation earlier in the year.

Some of you may have seen the delay requested by the developer of the 200 West project.  In case you weren't aware, one of the pieces of land from that proposal is no longer under contract by the developer.  I imagine that will have a meaningful impact on future development proposals.  I know many of you were concerned about the impact of that development, and it will continue to be something I keep an eye on in 2017.

Finally, I have heard some concerns about new cell towers in the Village.  These “micro” sites have gone up in a few places and some worry about overwhelming the Village with communication towers.  Town officials and the mayor have developed a policy on these towers, and it can be viewed at:

While it won’t prevent them from being installed, the policy at least puts parameters around them. We can codify these rules as law, although the cell towers are considered utilities so the town sometimes has little power in this matter.  For now, this policy gives us some authority and keeps us nimble.  There is a strong possibility the state legislator takes this up again in 2017.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and Happy New Year!

Winners Named in Christmas Door Decorating Contest

The Residential Grand Prize winner in this year's Door Decorating Contest was Linda Bush at 985 West Oak Street.  Salon G, at 270 S. Main Street, was the Business Grand Prize winner.  Both were repeat winners from last year.  

Additional Residential winners include:
  • First Place Tie: Joe and Erika Singler, 595 W. Oak Street
  • First Place Tie: Tammy and Mike Zeller, 420 W. Cedar Street
  • Second Place: Bret and Melissa Brewer, 205 N. Main Street
  • Third place: Dottie Hawhee, 495 W. Ash Street 
Additional Business winners include:
  • First Place: Allure Salon, 100 S. First Street
  • Second Place: Art In Hand, 211 S. Main Street
  • Third Place:  A Taste of Amish, 62 N. First Street

This marks the third year of the competition, which is sponsored by the Village Residents Association.  Event organizer is Sally Zelonis, and entries were judged by a group of seven individuals.  Changes are underway for 2017. The competition will be renamed the ZVRA Holiday Decorating Contest with the goal of increasing participation.

Christmas Tree Disposal Sites in Boone County

Zionsville residents have several options for disposing of live trees after the holiday season. During the week of Jan. 2, Ray’s Trash Service will pick up Christmas trees curbside for no charge as part of the town’s regular trash pickup schedule. Ray’s will collect one tree only (at no charge) and the tree must be cut up into sections no longer than four feet tall.

Live Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following Boone County locations. Residents are encouraged to utilize GreenCycle as trees taken to GreenCycle will be turned into mulch.


  • Boone County Resource Recovery, 985 South US Highway 421, Zionsville. Drop off trees for a $2 fee during business hours (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.). 
  • GreenCycle, 4227 Perry Worth Road, Whitestown. Drop off trees for no fee during business hours (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Note: this location is currently closed and will reopen on Jan. 3.

Trees must be bare (no plastic bag, no tinsel, no ornaments, no decorations, no twine).