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Village Voice 05 2017: May

Letter from the President

Dear Villagers,

Thanks to all of those who attended our April meeting. It was nice seeing new and familiar faces. Realtor and neighbor Gary Angstadt presented information on real estate in the Village. I hope you received some tips on improving your property value as well as new information on the real estate market. We certainly live in a unique neighborhood that is very desirable! 

With May brings the opening of the Zionsville Farmers’ Market. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farmers’ Market contact Erika Singler at erika@halcombsingler.com. This is a great way to get involved in the community and support our local farmers. Opening day is Saturday, May 13th. I hope to see you there! 

Last call for the Dinner and Wine tasting at Serenity on Main Street! The dinner will consist of 6 courses and 6 wine pairings. The cost is $40 a person and that includes tip and tax. This event will be taking place on May20th at 6:30p.m. Reserve your spot by e-mailing me at president@zvra.com. The best part is you can walk home! 

Lastly, during the April Town Council meeting, Josh Garrett proposed that the addresses 125 W. Sycamore, 165 W. Sycamore, and 235 W. Sycamore be rezoned to Village Business District. These addresses are also known as where the “200 West” developers attempted to develop. These properties are currently zoned B-2 and B-3. This was approved 6-0 by the town council and could possibly be on the agenda for the May 15th Planning Commission meeting. The developers of the failed “200 West” project will most likely attempt to develop this property again since it was stated as their intentions.  

A group of VRA members and neighbors to these properties met and closely compared the Village Business District zoning with the current B-3 and B-2 zoning. We determined that the Village Business District zoning was the better fit for this location and support the town council’s proposal to rezone because of the zoning’s restrictions on height and density. Please consider attending the May Planning Commission meeting to learn more and to voice your opinion.

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 20th at 7:30p.m. at the SullivanMunce. Looking forward to seeing you around town! I know I will be out and about enjoying this beautiful weather! 



Town Council Insights

Road improvements slated, former 200 West parcels rezoned into Village Business District

I recently took my kids to Spring Break in LA and got to experience how bad traffic can become. While I hesitate to ever compare LA to Zionsville (for one thing, my house in LA would cost 10X what it does here), I certainly know that the Village can become a busy place at certain times of the day.

I know the Mayor, Council and Town Staff have worked hard to look at traffic flows, density and road conditions to provide as much funding as possible. Recently, the following projects have been put out for bid by the Zionsville Street & Stormwater Department with a bid opening scheduled for April 13. Streets segments currently included in the project are:

  • Village Walk Drive including Village Walk Court
  • Oak Street/1st Street/Sycamore Street corridor generally from Town Hall to Elm Street
  • Templin Road (CR 550 South) from Willow Road to Michigan Road
  • Old 106th Street
  • CR 600 South (Cruse Road) from Ford Road to CR 950 East
  • 4th Street from Hawthorne Street to Sycamore Street
  • 2nd Street from Oak Street to Sycamore Street

In talking with Lance Lantz, I know he is hopeful we’ll find additional funds through grants and other means to continue to invest in our infrastructure.

Somewhat traffic related, in our April 17th Council meeting, I proposed that the following three addresses be rezoned into the Village Business District (VBD):

  • 125 W Sycamore (zoned B-2)

  • 165 W Sycamore (zoned B-3)

  • 235 W Sycamore (zoned B-3)

These are the three parcels at the current south terminus of 1st Street and would encompass the now-failed 200 West. My idea behind this request, and it’s supported by the Economic Development Strategic Plan (an amendment to the Town's Comp Plan), is to limit any development to within the VBD standards. That would limit some of the concerns I have heard by Village residents about past proposals, mainly height and density, which in turn will impact parking and traffic. While I support development on this site, I think this will go a long way towards preserving the character of our Main Street.

My request was approved 6-0; however, it is only a request for the Planning Commission to docket this on their next available meeting (earliest is Monday, May 15th). The Planning Commission will still have to discuss the merits of this issue, and then provide a recommendation back to Town Council. I wanted you to be aware in case you wanted to attend that Planning Commission meeting in support of this request (assuming it is something you support).


Heavy Trash Collection scheduled week of May 8

WHAT:
The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Department will be providing heavy trash collection to Zionsville residents in the urban service district.

Refrigerant-bearing appliances and tires will be collected by Town staff and Ray’s Trash Service will collect and dispose of all other items. Although this is a free service, it is requested that anyone disposing refrigerant-bearing appliances and tires contact the Zionsville Street Department to notify the department of the item.

Unacceptable items include: antifreeze, oil, gasoline, gasoline cans/tanks, propane tanks, batteries, paint, paint thinners, flammable or toxic liquids, medical waste, construction and demolition debris, any type of fencing, concrete, bricks, sod, soil, trees, tree trunks or stumps.

WHEN:
Heavy trash collection takes place the week of May 8, 2017 on residents’ regular trash collection day. Items must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on your regular trash collection day in order to guarantee collection.

WHY:
This service provides Zionsville residents in the urban district a means to dispose of objects and materials not normally accepted by weekly trash service.

WHO:
Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Department, 873-4544. For more information and updates, visit: http://www.zionsville-in.gov/152/Heavy-Trash-Collection.



Zionsville Farmers' Market celebrates 20 years

By Sara Martini

The Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! Fellow villagers started the market in 1997 to bring life to Main Street and to support local farmers. Today it hosts more than 45 vendors with the best produce, meat, eggs, plants, and food in town! To celebrate, the farmers’ market will be selling a new specialty t-shirt honoring its 20th anniversary. Be sure to check it out!

This year, the market will be opening a week earlier than usual. Our opening day is Saturday, May 13 and will be open every Saturday through September from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. So don’t forget to pick up fresh cut flowers for Mother’s Day at the market!

Volunteering at the farmer’s market is a great way to connect with the community and to get to know the local farmers and food artisans! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Erika Singler at erika@halcombsingler.com.

Farmers Market Special Events:

May 13 - Opening Day

Boone County Master Gardeners will be providing pots, plants, and soil to teach children about planting

May 27- National Bike to Market Day

June 3- Strawberry Shortcake Day (complimentary shortcake to visitors)

August 12 - National Farmers Market Week celebration (free giveaways)

With live music and friendly neighbors, the market is an event you don’t want to miss!

I am looking forward to seeing you at the market this summer! Happy eating!



Village Gardening

Help bring back the monarchs from the brink of extinction
By Delma Mindel, Villager & Gardener (@145 W. Walnut)

In March, monarch butterflies began their long and arduous journey north from Mexico to our gardens. Those monarchs that left Mexico laid their eggs in the northern territory of Texas, so the monarchs that finally arrive in our gardens this summer will be the fourth generation of the ones who left last fall. Intrepid travelers, indeed.

According to Birds and Blooms author Heather Ray, quoting naturalist David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation, monarch butterflies are at risk for extinction due to extreme weather from climate change, illegal logging in Mexico, and the destruction of milkweed through the over-use of herbicides on genetically modified crops. For the past 20 years, the monarch population has plummeted, from 682 million in 1997 to just 42 million in 2015. We nature-friendly gardeners in the Village of Zionsville can help to sustain and rebuild the monarch population by establishing and restoring monarch-friendly places in our own gardens. It takes only 10 of us neighborly neighbors to agree to plant milkweed species, to re-establish monarch habitats in Zionsville. (A neighbor on 5th St. raises monarch butterflies, and has quite a butterfly garden.) Our efforts will help the nationwide effort to bring the monarch back from the brink of extinction.

Here are some species that grow well in our area: butterfly weed (A. tuberosa), Common milkweed (A. syriaca), swamp milkweed, (A. incarnate), white milkweed (A. variegate), and whorled milkweed (A. verticillata). Swamp milkweed is a very attractive plant. It grows very well at the edge of a stream or pond. Without that, water it frequently. Butterfly weed has very bright, attractive orange flowers. The bees are also quite fond of the blossoms. Let’s join together and do our part in helping monarchs, and bees and all manner of butterflies. Take the Butterfly Heroes pledge of the National Wildlife Federation.







Creekside Corporate Park opens trail system

As reported by The Times Sentinel, the new Creekside Corporate Park opened its paved, one-mile trail system on April 27. Included are a one-acre park with shelter, five stretch stations and half-court basketball. A bike rack and seven-car parking lot are also available.


Trail-goers can access the park via 106th Street, South Main Street and Creek Way.


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