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Village Voice 01 2018: January


Letter from the President

Welcome 2018.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season. 

My name is Jamie Reynolds, I am excited to introduce myself as your new VRA President for 2018. My wife and I moved into the Village in 2015. I am interested in local history and enjoying everything our village has to offer. Walking throughout our village, talking with our neighbors on our front porch, enjoying the music in Lincoln and Lions parks, enjoying the Fall Festival, to bundling up for a sleigh ride during Christmas in the Village; our town has so much to offer its residents.

This year, your VRA Board would like to focus on building our membership through social events throughout the year and focusing on ideas our members have to help enrich our lifestyle as Village residents.

In the coming weeks, I will meet with Board Members to develop our agenda and set a date for our next VRA meeting. 



Town Council Insights:
Important to remain vigilant in our safe community

I hope this note finds each of you enjoying friends and family during the holiday season. I certainly love this time of year, especially walking around the Village seeing the various decorations and displays. It certainly makes you appreciate living in Zionsville.

Despite these good vibes, we recently had a scary incident in my own neighborhood (Raintree). An individual drove through and randomly targeted one of the homes during a late evening. This individual allegedly found a garage door opener in an unlocked car and gained access to the house while the family was home. The wife smartly called 911 and the burglar was pulled over and arrested by ZPD, including one of our K-9 officers, as he was leaving the neighborhood.  

I spoke with Police Chief Knox about this incident to both compliment the officers involved but also ask what advice he might have for Zionsville residents. His response was straightforward:

1. Lock your cars and homes, even when you are home. You should feel very safe in our community, yet crime does occur. It is often crimes of opportunity that are the easiest to prevent as well.

2. Don’t leave out valuables. Chief Knox told me that criminals will often peer into kitchens and see what they might be able to steal. Leaving out laptops, mobile phones, purses, and other belongings are attractive targets.  Hiding those away may have a thief moving on without an obvious easy score.

3. Motion sensors. He is a big proponent of motion-activated lights for your exterior areas. Something as simple as a light coming on in the middle of the night is enough to spook a potential criminal who prefers staying in the shadows.

4. Call them! Finally, Chief Knox said if you hear anything, no matter how silly, call them and they will investigate. He has told me of stories where people didn’t want to bother the police. His direct quote when I asked about calling them was “that’s what you pay for."

I’m going to add my own 21st century trip around social media. Posting photos of your great vacation, while on vacation, can be used against you as it can be an open communication that you are not home.

One of the many benefits of living in the village is neighbors know each other and are friendly. Keep an eye out for each other and reinforcing my point above: If you see something that seems strange, give the police a call.


Third Street storm sewer improvements to begin in January

Construction is scheduled to begin on or after Jan. 2, 2018 on the Third Street storm sewer improvements project. Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc., will be replacing aging and undersized storm sewers on Third Street between Oak Street and Walnut Street. Additionally, storm sewers will be replaced on Cedar Street between Second Street and Third Street and on Second Street just north and south of Cedar Street.
 
The project is expected to be completed in the spring but the pace of construction will be weather dependent. Area roads will remain open during construction though some temporary closures and traffic limitations are expected throughout the project. 
 
Questions or concerns should be directed to Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc. at 317-769-1900 or to the Zionsville Street and Stormwater Department at 317-873-4544 or by email at stormwater@zionsville-in.gov.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Zionsville residents have several options for recycling live Christmas trees after the holiday season. Zionsville Parks & Recreation encourages residents to utilize GreenCycle or Earth and Turf, as trees will be turned into mulch. Trees must be bare (no plastic bag, tinsel, ornaments or decorations). Please, no dumping of Christmas trees in any of our Zionsville Parks.

Boone County Resource Recovery Systems 
985 S US Hwy 421 
Zionsville, IN 46077
317-769-4223
bcrrs@bcrrs.com
After Jan 2, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $2/tree

Earth and Turf Partners, LLC
5095 W. 106th Street
Zionsville, IN 46077 Zionsville, IN 46077
317-733-6499
sales@earthandturf.net
After Jan 2, 9 a.m. - 3p.m. M - F
January 6 - 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Donations to Zionsville Professional Firefighters

GreenCycle
4227 Perry Worth Rd
Whitestown, IN 46075
317-769-5668
info@GreenCycleIndy.com
After Jan 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M - F
Cost: Free


ZPD Establishes E-Commerce Safe Exchange Zone

The Zionsville Police Department has created an “E-Commerce Exchange Zone” in the parking lot of ZPD headquarters and inside both the doorway entrance lobby and the police headquarters lobby. This is a space where people can meet and complete their online purchases and transactions. 
 
The E-Commerce Exchange Zone features 24-hour video surveillance. Police hope residents who answer advertisements for online retailers such as eBay, Craigslist, Offer Up, Facebook Marketplace and others can finalize their business transactions in a safe place. Although police will not be monitoring the private transactions, the program is designed to provide a known, well-lit and secure location to conduct business.
 
This zone is available seven days a week.The ZPD doorway entrance lobby is open 24 hours/day and the main lobby is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.





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