Dear All,

I thought I would share PTRA’s agenda for Wednesday, as Dr. Young, Superintendent of Pike Schools will be doing a power point on the referendum question that will be on the ballot May 7th.  The referendum question is stated:

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PIKE TOWNSHIP

Shall the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, Marion County, Indiana, increase property taxes paid to schools by homeowners and businesses for eight(8) years immediately following the holding of the referendum for the purpose of funding the Pike Township Schools Funding Sustainability Initiative, which includes funding loss learning enhancement programing and staff recruitment, teach and staff retention and recruitment efforts, professional development opportunities for staff, and enhanced school safety and security programs on projects?  If this question is approved by the voters, the average property tax paid to schools per year on a residence would increase by 36.4% and the average property tax paid to schools per year on a business property would increase by 31.4%.  The most recent property tax referendum propose by the school corporation was held in 2010 and passed.

Please note the percentage for residents of 36.4% and for business property of 31.4%.  My husband and I did the math on Table 3: Gross Property Tax Distribution Amounts Applicable to this Property for School and 36.4% came out to an increase of $635.96 from our 2203 taxes (as we do not have our 2024 property taxes).

I wanted to make everyone aware of this as well as giving you an opportunity to come to PTRA and learn more about this.  The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and Dr. Young is second on the agenda after the report from IMPD Northwest District.  You may leave whenever you wish – as you do not have to stay for the entire meeting.  PTRA meets at the  Pike Township Government Center, 5665 Lafayette Road (basically the northeast corner of 56th Street and Lafayette Road, behind the gas station).  See below and agenda for more details.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry  

 

Dear All,

In preparation for the Total Eclipse over Indianapolis next Monday, the Wayne Township Education Foundation (with Schmidt Associates for help funding) is providing 2 pairs of glasses and information for each student in their system.  They also provided glasses to some other groups in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township.  I have been fortunate to receive this information, and scanned it to share with you.  It not only has some great information about the eclipse, timing, instructions for use of the safe solar filter glasses, but also how to get more information and activities.  I hope that you find this very useful as our area experiences this once in a lifetime chance to be in the direct path of the total eclipse.

Remember that they are expecting huge crowds being out that day and an influx of visitors to our area.  If you have to be on streets or roads allow extra time and make sure you have a full tank of gas before heading out.  With so many places, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Eagle Creek Park, Newfields, other museums and organizations hosting Eclipse Events, traffic will be heavy.  Think ahead.

Have a safe, enjoyable, and educational Total Eclipse day!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry    

Dear All,

It is that time of year to think about flowers you will be planting later this spring, and what better way to get some of those flowers but through our 4-H.  I have been getting their geraniums for years, and have always been very pleased at the quality and how beautiful they are.  They also have some beautiful hanging baskets (don’t forget Mother’s Day!).

These can be ordered through March 31st by going to https://go.ralyup.com/waynetwp4h2024.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.  The best thing about ordering from them is it helps bring a lot of 4-H programs to boys and girls in our area.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

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Dear All,

The first quarter IMPD Northwest District Task Force Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8th, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at their headquarters located 4005 Office Plaza Blvd.  The speaker will be Danyette Smith, program director of the Indianapolis Domestic Violence Prevention Program.  This should be a very educational meeting.  See the attached flyer for more details.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Thought that many of you may be interested in what is going that could greatly affect us, the residents on the west side of Indianapolis and Pike Township in particular.  Below is information the Pike Township Residents Association (PTRA) has sent out to their members and others on their email list.  If you are not familiar with PTRA, they are a group of residents, homeowners, and other concerned individuals that have an interest in Pike Township and hear zoning and other development cases in our township to try to make sure that development in our township benefits all.  They have been around for over 50 years and meet monthly at the Government Center.

Hope this information is informative to you.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: IMMEDIATE ATTENTION – Senate Bill 54, Senate committee hearing, Wednesday, January 17th, 9:30am
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2024 21:17:02 +0000 (UTC)
From: PTRA <ptra1972@aol.com>
PTRA members and interested parties –
 
Indiana State Senator Scott Baldwin (Bill Author-Hamilton County) and State Senator Michael Crider, (Co-Author-small portion of eastern Marion County and Hancock County) have filed Senate Bill 54 (SB54) that if approved, amends the approval process of consolidating Township Fire Departments into the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD).  Current state law provides for a consolidation approval process of –  Township Trustees,Township Advisory Boards, City Mayor and City-County Council.  Should SB54 become law, the approval of Township Trustees and Advisory Boards will be eliminated.
 
PTRA’s board of directors has long opposed any legislation that either proposes consolidation or assists in its approval and passage.
 
Attached is a letter from Pike Fire Chief Jeff Beam that outlines the particular concerns.  Proposed SB54 can be found here https://iga.in.gov/pdf-documents/123/2024/senate/bills/SB0054/SB0054.01.INTR.pdf
 
Three remaining independent township fire departments remain – Pike, Wayne and Decatur, all west side townships.  Other Indianapolis townships have merged, primarily due to debt.  Currently, Wayne is under consideration also due to debt.  Both Pike and Decatur are fiscally sound.
 
PTRA has long advocated against any consolidation efforts due to the negative impact consolidation will have on fire and medical (ambulance/EMT) service and response times.  Should a merger occur, ambulance/EMT service will be transferred to IEMS (Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service) which is currently understaffed.  IEMS has stated consolidation will assist with their staffing issues, however, at Wayne Township’s Advisory Board meeting this past Thursday evening, of the 26 medical personnel employed by Wayne, only 5 have committed to join IEMS.  Pike Fire Chief Beam stated that some Pike medical personnel came to Pike from IEMS and have no desire to return. In addition, Pike Fire Prevention Division will be eliminated.  From our understanding, IFD does not continue prevention service.  PTRA has consistently worked with Pike’s Fire Marshal on new and existing developments to ensure fire codes are in compliance.  In addition, Pike’s prevention services provide fire education to Pike’s School District and nursing homes.
 
It’s PTRA’s understanding Senator Baldwin brought forth this legislation because he believes it will benefit the non-consolidated township residents.  Therefore, it’s imperative that we show Senator Baldwin, co-author Senator Crider and the Pensions and Labor committee members that this belief is erroneous.
 
So, what can be done?  Flood the Senators with email messages and/or phone calls. List of committee members and their contact information is below.  Homeowner Associations, write a letter on your association’s letterhead.  Time is of the essence for the committee hearing is Wednesday, January 17th, 9:30am, State Capitol Building, Rm. 233.  If your schedule permits, consider attending the committee hearing.  PTRA will be testifying.
 
Let me know if you have questions.  Please share message as desired.
 
Author: Scott Baldwin:  Senator.Baldwin@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400 (Senate Call Center, M-F 8:30am-4:45pm closed Monday, January 15th)
Co-Author: Michael Crider:  Senator.Crider@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Linda Rogers, Committee Chair:  Senator.Rogers@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Blake Doriot:  Senator.Doriot@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
David Niezgodski:  s10@iga.in.gov  317-232-9491
John Crane:  s24@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Dan Dernulc:  Senator.Dernulc@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Randy Maxwell:  Senator.Maxwell@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Greg Walker:  Senator.Greg.Walker@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Michael Young:  Hector.Ayala@iga.in.gov  (Legislative Assistant) 317-232-9517
Andy Zay:  Senator.Zay@iga.in.gov  317-232-9400
Rodney Pol, Jr:  s4@iga.in.gov  317-232-9404
David Vanzant:  s3@iga.in.gov  317-232-9847
 
 
Susan Blair
President
Pike Township Residents Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 40458
Indianapolis, IN 46240   
317-443-5278

Dear All,

Attached is information about IMPD Northwest District Task Force Meeting and Holiday Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 14th, starting at 6:00 p.m.  In addition to dinner, conversation, and reflecting back on the year there will be a demonstration of the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Game.  Hope many of you will be able to join them at their headquarters located at 4005 Office Plaza Boulevard.  This should be a fun evening.  Please feel free to pass this information on to your neighbors.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Hope you can join IMPD’s Northwest District on Thursday, November 16th for Coffee with a Cop.  This will be at the McDonald’s located at 7236 W. 10th Street from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  This is a terrific time to talk one-on-one with officers and Commander Lewis and share your concerns as well as get to know them better.  Hope to see you there!

Please see attached flyer as well as share this with others who may be interested.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Election Day is almost here – and I have put together a list from the Voting Location Web Site of polling locations around our area.  Remember – you may vote at ANY location in Marion County, and many of the locations that we used to vote at are no longer polling sites.  The important thing is that you have your voters ID and go to a vote center between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7th!  Our future of our City is depending on this election.  Please get out and vote!  Four years ago a lot of people did not get out and vote in the municipal election.  This election is important and your vote could make a difference.

Please forward this to all your friend, neighbors, and relatives.  Remember – it is important that you get out and vote!

Dear All,

Just a reminder that tonight (Saturday, November 4th) we need to “Fall Back” an hour before going to bed as Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks that don’t automatically set back an hour before going to bed.

Also, now is a great time to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working properly.  If they need to have batteries changed or you need to have new one, take care of that as well.

Please remember that it will not only be getting dark an hour earlier starting Sunday, but we are also losing light each evening as well.  Watch for children playing outside, people walking their dogs, joggers, runners, walkers, bike riders, and especially children and adults at and around bus stops.  If you are going to be out doing any activities toward dusk, dawn, when it is dark, or even on cloudy days, make sure you have on light colored clothing, reflective clothing, lights, etc. so you can be seen.  Be attentive to your surroundings as well.  Make sure children are dressed accordingly.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry



Dear All,

We have had a beautiful fall, but fall is what the leaves have done.  With a nice weekend predicted many of you will be out raking leaves.  Just to let you know that leaf collection season does start on Monday, November 6th and run through Friday, December 1st.  During this time you may place out up to 40 bags of leaves a week on your regular trash day.  Have them out by 7:00 a.m., as a separate truck picks them up, and not your regular trash truck.  Also, remember to keep bags away from your cart (at least 3 – 5 feet, I put mine on the other side of the driveway), and make sure they are not on the sidewalk or on the curb.

Hope this information is helpful, and please share with others.  Thanks!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

P.S.  Here is what I copied from the city’s website:

Leaf Collection Season

How to dispose of leaves

During leaf collection season, you can dispose of 40 bags of leaves each week with your regular trash. The 2023 collection season will run from Monday, November 6 through Friday, December 1.

Place leaves in large plastic trash bags, and place the bags on the street by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Residents should refrain from using paper bags as they deteriorate and fall apart in wet weather. Keep the leaf bags 3-5 feet away from your cart collection area and out of sidewalks and public rights-of-way.

Never rake leaves into the street. Leaf season is a great time to clear your nearby storm drain inlets and keep them maintained to prevent drainage and flooding problems.

Burning leaves is illegalin Marion County as it releases harmful particles into our air. Illegal burning may result in fines up to $2,500.