Dear All,

Our IMPD Northwest District is having their monthly Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the International Marketplace Coalition.  Their guest speaker is Sgt. Steven Dubois, who will explain how the Crime Stoppers program works when a tip is received and how successful this program is in solving crimes.  Should be a very informative and interesting meeting.  Flyer is attached for more into.  Hope many of you can make it!

The International Marketplace Coalition has recently moved.  They are now located in Lafayette Square (3919 Lafayette Rd.) on the westside of the mall.  Go to the “Food Court” Entrance – IMC is just outside the doors to the mall.  There should be people to direct you by the entrance.

I have some information I would like for you to help me with.  I would like to have all of the HOA Presidents or other office holder on your HOA Neighborhood Board from my district.  This is for a meeting I am wanting to have with HOA Leaders in District 6, and I am hoping to be able to invite all of my neighborhoods.  Last summer I started collecting this info for something else, but don’t have everyone and had more of the Eagle Creek Park area.  I have listed the neighborhoods I have by Township, so I don’t need those.  However, if you do not see your neighborhood listed below and could let me know who your HOA President (or another officer) is, I would appreciate it.  I am not going to share this information with anyone, but will be contacting them directly.  Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

Neighborhoods that I currently have Contact Info for their HOA in District 6:

Pike Township

Ballinshire
Bay Landing
Eagle Creek Woods
Eagle Creek Woods II
Eagle Springs
Hunters Green
Huntington (is there more than one?)
Lincolnwood
Ridge Civic Group
Rutherglen
Timberview
Trees
Trees II
Wood Acre

Wayne Township

Country Club Pines
Eagle Valley Farms
Eagle Valley Western
Islands
Parc Estates North
Summerfield
Twin Oaks
Windham Lake (Condos)
Windham Lake (Homes)

Dear Everyone,

We are all very much aware of how the weather this year has really caused a lot of damage to our streets and roads throughout not only Marion County, but the entire area.  I have attached information below about not only for Marion County, but also our State Roads.  Please take time to read through this to learn more about what is going on this week while the weather is still relatively mild.

Remember, we do not send out “inspectors” to “discover” pot holes.  They get reported because of people like you and me.  While I do try my best to report as many as I can throughout our district, I don’t get down every street, and I do only report the ones in our district.  Also, what is there today, may not have been there yesterday when I drove on that particular street or road.  Please do call in pot holes to the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC throughout Marion County.  You may also use your smart phone, and information on that is in the article below.  At the bottom of this email is also how to report a pot hole on a State or U.S. Highway.  This would include all of our Interstates (I-465, I-65, I-74, etc.) as well as U.S. 40 (Washington Street), U.S. 36 (Rockville Road), & U.S. 136 (Crawfordsville Road) outside of I – 465.

Again, it is because of us that they know about the potholes that need filled.  Please do report them as soon as possible.  Hopefully we can some of our worse areas done this week with the “hot mix”.  This lasts longer than the “cold mix”.  But these potholes do need to be reported.  Please help me in making sure they are aware of the potholes that need filled!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6 

 

                            MAYOR HOGSETT CONDUCTS MINI-BLITZ TO ADDRESS POTHOLES THROUGHOUT THE CITY

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett will join the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) to kick-off a “mini- blitz” that will have crews working to address an increase in potholes on city streets, as forecasts predict above average temperatures once again for the Indianapolis area.

At 2:00 p.m., Mayor Hogsett and DPW will gather at Keystone Avenue at Hanna Avenue to offer updates on road work and encourage residents to report potholes using the Request Indy app. DPW crews will be patching potholes in the area on Keystone Avenue from Hanna Avenue to Thompson Road.

Beginning today through Thursday, January 26, 20 crews will focus on pothole requests received by the City through the Mayor’s Action Center and Request Indy portal, starting with main thoroughfares and highly traveled locations. DPW crews will be using a hot mix to conduct patching as one asphalt plant has temporarily opened for three days while the weather is temperate.

With precipitation and fluctuating temperatures throughout this winter season, DPW will continue its vigilant pothole patching efforts. The temporary “cold mix” will again be used to fill potholes after Thursday until the asphalt plants officially open this spring.

Additional crews will be located throughout the City including the following locations today:

  • 56th Street from Emerson Avenue to Arlington Avenue
  • Ditch Road from 73rd Street to 86th Street

DPW would like to remind residents that the city offers multiple ways for residents to report potholes. Citizens can take advantage of the Indy Pothole Viewer, RequestIndy available on smart phones and the Mayor’s Action Center to report pothole requests.

Indiana Department of Transportation News Release

INDOT Ramping up Efforts to Address Potholes
Wild January temperature swings create prime conditions for potholes

Pothole

Temperatures fluctuating above and below freezing the past few weeks have created prime conditions for potholes forming on Indiana roadways.

To deal with potholes in the most aggressive and efficient manner, the Indiana Department of Transportation will allow crews throughout the state to close travel lanes when and where necessary during daytime hours, including during peak travel times for priority repairs.

Where possible, crews will limit their daytime work hours and try to avoid working in travel lanes carrying traffic in the peak direction during peak times.  However, motorists may encounter maintenance crews making priority repairs any time of the day or night.

Give them room

Motorists are more likely to encounter workers making road repairs. INDOT makes pothole patching a top priority between snow and ice events. Please be alert while behind the wheel, slow down, and give highway workers safe space to do their jobs. Increase your following distance so you have more time to stop or slow down in a pothole repair zone.

INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when encountering pothole-patching crews.

How a pothole forms

Cracks develop in pavement from traffic wear and winter freeze-thaw cycles. Potholes begin when water seeps into these cracks and freezes, expanding the layers of pavement, stone and soil. As the ice melts and contracts, heavy highway traffic further loosens the pavement, forming potholes. To learn more, view this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkGF4JCT3Fg

Pothole patches

With temperatures too low for paving, most of Indiana’s hot-mix asphalt plants are now closed. During the winter INDOT uses cold mix, a mixture of small stone and liquid asphalt, as a temporary patch.

Even after being filled with cold patch, the same pothole can require ongoing maintenance and can reopen several times throughout the winter. When the asphalt plants reopen in the spring, INDOT maintenance crews clean out and then repair potholes with hot mix, providing a smoother, more permanent fix.

Preventing potholes

When INDOT is not clearing snow, ice or storm debris, its crews will focus on maintaining and protecting the state’s roads and bridges. Sealing and repaving projects prevent water from seeping into the pavement and forming potholes.

During the last fiscal year, INDOT awarded contracts to repave 580 miles of state highways, chip-sealed over 1,200 miles and crack sealed more than 5,500 miles.

Report potholes

To report a pothole on a numbered state route, interstate or U.S. highway, contact your regional INDOT district or follow the “Report a Concern” link at potholes.indot.in.gov.  For potholes on city streets or county roads, please contact the proper city or county maintenance department.

Dear All,

Really, I am not trying to rush through January, but am sending this out early because registration for Eagle Creek Park Summer Day Camps starts on Monday and I wanted to get that info out as I know these camps fill up fast. I also thought I’d sent the February Calendar for the park at the same time.

If you have any children/youth or grandchildren from ages 4 – 15, Eagle Creek Park Summer Day Camps is a terrific opportunity for them to learn about various aspects of nature during the summer.  For the younger campers there are four different weeks and programs offered.  For the older youth there are two different exciting weeks of camps.  What a wonderful way to give children a learning experience that they will not forget during summer vacation!  Remember, these do tend to fill up fast and registration does start on Monday, January 23rd.

Looking over the calendar for February there are many Recurring Programs and activities for all ages.  It seems that this has a theme relating to Birds.  Let’s not forget that February 2 is Ground Hog Day – and we will see what the woodchuck predicts on that day when winter will end.  Winter can be a great time to visit our park, and even if you do not take in some of the activities they have for you to participate and learn, there is still plenty to see, do, and enjoy.

Just a couple of reminders.  The gates are now open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.  This will continue to expand as our days get longer and we have more daylight.  If you have not purchased you 2017 Park Passes you may do so at either the gates or the Eagle Creek Park Office on west 56th Street.  Also, you may purchase the Park Foundation Passes (which helps support Eagle Creek Park) by going to www.EagleCreekPark.org.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

   

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Dear All,

Really, I am not trying to rush through January, but am sending this out early because registration for Eagle Creek Park Summer Day Camps starts on Monday and I wanted to get that info out as I know these camps fill up fast. I also thought I’d sent the February Calendar for the park at the same time.

If you have any children/youth or grandchildren from ages 4 – 15, Eagle Creek Park Summer Day Camps is a terrific opportunity for them to learn about various aspects of nature during the summer.  For the younger campers there are four different weeks and programs offered.  For the older youth there are two different exciting weeks of camps.  What a wonderful way to give children a learning experience that they will not forget during summer vacation!  Remember, these do tend to fill up fast and registration does start on Monday, January 23rd.

Looking over the calendar for February there are many Recurring Programs and activities for all ages.  It seems that this has a theme relating to Birds.  Let’s not forget that February 2 is Ground Hog Day – and we will see what the woodchuck predicts on that day when winter will end.  Winter can be a great time to visit our park, and even if you do not take in some of the activities they have for you to participate and learn, there is still plenty to see, do, and enjoy.

Just a couple of reminders.  The gates are now open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.  This will continue to expand as our days get longer and we have more daylight.  If you have not purchased you 2017 Park Passes you may do so at either the gates or the Eagle Creek Park Office on west 56th Street.  Also, you may purchase the Park Foundation Passes (which helps support Eagle Creek Park) by going to www.EagleCreekPark.org.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

   

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Dear All,

Monday, January 16th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and with the students being out of school and many businesses closed, most of our museums and attractions in Indianapolis are free or free with a donation of a canned good or some with other items to help those in need.  I have checked with quite a few various sites and here are the ones that I contacted that have special offers on Monday.  Also, many of these are normally closed on Monday, so it is special hours as well.

Starting on Sunday, January 15th, the Indianapolis Museum of Art – 4000 Michigan Road (their entrance is off of 38th Street) will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a donation.  Donations may be food, school supplies, toiletry items that will be given to the MLK Community Center.

Monday, January 16th:

White River Park Attractions are all open and there is also free parking – in the lots as well as the underground with a canned good item for each admission that will be given to Gleaners Food Bank.  They are:

    Eiteljorg Museum – This is also the last day for “Jingle Rails”.
Indiana State Museum
IMAX Theater – Showing “Voyage of Time:  The IMAX Experience” at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.  You are encouraged to get tickets early as they are usually gone by noon.
NCAA Hall of Champions
Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens – Dolphin show at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Again, tickets go fast.

Indiana Historical Society will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  While they are not requiring donations, Heartnet is collecting hats, gloves, and socks for homeless folks.

Children’s Museum is also open and is free.

Also, outside of Marion County, Connor Prairie is free, but their outdoor exhibits are not open.

This is a wonderful way to visit one or more of our many museums for basically free and makes a great way to spend the day.  It is also a terrific way to help Gleaners stock their shelves and benefit some of our other local charities.  So if you can, get out and enjoy!

Do you have something else already planned for Monday, are not off work, but would like to go to one of these places (and some others) in the future?  I have contacted the various attractions and put together the latest in regular hours and admission prices for you to save for the future.  Make a special day for out-of-town guests or children by visiting any of these attractions.  Or, if you have not checked them out lately yourself, plan a visit in the future.  We are so fortunate to have such world class museums and attractions right here in Marion County.  I hope that you will be able to take advantage of what we have to offer “in our own backyard” and share them with others as well.

Again, I hope this information is useful for you and that you are able to visit at least one of our attractions soon.  There are many other sights around the area that I did not list, so take some time and look into those as well.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

P.S.  Monday, January 16, is a Holiday for our Public Works employees and the other trash haulers.  Trash will be delayed by one day all week, so there will be no Monday pick-up.  Pickup this coming week will start on Tuesday and end on Saturday.

Below is information for 2017 hours and pricing for some attractions that you may be interested in visiting during the year. Remember that pricing can change during the year, but this is what was given to me this week. A lot of terrific places to enjoy!

Indiana State Museum – 650 W. Washington Street –
Normal hours are Mon. – Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 11-5. It cost $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8.50 for children 3 – 12 (under 2 is free). If you have an AAA membership there is $1 off. The first Tuesday of every month (keep in mind for summer for children) is called “Community Tuesday” and admission is 50% off. The IMAX has different pricing by the length of the film. The prices are for short films $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, and $7 for children. The long films are $16 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $13 for children. Matinees are $13 for adults and seniors and $11 for children. There are also discounts available both which can save you a couple of dollars if you attend both the museum and IMAX the same day. (232-1637)

Eiteljorg Museum – 500 W. Washington Street –
Normal hours are Mon. – Sat. 10-5 and Sun. noon to 5. The admission fees are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $7 for children 5 – 17 and those with a Student I.D. There is $2 off regular adult tickets with an AAA card. The first Tues. of the month is $6.50 for adults and seniors, children and students are free. No additional discounts apply on that day. (636-9378)

NCAA Hall of Champions – 700 W. Washington Street
Normal hours are Tues. – Sat. 10 – 5 and Sun. 12 – 5, however they are closed in Tuesdays as well as Mondays during January and February. Their admission is $5 for adults and $3 for Seniors and Youth 5 and above. Under 5 is free. Also, they have Community Tuesday on the first Tuesday of the month where you can “Buy One Get One Free” admission. (916-HALL)

Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens – 1200 W. Washington Street
Normal hours through February are Wed. – Sun. from 9-4. The admission during this time averages $8.20 for adults, $7.45 for seniors and $6.20 for children. Starting the first full week in March they are open every day. The best way to know how much admission is to go on their web site (Indianapolis Zoo.com) as it varies day to day. Also, if you purchase advance tickets you may end up paying less if it is crowded that day. The average price is about $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for children. Usually it is higher on week-ends. There is a $6 parking fee. After Memorial Day the hours are 9 – 5 during the week and 9 – 7 on weekends. Your admission includes both the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. There are not separate tickets. (630-2001)

Children’s Museum – 3000 N. Meridian Street –

Normal hours are Tues. – Sun. from 10 – 5 until through February and then they are open on Monday as well. The regular prices are $23.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors, and $19.00 for children 2 – 17. However, the first Thursday in February and March they do have evening hours from 4 – 8 and this is free! (800-208-KIDS) In February there will be an announcement on pricing structure. Watch for it.

Gene and Marilyn Glick History Center – 450 W. Ohio Street –

Normal hours are 10 – 5 Tues. – Sat. The regular prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children 5 – 17 year old, 4 and under are free. Students with a student I.D. are $3.50. Parking is free if you bring in your parking ticket. (232-1882)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum – 4790 W. 16th Street –

Currently they are open 10 – 4 seven days a week. Starting March 1st they will be open
9 – 5. Their admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 15. Children 5 and under are free. With an AAA Card you can buy one and get one admission free. The “Kiss the Bricks Tour” is a 30 minute tour where you get out of the bus and onto the track. This is $20 for adults and $10 for youth and includes your museum admission. On days where there is inclement weather or the something is being done on the track they offer a “Behind the Scenes Tour”, which is also $20 for adults and $10 for youth, and this tour visits the Pagoda. Grounds Tours are also offered for $30 for adults and $15 for children. They do recommend that you call ahead about the availability of the Grounds Tours due to weather or other activities. (492-6784)

Indianapolis Museum of Art – 4000 Michigan (as well as entrance off of 38th Street)
General Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for children. There is no charge for parking. They have a family area called Star Studio where there are activities for all ages. The hours are Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 11 – 5, Thurs. 11 – 9, and Sun. 12 – 5. (923-1331)
On the grounds is also the outdoor “100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park”. This is open dawn to dusk and is free, along with free parking.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – 13400 Allisonville Road (Fishers) –

Through March 28th hours are Thurs. – Sun. 10 – 5. This is for the Indoor Area only (which has Discovery Station, Create, Connect, & Craft Corner.) It is $8 per person. Starting March 28th through April 9th the Outdoor Area is open for Spring Break and will be open Tues. – Sun. from 10 – 5. Hours starting April 11th through May 2nd are Thurs. – Sun. 10 – 5. Starting May 2th the hours will be from 10 – 5 Tuesday – Sunday. The admission once the outdoor area opens is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $11 for children 2 – 12. (776-6000)
Don’t forget they also have the Balloon Ride, weather dependant (not currently open), where you can go up in a Hot Air Balloon. This is $15 per person.

While this is definitely not everything available to see and do in Indianapolis or the Metro Area, it is a start. I hope this is very useful and is something you will keep and refer back to when looking for a great way to spend time with family and friends. Also, don’t forget about these places when you have out of town guests. Indianapolis has so much to offer at these wonderful attractions as well as many more.

Dear All,

While the information about the Recycling Drop-off being moved from Northwestway Park does not affect most of you, there is other information about recycling that does pertain to the rest of the district, so I am sending this out to my entire list.  Those of you who live close or shop at the Speedway Kroger, you may take your recycling there.  It is on the south side of the building.  The  ones who shop at the Kroger on Rockville Road and Country Club Road, they have the recycling bins out toward Rockville Road.    Many churches and other organizations do paper recycling (the green and yellow bins).  Check out places close to you.  Remember, too, that you can take ALL recyclable items to the north end of Ben Davis High School (off of Girls School Road).  There are two large bins there that are emptied frequently.  You do need to go after school hours and on weekends.

While many of you do participate in curb side recycling, if you do not subscribe to that or you are not in an area that offers it yet, this is a terrific way to recycle conveniently when you go to the grocery store, or past Ben Davis High School.  For those who do not currently recycle, you would be surprised how much less trash you have each week.  And those who recycle with schools, churches, and other organizations – you are helping them as they make money off of what is recycled in their bins.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6


RECYCLING DROP-OFF AT NORTHWESTWAY PARK HAS MOVED TO W 71ST ST KROGER


INDIANAPOLIS
– The recycling drop-off site located at Northwestway Park at 5253 W. 62nd St has been moved to the Kroger at 5025 W 71st St. The drop-off site has been permanently relocated due to the high incidence of illegal dumping.

Residents who previously utilized the Northwestway Park location to drop off their recycling can visit the new site at 5025 W 71st St effective today. The drop-off is located on the North side of the Kroger parking lot, close to the gas stations and next to the Ray’s cardboard bins. Alternative nearby drop-off sites include:

  • Kroger at 2550 Lake Circle Dr
  • Broad Ripple Park at 6350 Evanston Ave
  • Kroger at 5620 Crawfordsville Rd

An interactive map and full list of recycling drop-off locations can be found here.

Residents who need to dispose of heavy trash or other non-recyclable waste items are encouraged to use the city’s $5 dump days at Citizen Transfer Station and review the city’s guidelines for curbside heavy trash pickup. More information on these programs can be found here.

SustainIndy is an initiative of the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability to engage the community in building the vision of a more sustainable city. Visit www.indy.gov/sustainindy for more information.

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Dear All,

Last month IFD responded to an unprecedented number of working, occupied residence fires in a single month.  The fact that really hits hard is that 100% of those fires were preventable!  I know that none of us ever wants to experience a fire in our home.  Winter seems to be the time that many more fires occur.  Please be extra careful when using a fireplace, candles, cooking while you have guests (as sometimes you can be distracted or have others around stoves and pots or pans can get bumped), and overloading circuits.  Check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working.  The fire departments do give out smoke alarms for those who need them, so if you or anyone you know does need one, contact your nearest fire station.  Also, if you have any unoccupied houses or buildings in your neighborhood and you see people around them, call 911 and report it.  Many times people will be in vacant houses and will start fires and these structures have no electricity or heat.  You do not want a fire starting in any of those either, as it could spread very quickly before reported.

I have attached some Safety Tips from IFD.  Please do take time to read these.  Share them with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors.  You may print them off and post them for others to see.  Let’s all be proactive with this so that we do not have any of these tragedies in our area.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6
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Dear All,

Our Northwest District IMPD is have a Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.  It is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church located 4141 N. High School Road.  Their speaker is Marilynn Berry-Stamm, who is with Nurse-Family Partnership.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

I know that our Northwest District IMPD would appreciate you forwarding this information on to others who live in the IMPD Northwest District (Pike Township, northern Wayne Township) or anyone who may be interested in the topic.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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