Dear All,

Just wanted to take time today to get out some information that may be helpful as we get ready to welcome in 2019.

Remember that trash will not be picked up tomorrow, Jan. 1st, and will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.  So Tuesday will be on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, Thursday on Friday and Friday on Saturday.  Starting next Monday, we will then be back on regular schedule for a couple of weeks.

As a reminder, break down any large boxes that you may have and place them entirely inside your can.  Do not let them “stick out” and “advertise” to would-be criminals who may be canvasing an area looking for homes to rob that may have recently received new electronics.

ToxAway is the first Saturday of the month (which will be January 5th) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Traders Point Collection Facility, located at 7550 N. Lafayette Road.  This is just north of the 71st Street exit off of I – 65.  For more information about ToxAway and what items are accepted, as well as other drop off locations, go to:  Toxdrop City of Indianapolis.

With the rain we are currently experiencing and the temperatures dropping below freezing later this week, I would like to remind everyone to make sure that the drains and curbs in front of your house and throughout your neighborhood are free of leaves and other debris.  As I have been out and about the past month I have noticed many drains covered with debris. These may have been cleared before, but leaves and other debris have washed over them once again.  If the drains are covered water may end up backing up, and when it does freeze can cause ice on the street.  This can cause an accident or cause someone who is walking to fall.  I have attached the “Keep the Stormwater Moving” information sheet from the City.

Lastly, I would like to give a big THANKS! to everyone who has either helped with an organized cleanup this year or those who go out on their own or in small groups on a regular basis and pick up trash.  This really does make a huge difference to our area and I appreciate everyone who is going above and beyond being a good neighbor and great Citizen.  I wish I knew the names of those who do pick up trash along our roadways and been doing other things to make our area better on a regular basis.  Lately I have seen some folks working in various areas of the district, and what a difference they made in the areas they were picking up!  When I see people working, I do try to say thanks, but it is not always possible with traffic.  Please know that I do appreciate those of you who are cleaning up along our roadways and bridges.  Again, THANKS to everyone who is responsible for helping.  What a difference you all make.  If you know of those who have helped, please Thank them for me.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6  

Dear All,

Where is December going?  Today I finished receiving the calendars for the three libraries closest to us (Wayne, Pike, and Eagle) which are attached.  Note that the libraries are closed New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Each library offers some different programs as well as some of the same programs with various times.  With short days, and the dreary weather, what better time to participate in one of their programs or check out a book to relax with and read?

Please feel free to forward this information to those who live in our district and also those in our Wayne and Pike Township area who may be interested.  Enjoy the last few days of 2018 as we get ready to welcome the New Year.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

 

Dear All,

Soon we will be welcoming 2019.  Seems strange that January is almost here.  Attached is Eagle Creek Park’s calendar for next month.

If you have not purchased your new Eagle Creek Park Pass, now is the time!  There is information on the calendar for both regular passes and Eagle Creek Park Foundation Passes.  Remember that part of the Eagle Creek Park Foundation Pass stays here at our Eagle Creek Park.  This helps with many projects in the park.  There are also discounts on the regular passes for senior citizens (over 62) and for our Veterans.  

Please note that the Earth Discovery Center and Ornithology Center are closed on New Year’s Day as well as the Park Office.  On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21st) the Earth Discover Center and the Ornithology Center will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. and park admission is free that day.  The Park Office will be closed.  Check out the calendar for the activities going on at Eagle Creek Park next month as there are some different and reoccurring programs.

Please feel free to forward this information to those who live in our district and also those in our area who may be interested.  Enjoy the last few days of 2018 as we get ready to welcome the New Year.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

 

 

Dear All,

Did you have a live Christmas tree this year?  Wondering what to do with it when you take it down?  Nine of our Indy Parks have the solution for you!  Starting this week certain Indy Parks will be drop off locations for your discarded Christmas trees, including one in our district (Gustafson) and two very close to many of you (Krannert and Northwestway).  You may take your tree to one of the participating parks now through January 31st from dawn to dusk.  Please remember that all trees need to be free from lights, ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, and other decorations.

These trees will be recycled for landscaping resources such as mulch and soil blends.  This program is not for commercial use and is for Marion County residents only.

Please see below for more information about the participating parks and their addresses.  Feel free to forward this information on to others who may be interested, not only in our district, but throughout Marion County.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

  

At the December 40 West Business Association Meeting the members brought in mittens, gloves, and hats to be donated to Rhoades Elementary School, which is located just south of Washington Street in Wayne Township.  Councillor Janice McHenry, President of 40 West Business Association, and Mary Lang from Wayne Township Schools are getting ready to bag the items up so they may be taken to the school to be distributed to those students who may not otherwise have these items to keep warm.

 

 A group of  student carolers, who are hoping to take a trip to Italy, greeted the visitors to “Light the Night on Main” in front of Dallara.

 

Children were able to get something special made from balloons.

 There were various craft projects for children to make and take with them.

 

 And, of course, Santa was there to listen to everyone’s Christmas wishes and have an opportunity to have their picture taken.

Even Councillor McHenry talked with Santa.

The Jingle Books Program just completed another successful year at the Indianapolis Libraries.  Melinda Mullican, Wayne Branch Manager, accepted a donation of books from Councillor McHenry.  Thanks to everyone who donated books to a library so that others could select a book to give to a boy or girl to call their own this Christmas.

Dear All,

There will be no trash collection on Tuesday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday.  If you have Tuesday pickup your trash will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday will have their collection Thursday, Thursday is on Friday, and Friday will be on Saturday.  The same will be true next week for the Tuesday, January 1st holiday.  Please make a note of this and forward it on to others who may not be on my email list and receiving this information.

While the weather outside is – well, nice – snow and ice will probably be around sooner and more than most will like.  Attached is the Indy Snow Force information sheet on the most frequently asked questions about snow removal and who is responsible.  It really does have a lot of valuable information.  Our district is very unique – with some of our roads falling under the responsibility of the State Highway Department (INDOT), our western boundary belonging to Hendricks County,  Speedway and Clermont being responsible for roads in their area, and the fact that we are not all under  DPW (Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works) jurisdiction.  The information on the attachment tells about that and a lot more, including information about homeowners and property owners responsibilities on sidewalks and access to mailboxes.  Read over it, as it does tell things you may not already be aware of.

As always, please feel free to share this information with others who may not be receiving it.  I really do appreciate it when people help spread the word on things that are useful to others, not only in our district but in our area.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6