Dear All,

The days are beginning to get longer and we are all anxious for spring to get here (even the spring flowers seem to be getting impatient as their leaves are coming up).  Though it is still officially winter, there is plenty to do at Eagle Creek Park.  Attached is the March calendar for Eagle Creek Park and descriptions of the activities and events going on.

On March 2nd will be the Polar Plunge.  This event raises money for the training and competition for the more than 16,000 Special Olympics Indiana Athletes.  It will be from 8 a.m. – noon at the beach area, so anticipate a lot of extra traffic during that time in and around the park.  For more information, please see the attachment.

Have you ever been to the annual Woodcarvers and Woodburners Show?  If not, it is well worth checking out.  These artists will have on display a wide range of wood items for you to admire and also items you may purchase.  They will be doing demonstrations as well and there will be a Children’s Area where boys and girls may make their own carving from soap.  This will be taking place on both Saturday, March 8th, and Sunday, March 9th, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Earth Discovery Center (EDC).  It is free with your park admission.  More information is on the attachment.

If you have students who would like to go to summer camp at Eagle Creek Park, they do have quite a few different programs.  To learn more about summer camp programs or the register go to www.indyparks.org.  These do fill up fast, so take time to check them before it is too late.

Hope you will be able to enjoy our park soon and often.  Please share this information with others who may not know about all the things going on so close to home.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District6

Dear Wayne Township Constituents,

On Tuesday, May 7th, those of you who live in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township will be voting on a property tax referendum.  Below is the information that is on the school district’s website about this.  Also, here is the link that Dr. Butts has created for the community presentations:

I attended one of the presentations that was held this week; I learned a lot from it.  There are three more presentations coming up during March, and dates and locations are at the end of the article.  While you may attend any of these three, the one closest to our district will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, located at 963 N. Girls School Road, on Wednesday, March 13th.  It will start at 6 p.m.  These are an opportunity for you to learn more and they also allow written questions from the audience at the end.

 
I do hope that you will take time to learn what you can about the referendum before you go to the polls on May 7th.  Please feel free to forward this information not only to those in our district who may not be on my email list, but also to those you know throughout Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township.
 
Sincerely,
 
Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

MSD Wayne Board of Education Approves Resolution for May Referendum

February 5, 2019

The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township Board of Education has approved a property tax referendum for the May 7 ballot. The referendum would generate an additional $10 million per year for eight years for the school district.

The monies would permit the district to close the gap in its educational fund brought on by state funding that has not kept pace with inflation. The added revenue would provide resources for MSD Wayne to continue enhancing student security, and allow the district to continue to replace the educational fund dollars currently spent on transportation and preventive maintenance.

The additional revenues will permit the district to avoid reducing academic programs critical to the successes demonstrated by its students each year. The referendum monies will also allow MSD Wayne to continue to recruit and retain the highly effective teachers and provide services that contribute to its students’ multiple successes. Those successes include more than $18 million used in college scholarships, 17,000 dual credits earned, and a district graduation rate of 91 percent.

A number of factors in recent years have continued to erode key sources of funding for MSD Wayne:

  • $9.8 million (38 percent) lost since 2014 due to reductions in the state’s Complexity Index (poverty factor)
  • A per pupil increase in state funding of $1 since 2014 versus an 8.3% increase in the Cost of Living (COLA) Index
  • Continued instability in property values in Wayne Township, resulting in a reduction in property tax revenue for the district in two of the last five years
  • Continued losses in property tax revenue totaling $102,788,545 in revenue lost since 2008 due to state-imposed limits

Since 2009, school districts in Indiana, similar to those in the surrounding states, have utilized referenda to help close the funding gap created by property tax caps.

The referendum that will appear on the May 7 ballot will ask voters to increase property taxes by 35 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. For the median homeowner in MSD Wayne, this will represent an increase of $8.00 per month for homeowners under 65 and $4.33 per month for homeowners 65 and over who qualify for the deduction.

The MSD Wayne Board of Education approved the resolution for the referendum at its regularly scheduled January 28 meeting.

MSD Wayne Superintendent Jeff Butts will present information on the district’s fiscal situation and the May referendum at a series of community meetings.  The dates and locations of these meetings are listed below:

State of the District
Community Meeting Schedule
All meetings start at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 4
Ben Davis Christian Church
701 South High School Road

Wednesday, March 13
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
963 North Girls School Road

Monday, March 18
The Upper Room of Indianapolis
3829 South Farnsworth St.

The 40 West Business Association held their first meeting of the year at Grindstone Charley’s.

The program was about 4-H in Wayne Township and a scholarship check was presented to the “40 West Outstanding 4-H Scholar”.  Honoring the outstanding 4-H member with a scholarship is a tradition that goes back to 1979.  This year’s awardee is pictured with the 2019 President of 40 West Business Association accepting the check.

 Alice Sweeney, with Wayne Township 4-H, and the “40 West Outstanding 4-H Scholar” are pictured with the 2019 officers of the 40 West Business Association

Do you know of someone looking for a job working in a Senior Living Community?  Westside Garden Plaza, located off W. 10th Street, is having a job fair on Saturday, March 2nd, as they seek to hire for a variety of different positions.  Check out their flyer for more information.  Feel free to share this information with those who may be interested.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6  

The third time was a charm, as the weather finally cooperated, and volunteers started gathering for our first official Clean-up of 2019.  We had 20 people who did come out and helped pick up trash along 56th Street and Reed Road.

When finished some volunteers stopped by one of the two piles of bags before heading back home to enjoy the rest of their day.  Thanks to everyone who came out that day and also to the other volunteers who make it a habit of keeping areas clean in our district.

   

 Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes was at Pike Township Library for her annual “Love Your Library Tour”.  She, with the help of others from the Library, did a very informative presentation about the new website and on-line catalog, as well as other information and answering questions about our libraries.

Do you know what is behind the curtain?  CEO Jackie Nytes, Pike Library Manager Tia Jah Wynne Ayers, and City-County Councillor Janice McHenry invite you to come and see the fascinating fish that are in the aquarium on the other side of the curtain at the Pike Library.

In recognition of American Heart Month the Women in Neighborhood Service Group (WINS) held their February meeting at the American Heart Association.  They learned a lot about how to take better care of your heart, the warning signs of heart attacks, and strokes.  The women all wore red to the meeting for “Go Red for Women”, which promotes understanding that heart disease and strokes affects women and encourages learning more.

Dear Wayne Township Constituents,

Did you know there are plans to renovate our Wayne Branch Library?  There are three public meetings for this project.  The first is tomorrow, then one in March and the last one in May.  This is a great way to learn more and offer input as to what you think is important for our library and how it should be improved for the future.  The attached gives you more information.  Hopefully I will see many of you at one or more of these meetings.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

  

INDOT issues full call out for winter weather overnight
EAST CENTRAL, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation is issuing a full call out of trucks to prepare for winter weather coming in overnight.

The national weather service is forecasting around 1 to 3 inches of snow in Central Indiana.

INDOT will have about 30 trucks out patrolling beginning at 10 p.m.

They will be looking for and treating slick spots as the weather moves in.

A full call out will begin at midnight. 60 trucks will be in the Indianapolis area. They will clear snow as it falls, to make the roads safe for the morning rush hour.

Overnight, the snow is expected to turn to rain. Drivers are reminded to be careful on the roads and slow down. There could be areas on the roads that will be slick because of the changing temperatures.

INDOT crews will remain at a full call out until noon tomorrow or until the roads are clear.

Pothole crews are staying off the roads to make room for INDOT yellow trucks. They will resume their work as weather permits, hopefully Wednesday night.

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Dear All,

Just so there is no confusion, Presidents’ Day is not a City Holiday and there will be regular trash service next week.  Wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this so you will put out your trash on your normal day.

In honor of Presidents’ Day two of your museums will be offering free admission on Monday.  If you are able, this is a terrific way to visit one or both of these wonderful museums and save money.  See more details:

ENJOY PRESIDENTS’ DAY DOWNTOWN

Two museums are offering free admission Monday, Feb. 18. Discover Indiana’s presidential heritage at The Children’s Museum 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. including fun historic facts and a featured appearance by President Abraham Lincoln. At the Indiana State Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., visitors can enter JFK’s space race by building and launching their own rockets, test their knowledge of the vice presidents and deliver a memorable presidential speech at the podium.

I would also like to remind you that “Coffee With A Cop” will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the McDonald’s located 4545 W. 38th Street.  Hope to see many of you there.  Great way to talk with some of the officers and Commander from our Northwest IMPD district one on one.

Please report potholes in our district or areas on our city streets that you drive to the Mayor’s Action Center.  You may call during the week to 317-327-4622 or use the app on your phone.  I have been driving the main streets in our district and reporting what I observe, but I don’t get everywhere and see them all.  More are continuing to occur, so I may have reported some on a street and new ones come after I have driven that area.   Please help in getting these reported so DPW (Department of Public Works) knows about them and we can get them filled.

If they are on the Interstates, the ramps to the Interstates, or the State Highways outside of I – 465, they need to be reported to INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) at 855-INDOT4U (855-463-6848) or www.indot4u.com.  Below is information from INDOT on what they are currently doing.  This does affect our side of town.  Please be on the lookout for crews working, slow down, and give them plenty of room.

Hope all this information is helpful to you as you plan next week.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

INDOT Adding Resources to Attack Indy-area Interstate Potholes

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is adding additional maintenance crews and bringing on contractor resources to address potholes forming on the Indianapolis metro area interstates resulting from the recent freeze-thaw conditions.

INDOT has more than doubled the number of maintenance crews focused on patching potholes in the Indianapolis area this week.

Most crews will be working overnight to maintain the safety of drivers and INDOT workers.

Nine crews are assigned to pothole patching overnight in the area indefinitely. At least two crews will be active during daytime hours to address emergency potholes during peak times and perform patching on U.S. and State highways as needed.

INDOT crews will be focused on the following segments:

  • I-69 from 96th St. to I-465
  • I-465 from US 421/Michigan Rd. to I-69
  • I-465 from I-69 to I-70
  • I-70 from I-465 to Mount Comfort Rd.
  • I-70 from I-465 to the North Split
  • I-65 from 38th St to South Split
  • I-65 from the South Split to County Line Rd
  • I-465 from I-70 to State Road 37/Harding St. (Southeast side)
  • I-65 from 38th St to I-865
  • I-865 from I-65 to I-465
  • I-465 from U.S. 421/Michigan Rd. to I-74 (Northwest side)
  • I-465 from I-74 to State Road 37 (Southwest side)
  • I-70 from the South Split to Ronald Reagan Pkwy.

INDOT is also contracting with Rieth-Riley Construction, Milestone Contractors, and E&B paving to strip pave three sections of interstate, including:

  • I-65 near Southport Rd.
  • I-65 N near 71st St.
  • Southeast corner of I-465

INDOT reminds drivers to slow down when they see a crew working on the road and give them plenty of space to do their job.

To report a pothole 24/7 on an interstate highway, U.S. highway or state road, contact INDOT through www.indot4u.com or you can call  855-INDOT4U (463-6848).

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