More than 1,000 new streetlights approved since Operation Night Light kick off

From Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate Kayla Wright…

INDIANAPOLIS – One year since Mayor Joe Hogsett joined Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) and community leaders on the northeast side to launch the second phase of Operation Night, more than 1,000 new lights have been approved for installation throughout Marion County. In addition, more than 14,000 streetlights have been converted to LED technology, bringing clearer, brighter light to neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis.

“We launched Operation Night Light in 2016 with the goal of increasing public safety for residents and achieving cost and energy savings for the City of Indianapolis,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Today we are proud to announce that, thanks to stakeholder collaboration and community engagement, we have brightened dozens of areas throughout our city that have been too dark for too long by installing brand new lights and bringing existing streetlights up to 21st century technology standards.”

Mayor Hogsett’s Operation Night Light ended a 35-year moratorium on new city streetlights – a moratorium that left residents in the dark in many portions of the community. The first phase of the initiative began with the installation of 100 lights in 2016 and will eventually bring up to 4,000 new streetlights to neighborhoods throughout the city by 2025.

The city has approved 912 new streetlights throughout Marion County since October 2018, in addition to the initial 100 new lights. Once approved by the city, project partner IPL installs the streetlights as materials are available, which can sometimes take several weeks. As of this week, IPL crews had also retrofitted 14,740 existing lights to more energy-efficient LED lights – more than 52% of all city-paid, traditional streetlights.

The retrofit started in April 2018 and will continue throughout Indianapolis through spring 2021 with the goal of converting more than 27,000 cobra head streetlights. As savings are realized from the conversion to the more energy-efficient lights, the city reinvests in new streetlights, taking into consideration darkness level of the area, pedestrian and public safety, and community input.

IPL crews are currently working through Wayne Township to retrofit lights there and will finish work in Center Township this winter. City leaders encourage community engagement during the process and will hold an information session for Wayne Township residents in December and one for Center Township residents early next year.

The City of Indianapolis encourages residents to continue to request new streetlights for their neighborhoods. The process for approval is as follows:
1. Resident submits request for new streetlight
2. City evaluates request
3. City reviews request for feasibility
4. IPL conducts site review
5. City reviews feedback
6. City approves request for installation
7. IPL installs new streetlight

Residents can make a request for lights by visiting Streetlights.Indy.Gov, through the RequestIndy mobile app, or by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC (4622). Once residents receive a service request number, they can track the progress of their request through RequestIndy or by calling the Mayor’s Action Center.

CITY & COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO PLANT 5,000 TULIPS FOR CENSUS AWARENESS

From Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate Kayla Wright

INDIANAPOLIS – This fall, Count Me INdy is passing out and partnering with community organizations to plant 5,000 tulip bulbs across Indianapolis to encourage residents to “plant a brighter future for Indianapolis.”

“The idea is that people will plant the bulbs this fall and then they’ll bloom in the spring as a reminder it’s time to participate in the census,” said Callie Kennington, Manager of Count Me INdy. “We are constantly thinking of creative ways in which to engage, educate, and encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census, as the next ten years of Indianapolis’ future – and the dollars for it – will be determined by our count.”

Count Me INdy has been passing out bulbs at farmers’ markets and other events, as well as partnering with local community organizations to get the tulips planted. Community organizations who are assisting with plantings include Downtown Indy, Inc., Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. As the tulips start to bloom in the spring, yard signs will be installed in planting areas to explain the significance of the yellow tulips. Census Day will take place April 1, 2020 and will be the first time in our nation’s history where residents are invited to respond online.
Since the kick-off event in February, Count Me INdy has formed partnerships across the city to form a Complete Count Committee. Complete Count Committees are community-based programs affiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau designed to create awareness about the census and motivate residents to participate. Committee members are volunteers and represent a diverse cross-section of the Indianapolis community, with representatives from local government, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, the media, and more. Count Me INdy’s campaign is particularly focused around reaching historically undercounted populations within Marion County.

About Count Me INdy
Count Me INdy is the City of Indianapolis’ Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign, dedicated to counting all residents – whoever they are and wherever they’re from. The counts are used to distribute power at every level of government and distribute more than $675 billion each year to communities across the nation. Learn more online at countmeindy.com.

City of Indianapolis Announces Trick-or-Treat Hours

Today, the City of Indianapolis announced trick-or-treat hours for Halloween and offered up tips to help trick-or-treaters stay safe.

Trick-or-treat hours in Indianapolis will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will have extra patrols and enforcement in neighborhoods during these times to protect the safety of residents during Halloween festivities.

If you are joining in this year’s trick-or-treating fun, please consider the following safety tips:

Wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape

Wear fire-resistant costumes

Make sure children can see well through face masks

Don’t wear masks or disguises into businesses

Adults should accompany young children and children with special needs

Go out in daylight hours if possible or carry a flashlight if you’ll be out after dark

Motorists are reminded to slow down and be aware of their surroundings

Only give and accept wrapped or packaged treats

Examine all treats before allowing children to eat them. If you find a suspicious item, contact police as soon as possible at 327-3811; if an injury is involved, dial 911

Avoid props such as toy guns, which can look real

Consider block parties instead of trick-or-treating

Don’t fire guns – not only is this illegal but what goes up, must come down

Check the weather and have appropriate dress under costumes in the event of cold temperature

Fall Leaf Removal – November 11th, 2019 through December 6th, 2019

From the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate Kayla Wright…

During leaf collection season, you can dispose of 40 bags of leaves each week with your regular trash. This seasons’ leaf collection will occur from November 11th, 2019 through December 6th, 2019.

Put the leaves in large plastic trash bags, and put the bags in your trash cart or on the street by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Keep the leaf bags 3 feet away from your cart collection area and out of sidewalks and public rights-of-way.

The collected leaves will be composted at South Side Landfill. In the spring, the mulch will be available for use in your garden. South Side Landfill’s address is 2561 Kentucky Ave., and the phone number is 317.247.6808.

If you need to dispose of leaves outside of leaf collection season, you can take them to the Citizens’ Transfer Station at 2324 S. Belmont Ave. on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $2 per carload and $5 per truckload.

IMPD Northwest District Car Show

From Janice McHenry – City-County Councillor District 6

Dear All,

Our Northwest District IMPD is having their 6th annual car show this coming Saturday, September 14th. The location this year is really exciting, as it is going to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If you have not been to one of their car shows before and you enjoy seeing vintage cars, specialty vehicles, and show cars – you will really like this show. This is free for the public to attend. Those who wish to show a vehicle, there is a $15 registration fee. Cars need to be registered by 10:30 and awards take place at 1:30, so the best time to see all the participates is after 10:30 and before 1:30. Hope many of you will stop by to see the show and also to show support for our Northwest District IMPD by helping to make their show and fundraiser for their Community Fund a success.

See attached flyer for more details. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in attending this year’s “Cruisin’ with Cops Car Show” at the IMS.

Click Here For Flyer

Mayor Hogsett’s Operation Night Light Initiative

From Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate Kayla Wright;

As new streets lights are being installed under Mayor Hogsett’s Operation Night Light initiative, I want to keep you informed on the installations around your neighborhood. The following locations are receiving new street lights and anticipated to be installed within eight weeks:

• 2500-3500 block of W 62nd Street (7 new streetlights to be installed)
• 2200-3000 block of W 60th Street (7 new streetlights to be installed)
• 6200-7000 block of Coffman Rd (8 new streetlights to be installed)

From Councillor Leroy Robinson About Gas Station At 86th and Lafayette Road

Good day Friends,

Please see my notes from several meetings, regarding the development at the above address. With a collaborative effort, we did spend over two years opposing this development, including many hours testifying at several court hearings and the hiring of several attorneys. The property was subsequently sold to a new owner, who has moved forward with another version of the project.

Please review my notes and let me know if you have any additional questions.

Gas station at 8562 Lafayette Road:

· You will recall that the City was involved in litigation regarding this project.
· Specifically, a neighbor group appealed the issuance of an Improvement Location Permit for the construction of a gas station and convenience store.
· That litigation upheld the legality of the issuance of the Improvement Location Permit and allowed for the construction to proceed.
· The issue was then appealed to state court, after the lower court’s ruling.
· To the best of my knowledge, the City was not a party to any agreement regarding alcohol or tobacco sales or hours of operation and, as such, the City would have no legal basis for enforcing such an agreement.
· It would appear that the referenced agreement was a private agreement between the gas station developer and the neighborhood group and is a private matter between those parties.
· I have no information available to me regarding the name change and the City does not regulate the hours of operation for gas stations/convenience stores.
· The Assessor’s office lists the owner of the property as Star Ventures Real Estate, Inc. Information from the Secretary of State website regarding this entity is attached.
· They did agree to these hours:
· “We would agree for 2018 through 2023 that we will not be open after 12 midnight and we will not open before 5 AM. It is our plan to be open from 6 AM until 10 PM Monday through Saturday and from 8 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.”
· I don’t believe there is any restriction on them selling tobacco (and wasn’t for the previous developers).
· Regarding the Alcohol permit, they would have to apply for a new license.
· Based on the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s previous ruling, it is unlikely it would be successful. Even if they did apply, notice would have to be given and the residents would have the opportunity to appear before the board.
· I am unaware of what caused the Valero to Shell switch.

Thank you,

Leroy Robinson
Councillor: District 1
City-County Council
200 East Washington Street
Room T-241
Indianapolis, IN. 46204

Office: 317-327-4242
Fax: 317-327-4230
Cell: 317-502-0272

Northwest District National Night Out 2019

National Night Out Against Crime is an annual event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August. National Night Out Against Crime 2019 will be celebrated on Tuesday August 6th.

The introduction of “America’s Night Out Against Crime” in 1984 began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part of this celebration.

“National Night Out” involves millions of neighbors participating across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from Public Safety and City authorities and personnel, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
Please turn in all completed forms to me by 7-26-19 kim.taylor@indy.gov

NightOut Registration Form

8 Things to Get You Through the Week! By RaCia D. Poston – Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and that your new year is off to a great start! Please see below and the attached flyers for events and programs happening in the area and other useful information!

1. Winter 2019 Cooking Workshop Series – Whether you want to impress your co-workers with a lip-smacking soup or accomplish those new year health goals with nutritional recipes – the Public Library and Health Department have you covered! You’re guaranteed to learn something new and have a good time at these live demonstrations and food tasting workshops!

2. Pike Library Events & Programs – In case you haven’t noticed, our libraries offer way more than just good books to take home. Plan your next visit to Pike Library by visiting this link and checking out this month’s upcoming events and programs!

3. Coffee With a Cop – Have a cup of morning Joe with your favorite officers of the NW District at their monthly Coffee with a Cop event! Chat with the Commander, meet other NW residents, get to know your officers, or just stop by to say “hello”! Click this link to view their event flyer.

4. Eagle Creek Park Calendar – If you’re anything like me, you didn’t know that Penguin Awareness Day was a thing. So, now that we know this day exists, get ready to celebrate the day of our flightless bird friends at Eagle Creek Park! Get the details on the Penguin Awareness Day event and all other ECP happenings by checking out their calendar!

5. New City Website – Have you checked out the city’s new website yet? If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing and head over there now using https://my.indy.gov/. If you are a frequent user of the old indy.gov site, you will appreciate and enjoy the ease and experience of my.indy.gov – the new, digital city hall! Please note that after today, the city’s old site (indy.gov) will automatically redirect you to the new site (my.indy.gov).

6. International Marketplace Coalition Lunch Tours – There’s no need for you to take a trip out the country or even across town to experience some of the best ethnic restaurants that our city has to offer! Travel with our friends of the International Marketplace Coalition as they tour Mexico, India, Cuba, China, Pakistan (and so many other places) one tasty dish at a time!

7. Golden Eagles Senior Group Newsletter – It’s not too late to get in on all the excitement and fun happening with the Golden Eagles Senior Group. If you are 55 years or older, but feel like you have the heart, spirit, and agility of a young person – this is the group for you! Check out their newsletter for more details on how you can get involved!

8. Government Profile Quiz time! – Do you know who your City-County Councillor is? Do you know what IMPD District you live in? Do you know what voting precinct you live in? No worries if you didn’t pass this quiz with a 3/3, just be sure to check out http://maps.indy.gov/GovProfile/ to find answers to these questions and so much more. Simply type in your address and select an option in the ‘Show Me’ box.

Notes:

* My Community Office Hours times and locations are as follows: Eagle Library 3325 Lowry Rd. every Monday 3:30pm-5:00pm, Panera Bread 6050 W 86th St. every Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am, and Pike Library 6525 Zionsville Rd. every Tuesday 2:00pm-3:30pm. Stop by and say hello!

* If you do not wish to receive these emails or know someone that would like to be added to this distribution list, please let me know and I will be happy to make those accommodations!

* Report any issues or service requests (potholes, missed trash collections, abandoned vehicles, high weeds and grass, traffic signals, etc.) that you may have to the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) or through Request Indy. You can reach the MAC at 317-327-4622 and access Request Indy here or by using the mobile app. Be sure to keep the service request number/reference number to track the status of your complaint!

Very Respectfully,
RaCia D. Poston
Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate
Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett – City of Indianapolis
Desk: (317) 327-5125
Cell: (317) 833-4530
racia.poston@indy.gov