Central Indiana Transit Plan Lunch n’ Learns!

Indy Connect is hosting lunchtime information sessions about the Marion County Transit Plan and upcoming ballot question. Bring your lunch to any of the September sessions to learn how the plan will affect your neighborhood.

On the November 8th, Marion County residents will have the option to vote on an income tax increase of $0.25 for every $100 of income to pay for improving public transit. If approved, the Marion County Transit Plan will:
• create a connected, frequent network of bus and rapid transit lines;
• bring a 70% increase in IndyGo services, shortening wait times and increasing morning, evening and weekend hours; and
• implement the Blue and Purple rapid transit lines along high-ridership corridors, and expand the Red Line.

The full plan would be completed and operating by 2021.

Transit Lunch n’ Learns will be held in Pike and Washington Townships on Wednesday, September 7th at the following times/locations:

• 12:15 -1 p.m., Nora Branch Library, 8625 Guilford Ave.
• 12:15 -1 p.m., Glendale Branch Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
• 12:15 -1 p.m., Eagle Branch Library, 3325 Lowry Rd.
• 1:15 – 2 p.m., Pike Branch Library, 6525 Zionsville Rd.

Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood

CleanupLooking for a way to highlight your neighborhood and make a difference, but need some assistance? The application for the 2017 Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood is now available at www.greatindycleanup.com. The Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood is a way for KIB to highlight the beautification efforts of two Indianapolis communities, one in the month of April and one in the month of October. KIB will assist in organizing large scale clean ups with engaged neighborhoods, while working alongside residents, volunteers and community stakeholders. Projects are selected by the community for the good of the neighborhood. With litter being the main focus, other projects can also include murals, invasive removal, tree planting, flower/garden bed prep and more.

This is an opportunity to spur change in your community with the help of KIB and the City of Indianapolis. Application deadline for the 2017 Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood is August 19, 2016. Please direct any questions to Lauren Wright, Great Indy Cleanup Community Coordinator at 317-264-7555 x116 or LWright@kibi.org.

DCE Becomes DBNS, IACC becomes IACS


INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Code Enforcement (DCE), the City’s primary civil code enforcement and regulatory department, unveils a new name, The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS).

The City-County Council approved the new name on July 18. The ordinance not only introduces a new departmental title, but also restructures the department with the aim to dismantle bureaucratic silos and create a more user friendly structure. The name ‘Department of Business and Neighborhood Services’ was adopted to be more reflective of the department’s purpose and what it offers to the City of Indianapolis landscape.

“The rebranding of DCE to the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services was widely supported and recognizes that what we collectively do goes well beyond enforcement,” said BNS director, Jason Larrison. “Adopting an identity that embodies our core competencies and mission better communicates to citizens what we do and how we may serve them.”

The restructuring of departmental services within BNS will better align programs to increase efficiency. For instance, contractors needing assistance with project developments will now see a more streamlined process from first applying for a permit to the final review by building inspectors. Modernizing the structure will make services much more effective for businesses and contractors.

BNS maintains its commitment to enforce the City-County Code of Ordinances, and the department will continue to ramp up outreach efforts that will help to educate property owners and community organizations on code compliance. The hope is that future offenses will decrease and quality of life will improve.

The restructuring of the department also places Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) under the guidance of BNS, rebranding the division as Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS). The renaming of Indianapolis Animal Care Services is part of the effort IACS is making to focus more on adoptions and education efforts, both of which can make a huge impact on the City’s quality of life.

The introduction of the new department also reinforces Mayor Joe Hogsett’s commitment to improve City resources by more effectively addressing citizen and neighborhood concerns while minimizing costs to taxpayers.

In the coming weeks, citizens will begin to see BNS as the new official title of the department, and staff will begin engaging citizens under the new name and vision. “As we move forward, we will continue and expand upon our initiatives of outreach, education, and engagement. We hope people will begin to view BNS as an example of what a local government department can be for developing healthy communities,” stated director Larrison.

BNS will hold a State of the Department open house for the public and media to speak with the director, division deputy directors, and leadership staff on Wednesday, September 7 at The Platform.

Who: Department of Business and Neighborhood Services

What: State of the Department

When: Wednesday, September 7 at 5:30pm

Where: The Platform, 202 East Market Street

For additional information about the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, please visit www.indy.gov/dce.

The mission of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) is to improve the quality of life in the City of Indianapolis and protect the welfare of persons and animals through: outreach to, education of, and engagement with citizens, businesses, and visitors; creative and strategic application of codes and regulations; sensible, effective, and efficient practice of licensing, permitting, inspection, enforcement, and abatement services; and encourage appropriate use, care, and operation of properties, businesses, events, and animals.

Georgetown Sidewalks Project

SidewalksThe Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today construction will begin this week to add sidewalks to both sides of Georgetown Road from 71st Street to 86th Street. The new sidewalks will include ADA access ramps from 71st Street to 86th Street along Georgetown Road. Sidewalk projects such as this one include a number of benefits for The City of Indianapolis:

• Increase pedestrian safety
• Improve air quality by providing alternate means of transportation
• Enhance areas to promote physical activity

Construction on this project is expected to end November 2016

Roving Roll Call – IMPD Northwest District

The International Marketplace Coalition will be hosting a Roving Roll Call for the IMPD Northwest District on Wednesday, July 13, at 1:30 pm, at Town West Center located just west of Eskenazi Health Center on West 38th St. It will be in front of Rosie’s Department Store (formerly Krogers), weather permitting. We would like a show of support for our officers from the community they protect.

This would be a great opportunity to show our support to the Northwest District Officers who do so much to protect us and our community.

Pike Township Beautification

The Pike Township Beautification Committee, Pike Fire Station 64, C-Shift and the Pike Township Trustee Office will have a Spring Cleaning on Saturday, April 30th, 8am-10:45am. Continental breakfast, lunch and drinks will be provided. This year Drug Free Marion County will give a brief presentation on drug awareness and prevention.

Meeting location and other details on the attached flyer.

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Coffee with a Cop / Meet New Northwest Commander Karen Arnett

February 17th, 2016 From 9:00 to 10:00 AM
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Karen D. Arnett is the new Commander for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Northwest District. She began her career with the Indianapolis Police Department as a civilian police dispatcher and was later sworn in as a recruit in the 65th IPD Recruit Class. Commander Arnett’s prior assignments include Downtown District Commander for the past 5-1/2 years; Operations – Downtown Middle and Day shifts; Downtown Community Relations Officer; Human Resources as the Recruiting Officer; Training Academy; Internal Affairs Branch; Northeast District Day Shift Field Lieutenant and North District Detective Unit Lieutenant. During her assignment at the training Academy she obtained instructor certifications as an Academy Staff Instructor, Defensive tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Monadnock Baton. She later became the Drivers Training Unit Supervisor responsible for the department’s Drivers Training Program and Accident Review Board. Commander Arnett received her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. She is a graduate of the IMPD Leadership Academy Session 2010-01 and the 47th Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). Commander Arnett is a member of Eastern Star Church and has one son.