Sen. Delph to host forum

State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) reminds residents in Senate District 29 of his upcoming town meetings scheduled for late August.

“Town meetings continue to serve as good opportunities for constituents to voice their opinions on issues that are important to them and for me to report back on legislation recently enacted into law by the Indiana General Assembly,” Delph said. “I am always grateful for all those who are able to come and share their opinions. It’s very important that I hear feedback from the good people I represent.”

Pike Township Town Hall: Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. at the Pike Township Library, 6525 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis; and

RebuildIndy Current Week Construction Projects

Current Week Construction Projects – PIKE TOWNSHIP

The 38th Street project from I-465 to I-65 extends into Pike Township. Please see the project details under Wayne Township.

Michigan Road from 76th Street to Double Tree Boulevard may have restrictions as storm sewer work and the creation of a pedestrian trail is underway.

Construction is underway on Georgetown Road from 30th Street to 38th Street.

Replacement of the bridge deck and railing on the 56th Street bridge over Eagle Creek has begun. Two-way traffic is being maintained in the eastbound lanes over the bridge. A partial road closure is in place on 56th Street from Dandy Trail to the Eagle Creek Golf Course.

Milling and resurfacing will begin on Lafayette Road from Michigan Street to 10th Street and will have moving restrictions as construction of bike lanes is underway. Concrete work and widening will continue from 38th Street to 71st Street.

Some restrictions may be in place as work is underway on a pedestrian trail on Michigan Road from Kessler Boulevard to 75th Street. This project also extends into Washington Township.

Resurfacing work is underway on Inland Drive from Eagle Creek Parkway to West 46th Street.

Resurfacing work is underway on Eagle Creek Parkway from 38th Street to 46th Street.

Mayor Ballard Announces ToxAway Day

Residents encouraged to properly dispose of household hazardous waste

INDIANAPOLIS – As part of efforts to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable, livable cities in the Midwest, the City of Indianapolis is sponsoring ToxAway Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.

“ToxAway Day encourages residents to properly dispose of all of their unwanted and unused household hazardous waste,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This event is part of the City’s ToxDrop program, which has diverted annually in excess of 1 million pounds of waste from the City’s sewers, waterways and landfills.”

Through periodic ToxAway Day events and year-round collection site locations, the ToxDrop Program has made significant advancements to help residents properly and safely dispose of household hazardous waste. Examples of ToxDrop materials include antifreeze, batteries, brake fluid, drain cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, glue and adhesives, household thermometers, paints, paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaners, used motor oil and gasoline.

Please visit www.indy.gov/toxdrop to learn more about the City’s ToxDrop Program and what is acceptable at the ToxAway Day event.

New RebuildIndy Map Tool Launched

Residents Can Search to Find Projects County Wide

INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Indianapolis has launched a new RebuildIndy interactive map tool to keep Marion County residents up-to-date on project work. As progress continues on the most aggressive construction year in Indianapolis history, the City is working hard to keep the public informed about RebuildIndy projects in innovative ways.

“The new RebuildIndy interactive map tool puts project information at people’s finger tips,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “As RebuildIndy transforms neighborhoods and enhances connectivity, this tool enables people to have a direct link as to how it will better their community.”

The new mapping tool shows all announced RebuildIndy projects, including active sanitary and storm water projects. Residents can search by address to view all projects within the defined radius or by project type. Detailed information, including estimated start dates, descriptions and target completion dates, are available for each project.

The RebuildIndy interactive map tool can be found at www.Indy.gov/RebuildIndy or linked to directly at http://maps.indy.gov/MapIndy/index.html?theme=RebuildIndyWeb. RebuildIndy is part of Mayor Ballard’s commitment to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable, livable cities in the Midwest.

Water Company Extends Voluntary Request for No Lawn Watering through Friday, August 5, 2011

High Water Usage for Lawn Irrigation Continues; Weather Forecast Includes Little Rain

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Water is extending its voluntary request for both residential and non-residential customers to stop watering lawns through Friday, August 5. The extension comes in the wake of forecasted temperatures remaining in the 90s, a continued lack of rain, and high water consumption.

Indianapolis Water issued its initial voluntary request 10 days ago and extended it last weekend; water consumption, mostly for lawn irrigation, has remained high and is stressing the underground infrastructure.

“We’re continuing to monitor water usage across the service territory and comparing it to the weather forecast,” said Matthew Klein, executive director of the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks, owner of Indianapolis Water. “With little or no rain in the forecast and temperatures remaining in the 90s, we continue to be concerned about the effects of excessive lawn-watering on the above- and below-ground infrastructure critical to the delivery of drinking water and fire protection.”

The request to voluntarily refrain from lawn watering is for all customers, including individual residential customers, apartment complexes, commercial parks, and industrial facilities.

”The National Weather Service indicates that we are in an abnormally dry period, which is no surprise,” Klein added. “We are seeing an increase in main failures. We need everybody to pitch in and help ensure our water system can keep up with the increased demand for drinking water during this period.”

Indianapolis Water will re-evaluate the voluntary request next Friday and make a determination about whether to extend or relax the request at that time.

On an average day, Indianapolis Water pumps 140 million gallons of clean, fresh drinking water. Consumption in the IW service territory has been at or above 200 million gallons per day almost every day since July 11.

The Department of Waterworks owns and manages Indianapolis Water, which serves nearly one million people in central Indiana, and contracts the system’s operation to Veolia Water Indianapolis.

Free Concerts And Movies Continue In August At A Park Near You

INDIANAPOLIS – Each year Indy Parks produces a full season of music, movies and more featuring a wide variety of artistic styles – and the entertainment is brought to a comfortable outdoor setting near you! From folk music at Eagle Creek Park to jazz and blues at Watkins Park, Indy Parks offers a broad selection of concerts and artists for all interests. Most events are free, and all feature gifted local and regional artists.

“Jazz on the Point” continues at picturesque Eagle Creek Park Marina on Aug. 3 with Bill Lancton’s Indianapolis Guitar Summit, followed two weeks later by the Steve Weakly Group on Aug. 17. The folk and bluegrass “In Concert with Nature” series features Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters on Aug. 10 and Last Drop Jug Band perform on Aug. 24. All four concerts are free with park entrance fee and start at 6:30 p.m.

The last performance of Is That Your “Reel” Hair? by Tiffanie Bridges is on Aug. 19 at The Garfield Park Arts Center at 7 p.m. This show, which recently debuted at the Fringe Theater, is based upon a real-life experience Tiffanie has dubbed her “6th Grade Hair Fiasco.” This one-woman musical inspires and entertains as it reveals lessons learned after Tiffanie’s mother put a SUPER relaxer in her hair and it all fell out.

The Country Music Concert Series at Southeastway Park, presented by WFMS, continues with Stockwell Road on Aug. 6. The concert is free and begins at 5 p.m.

At Broad Ripple Park our re-invented “Original Music Series” continues to feature artists who share their original art. On Aug. 12 Folk Soul Revival will share its unique rural folk/bluegrass flavors while Cara Jean Wahlers brings soulful contemplative compositions to the park on Aug. 26. Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m.

Holliday Park continues its concert season featuring Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra on Aug. 11. Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m.

Also FREE in August:

Irvington Artist Series at Ellenberger Park will feature Martine Locke at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20.

The Irvington Circle series, a community-organized concert series presented on “Irving Circle” on South Audubon and sponsored by the Friends of Irving Circle, will feature The Common on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

Jazz artists Greg Sansing & The Jazz Setters will be featured at Bethel Park on Aug. 7 at 5 p.m., and Watkins Park will host Chubby and The All Stars on Aug. 14 and Finnell Factor on Aug. 28. Concerts begin at 5 p.m.

Don’t miss the last “beat the heat” movie in the parks in August: The Great Debaters will be featured at Washington Park on Aug. 8. The movie is indoors and begins at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the performing arts with Indy Parks in August for FREE!

Mayor Ballard Announces 56th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Investment will Result in Improved Public Safety and Improved Connectivity

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the rehabilitation of the 56th Street bridge over Eagle Creek Reservoir. City-County Councillor Janice McHenry joined Mayor Ballard in announcing the 56th Street bridge project, which will be constructed by Janssen and Spaans Engineering Inc. and will cost approximately $1,154,400.

“Historically the City rehabilitates two to three bridges each year. The 56th Street bridge project is one of the 27 bridges we are rehabilitating through the RebuildIndy initiative this year alone,” said Mayor Ballard. “Thousands of motorists travel over our City’s bridges each day. Because of this, improvements to our bridges are more than just simple infrastructure improvements – they are a matter of public safety.

The improvements to the 56th Street bridge will include complete rehabilitation and replacement of the existing deck and railings. The project will coincide with other planned projects for the causeway across the reservoir, including a lift station, force main project and resurfacing project. Residents will notice better driving conditions and greater safety for area drivers and commuters.

“Knowing that in the past there were two to three bridges rehabilitated throughout the county and that this year there will be three bridges out of 27 repaired in my district is very exciting,” said Councillor McHenry. “These bridges are all long overdue for improvements. Knowing that at least one more bridge is scheduled for next year along with all of the repaving projects is such an improvement for this area of the city.”

Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction during the construction project, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2011. For more information about the RebuildIndy program, visit www.indy.gov/RebuildIndy. To request a RebuildIndy project in your area, call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4MAC (4622). Residents also may follow RebuildIndy project updates on Twitter via @RebuildIndy.

Utility Extends Voluntary Request for No Lawn Watering through Friday

High Water Usage Continues; Numerous Main Breaks Due to System Stress; Results in Low Pressure and Could Affect Firefighting

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Waterworks (DOW) is extending its voluntary request for both residential and non-residential customers to stop watering lawns through Friday, July 29 in the wake of continued lack of rain, high heat, and high water consumption.

The utility issued its initial voluntary request on Wednesday; water consumption, mostly for lawn irrigation, has remained high and is stressing the underground infrastructure. Water main breaks have been steadily increasing in both number and severity since late last week.

“The system is definitely feeling the stress of these past two weeks,” said Matthew Klein, executive director of the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks, owner of Indianapolis Water. “We are seeing more significant water main breaks, periods of low water pressure, and a definite impact on the ability to assist in the event of a major fire.”

The request to voluntarily refrain from lawn watering is for all customers, including individual residential customers, apartment complexes, commercial parks, and industrial facilities.

Indianapolis Water will reevaluate the voluntary request on Friday and make a determination about whether to extend or relax the request at that time.

On an average day, Indianapolis Water pumps 140 million gallons of clean, fresh drinking water. Consumption in the IW service territory has been at or above 200 million gallons per day since July 11, and the utility is struggling to refill storage tanks after peak hour demands.

The Department of Waterworks owns and manages Indianapolis Water, which serves nearly one million people in central Indiana, and contracts the system’s operation to Veolia Water Indianapolis.

Road Construction Work Next Week in and near Northwest Outer Region

PIKE TOWNSHIP

The 38th Street project from I-465 to I-65 extends into Pike Township. Please see the project details under Wayne Township.

Michigan Road from 76th Street to Double Tree Boulevard may have restrictions as storm sewer work and the creation of a pedestrian trail is underway.

Construction is underway on Georgetown Road from 30th Street to 38th Street.

Construction is underway on Conarroe Road from 79th Street to 86th Street.

Replacement of the bridge deck and railing on the 56th Street bridge over Eagle Creek has begun. Two-way traffic is being maintained in the eastbound lanes over the bridge. A partial road closure is in place on 56th Street from Dandy Trail to the Eagle Creek Golf Course.

Construction is underway on Lafayette Road from 71st Street to North White River Parkway West Drive. This project also extends into Pike Township.

Some restrictions may be in place as work is underway on a pedestrian trail on Michigan Road from Kessler Boulevard to 75th Street. This project also extends into Washington Township.

Resurfacing work is underway on Inland Drive from Eagle Creek Parkway to West 46th Street.

Resurfacing work is underway on Eagle Creek Parkway from 38th Street to 46th Street.