MICHIGAN ROAD MULTI-USE TRAIL PROJECT ON CITY’S NORTHWEST SIDE COMPLETED

Drainage and Infrastructure Improvements along Michigan Road Corridor Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Commuters

INDIANAPOLIS – RebuildIndy announced today the wrap-up of the final phase of the Michigan Road Multi-Use Trail project on the City’s Northwest Side. The City of Indianapolis finished the connection of the trail from Cold Spring Road to 86th Street, marking the completion of a construction project that included drainage and infrastructure improvements.

The project, started during the summer of 2010, included the installation of a multi-use, asphalt trail constructed in three phases from Cold Spring Road to 86th Street. Two portions of the trail from Cold Spring Road to Kessler Boulevard and 75th to 86th streets were completed first, leaving the Kessler Boulevard to 75th Street segment to be completed this year.

“Connectivity is a vital part of building stronger neighborhoods throughout our city,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “With projects such as the Michigan Road Multi-Use Trail, the RebuildIndy program continues to improve accessibility regardless of transportation mode, helping to make Indianapolis one of the most livable cities in the Midwest.”

Improvements made along with construction of the shared path included street resurfacing, crosswalks, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant access ramps, and drainage system updates. The drainage improvements will reduce storm water run-off pollution, as well as local flooding issues that plagued the area. The project cost approximately $3.1 million.

RebuildIndy is Mayor Ballard’s initiative to restore deteriorating thoroughfares, residential streets, sidewalks and bridges, as well as address neighborhood drainage and flooding issues and demolish unsalvageable abandoned homes that pose a public safety threat to neighborhoods. For more information on the improvement projects or a complete project list of the RebuildIndy investment to date, please visit www.Indy.gov/RebuildIndy.

Construction Projects

Attached is a list of RebuildIndy construction projects for the week of 12-31. RebuildIndy is Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to repair crumbling infrastructure throughout the county. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution when driving through a RebuildIndy construction zone. For more information about RebuildIndy visit, www.indy.gov/RebuildIndy, email RebuildIndy@indy.gov or call (317) 327.2656. You may also follow construction updates on Twitter at @RebuildIndy.

PIKE TOWNSHIP
Restrictions may be in place on West 62nd Street from Zionsville Road to Guion Road, as sidewalk installation is underway.

Gateway Drive over Dry Run (between Gateway Court and Vinewood Avenue) will reopen Friday, December 21. Remaining bridge work will be completed in the spring.

Have a question about your Property Tax?

PROPERTY TAX REASSESSMENT INFORMATION

1. According to Marion County Assessor Joe O’Connor, the better way to address any questions about a resident’s reassessment is for the resident to call the general number for the Assessor’s office (317-327-4907) or to stop in at one of the Assessor’s satellite locations, as listed below. All locations are open 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Downtown
City – County Building
200 E Washington St
Suite 1360
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fax: 317-327-4639

North
951 E 86th St
Suite 110
Indianapolis, IN 46240-1846
Fax: 317-327-7048

East
7363 E 21st St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Fax: 317-327-8887

West
351 N Transfer Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Fax: 317-273-4140

South
5226 Elmwood Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Fax: 317-327-4186

2. If there are obvious mistakes with the assessment, they can be corrected at the discretion of personnel of the Assessor’s Office without a formal appeal.

3. If an appeal is still desired, the deadline to file the Form 11, which was included with the notice, requesting that appeal of the assessment is 45 days from receipt of that reassessment notice.

4. Indiana law does not set a maximum percentage increase or decrease for a change in assessment as a result of a mandated statewide general reassessment.

5. If a resident does wish to appeal the assessment of their property, it will be incumbent upon them to provide proof as to why the assessment is incorrect as part of the appeal of that assessment.

6. The reassessments will impact the property tax bill that will be due and payable in 2013.

Non-Profit Pike Roundtable!

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10am at the Pike Performing Arts Center – 6701 Zionsville Road. If you lead a non-profit, volunteer at a non-profit or are just interested in the non-profit community in Pike, please come out! Again, the meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Pike Performing Arts Center 6701 Zionsville Road.

This will be a great time to network, collaborate, learn from and increase the visibility of the non-profit community in Pike!

Eagle Creek Park News

Spend the day at Eagle Creek Park, one of the largest city parks in the country. Eagle Creek Park is open every day including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, dawn to dusk. Dusk is around 5:30 p.m. currently.

2013 Eagle Creek Park passes are great holiday gifts! $60 annual pass, only $50 for Marion County residents. Purchase today at the 56th Street Gatehouse, 327-7146, or at the 71st Street Gatehouse, 327-7147.

Earth Discovery Nature Center hours: M-Sat 9-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Free with park entry, Winter Break Hikes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on January 2, 3, & 4th, 2013. Gather at EDC and depart for the hike from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dress accordingly.

Sunday bird walks from the Ornithology Center, 327-BIRD. Open to the public, 9 a.m. Free with park entry, 90 minutes, rain or shine.

Click for Eagle Creek Park website

Financial Planning Day set for Oct. 27

The big day is here again! Join us Oct. 27 for Financial Planning Day, being held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Purdue Extension Building, 1202 E. 38th St.

This free public event is one of the biggest outreach opportunities of the year to help Indianapolis residents become more financially aware, secure and in charge. There will be classroom workshops with professional financial planners, and even one-on-one consultations!

As always, this assistance is provided absolutely 100 percent free – no gimmicks and no strings attached!

Help us get the word out, or let us know if you’d like to volunteer!

For more information, call toll free (877) 861-7826, or visit www.FinancialPlanningDays.org.

Pike Township Neighborhood Liaison

Karen Lightbourne is Pike’s Neighborhood Liaison of the Northwest Outer Region.

Karen’s community hours are;

Mondays
1-5pm
Salvation Army Community Center – 44th and High School Road

Wednesdays
1-5pm
Pike Library – 6525 Zionsville Road

Please stop by to share your concerns or just stop by to say hello.

Non-Profit Pike Roundtable!

The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10am at the Pike YMCA 7114 Lakeview Pkwy West (near 71st and Zionsville Road) If you lead a non-profit, volunteer at a non-profit or are just interested in the non-profit community in Pike, please come out! This will be a great time to network, collaborate, learn from and increase the visibility of the non-profit community in Pike!