Starting the New Year with Legal Questions? The IndyBar Has Answers. Free Legal Advice January 8, 2013

Determined to solve a nagging problem in the New Year? Free legal advice from local lawyers is only a phone call away. On Tuesday, January 8, the Indianapolis Bar Association will offer Legal Line, a free legal advice call-in service from 6 to 8 p.m. at 317-269-2000.

Licensed Indiana attorneys participating in Legal Line will be prepared to answer questions on such topics as divorce, child custody, child support, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, personal injury, employment law and more. All calls are confidential. Those with complex legal issues or anyone seeking representation are encouraged to contact the IndyBar’s Lawyer Referral Service at (317) 269-2222, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or go online to www.indylawyerfinder.com.

Individuals with questions about bankruptcy can also contact the IndyBar’s Bankruptcy Help Line on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at (317) 269-1910.

These community services are sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association, a 134 year old organization of Indianapolis area attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students, and are made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Adopt a “Pike” Block

Every block counts!

Do your part by helping to keep the street, sidewalks, alleyways, curbs and sewer drains around your house clean of litter on an ongoing basis!

Sign up to coordinate neighbors to keep your block clean and beautified through the Adopt-A-Block program with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.!

Your block will be scored for its cleanliness on a monthly basis, April through October. In return for keeping your block clean, you will receive resources — gloves, trash bags, tools, flowers and trees!

A clean block is a safe block!

• Clean blocks send the signal to criminals that someone cares, and reduces instances of illegal dumping and property crimes.

• Blocks free of litter result in increased property values for our homes.

• The activity of cleaning our block will help us get to know our neighbors and feel a stronger sense of community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPT-A-BLOCK AND OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION RESOURCES, VISIT WWW.KIBI.ORG OR CALL 317-264-7555 X106.

Do you know of a place in Pike Township that could use a little sprucing up? Read On….

The 2013 April Great Indy (Pike Township) Cleanup is Just Around the Corner!

Saturday April 27, 2013

KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup is an anti-litter program in partnership with the City of Indianapolis designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces and waterways. The Great Indy Cleanup program runs weekends from April through October and provides dumpsters, trash bags and gloves while supplies last. Community groups may sign up for up to two cleanups per year. Please remember, the dumpster provided is not for personal use (cleaning out garages, basements, homeowner association property, etc.) or the personal use of volunteers/neighbors. Disposal of the collected trash is donated by South Side Landfill, and is intended for cleanup of public spaces only. Failure to comply jeopardizes the neighborhood’s ability to benefit from future resources from KIB.

Requests for the April 2013 Great Indy Cleanup will be accepted starting February 11, 2013.

KIB Great Indy Cleanup

Crooked Creek Transportation Forum

Join us Tuesday, January 8th from 6pm to 8pm, to hear experts discuss the

present transportation and connectivity infrastructure for Northwest Indianapolis

We will discuss innovative ideas on:

Walkability, Biking, Accessibility, Car Sharing, and Public Transit

Help our neighborhood form a new vision for transportation in Northwest Indy
Food and Drink will be provided

Location:
The Hub
Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation
7003A N Michigan Rd

http://crookedcreekcdc.org/the-hub/

Please RSVP:

Scott Armstrong at sarmstrong@crookedcreekcdc.org

Or by calling 317-257-5388

Click here for Transportation Summit 2013 Flyer

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