An Update From RaCia Poston, Pike Township Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate

Here’s another read of 8 Things to Get You Through the Week! Have a safe and happy holiday and please feel free to share this email with anyone who may be interested!

1. Christmas Holiday Trash Schedule Here are two important reminders: (1) don’t forget to leave out warm cookies and a tall glass of milk for Santa and (2) curbside recycling, residential and heavy trash will operate on a slide schedule in observance of Christmas Day. Regular routes will be serviced on Monday, December 24 and you can expect trash pickup to slide one day forward after Christmas Day. Be sure to check out this press release for more details!

2. Eagle Creek Park Foundation Grant As if we don’t already love Eagle Creek Park (ECP) enough – we just gained 2.6 million more reasons to adore one of the west side’s greatest gems. ECP Foundation recently received a $2.6 million (yes, that’s right, $2,600,000!) grant from the Lily Endowment. This grant will help fund the Park’s new West Side Trail which will increase the amount of existing park land available for public use and include 7 new miles of maintained trails. We can’t wait for the ground breaking! Check out the attached press release to get more details on this project!

3. 2019 Public Safety Priorities Mayor Joe isn’t shying away from pressing issues like public safety. Last week, he was joined by IMPD Chief Bryan Roach and Director of Community Violence Reduction Shonna Majors to outline how 2018 efforts to make our city safer will continue in 2019. Increased staffing, more beats, continued focus on gun crimes, and disrupting the spread of violence from a community level are just some of the priorities for 2019. Read through the attached press release for more information!

4. Christmas Tree Recycling Program Already trying to figuring out how you’re going to dispose your live Christmas Tree? Well, no need to worry. Indy Parks and the Department of Public Works has you covered and are taking the hassle out of tossing your tree. Beginning December 26 through January 31, residents can drop off live trees at nine different locations. Click here to find a location nearest you and how recycling your tree will become a sustainable resource!

5. Indiana State Police 79th Recruit Academy Are you or someone you know ready to take the charge and serve our great state as police officer? The Indiana State Police is looking for the best and the brave to submit an application for their 79th Recruit Academy by the February 10, 2019 deadline. Want more information? Visit this site!

6. Citywide Street Sweeping Program In case you missed it, the Mayor recently announced the city’s new street sweeping program that will now cover more than 7,000 miles of roadways. Yep – that means that major streets that are not in the downtown area (where sweeping currently takes place) will become a little more clean and beautiful thanks to a $2 million program that will provide new equipment and dedicated staff to regular sweeping routes. Check out RTV 6’s article for more program details!

7. Indy Snow Force Thankfully, we’ve yet to see the worst of Mother Nature’s snowy, winter wrath, but let’s make sure that we are prepared for when she decides to let loose. First, don’t forget that, during snow events, you can get real-time updates on which streets have been plowed using the city’s Snow Force Viewer. Secondly, please remember that major thoroughfares are plowed and treated (salted) first and residential streets are not considered for plowing until the city receives more than 6 inches of snow. Lastly, city code requires property owners and occupants to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. Be sure to look over the attached Indy Snow Force document for more information on frequently asked questions!

8. New Pike YMCA and Michigan Rd Library I am excited to share with you two of the northwest side’s newest community assets: OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA and the Michigan Road Library! Orthoindy Foundation YMCA located at 5315 Lafayette Rd. will serve as the new Pike YMCA and the first YMCA facility in the nation to offer clinical VA services for vets and active military alongside traditional Y programs. Michigan Road Library (6201 N. Michigan Rd) held their grand opening this past weekend. This new branch will not only be a hub for reading and learning, but also a another space for neighbors to utilize for community meetings. Support our new community neighbors by stopping by and getting to know them!


*** 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!

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*** 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!

Eagle Creek Park Foundation
Public Safety Press Release
Indy Snow Force Fact Sheet

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 |

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