Town Council Recap

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Compiled by Carla Howie

What happened – Ordinance to amend Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances and Technical Standards Manual – Stormwater Quality and Quality Management (drainage).

 What it means – Adopt proposed amendment and delete Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances and Technical Standards as it is currently written. The amendment is the first one brought forth with updated technologies now in place and being used; including an enforceable violation fee structure. Councilor Suarez asked how the fees fall in line with surrounding areas. The response was that Zionsville had fallen behind and is now comparable with no overlap of other fees or taxes.

What’s next – Approved to adopt on first reading.

 

What happened – Consideration of a Resolution accepting streets into the town of Zionsville Municipal Arterial Streets system.

What it means – In January 2013, rural streets reorganized into the urban district. Resolution to approve public ownership; town assumes jurisdiction over and responsibility for, providing all street and road services.

What’s next – Approved, no opposition.

 

What happened – Consideration of Proclamation declaring April 21-25 as “Arbor Week” in Zionsville.

What it means – Since 2002, Zionsville has been designated as a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its effective ongoing community forestry program, marked by renewal and improvements.

What’s next – Approved, no opposition.

 

What happened – Resolution to establish Small Business Micro Loan fund program.

What it means – Zionsville Redevelopment Commission will make a one-time pledge of $200,000 in TIF allocation funds to seed the Small Business TIF MLF providing financial assistance to small businesses within the TIF area.

What’s next – Approved, no opposition.

 

What happened– Presentation of roundabout at Bloor Lane and Ford Road

Several residents of the Village Walk subdivision were present to share their concerns the roundabout will have to the subdivision entrances.

“I certainly understand the concerns of some residents of Village Walk when faced with the elimination of one of the entrances into their subdivision. Often times, officials must make decisions based on the long-term best interests of the entire community. A roundabout will better serve the immediate and future needs of the motoring public, and have been acknowledged to be a safer alternative to signalized intersections,” said Street and Storm Water Dept. Superintendent Lance Lantz.

Lantz indicated the construction is to begin at the close of this year’s school session and finish by the beginning of the next school term.

 

Councilor Ulmer expressed concerned if the roundabout construction will impede or hinder traffic flow with the Ford bridge renovations commencing in the spring. Lantz confirmed that all work on the roundabout will be coordinated with all projects occurring in the area to ensure traffic safety and clearly defined passage.

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