Zionsville in brief — December 5, 2017

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ZPC approves rezoning — The Zionsville Plan Commission approved Nov. 20 the rezoning of 3.8 acres along Michigan Road to accommodate the planned Zionsville Memory Care. The undeveloped site at 11870 Sandy Drive will go from B-1 Urban Neighborhood Business, R-SF-2 Single Family Residential and Michigan Road Overlay to a single B-O Office Business District Business Zoning District and Michigan Road Overlay if approved by the Zionsville Town Council at its Dec. 4 meeting. Visit CurrentZionsville.com for more.

Reward offered – On Nov. 10, 2016, Boone County Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to the iron bridge that crosses Sugar Creek in northwestern Boone County. A CAT farm tractor towing a chisel plow had struck the bridge and caused significant damage to the structure, which had been recently renovated. Two local residents have now offered a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for causing the damage. If you have any information, contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 765-482-1412 or email tips@co.boone.in.us

Poetry reading – Poetry on Brick Street presents Sarah E. Morin, who will read her poems and stories for children and adults at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W, Hawthorne St. An open mic follows. Morin serves as a kidwrangler at Conner Prairie History Museum in Fishers, Indiana. She writes and performs unruly fairy tales and poems and is a regular performer at Fairyville at Nickel Plate Arts.

Citizen’s Academy class completed – The Zionsville Police Dept. recently recognized 20 graduates from its inaugural Citizen’s Academy Class. The graduates completed eight weeks of law enforcement related education that included Patrol Operations, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Computer Crimes, Special Weapons and Tactics and Criminal Investigations.

Thanksgiving meals delivered – Nearly 110 families in Boone County received a Thanksgiving meal this year because of the efforts of Senior Services, Boone County Mental Health, Love Inc., Zionsville Food Pantry, various apartment managers, the Burtner family and friends and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. This is the most families served in a year by this initiative. This year’s event was in memory of Amy Jo Clouse.

Jury duty scam – A scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty has hit central Indiana. A victim answers the telephone and the caller says a warrant is being issued for not appearing for jury duty. The caller may give the name of a courthouse employee, a deputy, or a name similar to an employee. The victim is then told to pay money to avoid arrest. These calls are fake – courts do not operate this way. Contact would be made by regular mail.

Mayor’s Night In – Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak and the Town of Zionsville staff want to hear from you. They will host Mayor’s Night in at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Zionsville Town Hall. Following a brief presentation about current happenings in town, there will be a Q&A session. All residents, neighborhood associations and businesses are invited to attend.

Project Good – Current in Zionsville is looking to feature local residents doing good deeds in the community through the monthly Project Good photo column. If you have a suggestion or would like to be featured, please contact storytellingministries@gmail.com or annmarie@youarecurrent.com.

Park Programs – Holiday Card Papermaking, 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 9, Zion Nature Center, $2 per person. Learn the history of papermaking and make holiday cards using a variety of natural and recycled materials. Registration is required as space is limited. Register by emailing naturecenter@zionsville-in.gov.

Library programs – Winter Fun Story Time: Skating, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 6. The program will include information about cold and snow sports and activities, a story together, and indoor skating using paper plates. Ages 3-6. Hats Off to Winter Reading. Earn rewards by reading or listening to books from now until Jan. 31. Register for events at ZionsvilleLibrary.org.

Park planning meetings – Help the Zionsville Park and Recreation Department plan for the next five years. We have scheduled public input meetings. All meetings are scheduled in the new Zionsville Town Hall Community Room, Room 207, 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are being held Dec. 14 and March 21.

REMC Board seats available – At the spring annual meeting of Boone REMC, members will elect one director per district to represent districts 4, 5, and 6. Boone REMC members residing in districts 4, 5, and 6 who are interested in running must complete a petition packet. It can be downloaded at bremc.com/category/co-op-events/. Members may also pick up a packet at the REMC office, located at 1207 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon. Petitions must be signed by no less than three percent of the account holders of record in the district for which a candidate is seeking election and must be received in the co-op’s office by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Recycle Christmas trees – To recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays, residents have several options. Please bring only bare trees, not bagged. Trees are not to be dumped in any Zionsville parks.

1. Earth and Turf Partners – 317-733-6499

2. GreenCycle – 317-769-5668

3. Boone County Resource Recovery – 317-769-4223

Christmas lights recycling – From now until Jan. 15, Akard True Value will accept old Christmas lights whether they work or not. Gathered lights will be recycled with C.A.R.S. (Child Adult Resource Services) to help build a cleaner environment and create opportunities for people with significant disabilities who want jobs and take pride in what they do.

Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. These monthly gatherings provide some father-son quality time while hearing great speakers at the same time. Meetings run from 7 to 8 a.m. at Zionsville Community High School on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.

EDC annual breakfast and awards – The Boone County Economic Development Corporation is hosting its annual meeting and awards presentation from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 S. 525 E., Lebanon. The keynote address will be given by Tom Easterday, senior vice president of Subaru of Indiana. Cost is $15 for non-members and includes breakfast. Members are free. Visit betterinboone.org/events for more information or to register by Dec. 1.

Meijer donation match – Meijer has chosen Zionsville Food Pantry as the recipient of its Simply Give campaign through the end of December. Meijer will match every $10 donation made at the store, but on Dec. 8 and 9, it will double match donations, so the pantry receives $30 for a $10 donation.

Expansion approved – The Lebanon City Council has approved incentives for an expansion by United States Cold Storage, provider of logistics solutions to the frozen and refrigerated food industry. USCS anticipates adding an additional 100,000 square feet to its 200,000 square foot facility, spending approximately $16 million in real property and $13 million in personal property.

Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The program offers online and in-person tax filing services in Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan and Boone Counties for taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017. To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer visit, indyfreetaxprep.com.


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