Photos To Be Taken of Properties Along River Affected by Proposed Floodwall

Notice was sent earlier this week to property owners along White River in Rocky Ripple that will be affected by the proposed Rocky Ripple Floodwall that a contractor for the City of Indianapolis DPW (Arcadis) will be taking photos of each affected property late this week and/or next week. Exact dates are weather dependent. The photos will be utilized for planning purposes being managed by the City and project team under contract by the City. There will be two to three team members taking the photos and should be easily identifiable by the vests they will be wearing. We wanted to provide you with this info in case you see them and want to know what they are doing. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

· Megan Hulland (724) 816-8889
· Mandy Redmond (317) 319-7865
· Randy Sanders (317) 431-0091


More FREE Music in Hohlt Park on Oct 4th

Many of us are feeling sad that the annual Rocky Ripple Festival won’t occur this year…BUT because we had such a great turnout and fun when the Sax Pistols played in Hohlt Park on September 20th that we are doing it again. Join Us.

Sunday, October 4th at 3 pm in Hohlt Park

FREE!   Everyone is welcome!

Tons of room to social distance – Please do wear a mask when you are not able to social distance.

This is a 100% bring your own event. Bring your own chairs/blankets/food/drinks (no glass) (Alcohol is not allowed in the park).

We will again be “passing the hat” to collect donations to help Rocky Ripple replace its aging police cruiser. A big thank you to everyone that donated at the Sax Pistols show – we raised $648!

FREE Sax Pistols Concert in Hohlt Park Sun Sep 20 at 3 pm

Rocky Ripple’s own Sax Pistols (with band members Steve and Cathy Hurt) will be playing Sunday afternoon, September 20th, from 3-5:30 pm in Hohlt Park . The Sax Pistols show is FREE!

Classic/ 80s rock – All Ages – Everyone welcome!

Tons of room to social distance – Please do wear a mask when you are not able to social distance.

This is a 100% bring your own event. We won’t have any vendors, so – Bring your own chairs/blankets/food/drinks (no glass) (Alcohol is not allowed in the park). We are providing – Music – In the park – For free – Just for the fun of it!

We will be “passing the hat” to collect donations to help Rocky Ripple replace its aging police cruiser. We’re doing this because all of our shows are Covid cancelled but we still LOVE TO PLAY.

08-Sep-2020 Rocky Ripple Town Board Meeting Available by Zoom

In order that Rocky Ripple residents may attend the Rocky Ripple Town Board meetings remotely, the town has purchased software and video tools to allow participation via Zoom.  Beginning with the 08-Sep-2020 meeting, you may participate by using the following link:

Topic: Rocky Ripple Town Council Meeting
Time: Sep 8, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Second Tuesday
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 3275 4675


Letters from DLZ to Rocky Ripple Property Owners Along the River/ May 12 Town Board Meeting

Hello Fellow Rocky Ripplers,

We hope everyone has continued to stay safe during the past month.  We do have a couple updates to share.  First of all, we will be holding the May Rocky Ripple Town Board meeting as scheduled on 12-May-2020 at 7:30 pm.  However, to maintain safe distancing, the meeting will be held as a teleconference using Zoom.  To listen in, use the information below.  You will need to provide your name in order to join the meeting.

Also, we have received inquiries regarding letters that owners of property along the river in Rocky Ripple received during the past week from DLZ, a subcontractor to AECOM and City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works.  The letters were to let affected property owners know that survey work will be done on their properties in the near future.  AECOM has been hired by the city to serve as its technical representative for the Rocky Ripple flood protection initiative.  You may recall that AECOM is the engineering firm that came up with the plans that allow for protection, while saving all homes in Rocky Ripple.

We wanted to provide you with additional information on this. The surveying is being done in order for the city to obtain specific information in preparation for the Rocky Ripple floodwall project.  The survey will be used for identifying design and land acquisition (easement) needs/details for the proposed floodworks and establishing cross sectional information for river modelling necessary for completing the project.  This land surveying is a preliminary engineering task foundational to other future engineering tasks.  The work should include no or very minimal clearing of vegetation to complete.

If anyone has any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact your town council members:

Megan Hulland Mandy Redmond Randy Sanders
(724) 816-8889 (317) 319-7865 (317) 431-0091

Rocky Ripple Town Board Zoom Meeting on 12-May-2020:

Meeting ID: 825 1978 8041
Password: 038300

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City of Indianapolis Department of Business and Neighborhood Services to Attend March 10th Rocky Ripple Town Council Meeting to Answer Zoning/Permitting Questions

Donna Price from the City of Indianapolis Business and Neighborhood Services group will attend the Tuesday, March 10th Rocky Ripple Town Council Meeting to answer resident questions regarding zoning and permits.  The question and answer session will start promptly at 7:30 pm, followed by routine Rocky Ripple Town Council business at no later than 8:30 pm. The session was set up so that Rocky Ripple residents can ask specific questions about building codes, permitting, requirements, and recent permits that have been issued in the town of Rocky Ripple.  City County District 7 Councilor John Barth and City of Indianapolis Neighborhood Liaison Natalie Von Dongen are also scheduled to attend the March Town Council meeting.

If you are not be able to attend the March 10th Town Council meeting, but have a zoning or permitting question, please forward your question(s) in advance to a member of the town council and they will make sure your question is asked and that you receive a response.

2019 Rocky Ripple Election Results

Thanks to the large voter turnout for the 2019 Rocky Ripple Town Council election.  The newly elected Rocky Ripple Town Council (serving 01-Jan-2020 through 31-Dec-2024) includes the following individuals:

Julie Smith, clerk/treasurer
Megan Hulland, town councilor
Mandy Redmond, town councilor
Randy Sanders, town councilor

Specifics can be found at the following location:

Thank you to all candidates that ran for office.  It is because we have people willing to step up that we are able to maintain this small vibrant town of ours.  Shout out also to Tamara Carr and crew that ran the Rocky Ripple quick and efficient polling location for this year’s election.

New RR Floodwall Advisory Committee Members Sought

Interested Rocky Ripple residents are sought to be a part of a new Rocky Ripple Town Council advisory committee for the Rocky Ripple floodwall project.

The mission of the Floodwall Advisory Committee will be to gather information from residents about what will make a positive or negative impact in regards to the established levee floodwall project and provide feedback for decision making to the Rocky Ripple Town Council.

The committee will provide advice, insight and guidance on floodwall issues to aid the town’s programs for the proposed floodwall and related initiatives. The committee will work with residents living along the wall where it is located on personal and public (Rocky Ripple) property to make the project as palatable as possible.  The charge also includes representation of the wants, thoughts and desires of residents living inside the town’s boundaries but not along the river; as well as the residents in the nine homes that have been left out of the project where riverbank stabilization is to also be a part of the project.

To review the full charter for this committee, click here:  Rocky Ripple Floodwall Advisory Committee Charter.

If you have questions about and/or are interested in being part of this committee, click here to contact a Rocky Ripple town councilor.

July 9th Rocky Ripple Town Board Meeting – Get Your Westfield Blvd Floodwall Questions Answered

Mike Massonne, DPW project manager, will attend the July 9th Rocky Ripple Town Board meeting (7:30 pm Town Hall) to provide an update and answer questions on the Westfield Blvd. Alignment flood protection project, which is scheduled to be completed this year. Note this is to answer questions about the Westfield floodwall, not the Rocky Ripple floodwall project along the river, which has been approved by the City of Indianapolis as a project and is currently going through the bidding process.

RR Road Paving Scheduled

The Town of Rocky Ripple is happy to announce that repaving of several roads in town is scheduled for the week of 24-Jun-2019, weather permitting.  This should take no longer than a couple days in total.  Please note that the following streets are affected  and give consideration to the paving equipment, trucks and personnel that will be doing this important work for us:

1) Canal Blvd. From: W 53rd St To: Ripple Rd

2) W53rd St From: Canal Blvd To: Lester St

3) W53rd St From: 835 W53rd St To: Riverview Dr

4) W52nd St From: Canal Towpath To: Lester St

5) Crown St From: W53rd St To: W54th St

6) Sunnymeade Ln From: W52nd St To: W53rd St

7) Annette St From: W53rd St To: 5326 Annette St

8) Clarendon Rd From: W51st St To: W52nd St

9) W54th St From: Karstadt Dr To: Canal Blvd

10) Ripple Rd From: 340 Ripple Rd To: Canal Blvd

Town Wide Garage Sale on Sat. Jun 1st

The annual town wide garage sale will be held Saturday, June 1st with posted hours from 8 am to 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate. Start planning for the sale and gather those items that have been sitting around and collecting dust.

If you do not wish to participate on your own, but want to donate items, we will be having a sale with proceeds to benefit RRCA at the town hall. You can bring stuff you want to donate for the RRCA sale on Friday May 31st at the town hall from 3-7 pm.

New this year:  Sell your stuff at the town hall; have your own table for $5.  Town Hall will be open for set-up beginning at 7 am on Sat., Jun. 1st.

Kandy Kendall is coordinating this year’s sale.  Contact Kandy to reserve a table or with any questions: or phone number 317-255-8117.

Ads will be placed in local newspapers. If you choose to participate and do not donate items for the RRCA sale, consider making a small donation to the community association to cover the advertising costs.

Flood Protection Update: MDC Final Vote/Last Public Hearing on 15-May-2019

The Indianapolis City County Council Public Works Committee voted to recommend approval of the declaratory resolution designating the establishment of the White River-Rocky Ripple Flood Control Improvement District on 18-Apr-2019.  The recommendation now goes before the entire City County Council for final adoption on Monday 13-May-2019.  The last public hearing on the matter and final vote on the confirmatory resolution will occur at the Metropolitan Development Commission meeting on Wed., 15-May-2019 at 1 pm in the public assembly room of the City County building.  The full proposal (#192) can be found at the following location:

Any questions regarding flood protection can be directed to your Rocky Ripple Town Councilors at

RR Flood Protection Update –Board of Public Works Hearing Held 27-Feb-2019

The first of several public meetings and hearings to move forward with approval of the flood protection plan recommended by the City of Indianapolis DPW (know as Option 3), which saves all Rocky Ripple homes and includes a new levee made up of a combination of earthen, T-walls and I-walls was held on 27-Feb-2019.  This was the first of the meetings noted in the 12-Feb-2019 communication from the Indianapolis Department of Public works that was sent to all property owners affected by the proposed new levee.  A copy of that letter is posted on this website at the following link:

The outcome of the February 27th Board of Public Works meeting was that three board members voted for approval of the Rocky Ripple flood protection plan.  Two board members voted against the proposal.  As the board requires a quorum in order to pass a resolution, it was determined that another vote would be held at the next scheduled meeting, when two additional board members would be present.  The next Board of Public Works meeting, at which time this second vote will occur, is scheduled for 13-March-2019 at 1 pm in the City County Building Public Assembly Room on Floor 2.  The meeting on March 13th will not be a public hearing, so public comment for or against the proposal will not be allowed.

The tentative meeting schedule for gaining approval to move forward with the flood protection plan was as follows; as another meeting of the Board of Public Works was added, the upcoming meeting dates will be pushed out to the next scheduled meetings of the Acting Bodies.  We will keep you posted of the new dates and times.

Acting Body                           Tentative Date                               Proposed Action

Board of Public Works

February 27 – 2nd meeting scheduled for 13 Mar 2019 Public hearing and vote on District approval recommendation to MDC
Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC)  

March 6

Adoption of a declaratory resolution establishing the proposed District

Full City-County Council


April 8

Introduction of proposal approving the MDC’s declaratory resolution

Council Public Works Committee


April 18

Public hearing and information-only hearing of Council proposal approving the MDC’s declaratory resolution

Full City-County Council


May 13

Vote on proposal approving of MDC’s declaratory resolution
Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC)  

May 15

Public hearing and vote on confirmatory resolution establishing the proposed District

Your Rocky Ripple Town Council strongly encourages you to attend the upcoming public hearings and voice your support of this crucial initiative for our community, as City officials need to hear it from you, not just us.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions in the meantime.

Carla Gaff-Clark      

Mandy Redmond   

Jill Morris