Town Council Updates

Town Council Meeting Minutes

The unapproved minutes from the July Town Council meeting have been posted, along with the approved minutes from the June meeting. The next Town Council meeting takes place Tuesday August 9 at 7:30 p.m.


The following residents’ names (listed in alphabetical order) will appear on the election ballot in November:

Town Council–At Large

  • Brad Barcom (D)
  • Julie Bleakley (I)
  • Carla Gaff-Clark (R) Incumbent
  • Greg Goodrich (R)
  • Robert Tomey (R) Incumbent
  • Cathy Hurt (I) Incumbent
Election day is Tuesday November 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Rocky Ripple residents will vote at the Town Hall. For those who have not registered, visit the Marion County Election Board Web site for information on registering to vote and absentee voting.

Rocky Ripple Community Association

(Note that the Community Association is an independent, non-political entity.)
The Rocky Ripple Community Association’s (RRCA) July meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Normally the RRCA meets on the third Tuesday of each month. All are welcome.


IMA/White River Survey

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is about to embark on a project related to the White River, and needs your opinion. They have partnered with Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., a museum planning and research firm to develop the survey. You will have a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. If you have questions, call toll-free 1-888-396-0376.

Follow the link to complete the survey.

If you know someone who needs a printed copy of the survey, contact Angela Herrmann or Karen Stone.

Celebration of former Town Council member

Obituary: Danny Lee Orr

Danny L. Orr, 56, of Indianapolis, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 15, 2011. Born May 14, 1955 in Lepanto, Ark. He was the oldest child of Marion Harold Orr and the late Dorothy Ellen Herman Orr. Danny was a loving and caring husband, dedicated father and friend. His devotion and love for his wife, children and family will always be treasured. The loyalty and pride that he had for his community and country will always be remembered.

For 12 years, he was employed by Verizon. He served in the USMC, US Army and US Navy. He also proudly served his community on the Town Council and as leader of the Rocky Ripple Veterans Association.

Mr. Orr is survived by his wife, Deborah Kemp Orr, daughter Karina Orr Lowe of Los Angeles, Calif., son, Daniel Marion Orr of Fayetteville, N.C., father Marion Harold Orr of Jonesboro, Ark., sister Diane Householder of Indianapolis, brother Michael Steven Orr of Pembroke, Fla., and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

The following arrangements have been made in behalf of Danny:

Wednesday July 20, 2011
Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center
1305 Broad Ripple Ave.; Indianapolis 46220
Visitation 12pm to 2pm
Service 2pm

Rocky Ripple Town Hall
930 W. 54th St.; Indianapolis 46208
Community gathering 3:30pm

The Community Association, along with the Town Board, will host a community gathering/pitch-in late lunch/early dinner to honor Danny Orr.  The gathering will be held beginning approximately at 3:30 pm  Wednesday July 20th at the Town Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.  Please bring a side dish, entree, or dessert of your choice to share.  The community association will provide sandwich trays and soft drinks.  The town hall will open at noon Wednesday for those who wish to drop off food.

A military ceremony will take place at which time a special wreath will be taken from the Town Hall to Veteran’s Park where neighborhood veterans will have an opportunity to offer a final salute to Danny.

Memorial donations may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans; 3725 Alexandria Pike; Cold Spring, KY 41076


The next meeting of the Rocky Ripple Emergency Management/Community Emergency Response Team is Saturday May 14, 10 a.m. at the Town Hall. RREM/CERT meetings and trainings are open to all residents who have an interest in the community’s public safety. Do you have ideas on encouraging more residents to participate? If so, the RREM/CERT meeting is the place to be to share your ideas.

A training is also being planned, details forthcoming.

Rocky Ripple is unique in that it has its own RREM/CERT effort and needs your participation.

Levee updates

From Sarah Holsapple
Public Information Officer/ Department of Public Works
City of Indianapolis

As a way to keep you updated on details pertaining to the Indianapolis North Levee Project, the Department of Public Works (DPW) has compiled an email list of neighborhood leaders. We’ll be sending you necessary updates and ask that you distribute them to your neighborhood as you see fit.

The first update concerns Monday, April 25 when a cultural resources consultation meeting will take place. During the meeting, representatives from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Indiana Department of Natural Recourses (IDNR), the Indiana Landmarks Commission and DPW will visit the project site (from the Riviera Club to locations of higher ground) to identify cultural and historical resources in the area. The parties will then work together to discuss and investigate project alternatives.

We wanted to make you aware of this site visit in the event you saw people walking around the area. We ask that you not approach the site visit team, as they will not be able to answer your questions. In the future, there will be a public meeting so that neighborhood associations, landowners and the public can to speak with representatives from the USACE and DPW about the site visit, the impacts on historic and cultural resources and raise addition questions or concerns. Once a date for that meeting is secured, DPW will send notification.

In the meantime, please visit our project website for additional information: You may also email us at or call (317) 327.2656.

“Spring cleaning” along roadways and in alleys

Rocky Ripple Town ordinances require residents to keep roadways clear of trees and flora.

From the Town Ordinances, 2-3-3 Sec. 11:

Duties of Property Owner (a) The owner of any private property in Rocky Ripple which borders or lies adjacent any public street, alley, right-of-way, place or park and upon which any trees or flora may be standing shall trim or cause such trees or flora to be trimmed, either at the property line, or to a clear height of at least eight (8) feet above the surface of any abutting right-or-way or place, and fourteen (14) feet above any public street or alley. No person shall plant or maintain any tree or flora so close to any property line as to obstruct the vision or free passage of pedestrians or motorists along the streets or public right-of-way. Rocky Ripple or its contractual agents may enter upon private property to do such cutting or trimming as may be necessary to remove any offending and obstructing tree or flora that is prohibited by the provisions hereof.

(b) An owner shall, and Rocky Ripple may, remove from flora all dead, decayed, broken or dangerous limbs, branches or parts thereof or any that overhang or are close to any public street, alley, right-of-way, or place, and, when any such flora is dead, the owner shall completely remove the same, or after notice to and failure of the owner so to do, the Town of Rocky Ripple or its lawful agents may cause such removal and charge the cost thereof to the owner.

“A little proactive trimming now will be appreciated by your neighbors in the summer time,” said Mike Kiefer, Town Marshal.