Town Council Updates

– Town Council election results
– ALERT: House break-in Tuesday

Town Council election (unofficial) results

The unofficial results for three candidates receiving the most votes for the race for Rocky Ripple Town Council at-large are:
  • Brad Barcom
  • Carla Gaff-Clark
  • Robert Tomey
Cathy Hurt ran unopposed, therefore she will continue on as Clerk Treasurer.

Election results are finalized when they are certified by the Marion County Election Board. All terms begin January 1, 2012.

Congratulations to all of the candidates for your willingness to serve our community.

House break-in Tuesday

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone reportedly attempted to break into a home on Riverview Drive at 53rd Street. Witnesses observed a mid-90s black Chevrolet Impala near the scene. Apparently a baseball bat was used to bash a hole in the door so the intruder could reach in to unlock the door. Several witnesses later observed three white males apparently casing other properties, even entering the property of a home. It is unknown at this time if the incidents are connected.

Remember to keep your doors locked–to your house, your garage, your vehicles, and your storage sheds. Keep valuables out of site, away from your windows.

Also, if you hire anyone to do work in or around your house, make sure you know and trust them.

The Indianapolis Marion County Police Department has prepared a tip-sheet to help you better protect your property.

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door

  • Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor’s phone to call police. Dial 911.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

DIAL 911 for police assistance.


Vote Tuesday / Council meeting update

  • Tuesday’s Town Council meeting cancelled

Tuesday’s Town Council meeting cancelled

Due to Tuesday’s elections and the use of the Town Hall for storage of election equipment, members of the Town Council have canceled Tuesday’s monthly Council meeting. The final meeting of the current Council takes place Tuesday December 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Vote Tuesday (tomorrow)

Election Day is Tuesday (tomorrow) November 8 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to vote for three representatives to serve the Rocky Ripple Town Council. Rocky Ripple Town Council candidates are, in alphabetical order, Brad Barcom, Julie Bleakly, Carla Gaff-Clark, and Robert Tomey. Cathy Hurt is running unopposed as Clerk Treasurer. Greg Goodrich has withdrawn.

Additionally, residents will elect representatives to serve the City Council and Indianapolis Mayor.

Visit for an online guide to this year’s candidates and ballot-builder. In the menu, select “Indianapolis” for the city-wide candidate list or “Rocky Ripple” for the Town Council candidate list.

Rocky Ripple Town Council Updates

– Meet the Candidates Tuesday October 25 (tomorrow)
– Election Day Tuesday November 8

Meet the Candidates Tuesday October 25 (tomorrow)

Location: Rocky Ripple Town Hall, 930 W. 54th St.
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Rocky Ripple Community Association (RRCA) is sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” forum where residents can meet and ask questions of the candidates running for a four-year term on the Rocky Ripple Town Council. The candidates are, in alphabetical order, Brad Barcom, Julie Bleakly, Carla Gaff-Clark, and Robert Tomey. The forum will be facilitated by a member of the RRCA.

According to the RRCA, residents may pose questions in advance or at the forum. However, no one may directly question the candidates during the forum–in the interest of time, all questions will be asked by the facilitator and candidate responses will be limited to three minutes per candidate.

Send your questions to

The RRCA will provide refreshments. For those unable to attend the “Meet the Candidates” forum, the RRCA we distribute a candidate profile summary of candidate information and their viewpoints in advance of the election.

Election Day Tuesday November 8

Election Day is Tuesday November 8 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year, residents will have the opportunity to vote for three representatives to serve the Rocky Ripple Town Council. Additionally, residents will elect representatives to serve the City Council and IndianapolisMayor. Rocky Ripple Town Council candidates are, in alphabetical order, Brad Barcom, Julie Bleakly, Carla Gaff-Clark, and Robert Tomey. Cathy Hurt is running unopposed as Clerk Treasurer. Greg Goodrich has withdrawn.

Early voting ends at noon November 7.

For more information about Marion County elections, visit .

For information about absentee voting, visit .

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.

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.

City official to speak on sewer project at March 8 Council meeting

Steve Neilson, deputy director and chief engineer for the city of Indianapolis, will attend the March 8 meeting to take questions from and share updates with residents regarding the rescheduling of the STEP project. Please plan to attend this important meeting. Questions include, What is the status of the STEP program? If Rocky Ripple’s project is delayed, how much will residents have to pay?

Please plan to attend the Tuesday March 8 Town Council meeting.

Revised flood wall plan comments due Friday March 4

Comments in response to the Army Corps of Engineers 2011 Environmental Assessment of the Indianapolis, White River (North), IN Flood Damage Reduction Project are due Friday March 4, 2011. Attempts to increase the comment period by 90 days have failed.

This proposed plan includes substantial modifications, some of which may have an impact on Rocky Ripple and the Central Canal water supply for 600,000 Indianapolis residents.

The minutes from the February 28 special meeting held at the Riviera Club are available for review.