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: www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/RebuildIndy/Projects/Pages/IndianapolisNorthLeveeProject.aspx. You may also email us at RebuildIndy@indy.gov or call (317) 327.2656.

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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.

Primary election candidates posted

The following residents will appear as at-large candidates on the in the 2011 primary election ballot, according to the Marion County Election Board Web site spreadsheet of candidate filings:

  • Brad Barcom (D)
  • Carla Gaff-Clark (R)
  • Greg Goodrich (R)
  • Robert Tomey (R)

For those residents wishing to run for office as independent candidates, the deadline is noon, June 30, 2011. The election calendar is posted at the Marion County Election Board Web site.

For more information on elections and how to register to vote (if you are not registered to vote in Rocky Ripple), visit the Marion County election board Web site.

Army Corps of Engineers revise flood wall plan

The Army Corps of Engineers has released its 2011 Environmental Assessment of the Indianapolis, White River (North), IN Flood Damage Reduction Project.

This proposed plan includes substantial modifications, some of which may have an impact on Rocky Ripple. We will keep you posted as we learn more. Here is a copy of the U.S. Army Corps plan. Here is a photograph of the revised proposal.

Clean Water Issues Presentation in Rocky Ripple

Date/time: February 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Rocky Ripple Town Hall, 930 West 54th Street

The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has recently received a small grant to cover the cost of making a minimum of 50 clean water related presentations to Homeowner Associations, Civic Groups, and other organizations within Marion County Indiana prior to March 31st, 2011.  The purpose of these presentations are to provide interested organizations an improved “conservation awareness” of water quality and quantity issues and potential services that are available from the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, the Indiana Wildlife Federation, the Upper White River Watershed Alliance, and the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District.

All are welcome.

Dispose of your e-waste properly

As a reminder, the Indiana State law regarding the disposal of electronics will change effective January 1, 2011. Because of this State law, the City will no longer be allowed to dispose of electronic devices (including TV’s, computers, monitors, DVD players, and VCR’s) through the residential waste stream. The Tox-Drop program is available as an option for residents, but if they set it out for regular or heavy trash pickup after Jan 1, it will not be taken.