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 rrcommassoc@aol.com.

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 Greg Goodrich has withdrawn.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 http://www.indy.gov/eGov/county/clerk/election/pages/home.aspx .

For information about absentee voting, visit http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Election/Voter_Info/Pages/absentee_voting.aspx .

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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.

Elections

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
Clerk-Treasurer
  • 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.

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

“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.

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.

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.