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17 Making Dam Sure | Neal G. Moore

40 Next Stop McCordsville | Janet C. Striebel

Earlier this year, a highly critical report was issued by a blueribbon engineering association giving Indiana a grade of D for the quality of the state’s infrastructure: Roads, bridges, wastewater treatment facilities, and of course dams. How safe is the 70 year-old Geist Reservoir dam?

30 The Gathering | Kathi Moore

McCordsville has been relatively quiet for the past few decades, but that is all changing. With just over 5,000 residents and 1,700 rooftops, McCordsville is on a record-setting pace for new construction permits. Trail projects, a new Town Hall Park, and recent business additions have the Town Manager Tonya Galbraith excited. And she should be. Find out how Geist’s sleepy little community is coming to life.

It’s been the Fox, the Fox Grille, and Michael’s South Shore. This anchor tenant in the Geist Shopping Center near Fox and Oaklandon Road is now changing hands again, this time to The Gathering Bistro & Pub with two sisters at the helm. Find out where Jill and Molly McGlinchey are from, what they plan to do different, and how the menu will change in the next few months.

53 Hot Air Balloon Lands on Geist Bridge | Tom Britt On Sunday August 11, Tony Sandlin was flying his hot air balloon from Noblesville Elementary School south towards Geist Reservoir. Read how he landed the balloon with two passengers in the middle of the Fall Creek Road bridge.

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Sewer Line Under Indian Lake Could Cause Environmental Disaster Supt. Solenberg

| Neal G. Moore It is not hyperbole to suggest that a potential environmental disaster is lurking beneath Indian Lake in Lawrence Township. Concern about the structural integrity of a decades-old iron sewer pipe and the possibility that it could fail, has utility officials and the mayor’s office working on an action plan to avoid what would be a malodorous problem – and worse. The following are portions of recent interviews (Jun. 6, Aug. 17) with Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup, and Utilities Superintendent John Solenberg, about what lies beneath Indian Lake – and what they plan to do about it.

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The only folks that are really intimately aware of this issue… are the folks that live here at the lake, and have lived here since the mid 70s. They are all aware that there’s an issue underneath the lake. It’s a ticking time bomb. So, they’re very, very interested in seeing this corrected, and we think we’ve got a very good plan to do it.

Mayor Jessup

How we do it is, we stop the flow just upstream of Indian Lake. And the way we do that is to install a lift station. To bring it down to simple terms, a lift station is nothing different than basically a sump pump that someone would have in their basement. So, the water flows into it, it’s picked up and it’s moved. Once the water is picked up, from that point, it’s put into what’s called a force main (because the water is being forced, it’s not running by gravity.) So, it runs through a force main and, that in turn, will run downstream and connect in to our original connection point with the Indianapolis system.

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There should be no concern over ground water, over a sewage problem, capacity problems – at this time. However, if we don’t do this, there would be major concern in both areas because we have some stations that are called SSSOs (sanitary sewer overflows), and those would contaminate the environment should they overflow.

[There is] 4,200 feet of metal sewer pipe (ductile iron) that runs underneath Indian Lake over near the dam. It has a 50-year shelf life. It’s been in the ground for over forty years now. That would imply that it’s eighty percent used up. If that were to break and cause a leak, it would mean serious implications for not only all of Lawrence, as far as sewage goes, but would also mean serious implications for Castleton and the other parts of Indianapolis that drain into the same sewer system, which eventually goes down to the 402 Interceptor. We connect with Indianapolis right at the end of this 4,100 feet of sewer pipe, and then it goes on down into the Indianapolis system, down to the 402 Interceptor, which is near the Fort. If this sewer pipe failed, that would cause the 402 Interceptor to fail, which is why all of the sewer systems north of that would be in jeopardy. So, the challenge is either upgrade the 402 Interceptor – which is extremely expensive – or, route around it and abandon this 4,100 feet of sewer pipe.

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Superintendent of Lawrence Utilities John Solenberg talks about a potential environmental hazard at Indian Lake. A 40 year-old sewer line underneath the lake is nearing the end of it’s lifespan, forcing the City of Lawrence to look at a potential $20 million project to remedy the problem. Watch the full video interview with Solenberg and Mayor Dean Jessup on atGeist.com.

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It is a hidden issue, but it would become a very public issue if this pipe failed under Indian Lake. It would be a catastrophe on the scale that we’ve never seen in the city of Lawrence, and at that point in time, all bets are off on the cost to repair.

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The engineers estimate is $20 million for the project. We will be seeking a bond issue for the work. We are in discussions with the EPA [because] we would like to use funds that are currently set aside for EPA projects as the funding source for the bond. We believe we will prevail, so there will not be a sewer rate increase related to the diversion project.

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Carroll Rd Sidewalk Extension | Tom Britt

A vital pedestrian link between the Marina Village and neighborhoods south of 96th and Carroll Rd. is finally going to happen. For years residents in Admirals Bay, the Woods at Geist, and Cardinal Woods have wanted a safe passage way along Carroll Rd. near the Treasure Pointe subdivision. Thanks to a community partnership spearheaded by the Town of McCordsville, the

design of a new 900-foot sidewalk is now underway. After an unsuccessful bid for a federal grant in 2012, the project was put on ice due to lack of funding. Since then, residents and local businesses have come forward offering money and in-kind services to help the project along. With some assurances from the Geist locals, the Town of McCordsville agreed to proceed with the first part of the engineering study. “Once we have a survey done, we can get an idea as to how much excavation, aggregate, asphalt, and retaining wall materials we will need to shore up from donors or outside funders,” said Mark Witsman, engineer, Town of McCordsville. What’s planned is a widening of Carroll Rd. by approximately eight feet to the west, starting at the entrance to Treasure Pointe on the south, to the sidewalk across from Cardinal Woods Dr. on the north. A cross walk will be installed at the south end to connect the Woods at Geist neighborhood sidewalk which now is a dead end. Another cross walk will be installed on the north end for Cardinal Woods residents. Estimated timeline for completion is August 2014. Local businesses in the following areas that would like to participate in this community project are urged to contact Tom Britt (Tom@atGeist.com): Asphalt, concrete pavers, masonry, and excavating. While some corporate sponsors have given preliminary commitments, none will be firm until the engineering study is completed by the Town of McCordsville. For updates follow the Geist Community Newsletter on Facebook (/atGeist) or on Twitter @atGeist.

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DNR “Pedals” Mountain Biking & Dozens More Activities at Hoosier Outdoor Experience | Neal G. Moore

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and scores of other choices. “Forty to fifty organizations will be there to get people outdoors, and to introduce new kinds of outdoor recreation,” said Steve King, HMBA board member. “We are the biking organization and we want folks doing something they’ve never considered trying.” In recent years, HMBA carved three permanent mountain biking trails in the hills and dales of Ft. Harrison State Park including a one-mile Beginner’s Trail described as flat, tight, twisty and fun; the Lawrence Creek Trail, a fourmile excursion with topography similar to Brown County with more hills and challenges for intermediate riders; and the Schoen Creek Trail, not long, but grueling for expert riders who are looking for a serious challenge. “DNR wanted us to introduce kids to mountain biking and to show off the Ft. Harrison trails,” explained Mark Finney, Bicycle Garage Indianapolis (BGI), which is a major HMBA supporter.

At Outdoor Experience volunteers will fit kids and adults with helmets and appropriately sized bikes, and teach novices how to negotiate simple trail obstacles. Kids will ride on guided tours of the flat, one-mile Beginner’s Trail, winding through park woods with a few minor elevated grades and turns. The advice for first-timers is simple. “Keep your eyes up and pedal, other than that, you’re in good shape,” said a smiling Finney. The bikes for the event are donated along with equipment used to mark the trails. “BGI has a large fleet of mountain bikes in all sizes that we’ll add to those owned by HMBA. Do Indiana Off Road (the state’s largest promoter of mountain biking events) is generously donating trail obstacles and the snow fencing for safety barriers,” Finney noted. DNR’s overarching purpose for Outdoor Experience is to provide a free opportunity for people to

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dams. The 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure provided a sobering judgment of Indiana’s roads, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment facilities and the like. Using the familiar letter-grade system to rank the quality of each state’s infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) slapped Indiana with a grade of D, based on physical conditions and needed fiscal investments for improvement. Hoosier dams earned the lowest of Indiana’s marks, managing only a D-. Citing Indiana data, ASCE reported that more than 50 percent of the 1,088 dams regulated by the state needed remediation, adding that, “today many dams in Indiana are deficient as a result of age, deterioration, and a lack of maintenance.” The report also noted that many of the state’s dams were built 30 or 40 years ago. september 2013

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The report’s troubling data prompted Townepost (publisher of atGeist and atFishers magazines) to seek a status report on the Geist dam. This is what we learned.

basis to ensure there’s no seepage,” explained Malone. A piezometer is an instrument for measuring the pressure of a fluid.

Construction on the earthen and concrete Geist dam was completed in 1943 – 70 years ago. “We would describe the Geist Reservoir dam as being in very good condition,” said Ed Malone, director of production, Citizens Energy Group, when questioned about the dam’s structural integrity. “We have no concerns related to its age. We inspect to evaluate the conditions associated with the dam, and any predictive or preventive maintenance needed.”

While there is every reason to believe the Geist dam is structurally sound, and that it is subjected to rigorous safety inspections and regular maintenance, one potential threat looms – an earthquake. The New Madrid Fault Line centered in southeast Missouri is capable of causing a significant earthquake with shock waves reaching Indiana. The New Madrid zone had four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, and seismologists have long warned it is overdue for a seismic event of some consequence. New Madrid researchers say a violent shifting of its tectonic plates could potentially result in significant damage in seven states, including Indiana. The Wabash Valley fault system is also capable of wreaking seismic damage.

Geist Reservoir and the dam are privately owned assets of Citizens Energy Group (CEG). The dam is subject to regulatory oversight by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and carries a federal designation as a high-hazard dam, meaning a failure could cause loss of life, homes, buildings, utilities, etc. High hazard dams in Indiana must be inspected every two years. CEG’s Malone noted that the Geist dam receives annual inspections by a third-party engineering firm. “Typically, there may be minor issues that are fixed immediately. The dam and spillway are monitored daily [by CEG], 365 days a year. Someone is there to physically inspect it, looking at both sides (of the structure),” he explained. According to the DNR, in July of last year, Indianapolis engineering firm Cardno ATC conducted the required third-party inspection of the Geist dam, giving it an overall “fair” rating – the second-highest of five designations. “No existing dam safety concerns were recognized for normal loading [pressure] conditions,” explained Phil Bloom, DNR spokesman, who added, “Infrequent hydraulic or seismic events would probably result in dam safety deficiency” for structures with “fair” ratings. Bloom emphasized that the highest rating (“satisfactory”) is difficult to achieve, and to reach it, “The dam would have to have a safe performance under all conditions, including earthquakes,” he said.

In 2008, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Illinois struck the Midwest, shaking buildings in Chicago and Indianapolis (source: US Geological Survey report.) DNR spokesman Bloom said, “Possible damage to Geist Dam from an earthquake would depend on conditions such as the magnitude of the earthquake, the geologic condition under the dam,” and other factors. Liquefaction (shaking causing a severe loss of soil strength) is a risk associated with earthen dams. CEG‘s Malone said any such seismic activity impacting the Geist dam would be determined quickly. “We do have tremors periodically Map showing New Madrid and Wabash Valley Earthquake Zones . Source | earthquake.usgs.gov

When contacted by Townepost to discuss the Geist dam, Malone said a considerable amount of dollars are spent to ensure the longevity of each of the utility’s dams. “You’ll find we spend a considerable amount of time and effort… in assuring the reliability of this dam (Geist),” he emphasized. In 2010, CEG made improvements to the dam’s upstream slope and crest (the water side). The work included pouring concrete over steel mats to mitigate erosion; raising the vertical wall on the face of the dam by two feet; replacing security fencing and installing security cameras; and driving metal sheets into the earthen dam to inhibit seepage. “Piezometers inside the dam are monitored on a monthly 18

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issue. “You do the best you can with the tools you have. It’s for others to decide when additional funding is available,” said spokesman Bloom. When asked specifically about the safety and inspection record of the Geist dam, DNR did not raise any red flags, and CEG called the dam’s condition very good. “It has been maintained, and continues to serve its purpose. We take that responsibility very seriously and are always vigilant about safety, stability and long-term reliability,” said Malone.

– two or three in the last ten years, very moderate. Also, we have cameras and can see any such seismic action because of water movement.” According to the DNR, the 2012 Geist inspection report concluded, “there is virtually no probability of liquefaction for the soil conditions at [the dam] under any reasonably anticipated ground-shaking.”

It’s worth contemplating, however, what might happen to the dam in the event of a serious earthquake – a force of nature that, as history has shown, is a legitimate threat in the Midwest. A link to ASCE’s Report Card on America’s Infrastructure is available on our website, www.atGeist.com.

Perhaps most troubling is Indiana’s anemic commitment to dam safety: just $400,000 and only five full-time employees, which equates to 217.6 dams per engineer. In 2005, Indiana ranked 25th in full-time engineers devoted to dam safety. The DNR said it is taking steps to proactively address the

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The name of this Tavern is legendary, and not just in Indiana. The license plates in the parking lot tell tales of cross-country travels. People from across America flock to rural Perkinsville, excited to experience this clash of pickup truck parties followed by a gourmet dinner. Famous dishes that draw the crowds include seasonally-adjusted specialties such as: Perkinsville Pork, Harger Duck, Pork Mignon, Applewood Smoked Prime Rib, and Scottish Salmon. French fries and burgers do not litter the menu posted on a traditional chalkboard above the bar; the selections are surprisingly sophisticated when compared to the rustic setting and casual ambiance that defines Bonge’s. Kirk Cochran, the “Jack of all trades” at Bonge’s, has been working at the establishment since the current chef and owner, Tony Huelster, bought it fourteen years ago. He explained, “I can guarantee that the last plate delivered to a table is the same quality as the first one that leaves the kitchen at 4:30. Our people are dedicated to doing it right.”

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| Kathi Moore If you’ve lived in the Geist area for some time, you’ve likely followed the numerous name changes of the restaurant located at Fox and Oaklandon Roads. Now, Michael Moros, owner of Michael’s South Shore, has accepted a corporate job downtown prompting yet another sale of the restaurant, and in doing so created an opportunity for a family who wanted ownership and the potential success of a new eatery close to home. Enter Jill and Molly McGlinchey, both graduates of Purdue University’s Hospitality and Tourism program, with nearly fifteen years of restaurant

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possibly expanding to the patio Jill and Molly said their goal is to create an energetic atmosphere for families and friends, where people will come regularly to see neighbors and to mingle. The restaurant name has an Irish connotation. Irish people don’t call it a ‘party’ but rather a ‘gathering’. With a name like McGlinchey, the Irish slant shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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| Janet C. Striebel Two local athletes from Geist Sports Academy have recently been named to the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team. Both are top contenders for a spot on the World Championships team to be announced next month. Alex Renkert and Tristan Vannatta have faced their share of pain, injuries and health issues, only to prove that determination can be a powerful pay-off in life. “Many people don’t realize that Trampoline and Tumbling is a sport,” said Amber Vannatta, head coach of the Power Tumbling Team. “The Trampoline event has been in the Olympics since 2000, and the Double Mini-trampoline is in the World Games.” Trampoline and Tumbling includes four events including trampoline, power tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline. Male and female gymnasts can focus on just one area or compete in all four events. Triple Threats for Alex Renkert & Tristan Vannatta Both Alex and Tristan have conquered three bouts of bad luck or medical setbacks to their training and competing. Never did these obstacles stop them. Perhaps this commonality explains why they remain such good friends. Alex, a twenty year old IUPUI student, has twice been named to the World Championships. He has also been invited to the World Games competition in Colombia later this month. Three years ago, he broke his back, and recalled competing in regionals using a plastic back brace. In 2011, he suffered from a horrible ACL injury leaving him with permanent nerve damage. “Injury is what got me started in this sport,” said Alex, who originally began in artistic gymnastics. At age nine, Alex was diagnosed with a disease in is elbow – osteochondritis dissecans. “The doctors said my future in gymnastics was over. After two and half years, I was cured completely," he explained. "I decided to go into trampoline and tumbling (instead of continuing with artistic gymnastics) because I like the flipping aspect better than the 36

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strength aspect. This sport is a lot quicker and more of an adrenaline sport. It’s more risky and extreme.” Tristan, a seventeen year old who attends Pendleton Heights High School, recalled as a seventh grader having endured a major operation involving cranial reconstruction, necessary because of a tumor. The doctors had to remove two of her ribs, and then install them in her skull using titanium screws to replace bone removed because of the tumor. Basically, 75% of her skull was compromised because of the surgery. “I was told I might never bounce again, but I was back in nine months and competing,” she said. Indeed, Tristan tied for third in a world competition in Russia. After being bumped to fourth place in a tie breaker, Tristan felt a major letdown. “I remember feeling devastated that I didn’t receive a medal. But after coming home I realized that I was fourth in the world!” she explained. Tristan began to focus on what she had accomplished, instead of what she hadn’t. In 2010, Tristan had to have an immediate surgery to repair a triple umbilical hernia. Then, right before her first elite meet of the season she contracted mononucleosis, and was not allowed to train, to prevent her spleen from rupturing. She returned the next season and moved up a level. “Alex and Tristan are an inspiration to other athletes who see how hard work and determination can overcome obstacles like

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the ones they have experienced," said Coach Amber, who also is Tristan’s mother. “You can look at injuries as either the end of a career, or another opportunity to learn and test yourself, to identify your emotional and physical strength,” she added. Geist Sports Academy took 12 athletes to Nationals. All but one had a top 10 finish. Twenty-two kids take trampoline and tumbling at the facility, and Amber offered words of

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The new park will be located west of Town Hall and include a mulch walking path (that Eagle Scouts have already implemented), an octagon-shaped shelter with picnic tables, benches, bike racks and a grill. All of these features represent Phase I, set for installation this fall. The park is being developed in conjunction with a Cost-Share Grant from the Upper White River Watershed Alliance. Some additional highlights include pervious pavers for natural storm water removal; native trees and shrubs planted throughout the park; vegetative stream bank cover in the form of wildflowers to help stabilize the stream bank on the eastside of Town Hall; and interpretative signage near the flowers, trees, shrubs and pavers to help inform the public. “We’ve also started instituting some community events,” said Tonya, who serves as a conduit between the residents and town council. We had our first-ever Easter Egg Hunt this year, and we gave away approximately 300 seedlings to residents to help us commemorate our 25th anniversary of being a town.” Another exciting feature for residents is the upcoming “Trails Project” which will connect the subdivisions on the eastside of CR 600W (also known as Olio Rd. in Hamilton County) providing pedestrians with bike/walking connectivity from south of the Emerald Springs subdivision in McCordsville up CR 600W where it will connect with the Olio Rd. trail. Business-Friendly Culture Catching On The business-friendly climate of McCordsville explains why many companies are sprouting in the area. In 2008, the McCordsville Redevelopment Commission embarked upon a branding and marketing campaign. The “Next Stop McCordsville” tag was created for the campaign, with a kick-off held at the Indiana State Museum. “The tagline refers to the fact that McCordsville was once a stop on the interurban line, and we hope to someday to be stop on another transit line. It also means that as development surrounds us, the logical ‘next stop’ for continued and strategic growth would be McCordsville,” Tonya explained. No longer will McCordsville stand like an island surrounded by exterior developments. Entrepreneurs will undoubtedly 42

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“After having two locations in Indianapolis, one north and one east, I began looking for a more businessfriendly environment, one that also provided the technical infrastructure my business required. With reliable and reasonably priced utilities, and with an emphasis on electric power and telecommunications, I found the right combination in McCordsville. The biggest factor influencing my decision was the availability of fiber optics. Very few cities and towns nationwide can match McCordsville’s all-fiber telecommunications services available to every home and business. “Once the decision was made to move, I began a search for the perfect building. I renovated the circa-1870s house located at 6425 W. Broadway, whose first known owner was Jacob McCord. One fact omitted from the history is that during the time the house was owned by the local postmaster, my mother, as a small child, played in the house with his children. With a renovation complete, the property served as office space for my business until it was converted back into a single-family dwelling. I think the people of McCordsville are best described as ‘cherishing the past while embracing the future.’” - Robert L. Olson Owner of Input-Output Unlimited, Inc.

obviously nice to live close to work, that wouldn’t happen if they didn’t enjoy the area.” - Brent Archer Vice President of Proportion-Air, Inc. “Now that the economy is coming back, we’re looking for that next step, which is the commercial piece, explained Tonya. “It’s got to be the right fit with our architectural standards and all. This piece we’re missing, such as grocery stores and restaurants and is where we will turn our focus.” Intentional Growth is Community Driven McCordsville continues to prosper with the help of the entire community. With the guidance of two steering committees it is no accident that the tactics for growth spell success. For instance, 4th year “Urban Planning” students from Ball State University spent six months completing a project titled, “Imagine McCordsville” whereby they surveyed residents to identify their needs and vision in the town center including everything from the type of pedestrian trails to the style of restaurants they would want to see in their town. These students set up a booth at the Lord’s Acre Fest and helped bring the focus of the future to life.

“McCordsville has the perfect location for retailers. Eight years ago, we were attracted to the corner of 600W (Olio Rd.) and Broadway because of the local traffic patterns and strong growth in the area. Our retail building and the adjoining CVS enjoy exposure to more than 30,000 commuters every day – on their way to work or just running errands. The variety of businesses in our building are thriving, and are reporting increasing sales as rooftops are added in the neighboring subdivisions. McCordsville has a great outlook towards future development, and keeping a close eye on the needs of its residents. They understand the importance of maintaining the right balance between development, community spaces and activities to make it an attractive place to call home. This discipline and focus assures a bright future in McCordsville!” - Jeff Clark Owner, McCordsville Commons, LLC “Proportion-Air was founded in McCordsville in 1985 and has resided here ever since. We’ve enjoyed growing in this area and have attracted employees from all over; some drive from as far as Muncie, New Castle, and Westfield. We actually have three employees who drive from Ohio, and the owner, Dan Cook, works out of our R&D facility in Florida with three other employees. One thing I’ve noticed is that many employees try to relocate their families to this area, myself included. While it’s september 2013

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“The thing that people like about McCordsville is that small-town feel, the friendly neighborhoods,” said Tom For more information, visit www.mccordsville.org. Strayer, current vice president, and former president of the McCordsville Town Council. He continued, “I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of several steering committees Janet Striebel is a Fishers resident and freelance writer. She and over the last ten years trying to make sure that whatever her husband, Doug have three children: Ryan, Jessica, and Justin. growth happens stays within this type of framework.” In She has been writing for neighboring atGeist.com for over seven talking with Tonya and Tom, I realize that every move years and claims that the best part is meeting all the interesting appears to have been thought out completely. “During the people in her community. downtime of the economy, the council used that time to work to become selfP r i v a t e B a n k i n g sufficient by breaking away from the Hancock County Planning and Building Commission so that when the economy did come back we would be a one-stop shop. We now have our own engineer, building planner and inspector,” Tonya explained.

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Neighborly Pet Laws | Daniel Shackle, J.D. Animal issues, as they relate to neighborhoods, are often overlooked. When I took charge of the Indianapolis Animal Care & Control Division of the Department of Public Safety in September of 2012, I was not aware of the existence of many of the animal ordinances in effect in the City of Indianapolis. As a resident of Admirals Bay and a Geist Harbors Property Owner’s Association board member, I would like to pass on some tips and information regarding responsible ownership of our furry friends. Please note that the rules and ordinances outlined below only affect the City of Indianapolis. The four excluded cities in Marion County (Beach Grove, Lawrence, Southport, and Speedway) have their own animal-related ordinances and enforcement component. Marion County has a large pet overpopulation problem. It is estimated that tens of thousands of homeless animals roam the streets and neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Animal Care & Control takes into the shelter approximately 16,000 animals per year. The best way to ensure that we keep this problem under control is to spay or neuter your pets. While not required in Indianapolis, spaying or 48

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The city’s Community Cat Program, which allows for the trapping, spaying or neutering, and release of feral or stray cats, is effective at reducing the number of stray and feral cats in the community. The idea is that if we can fix as many cats as possible they will reduce in number by attrition. This program has been successful in other cities and can reduce the number of cats brought to the city shelter, thus reducing the number that must be euthanized. If you have stray cats in your neighborhood you may register with IndyFeral as a community cat caretaker. Caretakers are responsible for feeding the cats in their colony, identifying cats which require spay or neuter, and seeking assistance for cats with medical issues. Note: It is a violation of the ordinance to feed “atlarge” cats, or other animals, without being registered with IndyFeral.

Indianapolis has ordinances addressing “at-large” animals. With the exception of cats that are a part of the Community Cat Program, all animals must be on a leash or confined without means of escape and under the control of their owners. Basically, owned cats and dogs must be kept indoors or in a fenced-in yard. Please do not let your cats roam outside, especially if they are not spayed or neutered. At-large animals can be a nuisance to your neighbors, may breed, thus adding to the homeless pet population, may be aggressive toward other animals or people, or they may be at risk of being injured by other animals. “Curbing” is the confusing term for allowing animals to defecate on public streets, byways, municipally owned or public land or buildings, or upon private property. Per ordinance, citizens must remove and dispose of any feces if not on their own property. Obviously, this is difficult to prove, but please be a good neighbor and pick-up after your dog or cat. All owned animals in the City of Indianapolis must have permanent identification. Permanent identification can be accomplished by having a tag affixed to the collar of your

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furry friend or an implanted microchip. The identification method must contain the name of the owner, and a current address and phone number. I push the microchip option because the chip cannot be removed from the animal. The reason for this requirement is to allow for the safe return of your pet if they get lost or stolen. You must keep your animal up to date on their rabies vaccination. This rule seems obvious, but Animal Care & Control officers write thousands of citations for this violation every year. We have not seen a dog or cat case of rabies in decades because of the rabies vaccination requirement. Skunks, opossums, and bats do sometimes carry rabies and can be a risk to your pets.

residents of the Geist community; however, there are many more. For a complete listing of all of the ordinances for the City of Indianapolis, please go to www.municode.com/ Library/IN and select “Indianapolis – Marion County.” Animal ordinance, specifically, are under Chapter 531 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis – Marion County. Daniel Shackle is the Administrator/ Chief of the Indianapolis Animal Care

There are relatively strict laws about keeping your dog on a tether in your yard. The reason for the ordinance is based on providing the best care and treatment for your animal. If you choose to tether your dog in the yard the tether must be at least 12 feet in length, have swivels on both ends, and the collar must not be a choke collar. Additionally, the animals must have access to food/water, a dog house sufficient to shield it from the elements, and it must be fixed. A dog may not be tethered between the hours of 11:00pm and 6:00am. These are a few examples of ordinances, which apply to

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Once his yellow balloon reached 116th St., the winds slowed from 8-10 miles per hour to about two miles per hour. Sandlin had to make a decision: “Do I try to go over Geist Reservoir and land around 86th and Carroll Rd., or do I set it down on the Fall Creek Rd. Bridge at Geist?”

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The all-expenses program is funded by the US government. The scholarship application process is extremely competitive. Annually, some 1,900 students are placed in 140 countries worldwide with the fundamental principle of international partnership at the core of the Fulbright mission.

Emily will be assisting a 7/8th grade teacher in Rotenburg an Der Fulda, Germany, teaching English, and serving as a mentor and go-to person when students have questions about American culture. She feels her background serving as the new member educator for her sorority, and teaching English at an after-school program, plus participation in a bi-lingual teaching course “It all worked out so perfectly, at IU will help her. She also credits Lawrence it must be God’s Central theater teacher, Kathleen Horrigan, for inspiring her to teach culture using a series of plan.” one-act plays – a tactic she plans to employ at the German school.

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NEW GEIST DISTRICT BRAND LAUNCHES IN A ROUNDABOUT WAY ABOVE Jeff Lantz stands in the middle of the newest Geist roundabout at Brooks School and Fall Creek Roads, the future site of a sculpture.

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| Tom Britt Many Geist residents have longed to have a neighborhood identity. Indianapolis, Fishers, Fortville, and McCordsville all become Geist when you live within earshot of the reservoir. Thanks to the Geist Impoundment Fund and its overseers, Geist now has a logo that you’ll start seeing more of in the coming months. “The one thing we heard at our community meetings early on was that Geist residents did not want to lose their identity,” said Jeff Lantz, one of nine Geist Impoundment Fund (“GIF”) board members and 10-year president of the Canal Place Property Owners Association. “We felt that of all the projects we’re looking to do, this could have the biggest impact for the lowest cost.” Last year, the GIF commissioned RLR Associates Inc. (www.rlr.biz) to create a logo for the new “Geist District.” This followed on the heels of the Nickel Plate District announcement in August 2012. Other districts being discussed include an area near Connor Prairie, 96th and Allisonville Rd., and one at Saxony. “We want businesses, homeowner associations, events, and residents that live here to embrace the logo and be proud of our area,” added Lantz.

Sailboat sculpture featuring the new Geist District logo inside the Brooks School Rd. and Fall Creek Rd. roundabout.

Possibly the first structures to sport the Geist District logo will be the GIF’s next agenda project: Roundabout sculptures. Board members have been working with designers to construct nautical-themed sculptures for the 96th and Fall Creek Rd. and the Brooks School and Fall Creek Rd. roundabouts. And, the statuary won’t only be cosmetic. In addition to being decorative, the sculptures will actually make the roundabouts safer by impeding visibility from inbound traffic, forcing drivers to slow down. Construction could begin as early as next spring. Signage with the new logo will also be placed at key entry points to the loosely-defined Geist District along 116th St. to the north, Olio Rd. on the east, and along major inbound traffic arteries like 96th and 106th Sts. on the west. september 2013

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With roughly $3.5 million to spend on capital improvement projects, Lantz estimated that the GIF-funded sculptures and branding will leave about $2.5 million to spend over the next three years. “It’s surprising how expensive it is to do these types of projects,” said Lantz. The GIF fund is new tax revenue that was generated from the Fishers-Geist annexation – money earmarked specifically for use in the newly-annexed area. After the sculptures are completed, GIF board members are going to revisit walkability and accessibility projects, and water quality issues that loom on the horizon. All projects, including the Geist District branding and sculptures must ultimately be approved by the Fishers Town Council. Lantz has been surprised as the high level of cooperation and support they have received. “I think the annexation has been a good thing for our community. It was inevitable at some point that we would become part of Fishers. I think there are a lot of great things going on in the Town.” Anyone wishing to utilize the new Geist District logo can obtain the branding guidelines and files by visiting www.atGeist.com/GeistDistrict. Tom Britt is the publisher and founder of atGeist.com and the Geist Community Newsletter which is celebrating its 10th year of publication. For story ideas, email Tom@atGeist.com.

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“What are you doing?” he asked. “I think I’m in labor,” Leslie responded. Recalling two previous false alarms, Chris jokingly told Leslie, “Well, if we leave now, we can be back home by 4:00 a.m.” Leslie’s pains became more intense and closer together. At 1:55 a.m., Leslie paged her doctor. In the 10 minutes it took for the doctor to return the call, Leslie was in full labor in her master bathroom. Chris called his mother-in-law to come take care of Jackson so he could rush Leslie to the hospital. Chris returned to check on Leslie just moments later and he could see the baby’s head.

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Woman’s Life member,” Susan explained. “With so many people close to Kevin and appreciative of his support, it seemed appropriate to support the ALS Association in his honor.” In 2012, Kevin was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Essentially, your mind continues to function but quits communicating with your motor neurons and muscles, causing debilitating weakness specific to arms, legs, speech, breathing and swallowing. Late-stage patients may become totally paralyzed. Sadly, there is no cure for ALS, but there is a wonderful organization in Indianapolis – the ALS-Indiana Chapter – that assists Hoosier patients and their families through this difficult illness. “Kevin has said that although he feels he has lost control of most things in his life, he at least has peace of mind knowing that the ALS Association is there to help support his family and caregivers,” said Lisa, in describing the assistance received from ALS. “I honestly don’t know how our family would be getting through this difficult time were it not for the help of the ALS Association.” The event will host 300 to 400 guests who all share a love of live music (by The Bishops!), dancing, cocktails and, most importantly, fundraising. It’s for adults only (must be 21) and is a costume party! Prepare to be wowed by the get-ups you’ll see. Lisa and Susan enjoy group costumes with the other Women’s Life members! There is always a costume contest, so bring your A-game. Lisa has lived at Geist for 18 years. Susan grew up in Carmel, and has lived in Fishers 20 years. “Halloween

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Lobster Boil Fundraiser at Faith Presbyterian Church Lobster or prime rib with corn on the cob, potatoes, cheddar biscuits, appetizers and desserts. Proceeds benefit missions. $40/person 317-849-1920 www.faithpcindy.org

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