Hoping to attract more development, the Whitestown Town Council is considering lowering the fees to apply for a tax abatement. The council introduced, Tuesday night, March 11, an ordinance to reduce the amount of fees, which are as high as $40,000. Zionsville, Greenwood and Franklin have no fees, and Lebanon and Plainfield's fee is $1,000. "It came to my attention that our fees were inconsistent with other municipalities' fees," Council President Eric Miller said. "Ours was more in line with the city of Indianapolis, and we are not the city of Indianapolis. It does not make sense to be in line with them. I want to see Whitestown thrive, especially in the area of economic development, so I feel it is crucial that we lower this fee." If approved, the new fee structure would charge a maximum of $20,000 to 10-year, 100-percent abatements only. The new fee would be $2,000 for all other types of abatements. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- 2014 Street Dance features Polkaboy The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Street Dance this Saturday with headlining band Polkaboy; Kristi Lee from the Bob and Tom show will emcee the event.
- Council discusses street closures, public assistance Changes could be coming to the town's street closure policy if the council approves an amended ordinance during its Monday, Aug. 4, meeting.
Wild Air Farms features horse show for 37th year
One of the Top Ten horse shows in the nation will take place in Zionsville next week for the 37th year. The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, which raises funds for Riley Hospital for Children, kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Wild Air Farms, 7400 Hunt Club Road. The show was named one of the top ten in 2013 by The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky. It lasts until the $75,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 10.
- Ford Road bridge to close about Aug. 1 Construction of a detour is nearly complete, and the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek will be closed on or about Aug. 1, Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney said Monday, July 21.
- Library patrons learn about herb gardening There are more than 300 species of thyme, which has antiseptic properties and has had many uses throughout the ages, including rubbing it into the eyes to bring about visions of fairies. "Which I would imagine, if you grind herbs into your eyes, you'd be seeing fairies," quipped Amy Mullen, The Fraudulent Farmgirl blogger and lead designer at Spotts Garden Service in Indianapolis.
- Zionsville ranked No. 1 safe place in state An analysis by staff at the Movoto Real Estate Blog found that the safest city in Indiana is Zionsville.
- Whitestown to have commuter bus service Commuter bus service is coming to Whitestown through the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority.
- Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.
- Downtown plan outlines strategies, goals The town of Zionsville is about to have another tool to help market and shape the future of the Village. A draft of the downtown Zionsville market study and parking analysis was presented to the working group Tuesday morning, June 24. It outlines several strategies and goals to help make downtown Zionsville more economically viable. The plan comes after the town adopted a strategic plan for the southeast quadrant of Zionsville as well as a comprehensive plan for the town.
- Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.
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