The fight over the deposition of two Zionsville Plan Commission members still isn't over. The Zionsville Plan Commission is appealing Judge Steve Nation's decision to allow Wal-Mart to depose Alan Rachles and Steve Mundy, who were members of the commission when the major retailer's Zionsville project was denied. Nation ruled in favor of Wal-Mart last month. The commission filed Monday, April 7, a motion for an interlocutory appeal, which is an appeal made before all issues in the case are resolved. The two sides have been at odds since the project was denied in 2006 by the commission after citing a lack of jurisdiction since some of the property is located in Hamilton County. Nation ordered the project to be reconsidered in 2008, and it was denied again based on concerns about drainage, setback and traffic. Wal-Mart sued the commission later that year, claiming the commission didn't have a legitimate reason for denying the plan. In the latest motion, attorneys Brian Heck and Pat Hess, who represent the commission, say the appeal "should be permitted because it involves a substantial question of law, the early determination of which will promote a more orderly disposition of the case." Heck and Hess call into question whether Wal-Mart "can go behind the decision making body's written decision and depose individual members about the body's reasons for its decision or delve into subjective motives of the decision making body or the individual members." See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- 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.
- Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.
ZFD Knocks Down Fire
The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.
VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park
Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.
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