Residents of subdivisions surrounding Zionsville Community Schools' CR 875 campus were at the ZCS Board of Trustee's meeting Monday night, April 14, en masse. Several of them spoke out against the school corporation's plans to build a maintenance facility on the 875 campus. Aesthetics, lights, noise, traffic and impact on property values were among their concerns. Connie Rasor questioned placing a maintenance facility there after spending so much to create a nice athletic complex. Prior to the residents' presentations, the ZCS administration gave one of its own in hopes it would "inform the topic," according to Superintendent Scott Robison. He explained there's more than 300 acres and nearly 2 million square feet "under roof" to be maintained, and there's not enough space for the department that maintains it all. He showed photos of the current maintenance and storage situation, as well as renderings of how a new building on the CR 875 campus might look inside and out, what would go inside, and what vehicles would be stored there and use the roads. ZCS vehicles already use the roads in that area, and other trucks would seldom make deliveries, according to Robison, so there wouldn't be much additional traffic. He said the ZCS maintenance vehicles are smaller than buses and some farm equipment that use the roads. "It's important to mention we're still in planning mode," said Chief Operations Officer Bob Bostwick. Bostwick, Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer and attorney Jeffery Qualkinbush explained the operational, financial and legal necessity for the facility and for locating it on the CR 875 campus. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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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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