Town talks Bike Friendly recognition, road safety


By Navar Watson

Last week at the Zionsville Town Council meeting, Nancy Tibbett, director of Bicycle Indiana, addressed the council regarding Zionsville’s official title as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

This certified title, which the applied for, comes after two previously denied applications from the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Board.

“They weren’t dismayed,” Tibbett said about the board members. “They kept working, making changes [and]reviewing the feedback.”

After each denied application, Board President Phil Howard was quick to implement changes. This included a bike-to-school program, in which 1,300 students participated, and the Zionsville Bike Challenge, which saw some 33,000 miles ridden by 126 participants this year.

These developments, along with creating bike lanes on streets, eventually paid off.

Road concerns

Zionsville resident Connie Brye spoke at the podium about the construction that has closed off Ind. 32 and US 421, causing semis, cars and cyclists alike to drive on the 200 S. bypass.

“We have a traffic problem out there that isn’t even funny,” Brye said. “It’s really kind of dangerous at times.”

Town Council President Steve Mundy said the town doesn’t have jurisdiction over state roads, but the council would try to influence the sheriff’s department to help the situation.

What else happened?

What happened: The council approved an ordinance creating a Non-Discriminatory Practices Review Committee.

What it means: According to the ordinance, Zionsville welcomes people of any “race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or familial, veteran or military status.” The five-person committee will promote equal opportunity among these different groups and protect employers/businesses from unfounded discrimination charges. The ordinance does not apply to churches, church schools/day cares and religious non-profits.

What happened: The council approved an appropriation of money to include Perry Township and three other Additional Appropriate Resolutions.

What it means: In December, the council approved two budgets – one toward the reorganization with Perry Township and one without the reorganization. The council decided to continue with the former, appropriating money from the General, Parks and Recreation and Fire Operating Funds to include Perry Township.

Furthermore, the Council appropriated $21,000 from the General Fund to support Legislative Services and $28,131 to the Administration Health Insurance as reimbursement for switching from Advantage to Auxiant insurance provider. The Council also appropriated $539,000 from the Sewer Availability Fee Fund to pay down the 2010 Sewage Works Bond Anticipation Notes.








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