October 30, 2016

The Community Building Action Team hosted a Tailgate at UIndy in efforts to promote unity within the Neighborhoods of South Indy.  Here are just a few pictures of a very successful event!!


Garfield Park Neighbors


University Heights Neighbors

Carson Heights and Bean Creek

UHNA Meeting Minutes
September 20, 2016

Attendees:  43
Guests:  Captain Steve Turner, IMPD; Lance Rector, IMPD; Pam Fox, Executive Director of Facilities UIndy; Jeff Miller, City Councilman; Allie Kast, Neighborhood Advocate; Scarlett Martin, Team Builder for Southside QOL Program; Eric Strickland; Judy Gray, Garfield Park Librarian; six nursing students from UIndy;  Dr. Laura Albright, UIndy; Sean Gorman, State Senate Candidate; Jack Sandlin, State Senate Candidate; Justin Moed, Indiana State Representative; Jason Fletcher, Candidate for Perry Township Board

I.               Call to Order.

II.             Captain Steve Turner, IMPD
a.    Contact Information:
Phone – 317-327-6315
District Front Desk – 317-327-6300
Non-Emergency number – 317-327-3811
Note – at night this number goes to the 911 switchboard, but is answered after emergency calls
b.    Concern reported about call to IMPD about large numbers of students (a couple hundred in packs of 40 to 50) wandering neighborhood, being loud after the first football game. Call made after the group appeared threatening to property.  A police vehicle responded, but did not have lights on and the policeman did not leave vehicle or interact with the students.
Capt. Turner stated that they cannot interact with groups, even apparently inebriated groups, unless there is clear evidence of threat of harm to self or others.  He recommended that we sit down with the University.
c.     Crime fighter of the year awards presented to Debby Doan and Ruth Soper.

III.           Gratitudes – Debby Doan
a.    UIndy for allowing use of the Stierwalt Alumni Building for UHNA meetings.
b.    Neighbors who attended the welcoming ceremony for the Greyhound Village
c.     Nigel Schoaff, Ruth Soper, Rich Weddle, Jerry Shephard, Rudy Osenbaugh, Lisa Green, Kristie Rudicle, Larry Taylor and all the vendors for making the National Night Out a success.
d.    Thanks to all who donated school supplies to School #65/
e.    Ruth Soper and Shirley Beuoy for being at the Welcoming Circle on the first day of school at School #65.
f.      Hunger, Inc. for their nice letter of appreciation
g.     Lauren Johnson for bringing new families to National Night Out.
h.    Everyone who attended the special parking meeting on August 25
i.      Jason Fletcher for bringing supplies into the meeting.
j.      Jim Pennell for introducing the political presentations

IV.           Minutes of the July meeting were approved without additions or corrections

V.             Officer Lance Rector IMPD – Introduced.  No questions forthcoming for him.

VI.           Ruth Soper – Update on Parking in neighborhood
a.    Review of procedures undertaken to date:
                                              i.     August 8 - Assessment of streets in neighborhood by the fire department.  Most streets are 24 feet or less wide – too narrow for passage of emergency vehicles with parking on both sides. 
                                            ii.     Recommended no parking on side of street with fire hydrants.
                                          iii.     Meeting with Director Miser of the Department of Public Works.
                                            iv.     Petition to City government recommended for one side of street only parking on streets specified by the fire department to codify the change.
                                              v.     UHNA held an emergency meeting on August 25, 2016 to determine neighborhood will.
                                            vi.     Proceeding with both the change based on the Fire Department recommendations and pursuit of petition to codify the changes through city government was approved without dissent at the August 25, 2016 meeting.
b.    Missing no parking signs on Otterbein and Bowman will be replaced
c.     Pam Fox, Executive Director of Facilities at UIndy
                                              i.     UIndy has created 100 more parking spaces on a gravel lot at the intersection of State and Hanna
                                            ii.     UIndy has obtained approval from the City of Indianapolis to put stone on the right of way around State and Castle and will stripe to create specific parking spaces to regulate parking on the street there.
d.    Question regarding creation of 2 handicap parking spaces on the old drive by the neighborhood park.  Based on the fact that this is private property, the University can create handicap parking spaces there without any city approval.

VII.         Volunteers needed for:
a.    Someone to drive golf cart in the Homecoming Parade.
b.    Someone to coordinate the Halloweenie Roast

VIII.       Jeff Miller – Report on current legislation
a.    The transit plan will be on the ballot in November.  He recommends voting for it.
b.    Budget
                                              i.     He supports the mayor’s plan
                                            ii.     The issue is how to piece together:
1.     Operational
2.     Capital – building and infrastructure
                                          iii.     There are 75 million in expiring bonds which need to be renewed
c.     Development of data centric way to assess neighborhoods, map it on line and to determine ownership of land.  Landlord registry law is now being enforced.
d.    Note that if land is owned by out of state owner and is being rented, there must be a local manager.
e.    Rapid Transit Referendum
                                              i.     Question will be on the ballot in November.
                                            ii.     Indianapolis currently has the 83rd largest bus fleet in the nation, the referendum will increase it to be the 65th largest bus fleet.
                                          iii.     Tax to support this does not apply to people on fixed income, only to earned income.  No tax on people who are below poverty level
                                            iv.     Information of this is available at Transitdrivesindy.com

IX.            Jeri Warner – Update on Tailgate Party
a.    Saturday October 22, 2016
b.    Tailgate party will be 4pm to 6 pm.  At 6 pm is the football game
c.     First 100 to register will receive free tickets to the game
d.    Need volunteer to assist Jeri with the activity presented by UHNA

X.              Scarlett Martin - QOL update
Final report being put together for the November meeting

XI.            Allie Kast – Neighborhood Advocate
a.    Introduced 4 new brochures available from the City:
                                              i.     Better Neighborhoods:  Environmental Services
                                            ii.     Department of Business and Neighborhood Services
                                          iii.     Indianapolis Animal Care Services
                                            iv.     Better Neighborhoods:  Inoperable and Abandoned Vehicles
b.    Asked for questions from group.  None were forthcoming

XII.          Jim Pennell – Community Park Cleanup
a.    Saturday, September 24 - 9 am to ll:30 am. Coffee will be provided for those who show up at 8:30 am
b.    Need volunteers to bring tools – rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows
c.     Jim is working on development of a reservation system for use of the park.

XIII.        UIndy Nursing Students – Requested volunteers to help improve the playground at School # 65 on October 15 and 16.

XIV.        Great Places 2020 – Jeri Warner, Eric Strickland, Scarlett Martin
a.    Garfield Park Neighborhood is in the running for the designation of “Great Places 2020”
b.    While this would not directly impact UHNA, it will have a peripheral benefit for UHNA if Garfield Park earns this designation.
c.     To assist with promotion of this designation for an adjacent neighborhood, UHNA needs to vote to sign on to recommendation.
d.    It was moved, seconded and passed without dissent that UHNA sign as a partnering organization

XV.          Judy Gray – Garfield Park Library  Introduced new Children’s Librarian - Jeanine Fox

XVI.        Political presentations
a.    Dr. Laura Albright of UIndy – “UIndy Votes” - The week of October 3 students will be going through the neighborhood to canvas neighbors about voter registration.
b.    Sean Gorman – Candidate for State Senate in District 36
c.     Jack Sandlin – Candidate for State Senate in District 36
d.    Justin Moed – Candidate for re-election to House of Representatives in District 97
e.    Jason Fletcher – Candidate for Perry Township Advisory Board



October 16, 2016

It's almost time for our 8th annual Halloweenie Roast on Saturday, October 29th from 1-3pm at the community park.  A flyer is attached! Volunteers are needed!  We need someone to loan us their grill and be grill master. We could also use one more game. Please contact Greta Pennell at gpennell@uindy.edu to volunteer!

Spread the word!  Then join your UHNA friends and neighbors!


September 24, 2016

Today's Super Super Saturday of Service with the @UIndy First Year Students and University Heights Neighborhood Association. Roughly 80 students and a dozen neighbors rolled up their sleeves and worked hard for a several hours cleaning up the park, clearing out various storm drains, and trimming shrubs along the towpath to the elementary school. Thanks for helping us keep our park and neighborhood beautiful!!









September 22, 2016


Tonight's meeting has some time carved out to meet our local candidates for public office. Thanks Sean Gorman, Jack Sandlin, Justin Moed, and Jason Fletcher!

Jason Fletcher

Justin Moed

Sean Gorman

Jack Sandlin

Mayor's neighborhood advocate, Allie Kast, talking a broad topics list and handing out info to "her favorite neighborhood".  Information on these topics can be found at:
Better Neighborhood Services:  www.indy.gov/BNS
Indy Animal Care Services:  www.indy.gov/ACS



On Tuesday, Scarlett Martin discusses and advocates for the Marion County Transit Plan.  Further details can be found by visiting www.indyconnect.org


On Tuesday, Jeff Miller talks with us about the progress of mass transit & the importance of voting for the transit tax in November, as well as neighborhood initiatives, along with budgeting and funding matters.


Scarlett Martin nominated Ruth Soper and Debbie Doan for the 2016 Southeast District Community Service of the Year Award.  This award was presented at Tuesday's meeting.  Congrats & thank you Ruth & Debby!! 






September 13, 2016

University Heights Neighborhood Association
Special Meeting
August 25, 2016

Attendees: 16
Purpose:  To provide for the public safety, UHNA is seeking support leading to a city ordinance limiting parking to one side of the street on select streets in University Heights

I.     Welcome by Jeri Warner

II.   Parking Project Presentation:  Ruth Soper
a.    Project background:
                                              i.     March – Survey of neighborhood concerns taken at UHNA meeting
                                             ii.     May – Results presented.  Public safety was the highest priority with parking around new Health Pavilion was high in that group.   Discussion determined that the city must put up signs to regulate parking
                                           iii.     July – Report presented on progress made with city in determining parking regulation needs.
1.    Informal survey by UHNA to evaluate access to parking on property for each home.  Only 2 areas were without on property parking or access to alley. 
2.    Fire Department reviewed parking on
    Edwards from Shelby to State
Mills from Bowman to Matthews
Markwood from Bowman to Matthews
Matthews from Castle to Lawrence
Due to width of streets and need for passage of emergency vehicles it was determined that parking should be one side of the street (on side opposite fire hydrants)
IFD felt that there was no concern on Matthews from Hanna to Castle.  The property owners are UIndy and one homeowner, both present and both agree to petition to city for ordinance change to one side of street parking.
“No parking” within 15 feet of corner to be mandated at all intersections.
These changes can be made immediately on the basis of public safety
3.    City regulations require that 75% of property owners must agree in writing to petition changes in street parking regulations with an ordinance.
4.    Process to obtain an ordinance change:
a.    Petition to be sent to Jeff Miller as our City Councilman
b.    Jeff Miller to request ordinance change from DPW
c.    DPW to introduce request to council
d.    Council to submit request to committee
e.    Hearing to be held, if supported by councilor it will pass without dissent.
f.     It will be returned to full council and if passed, mayor will sign
5.    This process would probably take about 2 months, then DPW will put up signs appropriate to ordinance

b.    Obtaining parking changes and sign placement using the IFD safety recommendations would be faster, however it would not have the strength of ordinance change.
c.    Recommendation was made that both paths to get the changes made be followed:
                                              i.     First get signs placed through IFD (Executive order by Department of DPW)
                                             ii.     Second go through the City Council to get Ordinance changes made to give legal strength to the changes being made.

III. Discussion

a.    Concerns expressed about 2 areas where alleys are not accessible. 
                                              i.     Part of Markwood Ave. between Otterbein and Bowman - Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                             ii.     Part of Edwards Ave. by Matthews  -  Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                           iii.     Alleys are a public right-of-way for access to utilities. Inquiries will be made regarding need to clear the alleys
b.    Question regarding neighborhood responsibilities
                                              i.     If signs are ignored individuals must call Mayor’s Action Team or Police Non-emergency number to report.
                                             ii.     If houses have more than 4 unrelated occupants, the owner must obtain a special permit and zoning.  Neighbors must report this to Mayor’s Action Team.
IV. Vote
a.    Motion made to support executive order to implement signs based on the IFD recommendation and then to support a petition to make changes by ordinance.
b.    Motion seconded
c.    Motion passed without dissent

V.   Presentation on campus parking changes and possibilities by Pam Fox, Executive Director of Facilities Management
a.    See UHNA email dated August 25, 2016
b.    Parking Permit changes
c.    Temporary parking at Calvary Christian Church and shuttle service to campus
d.    Placement of stone on State and Castle Streets surrounding the parking lot for the Health Pavilion and marking of parking spaces.  This will prevent the problems with mud in this area.
e.    Changes in parking allowed in areas adjacent to the Health Pavilion.

Meeting adjourned

University Heights Neighborhood Association
Special Meeting
August 25, 2016

Attendees: 16
Purpose:  To provide for the public safety, UHNA is seeking support leading to a city ordinance limiting parking to one side of the street on select streets in University Heights

I.     Welcome by Jeri Warner

II.   Parking Project Presentation:  Ruth Soper
a.    Project background:
                                              i.     March – Survey of neighborhood concerns taken at UHNA meeting
                                             ii.     May – Results presented.  Public safety was the highest priority with parking around new Health Pavilion was high in that group.   Discussion determined that the city must put up signs to regulate parking
                                           iii.     July – Report presented on progress made with city in determining parking regulation needs.
1.    Informal survey by UHNA to evaluate access to parking on property for each home.  Only 2 areas were without on property parking or access to alley. 
2.    Fire Department reviewed parking on
    Edwards from Shelby to State
Mills from Bowman to Matthews
Markwood from Bowman to Matthews
Matthews from Castle to Lawrence
Due to width of streets and need for passage of emergency vehicles it was determined that parking should be one side of the street (on side opposite fire hydrants)
IFD felt that there was no concern on Matthews from Hanna to Castle.  The property owners are UIndy and one homeowner, both present and both agree to petition to city for ordinance change to one side of street parking.
“No parking” within 15 feet of corner to be mandated at all intersections.
These changes can be made immediately on the basis of public safety
3.    City regulations require that 75% of property owners must agree in writing to petition changes in street parking regulations with an ordinance.
4.    Process to obtain an ordinance change:
a.    Petition to be sent to Jeff Miller as our City Councilman
b.    Jeff Miller to request ordinance change from DPW
c.    DPW to introduce request to council
d.    Council to submit request to committee
e.    Hearing to be held, if supported by councilor it will pass without dissent.
f.     It will be returned to full council and if passed, mayor will sign
5.    This process would probably take about 2 months, then DPW will put up signs appropriate to ordinance

b.    Obtaining parking changes and sign placement using the IFD safety recommendations would be faster, however it would not have the strength of ordinance change.
c.    Recommendation was made that both paths to get the changes made be followed:
                                              i.     First get signs placed through IFD (Executive order by Department of DPW)
                                             ii.     Second go through the City Council to get Ordinance changes made to give legal strength to the changes being made.

III. Discussion

a.    Concerns expressed about 2 areas where alleys are not accessible. 
                                              i.     Part of Markwood Ave. between Otterbein and Bowman - Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                             ii.     Part of Edwards Ave. by Matthews  -  Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                           iii.     Alleys are a public right-of-way for access to utilities. Inquiries will be made regarding need to clear the alleys
b.    Question regarding neighborhood responsibilities
                                              i.     If signs are ignored individuals must call Mayor’s Action Team or Police Non-emergency number to report.
                                             ii.     If houses have more than 4 unrelated occupants, the owner must obtain a special permit and zoning.  Neighbors must report this to Mayor’s Action Team.
IV. Vote
a.    Motion made to support executive order to implement signs based on the IFD recommendation and then to support a petition to make changes by ordinance.
b.    Motion seconded
c.    Motion passed without dissent

V.   Presentation on campus parking changes and possibilities by Pam Fox, Executive Director of Facilities Management
a.    See UHNA email dated August 25, 2016
b.    Parking Permit changes
c.    Temporary parking at Calvary Christian Church and shuttle service to campus
d.    Placement of stone on State and Castle Streets surrounding the parking lot for the Health Pavilion and marking of parking spaces.  This will prevent the problems with mud in this area.
e.    Changes in parking allowed in areas adjacent to the Health Pavilion.

Meeting adjourned
Next Meeting September 20, 2016
University Heights Neighborhood Association
Special Meeting
August 25, 2016

Attendees: 16
Purpose:  To provide for the public safety, UHNA is seeking support leading to a city ordinance limiting parking to one side of the street on select streets in University Heights

I.     Welcome by Jeri Warner

II.   Parking Project Presentation:  Ruth Soper
a.    Project background:
                                              i.     March – Survey of neighborhood concerns taken at UHNA meeting
                                             ii.     May – Results presented.  Public safety was the highest priority with parking around new Health Pavilion was high in that group.   Discussion determined that the city must put up signs to regulate parking
                                           iii.     July – Report presented on progress made with city in determining parking regulation needs.
1.    Informal survey by UHNA to evaluate access to parking on property for each home.  Only 2 areas were without on property parking or access to alley. 
2.    Fire Department reviewed parking on
    Edwards from Shelby to State
Mills from Bowman to Matthews
Markwood from Bowman to Matthews
Matthews from Castle to Lawrence
Due to width of streets and need for passage of emergency vehicles it was determined that parking should be one side of the street (on side opposite fire hydrants)
IFD felt that there was no concern on Matthews from Hanna to Castle.  The property owners are UIndy and one homeowner, both present and both agree to petition to city for ordinance change to one side of street parking.
“No parking” within 15 feet of corner to be mandated at all intersections.
These changes can be made immediately on the basis of public safety
3.    City regulations require that 75% of property owners must agree in writing to petition changes in street parking regulations with an ordinance.
4.    Process to obtain an ordinance change:
a.    Petition to be sent to Jeff Miller as our City Councilman
b.    Jeff Miller to request ordinance change from DPW
c.    DPW to introduce request to council
d.    Council to submit request to committee
e.    Hearing to be held, if supported by councilor it will pass without dissent.
f.     It will be returned to full council and if passed, mayor will sign
5.    This process would probably take about 2 months, then DPW will put up signs appropriate to ordinance

b.    Obtaining parking changes and sign placement using the IFD safety recommendations would be faster, however it would not have the strength of ordinance change.
c.    Recommendation was made that both paths to get the changes made be followed:
                                              i.     First get signs placed through IFD (Executive order by Department of DPW)
                                             ii.     Second go through the City Council to get Ordinance changes made to give legal strength to the changes being made.

III. Discussion

a.    Concerns expressed about 2 areas where alleys are not accessible. 
                                              i.     Part of Markwood Ave. between Otterbein and Bowman - Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                             ii.     Part of Edwards Ave. by Matthews  -  Alley blocked by weed growth and debris
                                           iii.     Alleys are a public right-of-way for access to utilities. Inquiries will be made regarding need to clear the alleys
b.    Question regarding neighborhood responsibilities
                                              i.     If signs are ignored individuals must call Mayor’s Action Team or Police Non-emergency number to report.
                                             ii.     If houses have more than 4 unrelated occupants, the owner must obtain a special permit and zoning.  Neighbors must report this to Mayor’s Action Team.
IV. Vote
a.    Motion made to support executive order to implement signs based on the IFD recommendation and then to support a petition to make changes by ordinance.
b.    Motion seconded
c.    Motion passed without dissent

V.   Presentation on campus parking changes and possibilities by Pam Fox, Executive Director of Facilities Management
a.    See UHNA email dated August 25, 2016
b.    Parking Permit changes
c.    Temporary parking at Calvary Christian Church and shuttle service to campus
d.    Placement of stone on State and Castle Streets surrounding the parking lot for the Health Pavilion and marking of parking spaces.  This will prevent the problems with mud in this area.
e.    Changes in parking allowed in areas adjacent to the Health Pavilion.

Meeting adjourned
Next Meeting September 20, 2016