Message from your City-County Councilor
Greetings! The month of May is almost here, and so I wanted to get this month's newsletter to you a little early! I hope this note finds you all healthy and some of you fully vaccinated!
A reminder that ANY resident aged 16 and up can register for their COVID-19 vaccine. If you are old enough to be vaccinated, or if you know some one who is and may need assistance, please visit www.ourshot.in.gov to schedule the appointment today. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Stadium are offering vaccines with no appointment required, if you want to make an appointment at LOS, you can book yours here: http://www.colts.com/vaccine!
Mayor Hogsett and Dr. Caine continue to provide regular updates online and via local news media. Please be reminded that the Marion County Public Health Department COVID-19 Public Health Orders can be viewed online. The mask mandate for Marion County is still in place, and masks must be worn in public when moving about establishments and while not eating or drinking. With infection rates and hospitalization rates on the rise once again, we need more people to get vaccinated before we can truly experience any type of herd immunity, according to Dr. Caine.
As always, if you are sick, please stay home. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please call your physician or seek out a public testing site near you. The Marion County Public Health Department testing sites require an appointment, but you can make an appointment at http://marionhealth.org/covid19-locations/
Free Groceries and Food Give Away!
Community partners at the Pike Township Trustee's Office and local churches are giving away food tomorrow at two locations. Please share the flyers with your neighborhoods and communities.
Crime Prevention Grants
In response to the impact of crime and inequitable access to opportunity in Marion County neighborhoods and communities, the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council has created the Council District Crime Prevention Grants Program. Registered 501(c)(3) organizations and/or individuals who have partnered with a registered not-for-profit fiscal agent can apply. District 6 has more than $17,000 dollars to focus on programs that impact the following areas:
- Young adults
- Food insecurity
- Education & Job Training
IMPD NW District May Task Force Meeting & Drug Take Back Day
On Wednesday May 5th, the IMPD Northwest District Commander Lewis asks you to save the date for their Task Force meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm. These meetings are being held via Zoom, and details can be found by following the NW District on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. There will be a drug take back day tomorrow, Saturday April 24th, from 10am to 2pm, and residents can bring unused prescription medications to drop off and the following Indianapolis Fire Department Locations:
- Station 1 – 1903 W 10th
- Station 2 – 4120 Mitthoeffer Rd
- Station 4 – 8404 N Ditch
- Station 23 – 1108 E Thompson Rd
- Station 27 – 2918 E 10th
NEED A RIDE TO THE GROCERY STORE?
Now through June 30th, Indy residents can get rides to and from the grocery store for just $1 dollar each way using the code: FEEDINDY when you use the Lyft ride sharing service. Simply download the Lyft app from your smart phone's app store.
March Madness in Indy: A Huge Success!
In March and April, Indy hosted the entire NCAA Men's Basketball tournament! It was a huge success and we have many city workers to thank for that! We especially thank our partners in the Public Works Department for their extra efforts in outfitting the city for hundreds of fans! Thank you, DPW Team, and to all the volunteers and workers who played their part in making the events run smoothly!
Remember last fall when Indy DPW crews collected more than 5,000 tons of leaves? The composted mulch created from those leaves is available NOW for pick up at the South Side Landfill off Kentucky Avenue. There is NO COST, and mulch is only available while supply lasts. Please be sure to bring your own shovel AND container. Happy gardening!
RequestIndy & the Mayor's Action Center
Please continue to submit work orders to the city for action on a range of issues in the community including but not limited to illegal dumping, potholes, and street light requests. You can complete the request online 24/7 at: http://maps.indy.gov/RequestIndy/
Or by calling during M-F business hours: 317-327-4622.
Will Run for Trails (and pancakes)!
Registration is now open for the 6th annual Flapjacks 5K, benefitting the B&O Trail Association and the White Lick Creek and Vandalia Trail Alliance. The event is back in person at Ben Davis High School on Saturday July 31st. To register, click the graphic below.
City-County Council Updates
Residents are encouraged to watch any meetings online, as meetings are hybrid or fully virtual, and to visit the council website, where you can review council agendas and proposals for the coming week. The four committees I serve on are: Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety & Criminal Justice, and Administration & Finance. Please note:
- The next full council meeting will be held on Monday May 10th at 7pm. The meeting will be broadcast live and streamed via Channel 16.
- Past meetings can be viewed online: http://indianapolis.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3
- Agendas for future meetings are here: https://www.indy.gov/activity/council-meeting-agendas
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