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Feb 25th, 2015
12:22 PM
about 4 years ago
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Rainey, Annisa

Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz recently delivered the State of the Town address to the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce, recapping the many projects accomplished and goals reached by the municipality last year.  If you missed that, take a look at the presentation slides HERE. The 2014 Annual Report is also available. Pick up a hard copy at Town Hall or view it online HERE.

So now we turn our attention to 2015 priorities, as outlined in the Town's strategic plan and funded in this year's budget by Town Council. Here are just 15 things we're doing for you in 2015:

1. Tax Rate Decrease: Financially sound administration is one of nine key areas in the strategic plan. With good stewardship of taxpayer dollars and a higher than anticipated increase in assessed value, the Town cut its tax rate for property owners for the third consecutive year. The 2015 tax rate is down by 1.2 percent to $0.9735 despite an 8 percent increase in the $44.5 million budget.

2. I-74 Interchange Landscape Project: As part of the effort to enhance community image, the Town is working with a consultant to develop a streetscape plan for key gateways into Town. Phase I of the new landscaping will be installed at the N. Green Street/I-74 interchange area beginning this spring.

3. National Citizen Survey: The results of the Town's 2013 Citizen Survey showed some big gains over perceptions in 2011, especially in the areas of mobility, community engagement and natural environment. We know there is continued room for improvement, and another survey will be conducted this summer. A random sample of approximately 1,200 households will be asked about the overall quality of life and the delivery of Town services.

4. Cardinal Park: Parks and recreation opportunities are a large part of our community's quality of life. The 14-plus acre Cardinal Park on Hornaday Road will be developed this year, establishing parking and a trailhead for the B & O Trail.  

5. Williams Park Splash Pad: Delayed from last summer due to much higher than anticipated bids, site work is underway for the new water playground at Williams Park. The splash pad will have a variety of flowing, misting, jetting spray and play features that promise to provide hours of fun for toddlers, teens and adults.

6. Economic Development: The Town's economic development incentives helped create and/or retain nearly 400 Brownsburg jobs last year, with an average salary of more than $50,000. New commercial and industrial developments expected this year include Crew Car Wash, the Hoosier Athletic Center, McAlister's Deli, Mattress Firm and an expansion at Don Schumacher Racing.

7. Community Events: Over the past couple of years, the Town has worked to make the Brownsburg Town Hall Green a gathering spot for great community events. Area families can look forward to the 14-week Brownsburg Farmers Market, the Rev Rally and Big Go Block Party fan fests, the Summer Concert Series, the Pumpkin Smash Bash and Christmas Under the Stars again this year.

And of course, infrastructure and transportation improvements are high on the list of 2015 priorities, including:

8. East and West Northfield Drive: The Northfield Drive improvements are both on schedule for completion by fall 2015. The projects will alleviate congestion with new travel and turn lanes, intersection improvements, and widening/completing the multi-use path. With Metropolitan Planning Organization funding, the Town is paying for only 20 percent of the $10.3M construction costs.

9. CR 900E Water Main Loop: The Town is completing a water main extension on CR 900E from Motorsports Way north, extending under I-74 and connecting on the north side of the area that will create a loop to the growing northeast side of Town. Phase I of the $374,000 project will be complete this spring. Phase II construction will follow in the fall.

10. Thornburg Parkway: Design is nearly complete for the extension of Thornburg Parkway through Cardinal Park to Hornaday Road. Construction of the $450,000 project will take place this summer.

11. Ronald Reagan Parkway: Construction of the 1.7-mile section of Ronald Reagan Parkway from CR 300N to US 136 is expected to begin in August 2015. Construction costs total just more than $20.2 million, half of which will be funded by the Urban Surface Transportation Program. The Town of Brownsburg will contribute $7.4 million and Hendricks County will fund $2.7 million of the costs to complete construction of the last leg of the county's major north-south connector.  The bid opening for the project will occur on May 7, 2015.

12. Roundabout at CR300N and S. Green Street: Design engineering and right of way acquisition is underway for a $1.9 million roundabout. The project is on schedule for bid this summer with construction taking 60 days in September/October.

13. Airport Road Lift Station: With growth on the south side of Town near the newly constructed Northfield Drive South, the Town is upgrading the Airport Road Lift Station in order to increase the pumping capacity for wastewater. This upgrade will allow for the construction of nearly 100 residential units in the LaCabreah Apartments located on CR 300N and will improve the collection system for future growth in the area. The $435,000 project is being funded with a $100,000 contribution from the developer of the apartments and will be a major improvement to the Town's wastewater system. Construction is expected to start in March.

14. Southside (Tilden) Drainage: Construction is expected to begin in June on the $5.6 million project to separate the combined sanitary/storm sewer in the area of S. Green Street and Tilden Drive to help relieve demands on the sanitary system during wet weather events. Construction of the sewer trunk line requires street replacement along Tilden Drive including curbs and gutters, curb inlets and manholes.

15. Street Overlays and Sidewalk Replacement: The Town has spent more than $1 million each of the last three years to make much-needed repairs to local streets and sidewalks. Another $1 million is budgeted this year. While roads are still being evaluated and prioritized, resurfacing S. Green Street is expected to be among projects this year.

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