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Mar 10th, 2014
11:02 AM
about 5 years ago
Posted by
Rainey, Annisa

It seems we've barely finished publishing the Town of Brownsburg's 2013 Annual Report, and here we are nearing the end of the first quarter already! We are proud to have so many accomplishments to document for the past year (read the Annual Report here if you missed it) and we're excited about the number of goals we expect to reach this year.

You can find the administration's complete presentation on goals and priorities on the website, but here are 14 things we're doing for you in 2014:

1. Tax Rate Decrease:  Town Council adopted a balanced budget for 2014 and gave residents a property tax rate cut for the second consecutive year. We are lucky to see business and residential development grow the Assessed Value and to have Town departments who work so efficiently within their budgets. Thanks to the 3.13 percent decrease, the 2014 Town tax rate will be lower than it was in 2011. How many taxing units can say that?
2. Completion of Northfield Drive South: The newly constructed section of Northfield Drive from SR 267 to Hornaday Road will get a top coat of asphalt and have decorative street lights and a multi-use recreation trail installed as soon as the weather allows and will be opening to traffic later this spring. Developers are already contacting the Town about putting new housing and shopping options in that area! Truly, the adage “If you build it, they will come” is true!
3. East & West Northfield Drive Improvements:  Construction starts soon on these two projects that will add new travel and turn lanes, make intersection improvements, and widen/complete the multi-use path on Northfield Drive East and West. Work will start first on Northfield East from 56th Street to US 136, so anticipate periodic road closures in April and May before work moves over to the Northfield West improvement from US 136 to White Lick Creek bridge. Thanks to MPO funding, the Town is only paying for 20 percent of the $10.3M construction costs.
4. North Green Street Project:  Now that the Town controls SR 267, locally known as Green Street, the narrow and highly-congested section between US 136 and 56th Street will undergo a complete redesign. Town leaders envision a “complete street” concept that will likely include a three-lane road with a median, dedicated bike lanes, multi-use trails, decorative lighting and landscaping. Engineering design is underway and the Town is already meeting with impacted residents and business owners for their input. A $3.2 million Highway Safety Improvement grant and Tax Increment Financing will be used to pay for the $6.3 million project, which should be under construction sometime in 2016
5. Cardinal Park Property Development: A new community park is planned for the Cardinal property on Hornaday Road. Concepts were presented to the community last summer that include a playground, a trailhead to the B&O Trail, restrooms, parking, and a dog park. Thornburg Parkway will be extended through the park to make a connection to Hornaday Road. Brownsburg Parks plans to pursue Land & Water Conservation Funds to help pay for the new park.
6. Water Main Loop Project on CR 900E:  The Town is strategically investing in our water system to improve water quality and address various pressure issues around our service area. We are currently in the process of designing a water main extension on CR 900E from Motorsports Way north, extending under I-74 and making a connection on the northside of the area that will create a loop to the growing north east side of Town.  This project will cost approximately $350,000 and will be under construction later this summer.
7. Airport Lift Station Upgrade:  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.  This project is being funded with a significant contribution from the developer of the apartments and will be a major improvement to the system.
8. Wayfinding Signage: To help enhance the appearance of key corridors and commercial districts – an objective defined in the Town's Comprehensive Plan – we have developed a system of wayfinding signs that identify key Brownsburg destinations. The signs, that will be installed starting this spring, will create a consistent look and feel throughout the town and provide a gateway for visitors to help them find their way around to parks, schools, and other locations.
9. Interchange Landscape Improvement and Gateway Project: Also tied to the Comp Plan goal to enhance the community image is a new landscape design for the Green Street and I-74 interchange area.  Phase one of a streetscape master plan goes in this spring and will include landscaping, signage improvements as well as the beginnings of an urban trailhead with a shelter house. Long-term, the Town would like to see this new urban walking/bike trail proceed under the I-74 overpass on N. Green Street connecting the north and south parts of our town for pedestrians.
10. Façade Improvement Grant: The Town is launching a new matching grant program that will help businesses located in or adjacent to the Town's TIF districts make façade improvements, such as restoring architectural details, painting, fixing or replacing windows and doors, installing awnings or canopies, and the like. The program will be administered through the newly-appointed Brownsburg Improvement Committee and will be funded using Tax Increment Finance funding
11. Williams Park Splashpad: Construction starts this summer on a 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.
12. Street Overlays and Sidewalk Replacement: The Town spent more than $1 million making much-needed repairs to local streets and sidewalks last year, and we have budgeted an additional $1,115,000 for resurfacing in 2014. Among streets targeted for overlays are: Odell, Maple Lane and Court, Stadium Drive, Raceway Road, and County Roads 1000E, 900E, 300N, 425N, 700N, and 650E. Overlay design is underway with bids being opened sometime in early summer to allow for the work to be completed in June, July and August.
13. Design for Northfield Drive from Beacon Pointe to CR 300N: Crossroads Engineering has been awarded the contract to design the three-lane roadway that will extend Northfield Drive East. This is the last phase of the Northfield Drive bypass concept that was started in 1990s.  Our goal is to have this project shovel-ready when funding for construction is identified.
14. Mobile Phone App: Because we know that most of you are more likely to interact with Town communications on a smartphone or tablet rather than a PC, we redesigned the website last year to be mobile-friendly. Over the next couple of months, we'll launch mobile apps for your iOS and Android phones that will let you quickly find information about Town services, meetings and events and use the Action Center to report issues that need our attention.

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