- 1 Calendar of Events
- 2 President’s Letter by Sara Martini
- 3 Town Council Insights by Josh Garrett
- 4 The Village’s Little Women by Heather Lusk
- 5 Open Board, Commission, Committee Positions
- 6 Christmas in the Village
- 7 Carol of Homes to benefit Zionsville Show Choir
- 8 Town Council sets 2017 Meeting Dates
Calendar of Events
- December 1 2 – Zionsville High School Show Choirs Holiday Concert at Zionsville Performing Arts Center
- December 3 – Carol of Homes, presented by Zionsville Show Choirs
- December 3 – ZVRA Progressive Dinner (Sorry, reservations are full)
- December 3 4 – First full weekend of Christmas in the Village; Santa in the Santa House through Dec. 18
- December 8 – Chamber’s Ladies Night Out on Main Street
- December 10 – Elf Scavenger Hunt
- December 15 – Christmas Crawl
- December 16-18 – Zionsville Little Theatre Company presents Little Women at Whitestown Municipal Complex
- December 20 – Last Dash
- December 25 – Merry Christmas!
President’s Letter by Sara Martini
I hope everyone was able to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. December is a busy month, and I love all of the cheer and excitement that happens in the Village this time of year!
The Progressive Dinner will be taking place on Saturday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm. This is a popular event and sells out every year! This year we will begin on Ash Street for appetizers, pop over for dinner near Elm Street Green, and then it’s back to Ash Street for dessert. Thanks to the families who are hosting and to Kathy Brown for organizing! Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who is able to attend and can join in on this fun holiday party!
Also this month is the door decorating contest! The judging for the door decorating contest will take place on Dec. 1, and look for photos of the winner’s in the January issue of the Village Voice. This tradition always adds so much holiday cheer to our neighborhood. Thank you to Sally Zelonis for organizing, to those who are participating, and to everyone who helped pass out flyers. I can’t wait to see what is in store for this year!
Unfortunately, this year the ZVRA was not able to deliver Christmas trees in the Village. The tree farmer Jane Forbes always used in the past has now retired. She was unable to find a tree farm to accommodate us so late in the season. I am hopeful that next year we will find a farm and will be able to bring the wonderful tradition back. For this season, I still intend to place a small decorated tree in my front yard. I hope many others in the Village will join me so that our beautiful Village will continue to sparkle during the holiday season!
Here is an update on the “200 West” development: The eastern most parcel that was originally included within the Petition is no longer under contract. As a result, it must be withdrawn. Moreover, removal of this parcel affects the overall design of the project which is now being revised for submittal to the town hall. Consequently, the Petitioner has requested that the Plan Commission continue this matter to its December 19, 2016 public hearing.
Lastly, I am excited to announce the VRA Board for 2017. I will continue to serve as President; Brett Brewer has stepped in as Vice President; Gary Angstadt will serve another term as Secretary; and Erika Singler will serve another year as Treasurer. I am looking forward to the upcoming year, and many thanks to the board members for their support and time commitment.
The next VRA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm at the SullivanMunce. Have a Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you in the New Year!
Town Council Insights by Josh Garrett
While we may not all agree on the results, I’m sure we can all mostly agree that it’s good the election is finally over. November has proven to be a mostly quiet month on the Council with not too much to report. We did approve our budget for the next 18 months and a few other administrative items.
If you’ve been by Town Hall recently, I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly RL Turner is progressing on the building. Mild weather can certainly be credited for some of that progress. I think everyone who works for the Town, from Mayor Haak on down, has their fingers crossed that the old boiler in the current Town Hall can get them through one more winter.
If you do come by to see the construction, I would encourage everybody to attend at least one Council meeting to get a feel for how they are conducted. Our audience size varies but slow meetings consist mostly of High School students completing a requirement for civics class. (See below for 2017 Council Meeting dates)
I do hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. As I travel around for work, I’m always reminded how lucky I am to call Zionsville home.
The Village’s Little Women by Heather Lusk
Photo includes: (top left) Emily Stucky as JO, (top right) Alli Sullivan as MEG, (lower right) Mara Lusk as BETH, (lower left) Lucy Gregory as AMY, and (center) Leanne Piper as MARMEE. Photo by Roger Manning
Open Board, Commission, Committee Positions
- One vacancy on the Plan Commission; this is a Mayoral Appointment with a four year term; appointee must be a Republican from the Rural Service District
- One vacancy on the Board of Zoning Appeals; this is a Council Appointment with a four year term; appointee must be from the Urban Service District
- One vacancy on the Redevelopment Commission; this is a Mayoral Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville resident
- Two vacancies on the Pathway Committee; this is a Council Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville resident
- One vacancy on the Architectural Review Committee; this is a Council Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville Resident
Christmas in the Village
- Santa in the Santa House, carriage rides and more, weekends through December 18
- Ladies Night Out, December 8
- Elf Scavenger Hunt, December 20
- Christmas Crawl, December 15
- Last Dash, December 20
Carol of Homes to benefit Zionsville Show Choir
The Zionsville High School Show Choirs present its “Carol of Homes” Holiday Home Tour December 3 from 10 am until 4 pm. The tour features six decorated homes in Zionsville, including three homes in the Village (at 275 W. Cedar Street, 290 W. Cedar Street, and 665 Laurel Avenue). Show Choir students perform their favorite holiday carols.