Town of Zionsville E-Newsletter
October / 2019
A perfect day for pancakes! More than 1300 people attended the 38th Annual Zionsville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast last Saturday.
Mayor Tim Haak's Monthly Update   
During tonight's Zionsville Town Council meeting, the Council will vote to consider a proclamation in support of the Zionsville Community Schools two referendums on the November ballot.

The referendums include a facilities referendum and an operating referendum. The facilities referendum provides bonding authority to build a new elementary school, expand and modify ZCHS and add improvements to other schools in the district. The need for these projects is evident as 200+ students will be added to ZCS every year for the next 10 years.

The operating referendum extends the current referendum for eight years, protecting class sizes, providing financial stability to recruit and retain the best teachers and providing stability for home values. One-third of all teachers are paid with the 2015 operating referendum. Failing to extend the operating referendum would result in the possible loss of more than one-third of the teachers.

Zionsville Town Council and I recognize that the future of the Town of Zionsville is directly linked to the quality of our schools. In my role as mayor, I know that an excellent school system correlates to strong property/home values and a thriving economic environment. In my role as a father to three children in the ZCS system, I want my kids to have the best possible teachers, curriculum and classroom experience. 

This November, I will "Vote Yes" to maintain class sizes, protect property values, keep our school system competitive and keep our schools a safe place to learn.

ZCS is continuously ranked one of the top schools in the state. Let's keep it that way.

Thanks for your time, 
Tim Haak 
Zionsville Mayor
In This Issue
On Thursday, October 10 from 6 - 7:30 p.m., there will be a public open house to present and discuss design and layout alternatives for the County Road 300 South Corridor from County Road 1200 East (East County Line) to County Road 800 East. This will take place in the Zionsville Town Hall St. Vincent Community Room (second floor). Representatives from Boone County, Town of Zionsville, Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Beam, Longest and Neff will be on site.
Candidate Town Hall Forum

On Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., join the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce for the Mayor & Town Council Candidate Town Hall Forum. This event will take place at Zionsville Town Hall in the St. Vincent Community Room (second floor).

The official trick-or-treat hours in Zionsville are 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Be safe and Happy Halloween!
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Zionsville Town Council Meeting Minutes

View meeting minutes from the Sept. 16 Town Council Meeting. The next Zionsville Town Council meeting is Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Zionsville Departments Monthly Reports

Read an executive summary and monthly reports from the Zionsville Administration Department; Communications Department; Fire Department; IT Department; Parks & Recreation Department; Planning & Economic Development Department; Police Department; Street & Stormwater Department; and Wastewater Department.
ZFD Receives Awards
Congratulations to Zionsville Fire Chief James VanGorder and Zionsville Firefighter Paramedic Abdullakh Abamislimov - both among the deserving award winners at the 2019 Indiana Emergency Response Conference.

Chief VanGorder received Co-fire Chief of the Year (Career) where he was recognized for his many accomplishments over his past 23 years as Fire Chief, including coordinating the creation of a safety committee, establishing fire gear isolation guidelines, issuing each firefighter two sets of fire gear and more.

Abdullakh Abamislimov received Paramedic of the Year for his display of calmness, confidence and the same quality of care as a seasoned clinician early in his career as a Paramedic.
Town of Zionsville Announces New Hires


Join us in welcoming new hires to the Planning & Economic Development Department and Information Technology Department. Roger Kilmer has been hired as Planner I - Economic Development and Bill Peeples has been hired as Planner I - Zoning. In the Information Technology Department, Patrick Taylor has been hired as the IT Director.

All positions have been part of the Town's strategic plan for 18+ months to address and expand growth needs within each department.
Parks Department and Police Department Get New Vehicles

The Parks Department utility vehicle. 

Mayor Haak and Chief Knox taking the new Polaris for a test drive.

You may notice a few new vehicles on the Big-4 Rail Trail and throughout our parks.

The Parks & Recreation Department recently purchased a Kubota utility vehicle and equipped it with racks to assist staff with daily maintenance of trails. The Kubota will perform a number of tasks: monitor the conditions of the parks, mobilize staff for fallen trees in remote locations and general trail maintenance.

The Zionsville Police Department purchased a new Polaris to be used for monitoring the Big-4 Rail Trail.
Zionsville Road Update

Utility relocation has caused some delay in the project. At current time, Zionsville Road is anticipated to be closed to through traffic until the end of December.

Currently, work effort is focused on the north portion of the project and asphalt is expected to be placed on this section in the month of October.

For more background information on this project, click here.