Tomorrow morning, October 29, 2014, Warrior Trail (formerly CR 300E) will be closed so that two failing pavement sections may be replaced. The reconstruction process will take about a week to complete. The road closure will begin just north of the Love’s and Pilot gas station entrances on Warrior Trail. A second area will also be reconstructed farther north.
Detour route for Warrior Trail reconstruction
Traffic going north on Warrior Trail and semi-trucks accessing Love’s will instead need to use Pilot’s semi-truck entrance. Semis leaving both Pilot and Love’s as well as southbound Warrior Trail traffic will also use Pilot’s entrance to access Whiteland Road.
Signs will be erected to direct traffic on the appropriate routing. Even so, some traffic congestion may occur as drivers become accustomed to the temporary traffic pattern.
Please drive carefully through this area, and thank you for your patience while we work on this street.
It is fall again, and for many of us that means leaves to rake. Here are some points to know when cleaning up leaves.
- Republic Services will be picking up bagged leaves on the following regular trash days: November 11, 18, 25 and December 2.
- Up to 10 bags of leaves can be left out each pickup day.
- The bags should be setting next to or near the trash toters, but not in the street.
- Leaves may also be put in with normal trash for pickup before or after those dates.
- Leaves can also be mulched or composted, which can save money on landscaping come springtime. For more details on what to do with leaves, check out this fall leaves brochure.
- Please do not rake leaves into the street. If left in the street, they will likely wind up being washed down to the storm drains, where they often clog the grates–resulting in flooded streets.
- Open burning to dispose of leaves is not allowed in Whiteland.
If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 535-5531 for assistance.
Planting a new tree in the Springdale cul-de-sac island.
The Town of Whiteland today planted three new redbud trees on Forum Drive and Springdale Drive within the Springhill neighborhood in Whiteland. This effort was one of hundreds of re-greening events throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods® Month by the national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees).
“It’s great to be working to beautify the Town at the same time other organizations are doing so too,” said Dennis Capozzi, Town Manager. “We are happy to contribute to the goal to draw attention to the good work being done all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
The Springhill neighborhood was chosen for the trees because of its vacant street islands. “The Town and residents have long talked about planting trees in these bare islands,” said Nathan Bilger, Director of Planning and Zoning. “The NeighborWoods program offered a great opportunity to add trees that enhance the neighborhood and give long-lasting benefits to residents.”
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Community and Urban Forestry program facilitated obtaining the trees for nearly 75 Indiana communities through a U.S. Forestry Service grant. Charlotte Creek Nursery, located in Carthage, provided the redbud trees now planted in Whiteland.
Founded in 1993, Alliance for Community Trees is a national network of over 200 organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. ACTrees member organizations are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that create cleaner, greener, healthier communities.
National NeighborWoods Month was founded in 2005. During the month of October, local organizations nationwide engage tens of thousands of volunteers to green up their neighborhoods. Together, Alliance for Community Trees organizations have planted and cared for over 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. Trees have a remarkable economic, environmental, and health benefits for our communities:
- Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50%
- Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover
- Planting trees at residential homes can increase property values by 10% or more
- An acre of trees every year absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles
Hours for trick-or-treating in Whiteland will be Friday, October 31, from 6-9pm.
The police department will be handing out treats and performing candy checks.
For trick-or-treating safety tips, check out this page.
Have a fun and safe Halloween! Boo!
Limb and Stick pickup is October 27-31.
The Town of Whiteland Street Department will again be picking up limbs and sticks throughout town during the week of October 27, 2014.
The purpose of this program is to provide Whiteland residents the ability to conveniently dispose of limbs and sticks that have fallen from trees through the summer, as well as fall tree prunings. The pick-up program is administered twice a year, in the spring and fall.
The following guidelines apply:
- We cannot take limbs larger than 6 inches in diameter, nor longer than 8 feet in length. No exceptions.
- No commercial tree trimming operation will be picked up. In other words, if a homeowner has trees trimmed by a commercial tree trimming company, the Town will not pick these up. Large shrub trimming operation will also not be considered for pickup. It is the responsibility of the company to dispose of those trimmings.
- We cannot take tree stumps nor shrub root balls.
- Please place appropriate-sized limbs and sticks in a neat pile near the curb or near the street, but not in the street, so that our street department can readily dispose of them in our chipper.
- Please do not place wire, trash, brush, or anything other than branches, limbs, and sticks in the pile.
- The Town does not collect leaves. Leaves may be bagged and picked up with your regular trash on November 11, 18,25 & December 2. There is a limit of 10 bags per pickup.
If you have questions regarding this program, please call Norm Gabehart, Whiteland Street Department superintendent, at 535-6359 or 530-0203.
Thank you for letting us serve you to keep Whiteland a wonderful place to live.
Hydrant flushing will occur October 6-10.
The Whiteland Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants as a continuing maintenance procedure to assure quality drinking water to its customers.
Fire hydrant flushing will begin Monday, October 6, 2014, and depending on weather and workload, could take through Friday, October 10. Flushing will be done during the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Please use caution when doing laundry during this period, as the water may be discolored during the flushing operation. Any discoloration should clear within one to two hours.
Any questions or problems regarding this maintenance program should be directed to Jason Clayman, Water Superintendent at 535-6359. Or email him using this contact form on the water department page.
Thank you for letting us serve you.
About fire hydrant flushing
Fire hydrant flushing is done to remove rust and sediment from water lines and to perform testing of fire hydrants for public safety. The flushing operation may result in brief periods of reduced water pressure or discolored water. Iron in the water that may have settled into the water mains causes the discolored water. The water is only discolored. It is still safe.
If you experience discoloration and rust particles in your water:
- Locate the farthest and lowest cold water faucet in your home from the water meter.
- Remove the aerator if there is one and turn on the cold water faucet until the water runs clear.
- If the water is still discolored after running the cold water for 10 minutes, please turn off the faucet and check it again one hour later.
- Please refrain from washing white or light colored clothes.
When the flushing operation is complete, normal water pressure and clear water should return.