For the month of April, the Whiteland Town Hall and Wastewater Treatment Plant will be lighted in blue in recognition of “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness Month.
Town Hall with blue lights, April 2015
We are joining iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, universities, bridges, retail stores, and thousands of homes worldwide that will light blue beginning on April 2 in honor of people with autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. Autism affects about 1 in 70 children today, making this an increasingly common disorder.
The Town considers this an important issue to promote, as our public safety officers often encounter persons with autism, either in response to a call or unexpectedly while on patrol. Recognizing the behavior symptoms and knowing contact approaches can minimize situations of risk: risk or victimization of the person with autism, and risk to the officer.
Since autism is becoming more common than ever, it is important for the public to know and understand these behaviors as well. Throughout the month, we will be working to promoting awareness and education of this disorder, including this blue lighting effort, awareness ribbons, and education sessions.
Light It Up Blue: www.autismspeaks.org/liub
Autism Awareness Month: www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month
The Johnson County Surveyor’s office has given the Town notice that they are planning on cleaning Brewer Ditch this year, in an area southwest of the US 31 bridge. The cleaning is planned to be north and south of the Park Forest and Knollwood subdivisions. See the map at right.
The County has a 75-foot easement on both sides of the ditch for maintenance and repair, which will be utilized for access. Vegetation and/or crops in the easement may be damaged without liability on the part of the surveyor, drainage board, or their representatives.
The entire notice is available as a pdf here.
The Town of Whiteland is not participating in this project other than sharing this notice. If you have any questions, please call the County Surveyor’s office at 317-346-4341.
In February, the Town Council adopted Ordinance 2014-12, which creates regulations for the use of consumer fireworks in Whiteland. This ordinance was the culmination of several months of work between the Council, residents, and police and fire chiefs. A primary goal was to form regulations that restrict the excessive fireworks nuisance while not impacting their reasonable use.
Major aspects of the regulations include where fireworks can be used, when, how often, and what the penalties are for exceeding the restrictions. These points are summarized in this handy reference brochure, and a brief list is below.
The brochure is available for download now, and hard copies will soon be available at Town Hall, the Police Department, and Fire Department. It is also planned to have them available at each fireworks store in town as those stores open in May and June.
Fireworks must be used on property you own or have permission to use, or at specially fireworks areas designated by the Fire Department. The property owner is responsible for fireworks used on their property.
Fireworks cannot be used on others’ property without permission, on Town-owned property without authorization of the Council, or on public streets.
For most of the year, fireworks can be used from 10AM to 11PM, but there are some extended hours around the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays.
During times they are permitted, fireworks generally cannot be shot off in three or more hours times of a day, nor on more than three days in a week.
Fireworks usage in excess of these local regulations can result in escalating fines of $25-500 per violation.
The summary brochure: Fireworks Regulations Brochure (February 2015)
The entire final ordinance: Ordinance 2014-12
Indiana Code regulations (link): IC 22-11-14
From time to time, many Whiteland water customers have questions regarding service policies, high usage, utility billing, and other aspects of the water department. To aid in answering these questions and to provide other useful information in a concise and unified manner, the department has prepared a Water Department Customer Policy Manual.
The manual includes:
- Contact information
- Answers to common billing questions
- Water meter information
- Recommendations on checking for high usage or leaks
- Shut off requests
- Cold weather tips
- Fire hydrant flushing information
Click here for the Water Department Customer Policy Manual (pdf)
We hope that this is useful for our customers and that it helps to answer at least the most common questions at your leisure. If, however, the manual is not clear enough or does address your question, please call the utility billing clerk at 530-0201 or the water superintendent at 530-0217, and they will be glad to assist you.
In December, the Town held a workshop seeking input as part of the planning process to develop a plan for the US 31 corridor in Whiteland. Because of the holidays, the turnout for the workshop was significantly lower than in the previous workshop. So to offer the opportunity for a broader input from those unable to attend, the main topic of the workshop, a visual preference survey, is now online. The survey will help to gauge what aesthetic measures, uses, and other features respondents think would be appropriate along US 31.
Continue reading to go to the survey.
Continue reading US 31 Visual preference survey
The Town of Whiteland is happy to announce that we will accept credit card payments beginning February 2, 2015.
Credit cards are accepted in person at the Town Hall and at the Police Department during regular business hours. Payments over the phone (not voicemail) and online are also available. For online payments, follow the link in the box to the right (link will not be active until the morning of Feb. 2).
In addition to being able to pay utility bills, cards may be used for any fee or bill such as building permits, police reports, filing fees, copy charges, etc.
This service is being provided by paygov.us, a nationally-known company headquartered on the south side of Indianapolis. Through our deal with them, there was no cost to the Town to implement this service.
Please note that a convenience fee of 3% (or $1.50 for transactions under $50.00) will be added to each transaction. This is because regulations of local government mandate that credit card service fees be passed through to the customer. If you have any questions regarding this fee, please contact paygov.us or call them at 1-866-480-8552.
We hope that you find this service convenient and useful in your future transactions with the Town of Whiteland.