Based on recent weather conditions and the level of mosquito activity, it has been determined that spraying for mosquitoes will start on Wednesday, July 23, weather permitting. Spraying will then continue every Wednesday that weather is favorable, until the mosquito numbers have diminished (usually the first frost).
Spraying will begin at 7 p.m. and typically ends by 11 p.m. Even though the spraying route is usually the same each week, the arrival time in a neighborhood can fluctuate. If weather is not favorable for spraying on a Wednesday, it will be done on the next possible day (except weekends). Spraying may be suspended for a period of time if weather conditions persist that would void the spraying efforts.
If you or your family have a health condition or other issue that may be affected by the spraying, please send us your contact information, and we will work to accommodate your needs.
For anyone interested, Moquitomist is the mosquito control product being used this year. This was selected over the previously used product because its application uses less chemical to treat an area, which should result in overall cost savings without reducing effectiveness. Information on the product is available here, and on its material safety data sheet.
To contact us regarding spraying, please email Norm Gabehart, Street Superintendent, at email@example.com, or call him at (317) 530-0203.
Cody Brown, Alexandra Krutz, John Collins, Jeremey Altenhoff (not pictured: Jared Donica)
The Town of Whiteland is happy to welcome five new employees who have joined the Town staff over the past three months.
John Collins and Cody Brown are the newest additions to the Water Department. Between them, they bring many years of water system and infrastructure experience to the department.
Jared Donica is the newest Whiteland Police officer. He previously served as a reserve officer for the department, and so he was able to start the job with an already extensive knowledge of the department and the Town.
Jeremy Altenhoff is new in the Wastewater Department. In the short time he has been here, he has been eagerly learning the intricacies of our wastewater treatment plant and the sewer system.
Alexandra Krutz started with the Town at the end of June as the Deputy Clerk. She is also aiding the utility billing clerk, and she may often be the face seen at the front counter of Town Hall.
All of the new employees bring enthusiasm and experience to the Town, and we are excited to have each one helping to make Whiteland a great community.
Location of the Center Street bridge to be replaced
Update, 7/15/14: due to faster than expected utility work, the bridge is now closed.
7/10/14: after a delay due to the location of utilities, the bridge will be closed on Wednesday, July 16th.
On or after June 9, 2014, the Center Street bridge over Brewer Ditch will be closing while the current structure is being replaced. Some construction activity will start on June 2, and construction is expected to be completed by July 29, weather permitting.
Access to adjacent properties will be maintained, but must detour via Center Street or St. Charles Way and Christina Drive.
This project is being performed by the Indiana Department of Transportation using federal funds. The Johnson County Highway Department, which maintains all bridges within the county, is the owner and coordinator of the project.
For additional information, here is the full press release.
Duke Energy announced on May 21st that Whiteland is one of four Indiana communities selected to participate in the 2014 Site Readiness Program. This program will evaluate and make recommendations to improve an approximately 150-acre site near the I-65 interchange to help Whiteland to compete for new companies and jobs.
The 150-acre site at Whiteland Road and I-65.
The Town of Whiteland and the Johnson County Development Corporation applied for this program with the desire to heighten the profile of the Town for industrial and commercial development. As part of the process, Duke will bring McCallum Sweeney Consulting, a nationally-ranked site selection consultant, to town to analyze the site, area, infrastructure, and other aspects that help to draw businesses to Whiteland. Banning Engineering of Plainfield will also work with the Town and McCallum Sweeney to develop conceptual master plans for the future development of the area.
Dennis Capozzi, Town Manager, commented, “The site readiness program will greatly benefit the Town of Whiteland’s residents and businesses by increasing the desirability of the Town and attracting new and growing companies. We are pleased to have been selected to participate.”
The site selected for analysis is primarily comprised of the former Maschmeyer Nursery property, now owned by Salin Bank, located across from Warrior Trail (formerly CR 300E) near I-65. In conjunction with an adjacent agricultural parcel, there are 150 acres included in the program.
“The Town is excited to be a part of Duke Energy’s site readiness program,” said Nathan Bilger, Director of Planning and Zoning. “We expect that the program’s recommendations will help to establish Whiteland as a community poised to prosper in the post-recession economy.”
The program will take approximately four months to complete, culminating in a presentation to Town officials, utility representatives, and others in mid-September.
For additional information about the program, see Duke Energy’s press release.
In February, the Town Council adopted an updated water rate tracker that will go into effect with the bills due in April. A copy of the adopted resolution is available here. The purpose of the rate tracker increase is to compensate for increased rates by our water supplier Indiana-American Water; the tracker does not fund maintenance or other aspects of the water utility.
Indiana-American is increasing their rate for water sold to the Town by 4.35%. However, this increase is not passed through to customers directly. Instead, the rate tracker increase is figured by dividing the total cost of the increase among all water customers. By this calculation, the tracker increase to customers is only 1.521%.
Here is an example of the effect of the tracker for the typical household using 6,242 gallons/month:
Your bill will vary of course, depending on your household water usage.
If you have any questions concerning the tracker calculation or its implementation, please feel free to contact the Town Manager Dennis Capozzi at 530-0200.