Limb and Stick pickup is May 18-22.
The Town of Whiteland Street Department will again be picking up limbs and sticks throughout town during the week of May 18, 2015.
The purpose of this program is to provide Whiteland residents the ability to conveniently dispose of limbs and sticks from tree pruning and those that have fallen from trees through the winter and spring storms. 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. Please put those items in your weekly trash pickup.
If you have questions regarding this program, please call Norm Gabehart, Whiteland Town Manager, at 535-5531.
Thank you for letting us serve you to keep Whiteland a wonderful place to live.
Whiteland has contested races in the upcoming May Republican primary election. For those desiring to cast an early ballot, voting will begin on April 25th and continue through Election Day, May 5th.
The Johnson County Courthouse is the principal location for early voting. The Clark-Pleasant Library on Tracy Road and Gracepoint Church on west Whiteland Road are the closest voting centers open on Election Day itself (6am-6pm). For details on additional vote center locations, early voting days and open hours, check out this flyer.
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.