There is an approved maintenance construction project on Dickinson Lane. Please be aware of the potential for piles of rock and sand. The contractors are doing their best to minimize the amount of material that is staged in the street, and are working to clearly identify the materials with reflective cones.
Unfortunately, unknown persons have periodically taken the cones, making the construction materials more difficult to spot at night. The cones have been replaced, but please be aware of the likely presence of construction materials throughout the month and the possibility of the cones again being taken.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has announced trick-or-treat hours for Halloween in Indianapolis and is also offering tips to help trick-or-treaters stay safe.
Trick-or-treat hours in Indianapolis will be from 6 – 8 p.m., Mon., Oct. 31. The IMPD is planning extra patrols and enforcement in neighborhoods during that time.
Trick-or-treaters can also receive treats from their neighborhood police officers at several IMPD District Roll Calls:
• Southeast District, 1150 Shelby St., 4 – 7 p.m.
• North District, 3120 E. 30th St., 4 – 7 p.m.
• East District, 201 N. Shadeland Ave., 4 – 7 p.m.
• Southwest District, 551 King Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
If you are participating in this year’s Halloween festivities please consider the following safety tips:
• Wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape
• Wear fire-resistant costumes
• Make sure children can see well through face masks
• Don’t wear masks or disguises into businesses
• Adults should accompany young children and children with special needs
• Go out in daylight hours if possible or carry a flashlight if you’ll be out after dark
• Motorists are reminded to slow down and be aware of their surroundings
• Only give and accept wrapped or packaged treats
• Examine all treats before allowing children to eat them. If you find a suspicious item, contact police as soon as possible at 327-3811; if injury is involved, dial 911
• Avoid props such as toy guns, which can look real
• Consider block parties instead of trick-or-treating
• Don’t fire guns – it’s illegal and – what goes up, must come down
• Check the weather and have appropriate dress under costumes in the event of cold temperatures
Franklin Trace will be having a community garage sale on Saturday, October 8th, from 8am-3pm. There will be signs at the north entrance to Franklin Trace.
Ads will be posted on CraigsList and the Indy Star classifieds.
Several residents have submitted questions regarding noise issues with vehicles in Franklin Trace. Noise issues are not covered by the Franklin Trace HOA covenants, but are covered by the City of Indianapolis Noise Ordinance. A summary of the noise ordinance is provided below.
If anyone has issues with vehicle noise, please start by talking with your neighbors. If that is not effective, the next step would be to contact local authorities, such as the Mayor’s Action Center (317) 327-4622.
Summary of the Indianapolis Vehicle Noise Ordinance (Sec. 391-302. Unlawful noises – excerpt)
Operation or possession of any engine not equipped with a muffler that complies with federal, state, and local standards is not allowed in any public street between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Operation is also not allowed on private property between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. if the noise is plainly audible to a person with normal hearing from any place outside the property.
Download the full Indianapolis Noise Ordinance (PDF) here.
Starting September 12th, 2016, the trash and recycling pickup day for Franklin Trace will move to Friday.
Speaking of recycling, participation by Franklin Trace residents is extremely low. I initially thought recycling wasn’t worth the effort, but signed-up because my wife insisted. It was much easier than I thought it would be – there’s no sorting and everything goes in the same container. I’ve changed my mind and encourage others to participate. To sign-up for curbside recycling, call Republic Services at 317-917-7300.
Heavy trash pick-up is still the third week of every month.
The week after Labor Day 2016, trash will be picked-up on Wednesday, September 7th. Friday pickups begin the following week.
As all lots in Franklin Trace are now developed, our aquatic services contractor can no longer use empty or undeveloped lots to access retention ponds A and B. Therefore, the contractor must now use the already established pond access easements noted with red arrows on the attached diagram. The numbers on the red arrows indicate through which lots the easement is located (e.g., the west pond access easement to pond A is located equally between lots 199 and 200).
We don’t anticipate any changes to the current access points on ponds C and D, as the lots abutting those ponds have been developed for some time, and retention pond access is already well established.
It’s imperative that we continue to treat the retention ponds as efficiently as possible, requiring regular (weekly) access to all ponds, April through October. The folks who service our retention ponds are experienced professionals and have been managing the ponds in Franklin Trace, and many other communities for many years. They understand the concerns homeowners have with their use of the pond access easements on their lots. Not only do they use good judgement when accessing a pond (i.e., they don’t access ponds in very wet conditions or they use another access easement that is more conducive to conditions on that day), but they accept responsibility for any repair that is necessary if the turf is damaged through their use of the pond access easement.
Please help your HOA as it works to properly treat the retention ponds, minimizing weed and algae growth, and ensuring the pond fountains are properly maintained.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Homeland Security Bureau reminds Marion County residents that the Marion County fireworks ordinance will be in effect starting June 28.
Hours for fireworks use on and around July 4 in Marion County are:
• 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset (approximately 11:15 p.m.) June 28 through July 3
• 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4
• 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset (approximately 11:15 p.m.) July 5 through July 9
Under Indiana law, you must be at least 18-years-old to buy fireworks and someone who is 18 or older must be present when fireworks are being set off.
If you are not lighting fireworks on your own property, make sure you have permission from the person who lives there.
Violations of the ordinance are subject to the following fines:
• A $100 fine for the first offense in any 12 month period
• A minimum of $500 for the second offense in any 12 month period
• Up to $2,500 for the third and subsequent offenses in any 12 month period
The complete Indianapolis/Marion County ordinance concerning fireworks is available at http://bit.ly/28FiFEK
This is a reminder that the annual HOA meeting is at the Franklin Library on Wednesday night, June 1 starting at 6:30 PM.
Residents – it’s time for some of us to refresh, fix, and replace our mailboxes and and mailbox posts. Color and design requirements for mailboxes in our neighborhood, as well as multiple vendors, are available on our mailbox page: http://franklintrace.com/mailboxes/
The Franklin Trace HOA has arranged a discount from Otto’s Streetscape for the week of April 11-15, 2016 for replacement mailboxes and/or posts. All orders placed during this week will receive the discount.
Unfortunate, I don’t have the flyer for 2016, but pricing is similar to the last time we offered this special in 2013. Please contact Raychel Gates at Otto’s for more details: (317) 886-4400 and http://ostreetscape.com/
You have the option to use two alternative vendors; all are on the mailbox info page of the website: http://franklintrace.com/mailboxes/
- Mail Box Replacement: Produce a large T3 standard mailbox powdercoated Beige, with Cocoa vinyl graphics on both sides (numbers and street name), Large Caxton font.
- Total Cost for home owner to pick up and install mailbox (includes 7% sales tax) – $87
- Total Cost for Otto’s to remove old mailbox and install new mailbox (includes 7% sales tax on materials only) – $112
- Total Cost to deliver mailbox for home owner installation (includes 7% sales tax) – $103
- Post Replacement: Produce a Clover 6×6 Cedar Post with Custom Support and Built-in Newspaper Holder painted Sagebrush
- Total Cost for home owner to pick up and install post (includes 7% sales tax) – $203
- Total Cost for Otto’s to remove old post and install new post (includes mailbox reinstallation) (includes 7% sales tax on materials only) – $263
- Entire Unit (Mail Box & Post) Replacement: Produce a large T3 standard mailbox powdercoated Beige, with Cocoa vinyl graphics on both sides (numbers and street name), Large Caxton font. Produce a Clover 6×6 Cedar Post with Custom Support and Built-in Newspaper Holder painted Sagebrush
- Total Cost for home owner to pick up and install mailbox / post (includes 7% sales tax) – $289
- Total Cost for Otto’s to remove old mailbox / post and install new mailbox / post (includes 7% sales tax on materials only) – $349
Here’s a brief update of all the things going on in the neighborhood:
- Drainage Tile at Southport Road Entrance: The drainage tile at the Southport Road entrance is broken. This has been reported to the city and they have taken responsibility for fixing it. Update: The repair has been scheduled for some time around June 1; we have requested that the date be pulled up, but not sure that we can make it happen any earlier.
- Change in Landscaping and Snow Removal Vendor: Due to multiple performance issues in 2015, Franklin Trace left our long-term vendor Brickman and has moved to ProCut for 2016. They will be responsible for any remaining snow removal as well as spring clean-up, mulching, and mowing of the common areas. The the head of ProCut maintained our community previously when working for a different vendor, so we are expecting a smooth transition.
- Pond Easement for Northwest Pond: The board has identified the easement locations so that our pond vendor can have boat access to the pond in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. Owners on the lot with the easement will be contacted so that boat access can be coordinated.
- Mailbox Reminder: Please remember that all mailboxes must be in good condition and painted the proper color. Please see our Mailboxs page for more details.
- Spring 2016 Yard Sale Day: May 21, 2016 will be the day of our spring yard/garage sale. We will coordinate with surrounding communities (Franklin Parke Estates, Breckenridge)
- Pool Water in Storm Drain Reminder: Please do not drain chlorinated or chemically-treated water into the storm drains when opening or closing your pools. This is resulted in large fish kills in the past and is an EPA violation.
- Silt and Depth of Retention Ponds: Our pond maintenance vendor surveyed all ponds. All ponds are functioning properly and there is no need to dredge or remove silt. If homeowners around a particular pond want to dredge for aesthetic reasons, it would be the responsibility of those homeowners to fund the work.
- Annual Meeting: The annual HOA meeting will be Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at the Franklin Library (next to El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant.)