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2017 Annual Meeting Minutes

June 25th, 2017 No comments

Minutes of 2017 Franklin Trace Property Owners Association Annual Meeting

Date:  June 7, 2017

Location:  Franklin Township Library

Franklin Trace Residents Present at meeting: Kirkpatrick Property Management collected signatures of home owners in attendance.

FTHOA Representatives Present at meeting: Ryan Roberson, Carlton Bale, Wendy Harlow, Keith Pope, Jim Smith, Michelle Beatty

Meeting Minutes:

  • The Board of Directors (BOD) called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm; quorum was established.
  • The Board of Directors reviewed the minutes from the 2016 Annual meeting with the homeowners; the minutes were approved with no objections.
  • The Board of Directors shared a Presentation covering key topics, which are summarized below:
  • There was a sidewalk/light inspection that took place and the results were shared; majority of residents fixed lightbulbs and initiated sidewalk repairs
  • Addressed some questions regarding sidewalk issues and how to repair
  • Discussed the status of easement access to ponds A and B, noting that significant progress had been made (all ponds are accessible for efficient and cost effective treatment) but still working with a few homeowners to gain easement access to the ponds.
  • Reviewed the comprehensive list of accomplishments.
  • Reviewed Board resolution FY2017-001a concerning Architectural Control Committee (ACC) requests and solar energy systems. The board resolution specifies a consistent set of guidelines required for solar energy system ACC submissions and approvals. The board resolution specifies solar shingle-type installations, which are consistent to the Franklin Trace deed restrictions requiring architectural-style shingles, as opposed to panels-type installations. The intent being to maintain community aesthetics and consistency while positioning Franklin Trace as one of the most solar-friendly/high-end communities in Marion county.
  • Financial position was provided including a new reserve analysis (five years since the last analysis); Franklin Trace is in sound financial position; no questions were asked.
  • Ryan presented the proposed FY2018 budget; dues stand at $570 per year (no HOA dues increase again this year); homeowners approved the FY2018 budget.
  • Nomination and election of candidates for the BOD took place with Jim Smith and Michelle Beatty of Kirkpatrick Management tallying the votes. Jim Smith informed all that the Bylaws of the Franklin Trace Property Owners’ Association specified the membership of the Board of Directors is 5 members. A ballet was used to the collect the vote. Nominees for 2018 were: Carlton Bale, Rebecca Coates, Wendy Harlow, Sarah Myles, Keith Pope, Ryan Roberson and he confirmed members for FY2018 are: Carlton Bale, Rebecca Coates, Wendy Harlow, Keith Pope, Ryan Roberson

Open Discussion Items:

  1. Muskrats are still around the ponds, Michelle from KMC will address (noted at Pond D).
  2. Sidewalk issue with tree roots (how to fix) Michelle with KMC is working on this.
  3. Homeowner requested that the minutes from last year and this year be placed on the Franklin Trace website.
  4. Pond D has major issues that need addressed at the edge and banks, (looks dirty around the pond) the BOD advised the homeowner to send pictures to Michelle since she is not allowed to enter on private property. BOD requested resident to submit official compliant on website complaint form.
  5. The stop sign at the corner of Franklin Parke Blvd and Dickinson Lane was replaced, by the City, with a non-decorative post; Michelle to work on installation of matching decorative post.
  6. Solar panels were brought up and Joey thanked the board. Informed that ACC request had been submitted.
  7. Several homeowners noted mailbox issues; Michelle to get with the BOD and send violation letters including approved mailbox suppliers and other key items regarding replacement (i.e., color of mailbox, color of post, font for address).
  8. Resident brought up issue of kids riding bicycle through Canfield property. BOD informed resident that this was a legal matter and outside the scope of the BOD. Recommended for Canfields to contact local police if trespassing was an issue with them.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

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2017 Annual Meeting – Wednesday June 7 at Franklin Library

May 18th, 2017 No comments

The annual Franklin Trace HOA meeting will be at the Indianapolis Public Library – Franklin Road Branch on Wednesday night, June 7.

Sign-in opens at 6:00 PM and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.


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Franklin Township Civic League Land Use Meeting – 7PM Wednesday April 19 2017

April 18th, 2017 1 comment

The Franklin Township Civic League Land Use Committee Meeting will be at 7PM this Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Community Building in Wannamaker (8822 Southeastern Avenue.)

The Wooden Property will most likely be discussed for anyone who is interested in hearing the latest plans.

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2017 Spring Community Garage Sale – Saturday May 13

April 13th, 2017 No comments

Franklin Trace will be having a community garage sale on Saturday, May 13th, 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.

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Wooden Property Development – No Meeting on January 18

January 17th, 2017 1 comment

Someone distributed flyers throughout Franklin Trace about the January 18th meeting of the Franklin Township Land Use Committee to discuss the Wooden Property Development. Please note that this meeting has been postponed.



The FT Civic League received the following message from the attorney:

“Good afternoon: I wanted to give you a heads up that my client is looking to make changes to the proposed development, and would like to skip presenting at next weeks’ FTCL meeting.”


Catherine A. Burton
President, Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations
Secretary, Land Use Chair, Family Assistance Chair, Franklin Township Civic League
President, Acton Community Council

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Approved Construction Project on Dickinson Lane

November 7th, 2016 2 comments

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.

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Trick-or-Treat 2016 – Monday Oct 31 – 6pm to 8pm

October 13th, 2016 No comments

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

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2016 Fall Community Garage Sale – Saturday October 8

October 2nd, 2016 No comments

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.

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Indianapolis Noise Ordinance for Motor Vehicles

September 12th, 2016 No comments

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.

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Trash and Recycling Pick-up Day Changing

September 1st, 2016 5 comments

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.

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