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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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Pond Maintenance Access

August 1st, 2016 No comments

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.

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Marion County Fireworks Ordinance In Effect

June 15th, 2016 No comments

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

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2016 Annual Meeting – Wednesday June 1 at Franklin Library

May 31st, 2016 No comments

This is a reminder that the annual HOA meeting is at the Franklin Library on Wednesday night, June 1 starting at 6:30 PM.

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2016 Mailbox Replacement Discount Week – April 11-15

April 9th, 2016 No comments

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:

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

You have the option to use two alternative vendors; all are on the mailbox info page of the website:

  • 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
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Spring 2016 Update

March 6th, 2016 No comments

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.)
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New Indianapolis Care & Treatment Ordinance for Your Dog

December 23rd, 2015 No comments

Please note that new a new dog treatment ordinance is in affect for Indianapolis. This is separate from / in addition to anything listed in the Franklin Trace covenants.

A note from Ryan Clem, Director of Community Outreach, from Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

A new ordinance that went into effect this year sets general requirements for animal care and treatment (Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, Indianapolis/Marion County, IN Section 531-401).


Your dog must have access to:

• a shelter constructed of solid wood or other weather resistant materials consisting of solid walls on all sides
• a dry floor raised above the ground
• a roof sloped away from the entrance to protect your dog from weather and extreme cold

During the winter months and when the temperature is below 40°F:
• the shelter must be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around
• the entrance must be covered by a flexible wind proofing material or self-closing door
• the shelter must contain clean, dry bedding which must consist of an insulating material that does not retain moisture, such as straw, and sufficient depth for your dog to burrow

Pen or Fenced Enclosure

• Your dog must have adequate space for exercise when confined to a kennel, enclosure or pen which must be at least 100 square feet (for example: 10ft. x 10ft.)
• Any dog over 80 pounds must be provided with a space of 150 square feet
• For each additional dog inside the enclosure, an extra 50 square feet must be provided


It is against the law to tether (chain) your dog if any of the following is true:

• Your dog is is less than 6 months old
• Your dog is sick or injured
• It is between 11PM & 6AM
• Your dog is not spayed or neutered, unless you are an adult, your dog is in your visual range, and you are outside with your dog

Extreme Weather

Your dog must be brought inside a temperature controlled building, such as your house when:

• the temperature outside is 20°F & below
• the temperature outside is 90°F & above
• there’s a heat advisory
• there’s a windchill warning
• a tornado warning has been issued


On any day where the temperature is at or above 80°F, your dog’s shelter must be shaded by either trees or a tarp.

To get help for your dog, call the Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO): 317-221-1314

To report a dog in need, call the Mayors Action Center: 317-327-4622

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Christmas Tree Disposal

December 22nd, 2015 No comments

Indianapolis DPW (Department of Public Works) is NOT doing curbside tree removal.

DPW is teaming up with Indy Parks to offer residents several drop-off sites throughout the city to dispose of their live Christmas trees this season.

From now until January 31st, trees can be dropped off from dawn until dusk at these Indy Parks locations:

  • Broad Ripple Park (1610 Broad Ripple Ave.) south lot
  • Ellenberger Park (5301 E. St. Clair St.) west of pool in main parking lot
  • Garfield Park (2432 Conservatory Drive) MacAllister Center
  • Gustafson Park (3110 Moller Road) near the front entrance
  • Krannert Park (605 S. High School Road) north parking lot
  • Northwestway Park (5253 W. 62nd St.) near the recycling bins
  • Perry Park (451 E. Stop 11 Road) soccer field parking lot
  • Riverside Park (2420 N. Riverside Drive) tennis court parking lot
  • Sahm Park (6801 E. 91st St.) soccer field parking lot

Make sure all ornaments, tinsel lights and other non-organic decorative materials (including tree stands) have been removed from trees before dropping off.

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December 2015 Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

December 21st, 2015 No comments

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works would like to remind residents of altered trash pick-up schedules for the months of December and January.Slide Schedules for Regular Trash Pick-Up

  • Christmas Day – There will be no trash pick-up Christmas Day, Friday, December 25. Friday routes will be collected on Saturday and all routes will return to normal schedules on Monday, December 28.
  • New Year’s Day – There will be no trash pick-up New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1. Friday routes will be collected on Saturday and all routes will return to normal schedules on Monday, January 4.

For more information or to report any trash related issues, please use any of these contact methods:

  • RequestIndy online
  • The mobile application on your smart phone
  • Web:
  • Call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.
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