From: Mayor Joe Yochum

RE: 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park

After the overwhelming success of last year’s event, Mayor Yochum has confirmed the dates for the “2nd Annual Christmas in the Park” drive through event. On Friday December 3rd and Saturday December 4th participants will once again have the opportunity to create a stationary float or Christmas display in Gregg Park.

Instead of the parade driving past the spectators, you will be driving by the parade from the warmth of your own vehicle.

This year will include an expanded live nativity scene and we have been told Santa will be making an appearance both evenings. In order to keep Santa healthy for Christmas, there will be no sitting on his lap. However, if children want to bring a letter to Santa, they will be collected for him to read once he returns to the North Pole.

For those interested in creating a display, please contact the Mayor’s office at 812-882-7285 or download the entry form from the website, www.vincennes.org.


Download Entry Form Here: 2021 Christmas in the Park Entry Form



Please do not mix limbs or other objects with your leaves, as this will plug up the intake hoses on the leaf vacuums. WE WILL NOT PICK UP PILES OF LEAVES WITH STICKS AND LIMBS MIXED IN.

As a general rule, the department will be unable to pick up limbs during leaf pickup season.

The city’s collection site on Old Terre Haute Road will be open 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday through Friday for residents to dump their own yard debris, leaves, and limbs. People must empty their containers at the site and take those containers with them.

The day-by-day schedule is tentative and is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as mechanical problems as well as the weather. If anyone has any questions regarding the day of their pickup, please contact the office at 885-2520 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

After the schedule is completed, all neighborhoods will be covered a second time until the end of the year. After December 30, 2021 all leaves will need to be bagged for pickup.

2021 Leaf Pickup Schedule


NOVEMBER  8th – 11th

St. Clair Ave. to Niblack Blvd. From Oliphant Dr. to Wheeler Rd. area

 Closed   NOV. 11th—VETERANS DAY



NOVEMBER  15th – 19th

1st St. to Kimmell Rd. from Hart St. to St. Clair

Jackson Heights and Wolfe Hollow area.



NOVEMBER  22nd – 24th

Main St. to Hart St. from 1st St. to Felt King Rd. (including Memering Yates area).

Weed Lane, Burnett Heights and Forrest Hills area



NOVEMBER  29th – Dec. 3rd        

Note: the term “Eastgate Area” refers to all the streets off Bruceville and Wheatland roads and Old U.S. 50 within the city limits.

Willow St. to Main St. from South 2nd St. to South 18th St.  (including Bunker Hill area), Four Lakes area, and

Eastgate area



STREET BANNER REQUEST, Dimensions & Placement Policy . . .


(1) Requests for each banner location…whether on North 2nd Street; College Avenue; or Hart Street…are to be no longer than for a two-week time-period.

(2) Requests for these locations should occur no sooner than three months prior to the scheduled event.

(3) Requests for banners are subject to the Mayor’s office calendar availability and with the stipulation that proper insurance requirement is secured

(4) Requests to have banners hung will be secured at regular Board of Public Works and Safety meetings with requests secured on the Wednesday prior to the next regularly-scheduled meeting date.

Preferred dimensions of banners would be 3 feet high, between 15 and 20 feet wide, grommets on top & bottom with 2-foot centers, with wind-cuts.  A Certificate of Liability insurance must be provided at least 30 days prior to the hanging of a banner in the amount of $1 million coverage with the City of Vincennes listed as an Additional Insured.

It is the responsibility of the requesting group, organization or individual to deliver the banner at least one week in advance of the date granted by the Board of Works to the Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department, 1600 Bayou Street.  The banner must also be picked up at the Street Department location at the end of the granted period.

In the event of overlapping time-period requests, the Board of Works reserves the absolute right of designation.

For more information, please call the Mayor’s office at 882-7285.



The City of Vincennes has resumed recycling pickup for the city.  Moving forward until further notice, recycling will only be picked up on Mondays.

For those that have more items that will fit in the green totes due to the COVID-19 delay, you may place overflow in a cardboard box alongside your totes.

The Street Department will not pick up any recycling in plastic bags.



  • All paper grades: Including newspapers, magazines, soft book, junk mail, office paper, manila folders
  • Cans-aluminum, steel
  • Plastic-bottles and jugs (#s 1, 2, & 5)
  • Cardboard-boxboard, brown paper bags




Oversize cardboard                                             Pizza boxes

Plastic bags/film                                                   Styrofoam

Medical waste                                                        Food Waste

Garden hoses                                                         Yard waste

Electronics                                                              Batteries

Microwaveable food trays                                Construction waste

Wax paper/wax cardboard

Current Boundary Modifications for the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone

Please click the link below for a map and description of the modifications for the Urban Enterprise Zone boundaries:


RIVERFRONT PAVILION RENTAL Agreement & Instructions . . .


Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion

Rental Agreement

Name of event____________________________________

Date of event _________________  Arrival________ Departure________

Contact person____________________________________

Group/organization name __________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone number (s) _________________________________

1) Reservations for the Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion must be made through the Mayor’s office.  Events at the Pavilion must be approved by the City Board of Works before the Mayor’s office staff will reserve the date and time.  The Board of Works meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 p.m. and the rental permission must be requested to be placed on the agenda by noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.  Call 882-7285.

2) For events that are not open to the public and will last 6 hours or more (full day), there is a $200.00 rental fee ($214.00 with sales tax) and an additional $250.00 refundable damage deposit.  For events lasting less than 6 hours (1/2 day) the fee is $100.00 ($107.00 with sales tax) and a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. All checks should be made payable to the City of Vincennes. Rental fees and damage deposits are due no less than 30 days before the event or at the time of Board of Works approval if the event is within than 30 days.

3) A Certificate of Liability Insurance, with the City of Vincennes listed as additional insured, with a minimum of $1 Million ($1,000,000.00) in coverage, must be presented to the Mayor’s office 30 days prior to the event for the approval of the City’s insurance carrier.

4) The Board of Works reserves the right to refuse use of the Pavilion at their discretion.

5) All trash is the responsibility of the person or organization using the facility.  Trash must be removed from the Pavilion at the end of the event and disposed of properly.

6) Smoke effects, explosives, or pyrotechnics/fireworks are not permitted in the building.

7) Nothing may be attached to any part of the facility that would leave permanent damage such as nails or pins

8) Protected candles or oil lamps are permitted, however open fires (fire pit or chimineas) are strictly prohibited.

9) The garden and grounds of the Old State Bank are not included in the Pavilion rental.  To request use of those facilities, contact the State Historic Sites Office at 1-812-882-7472.

10) Any permits or licenses necessary for the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of the person or group reserving the Pavilion.

11) Inspection of the Pavilion will be done at 7:30 a.m. the day following the event.  The damage deposit will be returned provided that the Pavilion and rest rooms are left in a clean and undamaged condition. If the picnic tables are moved for the event, they must be returned to the original location by the person, group or organization that is using the Pavilion.

12) If the condition of the Pavilion is such that the damage deposit will not be returned, the renter will be notified, by letter, of the reason why such action was taken.

13) The Pavilion is to be vacated by the stated departure time.  Please allow time for cleanup.  If departure time exceeds more than 30 minutes, the damage deposit will be forfeited.

14) If city staff is called out for assistance in any event other than a true emergency, before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m. by any person, group or organization, a $50.00 per hour fee will be charged with a $50.00 minimum.

15) The city stage is not available for private use and must have the Mayor’s office written permission for use in any public event.

The undersigned, either individually or as an authorized representative of a group or organization does hereby acknowledge that he/she has read the above agreement and hereby agrees to the terms of said agreement.


Signature _________________________________

Printed name ______________________________

Date _________________



Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________


The Vincennes Tree Board is excited to announce they are taking requests from residents for street trees to be planted on their property. A street tree is planted in the city’s right of way – the space between the sidewalk and the curb.  Tree Board members will help residents choose an appropriate size and type of tree that will be best for their location.  To request a tree, please contact Tree Board Member Dennis Kordes at 812-895-1504.

To report a problem with a tree that is located in the city’s right of way, use the contact information listed above. Please include your name, address, phone number, location of tree, type of tree (if known) and problem with the tree: dead tree, fallen tree, tree with excessive dead limbs, lightning struck tree, heavily rotted tree, stump.