Second Street Project Progress Report

Starting Monday, August 3, 2015, traffic on North Second Street will be switched over to the new pavement and become one-way northbound.  Busserson, Broadway, Buntin, Perry, and Seminary will be opened between Second Street and Third Street.  The side streets listed above will then be closed  between First Street and Second Street. There will still be short- term periodic closures in the northbound lanes.

Motorists are still encouraged to use First Street as the alternate route and to patronize the local businesses on Second Street. This new traffic pattern should allow easier access to most of the businesses on the east side of Second Street.

CSX Performing Railroad Crossing Upgrades

CSX Track crews are currently reconstructing the at-grade crossing between 11th and Upper 11th on Hart Street.  Ninth Street will be closed between College Avenue and Wabash Avenue for an at-grade crossing replacement as well for the same time-frame.

These dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Please use caution when in these areas.  For more information, please call the City Engineer’s office at 812-882-4357.

Knox County Watermelon Festival this Weekend

All community residents are invited to attend the 2015 Knox County Watermelon Festival. This years’ extravaganza is a 2-day event beginning at 5:00 this Friday evening, July 31st.  Activities will include vendors, booths, children’s games, and area bands entertaining from the stage in the Patrick Henry Drive area in downtown Vincennes.  Beginning at dusk, Old National Bank will sponsor a “GLOW RUN”.   After that, NewWave Communications will present the movie “UP”.

Saturday’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with Radio Station WZDM sponsoring a baby/toddler contest.  This special event will be followed by a fun-filled day of vendors, kid’s games, inflatables, a Farbest Foods Bar-B-Que contest and free music.  The Illiana Watermelon Association seed spitting and watermelon eating contest will add to the festivities. The Vincennes Animal Shelter Pet Contest will continue the fun later on Saturday with the “Cutest Pet Contest”. The Miss Watermelon Pageant will crown the day’s activities beginning at 6:00 Saturday evening.

The “Great American Grill out”, sponsored by Farbest Foods, Inc., will fill the air with a delicious aroma of grilled meats all day Saturday.  If you have any questions contact Marc or Patti at 812-882-6440.

Vincennes City Police Department Invites You to “National Night Out” August 4th

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Together, we are making that happen. Last year was a great success with several hundred in
attendance. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and
neighbors together under positive circumstances.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and policecommunity
partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know communities are organized and fighting back.

From 6:00 to 8:00 on Tuesday August 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Vincennes and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening with neighbors and police at Rainbow Beach in beautiful Gregg Park. This is a night for Vincennes to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.
National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer community. We look forward to seeing you there.  VPD Chief, Dusty Luking

Neighborhood Watch Meetings Next Monday, August 3rd

The Vincennes City Police Department invites all local residents to attend the monthly “Neighborhood Watch” meetings.  In an effort to reduce crime, the VPD conducts regular “Neighborhood Watch” meetings on the first Monday of each month in two different locations at two separate times.

Residents are encouraged to attend the “Neighborhood Watch” meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Jamestown Apartments.  Another opportunity to meet and express desires and concerns is during the 7:00 meeting on the same evening in the City Council Chambers of Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street.

City Police Chief Dusty Luking describes these meetings as excellent opportunities for Vincennes residents to get together as “Neighbors” to exchange experiences and ideas for the betterment of their communities.  With your help as extra “eyes and ears”, the Police Department welcomes information and input from all community citizens.

Chief Luking has appointed Officer Kody Waggoner as the “Vincennes Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator.  If you have any questions, please call the VPD Headquarters at 882-1630.

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 with an additional $250.00 refundable damage deposit.  For events lasting less than 6 hours (1/2 day) the fee is $100.00 with a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. All checks should be made payable to the City ofVincennes.  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 Pavillion 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.

______________________________                            ________

Printed name                                                                    Date

_____________________________

Signature

Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________

Street Banner Request & Placement Policy

ACCORDING TO THE BOARD OF WORKS RESOLUTION 1-2015:

(1) Requests for each banner location…whether on North 2nd Street; College Avenue; Hart Street or Washington Avenue…are to 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 proper 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.

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

 

Old Gimbel Corner Use Agreement & Instructions

Old Gimbel Corner

Use Agreement

 Name of event____________________________________

Date of event _____  Arrival Time_____ Departure Time _____

Contact person______________________

Group/organization name ___________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone number (s) _________________________________

1) Reservations for use of the Old Gimbel Corner must be made through the Mayor’s office. All events on the Old Gimbel Corner 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 request must be placed on the agenda by noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

2) For events that will last 6 hours or more (including set-up & take-down time), there is a $250.00 refundable damage deposit required. For events lasting less than 6 hours, (including set-up & take-down time) a $150.00 refundable damage deposit is required. All checks should be made payable to the City of Vincennes. 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 this property at their discretion.

5) All trash removal is the responsibility of the person or organization using the location. Trash must be removed from the Old Gimbel Corner at the end of the event and disposed of properly.

7) Smoke effects, explosives, or pyrotechnics/fireworks are prohibited on this property.

8) All materials and/or equipment desired to be placed on the Old Gimbel Corner property for any event must be made known to the Board of Works members at the time of the request.

10) Nothing may be attached to or placed on any part of this property that would cause permanent damage.

11) Protected candles or oil lamps are permitted, however open fires in fire pits or other structures are strictly prohibited.

12) Any permits or licenses necessary for the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of the person or group reserving the Old Gimbel Corner.

13) Inspection of the Old Gimbel Corner will be done at 7:30 a.m. the day following the event. The damage deposit will be returned provided that this property is left in a clean and undamaged manner.

14) If the condition of the Old Gimbel Corner 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.

15) The Old Gimbel Corner 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.

16) 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.

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.

______________________________            _______________

Printed name                                                                 Date

 

______________________________

Signature

Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________

Historic Vincennes Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market will be open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  and every Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:30 p.m.  A community effort, the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market has achieved its goal of becoming a habitual destination for shoppers.  Located in historic Downtown Vincennes at the Riverfront Pavilion on the corner of Second & Busseron Streets next to the Old State Bank, the Farmers Market attracts visitors from around the region. It is within easy walking distance from Main Street in downtown Vincennes, Grouseland and other historic State Sites.

On Saturdays, lovers of fresh fruits and vegetables can fill their pantries while also browsing booths selling homemade wood crafts, sweets, quilts, fresh and dried flowers, and homemade bread.  The produce market offers local growers an opportunity to sell the fruits of their labor, from melons, to sweet corn, to potatoes, to apples.

While looking, shoppers can relax to music from gospel to instrumental.  A major attraction, the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market has captured the charm, grace and intimacy of traditional outdoor shopping.

On Wednesday evenings, you can always find an abundance of produce, good music and tasty food and other refreshments.

For more information, please contact Shirley S. Rose at 812-882-5162.

Main Street Gas Line Replacement is from 15th to 6th Street

Vectren Energy is continuing with their pipeline replacement project on Main Street from 6th Street to 15th Street. Traffic will often be reduced to one lane and directed by flagging operations.

There may be periodic short term closures as well. Work in this area is expected to be completed in approximately 4 months.

Local residents and businesses will be contacted by Vectren directly. Parking will also be restricted on one side of the street for various amounts of time.

Please use caution when in these areas and thank you for your patience. If you have questions or would like more information, please call City Engineer, John Sprague at 812-882-4357.