Vincennes Park & Recreation Dept. Master Plan Public Forum Coming In February

 

The Vincennes Park & Recreation 5-Year Master Plan Public Forum and monthly board meeting will take place Wednesday, February 22nd.  The board meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 201 Vigo Street.  The public forum will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend. Come see what is being planned for 2017!

 

Snow Removal Information

SNOW REMOVAL 

The Vincennes Street Department utilizes thirteen vehicles in its snow fighting efforts: two salt brine applicators, 3 ¾ ton pickups, 2 one ton trucks with salt spreaders and plows, and 3-6 heavy duty trucks with salt spreaders and plows. The Vincennes Street Department has 25 designated snow routes divided into 5 zones.

During a snow event the Vincennes Street Department will first concentrate on the designated snow routes in each zone.  Hills, overpasses, and bridges are also considered a first priority.  After snow routes are cleared and passable for traffic, the street department will clear roads around schools and begin to make passes through neighborhoods.

Designated Snow Routes

Route # 1– Washington Avenue to Brenda Drive

Wheatland Rd. (6th Street to city limits)

St. Clair Ave. (2nd Street to Kimmel Road)

Bruceville Rd. (Wheatland Rd. to Hillcrest Rd.

Route # 2– Willow St. (2nd St. to 6th St.)

2nd St.  (Willow St. to Niblack Blvd.)

Niblack Blvd. (2nd St. to Washington Ave.)

Red Skelton Blvd. (2nd St. to Oliphant Drive)

Route # 3– 6th St. (Vigo to US 41 N.)

Main St. (6th St. to Bauer Dr.)

Vigo St. (6th St. to 10th St)

Bayou St. (9th St. to 17th St.)

Route # 4– College Ave. (2nd St. to YMCA)

Hart St. (2nd St. to Bauer Dr.)

7th St. (Vigo St. to Washington Ave.)

10th St.  (Willow St. to Hart St.)

13th St. (Willow St. to Ritterskamp Ave.)

15th St. (Willow St. to Hart St.)

Route # 5– Niblack Road (Willow St. to city limit)

19th St. (Main St. to Hart St.)

17th St. (Bayou St. to Hart St.)

Forbes Rd.

McDowell Rd.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is pre-treat?

This material is called salt brine. It is made by Street Department by mixing water with salt to create a solution of water with a 23% salt concentration. Under certain weather conditions pre-treat is applied to the city streets before a snow event.  Pre-treat puts a brine solution underneath the snow reducing the snow and ice from bonding to the pavement thus allowing the plows to better remove the snow.  Salt brine is most effective until temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Who clears sidewalks and driveways?

Both are the responsibility of residents and property owners. Residents should shovel snow into the yard if possible, not onto the street. Putting snow onto the street causes dangerously slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians. City crews try to avoid putting large piles of snow in front of driveways; however, this is not always possible.

Why do the snow plow operators plow my driveway shut?

It is impossible for the snow plow operator to plow the windrow from every driveway. Snow plows push snow, it is not a bucket with which you can pick up snow and deposit it elsewhere. To avoid having to double shovel, simply wait until after your street has been plowed to clear your driveway. If you must shovel before the snow plow gets to your street, shovel the snow to the passing side of your driveway (the left side when entering your driveway). The plow will be past your driveway when it hits the snow pile.

Other Helpful Tips

Do not park on snow routes during a snow event.

Please stay off the streets if you do not need to be on them. Traffic on the street increases the difficulty in plowing streets.

If you meet a snow plow on the street please pull to the side, giving it plenty of room to pass.

If you are following a snow plow please stay back a minimum of 75 feet.

Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone EZB-R & EZB-E Forms for tax year 2106 must now be filed electronically

All current member businesses located within the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone that take advantage of at least one tax credit or exemption during the tax year, are notified that the method of reporting this information for the calendar year 2016 will be different than in previous years.

According to Devin Hillsdon-Smith, Regulatory Affairs Liaison, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), all EZB-R registration forms and EZB-E extension request forms must be submitted electronically at https://iedcportal.iedc.in.gov starting this year.  Those member businesses claiming a tax deduction and/or tax savings for the 2016 calendar year, are required to submit an EZB-R form no later than June 1, 2017.

The EZB-R form must be filed every year by businesses desiring to maintain their membership, or to register as a new member of the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone.  Only those businesses with current membership status are eligible to apply for UEZ incentives.

If a UEZ member business requires additional time to complete the EZB-R form, that business must submit form EZB-E at https://iedcportal.iedc.in.gov to request an extension to the filing deadline.

Form EZ-2, to claim an Enterprise Zone Investment Deduction, must be filed with the Knox County Auditor’s office at the courthouse before May 10, 2017. Business owners who have made a real property investment as a business or remodeled their businesses within the zone may be eligible for a tax credit on the increase in property value.

If an individual lives and works within the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone, they may be eligible to receive a tax deduction on their individual state adjusted gross income.  In order to apply for this tax credit, Form IT-40QEC must be partially completed by the employer and provided to the eligible employee.  The employee must attach this form to their state tax return and submit it to the State of Indiana to support any claimed deduction of earned enterprise zone income.

For more information, please call the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone office at 812-886-3444.

 

Neighborhood Watch Meetings Will Resume March 6th

Due to the holidays and upcoming winter weather, the next Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6th at City Hall, 201 Vigo Street at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting is usually held the first Monday of each month but will not meet during January or February.

Walk With A Doc Has Moved To The VU Student Rec Center!

Beginning Saturday, November 5th thru the end of March 2017 – Walk With A Doc will be held indoors at the VU Student Rec Center.

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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 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 _______________________

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.

Signature  __________________________________

Printed name ________________________________

Date ____________________

 

 

Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________

Vincennes Tree Board Taking Requests From Residents For Street Trees

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 email: ryanlough@perkalawngardens.com or contact City Hall at 812-882-7285.

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.

Street Banner Request, Dimensions & 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 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.

 

City of Vincennes Recycling Program

CITY OF VINCENNES RECYCLING PROGRAM

The following rules are subject to change without notice as the demand for recyclables changes in the marketplace. They apply to the city’s curbside recycling program. Recycling is picked up Monday through Friday.  If your neighborhood pickup falls on a holiday, your recycling will be picked up the following week. Recycling materials may also be taken to Republic Services, 2706 N. 2nd Street.  Questions? Call the Street Department at 812-885-2520.

NEWSPRINT – Old newspapers are accepted, but they must be kept dry, as wet newsprint has no recycling value.

MAGAZINES – All magazines, hardback books, paperback books or telephone books are accepted.

JUNK MAIL OR OFFICE PAPER SUCH AS TYPING PAPER, COMPUTER PAPER OR ENVELOPES PLUS NEWSPAPER INSERTS ARE ACCEPTED.

GLASS – All must be rinsed clean

PLASTICS – All must be rinsed clean. We cannot accept plastic grocery bags or Styrofoam packing material.

TIN, STEEL and ALUMINUM CANS – All are accepted. They must be clean of all food, but labels may remain.

CARDBOARD – We accept corrugated cardboard and items made of paperboard, such as cereal boxes. Cellophane windows must be removed from boxes, as must any sort of liner. PIZZA BOXES AREN’T ACCEPTED due to contamination by sauce, grease, etc.

 

RULES UNIQUE TO CURBSIDE RECYCLING

TOTES – All recyclables MUST be placed curbside in the green totes available at the Vincennes City Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 201 Vigo – cost is $5 each. Recyclables placed in boxes, bags or loose will not be picked up.

DEADLINE – All totes must be street side (never in alleys) by 7 a.m. on the appropriate day.

CARDBOARD – Must fit into the green Recycling tote.

 

It is not necessary to separate items.

Plastics bottles, cans, cardboard, junk mail, magazines & newspaper will be picked up all together.

 

Neighborhood Pickup Schedule:

Monday: Hart Street to Willow Street

Tuesday:  Hart Street to College Avenue

Wednesday: College Avenue to Weed Lane & North End Area

Thursday:  Kimmell Road to Franklin School

Friday: Eastgate Area