Road Closures Continue for Wheatland Road & Old Hwy. 50

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER

A clarification has been made regarding the closures of Old U.S. 50 and Old Wheatland Rd. between Eastwood Drive and Belle Crossing.  Periodic closures, for a maximum of 3 days at a time, will continue throughout the construction season as contractors with INDOT reconstruct the U.S. 41 bridge decks overhead.  These two roadways will not be closed concurrently.  There will be no more press releases issued for these closures.  Central dispatch and emergency personnel will be notified of each closure and opening.

Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to the signage in the area.

Burkhart Insurance 12th Annual City Wide Clean Up is May 7th

 

Burkhart Insurance invites you to be part of the 12th Annual City-Wide Clean-Up campaign from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 7th.  This is no ordinary clean up…again this year Burkhart Insurance will pay you to help clean up the streets of Vincennes, rain or shine.

For the 12th consecutive year, the money is being provided through a generous donation from the Burkhart Insurance agency.  Each bag of trash collected will be worth $10.00.  There is a limit of 50 teams that will be accepted, and each team can raise up to $250.00 for the non-profit organization of your team’s choice.  This special “City-Wide Clean-Up” campaign is an excellent opportunity for your group to earn money and help beautify Vincennes at the same time.

Friday, April 29th is the registration deadline to sign your team up, and sign-up sheets can be picked up at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce office, 316 Main Street or at Burkhart Insurance, 16 N. First St.   If you would like to request cleaning up a specific area in Vincennes, please make your preference known at the time your team is signed up.  Otherwise, areas to be cleaned up will be assigned when the registration forms are submitted.

All forms must be mailed, faxed or dropped off to Burkhart Insurance located at 16 N. First Street.

For more information and further instructions, please call Burkhart Insurance at 812-882-3600.

 

 

 

Spring City-Wide Large Item Disposal Days – Saturday, May 14th & Saturday, May 21st

The City of Vincennes, in conjunction with Republic Services, is offering residents of Vincennes two opportunities to dispose of large, unwanted items at no charge this Spring.  Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum has announced the special “City-Wide Large Item Disposal Days” will be Saturday, May 14th and Saturday, May 21st .

From 8 a.m. until noon on those two Saturdays, Republic Services will accept items too large to place in trash bags at their 2706 N. Second St. location for free disposal.  Items that may be delivered to Republic Services include household furniture, mattresses, large toys, carpeting tied in three (3) foot bundles, and appliances not containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFSs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as refrigerators and air conditioners.

Those items the City and Republic Services will not be able to accept include construction debris, building materials, tires, paint, liquid waste, electronics or hazardous waste.  Other items that also may not be taken to Republic Services are tires, Freon-containing or appliances that have contained Freon, batteries, free liquids including paint cans, oil jugs , chemical jugs, materials containing asbestos or E-waste.  Paint cans may be accepted if they have become solid waste.

Some form of photo identification is required which shows your address and to verify that you are a resident of Vincennes.  If you have questions or would like more information, please call Republic Services 812-882-1215 or the Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department at 812-885-2520.

Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone Form Filing Deadlines

All Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone businesses that take advantage of at least one tax credit or exemption during the tax year, must file the EZB-R Registration Form for Calendar Year 2015 with the State Enterprise Zone Board.  This form is available in the local Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association office in the Vincennes City Hall at 201 Vigo Street and it must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2016.  After completion, the original copy should be sent to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC); a copy of the EZB-R Form must also be sent to the Vincennes UEA office at 201 Vigo Street, and a copy should be kept for the business’ personal records.  The EZB-R Registration Form must be filed each year for the appropriate calendar year in order to maintain membership.
Form EZ-2, to claim an Enterprise Zone Investment Deduction, must be filed with Knox County Auditor’s office at the courthouse before May 10, 2016. Business owners who have made a real property investment 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 completed by the employer and attached to the individual’s state tax return & submitted to the State of Indiana to support any claimed deduction of earned enterprise zone income.

 

All forms are available now in the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone office in Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street between 9a.m. and 4p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Please call Vincennes UEZ Office at 882-7285 for more information.

Report Problems with “City Trees” to the Vincennes Tree Board

To report a problem with a tree that is located in the city’s right of way (for example, between a city sidewalk and the street) please email: ryanlough@perkalawngardens.com or paular@vincennes.org.  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, or request a street tree.

Next Neighborhood Watch Meetings…Monday, May 2nd

The Vincennes City Police Department invites all local residents to attend the monthly Neighborhood Watch meetings.  In an effort to reduce crime, the VPD normally 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 next Neighborhood Watch meeting at 5:30 pm Monday, May 2nd at Jamestown Apartments.  Another opportunity to meet and express desires and concerns is during the 7:00 meeting also that 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 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 _______________________

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.

 

Pavement Overlay to Begin April 4th on U.S. 41 Bridges in Vincennes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2016

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions for the U.S. 41 Bridges over the CSX Railroad tracks in Vincennes.

Beginning on or around April 4, contractors will begin working on the bridge located near the Cargill grain bin between the Hart and Willow Street exits. Both the north and southbound lanes will be restricted to one 12-foot lane of traffic while workers perform a rehabilitation of the bridges. Work, including cleaning and hot mix asphalt overlay, is expected to start in the driving lane and shift to the passing lane.

The project is scheduled to last until mid-July, depending upon weather conditions. During that time, restrictions will be in place around the clock. Loads over 12 feet wide should use an alternate route. This is one of three bridge projects currently taking place in Knox County. Read about the other two at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/bulletins/13c3821.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise website at http://indot.carsprogram.org.

 

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Customer Service:
INDOT Southwest District
3650 South U.S. Highway 41
Vincennes, IN 47591
1-800-279-5758
swincommunications@indot.in.govMedia Contact:
Jason Tiller
(812) 895-7310
jtiller@indot.in.gov

 

Lincoln Memorial Bridge Closing Delayed Until October

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2016

Lincoln Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation Pushed Back

Due to Environmental Issues

Bridge Considered Habitat for Endangered Indiana Bat

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a rescheduling of the Illinois border bridge on State Road 441 in Vincennes.

Due to environmental issues, the Lincoln Memorial Bridge will not close until on or after Oct. 3, 2016. The delay in the project is attributed to laws protecting the endangered Indiana Bat. According to regulations, work that will disturb the roosting place of the bat cannot be performed between April 1 and Oct. 1. Indiana Bats have been found underneath the Lincoln Memorial Bridge. Joint sealing and pavement overlay would create a disturbance of the habitat.

While, the six-month closure has been delayed, motorists can still expect to see some delays on the bridge as construction crews from Beaty Construction, Inc. will be performing painting and cleaning operations. Flaggers will be utilized to control traffic.

Later this fall, motorists will see a full closure of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge connecting Vincennes to Westport, Illinois. The $3.2 million project is a scheduled rehabilitation of the historical structure to include cleaning, painting, joint sealing, façade repair and a pavement overlay. Crews began work in the winter of 2015 on the first phase of the bridge rehabilitation project, installing erosion control devices on the columns in the Wabash River.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise website at http://indot.carsprogram.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2016

Lincoln Memorial Bridge in Vincennes

to Close for Rehabilitation

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. “ The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a closure for the Illinois border bridge on State Road 441 in Vincennes.

On or after March 21, construction crews from Beaty Construction, Inc. will begin a full closure of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge connecting Vincennes to Westport, Illinois. The $3.2 million project is a scheduled rehabilitation of the historical structure to include cleaning, painting, joint sealing, facade repair and a pavement overlay. Crews began work this winter on the first phase of the bridge rehabilitation project, installing erosion control devices on the columns in the Wabash River.

The bridge is expected to be closed for about six months depending upon weather conditions. During the project motorists should use the official detour of Illinois 33, U.S. 50 and U.S. 41.

About the Bridge

The Lincoln Memorial Bridge is a historical structure that is a part of the George Rogers Clark National Park in Vincennes. It was built in 1931 by builder/contractor Ferguson Construction of Rockford, Illinois and engineering and design company Bennett, Parsons, and Frost of Chicago, Illinois.  In 1925, the Indiana legislature appropriated $2 million for a memorial to George Rogers Clark on the site of Fort Sackville in 1927, and the sponsors of the memorial urged that the new bridge harmonize with the memorial.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise website at http://indot.carsprogram.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Tiller, 1-800-279-5758 or jtiller@indot.in.gov

 

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Customer Service:
INDOT Southwest District
3650 South U.S. Highway 41
Vincennes, IN 47591
1-800-279-5758
swincommunications@indot.in.govMedia Contact:
Jason Tiller
(812) 895-7310
jtiller@indot.in.gov

 

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