April 3rd Good Friday Observance Schedule

All Vincennes City Government Offices will be closed all day on Friday, April 3rd, 2015, in observance of “Good Friday”.  All City residents are notified that no recycling materials will be collected by the Vincennes City Street & Sanitation Department on that day.

Recycling that would have normally been collected on Friday, April 3rd will be collected on the following Friday, April 10th.  The City Collection Site on Old Terre Haute Road will also be closed all day on Friday, April 3rd.

For more information or if you have any questions, please call the Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department at 812-885-2520.

May 18th Public Hearing for Proposed Annexation

***Proposed Area Maps & Specific Information is provided in the “Projects” drop-down on the main page of this City website.

The City of Vincennes extends an invitation to all community residents to attend a “Public Hearing” regarding the proposed annexation. The purpose of this special meeting is to discuss various aspects of the possibility of specific areas of Knox County to be annexed into the City of Vincennes.

Identification of these areas does not necessarily mean they will be included in the proposed annexation. It is merely the first step to investigate the potential overall benefits and possible impacts, not only on the City of Vincennes, but on all the citizens of Knox County. The “Public Hearing” is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18th, 2015 in the Council Chambers of Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street.

If the decision is made to proceed, the City of Vincennes will first insure its ability to fulfill the obligation of providing City services to the proposed annexed areas. These would include services from the City Police Department, Street & Sanitation Department, Water and Sewer Department. At the present time, those residents living outside the City limits, but who are receiving water and sewer services provided by the City, are paying one-and-a-half times more than those living in Vincennes.

One of the questions most frequently asked is: “How will this affect my property taxes”? Many property owners are already at the “tax cap”, which means there will be no property tax increase. More information regarding this subject may be found by logging on to www.knox.in.wthgis.com. This website will provide information pertaining to current assessed property values and tax questions.

Please keep in mind that the “Tax Cap” feature does not allow property taxes to be more than one percent of the assessed valuation. For example, if a property is assessed at $100,000.00, it may not be taxed for more than $1,000.00, regardless of whether it is City or County property. In several instances, properties are already at the “Tax Cap”, therefore no increase in property tax would be realized, although other variables may be considered.

Another frequently-asked question is: “Will the school districts be affected”? The answer is no.

Vincennes Animal Shelter “Hop-to-Adopt Eggs-Stravaganze” This Saturday

The Vincennes Animal Shelter announces a special event this Saturday March 28th, from 10am until 2pm at Valley Party Supply on the corner of 4th and Dubois in Vincennes.  It’s an Egg-citing event sponsored by Kari’s Kreations, WZDM 92.1, and Valley Party Supply.


It’s the first ever Hop-2-Adopt Egg-stravaganza THIS Saturday! Meet the Easter bunny and Snoopy the Easter beagle.  Have your picture taken for just $2.00.  Children will receive a FREE goody bag and cookie with their picture.  You can also enjoy a delicious lunch of Dewig pulled pork, chips and a Pepsi for only  $2.00.


Drop off a bag of cat or dog food and register to win an egg-stravagant Easter basket filled with candy, toys AND Holiday world tickets! No need to be present to win, but you must come in to register.


Enjoy face painting and Easter manicures while you wait for your picture in the one and only Kari’s Kreations photo booth.  Play dress-up with the Easter bunny.  Visit some real live furry animals right outside the store that are ready for a good home.  And if that isn’t enough, an incredible “Balloon Meadow” will be set up in the back of the store.  You wont want to miss this special event.  All proceeds go to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

You’re invited to come have fun and while helping us raise money to help our local animals find a home!  It’s all happening this Saturday March 28th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  at Valley Party Supply,  310 South 4th Street…on the corner of 4th & Dubois…in Vincennes.  For more information, please call the Vincennes Animal Shelter at 812-882-8826.

Vincennes Community Easter Egg Hunt

The Vincennes Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Vincennes, announce the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th.  This traditional activity will take place in Gregg Park from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on that Saturday.

Individual prizes will be awarded in four different age groups at the conclusion of this special activity headquartered in the Gregg Park Enclosed Shelter House.

The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.  If you have questions or would like more information, please call the VPRD office at 812-882-1140.

Mantle Ditch to be Surveyed for Rehabilitation

Vincennes Water Utilities is working on an engineering plan to rehabilitate Mantle Ditch throughout the city and surveying the ditch is the first component. Survey crews from Providence Land Group will begin survey work along the ditch on March 23rd and the work will continue throughout April.

The survey crews will be surveying Mantle Ditch itself as well as pertinent structures on both sides of it. This will require the surveyors to walk through yards and areas along the ditch within the easement in order to obtain all the necessary information.

The survey work will have minimal impacts but residents are asked to be patient while the work is going on. Anyone with issues or questions can contact Hunter Pinnell at Vincennes Water Utilities at 812-882-7877.

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.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Dates, Times & Locations

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.

Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone Forms & Schedules

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, 2014 with the State Enterprise Zone Board.  This form is available in the UEZ office in the Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street and it must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015.  After completion, the original copy should be provided to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC); a copy of this EZB_R form must also be provided to the Vincennes UEZ Office at 201 Vigo Street, and a copy should be kept for the business’ personal record.  An EZB-R Registration form must be filed each year for the appropriate calendar year in order to maintain active membership.

The UEZ for EZ-2, to claim an Enterprise Zone Investment Deduction, must be filed with the Knox County Auditor’s Office at the Knox County Courthouse before May 10, 2015.  Business owners who have made a real property investment or have 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, the UEZ form IT-40QEC must be completed by their employer; attached to the individual’s State Tax return, and submitted to the State of Indiana to support any claimed deduction of earned Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone income.

All forms are available now in the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Zone Office in Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street.

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

Work Continues on Second Street Project

The second street project is still underway and will continue to be under construction until October.

Currently, a new waterline and water meters are being installed. Storm sewer installation will follow. This work will be performed under traffic with lane closures and temporary closures up to 1 block at a time. Normal traffic flow will be restored at the end of each work day.

On or after April 6, 2nd Street will become a one-way street. Half the road will be closed from Main to Hart for complete reconstruction including pavement, curbs, and sidewalk. After this half is completed, traffic will be

reversed to one-way the opposite direction while the other half is

constructed. No parking will be allowed on 2nd Street after April 6th. Businesses and residences along 2nd Street can be accessed by parking at the nearest cross street and walking.

New signals will be installed at Main and Hart street intersections and everything inside the right-of-way will be reconstructed. Lighting will also be added as a part of this project. Motorists should seek alternate routes.

For answers to questions or for more information, please call City Engineer, John Sprague at 812-882-4357

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.

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Printed name                                                                 Date




Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________