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From Millersville at FallCreek Year in Review

1) We receive word that Dollar Tree agrees to lease the old Walgreen’s site, because attorney Brian Tuohy has contacted Kathleen Blackham, of the Department of Metropolitan Development, to request approval to refile the petition to modify commitments limiting occupancy to only a Walgreen’s drug store. Tuohy will appear at the December 20, 2017, meeting of the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) for the aforementioned purpose. Please do monitor your email for further new developments.

2) The Windridge Office Building, located at 5435 Emerson Way, gets a new owner! Gurinder Singh, Khalsa, Founder and Chair of SikhsPAC, tells us that the structure is to become the committee’s world headquarters. SikhsPac’s motto is “A Voice for Diversity and Humanity.” Presently, SikhsPAC is part of the coalition in Indiana that is working for passage of a Biased Crime Bill, and is a member of a nationwide alliance of trucking organizations and associations seeking to delay implementation of electronic logging devices. Currently, the building has few tenants. (The largest tenant, a branch of Marine Bank, moved out several years ago.) Renovations are taking place both inside and outside of this four story office building, with terrific views of Fall Creek. When asked about the felling of a number of trees on the building’s lot, Mr. Singh indicated that the trees were overgrown and unsightly, and seriously blocked peoples’ sight of the building. He intends to install new landscaping.

Mr. Singh is already familiar with the Millersville area, as he briefly operated a MetroPC store in the shopping center across the Street ( 5500 Emerson Way.) The location was not profitable, and closed in less than a year. The Windridge building was of interest, as it’s a sound building and was offered at a good price. Mr. Singh hopes the building will eventually be the home of many non profit/charitable concerns.

Grass vs Trees
From a recent Dr. Dirt Indy Star column:

Dear Dr. Dirt: Our lawn has two large sugar maple trees. There is NO grass around these trees. We love the trees, but would like a little grass to go with them.

Dear Reader: For the most part, grass and trees are NOT compatible. Grass needs LOTS of SUNLIGHT and PLENTY of SOIL MOISTURE. Trees block the sun and their roots draw the moisture, killing the grass. You may shred the maple leaves and cover the area under the trees with them. Perhaps some wild flowers will become established in the leaf mulch? You can move out five or six feet from the trees and front them with some low growing shrubs with horizontal branching.
Otherwise, enjoy your trees just do not expect lush green grass underneath them.

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 2017 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Laurel Hall

The Proposed 2018 Budget was adopted. You should have already received a letter from the office re: your 2018 dues. Please call if you HAVE NOT received the letter.

The three Board members elected were – Charlie Boyle, Jon McGann & Karen Shepherd.
A special thank you to outgoing board members Elle Keppler & Jane Loiselle for their service.

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Reminders from Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Jim Loiselle –

1: Always LOCK your vehicles.

2: Put outgoing mail in your box in the morning; do not leave it out overnight.

3: TURN ON your porch lights – front and rear.

4: If you are out in the evening leave lights and TV or Radio on.

5: Call 911 if you think someone is acting strange or soliciting at your door.

6: Our gates can be opened by the Police and Emergency vehicles.

Remember when in doubt – CALL 911 – PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE WINDRIDGE OFFICE

*****CALL 911*****
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Please direct your guests & service providers to park in your driveway rather than on the street. We need to keep the streets open for large service vehicles and to ease navigation for cars & walkers.
Please DO NOT  PARK on the GRASS
Keep your tires on the blacktop
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A Huge Thank You to Ken Myers for tackling our invasive honeysuckle!!! It is easy to get used to honeysuckle and say, “Oh, it is so pretty! It provides such a nice privacy screen.” But the invasive honeysuckle is KILLING our WOODS. It strangles our trees and poisons the ground so that other underbrush will not grow. Our birds, wildlife and insects leave the area because there is nothing for them to eat.