Issues updates

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Pike School Board meetings

On March 3rd, Dorothy Miller made a request via telephone of Elaine Eilers, president of the school board. The information provided today by Ms. Eilers to Dorothy includes the following:

Meeting: March 10, 2005, 7 P.M. — The demographic study is not ready. No demographic study or land use action by the board.

Meeting: March 24, 2005, 7 P.M. — Demographic study should be ready for presentation and discussion.

Meeting: April 14, 2005, 7 P.M. — Land purchase will probably be considered.

As of late this afternoon, the March 10th school board meeting agenda is now posted on the Pike School District’s web site at

It looks like we want to have a very large attendance of residents at the April 14th school board meeting. Given the information provided about the agenda items for the meetings on March 10th and 24th, it may not be as critical for residents to attend in large numbers at those meetings unless, like me, you care to the nth degree what happens to this land. So if that’s true of everyone else, I’ll be seeing you at the school board meeting this Thursday, March 10, 2005, at 7 P.M. We need to remain vigilant and committed for the preservation of our historic Traders Point area.

Related Zoning Issue

FYI: There is a zoning hearing on March 16, 2005, starting at 1 P.M., at the Marion County City-County Building, 2nd Floor, Public Assembly Room, where a property at 59th and Guion Road is to be considered for rezoning to D5 (high density houses capable of further adding to the population load on the Pike School District). The land is owned by Davis Homes and their earlier idea of putting condos on the property has been dropped now to try for rezoning for high density houses. The Traders Point residents would like to block such rezoning and persuade the school board to purchase this land for their school construction. If you have the time and inclination, presence at the zoning hearing in opposition to this rezoning request couldn’t hurt our cause.

Trees – IPL

At the conclusion of the February 23rd meeting at the Creamery between residents, Councilman Randolph, Attorney Greg Silver, the city forestry representative, and the two IPL representatives, Councilman Randolph got IPL to agree to a cutting cessation while more meetings are convened between IPL and a smaller mediation group of residents and Mr. Silver. The mediation group members (comprised of Cindy and Jerry Baker, Jacque and Mike Griffin, Dr. Rob Huler, Carolyn Bryson, and MaryAnn Stevens) have formed ourselves into a group named, Traders Point Green Preservation (TeePeeGeePee). We have been meeting among ourselves formulating ideas to present to IPL for negotiating a permanent resolution to this tree cutting issue. The meeting with IPL and the mediation group is set for March 15th. Postings to the blog page will update the proceedings.

In the meantime, we need to raise funds for Mr. Silver’s fees. Anyone wanting to show support for these efforts to prevent IPL from rendering the tree-filled, park-like beauty of our Traders Point area into something ordinary and dominated by power poles and pavement may contribute to our legal fees with a check made out to Traders Point Green Preservation and mailed to Jacque Griffin at 7153 West 86th St, Indianapolis, 46278. If you’ve noticed the tree markings on Moore Road and 86th Street, it is not just under the big transmission lines on 86th that trees are marked red for removal. Removal red markings are on trees along Moore indicating the far reaching aggressive tree removal action IPL wants to take.

Keep the Faith. Stay Informed. Through our unity in numbers, we have accomplished good things to date on our issues of the proposed school land purchase and the IPL-tree situation.

Thanks to Everyone for caring and participating in our united efforts to preserve Historic Traders Point.

MaryAnn Stevens


About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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