tpan meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


TPAN Special Meeting on Monday, Feb. 9th
TPAN (Traders Point Assoc. of Neighborhoods) will hold an important Special Meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9th at the West 86th Homeownerʼs Assoc. Clubhouse. At this meeting, TPAN will host the highest-level officials of IPL (Indianapolis Power & Light) who will address Traders Point neighbors (and anyone else who attends) on the issue of IPLʼs tree trimming practices on private property, where IPL has no right-of-way or easement to trim or cut. IPL currently claims it has the legal authority to trim and cut on private property, even when IPL has no right-of-way or easement. This describes much of the area of Traders Point where IPL cut in 2005 and again this past December. TP neighbor, Jerry Baker, together with citizen activist, Charlie Goodman, have been researching the legal basis for IPLʼs claim, and their findings cast serious doubt on the basis for IPLʼs claim of legal authority to trim and cut on private property. This meeting represents one last opportunity for IPL to respond and negotiate a modified policy with TP neighbors. It is likely that any product from this negotiation will become the basis for future IPL policy across the entire IPL service area. If negotiation fails at this meeting, TPAN is prepared to move forward on this issue using other means.
Please make plans to attend this meeting if you are in anyway affected by this issue. Keep up with our news at our website:
While at the website, you may want to offer your opinion in the blog on another issue. TPAN has learned that Kite Realty has applied for a demolition permit for the historic Cotton-Ropkey farmhouse at 79th and Marsh Road. This farmhouse was built in 1848 and is on the National Registry list of historic places. The farmhouse is available for $1 to anyone willing to pay to move the house from Kiteʼs property. Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has been unsuccessful in locating a buyer. If you have any ideas for saving this historic landmark of the Traders Point area, please register that idea on the blog, or contact a TPAN officer.
Steve Jones
TPAN President

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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