Town Manager's Blog

Town Manager's Blog

In an effort to more openly communicate with the community, I will occasionally update this blog with news and information pertaining to the town. You can also get updates from the Town on our Facebook page or Twitter.
Tom Klein,
Avon Town Manager
Feb 10th, 2016
03:01 PM
about 1 year ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom

Work is proceeding on the widening of Reagan Parkway. The widening is complete from US 36 to 100 North. The intersection at 100 North will be adjusted after the rest of the road is widened this spring and summer. We're installing street lights at the intersections as well as on our part of Reagan. The trail will be completed this spring and summer. You may have noticed the signals near the Fire Station. These signals were installed by the Township. They will go on when a fire truck needs to go on a run. The light will flash red and you will need to stop and let the fire truck exit on to Reagan.

Jun 9th, 2015
09:04 AM
about 2 years ago

There are a lot of orange barrels around town. They are part of our $100 Million Go! Avon Road and Trail Improvement Program to invest in our infrastructure.

We're wrapping up construction projects at 100 S/Dan Jones Roundabout, 100 N/1050e Roundabout, repaving 100 South and 100 North, and the extension of Kingston Street from Avon Commerce Park to 900 E.

We're getting ready to start sidewalks along Dan Jones on both sides from the 100 North roundabout to neighborhoods to the South and on Avon Avenue from Oak Bend to the Commercial Center. We're constructing new trails on 100 South from Pines West to Pines of Avon and from 100 North, east of Oaks of Avon, to the Stoney Meadow trail. The sidewalks and trails continue to link neighborhoods. We're working on a bicentennial trail from 200 North to the B & O trail in Brownsburg. It will be a partnership with Brownsburg and should be constructed in 2016.

The Reagan will be widened this summer from US 36 to 300 North and will include a new turn lane at US 36 on Reagan. At the same time, the Reagan will extended from 300 North through Brownsburg. This will make Reagan connected from I-70 to I-74.

We're designing a bridge over CSX on Avon Avenue and a roundabout on Avon Avenue at 25 South and also at 150 South. The 25 South and Bridge projects may start in 2016 with the 150 South roundabout starting in a few years.

 

Jun 9th, 2015
08:56 AM
about 2 years ago

I haven't blogged often since we have Twitter and Facebook accounts. Follow us on Twitter at @townofavonin and on facebook. We do regular posts on each about events or show pictures of projects.

Feb 28th, 2014
01:31 PM
about 3 years ago

It looks like we're getting more snow this weekend. Lets hope it is the last snow for the season. If you are curious as to how to we make decisions regarding snow removal, you can view our snow removal policy on the web site. It establishes decision making parameters for snow removal and it identifies our priorities for plowing. Be safe.

Jan 8th, 2014
11:24 AM
about 3 years ago

Thanks to our snow removal crews for working hard during the past few days to remove over ten inches from the roads. The crews work long hours and I appreciate their efforts to make our streets safe for travel. We used 4 four single axle trucks with spreaders on the main roads and then had ten pick up trucks plowing the neighborhood streets. We use a contractor for the snow removal and our Public Works Director, Ryan Cannon, and the Assistant Public Works Director, Sam Paledino monitor the roads and provide supervision to the contractor. They also plowed streets in the Town's snow plow trucks. The Parks Department also assisted with snow removal. Gary Gamble, Parks Superintendent, and his crew of Scott Turner and Chuck McGee, helped plow Town Hall and the Park and helped plow the streets as needed. It was a challenging snow with over an inch falling per hour and the wind created unsafe conditions t that the snow plows had to work through to remove snow. Thanks again to all of them for their hard work.

Dec 19th, 2013
08:12 AM
about 3 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
The State has signed the agreement to have State Road 267 become a local road. It is effective today, December 19. It has taken many discussions with the State, Brownsburg and the County to reach an agreement. The agreement makes 267 a local road from County Road 300 South through Brownsburg. As part of the agreement, the State provided funding to construct a bridge over CSX, 10 years of maintenance funds and funds to reconstruct the road. The engineer will be hired in January to finish the design for the bridge and it may take two years to complete the design, acquire right of way and relocate utilities before construction can start. Construction may take 18 months. A trail will be constructed on the east side that will run from Cedar Elementary School to Frost Bite and a sidewalk will be constructed on the west side that will run from Woodland Heights to the gas station at 267/36.
Oct 24th, 2013
09:40 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
We keep working on improving our roads and adding new trails. Next week, we hope to receive approval for federal funds to repave portions of 100 South, 100 North and 200 North. We're also working on the design for a roundabout at 100 North and 1050 East. This fall, we've connected missing links of sidewalks along 625 E and also 100 North. We're designing a trail from Town Hall Park to Washington Township Park and we've completed a scoping st
Jun 10th, 2013
03:58 PM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
School starts at the end of July, so it will be a shorter summer but there will be alot of events in Avon. Farmers market is every Tuesday from 4p to 7p, Avon Freedom Day is June 29 with fireworks, and there will be a few summer fun runs at Town Hall Park. All of these events are on the Town calendar on our web site.
 
On August 17, the Hendricks County Arts Council will be having a free concert at Town Hall Par
Jun 1st, 2013
03:01 PM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
I'm excited to announce that the Town is partnering with the Hendricks County Arts Council to bring Cool City Jazz Band to Avon Town Hall Park for a free summer concert on August 17 at 6:30 pm. Cool City Jazz plays is a well known Jazz band in the Indy region and they put on a good show. There will also be a food and beer/wine tent. The concert is part of the Town's efforts to offer many different opportunities for people to enjoy the Town Hall P
May 24th, 2013
10:41 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
Today is the anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, so it is a good day to list some of my favorite public works projects:
 
Brooklyn Bridge: Linked Brooklyn to other part of New York. It is an icon of the New York skyline and has been featured in many movies and books.
 
Golden Gate Bridge: Another iconic landmark in the United States.
 
Hoove
May 23rd, 2013
09:53 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
Here are the costs per mile to perform different types of maintenance on the roads:
 
Sealing cracks in the road to prevent water from getting under the asphalt: $2581
Applying a preservative liquid to a road to give it more flexibility which increases its life span: $14197
Putting a new layer of asphalt over existing asphalt: $64,533
Removing the bad sections of asphalt and th
May 22nd, 2013
08:32 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom

National Public Works week is a good time to acknowledge the unseen asset management of public works and its public health benefits. Buried infrastructure brings us safe water to drink and transports our wastewater to a treatment plant. Fish, wildlife and downstream users depend on that water for their healthy existence.

May 21st, 2013
08:05 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
One of the most important roles of public works is maintaining the roads. Avon takes a "keeping the good roads good" approach which means we put  most of our maintenance in to preserving new roads so they last longer. This reduces the long term maintenance cost. We've identified some roads that need reconstruction and it costs about $500,000 per mile, so we're reviewing our finances to develop a plan for the Council to review.
May 20th, 2013
08:24 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom

There are different government agencies that participate in managing the infrastructure in the Avon/Washington Township area. Sanitary sewer service has territories in Washington Township and the following have a territory: West Central Conservancy District, Hendricks County Regional Sewer District and the Town of Plainfield. Water service is similar in that water is provided by different agencies depending upon where you live: Town

May 16th, 2013
11:59 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
National Public Works Week is May 19 to 25 to recognize the men and women that provide public works services such as paving roads, building sidewalks, constructing bridges, plowing snow, cleaning storm sewers, cleaning sewage, purifying drinking water, picking up trash, sweeping streets, installing signs and traffic signals to name a few activities. I'll be discussing different public works topics next week.
May 16th, 2013
11:21 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
We're working on expanding our trails in Avon. Right now, we're designing a pedestrian bridge on 100 South that would connect  the sidewalk at the Dan Jones Roundabout with the Hollowbrook and Lexington Woods neighborhoods. This will connect residents from Woodland Heights to the Settlement via trails or sidewalks. You'll be able to get to the Plainfield Trail system, too. We constructed a new trail along White Lick Creek in partne
Mar 1st, 2013
03:16 PM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
It is almost spring and the event season for Avon will be kicking in to high gear. Here are some events that will be going on in Avon:
 
April 26 at 7:30 pm: The last Hendricks Symphony Concert of the season at AMSS.
April 27 at 9: 30 am to 11 am: Free Golf clinic for Avon residents with PGA Pro Ben Weaver at Prestwick Country Club.
April 27 at 10 am throughout the day: Avon Golf Day at Pr
Jan 25th, 2013
10:25 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
Are you getting cabin fever with this cold winter and snow? The Town Hall Park and Washington Township Park are open for a good crisp walk. Or you can go to Burnett Woods Forest Preserve and walk under the big trees. You can park at Avon Light and Life Church. Or you can go to YMCA in Avon. If you like the Hendricks Symphony, there are concerts throughout the winter. You can visit their web site to get their schedule. Avon High School has many sp
Dec 28th, 2012
08:39 PM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
we had our first snow fight this week and our crews worked hard to get the roads cleared. it was a tough event coming right around christmas time. our crews work long hours through the night and are away from their families to get the roads safe for travel. i appreciate their work and thank them for their efforts.
Dec 13th, 2012
08:41 AM
about 4 years ago
Posted by
Klein, Tom
The Greater Avon Study Committee has submitted their Plan of Reorganization for Avon and Washington Township to the Town Council and Washington Township Board. The Plan calls for the Township and Town to merge in to a new Town of Avon with an expanded Town Council as the governing body. The Town Council would have 9 members in 2015 and 2016 and would consist of the Trustee, Township Board and Town Council. The Town Council will be reduced to

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