Brownsburg Town Council hears annual town update, reports

Compiled by Melissa Gibson

The Brownsburg Town Council met April 27 for a regular meeting at the Brownsburg Town Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 11 at 61 N. Green St., Brownsburg. 

What happened: Police Chief Joe Grimes shared the department report. 

What this Means: Grimes said the final week of April was challenging physically and mentally for his team. The public has been given information regarding several cases through local media. He said their thoughts and prayers were with each of the people involved in these “horrific events.” 

What happened: Town manager Deb Cook shared the 2022 annual town update. 

What this Means: Cook said Brownsburg was named as the number one suburb to live near a large city. The Brownsburg Police Department was recognized by Safewise as the 10th safest city in Indiana and the fire department maintained a Class 1 ISO rating, the highest rating a fire territory can receive. 

Cook reviewed grant funding, volunteering and more to save public funds and said new investments have grown by 44%, a total of $336 million in capital investment. More than 425 jobs were developed in 2022, and the town had more than 20 new and relocated businesses. Staff members are working to increase media coverage and share positive events in Brownsburg. 

What happened:  Jodi Dickey, development services director, requested the second, third and final reading of a zoning amendment ordinance for property at 204 E. Main St. 

What this means: The applicant requested rezoning from Institutional (IS) to Urban Commercial (UC) to allow for a counseling office and residential use at the former Trinity Presbyterian Church, a currently vacant building. Council unanimously approved the readings. 

What happened: Dickey requested the public hearing and second reading of an ordinance for voluntary annexation of property at 204 E. Main St. to the town. 

What this means: The voluntary annexation by Prestige Citywide/Indy Decorative Concrete is  at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Main streets. Phase one was annexed in late February, and the current request is for phase two. Council unanimously passed the second reading. 

What happened: Water Utilities Director Kathy Dillon shared the College Avenue and Main Street Sewer Separation Preliminary Engineering Report. Council held a public hearing.

What this means: Mary Atkins, Wessler Engineering, said the project design includes stormwater pipe installation, allowing for separation of stormwater from existing sanitary sewer pipes. It will include water main replacements, and phase one should be complete by April 2024.

What happened: Hendricks County Pride requested a fee waiver for their upcoming Pride Festival on June 25. 

What this means: They will use two shelters at Williams Park, though it was unclear which shelters were requested. Councilman Mark Tieken requested a more thorough process by nonprofits like Hendricks County Pride when requesting fee waivers, and the council agreed. The fee waiver was granted 3-1, with Tieken opposed.