Councilman Phillips: Danville wants to create itself as a ‘destination place’

Municipality leaders discuss business at GOP breakfast

By Rick Myers

 “This is the year of change in Danville,” Danville town councilman Jim Phillips told those in attendance at this morning’s Hendricks County GOP Chairman’s Breakfast at the Avon American Legion.

From left, Clayton Town Councilman Steve Swartz and Danville Town Councilman Jim Phillips after the Hendricks County GOP’s Chairman’s Breakfast

Joining Phillips to discuss his town’s future plans were Clayton town councilman Steve Swartz and Plainfield town councilman Robin Brandgard.

Phillips said Danville has made some progress on establishing a food and beverage tax which all goes back to the town of Danville. He said the hope is that by April 29 the town will be able to introduce the tax. Currently Avon, Brownsburg, Hendricks County and Plainfield are all local municipalities that utilize the Food and Beverage tax, which is 1%.

Funds from the Food and Beverage Tax can fund rails, trails, parks, sidewalks and tourism, Phillips said.

“We’re trying to create Danville as a destination place,” he said.

Phillips also said the town has committed $100,000 to economic development and that a “bunch of new buildings’ will soon be constructed on the east side of Danville.

On a lighter note, he said, “Pickleball has gone crazy in Danville. If you’re a pickleball player, you need to move (to Danville) now.”

Swartz said Clayton has been dedicated to sidewalk construction which aligns with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also reminded those in attendance that Cascade High School was named a 2018 Blue Ribbon School – the only one in Hendricks County. It’s business as usual for Plainfield as Brandgard cited several downtown projects including the construction of a new Town Hall.

The next chairman’s breakfast, March 19, will feature council representatives from the towns of Avon, Brownsburg and Pittsboro. It will begin at 7 a.m. at the Avon American Legion, 4812 E Main St.