Keeping the pressure on re: canal floodwall

Dateline: Tue 21 Aug 2012

Here's an email that went out today to Butler-Tarkington residents and interested parties from the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association Board. My personal suggestion is, if you write letters, "go write" to the top -- your federal officials. The Corps of Engineers won't listen to anyone excepting those who have a higher power. 

Here's the dish:

"Special thanks to all who came out to voice their opinion on the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project, White River (North), at last week's BTNA meeting. It was nice to see such an impressive turn out!! We hope many of you will return and participate in our next meeting on Monday, September 10th @ 7:00pm (MLK Community Center).
"Attached you will find a copy of the resolution passed at the meeting. The resolution will be submitted on behalf of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association. We'd also like to encourage your PERSONAL ATTENDANCE at the Public Hearing scheduled for this coming THURSDAY, August 23rd at Meridian Street United Methodist Church (5500 N. Meridian Street). The "open house" portion will run from 5:00pm-6:45pm. The public hearing will begin at 7:00pm. USACE Louisville District Commander Col. Luke Leonard will chair the meeting.
"If you are unable to attend or would simply like to participate in the letter writing campaign please send your letters to the following people by August 31st:
"Colonel Luke T. Leonard
District Commander
US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
Louisville, KY 40201

"Letters can also be sent to the following Indiana leaders:

  • City of IndianapolisLori Miser, Director at the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Wm. Michael Turner, Chief Environmental Resources (
  • US SentateSenator Dan Coats (10 West Market Street, Suite 1650, Indianapolis IN 46204) or
  • US SenateSenator Richard Lugar (1180 Market Tower, 10 West Market Street, Indianapolis IN 46204) or
  • US CongressCongressman Andre Carson (District Office 300 E. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Suite 300, Indianapolis IN 46205) or 317-283-6516
  • Indiana State RepresentativeState Represenative Ed DeLaney (Indiana House of Representatives, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204) or 317-232-9600
  • Indiana State SenatorState Senator Scott Schneider (200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204) or 800-382-9467.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to send them our way!
BTNA Board"

Historically, Lugar's office was wonderful for wading in on these issues. Those days are almost gone, but he's still our most powerful Hoosier in office.


Tell The Truth [Member] said:

I'm really, really trying my best to muster sufficient sympathy for Rocky Ripple.

I'm halfway there. And the progress I've made is not because any of their arguments have made any sense to me.

It's because some of Indy's heartiest and most-colorful souls reside in that small community. A Conch Republic kind of existence which I admire and envy.

I admit my personal journey on this topic is complicated.

Can anyone help? I mean, if you buy a home in a distinct flood plain...the govt. shouldn't have the right to purposely flood your streets with a poorly-constructed levy.

But it's got to be more complicated than that--right?

2012-08-25 20:36:22

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