March 2017 OSNA Community Meeting Recap

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Old Southside community meetings are a chance for residents, businesses, and neighbors to weigh-in on the state of the neighborhood. We discuss issues, solutions, and plans for the future.

Called to Order – Let’s Begin!

President Judith Essex called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Several new neighbors showed up, so a few minutes were taken for introductions.

The February meeting minutes were approved as sent. Treasurer Herb Floyd was not in attendance, but a statement from Region Bank shows a balance of $1,132.92. It was mentioned that dues of $10/household could be paid at any time.

→Learn more about the neighborhood association here

Community Reports

The March community meeting had several guest speakers including representatives from IMPD, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, and the Hoosier Environmental Council.

IMPD Reports

Officers with the Indy Metro Police Department regularly join OSNA community meetings to discuss crime activity and concerns in the Old Southside neighborhood. Thanks IMPD, we appreciate you!

Community Relations Officer Kim Evans from the Downtown District, and Officer El from Southeast district gave reports for the neighborhood.

Several residents had complaints about illicit activity in the Old Southside. Mud racing and traffic issues were reported around the corner of S. Talbott Street and Terrace Avenue. There were also reports of drug usage on the rail road tracks at 1900 S Delaware Street.

Do you have a concern, tip, or something you want to report? Contact IMPD

  • Emergency: 911
  • Non-Emergency: 317-327-3811
  • Anonymous Tip – contact Crime Stoppers: 317-262-8477


Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate Reports

Allie Kast has been assigned to the Old Southside neighborhood as a temporary Advocate until a permanent person is appointed to this area, TBA.

Other announcements regarding illegal dumping reported in alley between Delaware and Madison Avenue.

Hoosier Environmental Council

Guests Speakers Paula Brooks and Indra Frank of the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) spoke to the meeting about environmental equity and how it impacts a community.  The HEC promotes environmental equity, environmental policies and laws which strive to ensure that no community bear a larger, unfair share of harmful effects of pollution or environmental hazards.

Old Southside Pollution & Solutions

It was mentioned that a facility such as Metalworking Lubricant plant would not happen on north side. The Old Southside neighborhood is exposed to air pollution and ground contamination and is the highest pollution area in Marion County. 

To combat these issues, the Indianapolis Land Use plan is being rewritten, and an Environmental Task force is being formed. There are a lot of details and cool plans…   →Read more about what’s happening here

So what can a person or neighborhood do?

  1. TREES! – Tree planting is a great way to mitigate pollution issues
  2. GET INVOLVED! – Join the People’s Planning Academy at
  3. COMMUNITY CLEANUP! –  Join a local cleanup or organize your own!

Neighborhood Cleanup – April 1st

Old southside great indy cleanup volunteerSpeaking of neighborhood cleanups, the KIB Great Indy Cleanup for the Old Southside is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st.  A large group from Mount Pleasant Christian Church will be volunteering their time to the neighborhood, thankful to have their participation!

Visit the Facebook event page here and let us know of you can join!

Next Community Meeting – April 12th, 7:00 pm

OSNA neighborhood meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday at Sacred Heart Parish Hall: 1125 South Meridian Street.

Thanks for participating. Meeting Adjourned!

Click here to download a PDF of the March Meeting Minutes

← Click here to read the February Meeting Minutes post

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