Fishers Road Construction Schedule – Week Beginning Monday, October 24th

It’s another week and another update on road projects around Fishers.

Below is the road construction schedule for the work week beginning Monday, October 24th, provided by the City of Fishers…



Weather permitting, short term lane restrictions will be in place on Allisonville Road between 106th Street and Eller Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please use caution when traveling in the area.


Periodic LANE RESTRUCTIONS ARE IN AFFECT ON Brooks School Road between Club Point Drive and Anchorage Way while work is being done on the guardrail.


Exit Five Parkway closed on Tuesday, September 6 to reconstruct the road as part of the 116th Street widening project. The road remains closed to all traffic. Trucks needing to deliver to businesses will need to go up to Cumberland Road to Exit Five Parkway and come in from the north. The road will be closed for approximately two months, and a detour map is available online.


Milestone Contractors has begun mobilizing cranes and other equipment and setting a temporary concrete barrier wall along I-69 at Campus Parkway Exit 210. Work will require alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound I-69 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane closures may recur each night through the end of the week depending on weather and progress. Questions about this project should be directed to INDOT at or 1-855-463-6848.


INDOT is overseeing an overnight closure on multiple traffic lanes on I-69 overnight this week. Weather permitting, lane closures, traffic changes and rolling slowdowns of traffic will begin after 9 p.m. and are expected to end before 6 a.m. the next day. Construction schedules and traffic restrictions are subject to change, and questions should be directed to INDOT at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. Please drive with caution as a new traffic pattern is in place.


Oak Drive south of 116th Street has closed for 50 days while the new road is being constructed. Through traffic will need to use USA Parkway.


The north section of the intersection from 106th Street to Walnut Creek is closed to all traffic as we enter phase II of roundabout construction. 106th Street will remain open through this phase. The detour route for northbound Cumberland Road is to use USA Parkway.


INDOT has begun work on the 106th Street interchange. A lane shift is currently in place on I-69 and 106th Street is closed as construction continues. Additional details about this project will be released through INDOT and shared on the weekly construction update. Please be advised the speed limit from 82nd Street to 116th Street has been reduced to 55 mph and there are lane shifts on I-69. Please travel with caution and pay close attention to signage in the area.

116th STREET

There will be lane restrictions between 9 am and 3 pm on eastbound 116th Street between I-69 and Exit Five Parkway as road work is being completed.

Fishers Trick or Treat Hours Announced



Fishers Police Chief Mitch Thompson has announced Halloween Trick or Treat hours this year.  They will be on Halloween evening, October 31, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

The Chief also has a number of Halloween safety tips for local residents.  They are contained in the Police Department news release, reproduced below:

Chief Thompson offers the following safety tips for Halloween.

  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.
  • Only go to houses that you know the owner. 
  • Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten.
  • A parent or adult should accompany children when they are trick-or-treating.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Stay within your neighborhood; only visit homes you know.
  • Use make-up or face paint instead of masks.  If masks are used, make sure the child has good visibility.
  • Choose costumes that are flame retardant.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, short enough to prevent tripping.  Add reflective tape to dark colored costumes.
  • Watch for vehicle traffic and use caution when crossing the street.

Police cars will be patrolling the neighborhoods to ensure everyone’s safety.  If you see or find anything suspicious, please immediately call 911.

Local Chorus Plans Free Concert November 6th, Broadway Music is the Theme



The Fishers Community Chorus started last year and gave some very impressive performances during their first season, such as John Rutter’s Requiem.   The group is now starting its second season, and the first performance will center on tunes from Broadway, from the 1930s to the 1970s.

This concert is free of charge, and is set for Sunday, November 6th, 3:00pm, at the Geist Christian Church location at 82nd Street and Mud Creek (yes, it is just a few blocks from Fishers).

Mark your calendars now to enjoy the singing of this local group.


Homeowners Get State Road 37 Update

Highway engineer Try Woodruff addresses homeowners
Highway engineer Troy Woodruff addresses homeowners

State Road 37 will be upgraded, with major construction likely to start in 2018 or 2019. The highway traffic north and south will become underpasses and east-west vehicles will use roundabout overpasses to move back and forth across the highway.  That much we do know, but much is still not known about the upcoming project.

For example, engineers have said construction will happen at 2 intersections at the same time.  Which two intersections will be first?  No one knows at this point.

The intersections to get roundabout overpasses over State Road 37 are 126th, 131st, 141st and 146th Streets.  With 2 being constructed at one time, we still do not know which 2 of those 4 intersections will be under construction in the first phase.

Residents heard about extensive traffic studies underway to develop ways to navigate the construction zones once they are underway.

Most questions from the audience dealt with drainage issues in specific areas of certain neighborhoods, and the contractors assured them that all options will be studied.

A number of area homeowners were on hand for the meeting at the Delaware Township Community Building
A number of area homeowners were on hand for the meeting at the Delaware Township Community Building


Fishers Freedom Festival – Changes Are Coming

We should all know more about the 2017 Fishers Freedom Festival by mid-November at the latest, according to Executive Director Jennifer Kehl.  The city is insisting that the festival move from its long-time location at Holland Park to the Nickel Plate District in downtown Fishers, in the area around City Hall.

Kehl says this will be a big adjustment for the festival, since Holland Park provided 33 acres of space, compared to the 3 acres available in downtown Fishers.  With construction going on around the City Hall area, Kehl is concerned about parking for the vendors, who need parking spaces near their concession areas.

There are also concerns about the number of vendors the smaller space will allow. According to Kehl, there will be less space for vendors, meaning there will be fewer of them, resulting in less vendor revenue for the festival.

Electricity will be an issue with a new venue, with generators needed and electricians may be required to setup the new configuration for vendors and other power needs downtown. The Festival Committee will also need to be careful in erecting tents in the Nickel Plate area, so fiber optic lines are not damaged with stakes in the ground.

The popular Disc Dog competition will not have enough room for the 2017 festival downtown, according to Kehl.  Keeping some events at Holland Park will be difficult because the support system from volunteers would not be available there.

“Unfortunately, some of the decision-makers don’t understand the obstacles that we have to go through, and how demanding our vendors are,” said Kehl.

Kehl is also concerned that lower revenue for the Festival Committee could spell the end of support for the school backpack program and the scholarships offered by the committee in the past.

The Festival Committee and city officials have been working on arrangements for the 2017 event.

“I hope we can come to some kind of agreement and move forward positively,” said Kehl. She added that some agreement between the city and the Fishers Freedom Festival Committee (which is a nonprofit organization with its own board of directors) needs to be in place by mid-November at the latest for the 2017 event.


Early Voting Begins in Fishers

County election official Mike Colby welcomes voters as the polls open for the first time in Fishers
County election official Mike Colby welcomes early voters as the polls open for the first time in Fishers


Early voting has never happened in Fishers, so you might say noon on October 19th was an historic day at City Hall.

As the doors opened to welcome early voters, they began to file into the auditorium. Even though the line was long, there were no complaints, with voters happy to be able to early-vote much closer to home.

I talked to Susan Luce as she waited for the polls to open.  She is very happy about voting in Fishers.  “As a mother of 3 children, voting early, having that option, is very convenient because  on polling day, I’m working, so I don’t have a chance to stand in line for a long period of time,” Ms. Luce said.

Barbara Blakley was also happy to have the opportunity to vote in Fishers.  “I wanted to get it over with early and miss the lines,” she told me.

Hamilton County Elections Administrator Kathy Richardson was there to oversee the first day of Fishers voting.  She was not surprised at the large turnout.  Ms. Richardson told LarryInFishers her office sent all the equipment possible to set-up the early voting site at Fishers City Hall.

When the line of voters began to wrap around the first floor staircase, Richardson announced to the crowd the Noblesville early voting site had no line if people wanted to journey northward.  No one left.  They didn’t mind waiting a little longer in order to vote in their own city.

Here is the schedule for early voting at Fishers City Hall:

  • October 19 from noon – 5pm
  • October 20 from 2pm – 7pm
  • October 21 from 10am – 3pm
  • October 22 from 10am – 3 pm
  • October 26 from noon – 4pm
  • October 27 from noon – 5pm
  • October 28 from 10am – 3pm
  • October 29 from 10am – 3pm
  • November 2 from 2pm – 7pm
  • November 3 from 2pm – 7pm
  • November 4 from 10am – 3pm
  • November 5 from 10am – 3pm

Dems Outnumber GOP at County Candidate Forum

County Commissioner and Council Candidates speak at the forum...all were Democrats
County Commissioner and Council Candidates speak at the forum…all were Democrats


When Democrats outnumber Republicans in any part of public life in Hamilton County, it is time to take notice.  That is just what happened Tuesday night when the Hamilton County League of Women Voters sponsored a candidate forum for county office hopefuls at the Noblesville City Hall.

There are two County Commissioner seats up for grabs this election cycle.  Republican incumbents Steve Dillinger from District 2 and Mark Heirbrandt in District 3 were both no-shows at this event.  Their Democrat opponents, Marie DeMore in District 2 and Debra Jarvis in District 3, were both participants in the League Forum.

In the race for 3 at-large County Council seats, only two of the seven candidates on the ballot were on the dais for the forum, both Democrats,  Rosemary Dunkle and Bob Williams.  Democrat Edward Chu and Libertarian Dorn Brenton were missing.

The three council candidates nominated for the Republican Party – Brad Beaver, Jeff Hern and Rick McKinney, were all no-shows.

The only Republicans to participate in the forum were Robin Mills, running for  Auditor, and judge hopeful Jon Brown.  There is no Democrat running for the judgeship, but independent candidate for judge Steve Kincaid participated in the the forum

Other Democrats in the forum were Surveyor candidate Joe Weingarten and Mark Bailey for the office of Treasurer.

Pat Otten, Democrat candidate for Auditor, was not at the forum.

Other Republicans not in attendance included Surveyor Kenton Ward and Treasurer Jennifer Templeton.

The discussion among the candidates was lively and informative.  The Democrats emphasized the fact that voters in Hamilton County will, in this election cycle, for the first time in a very long time, have a choice of candidates in the general election.

Each hopeful talked about their qualifications and how they would handle their offices differently.

But the most telling fact about this forum was not what was said by those that were there….more important is the obvious fact of those choosing not to attend.

Fishers Council Approves Zoning Map Change at Exit 5, Over Sunbeam’s Objections

The Fishers City Council approved new zoning rules for commercial land in the area around I-69’s Exit 5 in the area of 116th Street, stretching south to 106th Street.  Sunbeam development, owner of the land impacted by this change, objected to the action at the Monday council session.

Ken Kern of Sunbeam told the council much of this land is undeveloped, because Sunbeam has been working slowly over 30 years , trying to do good, high quality development.  The city now has about 250-300 acres of prime development land that is now available.  Kern said Sumbeam has been relying on the zoning provided 30 years ago by the Town of Fishers, and now the City of Fishers is proposing to change those zoning rules, giving the city more control over how the land develops.

“We’re a little shocked, I guess,” Kern said.  “Now all of a sudden you’re coming back and saying , what’s good enough for 30 years is not good enough anymore.”

Council members said the city is just trying to keep reasonable control over the future development of this very valuable tract of land near Interstate 65.

Council members argued that this zoning change will not prevent Sunbeam from doing high quality development on their Exit 5 land.

You can read the Council Action Form on the zoning change at this link

The staff report contains even more detail and may be accessed at this link

Fishers Police Officer Suspended Pending an Internal Investigation

The Fishers Police Department has suspended Officer Charles Kingery pending an internal investigation into his arrest in Greenwood Saturday.  According to a news release, there are allegations Kingery punched a man in the face Saturday during an argument.

The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office is now reviewing the case.

Below is the full text of the release from Fishers Police:



The Fishers Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of one of its officers on allegations of battery.


Shortly before midnight on Saturday, Chief Thompson was notified that Officer Charles Kingery had been arrested by the Greenwood Police Department (Indiana). The preliminary investigation alleges Kingery and another man began to argue and the altercation turned physical when Kingery punched the man in the face. Kingery was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Johnson County Jail.


Chief Thompson immediately suspended Kingery pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Kingery has been employed with the Fishers Police Department since March of 2014. He is assigned to the Patrol Division.