Boone County Explores Future Building Space and Staffing Needs

PRESS RELEASE

Lebanon, IN – February 16, 2024 – Boone County is taking proactive steps to plan for
the future by conducting a comprehensive assessment of its building space and staffing
requirements. Scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 6:30 PM, the assessment
presentation will take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds’ Witham Pavilion, located
at 1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052.

K2M Design Inc., a leading architectural and engineering firm, has been collaborating
closely with key stakeholders in Boone County. By analyzing historical data and
projecting the county’s growth and development over the next 10 to 20 years, K2M
Design aims to provide valuable insights into how governmental services can best meet
the evolving needs of Boone County residents.

The Boone County Board of Commissioners welcomes the public to attend K2M
Design’s presentation. This event offers community members the opportunity to learn
about the findings of the assessment and participate in a dialogue about the future of
Boone County’s infrastructure and workforce.

“We recognize the importance of planning to ensure that our county can continue to
thrive and provide essential services to our residents,” said Jeff Wolfe, Boone County
Commissioner. “We encourage all members of the community to join us for this
presentation and share their input as we work towards a sustainable and prosperous
future for Boone County.”

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions
and engage in discussions with representatives from K2M Design and the Boone
County Board of Commissioners.

About Boone County:

Boone County, located in the heart of Indiana, is known for its rich history, vibrant
communities, and commitment to innovation and progress. With a growing population
and diverse economy, Boone County is dedicated to providing residents with high-
quality services and a high standard of living.

About K2M Design Inc.:
K2M Design Inc. is a full-service architectural and engineering firm specializing in
creating innovative and sustainable solutions for clients across various industries. With
a focus on collaboration and excellence, K2M Design is dedicated to helping
communities like Boone County plan for the future and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Contact:
Janelle Morrison
Communications Consultant
MADD Media Solutions
317-250-7298
janelle@collectivepub.com

Boone County Needs Assessment Presentation 02/20/24

JOIN US!!

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Boone County Fairgrounds
Witham Pavilion
1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052

Boone County looks into the future of building space and
staffing needs assessment. K2M Design Inc. has been
working closely with key stakeholders by analyzing
historical data and envisioning where the County will be
in 10-20 years to understand how governmental services
will meet the needs of Boone County residents. The
Boone County Board of Commissioners encourages the
public to attend K2M’s presentation. There will be an
opportunity for questions.

Healthy Living in Boone County

In the 2023 County Health Rankings, Boone County secured the position of the third healthiest county in Indiana. This accomplishment underscores the county’s persistent dedication to promoting the health and well-being of its community members. Published on an annual basis, the County Health Rankings provide essential insights into the determinants impacting health within the county and furnish a roadmap for prospective advancements.

A Collaborative Effort to Stay Healthy

The third-place designation for Boone County as the healthiest county in Indiana is a testament to the unwavering dedication of the Healthy Coalition. Made up of committed community partners, this coalition has diligently mobilized and delivered coordinated services through a unified public health system. Through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and targeted interventions addressing critical health needs, the Healthy Coalition has played a pivotal role in securing this noteworthy achievement.

The County Health Rankings are available at countyhealthrankings.org.

President of the Boone County Commissioner Don Lawson expressed his enthusiasm for this recognition, stating, “We are incredibly proud to be named the third healthiest county in Indiana. This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our community partners, healthcare professionals and residents who have come together to prioritize health and well-being. It is a testament to our commitment to creating a healthier, happier and more vibrant Boone County.”

Lisa Younts, RN, Boone County Health Dept. Administrator and Nursing & Vital Records Director, discussed what it takes to be listed as one of the state’s healthiest counties and how the county’s health department has been firing on all cylinders since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Lisa Younts

“We’ve gotten back to the normalcy of what we were doing before COVID,” Younts said. “All of our programs are back in full swing. Even though COVID-19 is still circulating, we’re fortunate enough to still have COVID tests that we are providing to the public for free. It is nice to do our normal day-to-day duties on top of that.”

When asked what factors are considered to be ranked at the top of the health rankings, Younts replied, “There are quite a few factors that go into the overall understanding of the health rankings of a population. Where Boone County has its best numbers in terms of health outcomes that represent how healthy a county is right now [is] length of life and quality of life. The health factors that we can modify are behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity. Where Boone County differs from other counties [in] a reporting aspect is that 84% of our residents reported having access to exercise opportunities. [It] is huge to have that access because not all communities have that.”

Younts commended the county’s communities for their collaborative efforts in connecting and extending trail systems and expanding parks and green spaces, all of which provide access to physical activity to all of the county’s residents, employees and visitors.

Rail Trail

Health Education Is Key

Younts emphasized that educating the public is essential to preventing illness and maintaining a healthy, vibrant county. The Boone County Health Department continues to offer and promote its programs and services. It has elevated its public education offerings by utilizing its public information officer Claire Houghton even more as the county’s population grows exponentially.

“The health department’s community efforts are aimed at the prevention of disease and the promotion of health,” Younts said. “We are constantly working to get the information out there to prevent things from happening. We’re able to do what we do because of the community partnerships that we’ve created throughout the years, especially with the Boone County commissioners, Witham Hospital and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. All of these community partners came together for the COVID response, and because we were fortunate to already have these relationships in place, it made it easier for the county to move forward.”

Younts shared that the health department’s biggest programs are its immunization and food safety programs.

“We participate in the state’s immunization program, which allows us to give low-cost or no-cost vaccines if you qualify,” Younts said. “That is huge in that it allows us to break down that barrier and enables us to give vaccinations to our residents.”

The health department also provides required vaccinations to students of the county’s three public school districts. Younts explained that they provide clinics for routine vaccinations and flu clinics for the general public as well. Younts ranks educating the public on the importance of staying up on vaccinations as a high priority and a requirement to maintain a healthy county status.

“While not all vaccines prevent [illness], they will make it less severe and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death,” Younts emphasized. “We work to provide education on all of the various vaccinations so that individuals can make informed decisions. We do homebound vaccines for those individuals [who] cannot come out to us. It’s another way that we can break down those barriers.”

Younts spoke about the health department’s goals to have its PIO available to as many organizations throughout the county as possible. She mentioned that no health-related topic is off-limits.

“The more the word gets out, the more we can hopefully help,” Younts said. “If any company, events or organization would like more information on a health topic, we are making Claire available to everyone in the county as much as possible. We offer all sorts of health education programs to the community. Claire’s been doing a lot in the [county] schools, but we’re hoping to get her in front of a lot of different organizations as well.”

Younts is hopeful that as the county’s population grows and more companies relocate to the county, her budget will allow her to expand the PIO department and reach even more people and businesses by adding another public information officer to her staff in the next couple of years.

For more information on all the programs and services provided by the Boone County Health Department, visit boonecounty.in.gov. You can also follow the department on Facebook.

Boone County: A Thriving Community Magnet for New Businesses

A strong and attractive county often possesses a combination of economic, social, and environmental factors that contribute to its overall appeal. Boone County earned the prestigious title of “2023 NextEra Energy Resources Community of the Year” and was awarded that honor by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on November 14, 2023. This accolade reflects the county’s remarkable growth, quality of life, and business-friendly environment.

The award ceremony, held in downtown Indianapolis, showcased Boone County’s achievements in economic development, workforce initiatives, and community engagement. This recognition is a testament to the county’s commitment to sustainable growth, attracting investment, enhancing its residents’ quality of life, and providing a business-friendly environment.

Quality of Life and Place                                                                

Boone County’s most recent notable achievements include securing nearly $800 million in business expansions over the past five years. Significant investments include Ken’s Foods, NewCold, REGO-FIX, GR Brands, FTIC, and Eli Lilly. Small businesses contribute to more than 80% of the county’s economy, and Boone County currently ranks highest in the state for employment growth at 10%.

Amenities contribute not only to residents’ comfort and enjoyment but also to the county’s economic development. By enhancing the overall attractiveness of an area, amenities can contribute to increased property values, business growth, and a positive community image. These factors lead to a more vibrant and sustainable county.

The six communities located throughout Boone County offer their own unique and impactful amenities that enhance quality of life and continue to attract new businesses to the county.

Molly Whitehead, executive director of the Boone EDC, said, “The Boone Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) nominated Boone County for this award. We wanted to acknowledge—and obviously, the Indiana Chamber [of Commerce] wanted to acknowledge—not only the county’s tremendous growth but also the communities that we are building. It’s not just about the economic development; it’s also about the quality of ‘place.’ It’s acknowledging the parks and the amenities that the county offers its residents. It’s about the quality of life that the county provides, no matter what lifestyle someone is looking for, and it’s about making sure that we’re telling that story because we’re doing some pretty amazing things here in Boone County.”

Molly Whitehead

When asked about the county’s greatest strength that continues to attract new businesses, Whitehead said, “One of the biggest assets that we have going for us is having Interstate 65 and even I-74 going through Boone County. That I-65 connection from Indianapolis to Chicago brings 90,000 vehicles through our community every single day. One of the major reasons that companies choose to locate in Boone County is because of where we are geographically located. They want to be close to the major metropolitan areas, air transport and the access to workforce.”

Whitehead shared that even before the LEAP project was on anyone’s radar, Boone County was experiencing exponential growth. Based on the 2020 census, it is the second fastest-growing county in the state and 63rd in the nation.

Rendering of LEAP District

“There is a lifestyle for anybody here in Boone County,” Whitehead emphasized. “That’s true from a residential standpoint as well as an industrial and commercial standpoint. Each [Boone County] community needs to adopt their best version of themselves and work together to be successful as a [county] community. Being the ‘Best Community’ is about us collectively working together and what we’re able to accomplish together. The Indiana Chamber Award was meant for Boone County. It wasn’t meant for Boone County Government; it was meant for all of us collectively. Lebanon, Whitestown, Thorntown, Advance, Jamestown and Zionsville—we are all part of Boone County. Let’s all celebrate this [accolade], as it is something to be proud of.”

For more information on the Boone EDC’s initiatives, visit BetterInBoone.org.

Boone County Justice Center: Building for a Healthier Community

November/December 2023

The Boone County Commissioners held an event on Nov. 9 for the general public to view the progress and vision for the Boone County Justice Center. The event included a virtual reality tour and fly-through video presentation. These tours offer a detailed preview of the Justice Center’s design and layout, providing a sense of the facility’s significance to Boone County.

We spoke with Boone County Sheriff Tony Harris and a couple of other county department heads who will relocate to the Justice Center upon its completion, which is slated for 2025.

Boone County Justice Center

Purposeful Planning for the Current and Growing Population

Discussions on a proposed justice center for Boone County began in 2015 with then-county commissioners, county councilmembers, and former Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen. Nielsen is currently the Boone County Executive Project Manager and is overseeing the construction of the justice center, collaborating with a myriad of teams and departments throughout the process. Nielsen reports directly to the [current] county commissioners: Donnie Lawson, Jeff Wolfe and Tim Beyer [Zionsville].

While [2015] metrics mapped out the projected growth in the county’s population and justified the need for the expansions to the existing jail in Lebanon, Indiana, the commissioners and impacted [county] department heads could not have predicted the $3.7 billion Eli Lilly development and the IEDC’s LEAP District in Boone County that are currently underway. These projects will have an enormous impact on the county’s growth. The Boone County Justice Center will offer efficiency, convenience and cost savings by bringing together multiple legal, judicial, medical and mental health services under one roof. The Justice Center is rethinking criminal justice for the community, and rather than “warehousing” people, it will focus on their rehabilitation.

The Boone County Justice Center will benefit a growing county by addressing the challenges associated with increased caseloads, providing scalable infrastructure, ensuring resource efficiency, enhancing community accessibility, and supporting the overall effectiveness and confidence in the legal system.

Boone County Justice Center

“The Justice Center project is well underway, and it’s a great feeling to see buildings take shape and what that means for our community and respective agencies,” said Boone County Coroner Justin Sparks. “For me, this is taking our office from struggling to meet the demand for service as a result of growth to a place that will not only meet those needs today but for many years to come.”

Sparks spoke about Nielsen’s role as the center’s project manager. “As a public safety professional, I am a doer—I use the tools at hand to solve problems. What I am not is a professional builder or construction project manager. Fortunately, the commissioners have Mike Nielsen in that role. I couldn’t have imagined going into this project the amount of interface required between the building side and the department heads. Mike has been an amazing asset in this role. We, the department heads, get weekly emails on the status of the project, upcoming milestones, and various other information points. That’s huge for us because it allows us to continue to focus on meeting the missions we do daily and not diverting us to construction issues full-time. This also provides a central point for information and communication. I think the commissioners have built a great team to accomplish this goal. I am thankful to the residents of Boone County for their support and look forward to the facility’s opening!”

Boone County Corrections Executive Director Michael Nance shared a statement on behalf of his department and Chief Probation Officer Steve Owens.

“Probation and Community Corrections work closely with the Project Manager, Mike Nielsen. We receive weekly updates and attend frequent meetings in order to stay engaged and apprised of project overview and progress. Recently 3D simulations have been made available, which give us the opportunity to more clearly envision what our space will look like when completed. The Project Management team has valued our input, and the Chief Probation Officer and I both are excited for the potential of the space to be able to better serve our clients and the citizens of the county.”

Collaboration Is Key to Staying on Budget and On Time

The commissioners and Nielsen were pleased to report at their event on Nov. 9 that the Justice Center project is currently on schedule and on budget.

Boone County Justice Center

“We are up to 32% complete on the overall project, and we are on budget,” Nielsen stated. “We are ahead of schedule when it comes to having new utilities permanently installed (water, electric, etc.). From a project perspective, it is a huge undertaking and a huge milestone to hit when it comes to having all the utilities completed at this early-stage project.”

Nielsen added, “Right now, we are focused on getting the new Boone County Corrections building and the sheriff’s administration building under [one] roof and enclosed enough so that we can continue to work inside during the winter months. And we feel pretty confident that we can remain on schedule and on budget, which will allow us to turn over the project anywhere between February of 2025 and November of 2025. That’s a long span, but that’s because logistically, there are certain parts of the buildings that we will have to open up earlier than others to ensure that we don’t affect operations within the sheriff’s office.”

The facilities for basic operations, such as the kitchen, laundry and medical services, in addition to booking and holding, have been temporarily and strategically relocated until their respective areas have been constructed.

“Those types of logistics don’t create problems for us, but they are challenges for us to work through so that we don’t interfere with the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office,” Nielsen emphasized. “We have overcome the challenges because of the team that we’ve put together. Everybody’s working together to make sure that we finish on schedule and on budget. Everything that happens goes through an approval process from the construction side to the internal management side, and then everything goes before the commissioners for final approval.”

Boone County Sheriff Tony Harris also spoke about the logistical planning and temporary relocations that his office has planned throughout the phases of construction.

“BCSO has had to limit some of the classes and that sort of thing only because we don’t have our classrooms [at this phase of construction],” Harris shared. “Capt. Tim Turner [Jail Division Commander] and I had to come up with a plan on how we’re going to process people coming in. We’ve moved all the equipment to another ‘block’ to do the processing: fingerprints, pictures, body scan, etc.”

Harris explained that the new space for BCSO will open up many more services than the previous jail could offer, which will be vital to a growing county population and will provide the necessary space for BCSO to address a critical need for mental health services within its inmate population.

Harris added, “We’ll be able to be much more self-sufficient in Boone County and offer more services once that gets open. We’ve got to get ahead of this growth in [Boone] County. We’ve been so good at working with other [county] departments and municipalities, but we have to continue, as law enforcement, to work together and share information on a daily basis to make sure that we are keeping ahead of crime. We have to continue to be the proactive county that we’ve been.”

Boone County Commissioners Announce Temporary Lane Closure on CR-300 Due to Lily Lebanon Project

The Boone County Commissioners received information on November 6 from Lilly and are notifying the public of a temporary lane closure on County Road 300 North (CR-300 N), eastbound traffic only, that began on November 6. This lane reduction is a result of the ongoing Lily Lebanon Project, a significant project and infrastructure improvement initiative in the county. The road is only open for east bound traffic and closed to west bound traffic.

The closure will affect the stretch of CR-300 N between US Highway 52 and Witt Road, specifically on the south side of the Lily Lebanon Project site campus. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and expect delays, particularly in the vicinity of the intersection of CR-300 N and State Route 39 (SR-39).

The lane reduction is expected to last for a duration of five weeks, as crews work diligently to move this restriction along.

Boone County Commissioner President, Donnie Lawson, commented on the temporary lane closure, saying, “We understand that this lane reduction will inconvenience some of our residents.  The goal is to have this work completed as quickly as possible to minimize this inconvenience.  Upon completion, these improvements will enhance safety and connectivity as development occurs in Boone County.  We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation during this time.”

The Boone County Commissioners express their gratitude to the community for their understanding and cooperation.

November 14, 2023

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Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Commissioners Extend Gratitude and Respect to Veterans on Veterans Day

The Boone County Commissioners are deeply honored to extend their heartfelt gratitude and respect to veterans on this Veterans Day. 

This occasion serves as an opportunity for our community to come together and express our unwavering appreciation for the brave men and women who have selflessly served in the United States Armed Forces.

Commissioner President Donnie Lawson emphasized the significance of this day, saying, “Veterans Day is a moment for us to reflect on the immense sacrifices made by our veterans. Their commitment to our nation’s safety and freedom deserves our utmost respect. As commissioners, we stand united in thanking our veterans for their service, not just today, but every day.”

The Boone County Commissioners invite all residents to join them in expressing appreciation for veterans in their local community and across the nation. 

“Let us recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and extend our gratitude to them not only through words but also through meaningful actions that support their well-being and integration into civilian life,” said Commissioner Lawson.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Boone County offices will be closed on November 10th.

November 8, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Justice Center Progress Unveiled: Join Us for a Sneak Peek Event!

The Boone County Commissioners are excited to invite the public to an exclusive event that will provide a sneak peek into the progress and vision for the Boone County Justice Center. 

This event aims to showcase the construction progress that has been achieved and give attendees a glimpse of what the completed Justice Center will look like.

Date: November 9, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Connie Lamar Conference Room, Boone County Annex Building

“The Boone County Justice Center, a pivotal project for our community, is rapidly taking shape, and we want to share this exciting journey with you. This event will be a unique opportunity for the public to engage with the project and gain insights,” said Boone County President, Donnie Lawson.

Highlights of the event include:

Fly-Through Video Presentation: Immerse yourself in the future of Boone County with a captivating fly-through video that will be displayed on loop on the TVs in the Connie Lamar Conference Room. This visual tour will offer a detailed preview of the Justice Center’s design and layout, providing a sense of the facility’s significance to our county.

Virtual Reality Tour: Step into the virtual realm and experience the Boone County Justice Center like never before. With our VR tour, you’ll have the chance to explore the interior and exterior aspects of the building, gaining a firsthand perspective of what it will offer to our community.

Meet the Project Team: Engage in informative discussions with the dedicated team members responsible for the Boone County Justice Center expansion project. Our experts will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have, providing valuable insights into the construction process and the Justice Center’s anticipated impact on Boone County.

This event is open to the media and public, and we encourage everyone in Boone County to attend and be part of this exciting moment.

October 25, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Commissioners Encourage Safe and Spooky Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for people of all ages, and the Boone County Commissioners want to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. 

To help you plan your Halloween festivities, here are the designated trick-or-treat hours for Boone County: 

Jamestown: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Lebanon: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thorntown: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Whitestown: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Zionsville: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please note these times and plan your Halloween activities accordingly. We encourage residents to respect these designated hours to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Halloween Safety Tips:

Be Visible: Use reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, or add reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure you’re seen by drivers.

Stay in Groups: Trick-or-treating is more fun with friends and family. Always walk in groups and stay together. Younger children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Inspect Treats: Before indulging in your Halloween candy, make sure to inspect it for any unwrapped or suspicious-looking items. Safety comes first, so if in doubt, it’s best to discard any questionable treats.

For additional Halloween activities and events happening in Boone County, we encourage you to check out the following link: Boone County Halloween Activities.

Message from the Boone County Commissioners:

“We wish you all a safe, fun-filled, and spooktacular Halloween. We are proud to be part of such vibrant and caring communities, and together, we can make this Halloween season memorable for all the right reasons.”

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October 23, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Ranks 3rd Healthiest County in Indiana 

A Testament to Collective Efforts

The Boone County Commissioners are thrilled to announce that Boone County has been named the 3rd healthiest county in Indiana in the 2023 County Health Rankings. 

This achievement reflects the county’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of community members. The County Health Rankings, published annually, provide valuable insights into the factors that influence health in our county and offer a blueprint for future progress.

The County Health Rankings, accessible at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/, offer a comprehensive view of how various aspects of our lives, including where we live, learn, work, and play, impact our health. They serve as a catalyst for positive change and inspire us to continue working together to enhance the health of our residents.

Boone County’s ranking as the 3rd healthiest county in Indiana is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Healthy Coalition, a group of dedicated community partners, to mobilize and provide collaborative services through a coordinated public health system. By promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing key health needs, the Healthy Coalition has played a pivotal role in this achievement.

President of the Boone County Commissioner, Don Lawson, expressed his enthusiasm for this recognition, stating, “We are incredibly proud to be named the 3rd healthiest county in Indiana. This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our community partners, healthcare professionals, and residents who have come together to prioritize health and well-being. It is a testament to our commitment to creating a healthier, happier, and more vibrant Boone County.”

The County Health Rankings also provide valuable resources such as the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). These tools help us identify key health needs, issues, and areas for improvement. They guide our long-term efforts to address public health challenges and ensure the continued well-being of our community.

Boone County continues to build on its success by fostering a culture of health, collaboration, and community engagement.

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October 19, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Commissioners Announce Anticipated Road Closures and Construction Updates

The Boone County Commissioners are dedicated to improving our county’s infrastructure to enhance safety and convenience for our residents and visitors. As part of our ongoing efforts, we would like to inform the public about upcoming road closures and construction projects scheduled to take place in the following weeks.

  1. CR 375 N (Lower Simmons Road), from CR 150 W (Witt Road) to SR 39, will be closed for road reconstruction starting in mid-October. We anticipate this closure to remain in effect until the end of the year.
  1. CR 150 W (Witt Road), from CR 450 N (Upper Simmons Road) to SR 47, has been closed since September 18th for road reconstruction and is expected to remain closed until the end of the year.

During these road reconstruction projects, access to local properties within the construction limits will be maintained. Property owners are encouraged to coordinate with the Contractor, Milestone Construction, for specific access details.

In addition to these closures, please be aware of the following short-term closures for intersection modifications and the installation of temporary traffic signals:

CR 300 N at US 52: Southbound (SB) 52 left turns to Eastbound (EB) 300 will be closed until October 20th. During this time, CR 300 N will only have right-in and right-out access.

CR 300 N at US 52: Westbound (WB) 300 left turns to Southbound (SB) 52 will be closed until October 20th. CR 300 N will only have right-in and right-out access during this period.

CR 300 N, from CR 150 W (Witt Road) to US 52: EB traffic on 300 N is anticipated to be restricted for intersection improvements at CR 300 N and US 52 from October 23rd to November 14th. CR 300 N will be open for WB traffic only during this time.

CR 300 N, from CR 150 W (Witt Road) to US 52: A complete closure is anticipated to be in effect for storm sewer construction at the intersection of CR 300 N and US 52 from October 28th to October 29th.

CR 300 N at SR 39:  Lane restrictions are anticipated to be in place from November 20th until December 5th for intersection improvements and traffic signal installation.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change and dependent on weather conditions.

In addition to these road closures, please be advised that CSX Railroad crossing closures are ongoing and will continue over the next few weeks.

Current closures include SR 47 east of 150 W and 200 E north of 600 S, roads are estimated to be closed for 3 days.

Completed CSX Railroad crossing closures include:

750 S

550 S, 500 S, and 450 S, all located between 200 E and 100 E

400 S between 50 E and 125 E

250 S between John Shaw Road and 50 E

SR 39 just south of Tyre Road

125 S west of SR 39

Enterprise Blvd west of SR 39

300 N West of SR 39

Remaining closure for CSX crossing repairs:

900N just south of the county line

Nick Parr, Boone County Director of Highways

“We are committed to minimizing disruptions and ensuring the safety of our community during these infrastructure improvements. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these necessary construction projects,” said Nick Parr, Boone County Director of Highways. 

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November 5, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243

Boone County Commissioners Applaud County’s Recognition as Indiana’s Community of the Year

Boone County, IND — The Boone County Commissioners proudly congratulate Boone County for earning the prestigious title of Indiana’s Community of the Year, awarded by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. This accolade reflects our county’s remarkable growth, business-friendly environment, and quality of life.

Boone County has been recognized as the second-fastest growing county in the state, attracting diverse businesses and residents alike. Notably, the Indiana Chamber has honored Boone County as the 2023 NextEra Energy Resources Community of the Year.

“We are immensely proud of Boone County’s recognition as Indiana’s Community of the Year. This award underscores our commitment to fostering growth, providing opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life for all our residents. Boone County is not just a place to live; it’s a place to thrive.”

Boone County’s impressive achievements include securing nearly $800 million in business expansions over the past five years. Notable investments include Ken’s Foods, NewCold, REGO-FIX, GR Brands, FTIC, and Eli Lilly.

Small businesses thrive here, constituting 80% of our local economy. We have added nearly 2,000 jobs in the last three years, with Boone County ranking highest in Indiana for employment growth at 10%.

Investments in amenities, like the Big 4 Trail and downtown improvements, enhance our quality of life. 

Boone County will receive the NextEra Energy Resources Community of the Year Award on November 14 at the Indiana Convention Center.

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September 27, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

317-518-2243

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

Boone County Senior Services, Inc. (BCSSI) Provides Invaluable Services to Boone County Residents

With its ever-evolving programming and serving as the county’s reliable transit system, BCSSI has not only taken great care of the seniors but also steered Boone County towards a brighter future, one compassionate journey at a time.

Since its inception on September 28, 1978, they initially served 125 seniors with three essential services. Today, BCSSI has grown exponentially and now touches the lives of over 2,000 seniors throughout the county. This remarkable impact is achieved through the dedication of their compassionate staff members, a strong Board of Directors, and over 200 caring volunteers.

Most people don’t know that BCSSI is the designated public transit provider in the county, known as Boone Area Transit System (BATS). It operates as a vital city bus service for people of all ages in Boone County. By breaking down transportation barriers, BCSSI ensures that seniors, and other residents, can access crucial services, connect with their communities, and enjoy socialization and interaction with their peers. The public transit program is in partnership with Boone County Commissioners. 

“BCSSI is committed to bridging the generations in Boone County,” said Anita Bowen, the Executive Director of BCSSI. “We are dedicated to providing support and enriching experiences that empower older adults to lead fulfilling lives, and are so proud to provide daily opportunities to foster community connection and inclusion.”

Among many events and activities the organization provides, BCSSI is excited to announce its upcoming BCSSI Olympics event, an inspiring celebration of ageless spirit and camaraderie among older adults in Boone County. They give medals based on age decades, and this is the first year they have had two competitors in the 100 year age decade. The event, hosted by BCSSI, will take place on August 28 – August 31, offering an opportunity to witness the remarkable achievements of seniors while shining a spotlight on the organization’s mission to promote independence and enriching opportunities. 

BCSSI invites the community to join in celebrating their annual Olympics event and witness the spirit of resilience and unity that exemplifies the essence of Boone County’s older adults. For more information about BCSSI and their ongoing efforts to empower seniors, please visit: www.boonseniors.org to sign up. 

August 14, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

317-518-2243

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

Boone County Commissioners Remind Residents to Drive Safely as Students Return to School

As the new school year approaches, the Boone County Commissioners are urging all motorists to exercise extra caution and be vigilant while driving, especially during peak school hours. 

Boone County Commissioner President, Donnie Lawson, expressed his concern for the safety of the county’s students and the need for collective responsibility in ensuring safe roads. 

“As our schools welcome back students, it is imperative for drivers to exercise caution around school buses and school zones, strictly adhering to traffic regulations. Together, we can all create a safe environment for our students,” Lawson stated.

Passing a stopped school bus when its red stop-arm is extended is not only illegal but poses a significant threat to the safety of students entering or exiting the bus. It is crucial for all drivers to stop when they encounter a school bus with its stop-arm extended, regardless of the direction they are traveling.

The Boone County Commissioners are working closely with local law enforcement agencies to enforce traffic laws around school zones and bus stops. Officers will be patrolling these areas to ensure compliance and to protect the community.

“We wish everyone a safe and successful school year,” said Lawson.

August 1, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachael Coverdale

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

317-518-2243