Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Westside

October 26, 2013

Brownsburg council passes 2014 budget

BROWNSBURG — The town council here passed the 2014 budget after some discussion and removal of a specific line item.

The line item in question was for the purchase of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) to be purchased for the Brownsburg Police Department.

Before the budget could be passed, council president Gary Hood gave his thoughts on the vehicle, which would account for $170,000 of the $40 million town budget.

“I will share with everybody, that I was opposed to this vehicle,” Hood said. “I was quite opposed to this vehicle, when I started into this process. I think the challenge is the fact that Brownsburg is supporting a lot of other areas through our mutual aid. I really believe that this is asking the Brownsburg taxpayers to again carry a cost that will get used on a broader basis within the county and yet the Brownsburg taxpayers are paying for it. I am also concerned that it’s a vehicle that’s only going to be used a few times a year.”

He added that he’s had many conversations with Brownsburg Police Chief Michael Dove regarding the vehicle.

“Chief (Dove) has shared with me that our number of ERT (Emergency Response Team) callouts has gone up over the course of the years,” Hood said. “It started out, I believe, Chief (Dove) was saying it was at two or three and you get up to possibly six or seven. You have to recognize while it would get used, potentially in those situations, you’ve also got an asset that you’ve, in essence, invested the town taxpayers’ money in that’s sitting 350-plus days of the year without really doing anything.”

Hood said he’s also worried about the perceptions the vehicle might cause.

“I am very concerned about the impression that it puts forth that we live in a community that requires armored vehicles in order to be able to provide protection to the town,” he said.

Text Only
Westside
  • HCF 4-16 ent myers dinner theatre pic 1 Myers Dinner Theatre announces next show "The Dixie Theatre Goes Vegas!" opens April 25 at Myers Dinner Theatre. The comedic sequel to last season's "The Dixie Theatre's First-Ever Gospel Sing" runs through May 17. Performances are primarily on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and Friday

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chamber to host forum on Affordable Care Act The Westside Chamber of Commerce will host a forum on the effects of the new Affordable Care Act on small and medium-sized businesses and what can be expected. The forum is set for 8:30 a.m. April 25 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2930 W

    April 16, 2014

  • Verizon offers tips to stop distracted driving April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Verizon Wireless suggests some simple tips for consumers to put into practice. Nearly 57 percent of U.S. drivers admit to texting while driving. To help resist the temptation to text or talk on the phon

    April 16, 2014

  • WSF 4-15 spt bd bb pic-2 Brownsburg downs Ben Davis BROWNSBURG -- Behind a couple of offensive spurts and a pair of home runs, host Brownsburg defeated Ben Davis 10-0 in five innings on Wednesday. "We got off to a little bit of a sluggish start and their pitcher kept us off balance a little bit," Brow

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSF 4-15 news seed festival pix Students get a taste for science It's hands-on learning at its finest: students getting a chance to put their hands in the soil, watch plants grow, and take a field trip to the global headquarters of a company that's a world leader in crop protection and biotechnology products. For

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bed and breakfast hosts Kaffe Klutchs on April 17 Renate Swope, owner of Renata's Bed & Breakfast, will begin hosting Kaffe Klutchs from noon to 3 p.m. April 17. This is the first of many German-style coffee and cake time events at the bed and breakfast. Participants will be able to enjoy coffee, te

    April 15, 2014

  • Registration opens for Eagle Creek Park Kids Fishing Derby The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to noon June 7 at Eagle Creek Park's Coffer Dam, at the first right south of the 71st Street gate on the city's northwest side. The family-friendly event is fre

    April 15, 2014

  • WSF 4-15 spt bd sb pic-1 Bulldogs rout Giants The Brownsburg softball team played a well-rounded game in Wednesday's 15-0 five-inning beating of Ben Davis. Brownsburg had 13 hits and five walks at the plate, and yielded just two hits defensively. "We had some timely hits and made plays in the fi

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSF 4-15 news eagle creek clean up 1 Volunteers spruce up area around Eagle Creek Park Several volunteers took advantage of the nice weather this past weekend to pick up trash at Eagle Creek Park during the Great Indy Cleanup. The Great Indy Cleanup is a program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. It's an anti-litter program in partnership

    April 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • Breast Cancer Softball deadlines April 20 Midwest Sports Complex has announced the registration deadline for Breast Cancer Softball is noon April 20. To register, contact Brett Fishburn at 835-5243. In addition, Midwest has announced flag football registration is open for the season, which

    April 15, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

New poll question: Will you be attending this year’s Indianapolis 500?

Yes
No
Undecded
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read