Monday, January 26, 2015

Fiddling While Rome Burns

"The Indianapolis City-County Council doesn't have money to fix potholes that line city streets in your neighborhoods, build and replace broken sidewalks and install street lights or perform any number of other basic city services, but it has money in its pockets to burn on...Angie's List."

Thus begins a post on Advance Indiana today.

This Indianapolis Observer never ceases to be amazed at the ability of Indy residents to focus on the inessential (deflategate comes to mind) while the essential languishes.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ready for Trash "Slide"?

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day there will be no regular trash or heavy trash pick-up Monday (19 January). All trash collection services will operate one day behind on a slide schedule. This means trash routes will be collected as follows:

Monday trash collections will be collected Tuesday.
Tuesday trash collections will be collected Wednesday.
Wednesday trash collections will be collected Thursday.
Thursday trash collections will be collected Friday.
Friday trash collections will be collected Saturday.

All trash collection services will return to normal 26 January.

That is, unless something changes....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trash Pickup? Who knows!

Indygov's trash collection website is still talking 'bout the first week in January.

Who knows when we'll have trash pickup -- or what'll be picked up in "double collection" (if that ever happens).

This Indianapolis Observer thinks that the trash pickup folks are the same ones who are responsible for snow removal (which also hasn't happened in this part of Indy). (Yes, that was a bit of snark.)

UPDATE: Oh -- and, next week is the holiday-induced "trash slide". Yep. No Monday pickup on 19 January, so everybody's pickup is pushed back a day.

Except this Indianapolis Observer's trash from LAST Wednesday (14 January) has yet to be picked up. It's been sitting at the curb since Tuesday night (13 January).

UPDATE 2: This Indianapolis Observer's trash was picked up about 6 p.m. Friday (16 January). Whew!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Still No Trash Collection in Indy

Sub zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills caused the City to cancel trash and recycling collection on Wednesday, January 7, Thursday, January 8, and Friday, January 9. Residents who normally have trash collected on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will not have collection this week. Instead, residents affected by the cancellations will have double collection next week.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NO TRASH PICKUP

"The Department of Public Works will suspend trash collection on Wednesday, January 7 and will evaluate weather conditions to determine when trash collection may resume safely."

Thus sayeth the Mayor's Office.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"Just Hit the Damn Deer"

Slate.com has an interesting commentary on deer/car road collisions.

"White-tailed deer are the deadliest animals in North America. Every year an estimated 1.25 million deer-vehicle crashes result in about 150 human fatalities, more than 10,000 injuries, and insurance payouts approaching $4 billion," writes Al Cambronne.

"We now have about 30 million deer in the United States—100 times more than a century ago. Having all those deer has consequences—for us, the landscape, and the deer themselves."

Your Indianapolis Observer has had a collision with a deer near Eagle Creek Park. Which brings up a question: how many deer died during the recent cull? Probably not nearly enough.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hoosiers in the News

According to the New York Times, "Biomet, the medical devices company being sold to its rival Zimmer Holdings [both are based in Warsaw, Indiana], is suspected of helping to bribe government officials in Mexico and Brazil, according to the confidential documents, which have not been previously reported."

Read more about the unfolding scandal here.