2019 in Review

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

While some of the discord and tone of incivility found on the national level has

trickled down to Hendricks County, there remains here a common core of community

spirit, in our towns, both large and small, that was evident in 2019.

In 2019. the Town of Plainfield announced big plans for a new look in the dowtown area, mixing the area’s historic buildings with new strutures to bring more visitors. Top photo: parking garage/business building. Bottom photo: The Barlow, a mixed-use private project with apartments, commercial space, and parking.

2019 was a municipal election year and started off with a total of 28 Republicans and 5 Democrats seeking a place on the November ballot.

While municpal election years are normally uneventful, two referendums on the ballot for the Danville Community School Corporation raised divided residents of Center and Marion townships. In the end, the referendums failed to receive the needed votes. The election for three seats on the Danville Town Council also drew battle lines. The Town began the year with the retirement of the longtime Town Manager,

followed by the exit of the police chief and town planner/assistant town

manager and administrative assistant. An anonymous gift of $750,000 in memory of the late Brian Burch, made the dream of new sports field for the Cascade Youth League at Amo. The four diamonds and concession stand will be competed this year. Major construction of a new town center and a new headquarters for Hendricks County Bank & Trust, plus additions to the town park system changed the landscape at Brownsburg. Plainfield also announced several major

projects in the downtown area and new education center near the high school. The smaller towns also

worked to renovate and improve. Amo added a new look to its downtown, while the revitalization groups at Coatesville and North Salem also made progress in improving their downtowns and providing new community activities. For The Republican, it was also a year of renewal, with a new owner and the start of renovations to the office and preservation of the historic pressroom. Since 1897, The Republican has furnished a week-by-week summary of the year’s events for our readers. A review of the events of 2019, along with photo highlights, can be found elsewhere in this issue

of The Republican.

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