Below is the text of the petition recently circulated to those Warfleigh residents who currently reside outside the boundaries of the Broad Ripple Village Association. It should be noted that most Warfleigh residents already live within the BRVA boundaries.
I had suggested earlier that this petition be posted on this site for everyone in Warfleigh to see, but that did not happen. I had hoped to see the issues raised in this petition discussed at the recent WNA meeting, but the drafters of the petition did not come to the meeting.
Even though the misinformation this petition contains was addressed by representatives of the BRVA on this web site, the petition was nonetheless circulated. I think it's important for all Warfleigh residents to be aware of what this petition actually says and to judge for themselves whether it is a valid representation of the facts.
To reiterate what has been pointed out before on this web site by Elizabeth Marshall, director of the BRVA and the person who sent the survey to affected Warfleigh residents, here is the crux of the matter:
--BRVA IS NOT ATTEMTING TO ANNEX WARFLEIGH NOR IS ITS INTENT TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE WARFLEIGH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.
BRVA is a not-for-profit neighborhood organization whose members pay annual dues. It relies on volunteers for all its activities and its mission is "to support and encourage a spirit of community cooperation in Village development and beautification, and to serve as a community liaison to the City of Indianapolis." It has no legal authority to annex Warfleigh and its intention was not to replace or compete with the Warfleigh Neighborhood Association. The WNA's activities do not overlap with those of the BRVA and their goals and spheres of influence are not the same.
I have quickly looked at the list of people who signed this petition, and noticed a couple of interesting points to ponder. At least one individual signed the petition who had also sent in a Yes vote to the original survey, and there are also a couple of people who own multiple rental properties who signed it multiple times as if they were residents of each, rather than as a property owner (not residing at all addresses listed).
Help Save Warfleigh
Dear Warfleigh neighbor:
Last week the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) sent out
notices indicating it was attempting to annex the part of
Warfleigh North of Kessler between Meridian and the river.
Notices were sent to some, but not all home owners in the
Despite the limited distribution, the notice sent by BRVA
representative Elizabeth Marshall indicated that the BRVA will
assume you support the annexation unless you submit an
objection to the annexation in writing. Additionally, the notice
provided no response deadline by which such objections must
Accordingly, we have developed the attached petition and ask
that you sign it expressing your objection to the annexation to
save Warfleigh Neighborhood Association.
If those who circulated this petition actually want to further and protect the interests of Warfleigh residents, I would suggest that they take the time to participate in the activies of the WNA and spend less time in litigious activity that doesn't demonstrate a very neighborly attitude.