Package theft at an all time high during the holidays!

Neighbors we’ve received a few reports that packages have been stolen off homeowners porches recently. Please keep an eye out and REPORT all incidents — or suspicious people to the police (317-327-3811)!


Digital Billboard Update

The proposed Digital Billboard Ordinance (Prop 250-2014) was postponed to another meeting, most likely in January. Stay tuned for more information as we follow this ordinance — and if you haven’t already, please share your opinion with our City County Councillor, Monroe Gray (317-327-4242) or !


Levee Project UPDATE

LEVEE PROJECT ALERT: The Department of Natural Resources will host a public hearing to answer questions about the project detailed in the article below. It’s scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian Street. Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association apologizes for the short notice — if any neighbors can attend we’d ask them to do so and share their opinion!


When to call 911…?

What is 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial for the fastest possible emergency response when you need emergency POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL ASSISTANCE in a life or death situation.
    • Your call is answered by a county operator to determine if you need POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL assistance.

When to dial 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial to report Criminal Activity in Progress, Fire, Medical Emergencies, Shots Fired, Any Life Threatening Incident and Suspicious Activity.
    • Stay calm. Give your name, location and nature of the emergency.
    • Answer the 911 Dispatcher’s questions as accurately as possible.
    • Never hang up on the 911 Dispatcher until you are told to do so.
    • Do not dial 911 for non-emergency situations.
    • For non-emergency situations, such as noisy neighbors or a stolen bicycle use the Non-Emergency number: 327-3811

How 911 Works?

Example: What to do if you are looking out of your window and notice a person breaking into your neighbor’s home….

    • You should immediately go to the phone and dial 911.
    • Even while you are talking, an officer is already on the way. Try to remain calm and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability – we understand you may be excited.
    • DO NOT HANG UP! For the safety of the officer who is on the way and all people involved, it is very important that the dispatcher on the phone gets all the necessary information about the emergency and the suspects. 

Information most needed:

    • What happened?
    • When did it happen?
    • Where it happened (address/intersection/landmark)
    • Telephone number of the person calling
    • Who is involved?
    • Is anyone injured?
    • Suspect description
    • Vehicle description/License Plate Number
    • Direction of travel of suspect
    • Did you see any weapons?

Never tell a 911 operator that a situation is more serious than it really is just to get faster service. It is against the law to intentionally give false information to the police.

911 Emergency Examples:

    • Robbery, burglary or larceny in progress (i.e.: Someone breaking into your home or vehicle or one of your neighbors’ homes or vehicles now)
    • Shootings
    • Fires or Medical emergency
    • Traffic injury – crashes
    • Person asking for help
    • Domestic Violence / Abuse
    • Fights or displays of weapons
    • Criminal activity
    • Any suspicious activity happening at the time of your call.

Non-Emergency Examples:

A non-emergency call is simply a request for police service that is not a life or death situation, and it is not “in progress”. An officer can handle some of these calls over the phone such as:

    • Vandalism (not in progress)
    • Stolen property (not in progress)
    • Criminal or Suspicious Activity (not in progress)
    • Loud Party 

(317) 327-3811


BTNA November Meeting TONIGHT (6:30pm at the MLK Community Center)

Our November Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association Board Meeting will be held TONIGHT starting at 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center (40th & Illinois). Best, BTNA Board

ps. Indianapolis leaf collection also starts today! If you have any questions feel free to visit


Butler University – New Student Housing

Butler University has released plans for a proposed new student housing building to be located on the current Irwin Library surface parking lot (see photos below). Butler University has announced upcoming public meetings to discuss the proposed new student housing building. The dates are:

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center-Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014:  7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014:  7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)

For more information, please visit

The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA) is accepting public comment on the proposed new student housing building. Please forward comments in writing via mail or email by Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm. 

Butler University previously presented on the proposed student housing building at the BTNA August monthly meeting on August 11. At the BTNA September, the BTNA Board will vote at the BTNA September monthly meeting on September 8 whether to support or oppose the garage. There will be NO public comments taken at the September 8 meeting as there are other neighborhood items on the agenda to discuss.

To comment via mail:

Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association
Attn:  Ted Feeney
PO Box 88234
Indianapolis, IN 46208

To comment via email:  (Please use “Butler University Student Housing Comments” in the subject line of the email.)