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Rocky Ripple Town Council Monthly Floodwall Project Meetings with DPW 2022: The Zoom meeting ID for 2022 Rocky Ripple Town Council Monthly Floodwall Project Meetings with DPW has changed; see below for information. Time of the meetings remains the same from 3-4 pm on the second Mondays of each month. Join Zoom Meeting ID: 844 6067 3668Passcode: 266313One tap mobile+16468769923,,84460673668#,,,,*266313# US (New York)+13017158592,,84460673668#,,,,*266313# US (Washington DC)Dial by your location+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)Meeting ID: 844 6067 3668Passcode: 266313Find your local number:



Nestled in a bend on the White River in the heart of Marion County, Rocky Ripple has a history of political and environmental activism. In the recorded minutes of the first public meeting held shortly after the town was incorporated in 1927, Town Clerk/Treasurer, Fred Doeppers, describes the community as follows:

“The beauties of the scenery and the attraction of the river for bathing and fishing, made their appeal to nature lovers, and in a short while the river bank was built up with cottages.

At first these were principally for summer camp purposes, but as the years went by and high water lost its terrors, many of them were converted into permanent homes.”

Doepper explains that area residents were moved to political action when the City of Indianapolis failed to make any “effort to stop the pollution of [the] White River, caused by emptying raw sewage from Broad Ripple into the stream, and when appeals to the State Sanitary Board and the Fish and Game commission [sic] proved ineffectual, the townsfolk were greatly concerned.

“To cap the climax came persistent rumors that Mayor Duvall of Indianapolis was anxious to annex the Area to the City. The prospect of excessive taxation without commensurate benefits was enough to arouse everyone.”

Consequently, a “mass meeting” was called and residents decided to become an incorporated town. They raised the necessary incorporation fee and sought legal advice from local attorney Charles W. Appleman.

On February 1, 1928, Mr. Appleman addressed a letter to Mrs. Otto Mueller in which he writes: “the decree incorporation for the Town of Rocky Ripple has been entered. You are now a city incorporate.”

Flanked on its eastern and southern boundaries by the Indianapolis Water Canal and Butler University, this urban haven for wildlife combines the atmosphere of a small town with access to the amenities of Indianapolis. Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts alike are drawn to the area to view the wildlife and recreation along the canal towpath and the river.

REMINDER: Meeting is Tonight! Rocky Ripple Floodwall Status Update Meeting with DPW on Wed. Dec 8, 2021 6 pm: The Town of Rocky Ripple will be meeting with representatives from Citizens’ Energy to discuss the future of STEP (Septic Tank Elimination Program) plans for the community. The meeting will be held virtually via TEAMS. Details are below: Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 317-969-8102,,220075384# United States, Indianapolis Phone Conference ID: 220 075 384# Find a local number | Reset PIN Learn More | Meeting options