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Santa Claus Receives Another Community Crossings Grant

l-r: Gov. Holcomb, John Bowen & Rep. Stephen Bartels

Governor Eric Holcomb came to Evansville yesterday to announce the awarding of another round of Community Crossings Grants. The Town of Santa Claus received $131,070.00 which will go towards improvements on Buffaloville Road next year. This is the fourth award the town has received and has led to major road improvements including L J Koch, Ashburn, Holiday Blvd and several others in Holiday Village.

Santa Claus was one of 200 counties, cities and towns in the state to share in this round which total $99.2 million for local road improvements.

Community Crossing Grant at Work

Thanks to this year’s Community Crossings Grant received by the Town of Santa Claus, both Louis J Koch Blvd.and Ashburn Rd. are being resurfaced.

This much needed work could not have been done without the grant. E & B Paving is finishing up the work today.

Driver Alert!

Watch out for road work!

Depending on the weather, road repair work will begin on Louis J. Koch Blvd. and Ashburn Drive this coming Tuesday, June 11th.

In preparation for the resurfacing, E & B Paving will be patching and cutting driveways beginning next week. Work will take several days to complete.

Resurfacing of these roads will follow, but the schedule has not yet been set.

This project is funded as part of the Community Crossings Grant.

2019 Golf Cart Registration

This is your annual Golf Cart Permit Registration Notice.

To be permitted to drive on the streets of the Town of Santa Claus in Christmas Lake Village and Holiday Village your golf cart needs to be registered with the town and a permit must be displayed on the vehicle.

Annual fee is $25, payable to the Town of Santa Claus along with the registration form can be dropped off at Town Hall during normal business hours.

To view the Town ordinance, click here.

To download the registration form, click here.

Golf Carts and Off-Road Vehicles shall not be operated on sidewalks, trails, other public ways, streets and roadways other than those defined as “Permitted Streets” in this Section, State Highways (except as permitted by Section 2 above), or at any location on Louis J. Koch, Jr. Boulevard or on Ashburn Road between Louis J. Koch, Jr. Boulevard and New Year’s Eve Day Drive. In and at Yellig Park, Golf Carts and Off-Road Vehicles shall be operated only in designated parking lots and driveways, and shall not be operated on walking trails, on ball or soccer fields or other areas not designated or otherwise established for vehicular travel.

 

It’s Official

The town now has a Main Street
…the signs are up!

Although it’s been open for some time, the new signs have been installed.

Main Street is located just south of the Community Center and Fire Station, it connects IN162 to IN 245 and is a three lane road with an extension of the hiking and biking trails just waiting for development.

2017 Community Crossings work is nearly completed

Work is wrapping up on the 2017 Community Crossings Grant projects.

Thanks to the grant, the town leveraged it’s meager road budget to resurface 4 sections of roads in Santa Claus and will be re-striping another one soon.

Brown Road From New Years Day
Walnut Dr. from Hevron. Rd.

One might wonder how roadwork is selected.

Each year, the town assesses road conditions on a scale of 1-10 on the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) scale on the nearly 17.5 miles of town roadways. This, of course, does not include Christmas Lake Village roads,

nor does it include the state highways of 162 and 245. These ratings determine the length of useful life for each road.

Combining the rating with the available dollars, the roads are prioritized for repair, replacement or re-surfacing. Then, based on the available dollars in the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund, repairs are scheduled.

With the help of Community Crossings grants from INDOT over the past two year, the town received nearly $240,000 and re-surfaced 17.8% of town roads at a cost to the town of less than $89,000.

A Sneak Peak at Our New Road

The new road on the west side of town is coming along nicely.

With luck, it could be open as early as late September.

Sidewalk will be on the west side of the road.
A biking and hiking trail will be on the east side.
Looking north toward the Community Center and Fire Station.