Plainfield Ranked Among Best Small Towns in America
Money Magazine has ranked Plainfield as one of the best small towns in America in which to live. The magazine's September issue has Plainfield at #62 in the top 100. Small towns' were defined as having a population of less than 50,000.
Plainfield scored high in the housing category, where the median home price of $130,000 was significantly more affordable that the $265,929 price tag average of the top 100 towns. The town also did well in the education category, where reading and math scores from our public schools were above the average state test scores of the top 100 towns. Plainfield didn't fare so well in the financial category, where job growth in the last ten years (7.22%) was less than the average (24.63%) and the median household income of $70,066 was also less ($99,975).
The ranking favored the “25-minute drive on I-70 to downtown Indianapolis.” In the category for population with a commute 45 minutes or longer, Plainfield's number was 8.6%; the average of the top 100 cities was 15.4%
According to the magazine's short write up about Plainfield, “Families come for the solid schools; in 2010, Plainfield's schools had a graduation rate of 98%.”
Three other Indiana towns also made the list. Westfield was #48, Noblesville was #50, and Brownsburg was #55.
In the same issue Money ranked the top counties for job creation in the last ten years, and Hendricks County came in at #20 out of the top 25. (Job creation: 31.0%). Hamilton County in Indiana came in at #5.
Puppy Pool Party to be September 10 and 11
Plainfield's 5th annual Puppy Pool Party will be held on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at the Plainfield Recreation & Aquatic Center's Splash Island Water Park
The schedule is as follows:
11 am to noon – Small Dogs
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. – Large Dogs
2 pm to 3 pm – Small Dogs
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Large Dogs
1 pm to 2 pm – Small Dogs
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Large Dogs
Small Dogs include dogs up to 35 pounds
Large Dogs include all dogs over 35 pounds
Fees: Minimum $10.00 per dog.
at front desk
$7 will support the town beneficent fund and $3 will support the Hendricks County Humane Society's HOPE program (Help Over Population End)
NOTE: All pets must have proof of current vaccinations the day of the event! Paper certificates are required – RABIES TAGS ALONE ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Smart Recycling Starts at the Curb
The Town of Plainfield believes recycling is good for our town and for our future, and encourages recycling by having curbside recycling on trash day.
Here is a list of what is and is not recyclable at curbside:
- Glass bottles and jars – clear and colored glass; please rinse. No need to remove labels
- Newspapers – and everything delivered with them like inserts and coupons
- Cardboard – clean, dry, broken down, neatly bundled. Must fit in receptacle
- Cans – food and beverage aluminum and steel cans
- Plastic containers – all plastic containers marked “1” through “7” -
- Plastic medicine bottles and plastic cleaning bottles also marked “1” through “7” (must be empty)
- Plastic bags
- Newspaper delivery bags
- Wax paper
- Light bulbs
- Food soiled paper
- Window glass
- Plastic flower pots
- Clear dome covers from take-out
- Microwavable food trays
- No oil containers (motor, butter, cooking)
Plainfield Chaplain Helps Missouri Tornado Victims
The devastating tornado which struck Joplin, Missouri in May had officials calling for help from first responders around the country. The International Conference of Police Chaplains also sent out the call for volunteers to assemble a Disaster Response Team and head to the area. Plainfield Police and Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Roger Foggin responded to that call.
“Roger's been our chaplain here for a couple of years now and is doing a great job,” said Captain Darel Krieger of the Plainfield Police Department. “He went to college in Missouri and was asked by a fellow chaplain if he could help. Roger did all the right things in asking permission, and the Town was very supportive, giving him a car to take down there. He was only gone for a week, but that allowed him time to use the training we'd provided and also the Fire Department, to counsel not only the families of the victims but also the officers and responders. I know it challenged him, especially to see that devastation in an area where he'd gone to school, but it also gave him experiences that may someday be needed in Plainfield. It was a win-win situation for all involved.”
Foggin also helped as a volunteer in delivering food, water and supplies to other first responders.
Don't Leave Heavy Trash at Curb!
Items that will not be collected at the curb by Ray's Trash include couches, construction materials, chairs, tires, televisions or other bulk items.
These items are collected at the Department of Public Works during heavy trash pickup days in the spring and fall.
The next heavy trash days are
Saturday October 8 and
Saturday, October 15