Geist Conservancy District Throws Red Challenge Flag in Hamilton County Courts

On the heels of the January 4, 2021 ruling by Hamilton County Courts to dismiss the Amended Petition, attorneys for the Geist Conservancy District today filed a Motion to Correct Errors to overturn this ruling. Outlined in the motion are four critical errors that the petitioners argue need to be corrected. 1.      It was error for the Court to conclude, through …

Judge Denies Amended Petitions

Today, the Hamilton County Superior Court ruled that because the law establishing reservoir conservancy districts in Indiana was not passed until 2020, the signatures gathered relating to our original petition were not valid with respect to the petition as amended in 2020.  Thus, the Court dismissed the amended petition. In doing so, the Court ruled that the work to reach …

Virtual Petition Hearing Recap

Our Geist Conservancy District Steering Committee would like to thank all of our supporters and legal team for attending this morning’s petition hearing. The purpose of the hearing was for the court to determine if our petition met the statutory requirements and, if so determined by the judge, refer it on to the Natural Resources Commission (“NRC”) to establish the …

Geist Conservancy Public Hearing

The Geist Conservancy District has mailed out a Public Notice of the December 11, 2020 hearing. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the courts have asked us to organize this virtual hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the petition meets the statutory requirements and can therefore be referred to the Natural Resources Commission for further proceedings. The hearing …

Geist Conservancy District Formation Passes Another Major Milestone

Passage of Senate Bill 430 Paves the Way for an Operating Agreement with Citizens Energy, Institutes Tax Caps, User Fees Limits, and Removal of Eminent Domain March 5, 2020 – GEIST RESERVOIR, IN – Organizers for the Geist Conservancy District announced today the successful passage of SB 430 in the Indiana State Senate and House which amends the current Indiana …

Residents File Petition in Hamilton County to Create Geist Conservancy District

Media Contact: Tom Britt, 317-496-3599 tom@townepost.com Proposed Special Taxing District Will Have the Most Freeholders of Any Conservancy District in the State of Indiana. November 22, 2019 – Fishers, IN – Organizers representing freeholders from 40 neighborhoods around Geist Reservoir submitted a petition for the establishment of the Geist Conservancy. District to the Hamilton County Superior Court today accompanied by …

Fair Distribution of Financial Investment

Under the proposed Geist Conservancy District, all stakeholders that receive benefit from our area’s greatest resource share the financial investment necessary to preserve it equally: District homeowners, those with deeded or rental docks, and recreational users.  For homeowners in the District, their investment rate is based on the net assessed value of their home – just as property taxes are …

LARE Grant Funding

Historically, the Geist Lake Coalition has worked with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on various reservoir clean up and weed control projects through the State’s LARE (Lake & River Enhancement) grant program. According to Brian Hall, President of the Geist Lake Coalition, they have applied for and received moneys numerous times over the last 15 years for various …