The IHCA took an aggressive stand beginning in 2003. We added more street lights. We inventoried the community regularly and surveyed residents to find out what is important to them, and then we acted on it. We had meetings with the sheriff’s department and worked together to have junk vehicles removed from our streets. We wrote letters to landlords asking them to do a better job with their properties and much more, and many responded positively.
It is safe to say that there has been a positive trend of improvement for all Indian Heights residents starting in 2003. It is still improving today, thanks to Indian Heights being annexed into Kokomo and the quality of life ordinances that came with it.
Of all the issues that we were aware of, crime was not then and is not now a major issue in our community.
Indian Heights residents include police officers, registered nurses, nursing aides, plumbers, electricians, waitresses, investors, carpenters, educators, factory workers, housewives, single parents, veterans, senior citizens, and a good number of children and young people. We have many residents who have lived in their homes since being built and are happy here.
Indian Heights has issues, as any community has, but we are not a crime-ridden hood, as we feel we were depicted in the Tribune’s article.
If you are thinking of downsizing or just living a more sustainable lifestyle, perhaps Indian Heights might work for you. We have many nice, low-maintenance homes at affordable prices, good sidewalks, city water and sewer, and lots of good neighbors.
John J. Roberts