Updated Website for the Town of Lapel
The Town of Lapel website at https://lapelindiana.org has had a makeover, with a lot of enhancements and improvements.
Thanks for stopping by and please Contact Us if you need further assistance.
Natural Gas Price Update
Town of Lapel
Natural Gas Price Update
There are several factors impacting natural gas prices. First and foremost, natural gas prices have been impacted by the Russia/Ukraine conflict. Russia has limited deliveries of natural gas to Europe via the Nordstream pipeline. As of August 31st, Russia is delivering no gas via Nordstream with no date to resume service which should send European price skyrocketing if the outage continues. This has driven natural gas prices for Winter for Europe past $40/Mcf after trading over $100/Mcf…more than ten times the US price! The US is making up some of the shortfall via LNG exports to Europe and other countries. The US can export more than 12 Bcf/day when operating at capacity. Every cubic foot of natural gas that can leave this country will due to the high price overseas market. Natural gas storage is 7.4% (223 Bcf) below last year due to the US using significant natural gas consumption for power generation to meet cooling demands. Natural gas production which most had anticipated to reach 97 Bcf/day, or higher this year has not reached that point. Natural gas production is currently at its highest for the year at/near 96.5 Bcf/day and it just reached these levels after lingering below 94 Bcf/day for most of the year. These factors have allowed natural gas prices to reach 14-year highs.
It's not all bad news for US buyers. The Freeport LNG plant which produces 2.2 Bcf/day remains offline and is currently projected to be back in service no sooner than mid-November and will likely be off longer. That pushes 2.2 Bcf/day into storage until its restart, gas that otherwise would have left the country. The next several weeks we should see strong injections into storage. NOAA just posted their updated forecast on 9/15 forecasting well above normal temperatures for November into December for most of the highly populated (high gas consumption) regions. This would push additional gas into the ground as well and could push prices lower.
The natural gas market remains volatile and we anticipate natural gas costs will be higher than last winter. Prices have somewhat decoupled from the European price and are currently trading well off the recent high prices with only January 2023 delivery trading over $8.00/Mcf on 9/16. It was only a few days ago all of winter was trading over $9.00/Mcf. The long-term outlook depends mostly on the weather trend. We will need a winter of above normal temps as a whole to bring prices down significantly. We will keep you posted on natural gas price expectations as winter nears.
Lapel Parks and Thoroughfare Open House
Please plan to attend a public open house for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the Lapel Parks Department and the Thoroughfare Master Plan for the Town of Lapel.
Save the Date
September 1st at the Eagles on 9th St.
For more information visit lapelplanning.wpengine.com
Funeral Procession for Officer Noah Shahnavaz
A message from the Lapel Police Department concerning the Funeral route for Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz on Saturday, 6 August 2022.\
I want to pass onto the residents of Lapel the route that the Funeral procession will take for Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz. I know there have been some postings on social media already of the route, but I wanted to pass on some additional information as well. The first thing I would like to say is thank you for the support you have shown for Officer Noah Shahnavaz, the Elwood Police Department, and Madison County Law Enforcement as a whole.
I know many of you have expressed a desire to show your support by lining the roadway as the procession passes through Lapel and I wanted to provide you with the route and locations that you can do so safely.
The procession route through Lapel will exit I-69 at the 214 exit and proceed north on SR-13. It will then turn west onto 300 S and proceed to Atlantic road where it will turn north and proceed to SR-13. For the residence of Brookside and Montgomery Farms, once the procession turns onto 300 S, you will be blocked from entering onto 300 S for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. It is estimated that there will be 2000 vehicles in the procession.
Please remember that the service will be a very fluid event and times are only estimates. I anticipate the procession will enter Lapel no earlier than 3:00 pm and no later than 5:30 pm. Again, please bear in mind that I have no way of actually knowing how many Officers will attend the funeral service and times could vary drastically. If you will follow the Town of Lapel Facebook page, a post will be made once the service at the ITown church is complete and the procession should be entering Lapel anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes after that time.
If you wish to show your support by standing roadside I ask that you do so in the following locations:
1. Along the grass at the Lapel Elementary school parking lot along 300 S.
2. Along the sidewalk in front of the Brookside and Montgomery Farms additions.
3. Along SR-13 at the Trinity Life Center.
4. Along SR-13 at the old Pilot gas station.
If you plan to stand along 300 S, parking is available at the Lapel Elementary school parking lot and overflow parking will be at the new ball fields on Brookside Rd. If you stand in front of the Trinity Life Center you could park in their parking lot and if you stand in front of the old Pilot you could park in their parking lot.
Again, thank you for your support. If there are any updates, they will be posted on the Town of Lapel Facebook
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2021
The annual drinking water quality report for 2021 has now been made available online.
Surveys to help the Town of Lapel
The Town of Lapel is conducting two surveys to inform planning efforts: one for the Lapel Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the other for the Lapel Thoroughfare Plan. You may participate in both surveys or simply complete the one of most interest to you. There is an incentive for you to take both surveys.
For those who complete both surveys, you will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two $50 gift cards to Smoky’s Concession Stand in Downtown Lapel. Please note that town employees, commission members and council members are not eligible for the gift cards. We sincerely look forward to your input and feedback as we work to improve our Town.
The surveys will be live for two weeks. We hope to hear from you soon.
Here’s the link to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L6CMNSC
Here’s the link to the Thoroughfare Plan survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KT5PPCN
Waste Management Announcement
ATTENTION RESIDENTS--MESSAGE FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT
Beginning this week on Wednesday, WM will service Lapel’s trash pickup from our Indianapolis Hauling District instead of our Morristown Hauling District. This should be seamless to your residents as your service day will not change. Recycling pickup will continue to be provided by Morristown Hauling. The recycling schedule will not change either.
Again – we do not expect any impact to residents except that the time of the day that the drivers arrive could be different. If there is a way to let your residents know to place their trash and recycling at the curb the night before or prior to 6 a.m. that may be helpful in case of any change in the usual service time.
Thanks and have a great week!
Public Sector Solutions Representative
Paving Projects Spring 2022
Earlier this week representatives of the Town of Lapel were present for a presentation of funds awarded from the 2022 Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.
Governor Holcomb (second from left) with Town President Teresa Retherford (left) and Deputy Clerk Treasurer Paula Lee (second from right) (Tuesday April 19th)
The upcoming project includes Erie Street, 10th Street, 500 S, and 4th Street.
We choose the streets that need to be paved based on findings from our engineering company Kimley Horn.
To view a copy of the latest street report created by Kimley Horn you can follow this link
Additional Resources to Read
Heavy Trash Pickup May 18th 2022
TOWN OF LAPEL
RESIDENTIAL HEAVY TRASH SERVICE
WEDNESDAY – MAY 18TH, 2022
Cleanups are for Town of Lapel residential customers only and cleanup collection will not include commercial or apartment buildings. No trash from any small businesses operating out of a home will be accepted.
Examples of typical Household Heavy/Bulk Items that will be accepted:
• Carpet & padding and rugs are acceptable. Must be rolled & tied with tape or string into 4ft sections, no wider than 2ft in diameter, no heavier than 50 lbs.
• Mattresses/Box Springs/Upholstered Furniture must be wrapped in plastic for curbside pickup. Use Mattress bags (available at moving stores) or plastic painting drop cloths sealed with duct tape (available at department stores). Queen size mattress or smaller only. No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas.
• Bags placed for collection may not exceed thirty‐five (35) pounds & cans may not exceed fifty (50) pounds.
• No individual item over five (5) feet in length, three (3) feet wide or (3) three feet high or weighing over 100 pounds.
• Windows, glass, and mirrors must be less than 3’x4’ in size. Broken glass should be placed in a box, taped shut, and clearly marked, “Broken Glass.”
• Grills - Gas grills must have propane tank removed prior to disposal.
• Lawn Mowers - Push Lawn mowers must be drained of oil and/or gas prior to disposal. We do not accept riding lawn mowers.
• All small items must be in bags or cans for collection. LOOSE PILES WILL BE LEFT FOR THE HOMEOWNERS DISPOSAL.
WM will not accept:
• Auto parts, engines, tires, batteries
• Electronics, including televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, etc.
• No remodeling or construction material - lumber, plaster, drywall, paneling, siding, roofing, or other building materials
• Chemicals, pesticides, paints, solvents or other household hazardous waste
• Propane tanks/gas tanks
• Dead Animals
• Concrete, bricks, dirt, rocks, sod, or stumps
• Iron or steel, or Cast iron bathtubs, or
• Medical waste
• WM will not accept appliances that contain Freon, which include air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers, unless the appliance bears a certification sticker indicating that the Freon has been removed by a certified technician.
Limb Pickup 2022
BEGINNING MAY 2, 2022
Limb removal will be the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
Limb removal NOT to exceed ONE pile six feet tall by six feet wide by six feet deep with limbs four inches in diameter or smaller to be processed by the town chipper.
Place limbs street side by 7:00 a.m. on the regular scheduled pick-up day. Residents will be charged for limbs exceeding the above described limit. If residents require removal before regular monthly date, they may contact the town hall and will be billed for the service.
(NO THORN BUSHES, SHRUBS, STICKER BUSHES, OR VEGETATION NO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS/BOARDS FENCE POSTS/4X4’S)
Flushing Hydrants March 21st - 31st
The Town of Lapel Utility Department will be flushing hydrants March 21st - March 31st. We are hoping this can be done in one week, but due to being short staffed we want to prepare everyone with a two week timeline. Please be careful doing laundry during this time.
Lapel Police Department Hiring Full Time Officer
The Lapel Police Department is now hiring for a Full Time Officer. Please pick up an application at Lapel Town Hall Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm. Applications are due by February 21, 2022.