The Orleans Town Council has set April 8-13 as “Town-Wide Clean Sweep Week,” and is encouraging all local residents to participate in the clean-up efforts.  Town crews will be picking up large items of discard free of charge that week. Discard items should be placed curbside for easy pickup.  In addition a large dumpster will also be set at the Orleans Town Garage for resident use that week as well. Residents are welcome to bring any unwanted or junk type items they want to dispose of and place in the dumpster. The town’s newspaper recycling bin will also be available as well.

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce and Dogwood Festival Committee are also participating in this special community event and asking everyone’s help to make our hometown beautiful by taking the time to clean up, spruce up, fix up, and paint up all around town that week. Youth groups, service groups, business people, families and churches are welcome and urged to help sweep the town clean!

To arrange for pick up of items or for more information on the “Clean Sweep” contact the Orleans Town Offices at 812 865-2539 or visit the town on-line at



Orleans (April 1, 2019) — Orleans Town officials have endorsed April as Indiana Safe Digging Month, in collaboration with Indiana 811, the statewide “call before you dig” center. The month serves as a reminder for Indiana homeowners to contact 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects.

April marks the start of the spring digging season, so Indiana 811 and Orleans Town personnel are encouraging all area homeowners to contact 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

When contacting 811 by phone or visiting, anyone who plans to dig is connected to Indiana 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the planned digging activity. Professional locators are then sent to the requested dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates contacting 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that should include contacting 811 beforehand. For every project, be sure to follow the five important steps for getting your utilities marked – plan your project, contact Indiana 811, wait for the marks, confirm the marks and finally, dig with care.

Visit for more information about 811 and the safe digging process.


Orleans Town Officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is participating in the upcoming “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 18-23 including a special state wide test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for  Tuesday, March 19th. The first drill will be between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and the second drill will be between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. In case of unsettled or severe weather on the 16ththe test will be rescheduled for March 20.

Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange CountySheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system.  The siren indicates a tornado or severe weather is possible in the Orleans area.

During stormy weather, residents are urged to remain alert and stay tune to their local television, radio stations and weather radios for the most up to date weather information and be prepared to move quickly to a designated “safe area,” should conditions develop and the emergency siren is activated. Residents should also be mindful of the fact that emergency sirens are designed mainly for “outdoor” warning use and may not always be heard indoors.  Again local television, radio and weather radios are the primary sources of severe weather related information.


The Town of Orleans receipt of Indiana Public Employer’s Plan (IPEP) 2019 Safety Grant Award.  

Making the award presentation to Orleans Town Clerk  Robert F. Henderson was Eric Ackerman,
IPEP District Representative (second from 
the far right).  Also on hand for the ceremonies  were
Brett Busick of 
Busick Insurance (far left) and Assistant Town Supt. Daniel Houchin (far right).

The Indiana Public Employer’s Plan, Inc. (IPEP) is excited to announce the Town of
Orleans as a receipt of its 2019 Safety Grant Award.  IPEP is proud to
partner with the Town and Busick Insurance Agency to maximize opportunities
to promote a safe work environment and assist with stretching their risk
management resources.  The grant funds in the amount of $4,000 will be used
to purchase safety equipment or safety training programs that will reduce or
limit workers’ compensation exposure.

IPEP was created in 1989 as a risk-sharing pool for public entities, as a
response to the need for public employers to find affordable workers’
compensation coverage. IPEP has grown to provide workers’ compensation
claims administration for more than 700 public entities including cities,
towns, counties and schools.



Orleans Town Officials recently recognized the members of the OHS 7th Grade Boys Basketball
Team and their coach Kyle Bostic in ceremonies held last Thursday night.  Town Council members
passed a special Resolution in their honor as well as presenting them with the Key to the City.



To all Residents of Orleans:


We understand the importance of communicating with you and ensuring that we keep you in the loop regarding events affecting Orleans.  As a result, we are pleased to announce that we are initiating a new notification service called REACH Alert.


This new service will allow us to immediately share important information regarding a number of items, including waterline breaks/boil water advisories, road closures/delays due to construction or accidents, hazmat situations, AMBER/Silver alerts, police actions, and civic events.


As good as this service is, if you don’t register, we can’t share important information with you.  You decide if you want a text message, voice call, or an email.  Each household can register up to 4 phone numbers and 4 email addresses.  All you need to do is:


1.    Go to and click on MY ACCOUNT.

2.    Select CREATE ACCOUNT.

3.    Follow the prompts and enter your preferred contact information.

4.    Network Name: type Orleans (click on our name when it appears).

5.    Select resident or business

6.    Enter your address and click on it when it appears in the drop-down list.


If you opted to receive text alerts, Reach Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration.  Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE.  If you do not receive this message, please call Reach Alert.

If you do not have access to a computer or if you experience any difficulty registering, please contact REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313.



If you don’t register, you won’t receive our messages.




Thank you.



Orleans Town Policy Announced for Yard Waste Pickup

Orleans Town officials have announced a slightly revised policy in regards to residential yard waste pick up.   Street Department employees will continue curbside yard waste pick up for the town’s citizens as a courtesy in keeping the Orleans community clean and beautiful.  The town has designated each Tuesday of the month as yard waste collection day, with the exception during said week a holiday falls and the town offices is closed. Pickup will resume the next full week of business.

The Town Crew will collect yard waste (grass clippings, small twigs, garden waste, shrubbery trimmings etc.)  which is placed at curb provided they are marked container of sorts that does not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Small tree limbs, branches will be collected at curbside if they are reasonably stacked with the base pointing toward the street and only if they have been cut into four foot lengths and not larger than 3 “ in diameter.

Larger tree limbs, tree stumps and tree trunks will NOT be collected by the street employees.  Residents may take those type of items anytime to the town lake area and placed on the brush pile located there.

The Town Superintendent  will have the final say on what is allowed to be collected.

The Orleans Town officials reserves the right to change this policy upon extraordinary situations, such as severe storm damage.

Limbs may be dropped off at the town lake anytime. NO treated or painted lumber allowed.

For more information or to schedule a pick up residents may contact the Orleans Town Offices during regular business hours M-F 812 865 2539 ; email



Orleans Town Water Again Surpasses All Requirements

The Town of Orleans Utilities is happy to report that Orleans had excellent drinking water again in 2017. Rigorous testing revealed that our drinking water again surpasses all federal, state and local regulations. Copies of the 2017 Water Quality Report are now available upon request from the Orleans Town Offices located at 161 E. Price Ave., or by simply visiting the town’s website.

Water customers are encourage to review their water quality report and contact the Orleans Water Department at (812) 865-2539 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.on Monday thru Friday with any comments or questions regarding the report.




Town of Orleans expands payment options

Pay GOV LLC ( has announced that Orleans citizens are now able to pay utility payments by credit or debit card at the Utility office, over the Internet or via 24/7 LIVE operators at 1-866-480-8552. The Town of Orleans is the latest Indiana municipality to offer electronic payments.

Orleans town officials  are familiar with the financial struggles faced by many residents. In order to remain sustainable it is vital that every avenue be explored to limit municipal costs while increasing revenue collection. The Town is continually reviewing expenditures and cost savings initiatives to better service their citizens.
Clerk-Treasurer Robert F. Henderson said “We have been seeking out the best options regarding electronic payment. Many of the solutions found were cost prohibitive,” explained Henderson “Pay GOV was chosen after consulting other Indiana municipalities. They have a superior reputation for customer service.”
PayGOV.US, a leading provider of electronic payment options based in Indianapolis, Indiana and 2009 Indiana Companies to Watch Award Winner, has similar agreements with government entities and utilities in over 38 states.



Orleans Water Department Reminder to Residents Use Care when Mowing Yard

The Orleans Water Dept. is reminding residents to please use care when mowing their yards in not to run over and potentially damage their water meter lid or other attached parts.  The town’s 900 some water meters and radio unit for the meter itself are all electronic now and quite costly.  A number of MXUs have been damaged by lawnmowers and residents may be held responsible for any damaged parts.

Caution should be used whenever mowing as not to hit or run over the top of the water meter lid. Questions may be addressed to Orleans Town Offices M-F during regular business hours.



Orleans Town Square Park Summertime Use Reminders

As summer officially gets underway and many more people are using the historic Orleans Town Square Park (Congress Square) the Orleans Police Department would like to remind park patrons to be courteous to other park patrons and respect the park grounds by putting trash and litter in its proper place by using one of the many trash receptacles located throughout the park. The overall goal is making sure the park area is a clean, safe & positive environment for everyone’s enjoyment.   Park goers are  reminded that the new veterans memorial honors those who have served our country and is a center piece of the park worthy of respect.  The Orleans Police Department would also like to remind park goers that bicycles, skateboards, inline skates and scooters are prohibited inside the park grounds. Bike racks are available on both the north and south sides of the park for our biking friends to leave their bikes and be able to walk into the park area. Parents are reminded that young children should not be sent to the park alone. Children should not play or swim in the fountain due to the risk of electrocution and other health and safety issues.  Orleans town ordinance 2001-18 contains additional rules for the safety of park goers.  A copy of the complete ordinance can be obtained from the Orleans Town Hall or the Orleans Police Department web site, and clicking on the Local Ordinance tab.  The Orleans Town Square Park and Welcome Center, located on the north side of the town square is under 24 hour video surveillance.



Orleans Summer League Provides Recreation For Youth

Orleans Summer League provides supervised recreation for area youth ages 3-12 during the months of April, May and June.  A registration form is required from all participants to participate in the summer recreation program. Contact Brent Brown, 812-653-9732;



Residents reminded to remove abandoned vehicles

The Orleans Police Department would like to remind area residents that it is a violation of Indiana state law to have a vehicle which is inoperable on private or public property. A vehicle which is inoperable is considered abandoned by definition according to Indiana law. The Orleans Police Department will be tagging all inoperable vehicle located on public and private property within the Town of Orleans. Once a vehicle is tagged the owner of the vehicle will have seventy-two (72) hours to remove the vehicle or the vehicle will be towed and the owner of the vehicle will be responsible for any and all towing and storage fees incurred. The Orleans Police Department would like to encourage anyone who has an inoperable vehicle to remove it from their property and avoid the cost of having the vehicle towed and stored. The Orleans Police Department would like to thank citizens for their cooperation in this matter.



Town Stepping Up Efforts On Unkempt Properties In Town

Orleans Town officials continue to receive complaints about local property owners who have not cut their grass and weeds, as well numerous as complaints on several unkempt areas around town.

Residents are reminded once again that lawns and lots in town must be kept mowed, and trash items and other debris picked up. Residents are urged to refrain from blowing grass clippings into the streets and roadways, as this practice prohibited by ordinance, clogs the storm drains and contributes to the town’s overall flooding problems during periods of heavy rainfall.

Several residents have been sent notices and those not complying will be turned over to the town attorney. If property owners do not clean up their properties, town employees can do the work and owners be direct billed for it.

The town contracts services of Ron Taylor to spray for mosquitoes and is asking residents to continue to assist in those efforts for general health & safety by keeping all yards and lots mowed off, any brush type items removed, and any type of standing water removed. Old tires should be discarded and rain gutters & down spouts should be checked & cleaned regularly to allow water to flow freely.



Orleans residents reminded of dog and cat laws

The Orleans Police Department has received numerous complaints of dogs and cats running loose. The Orleans Street Department picks up dogs and cats found running at large and transports the animals to Orange Co Humane Society. Citizens experiencing problems with stray animals can contact the Orleans Town Garage at 812-865-3207 or by email:

The Orleans Police Department would like to encourage all dog and cat owners to be responsible owners and keep their dogs and cats confined to their property.