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Parks and Recreation Survey

Orleans is presently collecting input for a new Parks and Recreation Plan.  Selected households have been selected to participate in an important survey, which will help guide town officials in operations and future enhancements of our public spaces for years to come.

To pick up a paper copy of the survey (with stamped return envelope), stop in Orleans Town Hall M-F during regular house of operation.   The survey is scheduled to close on February 5, 2024.


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Survey for Town of Orleans

In order to comply with the latest updates to mandated federal environmental regulations (i.e., “Lead & Copper Rule”) requiring an inventory of all municipal water service lines throughout the country, the Town of Orleans is asking their water customers to inspect the water service line coming into their residence or business to determine the material they are made of.

In addition, the new updated rule now requires the water utility to identify the composition of distribution pipes to the plumbing fixtures inside the customer’s residence or business.

Commonly found pipe materials in our area include copper, plastic, galvanized and possibly some lead, although no lead has been identified in our system for many years.

If water customers are able to determine the composition of their water lines, both inside and outside, the town is asking each customer to fill out a survey being widely circulated or go online to access https://form.jotform.com/230325341765048 and complete the information needed. The surveys also contain a QR code to access the proper link.

This inventory is being conducted with the help of Commonwealth Engineers and questions concerning this survey may be directed to both the Town of Orleans at 812-865-2539 and/or Commonwealth Engineers at 812-474-1177.

Water customers are urged to fill out these survey questions to speed up the completion of the requirements for the inventory submission next year. Without customer assistance, alternate means of verifying this information will be necessary, including door-to-door surveys, verification of the line by excavation, and requesting access to the home or business for line testing by the Orleans Water Utility.

An inaccurate inventory can also negatively affect the town’s eligibility for grants in the future.

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Orleans Town Officials Swearing In Ceremony Set For December 28

There will be a brief Swearing-In Ceremony for newly re-elected Orleans Town Council members and Clerk Treasurer on December 28th 11:30 a.m. at Town Hall.  Orange Superior Court Judge Debra Andry will preside over the ceremony.   Light refreshments will be served afterwards.  The public is welcome to attend.


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OPD Participate in Annual Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child

The Orleans Police Department were once again proud to be a part of the 2023 CelebrParticipation in Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child held last week in Paoli.

The annual Rick Magill Clothe-A-Child Memorial, is a heartwarming initiative dedicated to bringing joy to children during the holiday season. This year’s collaboration was a resounding success, marked by camaraderie and shared commitment.

Joining forces with esteemed law enforcement agencies including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orleans Police Department, French Lick Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, and Indiana State Police, the Paoli Police Department engaged in a collective effort to make a positive impact within the community.

The memorial event, named in honor of Indiana State Trooper Rick Magill, is designed to ensure that children experience a memorable Christmas by providing them with essential items. These contributions go beyond material possessions, aiming to create lasting memories and spread holiday cheer.

A heartfelt appreciation goes out to the numerous businesses and individuals whose generosity throughout the year has made this initiative possible.

Their support has not only helped fulfill the vision of the Rick Magill Clothe-A-Child Memorial but has also strengthened the bond between law enforcement and the community.

For more information or to contribute to future initiatives, please contact Garland at the Orange County Indiana Sheriff’s Department. 812-723-2417.


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Orleans Town Fall Leak Pickup To Get Underway

Orleans Town crews are now picking up bagged leaves. Trash and bagged leaves must be kept separate for pick up.  The Town’s Leaf Machine pickup will also underway very shortly. Crews will be moving from pile to pile until all the leaves are down and collected and then will make the circuit again. Residents are being asked to rake leaves to the tree plat, located between the sidewalk and curb and NOT into the street. Burning of leaves is not permitted on any town street or roadway.

Residents are asked to remove any large sticks and similar debris from the leaf pile. The sticks clog up the vacuum pipes and slow the crew’s progress.  Questions concerning leaf collection should be directed to Orleans Town Offices at 812-865-2539.


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Orleans Fire Gearing Up For National Fire Prevention Month

Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention month? To be more specific, Sunday October 8th – Saturday October 14th, is National Fire Prevention week. We here at the Orleans Fire Department have started to prep for different events where we are afforded the opportunity and responsibility to spread the word about Fire Prevention.

We will start off with the Fall Fun Fest on Congress Square October 14.  Fire Chief Ronald Roach along with other local fire department members will be out in the park talking with families about the importance of Fire Safety. He might even have some special things to give the kiddos!

Later this month members of the Orleans Fire Department will be presenting their Fire Prevention program to the children at Orleans Elementary School. During this program, children will witness first-hand what a firefighter looks like in all of their gear. They will also learn about fire safety plans, and how to determine if there is fire behind their door. We discuss things like having 2 ways out of every room, and the number to call for help!

We will be at the firehouse handing out candy and other goodies during the town wide Halloween event on October 31st. Please stop by and meet your local firefighters, and maybe even meet Sparky the fire dog! The firehouse is directly behind the Orleans Townhall at 161 East Price Ave.

If you, your family, church group, or even business would like more information about Fire Prevention and safety, please contact us at 812-865-2887, and we will set a time for a program. We here at the Orleans Fire Department have a driving passion to keep everyone in our community informed and safe. We look forward to meeting with you.


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Operation Orleans Hometown Heroes Banner Project Kicks Off

“Operation Orleans Hometown Heroes Project,” kicked off Thursday at the Orleans American Legion Home.  Residents are being encouraged to honor their hero, a family member or friend who is a Veteran past and present by purchasing one of the new banners.  The Hometown Heroes Banners will be displayed on the period street lamps throughout the town this coming

November to honor and celebrate our Veterans and their Service.

The banners will be customed created by HD Graphix. Orders are now being accepted on a first come and first served basis.  Cost of each banner will be $100 (includes photograph).  Hurry!  DEADLINE to place an order is September 16th.

Those interested in placing their orders are urged to do so online, if possible, at www.hdgraphixshop.com

Please provide a good sharp high resolution type photograph.  Order forms are also available from the Orleans Town Hall and inside The Orleans Progress Examiner.

Shown (Left to Right) purchasing the first banner is project co-chair and Orleans Clerk Robert F. Henderson, honoring his own father, a veteran of WW II, Project; Legion member and project chairlady Penny Brown-Beatty, Legion

Commander Ron Taylor and Legion Secretary Tom Roney, Jr.   The project is a joint effort between the Warren Brock American Legion Post #69 and the Town of Orleans.


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Historic Downtown Orleans Will See New Mural

Historic downtown Orleans will soon welcome a new mural in the mini “gateway park”, located on the east side of the square, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Recently, the commission announced it has awarded $3,360 to the Town of Orleans through the Arts Project Support grant program.

More than 480 applications were reviewed by 146 panelists from around the state and country with expertise in the arts, community development and nonprofit management.

“The projects and organizations selected to receive funding are strengthening our state,” said Anne Penny Valentine, chairwoman of the Indiana Arts Commission. “The commission is excited and honored to invest in Hoosier communities, supporting organizations that are doing exceptional creative work to make Indiana a great place to live, work, play, study and stay.”

Orleans Town Clerk said the grant will help pay for a mural to be created and displayed in the newly developed downtown “Gateway Park.” The theme of the mural will be historic in nature.

Orleans High School art teacher Dr. Leah Morgan and the Advanced Art Students will be commissioned to create the artwork for the new mural along with H.D. Graphix being responsible for the install.

“We are so fortunate the Indiana Arts Commission has selected our project to receive this grant,” Henderson said. “Murals and public art are so important to the vitality and creative spirit of communities such as ours.”

Town Councilman Randy Clark echoed Henderson’s comments saying that this was a wonderful opportunity for our little hometown.

The historic downtown area is home to several murals created over the past few years.

“We know projects like this bring attention to communities by drawing people to see them,” Clark said. “It also gives residents a sense of pride in their community.”

Funding for the Indiana Arts Commission and its programs is provided by the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Orleans Town Endorses April As Safe Digging Month

April marks the start of spring digging season, so Indiana 811, the Hoosier State’s “811 Before You Dig” center, Orleans Town officials are encouraging its residents to be sure to contact 811 before digging to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

The Town of Orleans recently endorsed April 2023 as National Safe Digging Month in the state of Indiana. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of safe digging practices across Indiana and reminding homeowners to make a free request to 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects.

According to a recent survey by the Common Ground Alliance – the national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities – 74% of U.S. homeowners plan to dig on their property this year. Of those who are planning projects, more than 49.3 million Americans will put themselves and their communities at risk by not contacting 811 before digging.

Visit Indiana811.org to submit a request online or call 811 at least two full working days prior to digging to allow a professional locator to visit the property and mark the approximate location of the underground utility lines. 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. When digging, remember to dig around the marks, not on them, and don’t forget that time, erosion or root structure growth can shift the locations of utility lines.

Striking a utility line while digging can lead to penalties, repair costs and even injury or death, so consider this a friendly reminder to contact 811 before you dig in April – and every other month of the year.


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Orleans Town-Wide Clean Sweep Coming March 27-April 1

The Orleans Town Council has set March 27-April 1 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 and urged to bring any unwanted or junk type items they want to dispose of and place in the dumpster.

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 “Spring Clean Sweep” contact the Orleans Town Offices at 812-865-2539 or visit the town on-line at www.town.orleans.in.us


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March 20-26 Orleans Fix A Leak Week

Water leaks are costly and can be even costlier than consumers might expect.  To remind Orleans residents about leaks and the need to fix them, the Orleans Town Water Department is observing “Fix a Leak Week” from March 20 through March 26.         “This is an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any leaks, and to repair them as quickly as you can,” said Orleans Clerk Treasurer Robert F. Henderson.  “Some leaks are obvious, while others are not.  But as they waste water, they waste your money, too.”         All local water customers should perform three tests regularly.         The first check is to make sure all faucets in the home or business are not dripping.  They can be repaired inexpensively.         If a faucet drips twice per second and goes unrepaired for a month, it will waste almost 520 gallons of water.         If the same faucet isn’t repaired for a year, the wasted water will add up to more than 6,200 gallons.  (As an example, if a consumer is billed at a rate of $7.00 per 1,000 gallons, such a leak would cost $43.40.  The leak would also increase the consumer’s sewer bill if it is calculated based on water usage.)         Second, it’s important not to underestimate the amount of water a leaky toilet can waste.  Toilets can waste hundreds of gallons every day.          An easy check is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.  If any food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl, there is a leak after the test, the toilet should be flushed right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.         Lastly, water users should make sure their home or business doesn’t have an “invisible” water leak, such as a leak in the underground supply line connecting the utility’s main to the building.  This type of leak can be checked by turning off all faucets and appliances that use water, having the Water Company read the meter, not use any water for 30 minutes, then have the Water Department read the meter again.  If it has moved, then there is a leak.          For more information on local water usage, please call the Orleans Town Hall 812 865 2539 or visit our website at www.town.orleans.in.us


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Bike and Pedestrian Master Planning Process Underway

Several Orleans residents came out to Town Hall last Tuesday night for the first of two scheduled public meetings to learn first-hand about the town’s Bike and Pedestrian Master Planning process underway and provide feedback on the draft materials.  The Town of Orleans kicked off the planning efforts late last fall after receiving a $20,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Health. Over the past several months, the project team has been working with an advisory committee made up of Orleans residents and community leaders to develop a series of goals and proposed recommendations for where improvements are needed.  A second public meeting is set for April 20th 5 p.m. in conjunction with the regular town council meeting.   The public is welcome and urged to attend.


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Orleans To Participate In State Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 12-18

Orleans Town Officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is once again participating in the upcoming “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 12-18 including a special State Wide Test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for Tuesday, March 14th. The test is scheduled that morning for 10:15 a.m. In the event of severe or inclement weather, the test will be rescheduled.

Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system.  The sirens indicate a tornado or immediate 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 sirens are 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 stations, radio and weather radios are the primary sources of severe weather-related information.


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Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Group Meets

Members of the Orleans Hike & Bike Advisory group met last Wednesday night at town hall to continue providing input for the town’s Bike and pedestrian Master Plan.  Members of the citizens and community leaders group include Chris Swayer, Jim Ellis, Jack Taylor, Grant Hayes, Heather Ross, Brandy Terrell, Randy Clark and Robert Henderson.  Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is serving as the town’s consulting firm on the project.  The first of two scheduled Public Meetings will be held on March 7th 6 p.m.  Residents are invited and encouraged to come out and learn more about the planning effort and proposed project.


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Orleans Police Department Body Cameras

Community Partners-Hoosier Uplands recently provided funding for the purchasing of personal body cameras for Orleans Police Department.  Shown left to right Town Councilman Randy Clark,  Orleans Town Marshal Richard Dixon, David Miller, Executive Director of Hoosier Uplands,  Assistant Deputy Marshal Jim Lindsey, Town Council President John F. Noblitt.   Not pictured is Town Councilman John H. Lindley and Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson. Town officials expressed their appreciation to Miller and Hoosier Uplands


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Orleans Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan


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Orleans Again Participating in “Project Blue Light”

The Orleans Police Department and Orleans Town officials are once again promoting “Project Blue Light” this holiday season. Project Blue Light began in 1989 by Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA who put blue light in her window to remember her son-in-law, Danny Gleason, a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1986. Dolly Craig shared her idea with Concerns of Police Survivors who, in turn, shared the idea with others. Now thousands of blue lights shine nationwide during the holiday season to honor and remember law enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and to show support and thanks for those officers that continue to work in American law enforcement.

Blue candles will be placed in the windows of the Orleans Police Department and will remain lit throughout the holiday season. From a single candle in a window or a blue porch light to an entire building outlined in blue the message is the same and clear. The Orleans Police Department is encouraging everyone to participate in Project Blue Light this Christmas season by incorporating “blue” into your seasonal light displays from now through New Year’s.


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Town Fall Leaf Pickup Reminder

Orleans Town crews are now picking up bagged leaves. Household trash and bagged leaves must be kept separate for pick up.  The Town’s Leaf Machine pickup is also underway. Crews will be moving from pile to pile until all the leaves are down and collected and then will make the circuit again. Residents are being asked to rake leaves to the tree plat, located between the sidewalk and curb and NOT into the street. Burning of leaves is NOTpermitted on any town street or roadway.

Residents are asked to remove any large sticks and similar debris from the leaf pile. The sticks clog up the vacuum pipes and slow the crew’s progress.  Questions concerning leaf collection should be directed to Orleans Town Offices at 812-865-2539.


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Orleans Municipal Fire Gearing Up For Fire Prevention Month Awareness

The time has come for us to start thinking Fire Prevention!

Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention month? To be more specific, Sunday October 9th – Saturday October 15th, is National Fire Prevention week. We here at the Orleans Fire Department have started to prep and stock up for different events where we are forwarded the opportunity and responsibility to spread the word about Fire Prevention.

We will start off with the Fall Fun Fest on Congress Square October 8th with our annual Corn Hole tournament, and walking tacos! Fire Chief Ronald Roach will be out in the crowd talking with families about the importance of Fire Safety. He might even have some special things to give the kiddos!

On October 25th, members of the Orleans Fire Department will be presenting their Fire Prevention program to the children at Orleans Elementary School. During this program, children will witness first-hand what a firefighter looks like in all of their gear. They will also learn about fire safety plans, and how to determine if there is fire behind their door. We discuss things like having 2 ways out of every room, and the number to call for help!

We will be at the firehouse handing out candy and other goodies during the town wide Halloween event. Please stop by and meet your local firefighters, and maybe even meet Sparky the fire dog! The firehouse is directly behind the Orleans Townhall at 161 East Price Ave.

If you, your family, church group, or even business would like more information about Fire Prevention and safety, please contact us at 812-865-2887, and we will set a time for a program. We here at the Orleans Fire Department have a driving passion to keep everyone in our community informed and safe. We look forward to meeting with you.


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Fall Orleans Town-Wide Clean Sweep


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Town of Orleans Utilities Expands Payment Options

Orleans Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson has announced that residents are now able to enroll through his office in the ACH Recurring Payment program. This feature will allow town water customers to schedule their payment to be automatically deducted from their checking or savings account.

Henderson said the Recurring Payment option will be convenient for Orleans Utility customers saving them both time and postage. The payment is always on time (even if the customer is out of town) eliminating any type of late fees.

Here’s how recurring payments work:

The customer authorizes regularly scheduled debits to their checking or savings account. And the customer is then charged the amount indicated on their monthly water bill.

Those Orleans municipal customers interested in signing up for the new payment option should contact the Orleans Town Offices M-F during regular business hours to fill out and complete their authorization form. For more information call 812 865 2539 or visit the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us


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Do Not Blow Glass Clippings Into Streets

The Orleans Street Department is reminding local residents of the importance of NOT blowing grass clippings out into the town streets, roadways as prohibited by local ordinance. This practice only tends to clog the overtaxed storm drains, further adding to the town’s flooding problem during periods of heavy rainfall.

Town crews regularly check storm sewer grates, but property and business owners are also encouraged to assist in this endeavor by keeping grates clear of trash items, sticks, limbs in order to allow storm water to run off properly.


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Don’t Forget, You Need a Permit!

The Town of Orleans has had planning regulations in place since 1994. There are a few planning rules that citizens who live and/or own town property should be aware of especially as we move into the spring and summer months.

Anyone who wants to build something or make improvements and/or an addition to an existing structure that is 144 square feet or more is required to get a building permit before doing so. Building applications are available at the Orleans Town Hall M-F during regular business hours. Once the application is completed and submitted back to the town hall, the planning administrator and the town superintendent will inspect the proposed building site to ensure that there is enough distance away from property lines, alleys and street right-of-way, as well as making sure the building will not be located on top of underground utility service lines.

Citizens are asked to contact the Orleans Town Hall for any type of planning or building questions at 812-865-2539 or visit the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us.   The town’s planning administrator Denzil Chisham also is available to meet and assist residents with planning type issues at the Orleans Town Offices on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and other times by appointment.


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Orleans Fix-a-Leak Week March 13-19

Water leaks are costly and can be even costlier than consumers might expect.  To remind Orleans residents about leaks and the need to fix them, the Orleans Town Offices are observing “Fix a Leak Week” from March 14 through March 19 .

“This is an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any leaks, and to repair them as quickly as you can,” said Orleans Clerk Robert F. Henderson.  “Some leaks are obvious, while others are not.  But as they waste water, they waste your money, too.”

All local water customers should perform three tests regularly.

The first check is to make sure all faucets in the home or business are not dripping.  They can be repaired inexpensively.         If a faucet drips twice per second and goes unrepaired for a month, it will waste almost 520 gallons of water.

 If the same faucet isn’t repaired for a year, the wasted water will add up to more than 6,200 gallons.  (As an example, if a consumer is billed at a rate of $7.00 per 1,000 gallons, such a leak would cost $43.40.  The leak would also increase the consumer’s sewer bill if it is calculated based on water usage.)

 Second, it’s important not to underestimate the amount of water a leaky toilet can waste.  Toilets can waste hundreds of gallons every day.

An easy check is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.  If any food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl, there is a leak after the test, the toilet should be flushed right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.

Lastly, water users should make sure their home or business doesn’t have an “invisible” water leak, such as a leak in the underground supply line connecting the utility’s main to the building.  This type of leak can be checked by turning off all faucets and appliances that use water, having the Water Company read the meter, not use any water for 30 minutes, then have the Water Department read the meter again.  If it has moved, then there is a leak.

For more information on local water usage, please call the Orleans Town Hall 812 865 2539 or visit our website at www.town.orleans.in.us


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Orleans to Participate in State Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 13-19

Orleans Town Officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is once again participating in the upcoming “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 13-19 including a special State Wide Test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for Tuesday, March 15th. The test is scheduled that morning for 10:15 a.m. In the event of severe or inclement weather, the test will be rescheduled.

Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system.  The sirens indicate a tornado or immediate 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 sirens are 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 stations, radio and weather radios are the primary sources of severe weather-related information.


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Orleans Receives Safety Grant

The Town of Orleans has recently been awarded a mini grant in the amount of $3,369.60 toward the purchase of needed safety equipment for the town crew to be able to safely enter and work in confined spaces.  The grant was made possible through the town’s affiliation with the Indiana Public Employers’Plan (IPEP) in an effort to provide and encourage safe type working environments throughout the state.  Pictured are, L to R, Town Superintendent Daniel Houchin, Brett Busick of Busick Insurance and TownClerk Robert F. Henderson.


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Reach Alert


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Orleans Fall Town-Wide Clean October 25-30

The Orleans Town Council has set the week of October 25-30 as “Fall Town-Wide Clean Up,” and is encouraging all its residents to participate in the clean-up efforts to help prepare for the fall and winter months ahead.  Town crews will be picking up large items of discard that week. Discard items should be placed curbside for easy pickup.  In addition, a large dumpster is set at the Orleans Town Garage for resident use as well. The dumpster will be available M-F from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 12 Noon on Saturday. Residents are welcome and encouraged, if possible, to bring any unwanted or junk type items they want to dispose of and place in the dumpster.

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 www.town.orleans.in.us


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Orleans Town Wide Clean-Up Guidelines Reminder

Dumping at the Orleans Town Lake property of anything other than residential yard type debris, brush etc. is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. No junk furniture, appliances, lumber etc. Violators will be prosecuted.

The Town of Orleans typically conducts town wide type clean-up efforts twice a year prior to the annual Dogwood Festival and in early October at no charge to its residents. The clean-up events include pick up of large type junk items which are usually placed at curbside for collection. These type of items of discard are only picked up during those two weeks. At other times throughout the year residents are encouraged to take those type of items to the town dumpster which is permanently set up at the Town Garage area on Franklin Street and accessible M-F from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Those residents having additional questions are asked to the contact the Orleans Town Offices, 812 865 2539


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Orleans Town Sponsoring Application For Resident Home Improvements

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Orleans Fire Department Grant

Members from the Orleans Fire Dept received a grant from the Orange County REMC Operation Roundup for the amount of $1,735.00. With this grant money, the department is able to finish setting up their rope rescue gear and also preform water rescues in flood waters where ever they may be needed. Members will now be able to perform multiple types of rescues whether it be over the bank rescues or animal rescues. Also members will now be able to perform water rescues safely with the purchase of water rope, life jackets, and animal life jackets. The Orleans Fire Dept would also like to thank Dr. Kelly Kirk and the employees from Kirk Vet in Orleans for the donation of $250.00 to help purchase a rescue harness for animal rescues in sinkholes or any type of hole where a dog or cat may get stuck. The donation also consisted of two life jackets for a medium and a large size animal during flooding events or water rescues. The Orleans Fire Dept can’t thank these businesses enough for the awarding of these grants and donations. Pictured from Left to Right is Hannah Carter- Orange County REMC HR and Operation Roundup Coordinator, Firefighter Troy Beasley, and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Beasley. (Photo Credits: Emilee Mills)


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Orleans Town-Wide Pride Clean Sweep


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“Orleans Town FIX A LEAK” Week March 15-20

Water leaks are costly and can be even costlier than consumers might expect.  To remind Orleans residents about leaks and the need to fix them, the Orleans Town Water Department is observing “Fix a Leak Week” from March 15 through March 20.

         “This is an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any leaks, and to repair them as quickly as you can,” said Orleans Clerk Treasurer Robert F. Henderson.  “Some leaks are obvious, while others are not.  But as they waste water, they waste your money, too.”

         All local water customers should perform three tests regularly.

         The first check is to make sure all faucets in the home or business are not dripping.  They can be repaired inexpensively.

         If a faucet drips twice per second and goes unrepaired for a month, it will waste almost 520 gallons of water.

         If the same faucet isn’t repaired for a year, the wasted water will add up to more than 6,200 gallons.  (As an example, if a consumer is billed at a rate of $7.00 per 1,000 gallons, such a leak would cost $43.40.  The leak would also increase the consumer’s sewer bill if it is calculated based on water usage.)

         Second, it’s important not to underestimate the amount of water a leaky toilet can waste.  Toilets can waste hundreds of gallons every day.

         An easy check is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.  If any food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl, there is a leak after the test, the toilet should be flushed right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.

         Lastly, water users should make sure their home or business doesn’t have an “invisible” water leak, such as a leak in the underground supply line connecting the utility’s main to the building.  This type of leak can be checked by turning off all faucets and appliances that use water, having the Water Company read the meter, not use any water for 30 minutes, then have the Water Department read the meter again.  If it has moved, then there is a leak.

         For more information on local water usage, please call the Orleans Town Hall 812 865 2539 or visit our website at www.town.orleans.in.us


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Orleans Town Water to Flush Hydrants March 22-26

The Orleans Town Water Department will be flushing hydrants starting March 22 and continue throughout that week. This may cause a temporary discoloration of the water. The water is safe for drinking but may discolor clothes washed in it. Residents should flush their systems by running fixtures,  including the washing machine etc. until the water clears.

The town regrets any inconvenience this process may cause, and thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.  Questions may be directed to the Orleans Town Offices M-F during regular business hours, 812-865-2539 or via email:  orleanstownhall@townoforleans.org


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Orleans Town Offices Reopened to the Public

Orleans Town Clerk Robert Henderson has announced that the Clerk’s Office is once again open to foot traffic and for those having businesses with the town.  Face coverings are required for those entering the town offices at this time. The Clerk’s office is open M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Orleans Water customers are advised that while the town office is now open once again, they may continue should they choose to make payments via regular mail, phone, on-line (credit & debit), outside drop box or the slot in the Clerk’s door etc.

The Planning Administrator’s Office is also open to the public on Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Persons needing more information about town services or assistance are asked to contact the Orleans Town office at 812-865-2539 during regular business hours or via email orleanstownhall@townoforleans.org or by visiting www.town.orleans.in.us


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Orleans Participating in Severe Weather Prep Week

Orleans Town Officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is once again participating in “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 14-20 including a special state wide tornado drill and test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for Wednesday March 16th. The test is scheduled that morning between for 10 and 10:30 a.m.. In the event of severe or inclement weather, the test will be rescheduled.

Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system. The sirens indicate 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 sirens are 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.


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2021 Orleans Summer League Sign Ups is Now Underway

Registration forms available for pick up from both J & S Sportswear and Orleans Town Offices during regular business hours.

Orleans Summer League provides supervised recreation for area youth ages 5 to 12 years of age during the spring and summer months. A registration form is required from all participants to participate in the recreation program.

Registration forms have also recently been sent home with Orleans Elementary students.

Deadline to sign up is March 19th. Cost is $30 per participant.


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Orleans Clerk’s Office Remains Closed to the Public

Due to the continual surge in COVID-19 related illness, the Orleans Town Clerk’s Office remains closed to the public and all visitors.

The office will continue to be staffed as normal M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist residents, address issues, and process payments etc. via phone 812 865 2539 and via email. This closure remains in place until further notice.

Orleans Water customers are advised that all payments will be made via regular mail, phone, on-line (credit & debit), outside drop box or the slot in the Clerk’s door etc. during this time. A convenient link (PayGov) for paying on-line can be found on the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us. A convenience fee may apply.

The Planning Administrator’s Office is presently open by appointment only on Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

*Please Note: The Town Office will not be staffed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.


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Orleans Town Council Meeting Virtually

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3743421032?pwd=UEtLQXk1QU1WN1ZiMHBMU0p0dlRRQT09
Meeting ID: 374 342 1032
Passcode: 9SMbI7

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Orleans Clerk’s Office Remains Closed To The Public

Out of an abundance of caution, the Orleans Town Clerk’s Office will remain closed to the public due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Orange County.

The office will continue to be staffed M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist residents, address issues process payments etc. via phone 812 865 2539 and email.

Water customers are advised that all payments will be made via regular mail, phone, on-line (credit & debit), outside drop box etc. during this time. A convenient link (PayGov) for paying on-line can be found on the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us.


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Orleans To Allow Trick or Treating, Town Leaving Choice Up To Residents

Contact Robert Henderson, 812 865 2539

Trick-or-treating in the Town of Orleans will be allowed on Saturday, October 31st and left up to residents this year as to whether to participate or not.

Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson said the town officials similar to the neighboring communities has opted not to endorse “trick-or-treating” due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19, but has no problem allowing those who look forward to the holiday to participate, provided they do so safely.

The choice to hand out candy will be up to each individual citizen themselves.

Residents who wish to welcome youngsters are being asked to leave the porch light on to indicate if they are handing out candy.  As in years past the suggested hours for Orleans trick or treating activities on the 31st will kick off at 6 p.m. and should be concluded by 9 p.m.   

“Those who participate should take all safety precautions to protect themselves and the community,”

Parents of costumed trick-or-treaters in search of free candy can consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for guidelines on Halloween activities and recommendations to participate safely.

Know the risk

The CDC lists Halloween activities in three categories: low, moderate and high risk.

The CDC lists carving pumpkins with family members and decorating your house or yard as low risk activities. Also, low risk is having a Halloween movie night with those you live with and a scavenger-hunt style trick-or-treat search at home.

Instead of handing out candy, the CDC recommends placing individually wrapped goodie bags at the end of a driveway or edge of a yard for trick-or-treaters to grab and go.

Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and trunk or treat events are considered high risk by the CDC. Also, on the high-risk list are crowded costume parties held indoors and an indoor haunted house where people are in close contact and screaming. As Halloween approaches, those who may have COVID-19 or been exposed to someone should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

For more on CDC trick-or-treat guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


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Dry Conditions Prompt Area Burn Ban

Due to the current dry conditions and no significant rain predicted for the next few days, a majority of the Orange County fire chiefs including Orleans Municipal Fire and the Orange County Commissioners have issued a burn ban for all of Orange County.  The ban will remain until dry conditions change.

Activities banned by the order include:

  • Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter by 10 inches high or larger
  • Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane
  • The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities

Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

As for the application for burn permits inside the corporate limits of the Town of Orleans, for the foreseeable future, all open burning, not contained inside of a fire ring or pit, will be considered UNLAWFUL, and will be treated as such.

Local Questions can be referred to the Orleans Fire Chief Ronnie Roach, 812 865 5616; Orleans Police, 812 865 2222; or Orleans Town Hall, 812 865 2539


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Orleans Residents Urged To Join Town Wide Fall Clean Up Effort

Orleans residents are being reminded that although the Street Department is not picking up large items of discard during this particular time.  A large dumpster is available at the Orleans Town Garage complex M-F 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents are strongly encouraged to bring any unwanted or small junk type items they want to dispose of and place in the dumpster.

Residents are also being encouraged to take some time to help clean up, fix up, paint up and spruce up our hometown of Orleans for the fall and winter months ahead.  All lawns and lots in town should be mowed off, and trash items and other debris picked 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.

The Town Crew will collect yard waste (grass clippings, small twigs, garden waste, shrubbery trimmings etc.)  which is placed at the curb provided they are marked container of sorts that does not weigh more than 50 pounds.  Yard Waste should be kept separated from regular household trash.

Small tree limbs, branches will be collected at curbside if they are reasonably stacked with the base pointing toward the street and if they have been cut into four-foot lengths and not larger than 4 “ in diameter.

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


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Don’t Forget A Permit Is Required For Building

The Town of Orleans has had planning regulations in place since 1994.  There are a few planning rules the Citizens who live and/or own property should be aware of especially as we move into the summer months.

Anyone who wants to build something or make an addition to an existing structure that is 144 square feet or more is required to get a permit before doing so. Building applications are available from the Orleans Town Offices M-F during regular business hours.

Citizens are asked to contact the Orleans Town Hall for any type of planning or building related questions at 812 865 2539; via email or visit the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us

The town’s planning administrator, Denzil Chisham, also is available in the planning office to assist residents with planning matters every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m.  Appointments are not required but are being recommended at this time.


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Orleans Town Water Again Surpasses All Requirements

​The Town of Orleans Utilities is happy to report that Orleans had excellent drinking water again in 2019. Rigorous testing revealed that our drinking water again surpasses all federal, state and local regulations. Copies of the 2019 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.


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Town Hall Reopens

The Orleans Town Hall / Clerk’s Office has reopened to the public as of June 1st.

The health and well-being of both our staff and citizens is our top priority. We will be following the CDC guidelines which includes a slight modification to the front counter area. We also will be limiting the number of customers in our office at any one time.

If you are sick please refrain from coming into the building and use the convenient drop box outside.

And while the office is once again open, those who wish may continue to pay their water bills via mail, phone, on-line, or the drop box outside drop box (NO CASH PAYMENTS).


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Town Council to Conduct Meetings Online

In accordance with current policies and pursuant to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive orders, the Orleans Town Council has made the decision to conduct their public meetings online until the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has been lifted.

In order to comply with open door requirements, any member of the public will be able to watch, listen and observe the proceedings on their computer, smart phone, or any other device, able to access the Internet and receive video and audio transmissions.

Town Council members will meet April 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. using the Internet software application Zoom to achieve the electronic means of communications. As stated above and in accordance with the open-door laws, all members of the public shall only have the right to attend and observe these public meetings, and may do so by clicking on the following link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/703317701.

Subsequent meetings and the proper link for public access will be posted at the Orleans Town Hall and publicized through the local and social media 48 hours before the meeting takes place.

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Governor’s executive orders suspend certain requirements of state law for Essential Governmental Functions with respect to public meetings and open-door laws, including suspending physical participation requirements by members of public agency governing bodies and permitting public attendance through electronic means of communications.


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Orleans Fire News Release


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Orleans Police Reminder


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Water Customer Payment Options Reminder

Orleans Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson is reminding town water customers that while his office remains CLOSED to all foot traffic upcoming utility payments can still be made in several different ways.

During the present health emergency all residents are asked to make water payments via regular mail, phone, on-line (credit or debit cards) and outside drop box.   Henderson added that a link (PayGov) for paying bills on-line can be found on the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us

The Clerk’s office is still being staffed during regular business hours to address any concerns via phone 812-865-2539 or email orleanstownhall@netsurfusa.net.


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Annual Town-Wide Spring Clean Up Postponed

Due to the present COVID-19 Emergency the “Orleans Town-Wide Spring Clean Up” scheduled for March 30-April 4 has been POSTPONED.  It will be rescheduled for a later time.  Residents are reminded that the dumpster at the Town Garage remains open during regular business hours M-F 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  for anyone wanting to take items of discard.

Town crews are still regularly picking up small amounts of brush, limbs and yard debris.  These items should be placed at curbside for easy pick up.

Anyone in need of more information should contact the Orleans Town office 812-865-2539.


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Orleans Residents Urged to Follow COVID-19 Stay Home Order

As a State Emergency exists at this time Orleans Town officials are strongly advising all its citizens to adhere by all guidelines and directives being put forth at this point during the present Public Health Emergency.

As per Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order effective March 24ththrough April 6th all Orleans residents are asked to only leave their home if they work at an essential business, are getting necessary supplies or must leave for health and safety purposes. Furthermore, all nonessential businesses are being directed to close and for residents to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel. This preventative measure to suspend in-person contact is considered necessary to avoid spread of COVID-19 during this emergency period.

Town officials have implemented a number of strategies to protect its workforce while still ensuring continuity of operations.  Orleans Clerk Robert F. Henderson said “The Town of Orleans government remains operational to continue to provide essential service to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. However, all town buildings and facilities (including playgrounds, children’s play areas, basketball court) are CLOSED at this time.”   

Orleans Town Hall / Clerk’s office remains CLOSED to the public until April 5th.  The offices are still being staffed during regular business hours to address any concerns via phone 812-865-2539 or email orleanstownhall@netsurfusa.net.   Residents are asked to make upcoming water bill payments via regular mail, phone, on-line (credit cards) and outside drop box.  A convenient link (PayGov) for paying on-line can be found on the town’s website www.town.orleans.in.us


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Orleans Police Assisting Residents During COVID-19

In this time of need, if any seniors who live in the Orleans town or anyone else unable to get out to get essential items the Orleans Police Department is here to assist. Town Marshall Richard Dixon said in a statement released this afternoon that our officers will be working through the Governor’s Emergency Declaration period and are able to bring items to those individuals. If you need this assistance please call the Orange County Dispatch at (812) 723-2417) and explain the situation and they will dispatch an officer. We are all in this together and as always, the Orleans Police Department is here to protect and serve the citizens of the Orleans Community.


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Citizens Asked To Follow All COVID-19 Guidelines

Orleans Town Leaders are strongly advising its citizens and business owners to adhere by all guidelines and directives being put forth at this point by local, state officials. Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that all Hoosiers are directed to stay home (shelter in place) except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.

SOCIAL DISTANCING of our selves at this time remains critical. If you are sick STAY HOME period!

Orleans Town Hall/Clerk’s Office, and all town owned buildings remain CLOSED to the public and all visitors. The Clerk’s Office is being staffed during regular work hours to address any concerns via phone (812-865-2539) internet etc.

Water customers are advised that all payments will be made via regular mail, internet, outside drop box etc. during this time.

All town departments continue to work and functioning from their individual areas.


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“Orleans FIX A LEAK” Week March 16-22

Water leaks are costly and can be even costlier than consumers might expect.  To remind Orleans residents about leaks and the need to fix them, the Orleans Town Offices are observing “Fix a Leak Week” from March 16 through March 22.

“This is an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any leaks, and to repair them as quickly as you can,” said Orleans Clerk Treasurer Robert F. Henderson.  “Some leaks are obvious, while others are not.  But as they waste water, they waste your money, too.”

All local water customers should perform three tests regularly.

The first check is to make sure all faucets in the home or business are not dripping.  They can be repaired inexpensively.

If a faucet drips twice per second and goes unrepaired for a month, it will waste almost 520 gallons of water.

If the same faucet isn’t repaired for a year, the wasted water will add up to more than 6,200 gallons.  (As an example, if a consumer is billed at a rate of $7.00 per 1,000 gallons, such a leak would cost $43.40.  The leak would also increase the consumer’s sewer bill if it is calculated based on water usage.)

Second, it’s important not to underestimate the amount of water a leaky toilet can waste.  Toilets can waste hundreds of gallons every day.

An easy check is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.  If any food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl, there is a leak after the test, the toilet should be flushed right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.

Lastly, water users should make sure their home or business doesn’t have an “invisible” water leak, such as a leak in the underground supply line connecting the utility’s main to the building.  This type of leak can be checked by turning off all faucets and appliances that use water, having the Water Company read the meter, not use any water for 30 minutes, then have the Water Department read the meter again.  If it has moved, then there is a leak.

         For more information on local water usage, please call the Orleans Town Hall 812 865 2539 or visit our website at www.town.orleans.in.us


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Summer League Sign Ups Now Underway

The 2020 Orleans Town Summer League Sign-Up is now underway and will continue through March 14th.

Registration forms available from both J & S Sportswear and Orleans Town Offices during regular business hours.

Sign-Up forms have also been distributed to the Orleans Elementary School as well.

Orleans Summer League provides supervised recreation for area youth during the months of April, May and June for ages 3 through 12.


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Free Prescription Assistance Program

Orleans Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson wishes to remind residents about the Orleans Town Drug Card, that offers free prescription assistance program for the local community.

The card is pre-activated and may be used immediately to save up to 75% on prescription drugs at most regional and national pharmacies.

The FREE card is now available for pick up from the Orleans Town Offices M-F during regular business hours and also be obtained from the Orleans Public Library, Orleans Family Health Care and Orleans Medical Clinic.  There is no paperwork to fill out, and no limits on usage.

Henderson said that some residents to date have saved on brand and generic drugs.  In some cases the program has also covered drugs not covered in any health plans.

For more information on the Rx program contact the Orleans Town Offices 812 865 2539.


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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.


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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.


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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 www.reachalert.com 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.


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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 orleansstreet@netsurfusa.net


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Town of Orleans expands payment options

Pay GOV LLC (www.paygov.us) 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.


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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.


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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, www.orleanspolice.com 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.


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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;   OrleansSummerLeague@gmail.com


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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.


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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: orleansstreet@netsurfusa.net.

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.