If you are within the NCC area* and would like to become a part of Nora Council, fill out a membership form and mail with your check to the address at the bottom of the document. If you are outside the NCC area, you are welcome to become a contributing member. You may also join or contribute online.
Special Communities don’t just happen
But with your help . . .
NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY COUNCIL (NCC) can continue to be a vital part in keeping your greater Nora-Northside area a good and very special community where one can live, work, and raise a family.
How does NCC help make your community special?
Since 1967, NCC has provided a regular monthly public forum and many special meetings for citizens to hear and respond to issues of great concern.
NCC has obtained and shared information with and acted as a liaison to over 60 local neighborhood associations under the NCC umbrella.
The beautiful boulevard design of 86th Street would have been a six-lane concrete cut through your community had it not been for NCC. The landscaping and sidewalks came from NCC’s leadership and perseverance. NCC was also the FIRST to develop an adoption program and endowment fund for the maintenance of the landscaped medians and we sponsor two corridor cleanups every year.
Each year NCC gives away several hundred free trees.
The integrity of the residential neighborhoods and success of commercial nodes in the area reveal NCC’s commitment to protect and promote the viability and quality of life of your community.
Everyone loves the Monon Trail – now. But it took NCC’s leadership to convince the City-County Council to save the Right-of-Way when it was abandoned. NCC members have served on greenways committees and planning groups to promote linear parks in your community long before the public even knew there was such an issue.
Al Wood, NCC director emeritus, was the one who labored to have the unsightly and hazardous Nora Branch open ditch between Westfield Boulevard and 86th Street (next to CVS) piped and covered to create a safe and beautiful mini-park (aptly named “Al Wood Place”). NCC Board members have planted the flower beds and trees and keep it litter-free while CVS Drugs acts as a partner with us by providing grass maintenance and sprinkling.
NCC has been vigorous in efforts to decrease visual pollution by fighting illegal signs and helping enact ordinances to reduce the size and number of advertising signs.
Government officials and other neighborhood groups respect NCC for its hard work, knowledge, and vision. NCC has helped many neighborhood groups all over Central Indiana organize and was active in the formation of the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations.
NCC RECEIVES NO TAX MONIES OR OTHER SUBSIDIES.
ALL COSTS SUPPORTING NCC EFFORTS ARE FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP DUES AND CONTRIBUTIONS.
Hudnut Lauds Nora Council for its Vision
Who gets the credit for starting the Monon Trail? Or for developing 86th Street as a divided road with a grassy median instead of as an express route?
Those landmark features on the Northside were key topics during the Nora Community Council’s 40th anniversary celebration Thursday night — with bows to the leadership William H. Hudnut showed during 16 years as mayor, including support for the trail and a neighborhood-friendly 86th Street.
Hudnut, who flew in from Washington, D.C., to be the chief speaker, pointed in turn to the council’s leaders, especially long-time President Ruth Hayes, as the inspiration.Don Hargadon, a retired businessman who has been involved in the council for 32 years, recalled standing with Hudnut as he signed documents in public for funding the start of the trail. Hudnut declared that it was Hargadon and other Nora leaders who built up support for the trail.
And it was Hayes, along with Hargadon and board members Eli Bloom and George Haerle, who showed him what 86th Street was going to look like, Hudnut said.
“Ruth called me and asked me to be at a meeting” at Don Hargadon’s home about the road, Hudnut told the audience of nearly 100 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. “When I got there, she told me to get down on my knees. I’m twice her size, but I did. Their blueprint was spread out on the floor, and we went over every inch of it.”