Indian Springs Village turns 22

Published 2:52 pm Monday, October 22, 2012

Indian Springs Mayor Steve Zerkis at the Founders’ Day celebration. (Contributed)

By DALE BRAKHAGE / Community Columnist

Nearly 100 residents of Indian Springs Village came together to celebrate a very special occasion, the birthday of their town. The celebration occurred on a beautiful fall evening, Oct. 16, and featured a unique patriotic presentation, free barbecue and birthday cake for all.

Indian Springs Villagers commemorate this special event, called Founders’ Day, every year with a party at the Town Hall Pavilion.

Did you know that the national holiday, Veterans Day, originated in Birmingham? That was the patriotic presentation made by guest speaker Dr. David Dyson.

This Founders’ Day celebration came right after a quadrennial election, so attendees congratulated the six members of the newly elected Town Council. They are incoming Mayor Brenda Bell Guercio, council Place 1 — Herb Robins (incumbent), council Place 2 — Kathryn Harrington, council Place 3 — Brian Stauss (incumbent), council Place 4 — Jack Mendel (incumbent) and council Place 5 — Barton Trammell.

Indian Springs Village was founded on Oct. 16, 1990. The original Town Council then passed its first resolution to establish what Indian Springs is all about. The Village is here to preserve, protect and enhance: The quality of life of the citizens; the peaceful and uncluttered atmosphere; the beauty, serenity and tranquility of Indian Springs Village; and the right of self determination for the Village and for all of its citizens. It also protects the integrity of our community from random commercialization, piecemeal annexation and inconsistent spot zoning.

Town Councils in subsequent years made the Village an excellent place to live. They also recognized that the Village would have both residential and commercial growth in the future, so they planned for it. In 2004, the Town Council approved a comprehensive plan for Indian Springs Village. It formalized the community’s dedication to maintaining the founders’ vision.

The current Town Council meets twice a month. You can read the minutes of their meetings online at, the Village’s website.

You can also read back issues of The Village Voice, the Village’s monthly newsletter. Alison Stigers is the editor.

It has been written, printed and hand delivered every month, rain or shine, by volunteers for more than 20 years.


Dale Brakhage writes a weekly column about Indian Springs and its residents. You can reach him at