Hobart park board delays Robinson Lake decision
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent November 19, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: December 21, 2012 6:17AM
HOBART — On Monday, the park board tabled voting on a proposal by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in which it would manage and stock the fish in Robinson Lake, provided the city agree to follow the state agency’s rules.
According to a letter submitted by Tom Bacula, with the department’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, the IDNR would manage the lake’s fish population, including doing period stocking, checking the fish population and making recommendations, at no cost to the city.
However, in return, the city would need to allow the agency to police the lake, state fishing license rules would need to apply, the lake must be open and accessible to fishing from dawn to dusk and there would need to be fishing opportunities open to the public, among other rules.
Another rule states that there would be no boating on the lake, and board member Tom Ehrhardt questioned if that means all boats or just power boats.
“I’d like to see kayaks and canoes continue to be used there,” Ehrhardt said.
Board president John Hevel said under the rules, the local model power boat club would not be able to use Robinson Lake either. People cannot be close to the water’s edge when the fast-moving model boats are in the lake.
The board said it wants clarification on the boat issues before voting on the agreement.
In another matter, the board recommended resident Mike Gregor honor his late wife, Joan, with a memorial bench at Festival Park rather than the granite rock-shaped memorial that he had requested. Gregor wanted to place a plaque with a poem Joan Gregor wrote about Hobart, called City by the Shore, inscribed on it on the memorial.
But Park Board member Charlotte Sills said she felt the bench would be a more fitting tribute.
“Not only will you have the bench, but her nameplate will be on it and the poem will be on the bench also,” Sills said.
“Everyone who sits on the bench will stop and read the poem,” Parks Supt. John Mitchell added.
The bench costs $1,300, which Gregor’s daughter, Sue Foddrill, said she believes is about the same price as the memorial rock.
Foddrill said she thinks the bench will be a nice memorial to her mom, too.
“The major thing is we wanted to donate the poem,” Foddrill said.
Joan Gregor died in a house fire in 2011.