Hobart reduces parking availability on Lillian Street
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent April 8, 2013 2:23PM
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:16AM
HOBART--The City Council has approved what it believes will be the best solution for a short stretch of Lillian Street in terms of parking, following months of discussion and with the aid of the School City of Hobart.
The council agreed last week that no parking will be allowed on the south side of Lillian, from Ohio Street east to the school district’s service center.
They pointed out that the area will be a part of the Oak-Savannah Bike Trail.
Discussion began when the school district requested there be no parking for a larger portion of Lillian, saying the parked cars made it difficult for bus drivers to maneuver through the area. Residents balked, however, saying the problem is speeding bus drivers and city vehicles.
School Board president Terry Butler said Lillian Street is the safest route for bus drivers to get in and out of the service center. It was added that seniors often use Lillian Street to get to the Hobart Food Pantry, as well.
The other way in would be the busier Indiana 130.
Garbage was the focus of other discussion at the council meeting.
Resident Robert Ghidotti complained that the new procedure with the automated garbage trucks leaves him with extra trash each week that isn’t picked up.
With the automated trucks, residents were given new cans, but the public works department will only take what can fit in that can.
“I have the larger can and it’s full every week. I often have extra bags. I’m sure others are having the same problem,” Ghidotti said.
He said he was recently left with several extra bags that weren’t picked up due to the holiday and a purchase he made.
At the council’s ordinance committee meeting, Councilman Dave Vinzant, D-4th, said Code Enforcement Officer Ken Gagliardi asked that a couple items be placed back in the new garbage ordinance that would regulate transporting and storing trash.
“Mr. Gagliardi is concerned that people in town are driving around with garbage in their vehicle,” Vinzant said.
Mayor Brian Snedecor said in one instance, the garbage ended up on a police car.
City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said several items were taken out of the old ordinance because they were pre-empted by state law.
Claussen questioned what the definition of garbage would be.
“I don’t want to prevent someone from cleaning out their garage and taking the items to the city yard,” Claussen said.