No parking, no stopping, no standing in fire lane
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2012 1:34PM
Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM
CROWN POINT — On Nov. 28, the Board of Public Works and Safety approved designating both sides of East Street from Robinson Court to the south end of the public safety building as a fire lane.
Fire Chief Greg DeLor asked for this change in status for East Street. The opening of the new Crown Point Community Library has trucks making deliveriess, passenger vehicles with parents dropping kids off or picking up kids, or other adults either parking or even just stopping on East Street.
They block the way of the fire engines when they are leaving the fire station. The tower truck is about 60 feet long. That is longer than some of the old streets in the city are wide. When they leave the fire station they are in a hurry. They do not have time to maneuver around other vehicles that are in their way.
East Street is narrow enough without vehicles parked across from the station.
Once it is marked as a fire lane, DeLor hopes it will not be a problem. The new restriction will allow the Police Department to enforce the new regulation.
There is one municipal lot between the library and City Hall, parking spaces behind the Fire Department, and another lot just a block south next to the Post Office parking lot, with still another across Joliet Street from the Post Office. All four of those city parking lots are open to the general public.