Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM
CROWN POINT — At the end of the City Council meeting on July 1, Councilman Bill Feder, D-At Large, asked Mayor Dave Uran, “When did I-65 and 231 become a truck stop?”
He was referring to the number of semis and trailers that are parked under and next to the interchange for U.S. 231 and Interstate 65. His complaint is that this is out of hand.
This is one of the two major entrances into the city and it really is tacky, he argued. It does not give the impression on visitors that Crown Point is working so hard to present. It makes the city look less than desirable for relocating for residents and businesses alike.
Uran said that the Police Department has been notified. But, said Assistant Police Chief Jim Janda, “When we get a call and go out the semis are on the E & J private property.”
It was pointed out to the mayor and council that people are not allowed to park trailers on property without a special use variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Uran wanted to know if this was an aesthetic or safety complaint and was told aesthetic.
Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th said, “There is a semi there every day.”
Uran said, “Now that Family Express is being built (at the old factory complex at Indiana Avenue and North Street) many of these truckers have no place to park.”
It was pointed out that trucks have been parking there for years, a lot longer than the new gas station taking up the land on North Street and Indiana Avenue.
The bottom line is that the council wants the trucks removed from that area and expects the Police Department to do something about all the semis parked on land without the property having a special use variance to allow that, to meet the city’s zoning codes.