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Crown Point mayor, lawyer working on agreement on library parking

Updated: October 15, 2012 9:24AM



CROWN POINT — Out-of-court discussions between Mayor David Uran and local lawyer David Austgen may result in an agreement over a proposed parking lot for the new library.

The Board of Works and Public Safety on Wednesday granted Uran administrative authority to continue discussions with Austgen in order to reach an agreement concerning the parking lot and a lawsuit Austgen filed regarding the project that alleges wrongdoing on the city’s part.

“We’ve had great communications,” Uran said.

Austgen, through the Main Street Professional Center LLC, filed suit in July alleging improper action by a city board for the approval of six spaces of angled parking in the right of way on the southern side of the parking lot planned directly east of his law offices.

Uran said there appears to have been a misunderstanding concerning those spaces. While the city approved changing Robinson Court to a one-way street westbound from East Street to a right-turn only exit onto Main Street, the angled parking was not part of that approval.

Uran said in talking with Austgen the two men have been able to iron out some of the details and address Austgen’s concerns about how the angled spots would impact pedestrian and motorist safety.

Instead of six angled spaces a compromise of four spots is being considered. Uran said Austgen also has agreed to write a letter to the Indiana Department of Transportation in support of the city’s effort to make Robinson Court a right-only onto Main Street.

City Attorney David Nicholls said giving the mayor administrative authority to work with Austgen without the city’s lawyers or the attorney representing Austgen in the lawsuit could help bring a resolution without the cost of litigation. He said the authority will allow the mayor to talk to all parties involved in finding that solution.

Lynn Frank, director of the Crown Point Community Library, said the library would want to have its input considered in any deal that would affect the library.



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