Hobart council members prioritize street repairs
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent January 2, 2013 8:34PM
Updated: January 2, 2013 11:16PM
HOBART — Council members are making a list of what they believe are the worst streets in the city in hopes that some can be repaired this year, although Mayor Brian Snedecor warned Wednesday night there is little money available for the work.
Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, presented a list of seven streets in his district, three of which he said are in particularly deplorable condition: County Line Road from Indiana 130 to 37th Avenue, the east side of Rand Street and Union Street.
He said Rand Street is dipping badly and the edges are crumbling. He said Union Street has been a problem since a water line was replaced there. County Line Road, which floods during heavy rains, is the worst road in his district, he said.
“This is a list of the streets in my district. I know there may be some in other districts in even worse condition,” Mendez said after the regular council meeting.
Councilwoman Monica Wiley, D, at-large, said a section of 70th Drive, from Wirtz farm heading west, is sinking.
Snedecor urged all the council members to provide him with a list of crumbling and sinking roads in their areas so they can be prioritized according to need and available funds.
He said the local roads and streets fund is in a negative balance and will remain in the red for another 11/2 years as a result of work done at 10th and Union streets. He said any repairs must come out of casino funds.
“We’re trying to do some repairs in-house so we don’t have to contract it out,” Snedecor said.
The mayor said the city gets a draw of casino revenue money every couple months.
“But that money has been down, too, due to the economy. We’re doing the best we can but some money for squad cars is also coming out of casino funds,” Snedecor said.
In other matters, Mendez said he wants to look into revising the city ordinance requiring companies doing business in Hobart to be licensed, so it “has some teeth in it.”
Mendez said he’s still receiving phone calls about a local contractor, who some residents have said was given money to do work on their homes but never finished the project.
Wiley said she wants to talk to city attorney Anthony DeBonis about the possibility of requiring businesses to have a performance bond issued by an insurance company, instead of just having a bond. Wiley said the contractor would need to show proof of the bond and insurance every time the company does a job in the city.
“If problems arise with a certain company, we can ask for proof more often,” she said.
DeBonis was not at Wednesday’s meeting.
The council also renewed the license of Krazy Cab of Northwest Indiana to provide taxi services during 2013 and reorganized itself.
Councilman Jerry Herzog, D-1st, unanimously was named council president pro tempore, replacing Dave Vinzant, D-4th, who held the title in 2012. Mathew Claussen retained chairmanship of the finance committee and Mendez was again named the council representative to the Contractor’s Licensing Board.
P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, will represent the council on the park board, Herzog will be on the economic development commission and John Brezik, D-5th, will retain his seat on the plan commission.
Vinzant will head the ordinance committee of the council.