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Hobart zoning board ponders request for digital sign

Updated: May 5, 2013 4:55PM



HOBART — A deadlocked Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday tabled a request by Robert Malizzo to install a digital sign in front of his business at 626 E. 3rd St. with additional advertising space for other businesses.

Two board members voted for the request, two opposed it and one member abstained.

City engineer Phil Gralik said he would look into state and Indiana Department of Transportation regulations before Malizzo returns to next month’s meeting.

Gralik said there are specific state regulations regarding advertising on state highways and he was unsure if this sign would meet them. Malizzo’s business, Med Staff, is on Indiana 51.

Malizzo said said he wanted to replace his older size with a digital message sign. He said some local businesses expressed interest in advertising on the sign.

BZA members Dennis Zoladz and Stuart Allen voted against the request; Zoladz because he didn’t think the sign would be appropriate for an area considered to be a gateway to the historic downtown district and Allen because he felt it would be setting a precedent.

“There could be three or four others wanting to do the same thing. I don’t think it’s appropriate for the downtown area,” Allen said.

In other matters, Caroline Yanovic, owner of All About Storage at 2300 E. Indiana 130, received approval to keep the existing gravel in the business’ outdoor storage parking area, but her request to keep existing barbed wire on top of the 6-foot chain link fence at the facility was denied.

Acting City Planner Carrol Lewis said there hasn’t been a variance for barbed wire granted since 1992. He said some public storage areas in the city were grandfathered in before the law prohibiting barbed wire was enacted.

Yanovic said there is asphalt on the drive from Indiana 130 to the parking lot and gravel beyond that.

Gralik said the gravel allows for less runoff of water from the storm water standpoint.

Penny Adams of Geminus Corp. received permission to operate an existing day care facility at 2520 Old Ridge Road. She said the Head Start program has been at that location for two years.

Lewis said Adams needed to appear before the board. He discovered that a conditional use for the day care expired about 10 years ago. A different day care operated there before. He said they needed to clear the matter up legally.

Lynn’s Bedroom City, at 1649 E. 80th Ave., received permission for an additional sign on the northern facade of the building.



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