Hobart Board agrees to post handicap warnings

2013-06-24T00:00:00Z 2013-07-29T14:58:04Z Hobart Board agrees to post handicap warningsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Board of Public Works has agreed to post two handicap warning signs in the 300 block of West 8th Street, per a resident's request.

The board also agreed to beef up police patrols in the area and to revisit the posting of additional speed signs in the future.

William Stearns, who lives in the area, said the existing speed signs aren't always visible and sometimes ignored.

Stearns, who has a mentally handicapped child, said the traffic situation is so bad that his son's school aide will walk in front of him in a protective stance when helping him off his school bus.

"I'm asking for police enforcement and police involvement," Stearns said.

Police Chief Rick Zormier said 20 mph signs already are posted in each direction.

Zormier said the area isn't any more problematic than other mini thoroughfare in the city.

"Maybe we can revisit this if there are visibility issues. Give us the opportunity to come up with a plan of action," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

In other business, the board heard a staff update on the cleanup of the house of resident Robert Berndt.

Berndt, who lives in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard, has been given a July 17 deadline to have the work completed.

Board member Rich Lain said he and other staff members have been checking Berndt's house on a weekly basis.

"He's made great progress as far as cleanliness," Lain said.

Lain said the first level of the house has been re-painted and mold was removed.

"My major concern is as of yet there is no water in the home and not furnace," Lain said.

The board in September ordered cleanup of Berndt's debris-littered, house and farm, which were judged to be unsafe.

Berndt, who doesn't live in the house, has indicated to the board he'd like to move back once it is deemed safe by city officials.

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