Hobart City Council agrees to limit parking on Lillian Street

2013-04-14T20:00:00Z 2013-04-14T20:19:09Z Hobart City Council agrees to limit parking on Lillian StreetDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The City Council has agreed to limit parking on Lillian Street following months of discussion with residents and School City of Hobart officials.

The council agreed no parking will be allowed on the south side of Lillian Street, starting at Ohio Street east to the school district's transportation center.

The issue, which first surfaced last fall, was discussed briefly at the April 3 Ordinance Committee meeting.

The City Council, which met after the Ordinance Committee, approved the parking ban on the south side only.

Terry Butler, School City of Hobart board president, said the transportation department preferred a parking ban on one side of the 9-foot-wide Lillian Street.

That's because school bus drivers use Lillian Street to access the school system's transportation center off Ind. 130.

The City Council last fall tabled action on an ordinance that would have restricted parking on portions of Lillian Street after some residents complained.

The residents told city officials the main problem is not parked cars, but speeding city vehicles and school buses.

City Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, asked if bus drivers could access the transportation center off Ind. 130 instead of Lillian Street.

Lillian Street is the safer of the two streets for buses to enter and exit, Butler said.

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