Hobart school, city officials discuss Lillian Street future

2013-04-02T17:20:00Z 2013-04-11T22:07:11Z Hobart school, city officials discuss Lillian Street futureDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | City and school officials say they plan to work together to resolve traffic issues on Lillian Street.

They will discuss issues at the City Council's ordinance committee meeting at 5 p.m. today at City Hall, 414 Main St.

Terry Butler, School City of Hobart board president, said his group has been aware of the problem for some time.

Butler said the transportation department would prefer a parking ban on one side of the 9-foot wide Lillian Street. School bus drivers use Lillian Street to access the school system's transportation center off of Ind. 130.

"We're concerned with buses scraping cars," Butler said.

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 of Ind. 130 instead of Lillian Street.

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

City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th, said he has concerns about the quantity of traffic on Lillian Street.

"It's a little dead-end street that's become a busy road," Vinzant said.

Kenny Kainrath agrees.

Kainrath, a resident since 1991, said he'd like the street returned to how it used to be.

"It's why I bought my house here because it was nice and quiet and a dead-end street," Kainrath said.

He said the biggest issue is safety.

"The main thing is the speeding," Kainrath said.


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