Code (13-54) specifically lists 20 “prohibited areas” where motor vehicles
may not be parked or otherwise allowed to remain stationary.
The very first
prohibited area: sidewalks.
Which, to folks who
do a fair bit of strolling in town, may seem hardly credible, given the
sheer number of vehicle owners who--despite spacious driveways and two-car
garages--regularly flout the ordinance by leaving the snout or the rump of
their rides blocking the sidewalk in front of their driveway, forcing
pedestrians into the street or even into drainage ditches.
unneighborly, and illegal.
John Schnadenberg, who likes to take a constitutional himself now and then,
brought the issue to the Town Council’s attention at its meeting Monday
night. While Schnadenberg said he prefers, as much as possible, to deal with
the sidewalk scofflaws informally, with a helpful word in the ear, the time
is rapidly approaching when the Chesterton Police Department will need to
begin issuing citations. “It’s pretty bad if you’re walking on a sidewalk
and then all of a sudden have to walk in the street.”
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski agreed. As did Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd. “It’s a big problem
in the area I live in,” Kittredge said. “And it’s a pain in the rear. We
need to make people a little more conscious of how they park their
For the record:
parking a vehicle in such a way as to block off a public sidewalk is
punishable by a fine of $50.
In other business,
Schnadenberg reported that Wolverine Pipeline has indeed clear-cut its
right-of-way in the Chestnut Hills subdivision, along Chestnut Blvd. between
Greennmeadow Lane and South Fifth Street.
warned the council at its previous meeting that Wolverine was fixing to do
just that, per a 1963 right-of-way agreement inked several years before
Chestnut Hills was even platted.
That’s the bad
The good news is
that Schnadenberg managed to prod, guilt, or otherwise chivvy Wolverine into
making a $1,350 contribution to the town’s tree replacement fund. Wolverine
had originally made it very clear that it was neither obligated to replace
the trees nor had any intention of doing so. But Schnadenberg said that his
repeated phone calls to the company apparently did the trick.
Wolverine is still
saying that it’s not obligated to replace the trees and can’t do it every
time under every circumstance in every jurisdiction. But on this one
occasion, Schnadenberg said, the company was willing to do the town a solid.
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