Street Department negotiated the season’s first snow event successfully,
under cold and gusty conditions.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting
“It was an early
snow but it went very well,” Schnadenberg said. “We didn’t have any
The snow event did,
however, prompt Schnadenberg to ask the council to declare the annual snow
parking ban in the Downtown, prohibiting parking on select streets between
12 and 8 a.m. during or after snowfalls of two inches or more:
Road from Porter Ave. to the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.
South Calumet Road to Sixth Street.
--Second and Third
streets from Broadway to West Indiana Ave.
The parking ban is
intended to make snow-plowing easier and more effective. Signage will be
posted on the affected streets.
Schnadenberg said that the leaf collection program will resume as soon as
crews “can see the leaves.” Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32
degrees on Thursday, with generally thawing temps through the weekend and
into early next week.
RR Quiet Zone
In other business,
Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that he, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala had their first face-to-face meeting last week
with a representative of CTC Inc., the Fort Worth, Texas, consultancy
performing a feasibility study on a railroad quiet zone in the Downtown.
The rep spent three
days in town and inspected all of the relevant grade-crossings, Doyle said.
The next step is to conduct a “diagnostics” of the crossings in advance of
preparing an action plan to submit to Federal Railroad Administration.
“CTC is certainly
living up to its reputation of being a fast-action consultant,” Doyle added.
voted unanimously to grant a waiver from the Town Standard governing
driveways to Jeff and Wendy Knarian of 502 Union Court.
The standard in
question requires driveways to be a minimum of six feet from the property
line. The Knarians are seeking to widen their driveway to make for
additional off-street parking and the widened driveway would be only 1’ 8’’
from the property line.
The Knarians’ home
is located in the rounded “knuckle” of Union Court, which means there’s no
good place to park either their RV or visitors’ vehicles other than in front
of the mailbox. But the USPS won’t deliver when the mailbox is blocked.
The waiver was
granted with one condition: that the Knarians install a French drain to
capture runoff from the widened driveway.
Prepares for Winter
Bruce Mathias reported that all of the parks’ restrooms have been closed for
the winter, their water lines “blown,” with the exception of the boxcar in
Thomas Centennial Park, which will remain open until after the Hometown
Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Staff has also
begun putting up Christmas decorations in Thomas Park, Mathias said.
Ton took a moment
at the end of the meeting to honor veterans. “Yesterday was Veterans Day,
and every day we enjoy our freedoms and exercise our rights should be
Veterans Day, at least in our minds,” he said. “Thank you, veterans.”