Council Opposes INDOT’s ‘No Parking’ Plan Downtown

A proposal by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to make the east side of US 31 ‘No Parking’ along a block long section of downtown Crothersville was met with opposition by business owners in the area and members of the town council at last week’s monthly meeting.
INDOT wanted the town’s input on prohibiting parking on the east side of Armstrong Street (US 31) from the stoplight at Howard Street south to Main Street.
“Any parking spot is a valuable asset for our businesses,” said councilman Chad Wilson. “No parking is a bad idea.”
Councilman Bob Lyttle agreed, “We have to keep it open to assist our businesses.”
Representatives of Subway and Stop-In Liquors were on hand at the meeting to voice their opposition to the state’s plan. Both businesses said not only would customer traffic be harmed but deliveries could become problematic.
“No parking along a block in Crothersville isn’t going to make US 31 any safer,” said Randy Richey, owner of Stop-In Liquors.
The council quickly voted 5-0 to not grant approval to INDOT’s request.
In other matters, the council agreed to seek seasonal part-time help for the town. An advertisement for someone to mow grass, trim grass along sidewalks, and weeds as well as paint curbs appears in the classifieds of this week’s Times.
Town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH told the council the Seymour Road/Cindy Lane sewer lift station project is moving forward and should begin with warmer weather.
Trena Carter with ARa told the council that one more income eligible homeowner can be assisted with home repairs as a part of a CDBG housing in place grant.
The council voted 5-0 to hire reserve officer John Amis as a full-time Crothersville Police officer.