Property owner wants alley closed to trucks

By Nicole Minier

CHURUBUSCO — The owner of Mom’s Lighthouse, Sue Arnold, approached the Churubusco Town Council at December’s first meeting, asking that the alley next her building on West Whitley Street be closed off to trucks.

Arnold’s building has been hit twice, most recently breaking off the awning about a month ago. Police were unable to locate the driver, leaving Arnold to once again foot the bill for the damage.

“The alley is too narrow for those big trucks,” Arnold said. “I can’t keep paying out of pocket to fix this.”

Councilman Frank Kessler agreed that the alley is narrow.

“It’s hard enough to get a car around in it,” Kessler said.

The council members said they would consider her request and potentially draft an ordinance to close the alley to trucks.

The council approved an alley closure in the same meeting for the new alley park that was recently funded through donations and a grant by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Franklin Promenade. The alley is on the south side of Main Street, between State Road 205 and West Washington Street.

Also at the council meeting:

• The council also opened bids for a utility rate study. Bids ranged from about $14,500 to up to $32,000.

• Park Director Rick Krider said the park was winterized and leaves are cleaned up. “We’re on track for winter,” Krider said.

• The council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Blue Lake Conservancy District concerning wastewater.

• K&K Video requested a facade grant for new signage. The Churubusco Main Street Association reviewed the request and designs, and sent it to the council with its approval. The council approved the grant for $468.

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