WARSAW — During the Traffic Safety Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 12, Mayor Joe Thallemer addressed concerns with traffic on Husky Trail due to construction.
Since construction on Husky Trail began earlier this month, individuals have moved barricades and gone through yards to get around the detour. Thallemer indicated he understands the frustration of drivers having deal with excessive traffic, especially around 5 p.m. when traffic is high.
Thallemer stated he would be meeting with construction crews later in the day yesterday to make improvements to “help people choose the right path,” when navigating the Husky Trail construction area.
Thallemer stated plans are in the works to make some refinements. Thallemer said they have spoken with the Indiana Department of Transportation to discuss the intersection of US 30 and Anchorage Road and CR 100E and CR 200N. Thallemer stated INDOT will have to make the decision about improvements as the issue is out of the town’s hands.
He mentioned they will also to shore up the barricades that continue to be displaced.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Thallemer.
In other business, Lisa Glon with Forte Residential requested the commission give a favorable recommendation to the council for additional unlimited parking spaces by the business.
Forte Residential is a home health care business located in the old First Source Bank building at the corner of Market Street and Lake Street. When at full capacity, the business will have about 20 employees. Forte Residential rents the upstairs portion of the building to a company with 15 employees.
Glon said they currently have 18 unlimited parking space behind the building and on the east side of the building. Glon stated additional unlimited parking is needed to accommodate for the minimum of 35 individuals who work at the building everyday. She stated sometimes employees have to use two-hour parking and then get traffic tickets when they forgot to move their vehicle every few hours. Glon said she anticipates parking to be an ongoing issue as they see the company continue to grow.
City Planner Jeremy Skinner mentioned that if the spaces do become unlimited they will be available for anyone.
Board member Cindy Dobbins made a motion to give a favorable recommendation to the council to change the south block of West Market Street and section of the west side of Lake Street in front of Forte Residential unlimited parking. Parking in front of the liquor store next door will remain two-hour parking. The motion included changing parking on the east side of Lake Street to two-hour parking. The board unanimously approve the recommendation.
The request will go before the Warsaw Council on May 1.
Shuter brought before the board an issue with an unusual amount of accidents that have occurred at the intersection of Winona Avenue and Union. After completing traffic studies, INDOT recommended requiring drivers to turn east onto Winona Avenue. This would require a no left-hand-turn sign off of Union Street. Shuter indicated they were not asking the commission to vote the issue during the meeting, but rather table a decision for the next traffic commission.