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Town gets tough with parking

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Lewisville leaders passed new ordinances Thursday that might solve some concerns on the west side of town.

After talking with Indiana Department of Transportation, the town found out they have authority over parking along U.S. Hwy 40 as it passes through town.

Residents have complained over the past several months of vehicles being parked for long periods of time and blocking the view as drivers try to get on the highway from side streets.

The Lewisville Town Council introduced a parking ordinance Thursday and suspended regular rules so they could put it into law immediately.

With the new rules in place, it is officially unlawful to park on either side of U.S. 40 from Market Street to 1st Street for more than two hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking is also prohibited on the south side of U.S. 40 within 75 feet either way from the intersection of Williams Street.

According to the new ordinances, violators will be fined $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third offense and $250 for the fourth offense occurring in a 12-month period.

Violators will also be responsible for court costs the town might incur while enforcing the new parking ordinance.

The Lewisville council also instituted a new ordinance regarding how fences and walls are built within the town limits.

Town attorney Gregg Morelock said walls cannot be within property setbacks established by Henry County, since the county is in charge of planning and zoning within the town.

“This ordinance does allow for them to be within the setbacks... if the individual comes to town and asks for what’s called ‘an encroachment agreement’ and there’s a process for that,” Morelock said.

The town council also passed the 2019 salary ordinance Thursday for all town employees and officials.

During the meeting, the town council got some updates about a couple properties around town.

Steve Craney purchased the property at 302 E. Main Street last October. The town has had concerns about the barn on that property because parts of the structure have fallen into Apple Butter Creek.

Craney told the council members Thursday that more of the wall fell after he took ownership of the building. Craney said he is aware of the danger of debris damming up the creek and is working to repair the wall.

Morelock suggested Craney send the council updates every few weeks so they would be aware of the progress.

Council president Richard Craig said he, like Craney, is a fan of old barns.

“I appreciate you trying to save that one,” Craig said.

The council also heard from the people responsible for a property at the corner of Main Street (U.S. Hwy 40) and Williams Street.

The council voted 3-0 to give the property owner 30 days to clean up the property and bring it into compliance with county codes. Morelock said photos will be taken after the property is clean and that will serve as a standard for “this is what compliance looks like.”

In other business, council member Justin Thompson is going to continue talking with Ladd Engineering about getting a new flowmeter, or possibly two flowmeters, for the water facility. The council authorized the purchase of both flowmeters, if necessary.

Thompson said the water facility project was included in a recent Rural Business Development Grant application.

The Lewisville Town Council meets again at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at town hall, 101 E. Main St.