|Petitions top agenda
Star Staff Writer
CROWN POINT -- The first city Plan Commission of the
millennium got underway this past Monday with three significant new
business proposals on the agenda.
Jack Kovich, the owner of the Stillwater Subdivision,
petitioned for a for a revision of his primary plat from that of
residential (R-1) single family homes to residential (R-2) single family
This hopeful change, taking place on the easternmost
side of the subdivision off U.S. 231, will total 248 residential lots on
the acreage with a decrease from 80-foot frontages to that of 60-foot
Suhheil Nammari, a Professional Engineer from Intercon
Engineering Corporation representing Kovich for the evening, stated,
"We want to increase our lot size and, thus, decrease each
residential frontage to create a buffer between our R-1 homes, which is
directly behind and to the west, to the commercial atmosphere that is to
the east of Stillwater."
Commission member Alda Vellutini questioned,
"Won't compacting twenty-nine more residential lots in this small
of area detract from the subdivision?''
Greg Valenti, the architect of the future homes
representing Kovich, explained, "We have three different styles of
that will be constructed for these lots. They will more or less be
marketed as 'maintenance-free' villas. In regards to detracting from the
subdivision, there will be fifteen feet open between each lot, which if
we were to have used the previous proposal with
larger homes, there would have only been ten feet available in
Patt Patterson, again elected as the commission
president, voiced concern over the fact of recent flooding from
neighboring subdivisions to the south of Stillwater.
"In the past few plan commission meetings, city
residents have explained their dissatisfaction with the flooding on some
of their properties."
Nammari stated, "Mr. Kovich has listened to
those concerns and is planning to cut a ditch downstream from those
subdivisions to filter out the excess water as long as it does not pose
any threat to the Stillwater subdivision.''
Ban, the Town Engineer, ended by saying, "Mr. Kovich will be adding
8 lots to the previous proposal. To say that nothing is really changing
with regards to the subdivision is not totally correct. There will be
eight more driveways and rooftops which calculate to
generating more water within
The homes will range in monetary value from $178,000
to $200,000 with lots varying in size from 1735 to 2035 square feet.
But, because the Plan Commission was unsure and
reluctant with the new changes proposed within the Stillwater
subdivision, the petitioning was motioned for a continuance until next
month's meeting with the inclusion of a workshop.
Additionally, Jim Hawk, the owner of White Hawk
Country Club, petitioned for a workshop for the purpose of creating 76
luxury duplexes on 36 lots. The request of zoning will be R2 for the
two-unit townhouses which will be located off the intersection of Clark
Street and Route 6.
Richard Anderson, the attorney for the Hawk
Development Corporation, explained, "A 9-hole golf course will be
built first with the 1800 to 3000 foot parcels
following. Finally, an 18-hole golf course will
be built around these townhouses."
Each piece of land will sell for approximately
$250,000 - $330,000 with 2-3 car attachments for each. The building
schedule for each piece of property is four years.
Anderson added, "We could have placed 300 sites
on this property but really tried to minimize the amount of sites
available on this piece of property.''
The Plan Commission, subsequently, motioned for
public hearing on this petition.
Lastly, Daniel Jordan and Tim Heidbreder, the owner
of property on Troutwine Drive east of Balemaster, requested a workshop
for a possible two lot subdivision, zoned Industrial-I (I-l).
Bruce Lambka, the spokesperson, stated, "We are
the fifth largest employer in this city and we would like to keep our
east-west thoroughfares absent from truck traveling."
Ban responded by saying, "Presently your parcel
on Troutwine Drive has three points of access which is more than that of
adjacent Balemaster. Probably the best alternative would be to remove
the northernmost section of road positioned eastwest on Troutwine
Both comments were taken for consideration with a
public hearing motioned for the following month.
|Space growing for county
Lake County Jail to expand inmate capacity to 619
Star Staff Writer
CROWN POINT --Approximately five years ago Lake County
decided it needed to renovate and expand its jail quarters with hopeful
completion upon the eventual turn of the millennium.
Since that time the Lake County Jail has been architecturally planning
and is now placing the new jail ceils on the westernmost part of the
Government Complex property.
"The jail can presently house up to 619 inmates
with the inclusion of the two portable trailers. With our newest
addition, 256 more cells able to be accessed with 10% - 20% used for
classification purposes," stated Robert Piskoty, the Commander of
the Lake County Sheriff's Department.
The approximate cost for the addition is $29,880,000
with the construction of the project to be completed in early September
of this year.
"This will be a three tier facility with each
inclusive of two pods, one stacked on top of each other. Each pod will
include 48 cells from which each tier will be divided down the middle so
to have one day room for approximately 24 jail cells," explained
Thomas Echterling, the Project Manager overseeing the construction from
Each tier will contain a control room surrounded with
one inch glass of which is substantially propped above the first row of
jail cells on the tier.
"The purpose of raising the control room from
floor level is for maximum visibility of all inmates as well as
flexibility of all staff in case of an emergency. With this
setup staff will have to make half as many personal visits to ceils than
as in our present case," cornmented Piskoty.
Another reason for this is that CCTV cameras will be
strategically placed to allow monitoring of inmates virtually anywhere
throughout the new building.
"With the new monitoring system implemented,
staff will have visual access to any inmate and almost any crevice
throughout the entire building," smiled Piskoty.
Joe Mrak, of RQAW in
Indianapolis, was the creator of the new jail composition
and has devised more than 40 county jails within the state
of Indiana over the past years.
"The building itself was a popular
design used in the past by other county's but the control
room elevation was a 'cutting-edge' specifically created for
our jail," interjected Echterling.
The new building will also include its
own Magistrate court room that should eliminate 30-40
transports to a other court rooms within the building.
"This court room will have limited
public seating with accessibility of a jury room for a
possible trail if needed," stated Piskoty.
The more severe crimes committed will be
included in the new facility with the average stay of an
inmate of less than a year.
Piskoty noted, "Most of our inmates
are usually awaiting trial for the alleged crime committed
with the holding period up to several months. We do have to
have a specific number of inmates residing within the jail
with most being criminals convicted on misdemeanor charges
with a stay of no more than a year."
Moreover, Piskoty explained that public
sentiment was been positive throughout the whole process
with the understanding that the addition was needed for the
betterment of the community.
been very supportive of the additions to the Lake County
Jail. Because of the problem with severe overcrowding, the
result was unnecessary litigation and lawsuits brought to
that of Lake County. The determination that needed to be
made was to either reduce the population in the present
jail, which would be to release criminals on the street -
which is ludicrous, or add bid space to the present building
in order to house more inmates."
Upon completion of the new building, the
present portable trailers, that which house 140 inmates,
will be disposed of.
"Those currently in the trailers
will be transported in the existing jail or into the new
addition. Then we will begin
renovating the first floor of the current jail inclusive of
a new kitchenette area. The final project will be to paint
the remainder of the standing building with renovation of
the secured elevators," stated Echterling.
The new facility will include the
movement of all staff presently in the portable trailers to
the new building with relatively no change in employment
availability at the Government Complex.
Piskoty ended by saying that he sees an
annual increase in bookings with regards to that of possible
"It is unfortunate that alleged
criminal activity is increasing in Lake County and that the
hard-working taxpayers and having to suffer from it. But,
with the additions to this facility, the safeguards for
problems or possible escapes will be significantly reduced
creating a safer atmosphere for the residents of the county
as a whole."