4-way stop planned for 7th and Pine in Michigan City

October 9, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — The intersection of Pine and 7th streets will become a four-way stop where traffic was previously allowed to travel through on Pine without stopping.

The Michigan City Police Department conducted a traffic study of the intersection after a concerned citizen contacted the mayor’s office about cars parked on the west shoulder of Pine obstructing the view of motorists traveling east on 7th.

According to Capt. Jeff Loniewski, the study showed 10 accidents have occurred at that intersection in the past 10 years, at least two of which involved vehicles attempting to travel eastbound on 7th.

In fact, Loniewski told the Board of Public Works & Safety on Oct. 1 that he personally investigated a collision at the same location around 9:30 p.m. last Thursday. A eastbound vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl was broadsided by a southbound vehicle.

The MCPD initially considered recommending some parking stalls be eliminated, but Loniewski said to do so would burden the residents of multiple homes in the area.

The Board of Works approved the immediate installation of four stop signs, and stipulated the signs should have flashing lights because the stop did not exist previously along Pine Street.

In other business:

n Building Commissioner Sue Downs informed the board that although the city is prepared to demolish a house in the 400 block of Pleasant Avenue after it exploded due to a gas leak last month, they are waiting in order to allow the insurance company sufficient time to investigate and collect evidence.

n The board approved the installation of a crosswalk at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Thurman Avenue, but denied a resident’s request to install stop signs there.

n A “Children Playing” sign may be installed on Jackson Street near Imagination Station, but the board will wait to vote on the matter until the city engineer can examine the easement on Jackson to determine any safety hazards.

n Terrance Blandin of Dunes House Inc. at 211 E. Sixth St. requested a handicapped sign be replaced near the AA/NA meeting house after it was removed a few years ago. The board will vote on whether to return the sign after the proper city departments review the matter.

n Plan Director Craig Phillips received board approval to extend the city’s contract with consultants on the comprehensive plan, and to fund additional consultant trips, to be scheduled at his discretion, at a cost of $3,310 for one consultant or $6,620 for two.

n The board opened three bids for 2018 fuel procurement for unleaded and diesel fuel, but amounts were not disclosed.

n A Dupage Street resident was denied permission to install fencing along the public right-of-way as a deterrent to keeping traffic from cutting through his driveway.

n Fire Chief Randy Novak received approval to spend the $675,000 in funding approved by the Michigan City Common Council for a new pumper truck to replace a 17-year-old engine that is no longer safe to drive.

n The Michigan City Police Department got permission to spend the $9,800 they received from an insurance payout after a cruiser was totaled to purchase a 2009 F-150 pickup from Castle Ford on trade-in for Animal Control use.

n A contract with General Insurance Services regarding city employees’ health insurance was approved for 2019.

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