Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

October 8, 2013

Planning panel makes recommendation

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BAPC member Kevin Chaffee repeated thoughts he expressed last month. “The plat clearly doesn’t meet the city’s development standards.” He disliked Chateau Boulevard’s 90-degree turn and dead end. “You’re going to have a hard time taking any fire trucks or emergency vehicles … there’s nowhere to turn around when you get to the end of the road. I just don’t think it’s fair that a developer profits from building a road to lesser standards than the city requires” and taxpayers end up paying to improve it.

Pictor said if a blaze breaks out in a single-story duplex, “there isn’t going to be a hook-and-ladder truck going back there.” Fire Chief Todd Schutte contended, “A ladder truck may go back there to reach houses away from the road.” Jeanne Siefert, Chateau Boulevard, reported, “We’ve already had a fire truck out there” and it negotiated the curve and dead end.

Chaffee asked, “Is there property available for a small turnaround?” Macyauski replied, “Forty feet at the end of the road to the property line.” Chaffee said he and his neighbors had to pave their gravel road before they were able to turn it over to the city.

Raver observed, “Where the answer lies, we’ll find out. The city council will make the decision.”

Fledderman made a motion to recommend to the council that the streets be accepted into the city and members agreed 4-1, Chaffee opposed. The mayor said, “It’s not the first time we’ve had to correct and assume responsibility for mistakes that have been made.”

After the vote, Pictor showed members an old ordinance that said streets intending to go into future neighborhoods could be finished with dead ends. He said BAPC approved Chateau Commons in 2003, but the developer did not have it recorded until 2008 when lots began to be sold to save having to pay property taxes for the five years in between.

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