Logansport mayor applauds county cooperation on park

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Efforts to compromise on the expansion of county jail parking were not reached Wednesday night, but Mayor Dave Kitchell said today that the city and county are working more closely together.

Four Logansport City Council members agreed not to advance a new proposal from the county for approval at a meeting next week. County officials had been asked earlier this month by the council to come back with a proposal to preserve Stonewall Park after they vacated an alley in the existing parking lot north of the jail. The council however did not approve a request to vacate a public way platted as an extension of Fourth Street north from High.

“To the county commissioners’ credit, they did come up with a new option, though not one the city council preferred,” Mayor Kitchell said today. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t iron this particular issue out, but I think we have worked well together and will going forward. While the parking issue has surfaced here, it is likely not the last situation we’re going to face like this. Commissioner Sailors and I have discussed the possibility of a parking garage downtown in the past, and that may be an option we discuss again in the near future.”

The mayor said with the addition of more downtown housing recommended in the city’s housing master plan, it’s likely that many existing parking spaces both on-street and off-street will be absorbed as the housing market expands downtown.

County officials had requested approval to move forward with the parking lot expansion to allow multiple entrances to the lot. It will be the primary parking lot for the jail once its addition is completed.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell