Linton police getting tough with parking lot loiters

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Young and older motorists will have to find new areas to park and congregate during the evening hours in the city of Linton.

The Linton Police Department now has a legal tool to help local business owners and private property owners keep their parking lots clear of unauthorized vehicles and loiterers.

LPD Chief Troy Jerrell says the new agreement will allow the police department to enforce traffic laws on parking lots and run people off parking lots.

The police chief said there is a continuing problem at various parking areas along State Road 54 all the way through the city.

"It's mainly the cruise route that these kids use when they go back and forth through town," Jerrell said. "This is just something the city of Linton and the police department is trying to do to help the citizens with this problem."

He continued, "54 East is probably the main problematic area, but there are some places on the west side of town as well. We've been having this problem for some time now. However, it has been kind of escalating. We are getting more and more complaints and more and more reports. It's kind of frustrating for the business owners because they call us and ask us to clear the lot off and then we'll come and do that. Then the next night, there is a bunch of people there and they think I called the police department how come they are not coming to run them off. It's private property really and we can only do that at their request," the chief said. "By signing this agreement it's giving us the right or the authority to take care of that problem without being asked.":

Jerrell said the three-page form is available at the police station. He said it's important to have a legal description of the property when they come to sign the form.

He said the forms can be completed during regular business hours.

In essence, signing the form, authorizes the police department to enforce parking, traffic and safety regulations/restrictions, he said.

Specifically, the agreement allows the city of Linton through its police department to:

*Erect stop signs, flashing signals, yield signs at specified locations in a parking lot.

*Prohibit or regulate the turning of vehicles at intersections or other designated areas ion the parking areas.

*Regulate the crossing of a roadway in the parking lot by pedestrians.

*Designate a separate roadway in the parking lot for one-way traffic.

*Establish and regulate loading zones.

*Prohibit, regulate, restrict and limit the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles in specified areas of the parking area.

*Designate safety zones in the parking area and fire lanes.

*Remove and store vehicles parked or abandoned in the parking area during snowstorms, floods, fires, and other public emergencies or found unattended in the parking area where the vehicles constitute an obstruction to traffic. A procedure for payment of reasonable charges for the removal and storage by person who owns the vehicle is also established.

*Establish additional responsible regulations with respect to traffic and parking in a parking area as local conditions may require for the safety and convenience of the public or of the users of the parking area.

Jerrell said continued violation of the agreement could result in trespassing charged filed against the individuals.

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  • I'm sure that's needed for the businesses, but where will these kids go with no place to at least stop and chat?

    -- Posted by Coda on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 2:59 AM
  • I wasn't aware that kids hanging out in the parking lots after the town closes was such a problem. People have nothing to do in this town, especially in the evening hours. I personally have never witnessed the teenagers doing anything wrong, I've just seen them sitting in parking lots and talking with their friends. I would like to know what the town suggests they do instead of parking and hanging out, maybe provide an acceptable public area for our teens?

    -- Posted by Renee71 on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 4:21 AM
  • Personally, when I drive through your town and see the kids hanging out, I sit and smile because it reminds me of the days of drive in's and Happy Days. At least the kids are out in the open and not hiding and doing things we probably don't want to think about. Give them a place to hang, I just wonder how many of these kids patron some of those businesses as well?????

    -- Posted by Determined on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 5:55 AM
  • I think they should leave the kids alone. There's nothing for kids or anyone else to do in this whole county. It's becoming a ghost county quicker and quicker. There needs to be something done about this county before it's too late for all of us. Maybe they should focus on catching the thieves running all over the county, before they start bothering the kids hanging out and doing nothing wrong. Makes a lot more sense to me!

    -- Posted by nj8782 on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 6:10 AM
  • The Problem has Been Around As Long As Automobles Have.

    What The Kids Need Is A Designated Parking Lot For Them To Sit And Talk To There Friends.(The Old Eyesore Gas Station Would Be A Great Location)

    As For The Trash Problem Put Out Trash Cans For Them, You Would Be Suprised How Much Teens Would Use Them If They Were Avaiable.

    Just Remember If They Are In Plain Site They Are Not Out Getting In Trouble.

    -- Posted by Ramhead on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 9:05 AM
  • This is completely rediculous, Do ya want the kids to not have a life, or anywhere to hang out..Unbelievable!

    -- Posted by kingdugger911 on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 11:25 AM
  • Has it been so long ago, Troy, that you have forgotten your days/nights of cruising and hanging out. There is considerably less people in parking lots now than, lets say 15 years ago. Shopping center (FULL), Red&White (FULL), Free parking (FULL), Napa (FULL), Rices (FULL), Your mothers buisness,Dairy Queeen/ Skating Rink (FULL), Old Marathon (FULL), Dutch Oven (FULL). Seems to me there is much less people hanging out in parking lots than in the past. Has your memory failed you that much? I can understand now, as then, the lot owners concerns with trash, They sell trash cans at many local businesses. If there are concerns about what is going on after hours, a cheap camera system would take care of that and improve security. Also, with the rash of recent break-ins in town, what better security that a bunch of young, enegetic "KIDS"? So you as a Police Cheif would rather deal with these "Kids" all over town doing whatever than monitor them in a few parking lots in town? So what exactly do you expect these kids to do? Should they just stay home and have "partys" as we did? What would you have done Troy 15 years ago if the city did the same thing then? HMMMMM..........

    -- Posted by upseventh on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 12:17 PM
  • It appears some are overlooking the second paragraph of the story. Business, and private property owners, have a right to allow or disallow loitering, they own the property, and pay the taxes on them. Cruising is one thing, using someone else's property without permission is another.

    -- Posted by LB on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 5:30 PM
  • Have any of you ever seen the the parking lots after the kids have went home ? There is trash everywhere. I personally have witnessed LPD request the people pick up the trash. It's no wonder they can't "hang out" in the parking lots. In defense of the kids, it only takes one to ruin it for everybody.

    Maybe they should start policing the lots themselves and maybe they wouldn't be ran off constantly.

    -- Posted by guesswho77 on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 9:11 PM
  • Ya know...I see valid points for both sides. However, I'd like to think our town should have other issues that are more important to worry about. Frankly I see VERY little wrong with allowing young adults/teenagers "hanging out" at parking lots in town. I'd rather see these kids in town being sociable versus partying outside of city limits. I'm sure in a perfect world sprinkled with fairy dust, all of these kids would be at home studying every night and having a warm glass of milk prior to bed, but I can still remember what it was like to be young and wanting nothing more than to "hang out". They aren't robbing banks. They aren't stealing cars. They are sitting and that really so bad??

    -- Posted by Coda on Fri, Aug 10, 2007, at 11:37 PM
  • Okay, let's talk about trash for a minute...Have any of you ever seen our streets, the parking lots of the private businesses, or the yards of private citizens after the parade goes through? Our little town of Linton resembles Gary, Indiana...after any event. Should we stop having the parade or Carnival come to town? Most of the spectators for the parade are Adults with families, One would think the adults would know how to pick up their own trash, but they don't. I haven't seen any large amounts of trash anywhere driving through town at 6 am on my way to work, so if the "kids" leave trash all over, they are not leaving very much. I had a wonderful opportunity to meet a lot of the town's teenagers during my cousin's funeral a couple of months ago, my impression was that these kids are very considerate and mature individuals, not loitering, little pests...The Adults of this town could take a lesson or two from them.

    -- Posted by Renee71 on Sat, Aug 11, 2007, at 5:40 AM
  • pisces must be a lonley person with no children get a life. upseventh is right. this kids arent hurting a thing. I agree I would rather see the kids of this community in town hanging out at least we see where our kids are and no there in no trouble or danger. Need to foucus on the real problems like all these break ins around here and these kids can be eyes and ears. If the bussiness's arent complaning then why are the lpd. Sometimes i grab a bite to eat at night and sit in the parking lot to eat, should i be towed off?

    -- Posted by appleknocker on Sat, Aug 11, 2007, at 8:41 AM
  • The business owners ARE the ones that are complaining, not LPD. The city is just giving the business owners a "leg" to stand on if the loitering continues.

    -- Posted by guesswho77 on Sat, Aug 11, 2007, at 5:08 PM
  • School is the kids job that is how they are contributing to society. Let the kids hang out. As long as they don't cause trouble what's the big deal. If we kick them out of everywhere they will start causing trouble.

    -- Posted by Lintongirl on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 11:16 PM
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