The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

April 1, 2013

Summerlake homeowners oppose planned truck stop

Residents say Ingalls can do better

INGALLS, Ind. — Residents of the Summerlake addition were not feeling love Monday night for a proposed truck stop at Exit 214 on Interstate 69.

Oklahoma-based Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores wants to invest about $9 million to build one of its travel stops at the interchange of I-69 and Indiana 13.

The Ingalls Advisory Plan Commission was considering the company’s preliminary plat — the first of three detailed reviews that will occur for the proposal.

In addition selling gas and convenience items, the store would feature a McDonald’s and Chester’s Chicken as well as catering to the needs of long-haul truckers.

But more than 100 Summerlake residents made clear that the last thing they want is another 24-hour truck stop at the interchange with its traffic, noise, odor, environmental hazards and the potential dangers created by transients.

It isn’t that residents of the addition are against development, many who testified said.

Substitute a grocery store, medical buildings or retail shops at the interchange and their reaction would probably be a lot different.

“I’m very concerned about this truck stop,” said Summerlake resident Jeff Pokone. More than 3,000 people live in the 850-home development. Many of them use Indiana 13 during rush hour in their morning commutes to jobs in Indianapolis or Hamilton County.

Pokone said he’s stopped at Love’s store before and most aren’t nearly as close to housing developments.

Many mothers who testified said they worried about the safety of their children.

“We are just starting our family. My concern is for their security,” said Karen Hood. “What kind of security am I going to have for my child?”

Others, however, asked if another travel stop was what Ingalls wanted to be known for.

Dennis Ashley said the Exit 214 interchange could be the cornerstone of Ingalls’ future growth as development continues to move north from Fishers and Noblesville.

“Love’s is not the cornerstone you want,” he said.

Members of the Plan Commission listened closely to concerns raised by community residents, and decided to recess instead of voting on whether to move the project on to a technical review committee where detailed building, economic, engineering and environmental matters would be evaluated by planning commission consultants.

Instead, the commission agreed to hear more testimony on the proposal next Tuesday at the Ingalls Town Hall.

Plan Commission President Tonie Caraway said “a lot of information and thoughts were given this evening that we’d like an opportunity to discuss.”

Find Stu Hirsch on Facebook and @StuHirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

1
Text Only
Local Politics
  • NWS - HB0417 - election forum - 15 Candidates meet in Alexandria

    Several Madison County candidates running for a variety of offices met at Alexandria-Monroe High School Wednesday night to introduce themselves to voters and talk about some issues.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

    Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents, but they added that they have little idea how soon that could happen.

    April 16, 2014

  • Commissioners vote to eliminate Personnel Board Madison County commissioners have decided to end the county’s Personnel Board.

    April 15, 2014

  • Primary voting starts at courthouse Through the first week of early voting for the May 6 primary, the Madison County Voter Registration office has been less than overwhelmed.

    April 15, 2014

  • Hayden, Maureen mug Maureen Hayden: Want better teacher ratings? Ask the kids The state may be back where it started, encumbered with a flawed teacher grading system, a year after implementing what were meant to be tough new standards.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ken de la Bastide: Local Dems want to change redistricting process There is an old saying that goes "to the victor goes the spoils." In politics the spoils usually involves the drawing of legislative districts for the Indiana General Assembly and the seats in the U.S. House.

    April 12, 2014

  • NWS - HB0409 - Cleanup - JC 3-file City of Anderson won't participate in annual cleanup For the first time in 29 years, there will be no citywide cleanup this year, because of expenses incurred by the City of Anderson this past winter.

    April 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local lawmakers bemoan no local road funding Despite efforts by three Madison County lawmakers, the Indiana General Assembly didn’t provide funding for the improvement of local roads.

    April 7, 2014

  • AP907524370424.jpg U.S. attorney battles public corruption

    U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has raised his profile by ramping up prosecutions of gang members and corrupt politicians, arguing that both undermine the public’s sense of safety, since he became top federal prosecutor in a district that covers two-thirds of the state.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Coats ends up in wrong meeting School kids and business people who start with a new company often worry about showing up in the wrong classroom or meeting. It can happen to a veteran U.S. senator, too.

    April 4, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide