Traffic Court To Find New Location

(posted 4.16.09)

The City County Council's Administration and Finance Committee will not be caught in the cross fire after all between pleasing neighborhood associations or accommodating the needs of the Court Administrator. The committee voted unanimously during its April 14 meeting to strike the proposal that would have approved a lease for 26,000 square feet of space to house a traffic court, juvenile center, lockup and probation office at 3733 Commercial Drive.

For the last month, the issue over including the probation office with the traffic court became the center of interest among neighborhood associations. Westside leaders were irritated to have been kept in the dark for more than a year about a probation office locating in the strip mall.

Court Administrator Glenn Lawrence, Northwest Probation staff, and Marion County Superior Traffic Court Judge William Young explained their plans to residents and elected officials at the March 18 Lafayette Square Area Coalition meeting. Lawrence accepted responsibility for not keeping Pike Township residents and elected officials informed about the plans. He told the group he did not think it would be a problem because a probation office is already in the neighborhood at 3500 Lafayette Road. It has been there since 2002.

Neither the westside community leaders nor Lawrence were present when committee Chairman Marilyn Pfisterer said the court administrator decided to find another westside location that is amenable to neighborhood residents and business owners.