ST. JOSEPH — Several citizens expressed their displeasure with the St. Joseph Village Board's decision to turn Meadow Circle into a one-way road that runs east to west. More than 50 residents signed a petition asking the village to turn the road back into a two-way street.
Trustee Roy McCarty said the change was made due to concerns with children crossing the road when they left the Gallo Dance Studio, which is located on Meadow Circle.
Responding to residents' concerns that the decision was made to benefit one business — without consulting other businesses or homeowners — Mayor B.J. Hackler said the Gallos did not approach the village asking for the change.
Gary Woods, owner of the St. Joseph IGA, told the board he didn't believe there was a safety issue with children crossing the two-way street.
"There was more of a concern when they were using my parking lot for parking," he said.
Hackler said the streets committee needed to review the decision and report back to the board within a month.
In other news:
— Hackler announced that Christie Clinic is in talks to come to St. Joseph.
The mayor said it's uncertain where the facility will be located or whether it will house a doctor, nurse practitioner or convenient care services. He described talks as ongoing.
— Andrew Gherna was appointed to fill the trustee position vacated by Tony Spurlock.