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Jewel-Osco Parking Lot

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McHenry County, Illinois

Jewel-Osco Parking Lot

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
March 12, 2008

Chevrolet Equinox

What's wrong with the way this vehicle is parked? The white Chevrolet Equinox (license 876 8782) was parked for more than 20 minutes this morning in front of the Jewel-Osco store.

For starters, it's on the wrong side of the driveway, with the driver's door next to the curb.Then, of, course, it is parked in a crosswalk. And there is always that pesky Fire Lane no-parking sign mounted on the wall of the building.

Illegal? Not all, thanks to the City's inaction on completing a Vehicular Control Contract with the three property owners on that corner. The City tells me that it does not agree with me that there is a problem with traffic violations. Two of the three property owners want such a Contract, but apparently the City will not attempt to complete an agreement with the third property owner.

In a conversation with a store manager this morning, I was told that a woman was hit about a month ago by a driver who ran a stop sign in front of Jewel. The woman's screams could be heard several hundred feet away and inside stores.

When I checked with a manager of another store, I was told that the woman had slipped and fallen on ice and had cracked her head hard on the ice.

Traffic violations are prevalent on the "Jewel-Osco" property (which is actually three parcels of real estates with three different owners/managers), but they are not actually violations because there is no Vehicular Control Contract. Such a Contract would allow police officers to cite drivers upon their own observation and without a complaint from a store manager.

If you think the police should be authorized to write tickets on the "Jewel" property, please inform the City officials.

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