Lake Zurich residents complain about parking overflow at Bobbers restaurant, village council vows to look into but unsure if anything can be done
After further complaints about on-street parking near Bobbers restaurant at Lake Zurich, village administrators promised at the village council meeting on June 20 to look into the matter – although it is not known not what will be done about it.
Bobbers, a popular restaurant and bar on Old Rand Road, draws dozens of customers during the summer month, and some have complained that its car park isn’t large enough to handle the number of passing vehicles. For example, a sign directs visitors to park on Pine Tree Row, a narrow two-way residential street.
While the Village only allows parking on one side of the street, residents have long complained that Bobbers patrons block driveways, rip up lawns and simply drive recklessly.
At the top of the meeting, a resident said on a recent Friday that cars were parked on Jonathan Road, several blocks from the restaurant and he said a driver had driven through his yard and totaled his vehicle this year.
“There are seven homes in our neighborhood that have cones in their driveways because they’re tired of people turning around in their driveway,” the resident said.
Administrator Jon Sprawka agreed with the parking issues and he urged residents to take photos and file complaints with the Community Policing Advisory Board. This committee can recommend actions, such as traffic studies that can then be used to change parking laws.
“Step one, document it, bring it to the attention of CPAC and, of course, bring it to the attention of the board, like this gentleman did tonight,” he said. he advises.
However, Sprawka noted that on-street parking is legal in the area and no streets in the village are restricted by a residential vignette system.
Police Chief Steve Husak said there are already parking restrictions based on street width, and the department may consider other restrictions based on complaints to CPAC.
“We don’t put up signs just to put up signs and we don’t restrict it just to restrict it, but we try to keep it consistent,” Husak said.
This summer, local social media was abuzz over the issue, with many residents blaming council’s inaction. But Sprawka said the council could not easily change the parking situation because, as things stand, if Pine Tree were suddenly restricted, Bobbers would lose a good number of customers all at once and the village does not own the field in front of Bobbers. , so it cannot create a parking lot.
“This is a private property issue,” Sprawka said. “It’s a quality issue, he (the owner) has too many customers.”
He said there are two owners, but it’s currently illegal to park on the grass and it’s not legal to park in front of Bobbers, so police could write tickets for these offences. But even so, the question remains: where else would customers park?
Village manager Ray Keller said village officials are asking Bobbers owners to try and fix the problem on their own. However, the property was kept as it was when Bobbers moved into the space, meaning it never had, by modern standards, adequate parking for the number of potential guests.
Keller explained that before Bobbers, the space housed a take-out restaurant, so it didn’t need a lot of parking. It was never meant to accommodate as many cars as Bobbers has now.
“This parking lot doesn’t fit quite as well, but it’s been acquired,” Keller said. ” It’s difficult. It comes up every year, and this pocket in particular.
Mayor Tom Poynton said the issue had been discussed for “four to five years”.
“We met with the owners several times,” Poynton said. “That’s a problem for some of these people. Some of these people are in favor of it and some are not, but it’s not our property.
In fact, the owners actually removed some spaces to build an outdoor patio which is also popular, which added seating and a popular attraction while reducing parking spaces. As things stand, Poynton said, there may not really be a solution, even with the CPAC complaints.
“It does not guarantee that there is a remedy,” the mayor said of the appeal to CPAC. “There is a process, but that does not guarantee a remedy.
Trustee Dan Bobroski residents in the area should expect a parking overflow since they live near a popular restaurant.
“You can’t walk next to a train track and expect the train to never pass,” he said.
Keller added, “Or next to an empty field and expect it to be empty forever.”
Jesse Wright is a freelancer.