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A Gary Legislative Body Considering Limiting Day Care Centers in the City

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GARY - The Gary Common Council is considering changes to its approval process of day care businesses in the city.

The "Times" reports there has been a steady stream of applications being submitted to the Common Council for in-home day cares. According to the latest data available, there are already 55 registered in the city, as of last fall.

Councilwoman Tai Adkins, Democrat from the 4th district, said she noticed day care applications coming before the council nearly every month that they meet.

Adkins suggested the city craft legislation limiting a certain number of home day cares within a 1-mile radius — after extensive research is conducted to determine a fair, reasonable limit.

Councilman Ronald Brewer, Democrat at-large, agreed with Adkins' suggestion for a limit, saying it would be ideal to have legislation on the books so there are fewer applications that come before the council.

The state of Indiana covers day care center regulations, but zoning is a local matter.

 

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.