Cornball Express granted zoning variance among protest, after completion

Posted Friday, December 28, 2001 6:02 AM | Contributed by Wabash Cannonball

The White County Board of Zoning Appeals granted Indiana Beach a zoning variance for Cornball Express, built last year, allowing it to operate despite its height. The ride was build without prior approval from the board and operated last summer.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 6:04 AM
Jeff's avatar That article is so hard to read, not because of the subject matter, but the author is illiterate. I can see every English teacher on the planet cringing at that one.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 6:11 AM
Oh my.  This article is just painful.

As for the news itself (when you can filter out the content), I must admit I'm quite surprised that Indiana Beach would go and build a ride without zoning approval.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 6:53 AM
Well, bottom line is that the board voted in favor of it's approval (just a few months late...) heh.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 7:30 AM
Dude needs to learn about run-on sentences that have no periods and go forever and you can't understand what he's saying and it is hard to read this article and I don't know why they would build without permission but they are being profitable and...okay enough of that.

 

Seriously, that's a ballsy thing to do. Could you imagine if CE had to be removed? IB is lucky that this one didn't bite them in the shorts.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 8:02 AM
janfrederick's avatar "The Cornball Express, which operated last year, but when it was built, it came as a complete surprise to Ann Switzer Thompson and Jane Switzer Walker, the sisters whose family summer home suddenly had an amusement ride for a next door neighbor when they arrived in the spring to open up the cottage. "

This sentence is going up in my cube!

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Friday, December 28, 2001 9:07 AM
How does an amusement park forget to get a building permit?
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Friday, December 28, 2001 10:03 AM
rollergator's avatar they probably tried to get the building permit and it got caught up in legal paperwork and then the county decidied to try and take a vote but then there were only three members present and so they couldn't decide whether to grant the variance and they had to reschedule the meeting but then the ride was built ad operating but sinec the sisters had not arrived at the cottage.......ROFLMAO....
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Friday, December 28, 2001 11:09 AM
janfrederick's avatar I wonder if we'll see something similar with Xcelerator?
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Friday, December 28, 2001 11:21 AM
Here is my version of the sentence in question.

The Cornball Express operated last year, but was a suprise to sisters Ann Switzer Thompson and Jane Switzer Walker when they arrived in the Spring to open their cottage and found they had 36 new screaming neighbors that drove by every 3 minutes.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:08 PM
Mark, they wouldn't tear it down, just not operate it until they got the zoning done.
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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:18 PM
Or just build a giant sound wall...

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Friday, December 28, 2001 1:56 PM
I may be biased, but I find it hard to sympathize with people who buy a piece of property right next to an amusement park, and then start complaining that it's too noisy.

Granted, when these people bought the house in the 70s, IB was much smaller than it is now.  Still, if I were looking for a getaway home that offered peace and quiet, I wouldn't choose an apartment over a bowling alley, a tract house at the end of an airport runway, or a cottage next to an amusement park.

IB's management may be getting away with some careless planning here, but that's okay with me.  I can't wait to get back on Cornball in 2002.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 2:47 PM
Here's some more information I got from the Beach today. The sisters inherited this summer cottage from their parents who owned it since the 1950's. They never complained about the Beach. Also, the CornBall does not go on their property line as the article says. Some supports (2) are near it, but the ride itself is at least 15 feet away. Now, Tom Jr. says they complain about the train whistles, kiddie ride bells, etc., etc. I think these gals have ulterior motives.

As to the author of the article, he also wrote an editorial lambasting the Beach and the zoning board. He even brought up---get this---the Old Indiana ride death incident. To paraphrase this media attention getter, what if this ride (CornBall) ran off its tracks onto someone's personal property? This made me hotter than a Pronto Pup fresh out of the vat!

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Friday, December 28, 2001 6:56 PM
Jeff's avatar That's OK, we can't expect him to be an unbiased journalist if he has the writing skills of a grade school kid.

And yes, I flamed the editor for allowing that kind of crap to be published and called journalism.

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 6:16 PM
I have to wonder what was going on there that Indiana Beach was allowed to build a roller coaster without a permit.  It was certainly no secret that they were building.  (Kind of hard for the building inspectors to miss a rollercoaster.)  In most jurisdictions the inspectors would certainly stop construction and could possibly require tearing down what was built without a permit.

I sure wish I could bypass the procedures like that.  I've spent a couple years and as much as $70,000 in engineering and $10,000 in permits and fees to get a permit.

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 7:17 PM
I'm sure that it is loud there, but like someone said, they are next to an amusement park. Noise sould be expected. Solution: sell the property and go find a new place in a quiet location.

Hey I'm sure that all the businesses in Monticello would suffer if IB did not continue to attract more people. If  IB goes you might as well shut down most of the motels, restaurants, gas stations and several miscellaneous shops also. Say goodbye to all that revenue for the city and to many of the residents who will move because they rely on the jobs at those businesses. Withough IB Monticello dosn't have a whole lot more to offer than Peru, IN. You might as well go there for vacation. Does IB get special treatment for the height restriction? I'd certainly hope so, how fun would some of those rides be at only 45 ft. Who would continue to come back year after year if they wern't allowed to add world class rides.

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Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:15 PM
Hmmm the link isn't working
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Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:18 PM
rollergator's avatar Wabash, I think that's what IB Dave was referring to as "ulterior motives".  These ladies just might be able to drive up the price of their land...
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 5:25 AM
How can they drive up the value of their land by complaining about Indiana Beach?
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