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BH council, plan and park boards meet next week

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The Burns Harbor Town Council, Park Board and Advisory Plan Commission all meet early next week.

The council and the commission will meet at the town hall, and the Park Board at the Lakeland Park arts & crafts building. All sessions are open to the public.

Monday at 7 p.m. the commission will convene to discuss whether to adopt facade standards for future construction, the matter of contractor L.I. Combs outstanding invoices, and a Trail Creek letter of credit renewal as well as to hear staff reports and comments from the public at the meetingís end.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Town Council will meet for a second 2014 budget workshop and consider the proposed budgets submitted by the Street Department, Police Department, Park Department and Fire Department.

At a July 29 workshop, council members questioned whether money would be available to subsidize the Fire Departmentís new ALS ambulance service next year. A one-year trial period to determine whether the service is financially feasible ends this fall; the serviceís income to date has been less than anticipated.

Last week councilmen didnít receive encouraging news from the townís contracted financial consultant, who had been asked to find ways to boost 2014 revenue to help pay for increases tied to Burns Harborís day-to-day operating expenses. Few viable options are available to the town, he said.

Itís not known if the council will include in 2014 budget talks whether to plan on spending town funds to maintain/improve the former Westport Community Club, which was donated to the town for community use and accepted by the council earlier this year.

Because of the budget workshop, the monthly Park Board meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. so members can attend the council session.



Posted 8/2/2013