amendment to a non-payment service fee ordinance was still under
consideration by the Burns Harbor Town Council at its meeting Wednesday
The amendment would
allow Burns Harbor residents who bounce two checks to the town to pay with
debit or credit cards, in addition to cash, money order, or cashier’s check.
Jane Jordan said the town is leaning toward a month-to-month contract to
accept credit card and debit card payments through PayGOV. Those making card
payments to the town would be charged a small fee, but Town Attorney Clay
Patton said the contract is unclear on the amount of the fee. Depending on
the wording of the contract, the fee per transaction may be $1, 3 percent of
the transaction total, or $4.95. The fee may also be different for those who
pay in person and those who pay by phone.
The town would also
need insurance coverage in case of data breaches when it begins accepting
card payments. Jordan said she would investigate the cost of the additional
insurance and clarify the amount of the fee PayGOV charges. The council will
reexamine the issue at its Dec. 13 meeting.
Poparad took a moment to comment on municipal health insurance. According to
Poparad, premiums have gone down, but deductibles have risen by $1,000,
while Jordan noted that the IRS contribution has only risen by $100 dollars.
Jordan to work on setting a date for when town employees can meet with him
and discuss their concerns about their policies. For now, Poparad thinks
that the existing plan is the best in comparison to others. “I can
apologize, but we did our best to find other avenues,” he said.
Join a Town Board
In other business,
Poparad encouraged residents to apply to serve the town, as several
positions on boards will open on Jan. 1.
include two seats on the Plan Commission and one open seat on each of the
following: Board of Zoning Appeals, Redevelopment Commission, Parks Board,
Sanitary Board, and Storm Water Board.
can pick up a paper application at the town hall or access the application
on the municipal website.
*Leaf pick-up will
continue every Monday, weather permitting, Street Superintendent Pat Melton
said, and the Street Department is anticipating busy weeks ahead. Melton
also said two plows have been prepared for upcoming snow.
delivered her presentation on the history of Burns Harbor to the council
members. She has previously made this presentation to the Duneland
*The town will
advertise four surplus vehicles for bids next week. The public will have an
opportunity to view the vehicles and submit bids to the town, if interested.