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Burns Harbor announces big trash day, still looking for Old Porter Road answers

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Thursday is one of two annual big garbage days in Burns Harbor when appliances, tied and bundled swimming pool liners and furniture such as mattress, box springs, upholstered pieces and wooden goods are accepted.

Tires and vehicle parts, batteries, dirt and concrete, medical waste or dead animals will not be taken and left at the curb.

Types of appliances allowed are stoves, hot water heaters, dishwashers, washers and dryers. No freon units such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers will be taken.

Small amounts of construction material and branches must be tied and bundled in 4-foot lengths or placed in a 30-gallon container weighing no more than 50 pounds for pick-up. Bagged or containerized grass clippings also will be taken but not leaves.

Open paint cans with the paint completely dry/hard will be taken, but hazardous liquids such as wet paint, oils and chemicals will not.

Residents with questions about acceptable items may call Able Disposal through Republic Services at 926-1046.

At this month’s Burns Harbor Town Council meeting, members also:

* Voted 5-0 to authorize up to four applications of mosquito spraying in affected areas of town as needed this year.

* Announced 50 town license plates bearing the Green Living logo are available at the town hall for $5 each.

* Discussed but came to no decision how to tackle Old Porter Road repairs and agreed to get prices from consultant SEH and town engineer Global Surveying and Engineering to develop bid specifications for the project.

In other business, Resident Gayle Van Loon chastised the board for the way it made two citizen appointments to the Redevelopment Commission, and for the RDC hiring a consultant to draft specifications for a second consultant. “Does this council think this town is the size of Chicago instead of 4 square miles?”

Council president Jim McGee said time will tell whether what was done is for the best. Member Gene Weibl said he’s trying to build a real town with retail opportunities.

Councilman Jeff Freeze said he’s trying to interest qualified firms in redesigning the town’s outdated website.


Posted 5/19/2014




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