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Burns Harbor Committee awards 14 scholarships

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Deciding who is and who isn’t to receive a scholarship continues to be a difficult job for the Burns Harbor Scholarship Committee, according to member Phyllis Constantine.

“Everyone is working really hard and submitted some really awesome applications,” she said.

Rather than picking and choosing, the Committee decided to award all 14 applicants this year with $1,000 scholarships.

Four of the recipients were at Wednesday’s Burns Harbor Council meeting to accept their checks and certificates -- Victoria Bain, Keeli Day, Justin Duty and Maxwell Kurtz. The four took pictures afterwards with the Town Council.

The other recipients are Mark Childress, Quinlan Doolin, Ashliegh Ellenwood, Bryanna Kerkes, Hannah Kish, Madison Kurtz, Andrew Macchiarella, Michael Macchiarella, Isabella Portugal and Kara Zych.

Constantine said that the scholarship money can be used for any necessity the student needs.

The Scholarship Fund is a non-for-profit organization separate from the Town but the Town Council passes funding on to the Scholarship Fund through a lease it has with American Tower.

Applicants must reside in town and plan to attend a university, college, trade school or training program. They must write a short essay about their career goals and include one letter of recommendation in their submission.

Road grant for 2018

Meanwhile, the Council learned that if it can find $333,333 in its budget next year, the state will match it with $1 million in the Community Crossings grant for paving projects.

The grant will be a 75/25, shared between the Town and the State, said Martin Bobcek from Global Engineering. A contract will need to be signed sometime in April.

Council President Ray Poparad said he hopes the Town gets all its roads paved with the Community Crossings grants which the State started two years ago. “We’re going for gusto. We are going to get as much as we can out of them,” he said.

Parks impress

Park Board member Chuck Tuter said attendance is on the rise for events at Lakeland Park. The Footloose 5k run last month saw its best turnout for runners and 32 youth attended the free archery event last Saturday which was co-hosted by Deep River Bowman.

Tuter said attendees at the archery event included residents from Lake and LaPorte counties and south Porter County who “were thrilled” with Lakeland Park.

“There have been a lot of compliments we received with the new playground. I just wanted to thank the board for the effort made in getting that because it’s made a big difference. Kids just absolutely go crazy out there,” Tuter said.

The park will hold a teen beach party on Thursday, July 17, a back to school party on Wednesday, Aug. 2 and a fishing derby on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The third session of summer camp and art camp will start July 30.

Town Picnic

Regarding events, Council member Toni Biancardi reminded residents that the annual Town Picnic will be Saturday, Aug. 26.

In other business:

-- Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan received her finance administration recertification from the Association of Public Treasurers of the U.S. and Canada. She said only seven clerk-treasurers in the state have this certification.

-- The Council approved to hire HR Consulting Services to review and update the employee handbook.

-- Council member Marcus Rogala announced he has retired from the Fire Department after ten years, effective July 4. His colleagues thanked him for his years of service.

-- Street Superintendent Pat Melton said that the department received its new truck and retrofitted it for the chipper.

-- Jordan said that Town received its tax draws for June, 54 percent for the year while the rest will be received at the end of this year. The Town can also expect to have its cumulative capital development fund rate reset to four cents by the State after the County Auditor’s office reported no remonstrances were made, she said.

-- The Council will hold a budget meeting on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. with the Street, Sanitation, Police, Fire and Park departments.

-- Biancardi said the Chesterton Rotary will be hosting the Babapaloosa music festival on Sunday, Aug. 6 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Tickets are $15 if bought from a Rotary member or $25 at the event. Proceeds go to benefit the See Change Foundation for Nepal and local charities.


Posted 7/14/2017





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