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.
working really hard and submitted some really awesome applications,” she
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.
recipients are Mark Childress, Quinlan Doolin, Ashliegh Ellenwood, Bryanna
Kerkes, Hannah Kish, Madison Kurtz, Andrew Macchiarella, Michael
Macchiarella, Isabella Portugal and Kara Zych.
that the scholarship money can be used for any necessity the student needs.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Council member Toni Biancardi reminded residents that the annual Town Picnic
will be Saturday, Aug. 26.
In other business:
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
-- 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
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,
-- 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.