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Burns Harbor council debates effectiveness of mosquito fogging; none yet scheduled

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The Burns Harbor Town Council debated the effectiveness of mosquito fogging at its meeting Wednesday night.

Council Member Marcus Rogala began by saying that the mosquito fogging that takes place in early summer each year doesn’t seem to make a difference in his neighborhood. Council Member Toni Biancardi agreed it never seems to help in her neighborhood either.

The Council noted that the repellent used in fogging only kills mosquitoes that it comes in contact with and doesn’t prevent hatches. Last year, the fogging service cost $800. It would increase to $850 this year.

For the time being, the Council opted not to schedule it for this season, but Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan will monitor public input on the matter.

Council Member Kevin Tracy, for his part, said the Town should think of alternatives. “We should ask, ‘Are we doing this the best way possible?’ Just saying we aren’t going to do anything about it doesn’t seem like the right answer.”

Street Department

In other business, Street Superintendent Pat Melton reported that his department will complete several projects in the coming weeks, including repairing a storm sewer on Haglund Road, putting in a concrete pad for a storage container at Food Truck Square, and fixing a street light in the Village subdivision. Residents who may be affected by the work will be notified.

Melton received approval to install some “no littering” signs after Street Department workers recently picked up 67 bags of trash along Old Porter Road. The signs will emphasize the Town Code related to littering, which is that the first offense results in a $100 fine. He also received approval to install a stop sign at the intersection of Harbor Way and Clifford Way.

Melton also said that on Tuesday, May 29, Rieth-Reilly is scheduled to start work on the 2018 paving projects, which include North Boo Road, Chippewa Trail, Lively Lane, South Boo Road, Iroquois Trail, and Wall Street.

Traffic Ordinance

Amending the traffic ordinance that covers the snow parking ban, the Council voted to include language that bans all parking on streets without concrete curbs. The Council discussed this change at its April meeting and asked Town Attorney Clay Patton to finalize the wording. The Council approved the new version of the ordinance on first reading and voted to suspend the rules to conduct a second reading in the same night. The new parking ban went into effect upon passage.

Other Business

* Burns Harbor Scholarship applications are due May 31. The scholarship is open only to Town residents, but they can be residents of any age who are attending college classes.

* President of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce Maura Durham appeared to ask the Council to support this year’s lakefront fireworks display, scheduled for July 2 with a rain date of July 5. The Council opted to donate in-kind police and fire department services and a cash contribution of $2,500.

Pick-up for large garbage items will be Thursday, May 17.



Posted 5/14/2018




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