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Burns Harbor Council gives police discretion to put stop signs in Village

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

The Burns Harbor Town Council Wednesday voted 4-0 in favor of having Town Marshal Mike Heckman decide where to put stop signs within the Village of Burns Harbor after a resident expressed traffic safety concerns.

At the end of the Council’s monthly meeting, resident Jacqueline Koon said she has witnessed at least two incidents when a speeding car nearly collided with a child or a pet near the intersection where she lives on Burns Boulevard.

“It’s extremely dangerous to our children, residents and pets. I thought we could put in a stop sign on both directions of Clifford Way, making that a three-way stop and prevent cars from speeding through,” Koon told the Council and came with a prepared written proposal. The situation is worse now, she said, with children being out of school and constantly outside.

She said she hopes the signs can be a long-term solution for when more development comes into the Village and traffic increases.

Town Fire Chief Bill Arney and Council member Kevin Tracy said they as well have seen motorists “driving pretty fast” through there.

Heckman said that police have been patrolling the area in the late afternoon to watch traffic. He said there is a stop sign a block up from Clifford Way but he said he would like to see a stop sign put in at the corner of Sherman Ave. and Burns Blvd.

Council President Ray Poparad said the developer told the Town the residents would police the roads themselves. The roads in the Village are Town roads, said Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan, and the Town can put signs there.

The Council then voted on motion to give Heckman discretion to put the signs up. Poparad said he will ask Street Superintendent to make speed limit signs more visible. Absent from the meeting was council member Eric Hull.

Trail Creek

Also from the audience, Trail Creek resident Joe Ozug asked if anything can be done by the Town to top coat the streets in the development.

Council member Toni Biancardi said the developer, Pat Kleighe, is on the agenda for the Plan Commission next month to discuss his bond.

Arney said that Kleighe had approval for Phase 2 but had to reduce it from 41 lots to 24 because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had named some of the lots as wetlands.

“It changed it to make it where it really was not cost beneficial to put the infrastructure in at this point until he comes up with another plan. If he decides to do another phase, he will have to bust up (the roads) by the time it is built out,” Arney said.

Poparad told Ozug the Town is not able to coat the road because it is a private development but they can get leverage when Kleighe comes to the Plan Commission about the bond. He can address his concerns to the Plan Commission next month.

Village Phase 4A

In another development related manner, Biancardi said she has had no further communication with Jeff Ban of DVG Inc. regarding infrastructure since last month when Ban attended the meeting to talk about the piles of dirt seen from U.S. 20.

Town Attorney Clay Patton said he has the street light agreement and can read that it says the Village in Burns Harbor Property Association Inc. will maintain the expense of repairing and replacing street lights but the copy he received does not list properties included in the agreement in a legible manner. He said he isn’t sure if Traditions Apartments properties are included.

Poparad told Building Commissioner Randal Lopez not to issue an occupancy permit until they have the agreement on file with the correct information.

Biancardi said the Phase 4B letter of credit expires on July 14 and the developers would need to be at the next Plan Commission meeting on Monday, July 3.

 

 

Posted 6/8/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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