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Burns Harbor Council to hold hearing on ERA for Masterlink abatement

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The Burns Harbor Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the Town Hall, 1240 N. Boo Rd.

At its first meeting of the year, the Council will vote to accept donations for the park and fire departments, approve the 2017 cleaning service contract, approve the 2017 conflict of interest disclosure forms, approve 2016 encumbered purchase orders, recognize staff anniversaries and appoint department liaisons. It will also recognize an honor conferred by Porter County on Burns Harbor Police officer Timothy Lucas.

In old business, the Council will discuss appointments to town boards, the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the Duneland Economic Development Commission. It will also discuss paving project bids using state grant money.

The Council will have a public hearing on a declaratory resolution for the creation of an economic revitalization area (ERA) at 347 Melton Rd. as requested by Masterlink Concrete Pumping LLC.

Masterlink plans to rehab the commercial building and other improvements of about $600,000 total. The business is seeking a 10-year tax abatement from the Town Council which is what the ERA is required for.

Last month, the Council voted 5-0 to propose the abatement to be phased in over a ten-year period. The abatement would be 100 percent for the first three years, 75 percent for years four through six, and 50 percent for the last four years.

In other resolutions, the Council will vote on salaries for the parks department. Second readings will be give on an amendment to the text of the sewer rate ordinance on new construction and an amendment of the fee table concerning manufactured tags.

Members of the public may also address the Council during the Good of the Order of the Community.

Executive Session

Following its regular meeting, the Council will meet in closed executive session inside Town Hall.

According to the notice, the meeting in executive session is being held for the Council to discuss initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing and to discuss the purchase or lease of real property.

No final action can be taken in an executive session and no other subject matter may be discussed.



Posted 1/10/2017




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