The Burns Harbor
Fire Department was awarded a grant of just under $40,000 from Firehouse
Subs, Fire Chief Bill Arney reported at a recent Town Council meeting.
Arney said the
grant is for the purchase of a robotic CPR machine that maintains chest
compressions at a certain depth and rate. According to Arney, it is one of
the largest grants Firehouse Subs has awarded so far.
In other Fire
Department business, the Council also approved its list of encumbrances for
2019, many of which were Fire Department-related. The Town dedicated
approximately $195,000 from its 2018 budget to pay for some projects and
purchases that started or were approved in 2018 and won’t conclude until
Jordan said, “Typically we don’t encumber that much.” The reason for the
spike is that approximately $144,000 of the encumbrances were for work on
the addition to the Fire Department, according to Jordan. Arney reported the
new building is in the process of getting drywall, a furnace, and
furnishings. After that comes paving and landscaping, which will have to
wait for better weather.
encumbered expenses include a new mower for the street department and
improvements at Lakeland Park, such as top sealing the walking paths and
basketball court, which are being paid for out of the 2018 budget though
they won’t be completed until the weather breaks this spring.
Arney also thanked
everyone who donated presents to the Shop with a Firefighter program. “Santa
delivered them right before Christmas and made some families happy,” Arney
said. “It turned out great.”
approved a change to ordinance 288-2018, requiring mandatory site plan
review for new developments. “Currently our process calls for an advisory
meeting,” said Council member, and Plan Commission member, Toni Biancardi.
“Now we’re asking, especially in terms of commercial, that they have a
mandatory meeting for us to review plans.”
approved some upgrades at the Town hall, including vent work in the
building’s attic and some IT work to network the computers in the
Clerk-treasurers office. The Council approved the vent work not to exceed
$4,000 and the IT work not to exceed $3,000.
Police Chief Mike
Heckman was approved to give Police Clerk Shayna Dujmovich a raise and
promote Tim Lucas from Corporal to Sergeant. Heckman said he made the raises
out of his budget. The Council will amend the 2019 salary ordinance for
those changes at its next meeting.
The Council also
decided the Street Department will plow roads in phase 2 of Corlin’s
Landing, since the Town owns the right of way and the roads.
Department, Street Department, Stormwater Board, and Plan Commission will
split the cost of Geographic Information System (GIS) software that will
help them model the Town’s sanitary system and potentially inventory all of
the Town’s infrastructure.
already has a GIS, and Burns Harbor’s software would be part of that
license, Biancardi said. “We’re technically looking to buy our portion of
the user license and use the software for tracking our sanitation system.”
The Council decided
the departments and boards that use the software most will split the cost of
$4,800 and pay $1,200 each. Since the sanitation department will use the
software most, they are on the hook for the $750 each year in maintenance.