Burns Harbor Fire
Chief Bill Arney announced three promotions within the BHFD at Wednesday’s
Burns Harbor Town Council meeting. Ryan Nowacki was promoted to from Captain
to Assistant Fire Chief. Michael Vershay and Shaun O’Neill were promoted
from Firefighters to Engineers.
In other Fire
Department business, Arney gave an update on the new fire truck: it isn’t
finished yet due to a delay in materials for the build. Arney said he now
expects it done in early March. Arney reported the addition to the Fire
Department is looking good as well--its getting paint and electrical work
this week and will be ready for a ribbon cutting after it gets flooring and
Arney reported that
the Department had some equipment losses when it assisted other local
departments with a fire that broke out on the coke battery at ArcelorMittal
last week. “We lost about 400 feet of hose and a couple sets of bunker
ArcelorMittal will be replacing the equipment.
The Council also
approved Arney to begin searching for part-time EMTs to staff the Town’s
ambulance for weekday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shifts and weekends.
The Burns Harbor
Redevelop-ment Commission will foot the bill for some paving in Town.
At the RDC meeting
immediately preceding the Council’s, the Board received quotes from Walsh
and Kelly and Rieth-Riley, ultimately choosing Rieth-Riley, who quoted the
work at $175,000 for the Town hall parking lot, the Lakeland Park west
parking lot, the east entrance to Lakeland, and the connecting road in the
The RDC’s funds,
which are mainly from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue, are required by
Indiana law to be used for public works projects that benefit the residents
of the TIF district and facilities they use.
approved a resolution amending the 2019 salary ordinance to reflect raises
for the Building Commissioner and two Police Department employees approved
at its January meeting.
employee Rob Wesley is the choice for Burns Harbor’s new building
commissioner. Half of the Building Commissioner’s pay comes from the
Sanitation Department budget and half from the Building Department budget,
per the new salary ordinance.
The Board approved
Jeff Oltmanns of Global Engineering to go out for bids on 2019 Community
Crossing paving projects on March 18. A pre-bid meeting will take place on
March 26, bids will be opened April 3, and the projects awarded to bidders
The Council voted
to reschedule its March meeting from Wednesday, March 13 to Tuesday, March
19. The Redevelopment Commission will meet the same night.
Wesley reported the
hydraulic lift in the Street Department building has been out of commission
since it didn’t pass inspection last month. Wesley contacted three vendors,
only one of which returned a quote to replace it.
approved the purchase of a new lift, for $24,625.35, including the hoist,
air compressor and installation from Ott Equipment out of Noblesville, Ind.
Council member Ray Poparad proposed the purchase be split equally between
the four departments who use the lift most: Fire, Police, Street, and
Sanitation. The Council approved.