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Burns Harbor hires new Building Commissioner

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The Town Council hired a new Building Commissioner at its meeting Wednesday night.

Council President Ray Poparad reported that the Council interviewed candidates for the position in an executive session and decided on Burns Harbor developer John Miller.

The Council also decided to amend Resolution 2018-04 to change the salary requirements for the building commissioner and form guidelines for those who serve as Interim building commissioner in the future. Currently Fire Chief Bill Arney, who used to be the Town’s building commissioner, has been serving in the interim.

Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan reported that the salary for the part-time building commissioner has been changed from a flat rate of $20 per hour to a range of $20 to $25 an hour, and the interim building commissioner will be paid $35 for each inspection completed.

Other Business

Redevelopment Commission member Nick Loving has been chosen to fill Marcus Rogala’s vacant seat on the Town Council. Loving remains on the RDC and Rogala’s seat on the RDC is still vacant. The Town Council is looking to fill it with a citizen appointment. The application for board and commission seats can be found on the municipal website.

Council member Toni Biancardi reminded residents that the Town yard sale will be held on July 27 and 28 and the annual Town picnic will be August 26. Residents who want to sell at the yard sale can contact Corinne Peffers at (219) 787-1165 or There will be a map available and the advertising is free and provided by the Town.

During the public comment two residents said the mosquitoes have started to get really bad in their neighborhoods, and they were disappointed that the Town opted not to spray for them earlier this year. The complaints follow a decision at a previous meeting where the Council agreed that the spraying doesn’t significantly reduce the impact of the mosquitoes.

Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan, however, was given permission at that meeting to spend the $800 to order spraying if she got more than three complaints from residents. Jordan said she has gotten a couple of other complaints since and will now schedule the spraying.



Posted 7/13/2018




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