Law enforcement in
Burns Harbor has a new addition to the force.
Kyle Poracky was
sworn in as deputy marshal for the BHPD after Wednesday’s Town Council
meeting where Council members approved Town Marshal Mike Heckman’s
recommendation to hire him as a full-time officer.
Poracky, a Portage
resident, has had four years of police experience. His first day with BHPD
will be Thursday with a starting pay rate of $20 per hour.
September asked the Council to add a new employee to his department, saying
he could use more help.
The Council also
approved hiring Richard Fradeland as a full-time laborer for the Street
Department at $23.11 per hour and bringing Randall Lopez up to 30 hours a
week part-time as the Town’s building commissioner and inspector.
helped when the street department has needed extra help and Lopez has been
handling building inspections for a few hours per week.
Lopez will be kept
at his same rate for the rest of the year as it is in the current budget. A
salary adjustment may be considered in the Town’s 2017 employee salary
ordinance which the Council discuss at its next meeting in December.
Lopez will take
over Town Building Commissioner Bill Arney’s duties who, as Council
President Ray Poparad said, has “worn too many hats.” Arney is also the
Town’s fire chief and head of the Sanitation Department.
Next, the Council
voted to set a hearing for a resolution proposing a 10-year tax abatement
requested by Masterlink Concrete Pumping and real estate holding company 347
Melton, LLC at the former Auto Care building at 347 Melton Rd.
Steve Slater said the abatement is for the development of the vacant
building and accompanying real estate. According to the statement of
benefits submitted by 347 Melton, LLC, the improvements to the building and
access drives will be approximately $500,000.
Slater said his
company hopes to develop in the future the two lots the access drives will
request is for a full 100 percent tax abatement for ten years, Slater said.
Town Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan said that level of abatement would be
possible under state law if an Economic Revitalization Area is created for
the redevelopment of abandoned buildings. The consideration of the ERA is
what the hearing in December would be for, Jordan said.
Once the building
is rehabbed, Masterlink will bring eight to ten full-time positions to the
business which includes operating engineers and support staff, Slater said
in a letter to the Council.
Also in the
meeting, the Council authorized advertising to bid road projects with the
funds they have for the State’s paving grant program. Poparad said the Town
plans to do nearly $200,000 in paving next year with the $96,000 in funds it
will match with the grant.
The Council will
look at bids at its December meeting and intends to start paving early next
with the grant funds include .3 miles of Westport Rd. from Navajo Trail to
Riverside Dr., .20 miles of North Salt Creek Rd. from North Boo Rd. to the
southern limit, and .17 miles of Navajo Trail from the western limit to Ind.
From the audience,
resident Gayle VanLoon asked if there was any way that Boo Road to the west
where she lives would be worked on, saying there have been problems there
for a long time.
Poparad said that
only the projects that could be done are the ones in the plans for bids
because they’re to be done with the grant money. Other projects would have
the boards that have expiring terms at the end of this year. Residents are
encouraged to submit applications for the boards they would be interested in
open include two seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals, all three members of
the Plat Committee, one seat on the Park Board, a seat on the Sanitation
Board and a few seats on the Redevelopment Commission.
Those who are
serving on those seats now should let the Town officials know if they are
still interested in serving, Poparad said. Appointments may be made at the
December meeting or later in January.
Park Board member
Kylane Tumblin reported that the playground equipment the Town agreed to
purchase a few months ago will be installed by the end of this month at
Lakeland Park. She thanked the Street Department for removing the older
equipment and debris, as well as putting in pea gravel.
The annual Santa 3k
Dash will be Saturday, Dec. 10 starting at 1 p.m. with festivities at
Lakeland Park followed by the race at 3 p.m., Tumblin said. The race is free
but runners are encouraged to bring a donation for the Toys for Tots Drive
or for Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry.
The Lego Club for
ages 4+ meets this Sunday, Nov. 13 at Lakeland Park from 2 to 4 p.m., she
In other business:
-- Arney thanked
all residents who came to the Fire Department’s annual spaghetti dinner on
Saturday, Oct. 15. Plans are also underway for the Shop with a Firefighter
to help needy families. If anyone knows a family who could use some help,
Arney said to let the fire department know.
-- Jordan shared
with the Council that she was recently designated as a Certified Public
Funds Investment Manager by the Association of Public Treasurers of the
United States and Canada. She is one of only three Clerk-Treasurers in
Indiana who has the designation.
-- The Council
unanimously approved a series of budget transfer resolutions for this year
by the police, board of zoning appeals, park department, redevelopment
commission and building department for a variety of items.
-- The Council
approved upgrading Jordan’s software that she uses for budgeting at $5,750.
She said upgrading would be cheaper than switching to a new software system.