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Burns Harbor OKs $9k food truck square budget

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Plans continue to take shape for the upcoming season of the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission’s Food Truck Square.

The RDC on Wednesday approved 4-0 a $9,320 budget, assembled by its President Marcus Rogala.

The budget lists 24 items, most of which are for electric and other utilities.

Entertainment comprised about half of the total costs, including licensing for movie nights ($770), a 40’ x 40’ tent for the blues festival ($900) and music/bands for events ($1,500). The largest expenditure is a bounce house for the children at some of the events, a cost of $1,700.

About $1,000 will be for advertising, including Facebook ($300) and print media ($500). Rogala said he plans to buy a new banner for $175 to add to the current one.

Electrical costs would be about $670 and seating with six picnic tables would be roughly $670.

Two tent packages with tables and chairs would cost almost $770. Sanitation service would total $340 and $250 would be set aside for miscellaneous items.

The Food Truck Square was started last summer by the RDC to grow potential for a downtown area at the corner of Westport Rd. and Haglund Rd. near Ind. 149.

Rogala said the season will start on Friday, June 7 with a family movie night featuring the Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

There will be movie nights the first Wednesdays during the summer months. With the assistance of Leroy Flores of Leroy’s Hot Stuff, a new event “Waterhole Wednesdays” with alcohol sales will be on the second Wednesdays of the month, Rogala said.

As announced last month, the Square will continue the “Badge and You” law enforcement appreciation event on Aug. 28 and the “Brews, Blues and BBQ” on Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, Rogala gave more details on his plans for a Veterans’ Day brewfest on Saturday, Nov. 11, to end the Square’s season. The theme will be “Burns Harbor Brew-Ah: A Salute to Vets.” Profits will be split with half going to the Burns Harbor Fire Department and the other half going to a veterans organization or organizations of the Commission’s choosing.

Presale tickets for the brewfest will be $40 for regular admission, Rogala said, and $55 for VIP tickets. VIPs will begin an hour earlier than regular attendees and will receive a cup and a shirt, Rogala said. If there are any tickets available on the day of the event, they will be $50.

Alcohol sales will all be through the vendors, Rogala said, as the Town is not permitted by law to serve alcohol.

At the last meeting, the board reviewed a proposal submitted by Abgail Thayer to be a paid coordinator for the Food Truck Square. Rogala said Thayer has withdrawn her proposal due to other commitments.

Rogala told the Chesterton Tribune that the RDC is still on the lookout for a coordinator.

Business incentive plan

In new business, RDC Consultant Tina Rongers said she has spoken with the members of the RDC and Town Council on putting together a business incentive plan.

The discussions have been about what type of “financial incentive tools” the officials are interested in and what kind of industry they would like to attract, such as commercial retail or light industrial, and where in town they think these types of business should be, Rongers said.

Dan Botich of SEH Inc., which is organizing work for the planned Marquette Greenway Trail, said this is “a wonderful opportunity” for the RDC to set its policies to direct what industries they would like to target and bring to town.

Rogala said he would like to get details together on a business incentive plan to talk about at the next Better Burns Harbor Business Night which will be scheduled sometime in the next few months.


Also Wednesday, Communications Manager Danielle Zuilkowski showed the RDC the new logos and images she is putting together for the Town’s 50th anniversary. They will be on the Town’s website and Facebook page.


Posted 3/10/2017




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