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
The budget lists 24
items, most of which are for electric and other utilities.
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.
would be about $670 and seating with six picnic tables would be roughly
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.
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
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.
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.
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.