Councilman and liaison to the Police Department Nick Loving reported the
BHPD has started increased patrols from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. in light of the horrific bus accident in Rochester, Ind. where
three siblings were killed by a motorist passing a stopped school bus.
they’re watching the school buses,” Loving said.
The result? Police
Chief Mike Heckman said between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, BHPD officers increased
patrols in the areas of U.S. Hwy 20, South Babcock Road, Old Porter Road,
Haglund Road, and Burns Blvd. They gave out 40 warnings and wrote 28
citations--six of which were for illegally passing a bus--and made six
““One guy we
stopped tonight actually said, ‘Well, you got me.’ That was his excuse,”
Heckman said. Heckman also noted that someone has been found driving in an
unsafe manner on every road with increased patrols.
Heckman, the fine for passing a school bus can be upwards of $10,000, and if
that doesn’t dissuade drivers enough, they should know that Burns Harbor
won’t stand for it.
Biancardi made a reminder that 20 is not a divided highway, and when a bus
stops there, all lanes are required by law to stop--not just the lanes
traveling the same direction as the bus. Council Vice-president Eric Hull
added that he has seen people disregard that rule before.
Heckman said, “As
much as its been in the news and on Facebook, there’s not a person out there
that shouldn’t know.”
Snow Parking Ban
The Council amended
the text of its recently passed snow parking ban ordinance, ordinance
287-2018. The ordinance states that no parking is allowed on public streets
when snowfall exceeds two inches to allow for plowing.
changed, but the version passed earlier this year included hours during the
night where it was acceptable to park a vehicle on a public street. Several
officials pointed out that this creates a problem if the snow starts at
night and the plows need to go out before cars have been moved.
that she would post the new text of the ordinance on the Town’s website
immediately to avoid confusion.
Residents should be
aware that plows may go out at any time and vehicles cannot be parked on a
public street, at any time, when snow exceeds two inches. The BHPD does have
the right to tow a vehicle that is not moved upon request.
Fire Chief Bill
Arney thanked all who supported the BHFD at the annual spaghetti dinner Oct.
20. Proceeds of the dinner go toward Burns Harbor firefighters attending a
burn camp and the shop with a firefighter program.
Arney also gave an
update on the Town’s new fire engine, which is currently being built. Arney
said he has been following the progress of the build online and it is
scheduled for a pre-paint inspection next month, with a final inspection
expected in January. The Town is paying cash for the engine in February to
save approximately $200,000 in interest over the life of a loan.