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Burns Harbor Police and Fire house fire response praised

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Department reports from police and fire at Wednesday’s Burns Harbor Town Council meeting yielded praise for the cooperation shown in containing a house fire on Friday, May 13 in the Village of Burns Harbor.

Fire Chief Bill Arney thanked the Police Department for helping get pets out of the house and for its efforts in preventing damage to surrounding houses.

“All in all, everybody worked well together,” Arney said.

Smoking materials are believed to be the cause of the blaze in the badly damaged house. Arney said firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic on a neighboring house.

From the audience, Paulene Poparad said seeing the amount of smoke was “unbelievable.” Despite the tragedy, it was “a great example” of Town departments working together, she said, and it also shows the town, as small as it is, does have need for a ladder truck.

In his report to the Council, Town Marshall Mike Heckman thanked all the agencies that helped out BHPD on May 19 when the Hells Angels Bikers held an event at The Mill Bar on U.S. 20.

Heckman said there were 456 incidents that police responded to this month. Six vehicle crashes occurred, four with property damage and two with personal injury.

Police made 13 arrests, 10 of which were misdemeanors, and three felonies. Thirty-three speeding tickets were written and 156 verbal or written warnings given. Police vehicles traveled 7,860 miles.

Arney said BHFD responded to 42 calls in May with 43 hours and 27 minutes of being on scene. Fifty-four firefighters were trained for 92 hours total. Total duty hours were 20. Vehicles traveled 1,649 miles.

5K road closures

Haglund Rd. and Westport Rd. will be closed from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, for the safety of runners, and walkers, in the Park Department’s popular Footloose 5k event.

Council member Marcus Rogala who is organizing this year’s run said residents on the route will be mailed letters letting them know ahead of time about the road closures.

About 200 participants have signed up so far, Rogala said, and more will be coming on race day. The 5k will start at Lakeland Park followed by entertainment, food vendors and fireworks later in the evening.

In other Park news, Rogala said next Monday, June 13, is the first day for Day Camp at Lakeland Park for ages 4-11, which runs through Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Later on those days, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. is Art Camp.

Art Camp is $50 and requires registration by calling 219-787-8126 while Day Camp is free and requires no registration, Rogala said.

Sanitary Board appointments

The Council voted to approve new language in the Town’s ordinance establishing the Sanitation Board, dictating that the board will be made up of three citizen appointments, a Council member, and a steel representative.

In addition to James Constantine who is already on the board, the Council appointed Wilbur Oudman and Nathan Tumblin to the other two citizen seats.

Scholarships due

Council President Ray Poparad reminds residents that applications for the Burns Harbor Scholarship Fund are due on June 30. Any resident of any age who is enrolled in higher education is eligible to receive funding. Scholarship forms, available on Town’s website, may be turned in at the Town Hall.

Also, Poparad said the Town is looking for volunteers to be on the committee for the Town’s annual rummage sale, which usually takes place in late July or August.

In other business:

-- The Council voted 4-0 to contribute $300 to the Family 4th Fest in Porter’s Hawthorne Park.

-- Due to the additional costs it would require, the Council decided to forgo holding a second regular Council meeting each month. It can however schedule special meetings if the need arises.

-- The Council approved funds to cover up to four mosquito foggings this summer. Each fogging is $700, Jordan said. The first fogging will be done prior to the Footloose 5k.

-- Poparad reminded residents and department heads that the upcoming Town auction will be Saturday, July 23. The Council approved decommissioning a 2009 Chevy Impala and a 2010 Chevy Impala that will be sold at the auction.

-- Jordan said the Town is receiving its first install of property tax revenue for the year from the Porter County Auditor’s Office. She said she hopes to have the dollar figure calculated by the next Council meeting.

-- A public hearing and first reading on language to the added to the ordinance establishing the Redevelopment Commission was pushed back to July. The Council wishes to update the ordinance to say that the School Board can appoint a representative of their choice as the RDC’s non-voting member.

-- Poparad asked that motorists take special care on U.S. 20 while construction is going on. “Traffic is a little crazy,” he said.

-- Absent Wednesday was Council member Eric Hull.

Remember Mitch Winey

During the good of the order of the community, resident Bernie Poparad asked that it be put in the meeting minutes that the Town expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Mitch Winey, a cadet in the U.S. Army and a Chesterton High School graduate who lost his life in an accident at Fort Hood, Texas.

“Everything I heard he was just a great kid doing what he had to do,” said Bernie Poparad.



Posted 6/9/2016




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