Burns Harbor Fire
Chief Bill Arney promoted one of his Firefighters at Wednesday’s Burns
Harbor Town Council Meeting.
Arney said BHFD
Firefighter Matthew Wesley went through rigorous testing procedures in order
to be promoted to Engineer. Engineers have to log a certain amount of
driving hours, be certified to operate every piece of equipment the
Department uses, and pass a written test, according to Arney.
In other Fire
Department business, Arney made a reminder the BHFD will host a public
safety open house Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be food, a
bounce house for kids, vendors, and BHFD vehicles will be on display.
reported the Park Department’s annual Fishing Derby at Lakeland Park is
Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids can compete in two age
divisions:one for six to 10-year-olds and one for 10 to 14-year-olds. Movie
night at the Park is June 14. The Footloose 5K is June 22. Registration for
the 5K begins at 3:30 p.m. that day.
Superintendent Pat Melton said a new waste site on U.S. 12 in Portage is
open to all residents of Porter County. Melton said County residents who
live outside of Portage can take leaves and brush, but not grass clippings
to the site. Council member Kevin Tracy added that all County residents can
also pick-up free compost and mulch at the site.
Commissioner Rob Wesley reported he issued 12 permits, conducted 52
inspections, and responded to several complaints in May.
Jane Jordan brought an amendment to the salary ordinance to the Council
after Melton asked to raise the salary cap for one of his employees last
Melton wanted to
give the employee a 39-cent per hour raise to correct an error. Melton said
he should have raised the employee to the top of his position’s range before
lump-sum raises for all Town employees were factored into hourly wages at
the beginning of 2019.
At the May meeting,
Council members expressed concern over giving a raise mid-year and giving an
extra raise to only one employee. Wednesday, the amendment failed 3-1 when
Council Vice-president Eric Hull, member Toni Biancardi, and Tracy all voted
no. Council member Ray Poparad voted yes. Council President Nick Loving was
Trail Creek PUD
approved the Trail Creek phase II planned unit development (PUD) after the
Plan Commission sent it down with a favorable recommendation.
Hull said the Plan
Commission worked on the PUD for months. It went through two public hearings
and changes were negotiated with the developer in response to resident
concerns. Hull also noted that the PUD went through the same process as
subdivision approval, though there are only four lots and some wetland
property within it.
Town Attorney Clay
Patton added that the developer has agreed to sign a written private road
and drainage commitment.
received correspondence from the Family 4th Fest planning committee and the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce about donating money and services for
Independence Day events.
approved a $300 donation to the Family 4th Fest and approved a $2,500 cash
donation, with fire and police services in-kind, to the Chamber for this
year’s Lakefront Fireworks.
Council member Ray
Poparad reported paving, funded by Burn Harbor’s $1 million Community
Crossings matching grant, is scheduled to begin Friday. Poparad said the
paving will start with Rainbow Drive, weather permitting.
The 2019 priority
roads are as follows: Babcock from Haglund to Rainbow, Rainbow Drive from
Babcock to West Dead End, Castle Street from Haglund to North Dead End, Coan
Street from Haglund to North Dead End, Stanley Street from Haglund to North
Dead End, Westport Road from Haglund to Navajo Trail, Riverside from
Westport to East Dead End, Shadyside Road from Hickory to McCool Road, and
McCool Road from U.S. 12 to Shadyside.
Hull and Poparad
said they have gotten some emails after the Town decided not to order
mosquito fogging at its last meeting. Poparad said he thinks the Council’s
decision should stand unless a lot of residents complain. “We decided not to
do it because it’s not effective, plain and simple,” Poparad said. “I think
that needs to stand until we hear from them or they show up in force.”
recognized two staff anniversaries. Arney has been with the Town for 11
years, and Police Chief Mike Heckman has been with the Town for 12 years.
The Council voted
to rename Lillian Lane in the Village subdivision to Bolinger Lane. Patton
will notify the required agencies, such as the U.S. Postal Service, of the
The Council passed
an ordinance establishing vendor fees for Food Truck Square. The ordinance
formalizes the new, lowered fees that were approved for this season. The
vendor fee is $15 per day, down from $45 last year, with $10 per day for
tent rental, and $5 for electric.
approved two resolutions to approve transfers within the Fire Department
budget and for the Building Department. The Fire Department transfers were
to cover a final few expenses from the addition to the Fire Department
building. The Building Department transfers were to cover the cost of
electric services to put a hydraulic lift at the Street Department back in
approved a resolution donating its old 1996 model fire truck to the San
Pierre Volunteer Fire Department in Railroad Township and decommissioning
the truck upon the receipt of proper paperwork.
approved a permitted facilities agreement with BP that allows the Town to
build over BP’s easement surrounding a pipeline that runs through the
Westport site. Negotiations about the easement had been stalling design and
construction at the site of Food Truck Square.