The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission dedicated more money for salaries for workers to
staff the Town’s ambulance at its meeting Tuesday.
Fire Chief Bill
Arney received approval to hire 10 part-time EMTs to cover night and weekend
shifts staffing the ambulance. The Town currently has 13 part-time
paramedics, and Arney runs the ambulance more often than not during the day.
which has recently shelled out money to help fund an addition to the Fire
Department, the Town’s new fire engine, paramedic salaries, and the up-front
costs of starting independent ambulance service, allocated $50,000 from its
collected Tax Abatement fees to offset the cost of hiring the new EMTs and
to sustain the fund to pay ambulance workers going forward.
Ray Poparad asked Arney if the ambulance service is starting to bring in
money to help sustain itself. Arney said he didn’t have numbers on hand for
what has been paid, but the Town has billed-out about $46,000 so far.
President Eric Hull and Secretary Toni Biancardi asked that Arney begin
providing the Commission with the monthly Fire Department report, including
payroll and billing data, since the Commission is footing the bill. Arney
said he’ll begin attaching a monthly revenue report to his regular report
Poparad noted that
providing independent ambulance service is the right choice, though it isn’t
funding itself yet. “It’s a resource we need to provide, plain and simple.
The time it takes the County to get out here, it could be life or death,”
Hull gave an update
on the Commission’s progress with the chosen developer for the new Town
picked Holladay Properties to begin talks about a new Town Center on the
28-acre parcel attached to Food Truck Square. The Town officially acquired
the parcel from the Duneland School Corporation last month.
Hull reported he,
Karnerblue Consultant Tina Rongers, and Commission member Nick Loving met
with representatives from Holladay.
“We had a pretty
good discussion about where we’re at and where we need to go,” Hull said.
Hull said the Plan
Commission will be reviewing Burns Harbor’s comprehensive plan soon, and the
Redevelopment Commission will consider the comprehensive plan, as well as
the Marquette Plan, in future talks with Holladay. “The plan is to meet
again after we do a little more review on our end.”
No construction is
planned for the site this year. The farmer leasing the land has been invited
to lease it for another season.
Next Level Trails
that she received word from the Department of Natural Resources on the
Town’s application for the Next Level Trails Grant. The DNR had some
follow-up questions, and Rongers expects to hear whether or not the
application has bee accepted in two or three weeks.