Redevelopment Commission member Brad Enslen suggested at last night’s RDC
meeting that the Town should take credit for its trail projects in a
“In the town where
I grew up, in the oldest part of Town, there were sidewalks I had to
traverse with my bike and on either side of those sidewalks was a stamped
circle with ‘WPA’ on it, so that got me thinking about our trails, that we
should mark our trails,” Enslen said.
‘WPA’ stands for
the New Deal-era program Works Progress Administration, instituted as a way
to keep people employed during the Great Depression. So, Enslen saw those
stamps clearly more than 40 years after they were put down.
Enslen said there
might not be an RDC 40 years from now, but people should know who made Burns
Harbor’s trails, especially the Marquette Greenway.
“We spend $50,000
on this and that and three weeks later nobody remembers that the RDC or the
Town spent that money,” Enslen said.
“That’s a big
project for a town with only 1,700 people. When we started talking about it,
we only had 1,100 people. It’s a large undertaking for such a small town to
do, and I think we should be proud that we’re accomplishing this.”
RDC President Eric
Hull approved of the idea of a stamp in the pavement, saying it could be a
common feature that even goes on new sidewalks. Dan Botich, with SEH
Engineering, said from the audience that he recalls seeing similar stamps in
his Town and that “It’s actually a great idea for locational purposes.”
Botich said the stamps can mark the boundaries of the Town on the Greenway,
serve as milemarkers so people know how far they’ve gone, or even be
important landmarks if someone has an emergency on the trail.
Botich said he
would find out the cost of creating such a stamp from Glen Peterson at
Global Engineering, who is working with SEH on the environmental surveys and
trail alignment for the Greenway.
Food Truck Square
Biancardi reported the Duneland Chamber of Commerce is interested in running
Food Truck Square again next year, but with a reduced schedule and a more
streamlined system for collecting money from vendors.
in it being once a month and more of a big event with something for
everyone,” Biancardi said.
Hull said he thinks
the reduced schedule will mean the event has better attendance, “I think
with the success that we did have last year with attendance at certain
events, I think its well perceived in the community and its something we
should continue until something else goes on in that place.”
Fire Truck Funds
Hull reported that
since the funds the RDC allocated to the Fire Department earlier in the
year, originally $100,000 for the new fire engine the Town is purchasing in
January, were used to get the Town ambulance service up and running and fund
an addition to the Fire Department, the RDC needs to contribute another
$100,000 before the truck is delivered. The Commission voted to allocate
$100,000 out of its general fund, which is funded by Tax Increment Financing