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Burns Harbor Town Council amends proposed bounced check ordinance

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An amendment to a proposed non-payment service fee ordinance would allow Burns Harbor residents who bounce two checks to the town to pay with debit or credit cards, in addition to cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

At its meeting Wednesday night, the Town Council voted unanimously on Member Kevin Tracy’s recommendation to add the provision to the proposed ordinance, which mirrors the Sanitation Department’s current bounced-check policy.

The council will consider passage of the ordinance itself at its next meeting, Nov. 8.

Park Shelters

In other business, members agreed to accept a quote from Ennis Builders to remove four shelters from Lakeland Park and construct three new ones: two larger models at 16’ x 32’ 8’ and a smaller one at 16’ x 16’ x 8’.

Ennis’ actual quoted price, however--$68,730, for three larger shelters and one smaller--exceeded available funding for the work, so members downsized the scope of the project to the two larger and one smaller.


Meanwhile, Member Toni Biancardi announced that the town has been awarded a $541,750,000 75/25 Community Crossings infrastructure grant which will be used to re-pave North Boo Road, Lively Lane, and Chippewa Trail. The town’s match--$180,583--will come from the Motor Vehicle Highway and Local Road & Street funds, leaving an available balance for paving of $98,416.

Members are also hopeful of paving three other roads next year: Iroquois Trail, South Boo Road, and Wahl Street, at an estimated cost of $161,000. President Ray Poparad suggested that at least a portion of that amount could come from tax increment financing funds, although Redevelopment Commission President Marcus Rogala was non-committal.

Crack Sealing

Street Commissioner Pat Melton reported that crack sealing on three miles of Burns Harbor roads was completed last Wednesday.

2018 Budget

Members also approved on first reading the town’s advertised 2018 budget totaling $4,172,731, which Poparad was pleased to note is balanced.

At a public hearing prior to the vote, no one spoke in favor of the budget and no one in opposition.



Posted 10/12/2017




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