Council member Ray
Poparad said at the Burns Harbor Town Council’s meeting Wednesday that the
Town is on the brink of finishing its priority road paving list.
It’s feasible if
the Town gets enough Community Crossings grant funding in the next
application cycle, that all the roads on the list can be done next year. The
remaining roads are: Meadowbrook, Salt Creek Road, Rak Road, McCoy, Wahl
Street (a portion), Oak Leaf Lane, and Forest Lane (a portion off of U.S.
“If those get
paved, then every road in Town’s been paved in the last four years,” Poparad
said. Once those are complete, roads in older subdivisions will become
priority based on condition.
Jane Jordan confirmed that Global Engineering is preparing the next
Community Crossings application, which is due on Aug. 2, and again seeking
the top award of $1.3 million. Community Crossings Grants are a 75/25 match
for Towns the size of Burns Harbor.
projects are wrapping up, with just some work left on Riverside and Castle.
There is a bump and some rough road on N. Babcock because Walsh & Kelley
ground it down by mistake, according to Street Superintendent Pat Melton.
Melton said they smoothed it out on their own dime after they realized they
went too far.
N. Babcock is part
of the Town of Porter’s Community Crossings projects for this year. N.
Babcock will be fixed when work begins on their projects in approximately
approved an additional appropriation of $67,300 from the Fire Non-Reverting
Ambulance Fund to fund ambulance worker salaries. No one spoke for or
against the additional appropriation in a public hearing. The
Fire-Non-Reverting Ambulance fund contains the money brought in by the Town
Burns Harbor’s first property tax distribution came in a bit early this
year--June 7. The Town collected 54.79% of its property taxes for the year.
The third youth
archery event at Lakeland Park is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The Burns Harbor Park Department’s Day
Camp starts Monday, July 15 and runs through Friday, July 19. The Teen Beach
Party at Lakeland is July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Council member Toni Biancardi
reported the Town Picnic is scheduled for Aug. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at
Good of the Order
Nick Loving reported the Town has ordered two mosquito sprayings: one was
done before the Footloose 5k and another will be done ahead of the Town
Loving also asked
Melton to place a south-facing bike crossing sign on Babcock Road near its
intersection with the bike trail. Loving said there is already a
north-facing bike crossing sign on the Porter side of the road.
Kevin Tracy reported the Knights of Columbus will be collecting donations
for Opportunity Enterprises and the Share Foundation Saturday from 8 a.m. to
12 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ind. 149. The donations will be
split evenly between the two organizations.
approved Building Commissioner Rob Wesley to get quotes for replacing rotted
siding on the Street Department building and asked Wesley to look into minor
interior improvements like painting. Wesley said he may replace the
building’s T1-11 siding with vinyl siding.
from the Redevelopment Commission, the Board approved an update of the
Town’s Financial Incentive Plan for businesses, which was amended to remove
references to Live, Work, Learn, Play initiatives that the Town is no longer
The Council voted
to pull the letter of credit for maintenance in phase 4A of the Village
subdivision to fix some cracked curbs. Council Vice-president Eric Hull said
the Plan Commission voted at its last meeting to pull the letter since the
developer has been unresponsive about fixing these issues since April and
the letter expires July 20.
Hull, who is also
Plan Commission President, reported he has made several unsuccessful
attempts to reach the developer. “His lack of communicating back leaves me
no option but to kind of follow along with the will of the board, which is
to call the letter,” Hull said. “Had I got a response back we could have a
Town Attorney Clay
Patton said the developer was given a list of items that needed attention in
phase 4A in April, and Patton heard from him recently. “He certainly knew by
July 2 that this was an issue that needed his prompt attention,” Patton
“Let me add, if he
reaches back, and we’re able to take care of this prior to the expiration,
then we don’t have to go through this process,” Hull added. Hull said the
work doesn’t have to be done before the letter expires, but proof that it is
under contract would be enough cooperation.