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Burns Harbor Town Council hears paving updates

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The Burns Harbor Town Council heard an update on paving projects at its meeting last night.

Martin Bobcheck of Global Engineering reported that he will contact Kevin Tracy, Council member and Redevelopment Commission President, who was absent last night, to begin the application for 2018 Community Crossing grant funds. Applications opened Monday, and are strictly online this year.

Applications are due by September 28. Community Crossing grants cover 75 percent of the cost of paving for a Town the size of Burns Harbor.

Council President Ray Poparad noted that Street Superintendent Pat Melton contacted Porter Public Works Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer about splitting the cost of paving North Babcock Road with Porter. Bobcheck noted that only the part of a street in a Town’s right of way can be paved with the state grant funds.

Poparad said Burns Harbor and Porter will split the cost of North Babcock instead of funding it from Community Crossing since it’s partially in each Town’s right of way and it isn’t next on Porter’s list for their Community Crossing projects.

As for the recent paving, Bobcheck said the roads for this year are nearly done. Rieth-Riley will also be adding curbs to some streets later this week at Melton’s direction.

A resident in the audience noted that there is a rough area at the corner of Wall Street and South Boo Road. Melton said that was where work stopped at the end of one day, so there may be a rough joint that will need to be heated and rolled again. Melton said he will take a look. Fire Chief Bill Arney confirmed there is a rough spot. “You won’t miss it. When you drive it, you feel it,” he said.

Park Department

Kylane Tumblin reported that the Lakeland Park beach will be open only on weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through when it closes on Labor Day. The park will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and available for rentals all year.

The Fall Festival is coming up. It will include a haunted walk around the lake and alcohol will be served by Leroy’s Hot Stuff.


The Council approved ordinance 283-2018 on second reading. The ordinance clarifies language surrounding subdivisions and sewer use in Chapters 14 and 18 of Town code.

The Council opted to table ordinance 284-2018 to establish vendor fees, particularly for food truck square, due to the Redevelopment Commission not meeting this month. Town Attorney Clay Patton said the ordinance will be ready for next month’s meeting.

Other Business

In other business, the Council scheduled its budget hearings for department heads every half hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14.

Council member Toni Biancardi made a reminder that the Town Picnic is Sunday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Park.

Poparad directed Council member Nick Loving to contact Chesterton’s Town Manager Bernie Doyle to ask about the process of installing a Fiber optic network.



Posted 8/9/2018




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