Pumping is coming to town as the Burns Harbor Town Council on Wednesday
approved a confirmatory resolution on a 4-0 vote to create an economic
revitalization area (ERA) for a ten-year tax abatement.
The vote came after
a public hearing on the declaratory resolution set by the Council. The
resolution states that Masterlink, located at 347 W. Melton Rd., will create
nine full-time positions with a total salary figure of $700,000 per year.
The company will invest $500,000 for renovations of the site and the auto
The Council put in
an agreement that Masterlink report every year on the status of its
commitments for the Town to review during the years of the abatement. For
the first three years, 100 percent of taxes will be abated, 75 percent for
years 4-6 and 50 percent for years 7-10.
Kathy Egolf who
owns the property immediately west of Masterlink was the only person who
spoke during the public hearing, giving praise for the project.
“It will be a good
addition. We’re all for it,” she said.
With the hearing
closed, Council member Eric Hull made the motion to vote on the declaratory
resolution as the confirmatory resolution which then passed favorably.
owner Steve Slater). Glad to have you in town,” said Council President Ray
“We are ready to
get to work,” Slater said.
approved the 2017 salaries for the Parks Department which included a few
representative Chuck Tutor said the hourly pay scales for maintenance
workers and gate keepers were increased to be similar to other park
“If you want to
have good people, you need to pay people more accordingly,” he said.
would be eligible to receive $9.25 to $14 an hour and up to $20 hourly for
head maintenance. Gate keepers could make up to $10 per hour.
Park Director Kim
Burton’s salary would also be increased from $1,321 monthly to $1,371, plus
$50 per department head meeting.
In other park news,
Tutor said the department will host a Family Movie Night this Friday at 6
p.m. The movie will be “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
Tutor said the park
board held officer elections at its most recent meeting and voted to keep
the same slate as last year.
The Council voted
to approve $15,300 of donations collected by the Parks Department last year.
Town Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan said most of that was collected from events
like the Footloose 5K.
The Fire Department
received $4,600 in donations last year, collected for honor guard uniforms.
Good-bye to Andy
Poparad wished Andy Bozak well as he moves from the Town Council on to the
Porter County Council, replacing County Councilman Jim Biggs.
“You should have
stuck it out, kid,” joked Poparad, mentioning that Bozak had three years
left on his term as a Town Council member. “It’s been a pleasure working
with you,” he added.
The Porter County
Republican Party will hold a caucus on Monday, Jan. 23 to fill Bozak’s seat
on the Town Council.
Town Attorney Clay
Patton said he will research whether Bozak can still serve on Town boards.
Bozak had been on the Plan Commission and the Redevelopment Commission.
Town Council member
Marcus Rogala said he would fill Bozak’s Plan Commission seat for the time
being. Council members Toni Biancardi and Eric Hull will keep their seats on
the Commission this year.
The Council may
appoint a citizen for Bozak’s RDC seat and will take applications.
In other board
appointments, Poparad reappointed Nathan Tumblin to the Sanitation Board.
Jordan said the
town received preliminary budget approvals from the Indiana Department of
Local Government Finance for 2017. The budget was accepted at a little over
$4 million and about half of that came from the tax levy.
The town’s tax rate
rose about a quarter of a cent from last year to .3428 per $100 of assessed
In a housekeeping
task for the new year, officials filed forms disclosing any potential
conflict of interests.
Jordan said she
files a form as her husband in years past has assisted the Town in IT
matters and received pay for it. Poparad stated on his form that his niece
serves on the Park Board.
2017 promises to be
a big year for the town as it will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of
residents are encouraged to let her or Jordan know if they have any ideas to
celebrate the milestone as they hope to put on events throughout the year.
One event will be
the dedication of the historical marker of the original state boundary line
near the ArcelorMittal plant. The dedication was supposed to take place Dec.
18 for Indiana’s bicentennial but the Town canceled it due to frigid
weather. Biancardi said it will be rescheduled soon.