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Burns Harbor Town Council tells paving plans

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2018 paving projects will start Monday in Burns Harbor, according to Jeff Oltmanns of Global Engineering.

Starting Monday, June 11, crews from Rieth-Riley Construction will work between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pave North Boo Road, Iroquois Trail, Chippewa Trail, Lively Lane, Wahl Street, and South Boo Road east of Traditions apartments to Wahl street. The roads will most likely be paved in the above order, and access to those roads may be cut off during the work. Residents who don’t have access to those streets can park in the Town Hall or Street Department parking lots.

Oltmanns noted that after the workers and equipment are gone for the day, residents may not be blocked from driving on the affected roads, but he reminded drivers to be cautious of any areas of the road that are blocked off with cones. “If they have something blocked off, it’s for a reason.”

Fire Department

According to Fire Chief Bill Arney, the BHFD responded to 45 calls in May for a total of 30 hours and 31 minutes on scene. 60 firefighters also completed 125 hours and 20 minutes of training during three training days.

Park Department

Chuck Tudor of the Park Department reported that Lakeland Park had a busy opening weekend. The beach at Lakeland is now open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the new shelters are available for rental.

The Council approved Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan to provide the park department with a cash change drawer of $40 to make change for admission fees at Lakeland. The park department was also approved to have a $300 change drawer for the Footloose 5k. The change drawer for the park entrance will be returned at the end of the season and the drawer for the 5k will be returned shortly after the event.

Other Business

The Council received a written request for a donation for the Family 4th Fest in Hawthorne Park in Porter. The Council opted to donate $300--the same amount it has donated in past years.

The Council also renewed its annual contract with Civic Plus for another year of website hosting and maintenance for $2,433. The 2018 fee increased from $2,317 in 2017. Council Vice-president Eric Hull and Council member Toni Biancardi suggested the Town start considering other options now to see if a better price will be available from another service next year.

Burns Harbor says goodbye to Council member Rogala


Wednesday the Burns Harbor Town Council bid an emotional farewell to longtime Redevelopment Commission President and Town Council member Marcus Rogala, who is moving out of state for a job.

Council President Ray Poparad and Council Vice-president Eric Hull said it has been a pleasure serving with Rogala. Hull told him, “Your service to the Town is commendable, and you will be missed.”

Council member Toni Biancardi said, “I don’t know where you get all your energy and drive.”

Council member, and Rogala’s replacement as RDC President, Kevin Tracy, said, “You’ve made me a believer in what we can do with this Town, and I think you’ve made a lot of people believers in what we can do in Burns Harbor.”

Rogala, who served the Town in various roles for more than a decade, read from his resignation letter for the record. He dubbed Burns Harbor a bold town with a bright future and a great place to raise his family. “I thank this community for providing so graciously their support and trust in me all these years.”




Posted 6/8/2018




Posted 6/8/2018




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