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Burns Harbor welcomes donation of Corps flag to honor the late Warren Boo

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Jim Boo has donated a 4th Marine Corps division flag to the town in memory of his late father, Burns Harbor resident Warren Boo, who passed away April 7, 2013.

He served in the Corps in the South Pacific during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

At Wednesday’s monthly Burns Harbor Town Council meeting member Gene Weibl announced the gift and displayed the flag emblazoned with a gold 4 on a square scarlet background in a black field. He suggested flying it at the town hall on Memorial Day to honor those who fought in the 4th Division at Iwo Jima where 17,000 lives were lost.

After the flag is flown on the holiday, said Weibl, it should be displayed in an appropriate place at the town hall.

Councilman Mike Perrine suggested not subjecting the flag to the weather, instead having it displayed at the Westport Community Club where Warren Boo was a long-time member. No decision was reached.

The town has taken possession of the club building and grounds and some degree of renovation likely will be undertaken in the future. Later in the meeting the council was asked the status of the Westport acquisition; a possible lease with Chesterton Pop Warner football also has been discussed. Council president Jim McGee said he needs to confer with the town attorney.

In other business, town Park Board member Jennifer Barnes said the board is organizing Friends of Lakeland, a volunteer group but not a 501c3 nonprofit at this time. A meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Lakeland.

April 26 community volunteers will do park projects as part of Rebuilding Together Duneland, and May 10 volunteers are needed to help clean-up Burns Harbor parks for the season that begins Memorial Day. Information is available at about an ongoing Family Brick Fundraiser that will generate funds for additional amenitites like a patio at the Lakeland Park gazebo.

Plans for the June 28 Footloose 5K run/kids run also are posted on the website. 1980’s-themed music and events will be offered into the night capped by a fireworks show. Phantom Fireworks has donated $1,000 in fireworks, said Barnes, and additional donations are welcome.

It was announced applications are due June 30 from town residents seeking a town-sponsored scholarship to help defer the cost of study at an upper-level educational institution. Applications can be obtained at the town hall or at Chesterton High School.

The highest of three offers was accepted Wednesday for the sale of a decommissioned 2008 Chevy Impala town police car. McGee had the highest quote at $3,703. He abstained on all votes related to the decommission and sale.

Also during the meeting:

*  A resolution was adopted 5-0 declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

*  Town marshal Mike Heckman reported 387 incidents were handled in March as well as seven vehicle crashes, six of them resulting in property damage and one personal injury. Seventeen arrests were made, all for misdemeanors. Fifty tickets were written.

*  Weibl said consultant Weaver Boos, which recently completed a $10,000 study that will guide town development, is helping the town seek a ped-and-pedal grant to fund a hike/bike trail to link those in Portage and Porter.

*  McGee asked if town department heads are devising a plan to avoid future flooding in the town hall, which occurrred earlier this spring. Street superintendent Randy Skalku said prices are being obtained for a drainage system to divert water that flows off the parking lot; temporary diversion measures are in place now.

*  Weibl warned residents not to feed wildlife like raccoons and squirrels that can get inside homes and pose a health threat to pets.

*  Perrine said he hopes a draft contract with Porter Regional Hospital governing its lease of space in the town fire station to house its ALS ambulance will be available before the May 14 council meeting. Porter has been working out of the station since Feb. 1.



Posted 4/14/2014