Both the Fire and Police departments saw more activity in July over the
previous month, it was reported at the recent Burns Harbor Town Council
Town marshal Mike Heckman said officers responded to 624 incidents last
month, up from 591 in June. July had four crashes reported, one resulting in
personal injury and three in property damage.
Police wrote 99 tickets last month, 27 more tickets than in June. July
warning tickets numbered 138 and verbal warnings 28. Town police made 34
assists and took 34 reports. Police vehicles traveled 11,683 miles.
Fire chief Bill Arney said the department responded to 46 calls in July
compared to 32 in June and 35 in May. Last month’s calls included 16 assists
to EMS; eight water rescues; four each vehicle accident, mutual aid to
Portage and fire alarm; three structure fires; two each investigations and
Mittal Steel; and one each open burn and mutual aid Chesterton.
Firefighters spent 36 hours 14 minutes on-scene at emergency calls, 18
firefighters spent 37 hours training, and 112 duty hours were logged.
Vehicles traveled 473 miles.
During its meeting the Town Council voted 5-0 to give each full-time police
officer an annual $1,500 uniform allowance paid in two installments
beginning this December. Heckman said the town will continue to provide
bullet-proof vests, and he anticipates the uniform allowance will save money
As Sanitation Department superintendent Arney reported upgrades are being
made to the sewer system with a larger force main. Road cuts in the Haglund
area will be repaired.
Street Superintendent Randy Skalku reminded residents they can put out brush
for pick-up the first and third Mondays of the month until winter.
Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan announced she will be out of the office Aug.
16-21. The Town Council has scheduled a public 2013 budget workshop for 6
p.m. Aug. 15 with department heads to review their individual budget
The council approved making a $100 donation to the Chesterton/Duneland
Chamber of Commerce for its planned Party in the Park event Aug. 18.
Councilman Greg Miller suggested switching to digital-format taping of town
government meetings and making them available on the web. The council is in
the process of setting up a town email system for elected and appointed
officials replacing their individual personal emails now in use.