president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, will be handling coordination
for Food Truck Square in 2018, the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission
decided at its meeting last week.
Rogala announced that several applications have been received in the
commission’s search for a coordinator for Food Truck Square, and he
recommended that the Chamber be awarded the contract. The commission
approved the contract for $1,375 per month, which is roughly the same as
last year’s coordinator salary.
Town Council Member
Toni Biancardi said that the partnership will add more Wednesday activities
to Food Truck Square and improve attendance at events there. Rogala agreed:
“I think this a great idea as far as bringing our followers and their
followers back and forth. We’ll be bringing Chesterton and Burns Harbor
Durham, who began
working at the Chamber of Commerce as engagement director four years ago,
was offered the role of president after her first year. She said she is
excited about the new partnership between the town and the Chamber.
In other business,
SEH Consulting has completed an assessment of the ArcelorMittal property
proposed as an alternative route for the Burns Harbor stretch of the
Karnerblue LLC consultant Tina Rongers reported that the commission has not
heard back about the national Transportation Investment Generating Economic
Recovery grant it applied for, but likely will hear after Jan 1. SEH’s next
step will be to search for developers for the project.
recommendation, the commission renewed its contract with SEH for engineering
consulting on the planning of the Marquette Greenway and its contract with
The commission also
opted to enter a one-year contract with Danielle Zulkowski for as-needed
communications work at the rate of $50 per hour.
Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger stopped by the meeting to thank the RDC
and Burns Harbor for supporting the schools through TIF funding. She noted
that the TIF funding has gone toward Chesterton High School’s Project Lead
the Way biomedical science program.
meanwhile, is stepping away from the Redevelopment Commission due to
schedule conflicts. Those interested in serving on the RDC can email a
letter of interest or application form to Clerk Treasurer Jane Jordan,
email@example.com, or mail it to the Town Hall. The seat does
require a party affiliation of either Democrat or Republican. The deadline
is Jan. 10.
Adam Higgins, who
was the lead SEH engineer working for the Town on the Marquette Greenway,
has moved on to another company, it was announced. Glen Peterson is for now
handling the project, and Rogala and Rongers will be meeting a new SEH
engineer who will head the project soon.