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Chamber to coordinate Burns Harbor Food Truck Square in 2018

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By LILY REX

Maura Durham, 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.

President Marcus 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 together.”

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.

Marquette Greenway

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 Marquette Greenway.

Regarding funding, 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.

Contracts

On Rogala’s recommendation, the commission renewed its contract with SEH for engineering consulting on the planning of the Marquette Greenway and its contract with Rongers.

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.

Other Business

Duneland Schools 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.

Brandon Kroft, 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, jjordan@burnsharbor-in.gov, 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.

 

 

Posted 12/21/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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