Kevin Tracy suggested the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission look further
into the possibility of a trail project along Haglund Road at its meeting
The proposed trail,
currently being called the Haglund Trail, would be a pedestrian pathway
connecting Food Truck Square to Lakeland Park. Tracy said another eventual
goal for the Haglund Trail would be for it to connect with Burns Harbor’s
section of the Marquette Greenway Trail near or at Food Truck Square.
The Board has
previously discussed the possibility of the new trail, and Karnerblue
Consultant Tina Rongers has obtained an estimate of the project from Global
Engineering. Rongers offered two next steps for the project: she could
prepare a report on how the project would affect the budget and projected
cash flow for 2019, assuming the Board wants a 2019 start date, or the Board
could hear more about the scope of the project from Global.
Board member Brad
Enslen volunteered to coordinate with Tina on the next steps.
that the business incentive plan is still in the stage where Town officials
need to make plans to contact local business owners for their input. Tracy
asked who on the Board would be willing to do outreach to local businesses
with the goal of finding out what kind of development business owners want
to see in Town and what they think of the incentive plan. Board
Vice-president Eric Hull and Enslen volunteered to coordinate with Tracy to
begin talking to business owners in teams of two.
Food Truck Square
The Board voted to
approve a change in its contract with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for
coordinating Food Truck Square. The amendment means that the RDC will be
billed directly for security rather than making payments through the
chamber. Each FTS event will still require two officers and cost the same
Board member Marcus
Rogala suggested that two FTS events be cancelled because they will be
understaffed. He predicted the Brews, Blues, and BBQ Fest, scheduled for
Sept. 15, and the Badge and You event, scheduled for Aug. 24, will be
understaffed based on scheduling conflicts with volunteers, one of which is
the fact that he’s moving and won’t be able to help. The Board opted to
cancel Brews, Blues, and BBQ and work on incorporating the Badge and You
activities into another event.
In other business,
Hull brought up the fact that there is increased foot traffic on the Ind.
149 bridge near FTS, and he’d like to see updated striping or signs that
warn drivers to watch for pedestrians on the stretch of Ind. 49 between U.S.
Hwy 12 and U.S Hwy 20. Tracy noted that he has walked across that bridge,
and although the shoulder is wide, he would like to see signs as well for
added safety. Jeff Oltmanns of Global Engineering was present at the meeting
and volunteered to contact INDOT about signage.
resident Sarah Oudman suggested in a public comment that FTS events be put
on the Town calendar on the municipal website. Tracy agreed and said he will
work on it. Oudman also suggested that the Town look into wayfinding signs,
similar to ones in Portage and Chesterton that direct visitors to major
attractions in Town. She said, for example, a sign on U.S. Hwy 20 could
direct people to Lakeland Park. Hull asked Oltmanns to add that to his
discussion with INDOT about the pedestrian signs.