most tip of Lake Michigan.
To mark where that
original boundary line was, for history’s sake, the Burns Harbor Town
Council on Wednesday voted 3-0 to purchase a marker from Memory Keepers in
Crown Point for up to $3,000, which includes about $500 to install it.
The marker will
take four to six weeks to complete. It will be placed within Shady Side Park
on property owned by ArcelorMittal.
Council member Toni
Biancardi said she and Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan had been unsuccessful in
applying for a grant from the Indiana Historical Bureau, as there were many
other projects to compete with, but the state did recognize it as one of its
Legacy projects for the Indiana Bicentennial.
Coinciding with the
Bicentennial, Burns Harbor will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of
incorporation next year. Biancardi and Jordan said they hoped to move
forward with the marker in dedication of that.
From the audience,
Gene Weibl requested that the Town reach out to ArcelorMittal to be a part
of the anniversary celebration. Jordan said she has been in contact with the
plant and it is eager to participate.
Council got further into town history with a visit from Porter County Museum
Director Kevin Pazour. Like earlier this week with visits to the Chesterton
and Porter town councils, Pazour shared a trinket of the town’s past by
showing the Council a circa-1970 photograph of the Burns Harbor branch of
the Farmers State Bank that used to be at the intersection of Ind. 149 and
Amused by the
photograph, Council President Ray Poparad said he thinks the bank building
later became the Shift Change Tap at the northeast corner of the
intersection which is now The Mill.
Jordan said it may
be the building on the other corner the intersection where the insurance
agency building is.
Pazour told the
board he was recently named Porter County’s official Historian by the
Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society. The Museum is
expanding to another building and would like to tell the story of Burns
Harbor, Pazour said.
“We really do care
about the history up here,” said Pazour.
The Council meeting
started off with a presentation of this year’s recipients of the Burns
Harbor Scholarship Fund.
member Phyllis Constantine said this year saw nine applicants, the most
since she’s been involved. The board decided to award each of them a
scholarship of $1,500.
The recipients are
Nicole Arney, Victoria Bain, Jennifer Cavezza, Mark Childress, Keeli Day,
Hannah Kish, Madison Kurtz, Maxwell Kurtz and Kara Zych.
All nine were
present Wednesday and took pictures with the Town Council members outside
the Town Hall.
Fund was started in 2000 and is its own non-profit organization. It receives
money from the annual lease the Town has with American Tower which is passed
along by the Town Council.
To be eligible,
applicants must be a current resident of the town and plan to attend or are
currently attending a college, university, trade school or training program.
Constantine said she abstained from voting this year as two of the
applicants were relatives of hers.
“We hope all of you
have a wonderful, safe year. Good luck on your grades,” Constantine told the
Mark your calendars
department heads gone this week, as were Council members Andy Bozak and Eric
Hull, reports for this month were brief.
Superintendent Pat Melton said leaf pick up will begin in mid-October.
Leaves will need to be put on the ditch side of the road in order to get
Melton also said
the Town’s large item garbage pick-up day for the fall will be Thursday,
Marcus Rogala speaking on behalf of the Park Board said the Town Picnic will
be Sunday, Aug. 21, at Lakeland Park from 1 to 4 p.m.
Rogala said the Fall Festival and Pumpkin 5k Dash will be on Saturday, Oct.
22 at Lakeland Park.
Fire Chief Bill Arney did submit a report for July.
responded to a total of 42 calls and were on scene 19 hours and 1 min for
Training hours were
83 and 10 duty hours for a total of 93 manned hours.
traveled a total of 1,631 miles.
In other business,
the Council voted 3-0 to become corporate members of the Chesterton-Porter
Rotary Club. Dues are $600 for three members which include meals for the
year, Biandardi said.
Biancardi said the
Rotary will help introduce the Town to local business and may encourage
businesses in the Burns Harbor area to get involved as well.
The Town surplus
auction on Saturday, July 23 sold nearly everything, Poparad reported, minus
a few Indiana Code Books, pink and yellow linoleum tiles, some fake plants
and an old shelving unit.
The sale brought in
$10,343. The auctioneer was paid $2,151 of that, netting the Town a profit
The Council also
rescheduled its workshops with town departments to three dates next week --
Tuesday, Aug. 16; Wednesday, Aug. 17; and Thursday, Aug. 18.
The sessions, which
are open to the public, will start at about 6 p.m.