The Burns Harbor Advisory Plan Commission learned Monday that Magnetics
International Inc. has applied with the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management for a significant modification of its operating permit by adding
a packaging and milling operation.
The 1111 N. State Road 149 facility recycles industrial pickle liquor and
extracts iron oxide.
A copy of Magnetics’ IDEM application and the agency’s preliminary findings
are on file at Thomas Library in Chesterton. An IDEM public comment period
ends Feb. 29.
Construction of the current Magnetics plant was controversial at the time
because some believed it should not have been permitted by the town in what
was then a light-industrial zone. The property currently is zoned business
Commission president Jeff Freeze asked how much is grandfathered under the
company’s previous zoning approval. Commission attorney Charles Parkinson
said any new use not going on now isn’t grandfathered and would be regulated
by the zoning ordinance in effect today.
Building commissioner Bill Arney said a Magnetics spokesperson told him no
final decision has been made whether to add the packaging and milling
operations in Burns Harbor.
In other business, commission members with Jan Hines absent agreed builder
John Miller needs to submit a formal petition to revise drainage plans and
have it reviewed by the town engineer before Miller gets back on the agenda.
Miller owns several lots in the Parkwood Estates subdivision. He wasn’t
present Monday but Arney said Miller’s inquired about changing the drainage
plan for one lot where a house has been built.
Last year Miller tried to have the drainage system changed for several lots;
the commission gave the request an unfavorable recommendation, but no final
determination was made.
Parkinson said a secondary plat for Parkwood Estates was recorded and
changes to it can’t be made without prior town permission.
Also Monday, the commission authorized Freeze and Arney to meet with Bob
Kerr regarding an expired bond for his previous KEJOB commercial subdivision
south of U.S. 20 at Verplank Road, which was relocated as part of the
project. Arney said the town has been plowing the road even though it hasn’t
been accepted. Freeze, a Town Council member, and others said it wouldn’t be
in the public’s best interest to stop plowing now.
Parkinson announced a court hearing is scheduled before Porter Superior
Court Judge Mary Harper Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. regarding the town’s previous
2008 denial of a request by Job Steel Corp./Lisco Inc. to operate a truck
terminal at 277 Melton Rd. with warehousing and outside storage.