To help protect
neighborhoods that have not yet had their streets accepted by the Town, the
Burns Harbor Town Council passed an ordinance Wednesday to allow developers
of private subdivisions to contract for police to patrol their roads.
The Council took
action in response to a discussion at its July meeting where Council member
and Plan Commission President Eric Hull said residents in Trail Creek
Subdivision made their concerns known to the Plan Commission about speeding
and stop sign issues in their neighborhood. Because those are still private
roads, police haven’t been able to enforce the signs.
Town Marshal Mike
Heckman said then that other neighborhoods would be interested in the
ordinance such as mobile home parks. The Council directed Town Attorney Clay
Patton to draft the ordinance.
The Town Marshal
will be authorized to enter into a contract with owners or lessees of
private business or residential complex properties, such as subdivisions, to
regulate vehicle and pedestrian traffic, the ordinance states. Moving
traffic violations may be ticketed in residential complex properties only.
Police may also remove abandoned vehicles and install parking meters.
The business or
property owners are responsible for installing signage notifying residents
and visitors about the motor vehicle and traffic ordinance.
Revenue from the
violation fees will be given to the Town.
Terms of the
contracts will have a maximum of 20 years and can be terminated in 30 days
with written notice to the other party.
Police at events
In other business,
the Council agreed to make a change in the Town’s Public Assembly Permit
ordinance. Instead of requiring one officer for every 50 people in
attendance, the Town Marshal will have discretion of how many police
officers are needed for security at events such as the Food Truck Pop-Up
Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, where a crowd of more than 3,000 people
also include the Park Department’s Footloose 5K run and open houses.
The Town has five
police officers and the larger events see crowds that surpass the capacity
of the current ordinance’s rule that one officer is required for every 50
attendees. The Town Marshal will now have the authority to determine the
number of officers needed for the event.
2018 budget hearing
Jane Jordan said the Council agreed to hold a public hearing for the
advertised 2018 budget at its next regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11. A
special meeting is expected to be held later for the Council to adopt the
budget before the Nov. 1 deadline set by the Indiana Department of Local
The Council has
hosted budget workshops, which are open to the public, over the past few
weeks. A formal notice of the proposed budget is required to be advertised
publicly ten days prior to the public hearing. Residents will be able to
view the notice on the Indiana Gateway online portal at