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Playground equipment at Shadyside coming down

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The Burns Harbor Town Council has asked the Street Department to take down unsafe playground equipment at Shadyside Park.

Shadyside is a public Town of Burns Harbor park, but Arcelor Mittal owns the land itís on that fronts Oak Leaf Lane in the Shadyside Mobile Home Community. The land has been leased to the Town for decades in a month-by-month agreement that only terminates if one party gives 90 daysí notice it wants out.

Council member Toni Biancardi said she canít figure out when the equipment was put in, but itís in bad shape. Council President Nick Loving said a recent visit to the Park also had him concerned. Vice-president Eric Hull asked if any part of the equipment was still safe, but Loving and Biancardi agreed, ďIt all needs to come down,Ē citing a rickety slide and swing set.

Biancardi said there have been talks of Arcelor Mittal donating land for the Park, which would clear up any confusion about property lines and whether or not the Town needs permission to install new equipment. Hull said his understanding is Arcelor Mittal wants to finalize a 60-acre land donation for the Townís portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail first before it will talk about a donation for the Park.

A volleyball net and basketball court at Shadyside Park will be left undisturbed, but Street Department staff will remove everything else once the weather permits.

ďThe Town is working toward an agreement with Mittal so this can be a Town park. Itís just an odd situation at the moment,Ē Biancardi said. ďRight now, public safety is the first concern.Ē

Paving Bids/Road Inventory

Bids are in for the 2020 Community Crossing paving projects in Town, and the Council approved Walsh and Kellyís low bid of $946,754.46 to pave Carol Street (from S. Boo Road to Marilyn), Lionís Drive, Salt Creek Road (from S. Boo to Old Porter Road), Old Porter Road (from the Salt Creek bridge to Ind. 149), Rak Road, McCoy Lane, Wahl Street, and Meadowbrook.

Burns Harbor netted the maximum $1 million from Community Crossings for the second year in a row last year. Community Crossings is a 75/25 match for a Town the size of Burns Harbor and a 50/50 match for larger municipalities.

Oak Leaf Lane and a portion of Forest Lane off of U.S. 20 remain on the priority road list, and roads in older subdivisions will become priority based on condition.

Oak Leaf Lane, however, canít be paved using Community Crossings grant funds yet because it isnít a Town road per INDOTís statewide road inventory, and a similar issue has arisen with Lively Lane. The Council last night authorized Global Engineering to contract with a title research company to determine if right-of-way for either road has ever been deeded to the Town.


Posted 2/13/2020




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