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.
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
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.