Director Mitch Day paid a visit to the Burns Harbor Town Council to address
complaints heard at the January meeting regarding a “shrill noise” neighbors
have heard coming from the facility off of I-94 and Boo Rd.
Resident Gayle Van
Loon said she could hear the noise at different times during the day and had
asked if anyone from the Town knew why. Fire Chief Bill Arney said then that
the noise, sounding like “a vacuum cleaner,” was part of the new
construction on the separation towers.
Van Loon also
raised concern over a cloud of water vapor from the cooling tower that moved
in over Ind. 149, saying that it could be hazardous for drivers.
Day said that once
told about the complaints, Praxair about a week ago identified the noise
source as one of the valves inside piping and was able to insulate the area.
It had started, he
said, as the facility is finishing work on putting in new ground
infrastructure to run all three of its distillation columns. The columns
have been there for many years, Day said, but the plant has never had the
resources to run all three units. All units should be running in about a
month, he said.
Day said he
believes the “obnoxious” noise has been fixed but asked that if anyone does
hear it to let the plant know. “We plan to revisit it in the spring. There
are other waves of things we could do,” he said.
Van Loon and
Council President Ray Poparad said they hadn’t heard it recently.
As for the vapor,
Day said they have been using water to replenish a cooling tower but the
fans hadn’t been in full operation, otherwise the vapor would be directed
upward. There was some time during the recent cold weather when some ground
level fog was created, he said.
That should no
longer happen when the fans are fully running and Praxair will be installing
remote cameras next month to provided “a better sensibility” of where the
water vapor is going, Day said.
thanked Day for the efforts and the report.
“I appreciate you
doing this. We’ve been hit up pretty hard,” Council member Marcus Rogala
“Not a problem.
We’re here to be a good neighbor. We hope to be here for many, many years,”
Road paving bid
In other business,
the Council accepted, on a 5-0 vote, Global Engineering’s recommendation to
award Reith-Riley Construction its spring paving contract, for $217,928.
Kutcha said Reith-Riley was the lowest bidder, compared to a second bidder,
Walsh & Kelly, whose bid was $228,567.
The bid will cover
all three paving projects -- .3 miles of Westport Rd., .2 miles of North
Salt Creek Rd. and .17 miles of Navajo Tr. Having one lead contractor will
give a consistent level of quality between the projects, Kutcha said.
The Town will
provide a match of $96,856 for a grant being awarded from the State’s
Community Crossings fund. With the grant, the Town’s share will be $121,071,
The Council earlier
in the meeting agreed to establish a fund to allocate money for the matching
grant, with unused available funds in its CEDIT, CCD, Motor Vehicle Highway
funds, and its Local Roads and Street fund. Those monies will be moved into
rainy day funds for the grant, with $24,000 from CEDIT, $10,013 from CCD,
$55,000 from the Motor Vehicle Highway fund and $9,239 from Local Roads and
Poparad said he had
the chance to talk to the regional state highway foreman from the Indiana
Department of Transportation, who said the state will be coming to clear the
ditch along Haglund Rd. to alleviate drainage and ready the road for paving.
Council member Toni Biancardi said the costs will be about 20 percent of
what had been estimated when the Town looked at drainage work there.