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Superior Ambulance to provide ALS in Burns Harbor starting on July 1

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Effective July 1, Superior Ambulance Service will take over as primary ALS responder in Burns Harbor.

The Town Council okayed a contract Wednesday with Superior similar to the one in effect with the Town of Chesterton for the same service.

Associate Burns Harbor town attorney Charles Parkinson said under its three-year agreement there, Superior will provide 24-hour ambulance service housed in the town fire station with back-up available; Superior will retain all collections to a point and after that give the town a percentage to cover its expenses.

Superior is responsible for collections. Town fire chief Bill Arney does have operational control when necessary as well as input regarding employee matters with residents of the town given hiring preference.

Porter County's ALS ambulance service will continue to be based in and respond to Burns Harbor calls until July 1. The Fire Department operated its own ALS service until early this year but it wasn't financially feasible and was discontinued.

In other business, Burns Harbor's town website is slated for a new look in four to six months.

The Town Council voted 5-0 to accept the $11,280 proposal of CivicPlus to redesign the site, host it, and provide support. The quote includes an additional $2,317 annual payment in years two, three and four of the agreement to maintain the site.

Burns Harbor councilman Jeff Freeze said the Kansas company updated Chesterton's website.

Also submitting a Burns Harbor proposal was E-Gov Systems of Indianapolis for $13,515 and $2,695 annually for the same period.

Freeze said CivicPlus will work with town department heads to expand social media into the website, post documents and alerts, offer an online calendar, notices of upcoming activities, and who to contact depending on the need.

Meanwhile, hiring a consultant to advise on paving projects and whether to proceed with a planned expansion of the town fire station both stalled last night.

Councilman Gene Weibl presented proposals from SEH and town engineer Global Engineering and Land Surveying to advise the town on specifications for seeking bids on approximately seven paving projects. Adam Higgins of SEH was present and explained his firm's detailed approach and scope of work for a multi-year paving program.

Council members Jim McGee and Mike Perrine asked if Global was given the same parameters when asked to submit a quote; Weibl said yes. A decision was postponed for clarification during a previously called special meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Also Wednesday, there was disagreement whether the council had approved having a bid package prepared seeking proposals to expand the town fire station. Global submitted a $12,300 bill for surveying, plat preparation, drawings, and related work to produce bid specifications with taking soil borings pending.

Councilmen Greg Miller and Weibl said they didn't recall approving development of a bid package. Arney and councilman Mike Perrine said they believed it was. The matter was tabled to sort it out.

In other business, McGee asked the council to review and provide feedback on a proposed lease agreement with Chesterton Pop Warner Football to use the town-owned Westport Community Club building and grounds.

Arney reported that a power outage Tuesday night in Burns Harbor was due to a transformer problem on C.R. 1050N.

Finally, the council agreed to donate $300, the same amount as last year, for the Family 4th Fest at Hawthorne Park on July 4.

 

 

Posted 6/16/2014