The Burns Harbor
Town Council voted 5-0 to phase in a ten-year abatement requested by
Masterlink Concrete Pumping, LLC rather than granting it for 100 percent
A public hearing on
a confirmatory resolution to create an economic revitalization area (ERA) at
347 Melton Rd. will be held during the Council’s next meeting on Jan. 11.
An ERA, which
allows local governments to grant tax incentives on dilapidated properties,
is required for the abatement request Masterlink is petitioning for.
Masterlink owner Steve Slate said last month that he plans to refurbish the
abandoned buildings, which were formerly an auto care business.
paperwork asking for a full tax abatement over 10 years for the improvements
that will be made. He estimates the company will invest about $600,000 into
Town Attorney Clay
Patton told the Council that Masterlink will still have to pay property
taxes in full on the land.
current estimated value is $106,500, Patton said. The statement of benefits
form states that Masterlink plans to hire about seven new full-time
Ray Poparad said he doesn’t recall a time when the Council has given a full
abatement to anyone and said he’d rather see it phased in. Traditionally,
abatements have started at 100 percent and decrease by 10 percent each
passing year, he said.
The Council earlier
this year granted an abatement for 10 years on the rebuild of its power
house with 100 percent for the first three years, 75 percent for years four
and five and 50 percent for the last five years.
Marcus Rogala suggested a similar approach for Masterlink’s request, putting
the abatement at 100 percent for the first three years, 75 percent for years
4-6 and 50 percent for years 7-10.
The Council voted
5-0 in favor of Rogala’s motion and set the measure for a declaratory
resolution hearing for the ERA.
Poparad asked that
clauses be put in for the Council to review Masterlink’s compliance each
year and that the Council could revoke the abatement if the company does not
meet its commitments.
In other business,
the Council voted in favor of adding to its fee table ordinance a $10 fee on
manufactured tags, as recommended by the Plan Commission. According to the
notice, a builder or owner of any structure containing a manufactured floor
or manufactured roof must purchase and post tags before occupancy.
was approved on first reading for a clarification in the Sewer Rate
ordinance for new construction.
Second readings on
the ordinances will occur at the January Council meeting.
resolution, the Council approved an inter-fund loan to the Operation Pull
Over grant of $1,003 received by the police department.
The Council also
voted yes on a proclamation recognizing Dec. 11 as Indiana Statehood Day
commemorating the state’s bicentennial.
Council member Andy
Bozak has had the honor of reading resolutions aloud during the meetings but
the Council felt it would be better to read the resolution at Sunday’s
unveiling and dedication of its new historical marker at Shadyside Park at
18 Oak Leaf Lane.
The event is
scheduled at 2 p.m. with speakers planned at the park, followed by a
reception inside Town Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Jane Jordan said that due to the extreme cold and snow forecast for Sunday,
the event will likely move indoors quickly after the marker is unveiled.
Attendees will still meet at the park but speakers will make addresses at
Town Hall if the weather is too unbearable, she said.
Indiana. You never know what you are going to get,” joked Council member
The marker will sit
on the original northern boundary line for the Indiana Territory.
In old business,
the Council revisited its discussion of putting in street lights.
One light was
replaced and a new light no longer needed at the corner of Stanley St. and
Haglund Rd., according to Poparad, but Fire Chief Bill Arney said one is
still needed at the entrance of Trail Creek subdivision.
“There are no
lights there and it is pitch black,” Arney said.
Arney said the Fire
Department on Saturday will be delivering gifts collected from its drive to
two families in need this Christmas. The lights and sirens on the fire truck
will be activated as the department makes their way.
In his monthly
report to the board, Arney said BHFD responded to 36 calls in November with
22 hours and 13 minutes on scene. Thirty-two firefighters were trained for
68 hours and 30 minutes total. Total duty hours were 16. Vehicles traveled
The Council lauded
the street department for getting the town roads plowed in last weekend’s
everyone at the meeting a happy and safe holiday.