Burns Harbor has
netted a $4,072 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission heard at its meeting last night.
The grant, to be
used for arts and art programming in Town, was a joint effort between the
RDC and the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, which is also the Board’s partner
is managing Food Truck Square.
RDC President Eric
Hull said the Chamber worked hard on the grant. “We’re very excited and glad
to see that. We’re grateful to the Chamber for working on that for us,” Hull
business, the last Food Truck Square event of the year is Wednesday, Sept.
11, and will feature a touch-a-truck event with lots of emergency response
The Board directed
Board Attorney Clay Patton to send a letter to the Duneland School
Corporation withdrawing from its agreement to pay a certain amount of its
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to DSC.
Per a 10-year
agreement, the Board has been paying DSC twice a year for the past five
years to help make up for tax revenue DSC misses out on because of the Tax
Increment Financing (TIF) district in Town. The Board intends to coordinate
a new agreement with DSC and continue making payments, but a State-law
mandated change in how school funds are managed means they need a new method
for calculating the amount of the payments.
Board approved a payment of $50,000 to DSC last night, which is roughly the
amount of each installment it has paid for the past three years, according
to member Toni Biancardi. “After we’ve exited officially, we’re going to get
together and figure out what the next five years will look like,” Biancardi
Properties, the Master Developer on the Food Truck Square Site and the
attached 28-acres the Town acquired this year from DSC, presented three
contracts for the Board to review. The contracts are for a team of
consultants who will start planning a new town center development on the
Westport site. The Board took the contracts under advisement, but took no
action last night.