By LILY REX
The Burns Harbor
Town Council decided at its meeting last week to move forward with plans to
accept credit card payments through PayGov.
Starting Jan. 1,
Burns Harbor residents who have bounced two checks to the town can pay
service fees with debit or credit cards. The option will be available
in-person and through the town website, courtesy of the payment service
PayGov. Town Attorney Clay Patton has gone over the contract with PayGov,
and found everything to be in order.
There is one hitch.
The town must purchase additional insurance, as it could be held liable for
data breaches or cybercrimes involving payee information. PayGov stores
payee information, but the town also has liability because the information
passes through its website first, according to Patton. Given the choice of
$1 million or $2 million in cybersecurity coverage, the Council opted for
the $1 million policy, which costs $2,274 per
Employee Flex Time
In other business,
Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan said that the Police Department would like to
rollover employee flex time instead of capping it at 40 hours for each year
to be used by the end of the year. She also noted that some employees who
have started later in the year and accrued vacation time do not have a
chance to use it before the year is over. Typically, the town buys back
vacation days that are unused at the end of the year. Police Chief Mike
Heckman confirmed there is at least one employee on the Burns Harbor Police
Department with vacation time that cannot be used.
The Council opted
not to make a permanent change to vacation policies, which would require the
passage of an ordinance. The council adopted a resolution allowing employees
to roll over 40 hours of flex time past year’s end and granted Heckman
approval to hear and approve requests for vacation rollover on a
Fire Chief Bill
Arney reported that residents may see firetruck lights about town on Dec. 20
because the department will be using the truck to deliver gifts to the
families who were chosen for this year’s shop with a firefighter.
Arney also brought
to the council’s attention a safety hazard: a large tree is leaning and
nearing its breaking point over Westport Road. The council decided to act on
the matter immediately, with Arney volunteering to seek quotes for the
removal of the tree and report back within a week. Council Member Toni
Biancardi will reach out to the Sanitation Board to see if it can fund the
Poparad for his part announced that he has secured approval to install three
fire hydrants on the south side of U.S. Highway 20 from Ind. 49 to the town
limits. He said the move will avoid closures on U.S. 20 in the event of a
The Park Department
is still collecting Toys for Tots through Friday, Dec. 22. Donations can be
dropped off at the town hall, 1240 N. Boo Road.
Town Attorney Clay
Patton read the sealed bids that were submitted for four surplus vehicles.
The high bids were as follows: 1997 GMC Dump truck, $8,202; 1985 GMC General
with pumper, $2,842; 2012 Chevrolet Impala, $3,001; 2003 Dixie Chopper,
$1,208. The high bidders will be notified by phone.