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Town of Burns Harbor to accept credit cards

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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 year.


NOTE: A news story on the back page of Tuesday’s edition of the Chesterton Tribune contained an error.  The cybersecurity insurance policy approved by the Burns Harbor Town Council at its meeting last week costs $2,274 per year.

The Tribune regrets the error. (Posted 12/22/2-17)



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 case-by-case basis.

Fire Department

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 tree removal.

President Ray 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 fire.

Other Business

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.



Posted 12/19/2017




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