Fire Chief Bill
Arney promoted two firefighters at the Burns Harbor Town Council meeting
Wesley was promoted from Engineer to Lieutenant and Adam Friday was promoted
to Safety Officer.
to take a nine-week course to earn Fire Officer 1 certification through the
state of Indiana to be promoted to lieutenant, and safety officers have to
complete a tough, sixteen-week course, according to Arney.
In other Fire
Department business, Arney reported the ladder truck is back in service
after Legacy Fire Apparatus rebuilt a hydraulic lift cylinder for it. Arney
was also happy to report the bill came in significantly lower than the
estimated $2,000. The ladder truck was down for an hour and 45 minutes on
another day for maintenance related to a recall.
approximately $27,866 in bills to people who have used the Town ambulance
service is outstanding and overdue by at least 180 days. Council
Vice-president Eric Hull asked Arney to look into whether the billing
company the Town uses offers a process for collections and consider forming
a committee to evaluate hardship claims.
The Council made
appointments to boards and commissions. Robert Crecelius was appointed to
the Board of Zoning Appeals. Carrie Morgan and Brijean Hogge were appointed
to the Park Board. Daniel Marsh was appointed to the Sanitary Board, and
Wilbur Oudman was appointed to the Storm Water Management Board.
Nick Loving thanked the applicants for their service. “At the end of the
day, it’s the boards that do the bulk of the work in this Town. We
appreciate you volunteering and look forward to working with you,” Loving
Commissioner Rob Wesley reported he’s working on learning the changes in the
2020 Indiana residential code. Arney reported the upgrade of lift station
no.2 is just waiting on weather now that all new parts have arrived. Kylane
Tumblin said Parks activities are sparse this month, but the Park Board is
excited to work with its new appointees. In her final report as the Shared
Ethics Advisory Commission representative, Sarah Oudman reported the annual
Shared Ethics summit is the morning of April 9. The Summit is open to the
public, and breakfast will be provided.
Jane Jordan reported State Representative Chuck Moseley (D-Portage) reached
out to the Town about donating 100 tree saplings. The Town offered saplings
free to residents in the past, but not all were claimed, Arney said. Jordan
said Moseley is dropping off an order form later this week, and suggested
residents might be more interested in more ornamental types of trees. Hull
also suggested some could be kept to be planted along the Marquette Greenway
Trail. Arney said he’ll collaborate with Hull on what saplings to order once
the list arrives.
The Council voted
to reschedule its March meeting to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
The Council also
approved its 2020 Financial Services agreement with Baker-Tilly, contingent
on review by Town Attorney Clay Patton, and accepted the Trail Creek Phase
II sanitary sewer bond.
The Council set a
public hearing to reestablish the Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) tax
rate at its next meeting, March 18. A fraction of a cent increase is
proposed (from 0.0397 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 0.04 cents per
$100 of assessed valuation). Jordan said towns that fail to reestablish
their rates with slight increases every few years risk losing CCD revenue
due to fluctuations in assessed value.
an ordinance amending chapter 15 of Town Code, won approval on second
reading. The ordinance increases the maximum allowed footprint of an
accessory structure in Town, such as a shed, from 160 square feet to 200