Vehicles parked on
Burns Boulevard in the Village in Burns Harbor have become a concern for
residents and Town officials.
heads have come to us because the extra traffic through there, it’s kind of
like bumper cars,” said Town Council President Ray Poparad at Wednesday’s
members corroborated the problems. Eric Hull said that people are parking so
close to the new stop signs that there is nowhere to get over.
would be to make no parking the entire length of the block. I don’t know if
that is a good solution but there definitely needs to be some kind of
spacing so a car can get over on either side,” Hull said.
Last month, the
Council gave Town Marshal Mike Heckman discretion to put stop signs in the
Village after residents sought help to control speeding motorists.
Heckman said police
have been stopping drivers who disregard the stop sign and given warnings
that they will be ticketed when school starts on Aug. 14.
Marcus Rogala said he would recommend that police start ticketing now “to
deter people from driving like maniacs.”
“It’s not just the
Village. It’s in my subdivision. It’s everywhere. People are driving crazy
this summer. I don’t know what the heck is going on, but it needs to be
addressed all over,” Rogala said.
Brad Enslen said perhaps traffic from work on U.S 20 has exacerbated traffic
issues. He said pinstriping the road or adding crosswalks on Burns Blvd.
could help as it would be a visual cue for drivers to stop.
Hull said trees
need to be trimmed to make the street signs more visible and the Town can
ask the Village Homeowners Association to get that done.
A representative of
the HOA said she would talk to the residents to do trimming. Poparad said
that Burns Blvd. being a Town right-of-way, if the residents don’t take care
of the trees within a month, the Town will.
Poparad also asked
Street Superintendent Pat Melton to paint lines on the road to mark out that
cars need to stop. Fire Chief Bill Arney said that would be better than
“having a bunch of signage all over the place.”
Hull said that if
the painting and the tree trimming by the HOA doesn’t help in 30 days, the
Council does have the option to ban parking on Burns Blvd. from the troubl
spots between Bolinger Lane and Village Square.
In more traffic
concerns, the Council plans to pursue creating an ordinance allowing police
to conduct enforcement in Trail Creek.
Hull said that at
the last Plan Commission, a few residents from Trail Creek came to address
speeding and stop sign issues. Since its not Town property, police aren’t
able to patrol traffic but some jurisdictions have an agreement between the
property developer giving police the right to conduct enforcement in those
areas, Hull said.
Town Attorney Clay
Patton said that it would require more than an agreement. The developer
would have to request in writing for the Town to enforce an ordinance. Once
the ordinance is approved, the Town would be able to make an enforcement
agreement, he said.
Jane Jordan said ordinances require two public readings, which means it
would take two months at least to get the enforcement.
resident Joe Ozug said he appreciates the Council’s effort to get this
ordinance but also lodged complaints about the potholes and washouts on the
Poparad said he
would ask Town department heads to meet with the developer, Pat Kleihege, to
address the issues.
The Council, in
other business, voted in favor of dedicating an alley in the Village
Subdivision Phase 4B as a town right of way, as requested by developer Sarah
Jeff Ban of DVG
Inc. said the alley was originally constructed as part of the Phase 3
section, connecting the existing Villages In Burns Harbor on the far east
side but was not included in the Village In Burns Harbor apartment project.
Oudman took over the development after it was owned by the bank, he said,
and there was never any legal document created for the occupation of the
alley and utilities, he said.
The alley is not
part of the apartments project but a residential phase that Oudman hopes to
develop in the future, Ban said. Both sides of the alley have water,
electric and gas.
Town Engineer Shem
Khalil said usually a dedication comes in with a subdivision plat but no
plat has been approved. He said that the legal description of the parcel
would need to be amended in order to dedicate the alley as a public
As long as the
drawings and documentation are submitted, the Council can accept the change
in the legal description to match the 40-foot easement, Poparad said.
The Council voted
4-0 approving the request. Absent from the meeting was Council member Kevin
In police and fire
reports, Arney said that the resident whose home at 382 U.S. 20 that was
extensively damaged by a fire in the attic on June 14 asked him to express
her gratitude to members of the public for their help.
“The community did
reach out a lot to her and in giving us a lending hand,” Arney said. “She
wanted me to express her thanks.”