The Burns Harbor
Fire Department is looking to expand its facility.
At the end of the
Town Council’s meeting Wednesday night, Member Mike Perrine distributed to
his colleagues drawings for a proposed addition to the fire station and
asked them to review the sketches in advance of their next meeting.
Fire Chief Bill
Arney noted that the BHFD has outgrown the station and needs more space.
Ninety percent of the proposed addition, he added, would be comprised of
restrooms and a training room which would be available to the PD as well.
Perrine, for his
part, said that some funds would be available for the expansion, for
instance the revenue from the fire-hydrant rental fees.
In other business,
members discussed possible paving projects--noting some needful stretches of
Old Porter Road, Verplank Road, Haglund Road, and North Babcock Road--but
reached no conclusions.
At the moment,
Member Greg Miller said, something like $73,000 is available in CEDIT, some
of which could be earmarked for paving.
Member Gene Weibl,
however, made this cautionary observation: pavers may be reluctant to make
the effort of bidding on specific road projects, since in the past the town
has invited bids and then not followed up on them. “We will need to commit
to some dollar figure to interest people in coming out to give bids,” Weibl
From the floor Ray
Poparad suggested that, rather than seeking bids for specific road projects,
the council do so for a per-unit price of installed asphalt.
In any case, as
Weibl said, nothing’s going to happen until the spring. “Your patience will
be appreciated. It’s going to be a while before everything thaws and settles
Town Hall Flood
Marshall Mike Heckman reported that cleanup from the flood in the town hall
two weeks ago is about three-quarters complete.
That flood was
caused by the snow melt in combination with heavy rain and left two inches
of water in places.
The cost to replace
carpet, tile, drywall, and wall trim totaled just under $3,000,
Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan said.
town’s insurance company has denied the claim on the ground that flood is
not covered under the policy.
Heckman has been
doing a lot of the repair work himself, on his own time, prompting
expressions of gratitude from the council.
Members voted 5-0
to approve a contract with Global Engineering, under which the firm will
provide engineering counsel at all meetings of the Plan Commission and
Sanitary Board for $4,000 per year, with specific projects billed at an
hourly rate which Miller called “very reasonable.”
Weibl took a moment
to thank NiSource Inc. for its pledge of $5,000 toward any match which the
town would need to provide for a Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant,
currently under review.
BHPD in February
Last month the BHPD
responded to 209 incidents, including two crashes, made five misdemeanor
arrests and one felony, and issued 23 citations and 34 written warnings,
BHFD in February
Last month the BHFD
responded to 18 calls, spent 10 hours on scene, worked 81 man-hours, and put
86 miles on vehicles, Arney reported.