Members of the
Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission said Wednesday they would be willing
to give the money they receive from the ArcelorMittal tax abatement
agreement towards removing the concrete from old shelter locations at Town
parks and getting them rebuilt.
Jane Jordan said that the Town anticipates receiving $100,000 from
ArcelorMittal which under current structure goes to the RDC.
Burns Harbor Town
Council President Ray Poparad argued that he feels the money should go to
the Council so it can be used for improvements like the park shelters.
“I think it needs
to come to the Council. All of it,” he said.
RDC President and
Town Council member Marcus Rogala, along with RDC member Nick Loving, said
they would prefer the RDC continued receiving the money and both agreed that
they would advocate the funds be used for the park shelters. Rogala said the
RDC can give money to the parks even if they are not within the Town’s tax
increment finance (TIF) area because the parks serve the business and
residents within the TIF.
The RDC will
address the matter at its July meeting, Rogala said.
Prior to the Town
Council meeting, the RDC approved using $4,000 of the revenue from
ArcelorMittal towards fireworks and other event expenses for the Town Picnic
on Saturday, Aug. 26
representative Angie Scott said the parks department does not have the
resources to bust up the concrete itself at the old shelters. The Street
Department was able to remove the concrete from the one shelter at the dog
Council member Toni
Biancardi asked Scott if the parks department could find out what the costs
would be to replace the shelter before next month’s RDC meeting.
announced that summer camp at Lakeland Park starts next week, June 12-16,
and is free to ages 4-11. Other weeks are July 10-14 and July 31-Aug. 4. All
times are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, team sports
and swimming, she said.
An art camp is
offered after the summer camps which go to 2:30 p.m., Scott said. Those must
be pre-registered for and cost $50 per child. Spots are limited and children
are asked to bring a lunch. Parents who want to pre-register can contact
Parks Director Kim Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footloose 5K walk/run is Saturday, June 24 at 5 p.m. followed by an after
celebration with the band Lava Rock at Lakeland Park at 7 p.m.
approved the request for police to close Westport Rd. and Haglund Rd. during
the run. Rogala said he will send out notice to remind the residents.
There will also be
an archery event from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 hosted by Deep
Home on Ind. 49
heads told the Council May has been busy for them.
Commissioner Randal Lopez and Fire Chief Bill Arney said police alerted them
to an abandoned home in the 1100 block of Ind. 149, south of Trans United
definitely fall under the nuisance chapter of (our ordinances), which makes
it a condition unfit for human habitation,” Randal said.
He and Arney said
they discovered the home to be “wide open” with breaches in the windows and
walls and about two feet of water in the basement.
Arney said he
doesn’t know how long the home has been abandoned but the gas and electric
were still on, which he immediately shut off. He thinks the utilities are
being paid by a trust.
Arney suggested the
Council consider condemnation measures or get someone to board up the house
to prevent from anyone entering the home and being injured.
Poparad said he
would ask that the owner of the trust be contacted first thing Thursday and
determine what action should be taken.
allocated funds for Jordan to authorize up to four mosquito foggings this
summer. Each fogging would be $800, which is an increase from last year,
Four foggings were
approved last year as well but only two were done, she said.
In other matters:
-- The Council is
donating $10,000 to the Town Picnic on Aug. 26 and the Council voted 4-0 to
permit Leroy’s Hot Stuff to sell alcohol. The vendors will serve the food
instead of asking residents to bring a dish. Biancardi said residents will
receive something that commemorates the Town’s 50th anniversary this year.
The picnic will include a bounce house for children donated by Praxair.
-- The Council
agreed to contribute $300 towards the Family 4th Fest in Porter’s Hawthorne
Park on July 4.
-- Jordan said
County Auditor Vicki Urbanik told her last week that no remonstrances have
been filed in her office on the Council’s action to increase the Town’s
Cumulative Capital Development fund from 3.04 cents to 4 cents per $100 of
Assessed Valuation. The deadline for remonstrance is June 14 before the
issue goes to the Department of Local Government Finance for its
anniversaries this month included Arney who has been a town employee for
nine years and Town Marshal Mike Heckman for ten years.
-- Poparad said the
state this year is offering a 75/25 matching grant for road funding for
local municipalities. Jordan added that the state will give up to $1 million
maximum for a 25 percent match.
-- Tabled to July
was a proposal from HR Services in Indianapolis to update the Town Employee
handbook. The Council said they would like to hear more information.
-- The Council will
meet on Tuesday, June 20 to start work on the 2018 budgets.