The Burns Harbor Town Council, Park Board and Advisory Plan Commission all
meet early next week.
The council and the commission will meet at the town hall, and the Park
Board at the Lakeland Park arts & crafts building. All sessions are open to
Monday at 7 p.m. the commission will convene to discuss whether to adopt
facade standards for future construction, the matter of contractor L.I.
Combs outstanding invoices, and a Trail Creek letter of credit renewal as
well as to hear staff reports and comments from the public at the meetingís
Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Town Council will meet for a second 2014 budget
workshop and consider the proposed budgets submitted by the Street
Department, Police Department, Park Department and Fire Department.
At a July 29 workshop, council members questioned whether money would be
available to subsidize the Fire Departmentís new ALS ambulance service next
year. A one-year trial period to determine whether the service is
financially feasible ends this fall; the serviceís income to date has been
less than anticipated.
Last week councilmen didnít receive encouraging news from the townís
contracted financial consultant, who had been asked to find ways to boost
2014 revenue to help pay for increases tied to Burns Harborís day-to-day
operating expenses. Few viable options are available to the town, he said.
Itís not known if the council will include in 2014 budget talks whether to
plan on spending town funds to maintain/improve the former Westport
Community Club, which was donated to the town for community use and accepted
by the council earlier this year.
Because of the budget workshop, the monthly Park Board meeting has been
rescheduled to Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. so members can attend the council