secured a $134-million tax abatement from the Town of Burns Harbor, in
connection with its Walking Beam Furnace project.
At the Town
Councilís meeting Wednesday night, members heard from Principal Engineer
Kelly Dallas, who said that plans to modernize the plantís hot mill have
been in the works for nearly 20 years but the project was delayed by the
recession in 2008.
The plans call for
a new furnace building and a charge building attached to the existing
furnace building. Two emissions stacks would also be added.
Member Eric Hull
asked Dallas how many jobs the company anticipates creating with this
project. Dallas responded that the project will not create permanent jobs,
but will retain them and keep the plant up-to-date and sustainable.
Dallas also said
that the company is making use of 3D modeling technology in the planning
process to ensure the safety and success of the build, and that
ArcelorMittal plans to hire local contractors for concrete, piping, and
electrical work. The $134 million project is expected to be completed by
unanimously adopted a resolution to approve the tax abatement, which goes
into effect after completion of the project in 2022. The abatementís
schedule: 100 percent for the first three years, 75 percent in years four
and five, and 50 percent in years six through 10. Per Indiana code, the town
is allowed to impose a fee of no more than 15 percent of the amount of the
tax abatement for each year, or $100,000 dollars, whichever is less. The
Town will collect this fee each year starting in 2022.
Fire Chief Bill
Arney took a moment to thank the community for a great turnout at the
spaghetti dinner Oct. 21. Arney said thatís heís glad to watch the dinner
grow every year and become a gathering place for residents. The proceeds
will go to the various charitable projects the Fire Department hosts,
including Shop with a Firefighter.
Arney also said
that Shop with a Firefighter--under which the FD delivers presents to the
children of local families in need--will return this year with a new
component. ďWe usually spend $200 or $300 per kid, then we take Santa on the
fire truck to deliver them,Ē Arney said. This year, the FD is hosting a food
drive to deliver a basket of food to each family in addition to gifts. Those
interested can bring donations to the fire station between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Department reported that the derelict shelters at Lakeland Park have been
demolished and concrete foundations for the new shelters will be poured in
The annual Santa
Dash will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Lakeland Park.
Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items and an unwrapped
toy as an entry fee. Donations support the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry
and the local Toys for Tots. Attendees can enjoy music and horse and
carriage rides, with Santa arriving on a fire truck at 1 p.m. and the race
beginning at 3 p.m.