Burns Harbor is in negotiations with Porter Countyís contracted
advanced-life-support ambulance service to take over ALS coverage from the
local Fire Department.
Town councilman Mike Perrine said representatives of Porter Regional
Hospitalís ALS, which serves much of Porter County, is reviewing a proposed
contract with Burns Harbor. As soon as the hospitalís made a decision,
Perrine said the contract will be given to the council for consideration.
Porter Hospital ALS has an ambulance station in Chesterton but Burns Harbor
decided to start its own service because of delays in response time if the
rigs were already out. Burns Harbor officials said the Fire Department
ambulance saved lives in its 14 months of operation, but the town canít
continue to subsidize its $250,000 annual operation not covered by trip
A special council meeting could be called to vote on the contract,
especially with decisions also pending on bids for a new Street Department
plow truck and hiring a deputy marshal to fill a vacancy.
The Burns Harbor Fire Department will continue to offer residents and mutual
aid calls its ALS service until a new provider is in place.
Last month the council said itís their desire that the new provider operate
an ambulance out of the town fire station under a lease arrangement.
Rain garden proposed
Councilman Gene Weibl reported Wednesday that consultant Weaver Boos is
finalizing its proposal for Burns Harborís community improvement and
transformation using green-development alternatives. It could be ready for
presentation to the townís Redevelopment Commission soon.
Weibl said even though the town has no public lakefront, it wants to
identify and market itself as a Lake Michigan community.
To that end heís researching grant opportunities and recommended applying
for an MS4/Stormwater Management grant to install a planted rain garden and
bioswale as a demonstration project at the town hall. The local match would
be $15,000 but Weibl said he believes he can raise that amount through
He also said there are more grant opportunities if the town has the type of
plan Weaver Boos is preparing.
2013 remaining business
The council entered into the record the approved encumberances that allow
purchases using leftover 2013 funds across all departments. They included a
new police car, fire bunker gear and Street Department bulk materials.
Town marshal Mike Heckman reported police handled 240 incidents in December
and responded to 10 vehicle crashes. Six misdemeanor arrests were made and
police cars traveled 5,864 miles. Burns Harbor fire chief Bill Arney said
last month firefighters responded to 69 calls spending 51 hours 17 minutes
at emergency scenes and 18 hours in training. Fire vehicles traveled 1,400
By a 4-0 vote with Weibl having left due to illness, the council gave final
adoption to a 2014 Park Department salary ordinance.
Park Board president Marcus Rogala reminded residents of the January
programs available at Lakeland Park. A list can be found at