The Burns Harbor
Town Council will continue to waive late fees for late payments on
wastewater bills, the Council decided at a meeting last week.
are still due, but residents will not be charged late fees if they are late
paying their bills in May or June. Utility shut-offs remain unlawful under
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council met in
a meeting broadcast on Facebook live with all members and Clerk-treasurer
Jane Jordan present in the Council chamber, distanced about six feet apart
from each other and wearing masks. Town Attorney Clay Patton and department
heads joined the meeting virtually.
Patton said a
related Town ordinance doesn’t allow the Council to suspend wastewater late
fees, but Jordan said other Towns are taking similar emergency measures, and
the thought is since the waived late fees are part of emergency responses to
the COVID-19 pandemic, documents about the emergency response should be
enough to explain waived fees in the case of an audit.
In other business,
the Council tabled a discussion of whether or not to order mosquito fogging.
The Council questions the effectiveness of the fogging and has opted in the
past to wait for a certain number of residents to request it before ordering
an application. Jordan reported last year the Town ordered two applications,
one before the Footloose 5K and one before the Town Rummage Sale. She added
that some residents have already asked for it this year. Fogging costs $850
per application. The Council opted to discuss it again in June.
The Town is in
talks with Arcelor Mittal about Shadyside Park, which is maintained by the
Town but sits on Arcelor Mittal property, per a decades-old lease. Council
President Nick Loving said he’ll have more to report in June about whether
or not the Town will continue a long-term lease of the land or may receive
it as a donation.
approved the removal of unsafe equipment, including a climbing dome and old
slides, from the Park earlier this year and authorized the purchase of two
new slides at its April meeting. The two open-top slides, from New Toys,
cost $4,570, and New Toys will install them for $2,500 for a total cost of
In other Park
business, Council member Roseann Bozak noted that the Footloose 5K is
canceled, but the Park Department hopes to open Lakeland Park and the
playground equipment there by the end of the month.
The Council members
made a reminder that the Town of Burns Harbor Scholarship application is due
May 31. The only eligibility requirements are that applicants be current
residents of Burns Harbor who are enrolled in or planning to enroll to
pursue higher education. Students returning to school later in life or
pursuing trade school or training programs are welcome to apply.
Loving was one of
the first recipients of the Burns Harbor Town Scholarship when it began, and
Council Vice-president Eric Hull was awarded some funds to pursue continued
education just last year.
provide a short essay detailing their career goals, a letter of acceptance
to an educational program or institution, and one letter of recommendation,
as well as a list of extracurricular activities, community service, and
The application can
be found on the town’s website.
In other business,
the Council discussed scheduling the Town Rummage Sale, which usually takes
place in late July or early August. That matter was tabled after Council
member Toni Biancardi suggested the Council wait and see what the public
health situation is like in June before scheduling or canceling it.
he’s working with Police Chief Mike Heckman and the Village subdivision
homeowner’s association board about painting crosswalks in the Village to
help with traffic issues where residents have complained of speeding
motorists and those who don’t stop for stop signs. Painting crosswalks would
come from the Street Department budget, and the new paint job would
hopefully serve as an added visual queue alerting drivers to slow down.
The Council also
renewed its contract with CivicPlus to host the Town’s website and tabled a
discussion of whether or not to renew the Town’s membership in the advocacy
group AIM. The cost of CivicPlus increased $128 to $2,682.22 in 2020 up from
$2,554.49 in 2019.