The Burns Harbor
Town Council Wednesday voted 4-0 in favor of having Town Marshal Mike
Heckman decide where to put stop signs within the Village of Burns Harbor
after a resident expressed traffic safety concerns.
At the end of the
Council’s monthly meeting, resident Jacqueline Koon said she has witnessed
at least two incidents when a speeding car nearly collided with a child or a
pet near the intersection where she lives on Burns Boulevard.
dangerous to our children, residents and pets. I thought we could put in a
stop sign on both directions of Clifford Way, making that a three-way stop
and prevent cars from speeding through,” Koon told the Council and came with
a prepared written proposal. The situation is worse now, she said, with
children being out of school and constantly outside.
She said she hopes
the signs can be a long-term solution for when more development comes into
the Village and traffic increases.
Town Fire Chief
Bill Arney and Council member Kevin Tracy said they as well have seen
motorists “driving pretty fast” through there.
Heckman said that
police have been patrolling the area in the late afternoon to watch traffic.
He said there is a stop sign a block up from Clifford Way but he said he
would like to see a stop sign put in at the corner of Sherman Ave. and Burns
Ray Poparad said the developer told the Town the residents would police the
roads themselves. The roads in the Village are Town roads, said
Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan, and the Town can put signs there.
The Council then
voted on motion to give Heckman discretion to put the signs up. Poparad said
he will ask Street Superintendent to make speed limit signs more visible.
Absent from the meeting was council member Eric Hull.
Also from the
audience, Trail Creek resident Joe Ozug asked if anything can be done by the
Town to top coat the streets in the development.
Council member Toni
Biancardi said the developer, Pat Kleighe, is on the agenda for the Plan
Commission next month to discuss his bond.
Arney said that
Kleighe had approval for Phase 2 but had to reduce it from 41 lots to 24
because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had named some of the lots as
“It changed it to
make it where it really was not cost beneficial to put the infrastructure in
at this point until he comes up with another plan. If he decides to do
another phase, he will have to bust up (the roads) by the time it is built
out,” Arney said.
Poparad told Ozug
the Town is not able to coat the road because it is a private development
but they can get leverage when Kleighe comes to the Plan Commission about
the bond. He can address his concerns to the Plan Commission next month.
Village Phase 4A
development related manner, Biancardi said she has had no further
communication with Jeff Ban of DVG Inc. regarding infrastructure since last
month when Ban attended the meeting to talk about the piles of dirt seen
from U.S. 20.
Town Attorney Clay
Patton said he has the street light agreement and can read that it says the
Village in Burns Harbor Property Association Inc. will maintain the expense
of repairing and replacing street lights but the copy he received does not
list properties included in the agreement in a legible manner. He said he
isn’t sure if Traditions Apartments properties are included.
Building Commissioner Randal Lopez not to issue an occupancy permit until
they have the agreement on file with the correct information.
Biancardi said the
Phase 4B letter of credit expires on July 14 and the developers would need
to be at the next Plan Commission meeting on Monday, July 3.