Burns Harbor hopes
to follow the town of Chesterton’s lead one day in getting its own community
splash pad installed.
Zehner, at the end of Wednesday’s Burns Harbor Town Council meeting, said
she had read in the Chesterton Tribune that Chesterton was putting in
a splash pad and wants Burns Harbor to have one too.
“It was under
$200,000 for Chesterton. I think we should look at it,” Zehner told the
Zehner, who is a
former Town Council member, said she thinks the splash pad would “look
really nice in the old Westport spot” with that being developed. She offered
to help the Council look in its budget for possible funding.
Ray Poparad said a splash pad is something he would like to pursue, adding
that he thinks the Park Board “needs to look at that pretty hard.” But
another thing the Town needs that Chesterton has is fiber optics, Poparad
said. He said he, Fire Chief Bill Arney, and Building Inspector Randal
Lopez, are going to reaching out to Chesterton officials “real quick.”
splash pad was one of the amenities made possible with a $2 million park
bond, Poparad noted, that was approved in October 2015.
Council member Eric
Hull said there has been discussion and he too would like to have a splash
pad for the town but there is not a location in mind yet. Poparad said he
would add that the new playground at Lakeland Park has been a hit.
The Council voted
4-0 to approve county economic development income tax (CEDIT) funds, about
$6,000, for repairs to be made on the basketball courts. Poparad asked
Street Department Superintendent Pat Melton to see that the repairs are
finished by April 15, in time for the Park Department’s Easter Egg Hunt.
There will be two
hunts going on that day at Lakeland Park. The first will be the “Spectacular
Egg Hunt” from 9:30 to 10 a.m. specifically for children with special needs.
Regular egg hunts will be 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children in age groups 0-2,
3-4, 5-7 and 8-10. More than 1,000 eggs will be hidden.
Vice-President Kylane Tumblin said that the department is seeking donations
and volunteers for the events. Interested person should contract the park
department, she said.
Tumblin also shared
that the Parks Department has been selected as one of the locations for
Rebuilding Together Duneland this spring. The organization will undertake
projects at Lakeland Park on Saturday, April 29.
approved two resolutions on its agenda. The first was to transfer about
$120,000 from different funds into the Local Road and Bridge Matching Grant
Fund to match the state’s Community Cross Grants. This will help get the
money needed for paving on .3 miles of Westport Rd., .2 miles of North Salt
Creek Rd. and .17 miles on Navajo Tr.
In a similar
action, the Council approved appropriating $217,928 in the Local Road and
Bridge Grant fund following the public hearing for the appropriation.
For the paving
project, the Council approved a change order in the amount of $28,622 with
Rieth-Riley Construction, outside of the grant fund, to raise the road prior
to paving for better drainage.
appropriation in the public hearing was for $3,000 in the Special Reserve
Harbor Trails Fund to cover the cost of cleaning and jetting this past
Also, a resolution
was approved for the Redevelopment Commission to create a line item in its
budget to pay for first installment on a 25-acre land acquisition next to
the former Westport Community Center. Based on the purchase agreement with
the Duneland School Corporation, which owns the property, the Council voted
to appropriate $121,250.
One ordinance on
the agenda that was not voted on was the one pertaining to new building
facade standards. Hull said that the Plan Commission is not ready to move
forward on that as planned and asks the Council to wait to vote on it.
The Plan Commission
will add Roseann Bozak as a member. The Council voted 4-0 to make the
appointment, replacing Republican Crystal Westphal who resigned earlier in
the year. Council member Kevin Tracy recommended Bozak.
Next, the Council
voted 4-0 to appoint Wally Macchiarella to the Board of Zoning Appeals,
recommended by Hull.
Jane Jordan will swear the new appointments in prior to the next meeting.
3-1 vote on dues
In other business,
the Council voted 3-1 to pay $3,600 in annual dues this year to the Indiana
Association of Cities and Towns after tabling the matter last month when it
was discovered that the Town’s dues are higher than that of Porter.
Marcus Rogala said he reached out to IACT after the conversation and found
out that dues are based on total assessed value and population.
current AV is $565 million while Porter’s is $228 million, according to the
2017 budget orders by the Department of Local Government Finance.
against the motion, asking what the reason was the last time IACT changed
the fee. Jordan said IACT gave no explanation the previous time but this
time they did.
In the Good of the
Order of the Community, resident Nick Loving said that trains have been
blocking the crossing at Old Porter Rd. and Babcock Rd. intersection for
over an hour while the law only permits ten minutes.
Town Marshal Mike
Heckman said the police department has issued tickets but that is the only
action they can take.
Hull said he would
look into the matter.
the next “event” for the Town’s 50th anniversary celebration this year -- a
postcard with a photograph of the former Westport Community Club Center at
Westport Rd. and Haglund Rd.
Sanitation Clerk Corrine Peffers helped design the postcards. On the back is
a detailed history of the building from 1954 to 2014.
The Club was used
to host community meetings, Cub Scout meetings, 4-H meetings, picnics,
dances, smorgasbords and as a polling place in Town elections. The Town
acquired the property in 2013 and the building was razed a year later.
The postcards are
available at Town Hall. The Town unveiled a larger print of the photograph
in a frame that will be displayed in the Town Hall meeting room.
Also, Jordan said
that resident Paulene Poparad informed her that the Duneland Historical
Society plans to feature Burns Harbor this year, marking the 50th
anniversary of incorporation.