At the Park Board’s
request, the Burns Harbor Town Council agreed Monday to give the Park
The council donated
$500 to help fund the Oct. 18 Pumpkin Fest at Lakeland Park. The
family-friendly event will include a 5K race with autumn-themed obstacle
course limited to 150 runners. Ghosts and goblins might make an appearance
The race will be on
a different course than the inaugural Footloose 5K and kids’ fun run June
28, which drew over 400 adult and child runners as well as additional crowds
for companion activities. Council president Jim McGee commended the Park
Board for its initiative.
Proceeds from the
Footloose and Pumpkin Fest events will be used for planned construction of a
brick patio around the Lakeland gazebo.
Park Board member
Marcus Rogala said about $8,000 has been raised toward the estimated $16,000
gazebo upgrade and he invited those who haven’t yet donated to do so.
On a 3-0 vote with
members Jeff Freeze and Mike Perrine absent, the Town Council also OK’d
giving the Park Department $1,500 to help purchase secure office furniture
and a safe for the Lakeland arts & crafts building.
residents that the town picnic takes place this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at
Lakeland. Chicken and drinks will be provided; residents are asked to bring
a side dish or a dessert to share. Various activities are planned, and those
attending are asked to bring their own beach towels, lawn chairs and bug
commended new resident Andrew Bozak for proposing the council adopt
guidelines for the operation of golf carts on certain town streets. Bozak
said the language is a variation of the Town of Porter’s law.
recommendation would allow, subject to certain regulations, the operation of
golf carts on Burns Harbor streets with the exception of Indiana 149, U.S.
20 and U.S. 12 although such roads may be crossed at preapproved crossing
areas so marked. Golf carts are not permitted to operate on sidewalks,
trails, or multi-use town paths.
Only the number of
occupants for whom factory seating is installed will be allowed, and no part
of the body of the operator or occupant shall extend outside the perimeter
of the golf cart while in operation.
Like a motor
vehicle, written proof of financial responsibility when operating a golf
cart on town streets is required at all times, and only licensed drivers may
operate carts equipped with a rear-view mirror on town streets.
additional restrictions, golf carts shall display a slow-moving vehicle
emblem, no overnight golf-cart parking is allowed on streets, and a $100
fine for violating the ordinance applies. The ordinance exempts from the
regulations public safety personnel or town employees using golf carts
during special events.
proposal was referred to the town attorney for review. Former council member
Cliff Fleming thanked Bozak and the council for being proactive, and the
Park Department for promoting positive branding for the town.
Tomorrow is the
first day of school for Duneland School Corp. students, and Burns Harbor
town marshal Mike Heckman said his department will be ready.
“There will be a
lot more of us out Wednesday than you’d normally see,” he told the council.
Heckman plans to have extra officers on duty to discourage speeders.
In July town police
handled 403 incidents, one vehicle crash, made 13 misdemeanor arrests and
wrote 38 tickets.
Fire chief Bill
Arney reported that last month firefighters responded to 32 calls spending
26 hours and 6 minutes on emergency scenes. Fire vehicles were driven 853
miles and firefighters trained 117.5 man hours. He noted the popular
children’s Fire Services day camp was a success.
In other business:
* It was
announced the town’s Fall big-garbage-day trash collection will be Sept. 25.
Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan said she will be out of the office next week.
* The council
voted 3-0 to renew its membership in and pay $500 in dues to the Northwest
* A 2003
Impala formerly used by the town building inspector was decommissioned and
sold to high bidder Amy Arney for $1,575. Two other sealed bids were opened
during the meeting.
Gene Weibl said at the Sept. 10 meeting proposals will be presented for a
road-paving schedule; if a decision is made, paving likely would begin this
Ray Poparad asked about the status of the town-owned Westport community club
building. McGee said the council is in the final stages of negotiation on a
* A public
hearing will take place Sept. 10 on the proposed 2015 town budget with final
adoption slated for Oct. 8. A draft is being finalized.