The Burns Harbor
Town Council looked back fondly on Ray Poparad’s booming voice of reason and
undeniable influence at its meeting Wednesday.
Poparad passed away
unexpectedly in December after a lifetime of service to the Town. He had
just been reelected to the Town Council in the 2019 general election.
Nick Loving said Poparad was a lifelong friend to his family and meant a lot
to him, in fact, it was Poparad who didn’t suggest, but told
Loving he needed to serve the Town. “He told me it was my responsibility to
serve, and that was it,” Loving said. “I’m, here because Ray told me to be
here, and everywhere I go from here I will be there because he pushed me to
make that first step.”
“I will miss Ray’s
booming voice asking for [Clerk-treasurer] Jane [Jordan] to call the roll. I
will miss his whispered counsel in my ear. I will miss his impatience for
fools and his kindness for those who needed his help,” Loving added.
“I’m going to miss
Ray just as much,” said Council member Toni Biancardi. “Just the wisdom he
brought to this board, his personality, his love for the community, his love
for serving. I hope to be able to make him proud as we serve. I know we’re
all going to try hard and already miss him a lot.”
A bouquet of roses
sat at the table in Poparad’s place at the meeting Wednesday. His vacant
seat was filled at a Democratic party caucus on Friday.
reappointed Timothy Minier to the Board of Zoning Appeals and appointed new
members Andy Bozak and Sarah Oudman to the Plan Commission. Council member
Roseann Bozak abstained in the vote to approve her husband, Andy Bozak.
appointment to the Plan Commission means her former position as the Town’s
representative on the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is now open. Any
citizen can be the Shared Ethics Advisory rep.
Candidates for the
remaining open seats will be interviewed and those who are chosen appointed
Superintendent Pat Melton reported the warm weather gave the Street
Department the chance to do some trash pick-up and tree trimming, but plows
are ready to go for when the weather turns. Melton also made a reminder that
the Street Department picks up live Christmas trees that are left out with
Fire Chief Bill
Arney reported the BHFD’s ladder truck is out of service and needs a new
hydraulic lift cylinder. The truck will be out of service for approximately
two-weeks while Shorewood, Ill.-based Legacy Fire Apparatus rebuilds the
lift cylinder at a cost of approximately $2,000. Arney also reported, for
the Sanitation Department, that the Town is constantly working to mitigate
odors from lift stations.
Representative Angie Scott reported the new playground equipment at Lakeland
Park has been installed, and there is a movie night at the Park on Friday,
Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Parks Department will screen “The Big Trip,”
which is rated G.
The Board tabled a
renewal of its financial services contract because the contract hadn’t yet
arrived at the time of the meeting. The Council also tabled approval of
phase 2 of the Trail Creek sanitary sewer project because a maintenance bond
for the project hadn’t yet arrived.
authorized Global Engineering to go out for bids on 2020 community crossing
grant projects and approved approximately $104,000 in encumbered purchases
for road salt, office equipment, and mulch and dirt at the Park, among other
approved an amendment to the 2020 salary ordinance giving a raise to the
Fire Department secretary and an amendment to the 2020 Park Salary ordinance
raising Park Board members annual compensation from $500 to $750 to match
other boards and commissions.
approved on first reading ordinance 295-2020, amending chapter 15 of Town
Code, which would allow an accessory structure, such as a shed, in Town to
be 200 square feet instead of a maximum of 160 square feet. There will be a
second reading in February.