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Burns Harbor Town Council welcomes Roseann Bozak

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The Town of Burns Harbor held a swearing in ceremony January 1.

Incumbent Town Council members Nick Loving, Toni Biancardi, and Eric Hull; Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan; and newly elected Council member Roseann Bozak took the oath of office, administered by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes).

Before the oaths, the Burns Harbor Fire Departmentís honor guard posted the colors—the American Flag, the Indiana Flag, and the Burns Harbor Flag. Hannah Loving and Kassidy Miller sang the National Anthem.

A bouquet of roses sat at Councilman Ray Poparadís seat. The Council held a moment of silence for him when Jordan called his name on the roll as they convened for the first meeting of 2020. Poparad passed away unexpectedly less than two months after being reelected and after a lifetime of service to the Town. A Democratic Caucus is being held to fill his seat Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Town Hall.

First, the Council reorganized, reelecting Nick Loving as president and Eric Hull as Vice-president. All department heads were reappointed for 2020.

The Council also made appointments to boards. Hull, Biancardi, and Jeremy McHargue were reappointed to the Plan Commission. Hull, Biancardi, Loving, and Brad Enslen were reappointed to the Redevelopment Commission, and Bozak was added as well. Biancardi volunteered to remain the Council member who sits on the Stormwater and Sanitary boards and the Duneland Economic Development Commission. Hull volunteered to take over Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Committee (NIRPC) meetings.

As itís first action of 2020, the Council adopted a resolution to switch its property, casualty, and liability, and auto insurance from Auto Ownerís to Indiana Public Employersí Plan (IPEP). Hull said the move will save the Town approximately $30,000 a year and provides slightly better coverage.

For the good of the order, Hull urged citizens to get involved by applying to sit on Town boards and commissions. Two Republican seats are still open on the Plan Commission, as well as one nonpartisan opening each on the Sanitary Board and Board of Zoning Appeals. There are also two Republican openings on the Park Board.

Anyone interested in applying should complete an application and return it to the Clerk-treasurerís office, 1240 N. Boo Road, as soon as possible. Applications can be found on the Burns Harbor website or picked up in-person at the Clerk-treasurerís office.


Posted 1/3/2020




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