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