Work continues on
resolving traffic and sight issues on Burns Boulevard within sections of the
Village In Burns Harbor.
Burns Harbor Street
Department Superintendent Pat Melton said stop signs have been painted to
make them more noticeable and the Town Council asked him Wednesday to keep
painting white crossing lines to mark the corners.
But the Village
Property Association is hoping to do more to mitigate problems after the
Council last month asked that it trim the overhanging trees in view of the
POA President Jeff
Freeze wrote a letter to the Council saying that a quote was solicited for
tree trimming but the POA determined it was not able to cover the whole
neighborhood. He asked the Council to allow more time to resolve the issue.
Stop signs, speed
limit signs and one-way street signs have been ordered and the POA will work
with Melton and the Police Department to install those, Freeze said. Melton
said he could also find some paint for the fire hydrants as well.
implored the Council to not ban parking on Burns Boulevard, stressing in his
letter that it is “vitally important to the neighborhood.”
“We are sensitive
to the importance of emergency vehicle traffic, but taking away such a large
amount of parking will have a very negative impact on residents and
ultimately the town,” Freeze said, adding that POA is willing to enforce the
Town ordinance that parking not be allowed when there is two or more inches
Fire Chief Bill
Arney, who resides near Burns Blvd., said he does have a concern about
getting a fire truck through. There was one section of the road last week
where “we would not have gotten an engine down there” with cars parked on
both sides of the street.
“They need to
figure something out,” Arney said. “We could get an engine down there if
possible but there is one particular home where a car is parked away from
Arney said the Town
could choose to allow parking on only one side, but it could “cause havoc
between the neighbors.”
Council Member Eric
Hull said if parking is eliminated completely, it’s “going to be a drag
“It was before the
houses were in. That’s not a good solution,” Hull said, who agreed one-sided
parking is an alternative worth researching.
Ray Poparad asked Arney to talk with Freeze and see what his feelings are on
having one-sided parking on Burns Blvd.
The Council agreed
with member Toni Biancardi’s suggestion to give the POA another month to see
what can be done about the trees.
Hull said he
appreciates the POA ordering the signs and lauded them for doing what they
Later, there was
more discussion on the ongoing issue involving a request by Sarah Oudman for
the alley in Phase 4B of the Villages In Burns Harbor to be accepted by the
Town. Oudman owns the part of the property with the alley and made the
request, but the development is being done by Traditions Apartments and In
Good Company whose contractor is Core Construction.
regarding the stipulations the Town put on the alley to be accepted for the
legal description, an engineer was not on site when the section was put in
according to the Town’s specifications, although for the section to the
north an engineer was on site. Because there is no record of the south
section being inspected by a Town engineer, he suggested that Global
Engineering take core samples to determine whether it meets the
specifications for dedication.
call for a base of ten inches deep, three inches of binder and two inches of
cap, Poparad said. “I think we need to make sure it’s acceptable before we
accept the dedication,” said Council member Toni Biancardi.
Shem Kahlil, of
Global Engineering, said he would try to be on site this week to take the
samples. The Council voted 5-0 to accept the dedication of the alley, on a
motion by Council member Kevin Tracy, if the sample checked out in two
locations, but it decided to hold off on accepting the infrastructure to be
put in by the developers.
In order to accept
the infrastructure, the developer would have had to post a maintenance bond
which has not happened, Khalil said.
The Council also
agreed to waive the sidewalk there. Poparad said he met with John Hicks of
Traditions this past month on a sidewalk on the east side of the property
that “went to nowhere” and asked that the Council waive that since it
doesn’t connect to the sidewalks on the south end. The Council voted 5-0 in
favor of the wavier.
The Council also
discussed getting the large amounts of dirt on the northwest corner of the
the Town get a plan for any moving of dirt, with an engineering plan devised
by the developer’s engineer for the Town to remove dirt from that lot.
Biancardi said the
dirt and the issue of drainage should be addressed before the developers
come back to the Plan Commission.