Westport Community Club used to host a children’s Christmas party there, but
the club has disbanded.
The Burns Harbor Park Department is carrying on the popular tradition by
hosting Santa at Lakeland Park Dec. 21. Santa will arrive on a fire truck
and the festivities take place from 1 to 3 p.m.
Park Board member Marcus Rogala also said registration is closed for a
children’s Christmas craft camp this month, but new art-themed interactive
classes will be offered in January and February.
Rogala announced June 28 has been set for the Park Department’s 5K and kids’
In other business at Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, street superintendent
Randy Skalku asked that subdivision residents not park directly across from
each other on streets; otherwise, plows can’t always get through so that
area will be left unplowed, he said.
Town marshal Mike Heckman said the Police Department had 232 incidents in
November and six crashes, four resulting in property damage and two in
personal injury. Twenty tickets were issued last month.
The Fire Department had 51 calls in November resulting in 34 hours 27
minutes at the scene of emergencies.
The council voted under suspension of the rules to adopt a 2014 salary
ordinance giving full-time employees including elected clerk-treasurer Jane
Jordan 2.6 percent raises. Also adopted was a Park Department salary
schedule. The new rates take effect Jan. 1. Full-time employees also
receive$100 per year longevity compensation.
Council members will be paid $4,000 annually; clerk-treasurer $1,976
bi-weekly; town marshal $26.43 per hour; GM/Street Superintendent $26.18 per
hour; building commissioner $8,210 per year; fire chief $12,980 per year;
Fire Department secretary $7,000 per year; and the Sanitation/Stormwater
superintendent $26.18 per hour from the Sanitation Fund.
The Plan Commission secretary will receive $5,000 per year based on 12
meetings annually and $200 for each special meeting; Board of Zoning Appeals
secretary $2,000 per year; and Sanitation/Stormwater Boards secretary $1,200
per year paid from the Sanitation Fund.
Plan Commission members will be paid $500 each, BZA members $500 each, and
Park Board members $400 each, all per year. The park director will be paid
$14,988 per year and a $60 per month cellular telephone allowance.
The rates for various hourly and part-time/seasonal employees in all town
departments were set. Jordan said the town received notice that its proposed
2014 budget was approved as submitted and the municipal tax rate decreased
to $0.3513 per each $100 of assessed valuation.
The meeting opened with no one commenting during a public hearing on
additional appropriations for 2013 to spend money from police grant funds
and park operating funds. The appropriations, a year-end Street Department
transfer and authorization for Jordan to move money within departments to
cover year-end bills all were approved.
Two 2014 contracts OK’d Wednesday were a renewal of the town’s agreements
with the Burns Harbor Fire Department and with fire chief Bill Arney.
During public comment Rogala asked about the status of a preliminary
green-development plan consultant Weaver Boos is preparing. The firm was
hired Aug. 14 by the Town Council to suggest ways to jump-start projects in
the comprehensive n, help secure grants and identify corporate partnerships.
Council member Greg Miller said town representatives met twice with Weaver
Boos brainstorming. Jordan said about $900 has been paid to the firm; up to
$10,000 is authorized.