The Burns Harbor Town Council as well as the town Sanitary Board both meet
Tuesday at the town hall.
The Sanitary Board’s 6 p.m. agenda contains routine matters, but the special
7 p.m. council meeting will deal with an anticipated 10.5 percent renewal
increase in the town’s Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance
package for employees.
The town’s insurance administrator has been invited to explain various
At approximately 7:30 p.m. directors of the Westport Community Club will be
present to discuss a possible transfer of its building and vacant acreage at
1237 Westport Rd. to the town.
The 59-year-old club has disbanded due to a lack of cash flow and wants to
give its assets to the town for use by the Burns Harbor Park Department.
Hanging over the negotiations is a property-tax bill that will have to be
The council conducted its regular monthly meeting last week; no one
remonstrated at a public hearing so the council appropriated $13,431 from
the Park Fund to finance purchase of a new mower. The price includes a
$1,500 trade-in, but the Street Department will take the mower instead and
the park will be reimbursed.
Park Board president Marcus Rogala said Lakeland Park will open for the
season May 25 for Memorial Day weekend with a full slate of activities
planned this summer. The council voted 5-0 that if a pile of gravel and dirt
at Lakeland isn’t taken by May 12, a contractor can be hired to remove it.
Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan said American Tower Corp. has offered the town
$25,000 to extend a multi-year lease for a cellular tower it owns that’s
located on town property west of the Police Department.
Burns Harbor receives $11,902 annually under the current agreement, which
Jordan said appears to go until 2023. ATC wants a potentially 50-year lease.
The council took no action.
The lease income is used to fund scholarships for town residents who
continue their education. Scholarship applications are due at the town hall
Street Department superintendent Randy Skalku announced brush/tree limb
pickup will begin May 6 and take place on the first and third Mondays of the
month. Tree limbs cannot be larger than 6 inches in diameter; branches
should be pre-cut to no longer than 6 feet in length. Leaves should not be
included in the pickup.
All materials to be taken shall be placed on the town’s right-of-way close
to the edge of the pavement. If a storm/high winds occur, an additional
pickup will be scheduled. Also, the town’s spring large-garbage day will
take place May 23 when oversize items can be set out.
Fire chief Bill Arney said the Fire Department is participating in a FEMA
grant with several departments and Porter County to replace portable fire
radios so they’ll conform to new upgrade guidelines that enhance
inter-departmental communication and eliminate dead spots.
In March, town firefighters responded to 22 calls and spent 9 hours 28
minutes on emergency scenes in addition to training/duty hours. Fire
vehicles traveled 861 miles.
As building commissioner, Arney said a demolition permit was issued to
remove an unsafe building at 1252 Westport Rd.
Town marshal Mike Heckman reported his officers responded to 417 incidents
last month including 13 crashes with two resulting in personal injury.
Heckman blamed weather for about half the accidents. In all 10 arrests were
made and 81 tickets issued; police vehicles traveled 8,890 miles.
The council adopted a resolution recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention