Original: Northwest Indiana Times

May 19, 2013 12:00 am  •  Jeff Freeze

There are good things happening in Northwest Indiana, some which are happening right here in Burns Harbor.

From a town government perspective, we have implemented advanced life support ambulance service. This service provides residents and businesses with the fastest possible response times. Certified paramedics are on site 24 hours per day, every day, to answer any emergency calls for help.

The town has two ambulance rigs at the ready, having purchased our second unit last year. Already, having these services has led to cardiac events being managed quickly, respiratory issues being alleviated prior to and during transport, and car accident victims being transported quickly to area emergency rooms.

It is good news for people in Burns Harbor to have such skilled emergency services available to help in a time of crisis.

Our town government is also very proud of our exceptional parks program. We have an excellent director and park board that oversees an operation you would probably expect to find in a larger community. We have year-round programming, with classes offered in the winter, camps throughout the summer, and special events taking place at different times during the year.

If you have not seen Lakeland Park, it is a gem with a large lake for swimming and fishing, a clubhouse, picnic structures, and our new dog park. We are in the process of planting trees and adding a water fountain to one of our parks in memory of long-time town resident and public servant Richard Bollinger.

The town continues to enjoy a positive relationship with our business community. ArcelorMittal has made a number of investments in the steel mill, and is a great corporate neighbor.

The area car dealers have weathered the down economy and adapted to the new market for vehicle sales. The Ford dealer has recently completed a large remodel of its showroom and service areas, to better serve customers.

There are also great options for a place to put down roots in Burns Harbor. We have numerous housing options. For those interested in owning a home we have Harbor Trails, Trail Creek, Corlins Landing, Parkwood Estates and The Village in Burns Harbor. All of these neighborhoods offer some unique benefits, from open lots to wooded lots to the New Urbanism style of The Village. Interested home buyers can find something for most tastes in Burns Harbor.

For people interested in renting, Burns Harbor is home to a environmentally aware “green” project called Traditions at The Village in Burns Harbor. This project broke ground on 10 buildings last year. All buildings are complete, and nearly all apartments are leased. The owners are starting Phase 2 of the project with at least seven more buildings, a clubhouse and a pool. The clubhouse and pool will also be available to homeowners from The Village, creating a great neighborhood gathering spot.