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Commissioners net more savings on insurance, approve polling places

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners held a virtual meeting yesterday morning where the Commissioners voted to switch insurance carriers for property, casualty, and cyber risk insurance for a savings of approximately $140,000.

The switch from Travelerís to Liberty Mutual represents a savings of about $140,000 even with very little difference in coverage and additional cybersecurity coverage, according to County Attorney Scott McClure.

The Travelerís premium for 2020 was $948,358, and would have renewed at $1,051,525 if the County stayed with the company, McClure said. When General Insurance Services, the Countyís insurance consultant, looked for better prices, they came up with a quote of $895,088 from Liberty Mutual.

The Board voted to switch to Liberty Mutual with an additional $12,449 option to increase the Countyís Cyber Risk coverage to $3 million.

Polling Places

The Board approved the list of polling places proposed by County Clerk Jessica Bailey for the June 2 Indiana primary election.

Bailey said at the most recent Election Board meeting that she and her staff are preparing for both in-person voting with social distancing and a potential switch to mail-in-only voting due to COVID-19. The Elections Office has been sharing vote-by-mail information across its social media platforms and partnered with the Auditorís Office recently to include instructions on how to vote by mail with 2020 property tax bills.

Per an executive order by Governor Eric Holcomb, all Indiana citizens will be able to request absentee ballots to vote by mail in the June 2 primary due to COVID-19.

Commissioner Laura Blaney (D-South) said she already requested her mail-in ballot and the process of getting it took less than a week.

Thanks, EMA

The Commissioners took a moment to thank the Emergency Management Agency and all who volunteer at EMA. Commissioner Jeff Good (R-Center) said many people donít know EMA has volunteers who step up in times of crisis, and Blaney said EMA Director Lance Bella has done a great job handling interagency communication amidst the pandemic response.

In other EMA business, the Board extended the emergency declaration for erosion at the Lake Michigan Shoreline in north Porter County. McClure said Bella asked that the Board extend the declaration as the erosion situation persists.

Join a Board

The Commissioners are seeking applications from citizens interested in sitting on the Airport Authority Board and the Storm Water Advisory Board. An application for board seats is available online at


Posted 4/15/2020





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