or inside the Commissioners’ office, are due Jan. 2. Evans said some of the
appointments require a specific political party affiliation.
“If anyone is
interested, we could always use good people,” said Evans.
decided unanimously to continue its contract with Porter Health for wellness
services. Porter Regional Hospital has merged with LaPorte Hospital to
create Workforce Health, said insurance servicing agent Mike Anton of Anton
Regional Director Mark Savage said the merger, which took place Oct. 1,
covers the two hospitals’ occupational health programs and will provide
wellness screening services for government employees.
Next year the plan
costs are “considerably cheaper,” Savage said. The screening costs will be
$65 per employee instead of $140 for men and $155 for women.
“It’s less than
half of what it was. It’s a heck of a deal for the County,” Anton said.
also approved Porter Regional Health’s CareExpress services at the same rate
as it’s been for five years. Any eligible employee or dependent can use
urgent care or CareExpress services for a $10 fee.
The County will
also accept an agreement with Porter-Starke Services which allows employees
on the health plan up to three visits per year. They are willing to provide
specific assistance to management upon request to deal with issues such as
deteriorating job performance by individual employees, said Leigh Westergren,
employee benefits specialist with Anton Insurance.
Porter County pays
$1 a year to Porter-Starke for the County’s health plan. It gets that deal
since the County Council pays out over $1 million in support per year, Anton
In other business,
the Commissioners voted in favor of all three new ordinances for the
Department of Development and Stormwater Management on second reading,
including the ordinance establishing the unsafe building fund.
One of the
ordinances revises the fees for the Plan Commission and Building Department
effective in January. A portion of the fees paid will be reverted into the
new unsafe building fund.
A first reading was
given on an amendment of the ordinance to create a non-reverting fund for
the receipt of court ordered detention service fees for the Porter County
Juvenile Services Center. Chris Buyer, chief probation officer with County
Juvenile Probation, said the amendment would allow the collection of fees to
support a teen court program which acts as an alternative to detention.
Commissioners approved an agreement for the County Animal Shelter and Animal
Control to provide services to the Town of Pine.
installment of the payment of the new Animal Shelter for Larson-Danielson.
-- Curt Ellis will
continue to be a consultant for the Animal Shelter, the Porter County Expo
Center and the Memorial Opera House.
Commissioners also passed a resolution stating approval for the Historic
Preservation Plan for Collier Lodge on the Kankakee River. Grant
administrator Tina Rongers said the Commissioners’ approval is required
under the guidelines of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant and
for the plan to move forward to the State Historic Preservation Plan. There
are three possible uses of the site, which include an education center, a
retreat center or an overnight lodge. The building plan favored by the
Historical Society is to reconstruct the inn in its current position, she
-- County Highway
Superintendent Andy McKay recommended Triple J Mar as the low bidder for
fuel. The Commissioners approved unanimously. Good also shared with McKay
that the Sheriff’s Department agrees that the Highway Dept. did an
“outstanding job” with plowing the snow over the weekend.
Commissioners approved the contract to allow Jasper County to use services
at the Porter County Juvenile Services for 2017, raising the per diem to
$140 with a maximum of 250 bed days.
Painting and Decorating will do some painting and repair at the Memorial
Opera House after having its bid of $14,600 approved by the Commissioners.