The Porter County
Board of Commissioners named its 2019 citizen appointments to boards and
commissions at its meeting Tuesday.
The Board appointed
Jason Gilliana to the Alcohol Beverage Commission; Martin Moeller, Dr. Derek
Gasper, and Suzanne Phelps to the Board of Health; Cathy Brown, Patrick
McEuen, Matt Soliday, and Kurt Gillins to the Tourism Board; Mike Novotney
to the Kankakee River Basin; Michael Mirochna and Brian Damitz to the Plan
Commission; Nancy Kolasa and Tami Bianco to the Property Tax Assessment
Board of Appeals (PTABOA); Stephen Sularski and Jason Gilliana to the
Redevelop-ment Commission; Fred Martin to the Storm Water Advisory
Committee; Pat Dragash to the West Porter Township Fire District; and Bob
Gregg, Mary Ann Zona-Gregg, Melissa Culbertson, Danielle Walker, Denise
Sunkel, Rose Clemans, and Mark Jaeger to the Wildlife Management Advisory
Biggs, R-North, said appointees will receive mailed instructions detailing
their positions within the next couple weeks.
In addition to
making appointments, the Board reorganized, electing the same officers as
last year. Jeff Good, R-Center, is president, Laura Blaney, D-South, is
vice-president, and Biggs is secretary.
HR Director Rhonda
Young reported that employees are using the free wellness clinics the County
made available through Franciscan Alliance, and she’s hearing good things.
“I’m getting great
feedback. We had 16 employees who had already used it last week,” Young
said. “I have not heard one negative thing about it. They’re loving it. They
said you just can’t beat the service.”
Biggs asked if
there are plans to add another clinic location--currently County employees
can go to one of two locations: Portage or Valparaiso. Young said the County
has to work on spreading the word and getting employees to use the clinics
often enough before there could be expansion.
According to Good,
the goal is to achieve at least 60 percent participation from employees in
order to drive down the cost of health insurance claims.
business, the Commissioners renewed their contract with General Insurance
Services (GIS), the consultant that negotiated the County’s new insurance
policies. The contract is set to expire April 10, 2021--the same day all of
the insurance policies are up for renewal.
Also renewed was a
contract with American Structurepoint for general services and one with Kate
Sanders for grant writing. The contracts were no different in price from
The Board also
approved a memorandum of understanding between the Emergency Management
Agency and Heavilin Elementary School stating that Heavilin students can be
evacuated to the nearby EMA building in the event of a major emergency.
The Board approved
a professional services agreement with Shive-Hattery for recommendations,
bidding, and installation of furniture, fittings, and equipment and approved
several payment applications related to capital improvements projects. The
first payment application was the final payment to Gariup Construction for
renovation on the Administration Center plaza: $7,575. The other payments
were: Gariup Construction, $213,830.75 for Courthouse renovation; Ziolkowski
Construction, $71,936 change order for removing unsuitable soil backfilled
on site of North County Annex; Ziolkowski Construction, $427,120 for work
done to remove unsuitable soil.