The Chesterton Tax
Abatement Advisory Committee is recommending the renewal of the Addison
Point Health & Rehabilitation Center’s tax abatement.
At their meeting
Wednesday, members voted unanimously to endorse the abatement’s renewal,
after finding Addison Pointe to be in substantial compliance with its
commitment, when legal and possible, to preferentially hire Chesterton
residents, the chief condition placed on the 10-year abatement when the Town
Council granted it in 2010.
abatement--scheduled at 40 percent in 2017--is entering its seventh year.
According to Kyle
Persinger, the attorney for Addison Pointe’s new owner--Chesterton Health
Care Properties LLC--as of Wednesday the facility was employing a full-time
staff of 135, 15 more than the 120 which Addison Pointe committed to when it
originally filed for the abatement in 2010.
total payroll in 2016: $3.9 million, roughly $700,000 more than the $3.2
million it committed to.
acknowledge that Addison Pointe’s turnover rate is unusually high. In 2016
alone, he said, the facility made 141 hires. The breakdown on those hires:
411 applications received, 68 of them from Chesterton residents; 141 hired,
28 of them Chesterton residents.
“Given the constant
recruitment for employees, a resident of Chesterton was hired when such
resident was qualified to fulfill the staffing requirements of the
facility,” Persinger noted in a memo to the committee. “Examples of a
resident not qualifying are poor work history, references, and/or a failed
The turnover rate,
as Addison Pointe Administrator Joe Flacke told the committee, is an
industry-wide problem. “There just aren’t enough people in health care to
fill the buildings,” he said. “It’s been a tough battle, a tough battle for
all the long-term care facilities in the area.”
Flacke added that,
with facilities often offering signing bonuses to new employees--some as
high as $2,000--many hires are happy to pocket the bonus, work a few months,
then leave to take a bonus elsewhere.
however, has recently created a training program for certified nurse
assistants, in the hope of home-growing its own supply of CNAs, Flacke said.
Pointe is aggressively advertising for new staff and in particular is always
on the lookout for Chesterton residents. “We prefer Chesterton residents,”
Flacke said, as too many hires out of Lake County end up leaving, or being
let go, after finding the commute to Chesterton too long and hard,
especially in the winter.
regularly advertises, among other places, in the Chesterton Tribune,
and by special arrangement with the town on Chesterton’s municipal website,