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Council: Addison Pointe is fulfilling promise to hire Chesterton residents

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The Addison Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center at 780 Dickinson Road--the nursing home facility opened last year by Long Term Care Investments II LLC--is fulfilling its commitments to hire Town of Chesterton residents.

That was the conclusion last week by the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee, which found that Long Term Care Investments II is substantially in compliance with its statement of benefits, both in terms of the number of persons the nursing home has hired and the number of them who are Chesterton residents.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council accepted the committee’s recommendation and voted 5-0 formally to continue for another year the company’s 10-year tax abatement.

Long Term Care Investments II originally applied for the tax abatement with the understanding that Addison Pointe would hire 10 persons with a total annual salary of $4,071,600.

As of last week, the nurse home had hired fully 103 employees with a total annual salary of $3,666,751, and was preparing to hire another 31 with an additional annual salary total of $913,120, company attorney Nick Derda reported.

Of the 103 employees thus far hired, 41 or 42 of them are confirmed Town of Chesterton residents.

“We knew it was going to take awhile to get the employees because they had to fill up the beds first,” Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann said last week at the committee’s meeting.

Derda noted that, in the case of two applicants who are equally qualified, one of them a Chesterton resident and one of them not, the Chesterton resident will get preference for the position. “If we chose to hire an applicant over a Chesterton applicant, it was due to qualifications and experience,” he said. “For example, the applicant chosen may have had a better work history or better references than of the applicants applying from the town.”

“In the effort to create local jobs, sometimes you’ve got to create a little incentive,” Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, said on Monday in reference to the tax abatement. He added that many of the Chesterton residents hired by Addison Pointe had previously been driving to jobs in Lake County or had been out of work for some time.

“I’m thrilled that the tax abatement tool worked exactly the way it was supposed to,” Trout added.

The town has a similar understanding with Urschel Laboratories Inc., which is re-locating to Coffee Creek Center.

Cumulative Capital Fund

In other business, the council voted 5-0 to re-establish for another year the Cumulative Capital Development fund, with a dedicated property-tax rate of 4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The CCD is used exclusively for the purchase of emergency vehicles.

No one spoke in favor of the motion and no one in opposition at a public hearing before the vote.

Utility Superintendent Resigns

Meanwhile, Utility Superintendent Rob Lovell announced his resignation, effective Friday, May 31, after around three years on the job.




Posted 5/29/2013