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