The new Addison Pointe nursing home on Dickinson Road—which opened last week
for business—appears to be exceeding expectations, at least so far as
employment projections go.
At the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting Tuesday night, Town Manager Bernie
Doyle reported that instead of the 90-plus employees which an Addison Pointe
principal, Dr. Ralph Inabnit, pledged to hire as part of the 10-year tax
abatement, as many as 130 folks could get jobs there.
“These are sustainable jobs,” Doyle added, “pretty well paying professional
and semi-professional jobs.”
Many of the hires are from Chesterton too, Doyle said, but the exact
employee ratio will be known once Inabnit files it with the Tax Abatement
“We’re very excited to have that new business in town,” Doyle said.
Later in the meeting, Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, took a moment to discuss his
findings, after talking to some of Addison Pointe’s new employees. One is a
Chesterton mother who had been commuting to a job in Munster. “Now she has
two more hours every day with her family,” Trout said.
Another is a resident who had been out of work for a year, Trout noted, and
a third a resident who recently decided she wanted to re-enter the job
Trout did observe that one of the reasons for the tax abatement in the first
place is that, under regulatory guidelines, Addison Pointe like all nursing
homes must be fully staffed when it opens its doors, long before its beds
are booked. The abatement, he said, makes it easier for the business to
absorb the up-front costs of fully staffing an essentially empty facility.
In other business, Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that Assistant Fire Chief
John Jarka is right now tasked to Long Island, N.Y., as part of Northwest
Indiana’s contribution to the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“John Jarka has been deployed and is in charge of procuring and distributing
donations,” Orlich said.
Jarka has been in communication with the CFD, Orlich added, and has voiced
his impressions of the scene. “It’s hard to imagine what you see on TV and
what you see in person. And no matter what you see on the news, it’s not the
same. Everybody there is very receptive.”
Jarka is expected to return to Chesterton on the Saturday after
Clerk-Treasurer Gayle Polakowski took a moment to thank the firefighters for
replacing some worn ceiling tiles and rails in the town hall last weekend.
They did a great job and “we really appreciate it,” she said.
By consensus, members agreed to authorize the Chesterton Pop Warner Pee Wee
Cheer Squad to hold a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17,
at the intersections of 1100N and 11th Street and Broadway and Eighth, to
fund a trip to Florida for a competition.
Police Chief Dave Cincoski said that he has no problem with either the time
or the locations but did say that he’s under the impression that the Cheer
Squad has held more than one such fundraiser this year.