The Town of
Chesterton will pay 2.62 percent less next year on its health insurance
At its meeting
Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously, on the recommendation of
its insurance study group, to accept the quote submitted by Anton Insurance
Agency of Chesterton. Under that policy, underwritten by the town’s current
provider, American Fidelity Insurance, all terms will remain the same, with
the exception of the lower insurance premium.
Stephanie Kuziela--who sat on the study group, along with Town Manager
Bernie Doyle, Council President Jim Ton, R-1st, and Member Emerson DeLaney,
R-5th--told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that the lower
premium is based on what is expected to be a reduced claim environment next
year, compared to this year’s extremely heavy claim history.
solicited a quote from the former Indiana Association of Cities and
Towns--which has re-branded itself Accelerate Indiana Municipalities--but
that policy would’ve increased the family deductible from $3,700 to $5,200,
Earlier in the
meeting members voted unanimously to transfer $100,000 from CEDIT into its
health-insurance account--currently with a balance of $68,000--to pay a
claim of $71,000 and provide for any further claims through the end of the
year. “I do not favor using CEDIT money to pay bills, but at this point I
have to overcome my opposition to pay that bill,” Ton said.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to take under advisement two bids for next year’s
* $548,850, from
Walsh & Kelly of Griffith.
* $572,850, from
Rieth Riley Construction of Gary.
John Schnadenberg will review the bids and his recommendation will be
New Dump Truck
voted unanimously to make a 10-percent down payment of $15,000, plus a $300
bank processing fee, on a new light dump truck for the Street Department,
whose purchase they approved last spring.
that the truck--bought from TransChicago Truck Group of Gary, at a price of
$149,722--is ready for delivery.
He noted that
Centier Bank offered “a pretty good” interest rate on the loan of 2.75
percent. The truck will be paid for with Local Road & Street funds.
Members also voted
unanimously to declare two items surplus: an iPhone 6, valued at $140; and a
30-year-old asphalt roller, valued at under $500.
Because those items
each have a value under $1,000, under Indiana Code they may be disposed of
through private sale, Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson told the