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Town health insurance premiums to drop in 2018

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The Town of Chesterton will pay 2.62 percent less next year on its health insurance premiums.

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.

Clerk-Treasurer 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.

Kuziela also 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, she said.

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.

Asphalt Bids

In other business, members voted unanimously to take under advisement two bids for next year’s asphalt contract:

* $548,850, from Walsh & Kelly of Griffith.

* $572,850, from Rieth Riley Construction of Gary.

Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg will review the bids and his recommendation will be forthcoming.

New Dump Truck

Meanwhile, members 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.

Schnadenberg said 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.

Declared Surplus

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 council.



Posted 12/13/2017




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