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Town raises workers' health deductible

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Town of Chesterton municipal employees will see an increase in their health insurance deductibles next year, pursuant to a new regulation mandated by the Internal Revenue Service.

Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night that, to be in compliance with the IRS reg, the current individual deductible needed to be raised from $2,600 to $2,700, an increase of 3.8 percent; while the current family deductible needed to be raised from $3,600 to $3,700, an increase of 2.8 percent.

ďItís pretty minimal for town employees,Ē Kuziela added.

Members voted unanimously to approve the deductible hikes.

New Downtown Trash Cans

In other business, members voted unanimously to authorize Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to begin the process of replacing the 20 trash cans in the Downtown, with moneys available in the Street Departmentís Refuse Account.

As Schnadenberg noted, the current trash cans are 15 years old, faded, and in many cases damaged. The new cans will be blue in color and metal and will be wrap-capable, that is, they can be decoratively wrapped with artwork, a logo, or some other particular messaging. They can be re-wrapped as well, he added, ďso we wonít have the same look for 15 years.Ē

Schnadenberg said that he will begin purchasing the new cans and then, later, decisions can be made as to their wrapping.

Asphalt Bids

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to go out for bid for next yearís asphalt contract.

Those bids will be opened at the councilís Dec. 11 meeting.

Asphalt Roller

And, finally, members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to replace the Street Departmentís 30-year-old asphalt roller, with moneys available in the Street Departmentís Local Road & Street fund.

The roller gets a lot of use by crack-sealing crews, Schnadenberg observed.

 

 

Posted 11/14/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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