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Porter Town Council moves forward on 2018 salaries; insurance costs to rise

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The theme of the agenda was finances at the Porter Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

The council approved on first reading Ordinance 2017-15 to fix 2018 salaries for town employees. Members will consider the ordinance on second reading and then vote on it at their next meeting, Nov. 14.

Also concerning town employees is Resolution 2017-05, Section 125, to approve the use of pre-tax money in paying town employee health insurance premiums. President Greg Stinson said this move is nothing new. “This is our cafeteria plan, a standard procedure that takes place every year.” The Council voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.

The council also heard a presentation from James Anton of Anton Insurance Agency regarding an increase in the town’s annual insurance costs. Due to a workers’ compensation claims experience and updates to insurance on municipal vehicles, the ultimate increase for cost of coverage is 7 percent, or $6,000 annually. Stinson reported that he and Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy have thoroughly reviewed the terms of coverage with Town Attorney Greg Sobkowski to ensure that no gaps exist. Renewal of coverage was approved unanimously.

Surplus Equipment

More items have been declared surplus and approved for auction. Among them are: Hammond Organ Co. electric organ, Franklin Chef commercial gas stove, T100 John Deere kerosene heater, five Trion electric air cleaners, three Hewitt-Packard printers. The auction has not yet been scheduled.

Other Business

Building Commissioner Michael Barry, in absentia, reported that the town has received a quote of $45,600 dollars for repaving on Michigami Trail. Stinson said the Public Works Department has this money ready in the budget.

The council also heard comments from Jennifer Klug, who requested from the floor that ordinances and resolutions be made available on the town’s website. The council agreed that they should be online, as they are part of public record. Pomeroy said she will coordinate with the Town’s IT professional to add ordinances and resolutions to the website going forward.

Parks Director Brian Bugajski reminded folks that all are welcome to the Boo Bash from 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Hawthorne Park Community Center. The event is geared for children 12 and under, with a costume contest at 1 p.m.


Posted 10/25/2017




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