The Porter Town
Council voted to switch its property and liability insurance, at the
recommendation of Anton Insurance, at its meeting last night.
Jim Anton, of Anton
Insurance, came before the Council due to the Town’s property and liability
insurance policy nearing expiration. Anton reported that he evaluates other
options when the policy is about to expire, and this year he recommends the
Town switch carriers from Burnham & Flower Insurance Group to Astra.
Anton said the
policy with Astra provides more coverage for less, with total premiums at
$86,137 versus Burnham & Flower’s renewal premiums totaling $89,744.
The coverage under
Astra eliminates a $1,000 deductible for auto liability and considers
playground equipment as building coverage rather than “inland marine,” which
is how it was classified under Burnham & Flower. The Astra policy also adds
$1 million in flood coverage where the Burnham & Flower plan had none, and
lowers the workers’ compensation premium without reducing coverage.
Carol Pomeroy reported that Porter sold $39,469 worth of equipment at the
joint surplus auction with the Town of Chesterton. The Council approved a
payment of $6,202.35 to Waggoner’s Auction Service for a 15% commission for
auctioneer services and $300 for advertising.
Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer thanked Pomeroy and the Council for their
assistance with the auction and the Town of Chesterton for collaborating.
Brueckheimer said every item was sold, for a total profit of $33,248 after
Brian Bugajski reminded residents that the Boo Bash is Sunday, Oct. 28 from
Noon to 2 p.m. at the Hawthorne Park Community Center. There will be a
costume contest at 1 p.m.