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Town of Porter considers cash payout to lower health insurance cost

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By PAULENE POPARAD

The Porter Town Council asked its attorney Tuesday to draft final language offering employees a $3,000 payment if their spouses opt out of coverage on the town’s health-insurance plan.

Council president Elka Nelson said projections show the town would reduce its exposure and save money by removing spouses who have their own insurance through another carrier. Porter is self-insured for a portion of its medical claims, which were up last year.

The town reached out to 23 carriers prior to the Aug. 1 health-insurance renewal and voted unanimously to go with Standard Life and Accident Companies as the most economical and feasible without changing employee benefits.

The $3,000 payment in lieu of insurance could be considered at the Aug. 13 meeting.

Also Tuesday, Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association District 1 chairman Tom Orrell of Beverly Shores presented long-time Porter fire chief Lewis Craig Sr. with the 2013 Global Award for commitment to the fire service.

The town hall audience applauded as Craig accepted the award. “Don’t ask me to say anything as I’m tongue-tied,” he explained.

Assistant chief Todd Allen of the Porter Police Department advised that Seven Peaks Waterpark is charging to park in its Waverly Road lot so motorists have begun parking on nearby Summertree Drive. Allen proposed designating the street as No Parking between Saddlelback Lane and Waverly. An ordinance will be drafted for consideration.

Park director Brian Bugajski said Porter’s Hawthorne Park again will host the Chesterton Art Fair Aug. 3 and 4. He also said park cooking classes for children in two age groups will begin next month. A $25 donation per session is suggested. More information is available on the park’s Facebook page.

On the recommendation of the town’s Redevelopment Commission, the council voted 4-0 with member David Wodrich absent to adopt an ordinance under suspension of the rules authorizing the council or other board to make routine progress payments pursuant to construction contracts prior to a meeting.

Any such claim must be reviewed by that board at its next regular meeting following the preapproved payment.

At the Porter Plan Commission’s request the council approved a new maintenance bond for Mineral Springs Villas subdivision on Beam Street to replace a previous letter of credit.

 

 

Posted 7/25/2013