Town of Porter municipal employees who have maintained a minimum number of
paid vacation and sick days may now donate those days to a colleague in
At the Town Council’s meeting Tuesday night, members voted 4-0 to adopt a
resolution amending the Personnel Policy to permit the donation of accrued
paid leave to employees with serious illnesses.
Member Elka Nelson said that the policy is virtually the same as one adopted
by the Town of Chesterton several years ago.
•Employees must bank a minimum number of vacation and sick days for their
own use before they may donate days to a colleague.
•Employees may choose a specific colleague to whom to donate their days.
“You get to pick which worker gets your time,” Nelson said.
•Donations are strictly voluntary.
•Donations may be made by an employee in one department to a colleague in a
Nelson did say that she wants department heads to maintain a close audit of
leave time, to ensure that every employee knows exactly how many days he or
she has banked at any given time.
In other business, Police Chief Jamie Spanier took a moment to thank Lt.
John Lane for lowering the dais at which council members sit for their
“It was way cheaper than the estimate of $7,000,” Spanier said. “He spent
$50 on materials and four days of his time.”
Nelson expressed her gratitude as well, although she did confess to a bit of
self-consciousness at the council’s un-concealing.
Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer, for his part, praised Lane’s
“workmanship.” She added, “It’s nice to able to see and hear now.”