are welcome to park their cars on the grass at Hageman Library, behind Town
Hall, or anywhere where crews aren’t paving over the next few days.
But for roads that
are being paved, please move your cars.
If for some reason
you are not able to move a car, please call Town Hall, said Director of
Development Michael Barry at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
Milling will begin
today and tomorrow on the Franklin St. alley, Hageman St. south of Franklin
St., Franklin St. east of Wagner Rd., Rankin St., Pleasant Ave. south of
Beam St., Porter Ave. south of Beam St. and Beam St. east of Wagner Rd.
milling will be three days of paving.
The next phase will
be milling and paving Canonie Dr. and Tremont Rd. for two days, then back to
the downtown area. The last phase of paving will include Wagner Rd. and
Barry said a notice
for the paving phases will be printed in today’s Chesterton Tribune.
The Town approved a bid by Walsh and Kelly for the work earlier this year,
with bonds issued by the Redevelopment Commission.
“When it’s done, it
should be beautiful. It’s a minor inconvenience now but we will have lovely,
beautiful streets,” Barry said.
Work will be done
in the early morning as a convenience for businesses in the downtown area,
before the start of business hours in many places, Barry added.
Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that there is a minor oversight with the
newspaper notice. Residents should know that Hageman Library will be needing
their parking lot for the next few days, but the grassy area north of the
lot may be used by those who need to move their vehicles off the street,
Porter to join
In business matters
Tuesday, the Council voted 3-0 in switching for Star Mark Insurance to
United HealthCare Choice Plus network for employee health coverage.
Stephen Brady of
Heritage Advisory Group said that this year saw a high number of claims,
which is normal considering “all groups go through cycles.” However, the
renewal with Star Mark would be an increase in costs of 59 percent.
Due to the
increase, the plan was sent out for bids to insurance carriers and third
party administrators. Six bids were received for a fully-funded plan, three
were received for self-insured plans and three were received for third party
Brady said after a
review, he recommended that coverage be moved to United HealthCare, one of
the bids for a fully-funded plan.
Changes would be
minimal, he said, but there would be a minimal out-of-pocket increase for
employees, a minimum change for physician and emergency room visits and some
slight increase for prescription co-pays. The change would not increase the
Town’s or employees’ premiums.
employees will receive a benefit increase in dental coverage, from a $1,500
to a $2,000 annual maximum.
With the approval
of the United HealthCare plan, the Council agreed to pay 90 percent of
employees’ $5,000 annual deductible, meaning employees would need to
Greg Stinson said he agrees that United is the best option and said he has
used it before, that it has “quite a big” network, and “they are really easy
to work with” in terms of customer service.
Brady said there
will be meetings for employees to answer questions they may have. Coverage
will begin on Aug. 1.
Voting in favor
were Stinson and Council members Ross LeBleu and Erik Wagner. Absent from
the meeting Tuesday were Council members Bill Lopez and Tim Conroy.