Sheriff Dave Reynolds declared Ruth “Babe” Poparad an honorary Sheriff’s
Deputy at the Porter Town Council’s meeting Tuesday night.
before the council to deputize Poparad after recently meeting her at an
awareness event in Hawthorne Park. Poparad has faithfully served as a
crossing guard at Yost Elementary School for 33 years.
Poparad noted that
her job has been a challenge since she began. She’s had students ask her
hand in marriage and dealt with many tears and fussing as the first person
her walkers encounter at the beginning of each school day. Then there are
the motorists who simply don’t want to stop for the kids.
And though, Poparad
added, most drivers in the area are considerate, she’s had near misses with
careless drivers with Illinois plates. Council members laughed and agreed as
she described how she would give those drivers what-for if they actually
stopped when she held up her sign.
In other business,
Steve Brady of Heritage Advisory Group presented his recommendations on
municipal health insurance, after receiving four bids which he found in
compliance with Indiana Board of Health Standards: that the council continue
its agreement with United and stay with Best Life, the latter of which
currently handles the provisions for life insurance and vision and dental
Brady noted that
that the renewal rate on the policy this year is exceptional: 3.4 percent.
“Anything under 10 is a gift,” he said.
There are some
small changes. The policies will revert from partially self-funded to the
traditional fully funded model used in the past. There will also be a health
reimbursement arrangement, wherein the town shoulders the burden of a larger
deductible to offer a lower deductible to individual employees. There may be
slight increases in life and dental insurance premiums. Vision premiums will
remain the same.
Greg Stinson was pleasantly surprised that the town is able to stick with
the same plan for the first time in several years because employees won’t
have to learn the inner workings of a new policy by a different provider. He
also noted that he and Brady would hold meetings with employees in the near
future to give more specific updates.
Fire Chief Jay Craig received the council’s permission to continue
advocating for Safe Haven Baby Boxes and spreading awareness about them.
Craig noted that the Chesterton Town Council is considering acquiring a Safe
Haven Baby Box, and that the one in Coolspring Township In LaPorte County
was used earlier this month. The boxes provide mothers a safe way to give up
an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of legal action--as is their
right under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, provided the child shows no signs of
“We are not
currently asking for one, but we support them,” Craig said.
Craig also gave a
final reminder that the Fire Department’s annual Christmas Open House will
be at the fire station from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with Santa
arriving by fire truck at 1:30 p.m. The FD will also be collecting new toys
for Toys for Tots, and encourages donations of non-perishable food items for
their food drive.
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