PORTER | During Tuesday night’s meeting, Porter Town Council members passed a resolution to amend the town employee handbook to allow employees to donate paid time off to coworkers in need due to personal situations.
“It has come to our attention that other towns in Indiana have adopted a policy to have employees donate their time to assist their co-workers who are out on leave with the donation of time off that they have accrued,” Council President Elka Nelson said.
She said the policy was shared with department heads after comparing the policies of nearby towns.
“There have been some significant cuts in benefits so this kind of helps fill some of the voids,” she said.
Police Chief Jamie Spanier said they had “pretty much adopted Chesterton’s word for word” and said he knew people who had used the policy and like it.
Nelson discussed the policy, including record keeping requirements, and the council unanimously passed the resolution.
The Town Council also unanimously passed, on second reading, an ordinance to prohibit protests at military funerals.
Brian M. Bugajski, Director of Parks, reported his department held its first big event of the year, the Easter egg hunt, and more than 300 children attended. He thanked the community and donors for their support.
Council Vice President Greg Stinson thanked the park department for their inclusion of special needs kids in the event this year with a section designated for families.
Bugajski also requested $2,600 from county economic development income tax funds to purchase wood chips for parks at Porter Cove and Hawthorne. He said they have volunteers from Rebuilding Together Duneland to spread the chips this April.
He said the material was last placed at the parks in 2010 and needs to be added every two years.