SIKESTON -- The city of Miner will pay less this year for their liability insurance.
The Board of Aldermen approved renewing the city's liability insurance policy with St. Paul Travelers Insurance Company through Newton and Company insurance agency in Sikeston during their regular monthly meeting Thursday.
The Board approved a single payment of $29,403, the entire annual premium. The premium is almost $1,200 less than last year's, according to City Clerk Janet Tuttle.
"That's our vehicle liability, employee liability, all of our liability," Tuttle said.
Miner has been insured through the St. Paul Travelers Insurance for about seven years, according to Charles Carroll of Newton and Company.
"You've been very good," he said to the Board. "You are to be commended. You had good housekeeping on all your property; we love risks like you."
While Newton was the only bidder, Carroll said his agency gets bids from three insurance providers.
"St. Paul Travelers has always been the best coverage at the lowest price," he said, "and they give good service."
In other business Thursday:
* Board members accepted the bid of $9,294 from Jack O'Guin Heating of Sikeston for a 5-ton heating/air conditioning unit for the police station.
Also bidding was Barnett's Plumbing Heating & Air who offered a 4-ton unit for $6,750.
Mayor Betty Barnes said the city engineer, Norman Lambert, recommended the larger air conditioner.
* Board members approved an agreement with Beussink, Hey, Roe, Seabaugh & Stroder, LLC., for the city's annual audit.
Tuttle said the audit will cost between $8,000 and $9,000.
"We put it out for bid last year, we didn't get anybody else to bid on it," she said. "So about next year we'll be ready to bid again."
* Angie McIntosh was appointed to the Tourism Committee's Advisory Board to fill the seat formerly held by Sandy Wright.
Wright asked to not be reappointed.
Board members also accepted an offer from McIntosh to strip and wax the entryway floor at City Hall for $300 and to buff and mop the floor for $50 per month.
* Board members approved establishing a special fund to handle money received from fire department fundraisers for the department.
* Discussion on and possible action to amend the city's personnel handbook was moved to a closed session following the regular meeting.