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Miner board still trying to reach agreement on insurance

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MINER -- The Miner Board of Aldermen will try again Monday to come to an agreement on liability insurance and a contract with the employee union.

Board members agreed during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday to hold another special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Deloris Smith, board member, explained she voted against accepting the low bid from Newton Insurance, which offers insurance for commercial general liability, employees' benefits liability, law enforcement officers' liability, public officials' liability, employment practices liability, commercial property package and employee crime coverage, at an annual premium of $36,724, because she had a question about the coverage.

"I just want to see some more figures," Smith said.

She agreed to meet with a Newton agent before Monday's meeting to go over their bid which, the bidder assured, meets the city's specifications.

The only other bid was from Self Insurance which offered coverage with an annual premium of $47,000.

The deadline to award the bid in time to prevent a gap in coverage is midnight Oct. 1.

Also slated for the Monday meeting is a review of the city's personnel handbook as an employee contract presented by Mark Baker, representative for the Local No. 702 of the IBEW union, is based on that handbook.

Peggy Holman, board member, explained she wants to go over the handbook to review some things that need to be removed from it.

Holman said that she is not going to approve an employee contract that reflects the personnel handbook until her concerns with the handbook are addressed.

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