Purdy swears in new alderman

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The City of Purdy is looking to save money on its municipal insurance coverage by having their needs "shopped" by a dedicated agent.

Casey Chastain, representing Connell Insurance in Hollister, attended the regular April meeting of the council to explain how the city could save significantly on premiums over their present Worker's Comprehension insurance carrier, Traveler's, and municipal coverage insurance carrier, Meadowbrook.

Chastain said there were 40 people in the office who could actively "shop" the city's coverage for the best rates, based on the city's claims history.

"Your rating is excellent," Chastain told aldermen. "That means there are major carriers anxious to earn your business at cheaper rates."

Chastain quoted an estimate on what the city could save over their current carriers' premiums, stating, "Over three years, that adds up to a new service truck. I can negotiate on the city's behalf."

Chastain said the company also provided a human resources specialist that would come in and review the employee handbooks to ensure they were up to date and correct.

"That protects the city," Chastain said. "We also provide quarterly training for city officials on topics such as worker's compensation, E-verify and immigration issues."

The sessions are free for city officials to attend.

Chastain said he would once again review the city's line-by-line coverage with City Clerk Debbie Redshaw and have final numbers ready to present to aldermen at their regular May meeting.

In other business, aldermen heard from Ted McIntire, public works employee, that water efficiency was at 85 percent for the month of March. Workers hauled three loads of dirt and two loads of brush and installed street signs at Barry and Edina streets.

In his report to the board, Police Chief Jackie Lowe said it had been a busy month, citing 10 dog complaints, three stolen vehicles, 24 traffic stops and several complaints of stolen prescription medication.

Redshaw swore in newly-elected Ward I Alderman Sean Priest.

In other business, aldermen:

* Discussed a property at 209 Business 37, owned by Ron Barnes. The city has a lien against the property, and Barnes notified city officials that no family members were interested in keeping the lot or maintaining it. He volunteered to turn it over to the city.

* Heard from Lowe about a property between Jefferson Street and Lori Lane, adjacent to the railroad tracks. The parcel is owned by Joe Wynn of Cordova, Tenn., who indicated to Lowe that he is unable to maintain the property and offered use of the property to anyone willing to maintain it. Wynn indicated he is not interested in selling the parcel at the present time.

* Reviewed Lowe's year-end report for 2011. Calls for service totaled 916, compared to 598 in 2010; and arrests increased to 35 in 2011 compared to 21 in 2010.

* Heard from Russ Nichols, building inspector, concerning two vacant trailers on Monroe Street. One is allegedly in the process of being torn down, and the other has reportedly been sold.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at City Hall. At that time, Mayor Ron Dutra will make his annual city staff appointments.

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