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Fiscal court selects new insurance provider

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

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Sun Staff Writer

It was business as usual for the Washington County Fiscal Court last Friday, but this time, it was a different setting that drew a lot of the attention. Instead of meeting in the annex building as in recent months, the court conducted business in the courtroom of the 1816 courthouse, making it the oldest courtroom in Kentucky still in continual use.

“This is a historic occasion,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles before calling the meeting to order.

It didn’t take long for the historic building to hear arguments from different parties concerning property and liability insurance for the county. The current plan expired June 30 and the court was deciding on a package to start July 1.

The debate and trade-offs were interesting to witness as representatives from McElroy, Wharton and Boldrick Insurance from Springfield and the Kentucky Association of Counties, based in Frankfort, presented their bids to the court.

Derinda Osbourne presented McElroy, Wharton and Boldrick’s property and liability proposal on behalf of Trident Insurance for $71,592.52, which included umbrella coverage that would provide additional liability coverage if claims exceeded $1 million. McElroy, Wharton and Boldrick has been covering the county since 2006, and was looking to continue the contract with Washington County.

Mark A. Miller, assistant director of insurance programs for KACo, presented the other proposal, which came in at $62,742. Miller also guaranteed the court that their rates would not increase for the next three years if KACo was chosen.

In other business

The county agreed to a new five-year contract with Rumpke to provide residential and commercial trash service. Rates will not increase for the first two years of the agreement. Beginning March 1, 2011, residential and commercial rates will be negotiated to the mutual consent of Rumpke and the county. The only increase could come from a fuel surcharge in the contract which raises rates 3 percent when fuel goes over $2.50 per gallon. The fuel surcharge will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. The new contract takes effect July 1.

The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m.

Read the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!