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Wyalusing Supervisors Discuss Soaring Health Insurance Costs

Insurance costs and options dominated much of the discussion time at the Wyalusing Township Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Chairman Marvin Meteer said health insurance for the township's two full-time employees will go up almost 25 percent this year. The township currently pays just over $2,000 per month for family coverage for its two employees.

Meteer said the supervisors spoke with employees prior to the meeting and explained that the township will absorb the increase this year, but that this is the last year it will be able to do that.

"The cost is getting out of hand," Meteer said, "but there's not much we can do about it. We decided to bite the bullet and pay the increase this year, but have told the employees that this is the last year we can do it. We didn't think it would be fair to make them pay it this year without any warning."

In related business, the supervisors unanimously agreed that for any future employees, health insurance will be provided only to the employee, not to the entire family.

Accident insurance for volunteers was also discussed. A policy is available for $250 annually which would provide some compensation for people who are injured while performing volunteer work for the township. Supervisor Art Allyn said he thinks it is a good idea, but would like some time to look into the coverage a little more.

Larry Kneller, emergency management coordinator for the township, announced an emergency exercise is scheduled at Taylor/Excel Sept. 25. Details will be learned at a meeting prior to that, but Larry and the supervisors will participate. Kneller also said the dry hydrant installation in Camptown will be complete in late September or early October.

In conjunction with the upcoming Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival being hosted by the Lions and Lioness Clubs and the Wyalusing Valley Museum, the supervisors issued a proclamation recognizing the Wyalusing Valley Museum as an organization whose purpose is to protect the architectural heritage and preservation of cities, boroughs and townships. The proclamation will assist the museum with future projects.

Maxine Meteer, township secretary, read correspondence announcing that requests for grants from CDBG need to be submitted soon. The supervisors agreed there were no specific needs and will not apply. Maxine has also received several notices of training courses for people interested in learning local code enforcement regulations. Anyone interested may contact Maxine for times and places.

The supervisors agreed to donate $350 to the Wyalusing Library. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Route 6 township building.

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