Washington County briefs

June 26, 2013

County paying 8 percent more for insurance

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a  recommendation to renew county insurance policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

By a 4-0 vote, the board retained Travelers Insurance Co. for liability policies; Local Government Insurance Trust for property and equipment policies; and AIG Aviation Inc. for airport-liability policies.

Overall, insurance premiums have been on the rise in most markets, according to County Risk Management Administrator Becky Maginnis.
But negotiations for coverage yielded favorable results for the coming fiscal year in only an 8 percent hike, she said.

Due to the county’s growing Internet presence, Maginnis also suggested that the commissioners add cyber liability to network and information security coverage through Travelers, which was added to the board’s motion.

Program contract awarded for at-risk students

The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Inc., has been awarded a one-year contract of $122,500 to provide the county’s Rural Out-of-School Time Initiative  program.

The purpose of ROSTI, which tentatively runs from Aug. 1 to June 30, 2014, is to provide safe school- or community-based environments that offer supervision and alternative activities to at least 120 at-risk elementary, middle and/or high school-aged youth in the areas of Cascade, Hancock and Williamsport.

The program is provided at no charge to families. Williamsport services are offered at the local community center, while programs in Cascade and Hancock will take place at the schools.

Procurement policy manual updated

Washington County’s procurement policy manual has been updated and consolidated to comply with current procedures.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve the revised document.

Karen Luther, the county’s purchasing director, said the previous manual was a “very antiquated document” that was established within her department in the 1980s. Since then, the county’s purchasing power has increased and various changes were needed, she said.

Notable changes to the policy include increasing the small purchases limit from $1,000 to $2,500, adding a conflict-of-interest clause for employee-owned business and a protest procedure, and a section that gives the county administrator authority to execute multipart change orders in accordance with local codes.

Commissioner John F. Barr was absent from the meeting.

— C.J. Lovelace

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