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Insurance-policy ups and downs for Marion City Council

Contributing Writer
Posted on 3/13/2019, 2:23 AM

MARION -- Insurance matters were before the Marion City Council on Monday night with commissioners approving a 3.5-percent increase in premiums for property and liability insurance and a decreased cost for participation in the state's workers' compensation program.

Jon Cavaness of Marion-based Jackson and Gray Insurance said the property-and-casualty policy with Travelers increased by around 3.5 percent due to increased property values and the expansion of the fire department, as well as the addition of 13 more vehicles on the city's policy.

The premium is up from around $424,000 to $439,000 this year.

"We have 152 vehicles?" That was the question from Mayor Anthony Rinella, and that total includes police cars, fire trucks and even street department tractors, he was told.

The council, with Rinella and commissioners Angelo Hightower and John Goss, voted 3-0 to approve the Travelers policy renewal. Commissioners Doug Patton and Jim Webb were absent.

The city's workers' compensation insurance, administered by the Illinois Public Risk Fund, was also unanimously approved.

Cavaness said that due to "a number of incidents" in recent years, the IPRF had estimated Marion's workers' comp insurance might go up by 12 percent.

However, based on the city's payroll of around $12 million, the risk-insurance premium would actually decrease to $771,390, down from $779,451.

Cavaness attributed the decrease to increased safety awareness on the part of city workers and officials.

"The number of incidents has actually reduced quite a bit," he said.

In other business, the council voted unanimously on the following personnel moves:

• New part-time employees at The HUB Recreation Center -- Kyle Walker as swim coach and instructor at $20 an hour; Rebecca Crouse as lifeguard at $9.50 an hour and Justine Matau, group exercise instructor, at $15 an hour.

• The resignation of Dena Porter from technical services at Marion Carnegie Library, the promotion of Amanda Villa to coordinator of Adult Services and the promotion of Linda Johnson to technical services.