Pownal selectmen review insurance quotes, prepare for evaluations


POWNAL -- The Pownal Select Board held its regular meeting on Thursday to hear a presentation from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns regarding a town insurance quote and prepare for town employee evaluations before the end of the fiscal year on July 1. The board also discussed putting together a plan for town office repairs and getting back to Dilawri on a truck bid.

The select board will hear another presentation and quote for the town insurance during its next regular meeting on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. The board members hope to make a motion to accept one of the quotes during that meeting.

VLCT is owned by its member municipalities in Vermont, of which Bennington is one. There are only 13 municipalities in the state that are insured by other organizations or more traditional insurance agencies. Pownal currently buys liability and workers compensation insurance through a traditional insurance agency.

The amount of the insurance estimate has not been released, however the town was quoted for all municipal buildings, workers compensation insurance and a standard $10 million liability limit by VLCT.

VLCT is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is governed by a board of directors. The league formed the Property And Casualty Intermunicipal Fund in 1987 to insure Vermont municipalities. Senior underwriter for the organization’s risk management service, Pam Fecteau, said the league formed PACIF in response to insurance companies abandoning the municipal insurance market because they thought towns were a bad risk.

"Traditional insurance companies exist to make money and their money goes to the shareholders," Fecteau said. "Pools that we have go to offer stable pricings, specialized coverages and try to reduce your risk with our training and loss prevention programs."

Visit http://www.vlct.org/ for more information.


After the VLCT presentation, the selectmen unanimously carried a motion to administer evaluation and self evaluation forms to all salaried department supervisors and hourly town employees. The town does not have a set annual evaluation for town employees. The board came to a consensus that evaluations are overdue and should be done before the end of the fiscal year. All reviews will be due back to the town office in two weeks.

Office repairs

After an initial inspection, the town office building was deemed to need the installation of new gutters, replacement of exterior rotted baseboards and a fresh coat of paint.

"We’re not going to move out of here tomorrow, so I think we should do the necessary repairs to make sure it looks decent and is vernment proof," said selectman Richard Ryder.

The board moved to have selectman Jason Olansky to make a detailed list of necessary work so it can go out to bid for a local contractor.

Truck purchase

The select board did not go through with the purchase of the dump truck on Dilawri’s bid since the last meeting. The board passed a motion with three voting members to contact Dilawri to ask if the original bid would be honored as issued for $79,000, and go through with the purchase contract.

"I don’t agree, I think it should go back out to bid," Ryder said. "Too much water has gone under the dam in my opinion. It’s been over 60 days: It’s been kicked around, muddled and confused. I would like to see the process start all over again."

Ryder casted the dissenting vote. One abstention came from board chair Nelson Brownell.

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