Richmond forced into 10 percent increase in insurance fees
The Richmond Village Board discussed and approved paying insurance premium costs for 2016 at its regular meeting meeting on Nov. 19.
Village President Peter Koenig reviewed the village's insurance premium costs for the year ahead after some concerns about an expected 10.2 percent increase in fees. Koenig said that because the current plan expired Dec. 1, the village didn't have time to seek other bids.
Village Clerk Karla Thomas said that even if the village could seek other bids, some increase was likely because of claims filed against the village over the past year, an additional vehicle added to the coverage plan and rising workers' compensation costs.
The board approved paying the increased insurance premium.
During public comment, Char Kania asked on behalf of the Richmond/Spring Grove Community Food Pantry if the board could pay the pantry's utility costs and provide snow removal. The board suggested making the same request of Spring Grove and said it would have the village attorney look into what it would take to allow for the village to donate public funds to a private group.
The village also approved an agreement with Upland Construction to patch two sections of sidewalk on Main Street as soon as weather permits.