PITTSTON — Council members approved an insurance renewal proposal with Joyce Insurance Group at their monthly meeting Wednesday, saving the city more than $15,000.
The insurance covers the city for property and inland marine, equipment breakdown, general liability, automobile, crime, fiduciary liability and law enforcement liability.
According to city administrator Joe Moskovitz, the city paid $188,294 in 2015 for coverage, but this year’s costs will decrease to $173,046.
The decrease, he said, is due to a safety committee the city has instituted that is recognized by the state, which gives the city a 5 percent reduction on the renewal.
“The safety committee meets regularly every month or every two months and we show movies, have speakers to talk about implementing safety practices for the workers, which hopefully will result in fewer accidents and claims,” said Moskovitz.
The safety committee consists of members for the city’s police force, fire department, public works department and clerical department.
In other business, council members approved the following resolutions:
• To request permission from PennDOT to erect a banner intermittently from July through November on South Main Street for the promotion of the Pittston Farmers Market.
• To request permission from PennDOT to erect a banner on South Main Street to promote the city’s Second Friday Art Walk on Fridays June 10, July 8 and Sept. 9.
• Accept the resignation of Kelly Carroll as vice president of the Pittston Memorial Library Board of Trustees and appoint Lois Ostrowski to fill the unexpired term effective immediately until the term expires on Oct. 1, 2018.
The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at city hall, 35 Broad St.
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