Ralpho advised to beef up insurances

Published: 2/17/2017 11:00 AM
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By Larry Deklinski

THE NEWS-ITEM larry_d@newsitem.com

ELYSBURG — Jeff Kyle, of DGK Insurance, Factoryville, gave a 25-minute presentation on Ralpho Township’s insurance renewal for 2017-18 at Tuesday night’s meeting of the board of supervisors.

As part of abuse and molestation liability coverage, Kyle suggested the township strengthen its employee sexual harassment policy to include language of sexual abuse and inappropriate contact, and mandate non-uniformed employees undergo state police criminal background and child abuse history checks.

He also urged that any organization or business that uses township property provide proof of liability insurance. Organizations like the Boy Scouts and Relay For Life, which have used township facilities in the past, all have liability insurance, he noted.

“It protects them and the township,” Kyle said. “Everything is copacetic until everything goes sideways. And when everyone runs in every direction, guess who they come running to.”

Kyle also urged the board to increase its liability limits, noting the township could be open to a larger amount of claims because it has a sizable police department, is frequented by transient people who visit Knoebels Amusement Resort, has an EMS service within the fire department and shares in the liability coverage of its two fire departments.

Supervisors Vincent Daubert, Blaine Madara, William Wetzel and Stephen Major voted to increase the umbrella insurance from $1 to $2 million. Supervisor Daniel Williams was absent. The increase will cost an additional $835 a year.

In other news, the board:

• Heard from Joseph Lobos, senior patrol leader from Boy Scout Troop 247, who asked the board if there was any community work that could serve as Eagle Scout projects. Speaking on behalf of the 22 Scouts in the troop, he said projects are getting harder to find. In the past, the troop has placed flags at All Saints Cemetery and held a flag retirement ceremony at All Home Days.

• Approved Ralpho Youth Sports’ request for funds in the amount of $2,500.

• Hired Clint Herr and Barry Yorwarth as part-time street employees at a rate of $14 an hour.

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