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Montour sticks with insurance decision

MONTOUR FALLS—The Montour Falls village board again  discussed what union and non-union workers should pay towards insurance at the Monday, Nov. 2 meeting.
The matter was acted on at the Oct. 26 meeting.  The board agreed to make John Raplee, the only non-union village employee at present, pay eight percent of his insurance.  This is the same number the union workers already pay.
Trustee Jim Howell wanted to discuss the matter again.  Howell said he spoke with Raplee about his benefits.  He said when he voted for the eight percent he thought Raplee and the union employees were getting the same insurance benefits.  Howell explained it seemed Raplee’s benefits were lesser compared to the union workers.
Howell put a motion to the board to examine the two insurances and see if the eight percent was fair.  No board member seconded the motion.  Mayor Donna Kelley said Raplee requested not to be a union worker and since then has not been paying anything towards his insurance.
Trustee Phil Smith explained even though the insurances are different, the union workers pay eight percent of their coverage, and Raplee now pays eight percent of what his is.
In other business:
• Micheal Hughey, highway foreman for the village, said come snowfall, he wants to use a rock salt and water mix (brine) to pre-treat the roads.  In order to do that, he needs about $279,000 worth of equipment, including a large plastic water tank to put on the back of a truck.  He explained he learned about the idea from a recent class.  Howell said he wanted to find out why only the state uses this procedure in the area.
• The board accepted a tree removal bid from American Southern Tier Tree Service for $3,700.  Hughey suggested it out of the three bids the village got back.
• Kelley said she appointed Smith as the liaison to the Schuyler County Emergency Management Council again, and he accepted.
• Howell reported that he wanted Bud Kibbe, code enforcement officer, to have set hours in the village.
• Trustee Phil Gillemot said he wanted the village to revisit some of the no parking they approved for Genesee Street.  He said after speaking with Tom Carson, fire chief, they might be able to restore some parking between Main Street and Steuben Street.  Parking was originally removed from the west side of Genesee Street due to concerns a fire truck could not make it down the street with cars on both sides.  Gillemot said if parking were allowed, but with some space to the corner still designated as no parking, fire trucks could make the turns.
• Kelley said Bruce Nelson, developer, asked the village to make a parking spot on Montour Street handicapped.  She explained it is for the physician’s office that will be moving into the building.  However, the ramp is on the Montour Street side of the building.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. 

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