WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Council Business Administrator Michael Revitt said Monday that the township has renewed its insurance contracts for the upcoming year at a considerable increase in rates over 2012.
Due to new state regulations regarding workers’ compensation insurance and the township’s recent exposure to substantial claims by township employees, Revitt said, rates for next year would increase by $20,000.
Revitt said rates for property and casualty coverage had decreased by nearly $8,000 for the upcoming year to help offset some of the increase.
In other business, council approved a proposal by Mayor Carl Kuren to explore hiring a part-time director of public safety .
The director would be responsible for auditing the performance of all township agencies and employees and would report directly to the mayor.
Kuren said the part-time position initially would require the new director to work 20 hours per week . No salary range or wage was discussed before council voted.