Insurance premium, lawsuit, website, and more discussed.
On Monday, November 17, 2014, the Avon Township Board held their regularly scheduled meeting. Besides some normal discussion on approving the transfer of funds, pre-paid and outstanding bills, there were two guest speakers at the meeting.
Township insurance deductible to skyrocket
The first speaker was Geoff Raef who made a presentation regarding the Township’s insurance. Before he spoke, Supervisor Lisa Rusch announced that a half dozen other insurance companies elected not to submit a quote to the Township. This may be directly related to the ongoing lawsuit against the Township by Assessor Chris Ditton over his budget being cut. Mr. Raef mentioned that the quote for renewal would be $49,007 which was less than the current amount of $56,294. The main difference that he pointed out was the large increase in deductible which will increase from $10,000 to a whopping $25,000. Trustee Larsen asked if there was a policy quote for a $10,000 deductible available and was told by Mr. Raef that there was not. Keep in mind that the insurance company is paying for the current lawsuit and just like your car insurance, a claim often results in a premium or deductible increase. After discussion, and with no other bids to consider, the Board approved the insurance bid. (18:23 to 24:42)
Assessor lawsuit status update
Next up was the attorney, Adam W. Lasker from the law offices of Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni, & Krafthefer, representing the Township in the ongoing lawsuit by Assessor Ditton. Attorney Lasker brought everyone up to date on the current efforts to resolve the case and accepted questions from both the Board as well as any audience members. (24:45 to 30:28)
Township website currently lacking transparency
There was some discussion on the Township website after Supervisor Rusch let it be known that she liked the Fremont Township site and had a bid available from that website design firm. The costs were not verbally mentioned although she stated that the Trustees had the bid to look over and asked for approval. There was a motion and a second to start the discussion. During that time Trustee Larsen, who is well versed on IT type of work, asked about the company’s reputation for holding firm on their bids. Supervisor Rusch stated that Fremont Township had told her that the firm came in per quote and in some cases even less. Trustee Larsen requested that the Board obtain additional quotes from other vendors. No further action was taken. (44:05 to 51:55)
The following is a full-length video of the meeting before they went into Executive session.
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