Council considers insurance options
by Rachel Davis
Feb 20, 2013 | 1315 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sumiton City Council heard from Josh Russell, president of Russell Insurance and Bonding, about the renewal on the city’s insurance coverage.

Russell presented the updated list of properties, coverage and rates from One Beacon and said that he hoped to have a new proposal from Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation soon.

Municipalities in the state have three choices for insurance coverage, One Beacon, AMIC and Travelers.

The council will consider the proposals for AMIC and One Beacon at the next council meeting and decide between the two. The current policy is in place through mid-March.

In other business:

•The council discussed that the installation of new water meters throughout the city has been completed and the gas meter replacement is approximately one-third finished. The older water meters had not been measuring water flow accurately. The new, more energy efficient meters have been responsible for more accurate readings and some customers have seen up to a 5 percent increase.

•The council agreed to extend the contract with the state that pays the city to mow the right of ways on the highway throughout the city.

•Mayor Petey Ellis recommended the city come up with a way to honor Jimi Westbrook of country group Little Big Town for the band’s recent Grammy win. Westbrook is a Sumiton native and his family still live in the area. Ellis asked the council members to think of ideas that would appropriately honor the achievement.

•The Sumiton-Area Business Alliance will be meeting on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. on business owner rights. This meeting is open to any business owner in the Sumiton/Dora area.