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N. Versailles officials repeal health ordinance

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, June 21, 2013, 3:41 a.m.

North Versailles Township officials are seeking to repeal an ordinance that allows commissioners to participate in the township's health insurance plan.

Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved advertising the repeal. They plan to vote on it next month.

“We had some issues before I got here with commissioners on health care, and this is a part-time job,” board president George Thompson said. “We're not full-time employees, so I feel no commissioners should get it.”

Board vice president Frank Bivins said there is no need to provide insurance for commissioners.

“Nobody here is using it,” Bivins said.

The board approved an ordinance in August 2010 that allowed commissioners to participate in the municipal health care plan at no cost, as it does with full-time township employees.

That was a change from a vote in March 2009 that authorized commissioners to participate in the plan if they reimbursed the township for the cost, and make payments by the 10th of every month.

The state Ethics Commission directed in August 2011 that former North Versailles commissioners Ruth Grimes, Dennis Dull and Bryan Dull pay back more than $14,000 in premiums owed to the township.

Dennis Dull was told to reimburse the township $6,897, his son Bryan Dull $2,989.41, and Grimes $4,401.05.

The Ethics Commission said they unintentionally violated the Ethics Act between 2008 and 2010 when they arranged for their own placement on the plan without discussion or approval from the township board, and failed to pay the premiums.

In other matters, council authorized advertising an ordinance that would eliminate the joint zoning hearing board and joint planning commission, and reinstate the township's own.

Solicitor Greg Evashavik said the joint boards were created via an agreement in 2003 with East McKeesport and Wall, but never became active.

Evashavik said the municipalities realized the panels were not working and decided to make separate committees.

Commissioners unanimously approved a $75 donation to East Allegheny School District's Touchdown Club, and a $100 donation to the Praise Assembly Fine Arts Festival.

Commissioners remitted a $35,000 donation to the North Versailles Township Public Library.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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