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S. Connellsville adds light-duty option for municipal workers

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

With hopes of saving money in the long run when it comes to workers' compensation, South Connellsville Borough voted to have a light-duty option for its worker's insurance plan.

Councilman James Swink informed members this week that the annual rate for workers' compensation has doubled in the last two years — from $20,000 to $40,000.

To help prevent that cost from rising in the next few years, Swink said the insurance company suggested council establish a light-duty policy where workers can still return to their jobs, but will have restrictions in place.

“They can still technically work manual labor,” said borough solicitor Mark Rowan, but must not violate the restrictions the policy has in place, he added.

Council unanimously voted to put the light-duty policy into its insurance policy.

In other business, council:

• Voted to provide $350 to the police department to purchase a digital camera since the current camera is out of date.

• Voted to appoint Mayor Peter Casini and David Holbrook representatives to the municipal authority.

• Instructed Councilwoman Karen Holbrook to send a code violation warning letter to a resident that has an accumulation of garbage on their property, causing damage to a neighbor's fence. If the resident fails to obey the letter, either the police or the council president can take the matter to District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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