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Town insurance policies set right

The Lysander Town Board will soon negotiate with the Teamsters Local Union 317 for a new health insurance contract; the old one expires in June. A committee comprised of councilors Robert Geraci and Andrew Reeves as well as Supervisor John Salisbury was recently created to handle union negotiations.

Prior to new talks, however, the town has had to deal with some costly issues that arose during an audit completed by the Teamsters last year. The audit, which covered January 2006 to June 2013, concluded that the town owes the union approximately $25,000, consisting largely of contributions the union is owed plus about $4,000 in fees.

According to the audit, there had been oversights with the insurance plans of six employees. Nearly $5,000 was for an employee whose insurance application was not processed by the Teamsters until 13 months after it had been submitted. Her coverage was backdated and the town was charged.

Two other employees applied for coverage a month or two after they were hired because they were still covered by their previous employers. The Teamsters, however, added them into their system as of their hire date. Together, the total charge came to about $935.

Miscommunication was also a factor. An agreement signed by former supervisor Barry Bullis stated that certain town officials were required to belong to the Teamsters insurance fund. Whether those individuals used the coverage or not, the town would still have to pay the premium of that individual.

Town comptroller David Rahrle maintains that a Teamsters health employee had told the town that non-bargaining members of the agreement could opt-out of coverage (non-bargaining positions are not subject to collective bargaining agreements). Consequently, three non-bargaining employees opted out because they already had coverage through previous employment arrangements or their spouses. The audit shows the town owed approximately $15,500 in back premiums for these three employees (one year for one employee and six months for the other two).

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VillagePeople 4 months ago

I really don't see any savings for the town but I saved 40,000+ dollars by opting out of buying a new mustang.

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chainsaw 4 months ago

I like the spin that's put on this whole buyout issue. It still goes back to eligibility. If your not eligible for the insurance then why is there then why are you allowed a buyout. The other thing I like is that it's not my fault it's the previous administration. Remember there are certain people in the office that worked during the Bullis era and should have been well aware of agreements made. How long will these type of excuses last.

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VillagePeople 4 months ago

I saw the Super called out the board members for not doing any research before voting on proposals. Sounds like he is calling the kettle black and didn't understand the insurance or the buyout or was too excited about the 10%+ bonus to read the fine print. How about all you board members getting your act together and stop embarrassing everyone who voted you in office. Doesnt sound like any of you are earning your paycheck but maybe you can in 2014.

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VillagePeople 4 months ago

David Rahrle looks to have cleaned up in this deal. How much did the town spend on insurance for the Rahrle Family? Let's say between 25,000 and 30,000 and they end up with the insurance he opted out of in the end. The fact that it was unanimous by the board can only make you cry. John, how about recusing yourself versus voting you and David a monstrous bonus at taxpayer expense. You're a CPA and there is no way you can sugar coat the blatant lack of savings you and the board handed the town. People say you can't teach an old dog new tricks but I couldn't disagree more based on this misappropriation.

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Publius 4 months ago

Stop your whining as it is their turn to be on the public teat. Taxpayers in Lysander do not care about these trivial issues. The board found this to be a good deal and they are the elected officials.

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marvan 4 months ago

Village, good points but I heard the actual payment to the Teamsters was 26k ! Isn't it nice of them to save us money and put it into their pockets? I think John should learn to count because there was SIX EMPLOYEES getting the buyout. The Rahrle family does make out quite nicely! The people who took the buyout were Dave Rahrle , lisa Dell, Cindy Halstead, John Salisbury, Gene Dinsmore and Owen Densk. I am sure they all will be paying it back shortly! Ha Ha not going to happen in our lifetime ! Just remember this at the next Election and vote them out!

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