Jurors Review Insurance Options
PAUL KEDINGER ~ Managing Editor
After listening to various insurance company representatives and questioning them on the options and cost savings between fully-insured and self-funded coverage over one hour, members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury’s Insurance Committee recommended the Jury retain its current carrier, but study in-depth the options to establish a self-funded policy during the coming year and be better informed regarding a change in employee insurance coverage in 2011.
That option was urged by John W. Bowman of The Human Resource Dept., Inc, of Shreveport, who offered to withdraw his firm’s proposal. Bowman told jurors, “I don’t think you can make an informed decision tonight.” He suggested jurors interview insurance consultants rigorously and hire “a consultant you have confidence in” to prepare for insurance renewal in two years.
Another insurance agent, Melody Ryland of Integrated Insurance Solutions, offered the same advice. Ryland, who presented both full-insured and self-insured plans to the Jury, recommended the members continue their current coverage and take the time to investigate all options.
In a related matter, jurors quickly selected a workmen’s compensation proposal from LUBA which offered a savings of $129,000 over the $230,000 premium paid for this year’s coverage.
In other action, the Airport Committee reviewed two lease proposals for the former hangar which housed the mosquito control airplane which was sold after the Jury entered into a contract with Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc.
Before acting on two proposals, a resident questioned why the Jury didn’t advertise for proposals in the legal journal or other newspapers. She remarked, “How would the public know.”
Legal Counsel Doug Wimberly advised that the Jury had the option of publishing a legal notice or soliciting requests for proposals, as jurors directed Secretary-Treasurer Terry Lacombe.
The committee recommended the proposal submitted by Michael N. LeJeune of Crowley for $550 per month for six years, with a six year renewal. The second proposal offered $350 monthly for a five-year lease.
Electrician Audie Hanks told jurors it would cost between $40,000 and $50,000 to connect two 200 KW generators to fully service the new parish jail and sheriff’s administrative offices in an emergency. Hanks said the electrical generator hookup system is equipped to service only about 25 percent of the jail and office.
Juror A.J. Credeur contended the Jury had approved change order during construction which should have provided service throughout the jail and offices.
Jurors requested a review of meeting minutes to verify the change orders and question architect Mark Lalande about the construction plans.
The Road and Bridge Committee voted to recommend the Jury remove Teal Road from the parish road system, after Juror Kermit Richard reported the road is gated daily after 5 p.m. and property owners on the road had no objections.