Phelps County will pay less on its liability insurance next year, even with a decrease in the county’s law enforcement liability deductible.

Phelps County will pay less on its liability insurance next year, even with a decrease in the county’s law enforcement liability deductible.
Dan Cavender, of BPJ Insurance, spoke with the county commissioners during their Nov. 19 meeting about the county’s liability insurance renewal with MOPERM (Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund).
The commission approved a one-year renewal with MOPERM in the amount of $173,914.
That is less than the 2013 premium, which was $176,949.
Cavender said MOPERM offered the county a renewal rate of $168,329, but that included a law enforcement liability deductible of $25,000.
Cavender said he was able to negotiate with MOPERM to lower that deductible to $10,000, which raised the 2014 premium to $173,914.
He said he negotiated to decrease the deductible, noting that the sheriff’s department has had no new claims in at least one and a half years. However, there are older claims still waiting to be finalized, he said.
Commissioners said they favored a lower deductible, especially if the total premium for 2014 would be less than the 2013 premium.
Cavender said he would review a list of county vehicles on the liability insurance. If vehicles are added or dropped, it would only change the premium by $600 or $700, he said.

In other business
The commission also conducted other business this month, including approving a request at the Nov. 19 meeting to extend the deadline for preparing a disaster preparedness grant from Dec. 31, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
• Also at the Nov. 19 meeting, the commission was notified of a request by Alvis and Glenda Wadsworth for the county to vacate a road in the Cedar Meadows subdivision near Little Prairie Lake off County Road 2180. County Clerk Carol Bennett said she believes a petition signed by 12 residents is needed for the vacation process to begin.
• At the commission’s Nov. 14 meeting, commissioners approved a motion for Benton & Associates Inc., which has an office in Rolla, to apply for a BEAP (Bridge Engineering Assistance Program) grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to prioritize replacement needs of low-water crossings.
• The county learned that MoDOT will hold a public briefing to discuss plans to replace the State Route 8 bridge over Dry Fork Creek south of St. James Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the St. James Elementary School cafeteria at 314 S. Jefferson St. in St. James.
• Commissioners Larry Stratman and Gary Hicks approved a request Nov. 21 by Andy Helms, chief juvenile officer with the 25th Circuit Court, for the purchase of a 2012 Chevy Impala for $15,000 from Fairground Auto Plaza, Rolla. Commissioner Randy Verkamp was absent at the time. The Chevy from Fairground had less mileage on it than similar vehicles offered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol that Helms researched.
• At the Nov. 21 meeting, the commission approved transferring three handheld radios and three in-car radios from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for $1.
• Also Nov. 21, the commissioners approved receiving a grant for its Tough of Trash program in the amount of $12,270.80 for a full year.
• Offices in the Phelps County Courthouse, including the courts in the 25th Judicial Circuit, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• The commission was informed Nov. 21 that Karen Clancy, with the nutrition program in the Phelps County University of Missouri Extension office, will be retiring later this year. Patrick Greenwald, horticulture specialist, who is also with the Extension office, is leaving next month.