Tonawanda News — But Crangle said he believes the town could save more if they transitioned to self insurance, and questioned whether the one year contract, which will cost the town $585,461, is worth it.
”The bottom line is where are the savings?” Crangle said. “I believe we should have looked into self insurance now.”
His fellow board members all disagreed with Crangle and passed the resolution in a 4-1 vote, which extends the contract through the end of February 2014.
”The only real reason that we can talk about doing it ourselves is because the costs are finally, after 20 years, under control because of PERMA,” Board member John Bargnesi said. “We have options because of them, but it’s only been a couple of years, and I don’t know if it’s time to bail ship.”
Also at Monday’s meeting:
• The town approved the purchase of a new aerial lift with a chipper for the highway department. The new purchase, used for tree maintenance, will replace a lift that is 15 years old.
• The town approved Supervisor Anthony Caruana to execute an agreement with Sportzone at the Dome and Clubs ‘N Such for the operation of two banquet areas and seven zones for simulated video games at the Golf Dome. Director of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department Jeff Ehlers said construction on the new banquet area, which took over for former Pro Golf Discount of Western New York, is “very close” to
being completed.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150