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Lee Town Board receives bids for mowing, eyes insurance issue

Charles Pritchard
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Posted 3/10/22

LEE — It was business as usual at the Lee Town Board’s Tuesday meeting, with town councilors receiving the bids for mowing contracts this year among items on the agenda. Bids for the town’s …

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Lee Town Board receives bids for mowing, eyes insurance issue

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LEE — It was business as usual at the Lee Town Board’s Tuesday meeting, with town councilors receiving the bids for mowing contracts this year among items on the agenda.

Bids for the town’s mowing contracts for the trooper barracks, the Lee Town Hall, and the Lee Town Park were submitted by Premium Property Maintenance of Rome, Jay Landscaping of Frankfort, Wright’s Lawncare of Rome, All Seasons Maintenance of Lee Center, and DHT Property Services of Lee Center.

After receiving the bids, town councilors agreed to reconvene at 6 p.m. Thursday to canvas the bids.

One topic brought before the town board of note was insurance. The town uses Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and has encountered an issue for new employees in the contract.

“They can’t have insurance for 90 days when they come on to work?” Councilor James Jones asked. It was confirmed by Highway Superintendent William Baker, who had spoken with a representative.

“A new employee won’t have insurance for 90 days, and we’ve never had that before in the town,” Baker said. “We haven’t had any of our past employees, even recently [affected]. So it’s tough because how do you hire someone and tell them they won’t have insurance coverage for 90 days?”

Supervisor John Urtz said this was something the town could change.

“This is definitely something we should look into,” Baker said, adding that he called people in Annsville, Western, and Verona. “None of them have that in place. When someone comes on, they’re automatically on the insurance as long as they do the paperwork.”

A consensus of the town board was that this policy had been in place for quite a while but hadn’t been enforced. Jones expressed great interest in removing the 90-day stipulation.

Jones said a special meeting would be held on Thursday in which the town board will reexamine the contract.

For more information about the town of Lee and upcoming meetings, visit atownlee.digitaltowpath.org:10076/content

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