Muncy OKs different health insurance provider; new manager hired

MUNCY — Borough police officers will undergo a change to their health insurance in the coming year, according to council Tuesday night.

In addition, a new borough manager was approved.

On Dec. 31, all health insurance for borough employees will be moved to a different provider. The police, whose contract stipulates a limited amount of changes, agreed to open its contract for change.

Currently, the police contract mandates the employee contribution to raise from 13 percent to 14 percent over the next year. However, in agreement with the constables, the council unanimously moved to amend the police contract to cap the employee contribution to 13 percent, which will end with the rest of the contract in December 2021.

In other business, the borough hired a new manager to replace Bill Ramsey, who is retiring after six years with the borough and 43 years in public service.

Dennis Holt, the new manager, will start Monday with a salary of $50,000, a five-year contract and a benefits package. Ramsey will stay on for two weeks to work with Ramsey.

The personnel committee interviewed five individuals for the position.

“Turns out we had five good candidates,” said Edward Feigles, council president. “I honestly think everyone that came in acquitted themselves quite well.”

“They all had different levels of expertise and different qualifications,” added Ramsey.

Council went on to designated unspent money from 2017 to go to the equipment fund. A total of $29,332 will be moved, however $25,332 will be saved to afford a new street sweeping vehicle in the next five to 10 years.

Members present were Dana Bertin, Elaine McAleer, Richard Umpsteat, Edward Feigles and Linda Stein.

Members absent were Richard Baker and Bill Burns.

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