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WEIRTON – The Weirton Council selects a new carrier for its workers’ compensation insurance following a series of special sessions held on Tuesday morning.

With a 4-1 vote, the council decided to award his disability contract to Assured Partners with its program through Amtrust.

Councilor Flora Perrone was the only vote against the decision, Councilor Fred Marsh abstained. Councilor George Ash was absent.

Assured Partners was represented on Tuesday by Matt Provenzano, who placed a bid of approximately $ 107,000 for a $ 1 million policy.

Provenzano noted that there are only three companies in West Virginia that offer compensation schemes for urban workers.

“We are limited compared to our neighbors” said Provenzano.

He said he was contacted about the offer while on vacation and was able to put the offer together in about a day.

Assure America, which provides coverage through Encova Insurance Co., also made a proposal.

“You understand municipal business. You will keep the costs down “, Doug Velegol, Assure America agent, explained.

The company, formerly known as Brickstreet, has been the city’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier for several years. They offered a $ 1 million policy at $ 176,000.

Velegol said he had to contact the city administrator’s office for information as he had not seen an advertisement for the offer.

City Attorney Vince Gurrera said the guidelines for the compensation of municipal workers are still governed by the state, which they can offer and offer one “Apples to apples” Compared to coverage.

“It depends on who you are comfortable with” he said.

Marsh said his abstention from the vote was due to insufficient financial information about the two companies to know what they can cover. Perrone said her vote against the resolution was, in her opinion, due to a lack of time to fully consider the proposals.

The extraordinary council meeting was followed by a special meeting of the city’s finance committee, at which both insurance representatives presented their information.

The members of the Finance Committee decided to send the decision to the Council without a recommendation.

“We thought it best to send it to the council without a recommendation and let the council make the decision.” Marsh, chairman of the finance committee, said.

(Howell can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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