Wilkes-Barre City Council to Vote on Worker Compensation Program Contracts
WILKES-BARRE – The city plans to renew existing contracts for two companies dealing with the workers’ compensation program.
The renewals were briefly discussed during the city council working session on Tuesday evening in anticipation of a council vote at its Thursday evening public meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
City attorney Tim Henry said a request for proposal was issued during the previous administration for the work. Lancaster’s EHD was hired as a management consultant for the city’s self-insured workers’ compensation program, past claims management and the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung program. PMA Companies of Blue Bell has been hired as a third party administrator for the Workers’ Compensation Program.
There was no RFP this time for professional service contracts.
“The human resources department was so happy with the way they handled the problem, compared to who has handled it in the past for us, that they highly recommended it,” said Henry.
The city plans to hire the companies for a three-year contract at an annual cost of $ 39,500 for EHD and $ 30,900 for PMA.
Also on the agenda for the Thursday evening meeting:
• The reappointment of Greg Barrouk from Reliance Drive to the Wilkes-Barre Finance Authority for a term ending October 14, 2024.
• The appointment of Michael Horvath of Lawrence Street to the Industrial Development Authority for a term ending December 31, 2025.
• The sale of 209-217 E. Northampton St. to Yasmeiry Navarro for $ 3,500.
• The award of the contract for the modernization / tourist reception projects of the parks of the town of Wilkes-Barre to PennEastern Engineers LLC of Wilkes-Barre. The cost will be based on a percentage of the projects and paid for with federal funds from the US Rescue Plan and private donations.
Prior to Thursday’s meeting, Council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on a liquor license transfer to Tolteca Bar & Grill LLC, 21 Public Square. The license to be transferred is in the custody of the Tolteca Express which was located in the Gateway Mall in Edwardsville. Council will vote on the transfer at its public meeting.
Councilors Bill Barrett and John Marconi raised the issue of a permanent traffic light for southbound vehicles exiting the Cross Valley freeway and turning left onto Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. A few weeks ago there was a fatal accident at the intersection.
A temporary fire was put in place while the River Street ramps were being built for the freeway, they said.
“I think we need to go ahead and put a little pressure on PennDOT to put a traffic light on it. They have a four-lane limited-access highway that ends in a city highway, ”Barrett said.
City Councilor Mike Belusko asked Mayor George Brown about a shortage of garbage bags that residents need to buy and use for curbside collection.
“A lot of people are complaining that they can’t find garbage bags,” Belusko said.
Brown admitted that he had also struggled. He said the maker had labor issues and didn’t have the resin to make the blue bags for the city.
“So what we do is go to different colored bags that they have in stock,” Brown said.
Contact Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.