BUSINESS

Gonzales accepts insurance low bid

Wade McIntyre

The City of Gonzales awarded low bidder Hanover Insurance Group the contract for insuring city buildings during Monday’s regular Council meeting.

Hanover’s bid was $32,057 for the year.

City Clerk Clay Stafford said Gonzales did not make a single building claim in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav last year.

“That’s probably why our insurance went down,” he said.

Health premiums for city employees, however, are expected to increase 8 percent next year, Stafford told the council.

A total of 96 families and 35 single policyholders will utilize health insurance through the city, he said.

The anticipated cost for those policies will be $1.536 million, with the city paying about $1.3 million and policyholders picking up the remainder of the payments, Stafford said.

In other business, the council accepted a $345,597 erosion protection bid from Mid South, a firm in Galliano.

In an unrelated matter, Glenn Shaheen of the city engineering firm said the contractor for intersection improvements project has received a notice to proceed on the work involving four intersections starting May 27.

The council also improved two change orders pertaining to construction of the water towers being built to service the Cabela’s outdoor store.