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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 13 May 2020

Published: 14th May 2020

Insurance Changes to Save $15,000

Somerset Regional Council will change its risk management policy to accept marginal additional risk and save around $15,000 on annual premiums.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the change was sensible in the current climate.

“Council pays about $1 million annually in various insurances including public liability, worker’s compensation and property insurance,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Most of our insurance coverage is a statutory requirement however we continually review our levels of coverage and risk where we can to ensure that they are appropriate given Council’s strong financial position.”

Rate Recovery Put on Hold Until 2021

Somerset Regional Council will put a hold on all rate recovery actions of less than $100,000 until 1 January 2021.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a sensible move given the current uncertainty surrounding the economy.

“It does not mean that Council will not recover overdue rates, just that we will delay legal action for seven months as a measure of goodwill to give residents extra time to pay,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Ordinarily, Council does not start any legal recovery action until rates are overdue for more than three years.

“In this instance, due to the current pandemic, we are simply extending that action beyond the three years by an additional seven months and giving those people more time to pay.”

Council Awards Quarry Materials Tender to Local Business

Somerset Regional Council has accepted a three-year tender for supply and delivery of quarry materials to replace a contract finishing in May 2020.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann, “We are pleased that the majority of categories for different types of materials delivered to different locations have been won by local businesses, which is a great win for our economy during the pandemic.”

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its council meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 13 May 2020. 

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