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Commissioners vote to part ways with Trident Insurance Services
Insurance agent Frank Pruski of La Vernia Insurance is blaming recent bad weather in the Midwest and South as the reason he recommended that the county change insurance carriers. As a result, the Wilson County Commissioners Court voted at its Sept. 24 meeting not to renew several policies with Trident Insurance Services.
Pruski said Trident provides insurance to several counties in states including Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Weather conditions in those states this year prompted the company to raise its deductible for wind and hail damage from $1,000 per occurrence to $50,000 per occurrence.
“If we have two windstorms, we’d take a $100,000 hit on our fund balance,” Pruski said.
Instead, the county will receive coverage from One Beacon Insurance, which will cover law enforcement, public officials, general liability, employee dishonesty, inland marine, wind and hail damage, property damage, and building and contents.
Also related to insurance, Pruski suggested the county change its policy covering the Dewees-Remschel House to one based on its cash value. He said if the house caught fire, its location and its structural materials would preclude a timely response and likely would lead to a total loss and a subsequent decision not to rebuild. County Judge Marvin Quinney suggested Pruski meet with Nancy Traeger and other trustees overseeing the property for the Wilson County Historical Commission.
Pruski said he also plans to visit with each of the county’s four precinct commissioners about equipment schedules. He said the county should write its insurance policy to separate equipment by precinct, taking into account each piece of equipment and its value.
Insurance was the purpose of another vote by the commissioners, which related to accident and health coverage for the volunteers within the county’s fire departments and emergency medical services, and reserve deputies for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell said the policy, which is underwritten by Provident Insurance Co., has a total annual premium of $20,476. Flieller Insurance Agency Inc. is the county’s agent for this policy.
***In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; Interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, County Clerk Eva Martinez, County Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, and Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr.
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