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Board of Selectmen adopts Blue Cross for insurance provider

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

PLAQUEMINE – The City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen adopted a resolution accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana as its health insurance carrier through Nov. 30, 2014 at a 14 percent increase during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night Nov. 19.

“We have been having Blue Cross for about seven or eight years and we just renewed it,” Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta said. “That is a lot of money for us but that is just the nature of the insurance business.”

The board also got an update on ongoing projects including construction of a $12 million sewer plant and installation of a new transformer to provide power to the city.

Gulotta said construction on the sewer plant has begun and expects contractors to begin driving pilings in December. He also said the transformer project has begun erecting steel to anchor power lines.

In other news, the board approved payroll vouchers and renewed alcohol beverage permits for 2014 numbering 25 total.

The board also held condemnation hearings for properties located at 24340 Church St. and 58657 Allen St. Gulotta said the first was pulled because the owner cut the grass and the second was condemned and will be advertised for demolition.

Finally, the board presented a proclamation to 2013 Evangeline Queen Deanna Kaycee Keller and Eagle Scout Austin Guerin.