NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP Employee-benefits cost to rise

Bids will be opened on two township projects March 17.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Neshannock Township supervisors will pay a little more this year for employee health benefits.
The supervisors approved the health insurance renewal with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield renewal at their Wednesday meeting.
Township Secretary Leslie Bucci said supervisors anticipated rising health-care costs and budgeted for a 35-percent increase for 2004.
Township employee benefits will increase 0.37 percent. Bucci said monthly benefits for a single employee would increase from $318 per month to $323 per month.
Sewer project
In other business, Philip Battista, township sanitation supervisor, announced that the West Bank Sewer Expansion project is moving ahead as scheduled.
The project is a major sewer line construction that will join the city of New Castle at the water treatment plant.
Battista said bids would be opened for sewer contracts involving the Millenium Park project at the March 17 meeting.
Bucci said bids also would be opened for the Hess Ice Rink expansion at that same meeting.
The supervisors also agreed to donate a 1980 trailer to the Taylor Township Fire Department.
Supervisor John DiCola Jr. said the township tried to sell the trailer six years ago, but did not receive any interest. He said the fire department would use the trailer to haul its trench rescue equipment.
DiCola said Taylor Township is Neshannock Fire Department's backup team for trench rescue.

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