Garfield County officially changes insurance provider


September 23, 2021

POMEROY–The Garfield County Board of Commissions (BOCC) signed inter-local agreement and Resolution that cemented the insurance change that has been underway for several months at their meeting on September 20.

Garfield County will now use the Washington Rural Counties Insurance Risk Pool. They signed an inter-local agreement that sets the contract in writing, and Resolution 2021-16 to adopt the insurance pool’s bylaws. Obenland and Low will be the agency that the county will deal with directly, with Adam Hodges acting as the primary agent.

The BOCC also signed an interagency reimbursement agreement with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. This agreement will cause Garfield County to receive $32,000 from the state.

Prosecutor Matt Newberg put an addendum before the board that modifies the agreement for his professional services that has been in place since 2008. The change concerned his compensation, with details not released to the public. The board voted to accept it.

Bids for a ride enhancement project for the Kirby Mayview and Gould City roads were opened and read. Poe Asphalt and Paving is the current low bidder at $894,505. County Engineer Grant Morgan will review the bids and make a recommendation to the board. The project is part of the Pavement Preservation Project.

The BOCC also decided to approve the purchase of a sanding box at $4,700. The money will come out of the snow and ice budget.

Commissioner Justin Dixon announced a round table discussion about the county fair will be held at a future commissioners meeting, date not yet announced. “I think the fair and rodeo weekend went very well.” Commissioner Dixon said. “I appreciate all the volunteers and workers who helped put it on.”


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