Warren selectmen consider sports accident insurance coverage

Selectmen seek more details
By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 22, 2013

Warren — During their Feb. 20 meeting, the Warren selectmen tabled further discussion on sports accident insurance.

Interim Town Manager Glenn Aho said the coverage in question was "in addition to current coverage" the town already has in place. The insurance policy, which the town has had in place for the past couple years, covers an otherwise uninsured participant who is injured during a town sanctioned athletic event.

"The good side of this policy is that we do have a lot of participants who don't have their own coverage," Aho said. Although it is accounted for in the current budget proposal "it is an elected coverage that would kick back $1,500 if it were canceled and removed."

Selectmen Chairman Douglas Pope asked how many claims have been associated with this insurance. The answer is being sought. It was brought up that the Little League teams already have coverage on a similar separate policy. It is not known if other teams, such as the farm teams, do as well.

"Sports being what they are today," said Vice Chairman Dan Davey, "I have mixed feelings."

"We have a lot of kids who participate," acknowledged Pope.

The consideration was tabled pending further review. Board members Michael York and Edmund LaFlamme were not in attendance.

In other action, the board approved the Lincoln County Recycling contract. It also authorized the public works supervisor to post "Heavy Loads Limited" signs and access private ways in emergencies.

Other topics included Pope commending the Public Works Department for its efforts in making the roads safe following the Feb. 9 blizzard.

Pope particularly called out Supervisor Doug Gammon for his dedication and actions he took during the storm.

"Doug was on Finntown Road when he noticed a dark object in the road," Pope read from a statement.

When Gammon discovered it was a woman in distress, he called for assistance and waited with her until help arrived.

"I'm proud of his actions," Pope said. "He set a good example."

Pope also commended Animal Control Officer Percy Campbell for his assistance in rescuing an injured dog that had fallen in a stream along Route 131.

The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meeting Monday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. to finalize changes to the town budget, that must be approved by Feb. 28.

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