(04/04/2006)

Grantsville Mayor Wilbert Kirby expresses appreciation
to resigning councilwoman Michelle Yatauro

Grantsville councilwoman and former mayoral candidate Michelle Yatauro has resigned from Grantsville's town council. Mayor Wilbert Kerby commended Yatauro for her brief service on the community body. She advised council she had to make an emergency move out of the corporation.

The council continues to be a revolving door for community-minded individuals, the body is continually looking for individuals to serve.

Council discussed at length the issue of whether to have town employees pay a deductible or co-pay on their health insurance. The problem keeps getting worse with ever rising insurance premiums.

Currently the town is paying 100%.

"I'm embarrassed by how little we pay our town employees," said Mayor Kerby, expressing how difficult it is to make such a decision that will affect their families.

"It could pretty much be a trade off if we decide to give them a pay raise or pay their insurance," said councilman Gaylen Duskey.

A committee was appointed to make a recommendation to the full council.

Mayor Kerby said since the decision was to keep the parking meters, he felt citizens should be responsible to pay the meters. He said his office had sent letters to individuals who have not paid their parking fines.

"We really do ask for citizens to help us with this matter," he said.

Councilman Charlie Whipkey said a town beautification project is moving ahead to plant flowers and shrubs.

Discussion was held regarding other possible projects related to clean-up, a paint exchange program and providing car seats.


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