New contract cuts health insurance costs for jail workers


LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners on Friday afternoon approved a two-year contract with Belknap County Corrections Officers Union which substantially reduced health insurance costs.
The proposed contract still needs approval from the Belknap County Delegation which will meet on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m., at the Belknap County Complex to consider cost items of the collective bargaining agreement.
Health insurance costs in the first year of the agreement will drop from $440,393 to $386,166 and in the second year of the agreement from $458,849 to $375,521. Those reductions reflect a change from the current HMO plan to a "site of service plan."
All 21 members of the Belknap County Corrections Officers Union two weeks ago voted for the contract, which provides a 1.4 percent pay raise in each of the two years, as well as step increases, which could increase total compensation by 4.4 percent each year for eligible workers.
There is also an incentive bonus of $1,000 in the first year for employees who make the switch to the site-of-service plan, which provides for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 deductibles on single, two-person and family plans.
The health incentive bonus adds $21,000 to 2016 costs, which along with the cost of living and step increases and additional payroll taxes and retirement costs increase the total cost of the contract from $453,076 to $458,233, an increase of $5,156.
But in the second year of the contract, when there is no health insurance incentive bonus, contact costs will drop from $466,783 to $420,547, a $46,236 decrease..
The proposed contract is similar to the collective bargaining agreement between Teamsters Local 633 and the county, which was approved by a 10-5 vote by the County Delegation last August.

Police charge woman with facilitating an under-aged drinking party

LACONIA — Police charged a 25-year-old Phoenician Way resident with facilitating a under-aged drinking party after police responded to a noise or disturbance complaint about 10 p.m. Saturday.
Police logs indicate Kelsey J. Honeycutt, 25, of 58 Phoenician Way was the host of a party where four under-aged people were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.
Those charged were 18 or older and were from Franklin, Northfield, Moultonborough and Tilton.
No further information is available.
— Gail Ober

Gilford man with suspended license arrested for DWI

GILFORD — Police arrested a Lake Shore Road man for driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense, after he lost control of his car and rolled it at 8:43 p.m. Sunday.
Police said Donald MacDermott, 62, of 2645 Lake Shore Road, No. 137, was allegedly driving on a suspended license when he crashed his car.
Gilford Police said the crash happened near 2600 Lake Shore Road but whether he was on his way home or his way out has not been released.
Police said MacDermott's Massachusetts license was suspended "indefinitely."
MacDermott was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, said police. He was released on personal recognizance bail.
— Gail Ober