Duxbury: Collective bargaining for insurance is over; Pembroke proposes vehicle exclusion

The Town of Duxbury has a new insurance plan under Governor Patrick’s municipal reform.

On August 1st, new deductibles for employee health, dental, and life insurance plans will go into effect as part of Duxbury’s three-year initial savings strategy. During last night’s Selectmen’s meeting, Finance Director John Madden explained the first two years will introduce slight increases to out of pocket costs before a heavier increase is tacked on in 2015.

But he noted Duxbury was able to control jumps in co-pays and deductibles by adopting Chapter 32B, “Had we done nothing, some plans would go up as much 20%. Now our highest increase will be approximately 9%; so that’s the big difference.”

The split cost of  insurance premiums will remain the same at 75% town and 25% employee. Within the first three years, Duxbury and town employees will save a total of $2.2 million.

The Pembroke Town Administrator also went before Duxbury Selectmen asking for the ‘go ahead’ with a heavy truck exclusion proposal which effects Pembroke, Duxbury, and Marshfield.

After conducting a road survey, the Old Colony Planning Council found five roads with at least 5% heavy commercial vehicle traffic, two being residential streets in Duxbury: Myrtle and North.

Selectmen Chair Ted Flynn explained a decision from Duxbury has yet to be made to ensure traffic won’t be passed on to adjacent roadways, “Although it seems as though if we do this exclusion it will preclude using other streets in Duxbury, like Laurel Street and Temple Street, but I want to make sure that we cover the heavy truck exclusion in its entirety.”

Pembroke proposed Route 139 and Route 53 as alternative roads for heavy commercial vehicles. Duxbury will hold a public hearing in the upcoming weeks before voting on the exclusion application.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.