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Norwich Township to limit parking on Cameron Road


The Norwich Township trustees agreed Oct. 16 to enforce limited parking on Cameron Road, adjacent to Ridgewood Elementary School, to prevent visitors from parking along the short street.

The township will erect signs prohibiting on-street parking for one hour each weekday morning and afternoon at the start and end of the school day.

Only four residents live on the street that connects Ridgewood Drive and Darbyshire Drive, but there is walking path to the school from the road.

"Attendance has increased at Ridgewood, so parking near the school has sometimes been an issue," said Norwich Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh. "The building principal has been advised and will inform parents."

Parking restrictions had been in place in the past, but signs were removed when a new driveway was built at the school.

In other action at the Oct. 16 meeting, trustees renewed a contract with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide health insurance to the township's 95 employees.

The contract provides health-care coverage to township's administrative employees, road department and fire department, which constitutes the vast majority of the employees, Cavanaugh said.

The new one-year contract for 2013 will reflect about a 6 percent increase from the current contract that expired at the end of this year, but Cavanaugh said she could not yet calculate an exact figure for the cost of the new contract.

Anthem initially told Norwich Township rates for 2013 would increase by 14 percent, Trustee Larry Earman said.

Current monthly premiums for single coverage are $308 and will increase to $326. Family coverage will increase from $806 to $854.

The township pays the entire cost of the monthly premiums.

The single plan has a $5,000 deductible and the family plan a $10,000 deductible.

Employees pay $600 toward the deductible for a single plan and $1,200 for that of a family plan; the township pays the remainder of each deductible.

Cavanaugh also advised the trustees that the township's solid-waste disposal company, Local Waste Services, might change the pickup day -- currently Tuesday -- for township residents.

Local Waste Services advised the township it is negotiating a contract with another vendor that might require it to change its pickup day.

The trustees also met in an executive session Wednesday, Oct. 17, to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement with the Norwich Township Fire Department, represented by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1722.

The current three-year contract expires Dec. 31.

Township staff members met in executive session again Monday, Oct. 22, to prepare for another a second closed meeting Friday, Oct. 26, with representatives of the firefighters union, according to Earman.

Health insurance premiums and how those costs are shared are likely to be a factor, but Earman could not divulge the details of the closed negotiations, per state law.