Posted: Jan 21, 2014 10:25 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jan 21, 2014 10:25 PM
SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders.
The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table the item until the quote is finished.
Now the Mayor is questioning if buying insurance is a wise idea this late in the fiscal year.
"It's toward the end of the budget year, June is the end of our budget year, we would have to amend our budget for whatever we do, I think it's moot, I think it's a moot point, I think we need to look at this for next year's budget," said Mayor Mike Lambert.
In order for that to work, the town may have to contract the Sheriff's service for 24-hour patrols, something the Sheriff has said in the past, won't happen with Chief Theriot in charge. That's why some council members are still asking Theriot to step down.
"He's knowingly putting the town at risk, he's not doing his full duties, because he's just answering calls, he's not patrolling, so the town is not getting the full protection they deserve," said Councilwoman Patti Poche.
One thing the council agrees on, it can't keep searching for quotes indefinitely.
"At some point, we're going to have to make a decision and we're going to talk to the Sheriff and we're going to have to make tough decision, to whether we should go with the Sheriff or one of these policies and as of right now I'm leaning we have to go with the Sheriff," said Councilman Don Schexnaydre.
During the meeting another insurance broker hinted to the council that he would have a new quote available soon, but couldn't discuss any hard numbers with the council.