Coaldale's workers' comp insurance not to be renewed
Coaldale's workers' compensation insurance rates have soared, and the policy will not be renewed due to claims, council learned Tuesday.
"Our worker's comp is not even going through the roof, it's going up into the atmosphere," said councilman Tom Keerans on Tuesday.
The borough had been paying $25,000 a year for worker's comp. The cost has jumped to about $43,000, said borough secretary Louise Lill.
One of the biggest claims came from a police officer injured in the line of duty. Sgt. Keith Krapf was hurt on March 2 when a man, Ian Patrick McGregor, 25, of 110 E. High St., who had been driving erratically assaulted him after a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. on Bull Run Street. McGregor also attacked Office Charles Andrew Blesse, who came to Krapf's aid.
McGregor's case is wending its way through the Schuylkill County court system.
"I think we should send a letter to the district attorney's office because this young man is going to be up for sentencing soon. We should try and seek restitution possibly, for his part what the borough is going to have to fork out for worker's comp. And even if we can't get restitution for that, we should just make it known to the DA what he did to this borough and everybody who is living in it," Keerans said.
Krapf has only recently been able to return to work, and his worker's comp claims were substantial. "It had a direct impact on this being non-renewed," Keerans said. "I think we should send notice to this young man and anyone else that if you do this in Coaldale, you're going to be held accountable for it."
Even if the borough cannot get restitution, it can still ask that the judge consider the impact during sentencing, he said.
Police Chief Tim Delaney said he would keep council apprised of the progress of the case. McGregor, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing in April, was formally arraigned in county court on June 7 on charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence of drugs, two counts each of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment and one count each of disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting, and summary charges of failing to drive on right side of road, overtaking a vehicle on the right side, careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt.