RUSSELLVILLE -- At a special meeting on Tuesday the Russellville Town Council voted to accept a bid from HGB Insurance and Bonds to be the town's provider at a cost of $6,720 per year.
Beginning July 7, HGB, based in Greencastle, will replace Johnson Malott & Williamson, which has served the town for the past three years.
HGB offered a lower bid for the coverage the town was looking for, but Clerk-Treasurer DeVon Davis said that was not the only reason.
"They had excellent references," Davis said. "And (the town is) putting (money) back in Putnam County."
HBG's package will provide blanket coverage for the town, as well as giving specific focus on a number of areas.
These include, among others, property, liability, auto, law enforcement and public officials.
At a meeting last Monday Don Reddish, the town council president, made it clear that the council was happy with the coverage provided the last few years.
The Johnson Malott & Williamson office is in Crawfordsville.
The council also discussed concern for the ongoing drought in the area.
It sent out a water conservation notice to all of the town's water customers on Tuesday that will ask them to limit water usage and provide tips on how to do that.
"We're just trying to cut back and conserve," Davis said. "We're not in a water shortage.
"The lower water levels are, the more it costs to use chemicals to treat the water and the more strain in puts on the pumps."
The water pumps in town are due to be replaced in the upcoming water project because of concerns about their durability.