SPRING VALLEY – The village of Spring Valley which was on the verge of shutting down its operations has settled its financial dispute. The problem was that the insurance policy that covers the village’s liability was schedule to expire on Monday, June 30th. The village’s board of trustees originally refused to sign off on a new $1.8 million policy because members said the mayor wouldn’t provide them a copy until Thursday.
Mayor Demeza Delhomme warned a complete shutdown would mean no police, no public works, no services and no buildings open if resolution doesn’t go through. Delhomme held a special meeting at 2 p.m. Friday to again seek the board’s approval. The insurance currently covers all the village’s operations including police vehicles and fire trucks.
“The village will be shutting down. The police will not have insurance to drive cars. The village workers will not have insurance. We cannot move the village,” Delhomme said. “We will not be open because they refuse to pass insurance, which is a normal policy. You have to pay for it.”
The board ultimately voted Friday to pay the insurance company for the policy, preventing the impeding shutdown of the second largest village in New York state, with 60,000 residents in two and a half square miles.
Trustee Vilair Fonvil said the board was not able to come to an agreement Tuesday night because Delhomme didn’t provide any backup document for trustees to look at even though Trustee Asher Grossman asked for it when he first found out about the renewal. The only paperwork provided to the board before Tuesday’s vote was a $1.8 million bill to pay for the coverage, Fonvil said. To make things worse, the amount is higher than the current policy, he said. Fonvil said Grossman had finally gotten the necessary information, and they will be looking into it before Friday’s meeting.
So by the end of the day the citizens and employees of Spring Valley who were left in a state of limbo during this dispute know that the village of Spring Valley will be open for business as usual on Monday.