A special meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on January 13, 2015, at 7:08 p.m. at the Fire Station with Trustees Crawford, Eddy, Eisnpahr, Hammond and Orcutt present. Clerk Waldo and Utility Supervisor Whetstine were also present. Posted notices in three public places within the village. Notice of meeting and agenda given in advance to trustees. As required by law Acting Chairman Hammond, pointed out the copy of the Opens Meeting Act posted on the wall for public viewing and called the meeting to order. Proceedings shown were taken while convened meeting was open to the public.
Discussion was held regarding employee health insurance options due to the declining financial status of the current group health insurance carrier, CoOpportunity Health. Chairman Eddy entered during the discussion. Per discussion with Jill Clay, Audit Manager with Contryman Associates, the village cannot pay for individual health insurance or reimburse employees for individual health insurance premiums directly, through a bonus or by directly increasing salary/wages. To do so would be in violation of the Affordable Care Act and the village, as well as employees, would be subject to fines and penalties. Information from the Department of Labor was reviewed, supporting this information. Group plans from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company were reviewed. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Hammond to offer the employees group health insurance plan PBM w/1S (SM) at a monthly rate of $2,162.41 through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company. Voting Aye: Crawford, Eddy, Eisnpahr, Hammond and Orcutt. There were no votes against the motion. Motion carried.
Clerk Waldo advised that NEMA was in town to do a final inspection on storm clean-up from June 14, 2014 and close out the file. Reimbursement for expenses should be received within 60-90 days.
Motion by Hammond, seconded by Einspahr to adjourn at 7:42 p.m.
The next regular scheduled village board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.
Melissa Waldo, Clerk
Village of Republican City