Washburn employees opt out of health insurance option

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Members of the Washburn Board of Aldermen considered using a collection agency to recover 30 past due or unpaid utility accounts during their regular meeting on Dec. 17.

City Clerk Julie Grillone reported the cost of recovering unpaid funds would run approximately $15 per account. Aldermen approved using a collection agency to recover funds if further research indicated it was the best option for the city.

Grillone also presented aldermen the consensus of city employees concerning health insurance estimates. The majority of employees felt the cost of insurance was not feasible and declined participation in a proposed plan.

Aldermen asked Grillone to check into the option of a cafeteria plan for interested employees.

Carolyn Tiedeman, representing the Washburn Civic Association, announced the next meeting of that organization is scheduled to take place at a date to be determined in March.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved monthly reports, including payroll, utilities, accounts payable and financial statement.

* Heard from James Libertus, utility superintendent, that phases one and two of the waterline upgrades had been completed.

* Approved a transfer of $5,000 from both the street and general funds into the checking account.

* Approved a transfer the capital improvement tax proceeds from the water and sewer fund into the general savings account.

* Agreed to accept bids on the city dump truck.

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